Mother's Day is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start shopping for the ultimate gift. While it's usually difficult to find something original, if your mom has a hobby she's passionate about — like growing a prize-winning vegetable or tending to her immaculate flower beds — the task might just be a tad easier than expected. In fact, there are more than a few Mother's Day gifts for the gardener in your life that any mom with a green thumb is sure to love.
Last year, after relocating from Brooklyn to Wisconsin, I got a large community garden plot and was determined to learn how to grow my own vegetables. From talking with my fellow community gardeners — some who've been gardening for nearly four decades — I learned about the must-have tools, and the tools that are kind of a waste of money. I also learned that investing in the right gloves, attire, and watering equipment is worth every penny!
So without further ado, here are 15 awesome items for gardening that will ward off blisters and backaches and help your mom grow a glorious bounty. Not only will the following gifts encourage her to spend more time doing what she loves, but it will give you the opportunity to do it with her. (You bet she's going to love that part).
1Agrarian Tool Basket
Whether your mom is out working in the front yard or a big garden plot, she'll appreciate having all her tools in one organized place. And while the rattan basket is already adorable, it will look even better when it's full of her homegrown veggies or freshly cut flowers.
2Hori Hori Garden Knife
Hori Hori means "dig dig" in Japanese, and dig it does. This durable tool is a beast when it comes to weeding. I swear by mine. The pointed blade and curved shape work like a garden spade and the serrated edge is great for cutting. It's a super versatile tool that will quickly become your mom's go-tool garden gadget.
3Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden
If your mom is just starting to dabble in gardening, then this adorable indoor herb garden could be the perfect starter gift. The tinted vintage-looking jars are as pretty and as they are functional. They come with a passive hydroponic watering system that takes the guess work out of watering.
4Outdoor Garden Sign
5Garden Herb Markers
6Leather Garden Gloves
7Ultra Cushion Knee Pads
One thing I learned from gardening last summer was that it was a pain in the neck to have to keep carting around my foam knee pad. Enter: wearable knee pads. If your mom is known for logging long hours in her garden, these soft, flexible knee pads are just the thing she needs to be more comfortable.
8Watering Can Bracelet
9The Edible Front Yard
10Retro Long Spout Watering Can
11Packable Panama Hat
12Plant Lady T-Shirt
13Ergonomic Garden Tools
14Women's Heirloom Gardening Pants
These pants were specifically designed for the gardener in mind and come with built-in knee pads! They also have a waistband especially designed for bending over (no farmer's cracks here) and they contain a total of nine pockets. Your gardening mama will go ga-ga for these pantalones.
The best part of gardening is bringing in your bounty, but the clumpy dirt can turn a clean kitchen into a pigpen. That's why these multi-purpose garden hods are so cool. You can spray your veggies down in them outside so you don't get your home dirty. And, once in side, they make for great storage.
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