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5 Solar Garden Decor Gifts for Mother's Day

Updated on May 2, 2012

What To Get?

Do you dread special occasions because you need to give a gift? Some folks strive to find that 'just right' item and others only hope to have a package in hand when the day comes. There is so much focus on being kind to the environment lately and this is a way you can contribute to the cause. Solar garden accessories are plentiful and full of whimsy. Giving them as gifts will bring enjoyment during the daytime that will last all evening.

Chameleon Crackled Glass Globe
Chameleon Crackled Glass Globe

Solar Gazing Ball

Gazing globes, or also referred to as garden ball, yard ball, and garden globe, have been popular decorations in European gardens since the 13th century. It was thought that by placing a globe in the yard, evil spirits would be warded off and replaced with good luck and prosperity. People everywhere enjoy these spherical objects that either sit on a pedestal, hang, or rest on a table. Solar gazing globes can be found with LED lights that rotate through the color spectrum, or stay put on the white light. Solar globes store energy from the sun so they can illuminate at night. You can find them ranging in price from $40 - $150.

Hummingbird Solar Wind Chimes
Hummingbird Solar Wind Chimes

Solar Wind Chimes

Wind chimes can be found made of wood, shells, metal, bells and glass. They can sound like church bells, wedding songs and blues tunes. They can be personalized and memorialized, and they can also be solar. Solar wind chimes have a solar panel at the top with a light that automatically turns on at night. It creates a beautiful, musical show. You can find them for $25 - $35.

Duo Green Ocean Solar Cascade Fountain
Duo Green Ocean Solar Cascade Fountain | Source

Solar Garden Fountain

A great advantage a solar water fountain has over an electric fountain is flexibility in placement. Since no power source is needed, a solar fountain can be placed anywhere the sun is shining. Solar fountains are small basins for a tabletop or the ground, they are larger, 2-tiered garden centerpieces, and they are cascading 4-tiered fountains that can be used indoors with an adaptor. Some solar fountains have a remote solar panel, and other have an integrated pump and panel system in the basin of the fountain. A great feature of many solar fountains today is the backup battery, allowing you to use the fountain by day and by night. The flowing water of a garden fountain is more attractive to birds than stagnant water. The sounds of continuously falling water can be very relaxing. Solar fountains can be found for $40 up to about $250.

Solar Owls
Solar Owls

Solar Statuary

Playful garden statues are popular in garden decor. Solar garden statues add the extra bonus of lighting up at night. You can light your entryway with a solar statue that welcomes you, solar gnomes are entertaining decorations anywhere in the garden, and there are many solar animals that will brighten up your landscape. These items store energy from the sun during the day and automatically light up at night. Solar statues can be found from $40 - $150.

Tulip Garden Stakes
Tulip Garden Stakes

Solar Garden Stakes

Mark the different types of plants in your garden with clever solar garden stakes. At night they create a show of lights in the form of animals, birds, stars, or flowers. Some will flash one color and others will rotate colors. The solar panel is usually found on the metal or plastic stem and stores energy during the day for use at night. You can usually find them in sets of 3 or 6 for between $15 and $80.


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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Nice article and lot´s of ideas. Thanks. PS. I´m new to hubpages and clicked on follow , but now it says unfollow..I hope this isn´t a bad thing !!!!it wasn´t meant to be.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love all those solar toys! I have seen a few floating around. We had some nodding flowers, and we have solar lights on our patio table umbrella. Cute Hub! Sharing this. Get Mom some ya'll!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I have to get some of those solar wind chimes, I think my mother and wife would both love them. Thanks for the great idea and great article.