Thank You, Mom

Just because you can't afford to buy her diamond jewelry or a Cartier watch doesn't mean you don't love your mom. If you're looking for a special way to honor the most important woman in your life this Mother's Day, consider these suggestions.

Woman with TreeUse your green thumb

Plant a tree or flowering bush in her backyard as a living, lasting reminder of Mother's Day 2009.

Plant a forest

Plant a tree (or trees) in a national forest. The Arbor Day Foundation offers trees — and Give-A-Tree Cards to announce your gift -- starting at $5.

Buy a brick

Is Mom a NASCAR fan? Buy a commemorative brick with her name on it for the Ceremonial Plaza at the main entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Thousands of visitors will see her name each year.

Cruise on by

If your Mom lives near a coast, lake or river, give her a romantic lunch, dinner or sunset cocktail cruise.

Give her a break

Why not relieve Mom of some mundane chores so she can take a well-deserved break? Gift certificates are available for all kinds of services, from errand-running to house-cleaning. Or you could create your own coupons offering your services.

You're my shining star

When Mom's the star of your life, what could be better than an eternal flame that will shine in the heavens for thousands of years to come? For under $100, you can name a star after her and present Mom with the deed.

Up, up and away

How about a hot-air balloon ride for Mom and a guest? it's hard to imagine a more uplifting experience than floating through the sky at sunrise or sunset, enjoying breathtaking views below.

Frame her

Are you crafty? Honor Mom with a framed scrapbook page dedicated to her. Simply combine a few photos with some text, flowers, buttons, ribbon or motherhood-themed stickers. Consider using a poem or quote as the basis.

Make a scrapbook

If you have more time to spend, create a mini-scrapbook based on a theme such as generations of love, happy childhood memories or the ABC's of motherhood.

Make it yourself

Anything made by your loving hands is a sure way to please and honor Mom. For example, you could needlepoint a favorite saying about motherhood.

Help Mother Earth

Does your Mom practically have "reduce, reuse and recycle" tattooed on her forehead? Honor both her and the environment by making a donation in her name to the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy or National Geographic Society.

Wanna race?

Maybe your Mom is more the adventurous, daredevil type. Give her a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take the wheel of a Corvette, dragster or Indy car at a speedway near you.


Make a donation to Mom's favorite charity or alma mater in her name.

Special Sunday

If your Mom is no longer living, you can still honor her with a religious ceremony if your church allows masses or services to be reserved in a person's honor.

Fresh flowers

Another way to remember a deceased mother is to hold a family memorial at her gravesite. Bring fresh flowers, and have participants read a favorite Bible verse or inspirational passage.



Comments on "15 Ways to honor mom this Mother's Day"

lexi carter May 08, 2011 | 9:38 AM

i need something to do on mothers day when u have nobody and u dont know where your mother is at and u havent seen her sence u was little like me i am 11 and i have not saw my mom sence i was very little and today is mothers day and i dont know where she is at if anybody can find somebody named christan i dont know her lastt name but it starts with a c and just tell me if u do bye

Kathy April 30, 2009 | 12:47 PM

What great ideas! Every year, my brother and I give Mom the day off and treat her to stuff like breakfast in bed. Though I know she loves that kind of stuff, I want to do something different this year and invest in something really special for her. I really want to give her something that she’s going to treasure a lifetime and always remind her of me, so I decided that I'd get her a nice piece of jewelry with the year and "Happy Mother's Day" engraved in it. I was looking online for some ideas and I came across the Jewelry Information Center. They had tons of great gift ideas for this Mother’s Day. My mom would appreciate anything I give her, but I think that she deserves to really be splurged on every now and then. I found lots of great things on JIC; they are definitely the web source for everything and anything jewelry related. I came across this great section they have called Jewelry Stories, an area for people visiting the site to submit their personal jewelry stories. They’re really inspiring to read, and some even give you good ideas for not only what to get someone, but how to give it to them (there are some great proposal stories in there). Those who submit their stories are also entered into a sweepstakes to possibly win a Journey Diamond Necklace, which is obviously a great extra perk. Mother’s Day is a week away so I definitely suggest checking out JIC for some great ideas!!

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