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Not Your Orb-inary Gift

Bring the outdoors inside with this floating orb garden kit by Syndicate Home and Garden. Everything required to build a modern-looking terrarium garden is packed in the box, including stones, moss and soil mix. Simply add a few small, low-maintenance plants, like succulents or air plants, and hang your ornamental orb in any corner of the house. $31.99 at Rylee’s ACE Hardware, 1234 Michigan St NE in Grand Rapids.

A Statuesque Statement

Be greeted by love and serenity wherever the radiant Kwan Yin statue resides. The one shown here is 16” tall, $150. See a variety of unique, hand-carved wood and stone statues at Spirit Dreams, 1430 Lake Drive, SE in Grand Rapids.

Let There Be Light!

These striking Votive holders are laser cut from a single flat piece of wood and hand-assembled in Maine. Designed with concentric patterns, adding a lit candle creates a luminous dance of light and shadows. $21. 9” Basket $52. 15” Basket $105. Available at Design Quest, 4181 28th Street, SE in Grand Rapids.

Tipping the Scales

The mythological serpent is believed to represent the duality of human nature. LE Serpent by Le Trench is designed for those of us with a wild streak. The timeless snakeskin pattern intertwines shades of grey, black and white. 100% Polyamide, Lining, 100% nylon. Wipe clean with damp cloth. $495 at Bella Furs, 660 Croswell, SE in East Grand Rapids.

The Messenger

Add a pop of vivid color to your spring and summer wardrobe with this juicy tangerine messenger bag by Noelle Enterprises. This high-quality leather bag is available in five varieties of sherbet hues and includes a generous, adjustable strap, durable gold-plated hardware, three external small zipper compartments, a deep main compartment to stash your essentials and a neutral paisley pattern lining. $39.99 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids.

Weight a Minute

Deliver a smile to the desk of a loved one with a thoughtful–and functional–gift by Sugarboo Designs. This palm-sized paperweight features a minimalistic border and clean, simple font against an off-white background, adding a vintage, whimsical feel to any office or home. $33 at Eastern Floral, 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Personalized Keepsake

Celebrate a birth, baptism, gotcha date and more with this sweet, ceramic child’s blessing tile. Customize the tile with your choice of design, color scheme and wording. $48-$58 at Heather Lane Pottery, 7270 Thornapple River Dr. SE in Ada.

Beach Bound, Baby!

Tote your tot to the beach this summer in this tiny tropical one-piece and cover-up. The bathing suit is made from soft, chlorine-resistant material and features a delicate coral, teal and turquoise floral design with ruffle detailing. Throw the coral racer-back dress on over the suit for a breezy outfit perfect for warm summer days at the pool or on the shore. $44 at Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 1200 E Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Walking With the Dinosaurs

While it isn’t “man’s best friend,” it’s the next best thing for any young dino-lover. This pint-sized plush Triceratops is harnessed at the end of a felt-covered red leash, ready for his “W. A. L. K.” At the end of a long stroll through the Jurassic Park, detach Dino from the leash and clean him up with bleach-free detergent. $9.99 at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum,11 Sheldon Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Tiny Dancer

Slip your itty-bitty prima ballerina into this tiny tutu by Elegant Baby. Made of lightweight cotton, this powder pink onesie includes puff sleeves, a delicate silk bow on the front and sewn-in, layered tulle material around the waist. Easy access snaps on the bottom of the onesie allow for quick changes between pliés. $30 at Sweet Peony, 2795 Orange Ave SE in Grand Rapids.

Chime In

Add pizzazz to your porch or garden with this unique, beaded wind chime by Grasslands Road. Transparent, crystal-cut beads of various colors and sizes dangle delicately on clear fishing line attached to the bottom of a violet mason jar, ready to float in the wind and sparkle in the sun. $29.99 at Holland Furniture, 753 Lincoln Ave. in Holland.

