Monsoon Madness Plant Sale

A cactus almost resembling a cluster of fluffy green popcorn spotted at Tohono Chul's Monsoon Madness Plant Sale.

Here it comes again! Mother's Day. Let's not screw it up by giving her a humidifier or a miter box (these are real examples). What does she want? Read on — we went straight to the source, polling several moms about what they'd REALLY like for their special day.

Here, then, are our top five picks!

If she has a green thumb

Johanna Salmon gets the full effect of a blooming pink trumpet tree during the annual Spring Plant Sale at Desert Survivors, 1020 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, on Tuesday. The sale runs through Sunday, March 19.

Head to a favorite local nursery for some pretty posies, or, better yet, drought-tolerant succulents and drought-resistant cactus. You can find a great selection at Desert Survivors, Green Things, Harlow Gardens, Silverbell Nursery and Magic Garden Nursery. Plant prices are all over the place, so you don't need to bust your budget — but you can if you want to.

If she doesn't have a green thumb

Metal yard art at the southeast corner of North Houghton Road and East Speedway comes in various colors, or for the shabby chic lover, good ole rust. Cost varies—you can spend $20 for a hummingbird and flower, while a rooster will set you back $60.

Pick up some cool yard art. One of our favorite places to shop is the corner of North Houghton and East Speedway, where a peddler sells metal javelina, cactus, roosters and so forth. You can the find the seller gently haggling with customers or spray-painting a metal flower. It'll put you out about $20 for a 3-foot flower and hummingbird. You can find lots of other outdoor art options elsewhere, too. Try Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, or the Tucson Botanical Garden, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

Share a little luxury with a mom in your life. Get her the gift of indulgence with a gift card for Salon Blonde — redeemable for any salon services or products.

Salon Blonde is located in Marana at 12120 N. Dove Mountain Blvd. and offers quality haircuts, customized hair color, deep conditioning, the full line of Aveda products and more.

Click here to purchase a gift card or call 520-770-7874 to book now.

The way to a mom's heart

Time Market, at East University Boulevard and North Third Avenue, is the social hub of the West University Neighborhood.

"Cooking on Mother's Day" isn't on many moms' list of fun things to do. You can treat her to a nice brunch out, but we suggest you avoid the crowd and prepare or purchase a scrumptious meal to eat at home. Take a trip downtown and check out one or more of these unique food stores, which offer plenty of inspiration and are within a few miles of each other: Time Market, 444 E. University Blvd.; Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market, 11 S. 6th Ave.; and the Food Conspiracy Co-op, 412 N. 4th Ave.

Give her an art experience

A new gallery in the area where the gift shop once was at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N Main Ave in Tucson, AZ on October 11, 2017.

Moms don't want random knick-knacks. They want to do fun things with their kids. Take her to the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arizona and Sonora residents get in free on Mother's Day, and there will be family-oriented activities, including craft-making. For details go to Or head to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the peaceful, 10-acre National Historic District also is home to the Little Gallery and a gift shop. Admission is $8 adults, $5 ages 12-18, free for 12 and younger.

It's your turn, Ma!

Jeannine Sturm gets a much needed massage from Barbie Cobb, a massage student with Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy at the Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run on Sept. 6, 2010.

You'll melt Mom's heart with the gift of massage. You can't get much more alone time than that, right? Lots of Tucson massage therapists get their start at the Cortiva Institute, which offers inexpensive massages from students in training. At 6390 E. Broadway Blvd., east of Kneaders, the institute has an inviting atmosphere, and services cost a bit less than many other massage practices. Call 520-407-5160 to schedule a massage or inquire about a gift certificate.