Planning to get mom flowers for Mothers Day? You’re not alone. Statistics show that about two-thirds of consumers will be doing the same. In fact, spending on cut flowers this Mother’s Day is expected to $2.2 billion in the United States alone!

But does mom actually want flowers? That’s another story. A recent survey shows that Moms’ No. 1 desired gift is something homemade (flowers came in fifth). Clearly, moms are looking for gifts that take a little creativity and effort. So, this year, think outside the bloom and consider a personal, heartfelt gift for the home to show mom how much you care.

The folks at Rue Magazine pulled together some great options for giving your mom the perfect breakfast in bed.

Nothing says love like a memento of good times spent together. My Canvas offers custom photo albums in a variety of sizes and covers including leather, nubuck, velvet and this custom photo cover.

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How about a unique piece of art with a purpose —and a great backstory? These rusted fire extinguishers have been turned into beautifully hand-painted vases from artist Valentino Llegada.

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If mom’s style leans a little more toward vintage glam, try these mercury glass cityscape vases from West Elm.

 

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It doesn’t get much more personal than creating a piece of art from your fingerprint. DNA 11 Fingerprint Art Portraits turn your unique swirl pattern into a unique artistic statement.

Does mom have an eye on the environment? Maybe this reclaimed wood frame will strike her fancy.

No matter what mom’s taste and style, finding a personal gift that reflects your love and appreciation is easy, with a little thought and planning.

Things to ask yourself before shopping:

• What is mom’s favorite color?

• Does she like art? Sculpture?

• Is her taste traditional? Worldly? Modern? Eclectic?

• Is there anything she really needs for the home?

What are you getting mom this year?  Are you going to go with the flower flow, or strike out on your own with a gift that she’ll remember for a lifetime?

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