It's not too late or early to buy or send a gift for that special woman: your wife, mother, girlfriend, sister, aunt, niece, etc. Mother Earth sets the stage for that female-outdoors connection. So, it's only appropriate that many gifts revolve around nature and a woman's outdoor environment. She might get a spiritual, nurturing or renewal fix from gardening, her patio, relaxing outside or enjoying gatherings with family. Give her an outdoorsy gift and watch the beautiful smile that... lights up her face.
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01 of 09
Whether your gift recipient is a seasoned gardener or a novice, they are going to need a planting bed filled with healthy soil. And if she lives in a concrete jungle or someplace with clay soil, a raised planting bed or grow box is the perfect solution. Greenes Fence makes cedar boxes in an assortment of sizes and configurations--something to fit every space.
The kit is easy to assemble, with pieces sliding easily into place and engineered to fit together perfectly and quickly. I had my kit... assembled in less than half an hour, and filled it with soil, tomato plants, and seeds. It's nice and neat, contained, and I'm looking forward to home-grown vegetables and herbs for the next several months! She (or whoever) will be thrilled to tap into her inner farmer.
02 of 09
Cut flowers are always a popular choice, but say it with green chic when you give her living plants that she can grow on her patio or in the garden. Succulents are fashionable and low maintenance, indoors or out. She'll have fun arranging this collection of 25 cacti and succulent cuttings from Fat Plants San Diego.
03 of 09
When you're browsing through the seeds at your local nursery, Botanical Interests are the packets with the beautiful illustrations. Just looking at a packet of bunny tails or miniature pumpkins makes you want to drop everything, go home and garden. Now.
There are many nice reasons to give a lady some seeds, including:
- Planting seeds is something you can do together.
- It's an original and thoughtful gift.
- It's budget-friendly.
Colorado-based Botanical Interests sells seeds individually and... in collections, which make a thoughtful gift. Collections include: Container Garden, So Blue, Pretty in Pink, Cooks and Gardeners, Asian Fusion, and the Adventuresome Gardener.
04 of 09
For the Midcentury mama, this fabulous metal glider from 4D Concepts harkens back to the days when folks used to sit for a spell on the front porch and watch the world slowly cruise by. Often referred to as "Tulip", "Shell-Back" or "Motel" chairs, this seats two comfortably.
Colors: lime and white or yellow and white with a stamped design on seats and backs. Tables sold separately. Made of steel with powder-coated finish.
You don't need a porch to own one of these... gliders. They work perfectly well on patios, decks, balconies and lawns.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Did you know that slipping in a pair of flip flops on the slickened concrete or tile near a pool is a common backyard accident? One way to avoid this mishap is to wear the right shoes with an antisliip sole, like the popular FitFlops sandals.
Not only do FitFlops keep you from sliding, they keep your legs and gluteous maximus toned. Let's face it—women love shoes. And shoes Mom or the special woman in your life can wear around the yard while toning her leg muscles is a win-win gift choice.... The only problem? Deciding which style and color she'll like.
Better get two pairs!
06 of 09
Ethel is everywoman: wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, a friend. She's the modern woman. And, while modern women have always been apt DIYers, they still need to keep their hands protected, lovely and ready for more. That's where Ethel Gloves come in. These aren't fat-fingered guy-gloves. Ethels are sturdy and contoured to fit a woman's hand like—well, a glove. The icing on the cupcake is that they come in oh-so-stylish colors and prints!
Ethel is always updating their... line. Each pair has suede fingertips and palms, and come in sizes S-L. New additions this year include an all-leather glove, Susan G. Komen for the Cure pink glove, and a line to debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.
You won't catch me in the yard without my Ethels.
07 of 09
Even if mom doesn't have her own pool, she can take her delightful donut to float in someone else's pool. This inflatable donut, from RiffSpheres, measures 51 inches in diameter and comes in pink or chocolate icing, both with colorful sprinkles. She'll love it and enjoy being the hit of the pool party!
08 of 09
Hmmm. Patio. Pool. Swimming. A suitable gift for a lady who spends time in or near a pool. Perhaps a fabulous-fitting, flattering and gorgeous swimsuit? Like, maybe, the nicest one she's owned and felt good about herself since she was 18?
Miraclesuits are for women with women's curvacious bodies. Their slogan: Look 10 lbs Lighter in 10 seconds.
What's not to love about that? And you—the miracle giver—will rate high on her chart. The suits come in various sizes and have hard-to-find... features like waist shirring, wrap styling, and are designed to enlongate torsos and legs, accentuate busts and flatten stomachs.
A great-looking swimsuit will make her feel good about herself. And don't forget to tell her how lovely she looks.
A swimsuit in winter? Why not? There are indoor pools, warm-winter climates (Arizona, Australia—and that's just the A's). Plus, it gives her something to look forward to, and a reason to start up that exercise regime after New Year's.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Okabashi sandals, garden clogs and flip-flops are anti-slip and antimicrobial, the importance of which I can 't emphasize enough when you're puttering around in the backyard. Unlike the typical cute but cheap-o flipflops that pop out of or tear away from the sole halfway through the summer, the toe-piece and sides are molded into the sole, becoming, like, one.
If you like to do a poolside strut in bikini and stillettos, these probably aren't your footwear. Although, they probably... should be. Besides featuring lots of styles and colors, Okabashi footwear are designed with microbeaded massaging insoles, arch support, and—my favorite— they're dishwasher safe. I'm wearing turquoise "Maui" Okabashis these days; my feet are thanking me.