Rubbing the Right Way

Did someone say BBQ? Give the gift of gourmet grilling with these delicious seasoning rubs by Byron Center Meats. Spice up any main course with a coat of the Ultimate Steak and Roast Rub, tingle taste buds with a dash of Butter Garlic Rub or amp up flavor with a sprinkle of Ultimate Pork Chop and Roast Rub. $12 for the set at Byron Center Meats, 8375 Freeland Ave. SW in Byron Center, Grand Rapids.

Oh, the Irony

Innovative cleaning guru Mary Ellen prides herself on making even the most mundane tasks (like ironing) a breezy endeavor. Best Press, an eco-friendly starch and sizing alternative, combats stubborn wrinkles and guards your Sunday best from tough stains. Spritz a small amount of this clear, crisp spray on your garments prior to pressing them and revel in the clean, fresh scent left behind. Channel a tropic feel with Caribbean Beach or stop and smell the flowers with Lavender Fields. $8.95 at Family Sewing, 4950 Wilson Ave. in Grandville.

A Sign of Appreciation

Why buy a card when you could buy a plaque? This charming wooden sign will brighten Mom’s home and heart with vivid colors, a fresh spring theme and a touching quote that reads, “A Mother’s Heart is a Garden of Love.” Only $1 a piece at Two Dutch Hens, 2499 84th St. SW in Byron Center, Grand Rapids.

Give Your Garden Wings

Enhance your garden with a kinetic Double Angel Wing Spinner. The curves and angles of the spinner arm combined with bearings in the center hub allow the “wings” to twirl in the breeze. The subtle shimmery iridescence of the bold colored arms reflects bits of sunlight, omitting a kaleidoscope of colors over the yard. These durable spinners are made of metal with a solid iron rod for stability, ensuring safety in all weather conditions. Size: W 32”x H 87” PRICE Available in natural copper, green, blue and red at Wealthy at Charles, 738 Wealthy Street, SE in Grand Rapids.

The Cheesiest Gift We Could Find

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom’s taste buds to a box full of decadent cheeses, a sleeve of sourdough Crispbread crackers, a bag of scrumptious Marcona almonds, a bottle of tasty Malbec wine, a stick of dry salami and a pouch of tart dried cranberries from The Cheese Lady. This thoughtful package is sure to plaster a cheesey smile on Mom’s face. Customized baskets and trays from $25 at The Cheese Lady, 315 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids.

Sweet Tooth Satisfaction

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a batch of decadent dark and milk chocolate truffles from Chocolates by Grimaldi. Made from local and Michigan-made ingredients with no preservatives or waxes, each chocolate ensures a melt-in-your-mouth texture and pure, rich taste. The tantalizing truffles are dipped in a crisp chocolate shell and hand-decorated to perfection for a colorful array of high-quality goodies. $2.50 per truffle (buy five individually and get one free!), or $15.95 for a box of five at Chocolates by Grimaldi, 219 N 7th St. in Grand Haven.

The Tote-al Package

Stash your stuff in this gorgeous Tenden tote bag created in Grand Haven by local artist Todd Hancock. Made of 100 percent cotton ticking fabric, the bag includes high-quality tan leather straps with an adjustable buckle and a simplistic stripe pattern intended to match your wardrobe essentials for every day use. $125 at Caryln and Company,  205 Washington Ave in Grand Haven.

A Shirt for Spot

Put your pooch in a bright orange, Mitten-clad shirt, and he’s bound to be the most stylish one at the park.  Show support for your state and love for your special furry friend with this high-quality, Michigan-made dog shirt featuring the Upper and Lower Peninsula with a paw print on the city of Grand Rapids. $12 at Fido and Stitch, 820 Monroe Ave NW, suite 140, in Grand Rapids.

Let it Grow

Surprise the gardening guru in your life with this easy-to-use indoor organic grow kit created by Urban Agriculture Co. Everything required to plant vibrant red poppies, from organic soil to seeds, is tucked neatly into a durable burlap pouch. A step-by-step instruction card hangs from the package, readily available for reference. Place this compact container on any windowsill and watch it flourish. $20.00 at Ball Park Floral, 8 Valley Ave NW in Grand Rapids.



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