Bob Vila's Mother's Day Gift Guide for 2012

If you are shopping for Mom, here are ten gifts certain to make this Mother's Day her best yet.

Laundry Carts

Laundry Carts

Make laundry an easier task for mom with these industrial-quality, American-made laundry carts. Made of rugged steel and heavy-duty canvas, the elevated carts feature a wood-reinforced base and smooth-rolling casters. Available at Restoration Hardware, $109.50-$194.50.

A Chef's Birdhouse

Book Birdhouse

Whether your mom is a bird lover or connoisseur of French cuisine, she is certain to appreciate this decorative birdhouse. Handmade from a vintage Julia Child French Chef Cookbook, the ornamental birdhouse is not only covered with title and recipe pages, but topped with the book itself. Available at Uncommon Goods, $125.

Copper Hand Trowel

Copper Tools

Mom will be the envy of the neighborhood (and garden club) sporting this copper castor trowel. Handcrafted by Austrian coppersmiths, each tool in forged from tin bronze—a hard-wearing, rust-resistant copper alloy that contains 94% copper. Make it more special by personalizing the handle.  Available at Williams-Sonoma, $58.95.

Gardener's Supply Cart

Garden Cart

Although this Vermont-Built garden cart is capable of holding up to 500 Pounds (as much as 10 wheelbarrows), the over-sized pneumatic wheels make pushing and pulling easy enough for mom to maneuver.  High sides help keep mulch and compost contained, and loading, unloading and dumping are a breeze. Available in red, turquoise and brown at, $299.

Spa Day

Natural Lotion

Pamper mom this Mother's Day with the all-natural Filigree body lotion and body wash.  The fragrance combines an intricate, multi-faceted blend or oriental, floral and woody scents ideal for day or night. The limited-edition set comes packaged in an elegant white box with silver-embossed filigree. Available at, $44.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Remember—tools are not just relegated to the workshop.  The KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer is perfect for the mom who loves to bake.  Finished in premium metallic and powered by a 325-watt motor, the mixer features a 5-quart glass bowl with handle and comes with flat beater, dough hook and wire whip accessories. Available at, $399.

Nantucket Planters

Clay Planters

If your mom is crazy about container gardens she'll love these Mediterranean blue Nantucket Planters. Hand-thrown by Portuguese artisans, each planter is unique and features a drainage hole and saucer. Choose one or create a grouping with all three sizes. Available at Crate and Barrel, $9.95-$99.95.

Hummingbird Birdbath

Hummingbird Birdbath

This beautiful, stained concrete Hummingbird Birdbath will not only dress up mom's garden, but be a constant reminder of your thoughtfulness.  Made in the USA and featuring a richly, detailed pattern of birds, flowers and vines, the birdbath measures 27" tall and 20" wide. Available at Lowe's, $44.95.

Heirloom Roses

Heirloom Roses

Flowers are always a Mother's Day hit.  But, this year, make the blossoms last throughout the summer by sending her a live plant.  Heirloom Roses carries an extensive selection of virus-free rose cultivars, from David Austin English Roses to ramblers, climbers and shrub varieties. Shown here, the new Eyeconic "Pink Lemonade" shrub rose, $17.50.

Lightweight Drill

Lightweight Drill

For the power-tool-toting mom, consider this lightweight Black & Decker 3/8 in. 12-Volt cordless drill with soft grips. It features a variable-speed design that delivers up to 750 RPM and comes with a battery and charger.  A 24-position clutch helps provide overdriving and stripping screws. Available at Home Depot, $39.97.

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