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Priceless Gifts for Mother's Day

Of all the gifts she gave us, please

The greatest of these

Were the memories.

---Isabella Graham


She nurtured you, encouraged you, believed in you, and gave you time and space to find your own place in the world. She gave you her hand to hold, her heart to call home, and the gift of laughter to keep and to share. What can you give her in return?


Through the years, your mother made a treasure out of every finger-painting, home-made present, and photograph that reminds her of you. This year, for mother’s day, show her once again that some of the best gifts in life cost the least but mean the most.  For example:


-Frame a photo of the two of you, and write her a note describing your memories of that shared moment.

-Buy a small flowering tree like a cherry, dogwood, or crabapple, and plant it in her yard. She’ll think of you as she watches it grow and bloom.

-Buy two matching teacups; give her one, and keep the other. Tell her to think of you sharing tea together whenever she uses hers.

-Write a letter describing some of your fondest and most beautiful childhood memories together.

-Give her a set of stationery or a box of cards, pre-stamped and hand-written with your address. Promise her a response to every letter she writes.


Here at Compendium, almost all of our most popular Mother’s Day gifts cost under $15.  One of the best examples is a little hardcover book entitled, “My Mom—Her Story, Her Words.”


This book is filled with questions that only your Mom can answer—questions such as, “Mom, when you were a child, what was your neighborhood like?  What is the best memory of your own Mom and Dad?”  You’ll spark conversation, cherish old memories and create new ones as she answers these questions, and end up with a family heirloom in your mother’s own handwriting.  This book costs only $9.95, but creates a priceless keepsake—something that will be treasured for generations to come.


No matter how you decide to remember your Mom this Mother’s Day, remember this: in the end, the true value of a gift is not its price, but its significance.


As we at Compendium get ready for Mother’s Day, we’d love to hear from you about special memories of your Mom.  Is there a meal she always made, a flower she always grew, a saying that makes you think of her?  Post your memories here. Join our community and share the love.



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hope 04.22.2010 | 4:55 PM

    My mother always grows cosmos in her garden--they're a tall spindly flower in shades of purple and lilac and white. Her mother used to grow them too, and whenever I see them in someone's yard or garden, I'm reminded of the creative, artistic, and wonderful line of women in my family history.
  • 2 Figo 04.26.2010 | 12:19 PM

    I come from a family of five brothers and sisters, and we all treasured our mom, especiallyfor her wise advice. Whenever any of us would come to her with a problem, she would listen patiently (for and hour if necessary)to every word we said,without ever interrupting,and when we finally said, "Mom, what should I do?", she would always give the same advice in a very loving tone. "Honey," she would say,"that must be very difficult, but I believe in you, and I'm sure you'll figure out the right thing to do." She knew we didn't really want advice, we just wanted someone to care.
  • 3 Jeanae 04.26.2010 | 12:39 PM

    My mom always told me, "If you're going to hoot like an owl, you better soar like an eagle." This has been such good advice for me especially in business. There are events that go on all the time that last until all hours of the night and are fun but when you have a board meeting the next morning you've got to be ready to answer the bell. I love my mom for teaching me this early.
  • 4 Jason LaBaw 04.28.2010 | 10:20 AM

    My mom made the best huckleberry beer batter pancakes.
  • 5 Rosie Zadra 05.07.2010 | 7:30 AM

    My mom used to take my brother and I camping every summer, sometimes for weeks at a time. She would let us get dirty and ride bikes around with us and make up ridiculous songs. She would make us hot coco and soup when it rained and dried our shoes over the fire. She really encouraged us to explore and to be kids in our hearts forever.
  • 6 Keith Eneix 11.19.2013 | 9:41 PM

    Frankly, my mom would make some incredible cinnamon rolls that were irresistible.

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