It wasn't the norm, this shopping in a big store for a Christmas gift for my mom. Our excitement palpable. What would she really like? My brother and I had $20 total to spend and the world at our fingertips it seemed. We settled on an elephant poster coated in plastic wrap, which made it feel like a priceless piece of art. She collected elephants, so it seemed the logical choice.
And then we picked out an Elvis Christmas cassette. Yes, Elvis. To this day, I have no idea why. My mom didn't listen to Elvis. But we bought it and we gave it to her with great joy and anticipation. We would listen to that Christmas tape for years to come. Every time I hear an Elvis Christmas carol, it takes me back to my childhood. Memories. We never really know when they will solidify in our minds.
I don't know if my mom remembers that Christmas. Or the gifts. Honestly, I don't remember many other gifts I've given her over the years.
Except one. About 14 years ago.
It was simple, yet heartfelt. And it didn't come from a store. Yes, perhaps Christmas meant a little bit more. Okay, I couldn't help myself.
Some, I typed on the computer for easy reading. Others I scribbled in my own handwriting. And I filled the vase until I could think of nothing more to add.
Thank you for teaching me to be respectful.
Remember the time we took the duck camping?
Remember when we road horses on the beach?
And it made her cry when she opened it.
Mom took it to work and put it on her desk. For months to come she took out one piece of paper to read. Each day the gift presented her with a good memory or thank you. It was the best mom gift she'd received.
May I suggest heading down memory lane this Christmas or Mother's day? I promise this gift will hit your mama or other loved one right smack in the heart. Think outside the box. This could be for an aunt, grandma, sister, friend, newly weds, etc.
I'd love to see your creations, so please snap a photo of your vase or other container and post it in the comments here or on Facebook. Share your ideas for the best mom gift.
I also use this vase idea instead of baby books for all four of my kiddos. It's so much easier to snag a piece of paper, date it, and write down what ever happened and stick it in the vase. I keep it in the kitchen for easy access. The kids LOVE when we pull the jar out and start reading from it.
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