The Best Gift For Mom

The Best Mom Gift
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.

I took a simple clear glass vase and some scrapbook paper and filled the vase with memories and thank you's.

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.

The Best Mom Gift by MelindaTodd

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.

Matthewmemoryjarmelindatodd_opt Chadmemoryjarmelindatodd_opt

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.

You may also enjoy: Love Lessons from Gram

Love Lessons From Gram


Mel signature

Linking Up at:
Missional Women

Maz Kwok

*Post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you. See full disclosure at Privacy & Disclosures Policies



  1. Janice Fitzpatrick

    Love this! Straight from the heart…to mine! Thx Mel!!! <3 Wish my momma was still alive but this spoke volumes to me…. We didn't have much in the way of monetary things but my momma, bless her soul, took the time to make every day seem special. I would tell her in poetry and song and notes through the years but this Mel is such a simple and wonderful idea!
    Your idea has my creative juices flowing and I am thinking along of the lines of modifying this as Christmas gifts for my own children and sharing just how special they are, as well as friends and relatives. I'd do the notes in lunches when they were young but I think it's time again to take the pen out again….
    When the wraps and presents are strewn around or forgotten weeks later the memories of treasured times will out last everything else…."Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" Philippians 4:8.

  2. What a great idea! – How fun would it be to give a replica to their spouse when they marry? They could go over all those memories together and learn so much about each other that way. I am sure the memories of your kids would spur conversations with their spouse about their childhood memories! What fun!

    • Yes! I think we could twist this to fit almost any relationship. I think I may fill one for each child when they move out and copy down their firsts and memories etc. It would be fun to give to a sister, aunt, friend, etc.

  3. What a beautiful gift! A gift straight from your heart to your Mother’s heart. What a blessing and treasure for your Mother. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  4. Pingback: Here Come The Distractions Of Christmas -

Comments are closed