FOR THE ECO MOM

2012 Mother’s Day gift guide for every budget

We’re sure you already bought the perfect gift for your sweet, loving mother weeks ago; but if you had been the type who realized Mother’s Day was May 13 only after reading the last sentence, this guide would have really helped you find a way to say, “Thanks for putting up with me all these years.” With prices ranging from $5 to $100+, our guide offers gifts for any budget and a variety of interests including food spice peppers and to other things she’d like.

FOR THE GARDENING MOM

Half Pint Garden

The Half Pint Garden from Brooklyn5and10 is an herb-growing kit contained in a milk-carton-like package. The kit includes a square, white, ceramic container; peat pellets; and three packs of herb seeds (basil, mint and thyme). All Mom has to do is remove the package, add water to the peat pellets, sow the seeds and plop it on a windowsill. Price: $14.95

FOR THE GARDENING MOM

Gardener’s Seat

If Mom spends hours on her feet in the garden, this multifunction gardener’s seat will give her an innovative place to park herself and keep her tools handy. The folding chair, which has a 250-lb. capacity, is made of lightweight steel and water-resistant nylon. The bag detaches from the frame with hook-and-loop fasteners and features two carrying handles, 21 pockets for tools and a large catch-all interior. Price: $28

FOR THE GARDENING MOM

Garden Allotment Kit

If Mom’s thumb is not quite the right shade of green yet, Williams-Sonoma has the gift to get her started. Named for the “allotments” in Europe (much like community gardens) on which city-dwelling gardeners grow fresh food, the kit offers beginners basic tools to grow their first gardens. Packaged in a French wood tray, the set includes one pair of cotton garden gloves, one beechwood dibbler, five biodegradable coir starter pots, six birchwood plant markers, four aluminum plant markers and one ball of twine. Price: $29.95

FOR THE GARDENING MOM

Year of Seeds

No outdoor garden space? No problem. Mom will love growing her own windowsill garden. The starter kit comes with growing instructions, 12 packets of seeds and 12 earthenware pots that feature an illustration of the corresponding flower. Plant them all at once or save one for each month of the year. And planting is easy: Mom need only place the included soil and seeds into the pots and add water. Seeds include petunias, marigolds, pansies, lobelia, alyssum, zinnias, impatiens, baby’s breath, dianthus, cosmos, poppies and sweet peas. Price: $79.95

FOR THE ACTIVE MOM

Roux Maison ‏Sport Detergent

Roux Maison’s Sport Detergents get rid of dirt, odor and bacteria that thrives in the dirtiest and sweatiest workout gear and apparel. Mom will be thrilled to know that all of Roux Maison’s products are hypoallergenic and made from natural and naturally derived ingredients. The sport detergents maintain elasticity with Lycra, spandex, hi-tech and performance fabrics so they will retain breathability, moisture-wicking and waterproofing properties. We recommend the Sweet Tea scent! Price: $16.99

FOR THE ACTIVE MOM

REI Balance Gym Bag

Mom would love a new gym bag — you know, one that doesn’t look like a suspicious package. The REI Balance Gym Bag is small, stylish and user-friendly with compartments for her water bottle, yoga mat and other fitness must-haves. Price: $59

FOR THE ACTIVE MOM

Striiv Smart Pedometer Plus Motivation System

A busy mom with no time to hit the gym will love the Striiv Smart Pedometer. Why? Because the built-in apps will guide her to be more active and provide the motivation to stay focused on her fitness goals. Its social capabilities mean that she is never alone in her journey to a healthier lifestyle. Price: $99

FOR THE ECO MOM

Organic Bouquet

Does your earth-loving mom scoff at the idea of flowers? A gift from Organic Bouquet might change her mind, as these blooms are grown in an eco-friendly manner by farmers working in fair conditions. In addition to flower arrangements, Organic Bouquet offers fruit baskets, gourmet chocolates, plants and more eco-friendly gifts. Price: $49.95 to $69.95

FOR THE ECO MOM

Recycled Paper Greetings

If your mom is like most, “just a card” is all she wants for Mother’s Day. So, why not make it a card that is crafted by independent designers on recycled paper. Designs range from affectionate to outrageous, guaranteeing there’s something to suit any mom. Price: About $3.99 to $10

FOR THE ECO MOM

Broken Plates Pendant Company

Feeling guilty for breaking that heirloom gravy boat at your last family gathering? Make amends by having the Broken Plates Pendant Company turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry Mom will surely treasure forever. Don’t have any broken china on hand? The Broken Plates Company can still craft you a unique piece with the plates they have on hand. Price: $25 to $120

FOR THE FOOD-LOVING MOM

Salad Dressing Mixer

We’ll pass on Paula Deen’s heart-clogging recipes, but the diabetic chef did manage to make a damn good gadget for the kitchen. The Paula Deen salad dressing mixer perfectly blends homemade concoctions to pour over salads and can be bought in Walmart stores or at Walmart.com. Why bother whisking for five minutes when you can emulsify olive oil and red wine vinegar in seconds? Price: $14.97

FOR THE FOOD-LOVING MOM

Tea Gift Basket

For the health-focused food-loving mom, get a little creative and assemble your own tea gift basket. Check out your local second-hand or antique shop for cute and inexpensive teacups, and buy a variety of teas to throw in the basket. You can find Yogi tea, which carries a wide range of flavors, at plenty of grocery stores and markets.

Or check out Tavalon teas online here. For relatively low prices, you can choose from flavors like Crimson Punch, Gingerbread Cookie and Kama Chai Sutra or classics like Earl Gray and Darjeeling. Plus, you’re indirectly giving a gift to more than just your mom: Tavalon works with a plethora of charitable organizations — such as UNICEF, Red Cross Haiti Relief & Development Fund, Seeds of Peace and Feeding America — donating products and proceeds from sales. Price: Varies

FOR THE FOOD-LOVING MOM

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Dishware

If your mom appreciates a meal’s presentation just as much as its taste, check out this collection of plates and dishes made by Brooklyn artisan Michael Potecha through his company MAP Glassworks LLC. Each colorful piece is handmade and is created using recycled architectural glass that would otherwise be melted down. All of the dishware is food-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Price: $25 to $300

FOR THE FOOD-LOVING MOM

Cornucopia Bag

You’re going to want to buy one of these for yourself as well. Beta Brand’s Cornucopia bag provides a simple solution to hauling your farmers market findings home, whether you’re walking, biking or driving back. The stacked compartments allow you to safely separate your raw meat products from your produce, and the ultra-reflective strips, padded shoulder straps and utility loop make this an especially ideal gift for cyclists. Print out our story on grocery tote safety so your mom knows how to keep the bag clean and prevent food contamination. Price: $98