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15 Ways to honor mom this Mother's Day

Celeste Gish is a freelance writer and recovering Gonzo Mom based in the Savannah area. Her work has been published in ABA Bank Marketing, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Health Management Technology, Advance for Health Information Profe...

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.

Donate

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.

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