CHICAGO — The countdown to Mother’s Day is on. The big day is Sunday, May 8, so it’s time to start thinking about how you plan to celebrate the special woman in your life.

Now, “mom” backwards is synonymous with “wow” folks, so that’s where the tone for the day is set!

So whether it’s your mother, your grandmother, your aunt, the mother of your children, like a mother or a mother figure, you need a thoughtful gift to show your love and appreciation for all that she does and has done.

The co-founders of Family environment visited WGN News Now and shared five must-have Mother’s Day gift ideas. Kelli Gillespie and Mei Ling Nazar made the following suggestions:

Flowers: exchange fresh flowers forever: Instead of giving mom fresh flowers, Gillespie and Nazar suggested giving her artificial arrangements that last forever. They said you can give artificial flowers and greenery with lifelike flowers ranging from orchids to roses to hydrangeas, as well as garlands, wreaths and foliage that can be placed around the house or used as decoration exterior.

Favorite places: Travels & Memories: Give Mom a keepsake that captures memories of your hometown, honeymoon, favorite vacation spot, or bucket list. It can be a hand-sewn decorative pillow, a hand towel, a drink or travel decor that will make her reminisce or dream of the future.

Smart bags: baby, beach and beyond: What’s not in mom’s bag?! She carries just about anything, so why not have her carried smarter and more stylishly, whether it’s a diaper bag, a beach bag or an overnight tote in town with many pockets and compartments.

Mommy and Me: Pairing Time: Celebrating mom while pairing up or wearing the same outfits can also make the day extra special. Gillespie and Nazar suggested finding matching prints or styling to make the day together more meaningful and fun.

Handmade: from cards to coupon books: Gifts from the heart are always winners. Gillespie and Nazar advised children to color a map or create a coupon book. They said handmade gifts inspired by art will always be treasured by mom.

You can see more of their suggestions by sharing them with Christine Flores and Chip Brewster in the video above.