Spring Flowers — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.What to get for Mom? The challenge arrives each year. It really is no surprise that Mother’s Day is coming but still, the question arises, “What to get for Mom”? The days tick by and the question gets louder … what, What, WHAT, W.H.A.T? Finding the perfect gift for mom can be a difficult task.

There’s one gift that always delivers and makes mom smile — FLOWERS! A Rutgers University behavioral study shows flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and increase life satisfaction and enjoyment. I can’t think of a better gift than giving mom happiness for Mother’s Day.

But there are so many types of flowers, what to send? Let’s consider all the requirements. It has to be special. It has to be perfect. It has to reflect “MOM” and, it has to fit the budget. (Oh yes, that pesky detail.) Mother’s Day gift giving does not have to be hard. In fact, it should be a lot of fun. Let’s start with an easy survey to help choose the perfect floral gift:

• Does your mom prefer high heels, sneakers or hiking boots?

• When planning a meal, which does your mom choose first, the main course or dessert?

• If your mom scheduled a dream vacation, would it be a bicycle tour of Paris, a luxury cruise in the Caribbean or a New York City weekend?

• When is your mom’s birthday? If you have to ask someone, you better spend more time talking to your mom. (This isn’t a gift choice question; just a reminder to call your mom.)

• What is your mom’s favorite color? Don’t know? Take a look in her closet; the prevalent color could be her favorite. Still don’t know? A safe bet is the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

Jot down your answers and match them to the results below. Then, share the survey results with your mom as you give her the absolutely perfect gift. What a great conversation starter. “Mom, did I pick the right answers in the survey?” The discussion is sure to bring a few laughs as you discover her true favorites. Her answers may even help you with your next gift-giving plans.

Is mom a high heel, New York City kind of gal? Chic and sophisticated flowers are the perfect choice.

Orchid Paradise— David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Sneakers and bicycle touring moms love a natural look. Think seasonal, casual and carefree flowers in transparent glass cubes.

Spring Bloom Bouquets — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

If your mom always eats dessert first, you need a gift that is just as bright, spontaneous and fun loving as your mom. Gerbera daisies, bright vases and a little glitter, too.

Sunshine Glitter Bouquets — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Cruising mom’s need a luxurious gift. A dramatic, linear design in hues of green will match her style.

Formal Linear Flowers — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

What’s her favorite color? This one’s easy! No matter what the answer, the perfect gift is flowers! They come in every color of the rainbow and all moms love flowers. For those who didn’t know mom’s favorite color, here is a perfect gift in Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid Centerpiece — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Of course, we can’t forget the budget. Let me share a secret: Flowers come in every price range. No matter what your budget, there is a fabulous flower for you. Call your florist today and let them help you send mom the most wonderful gift ever. She’ll love you for it. I promise!