Mother’s Day is in just one week! If you’re like me, you struggle with what to buy the mom in your life that adequately communicates how special she is to you. And what do you buy for her without cluttering up her house with more trinkets?
Several years ago, I stumbled on an idea that I found in a magazine. This was before Pinterest, and before Ann mentioned a similar idea on her blog. My sister and I got to work. My husband and his siblings made one for my mother-in-law as well.
It is so easy, but so full of love! If you don’t have much time, this is still very doable. Best of all, I can’t tell you how many times my mom has mentioned that this is one of her most favorite gifts.
What could be this great? A memory jar!
The concept is simple. Write down on slips of paper any wonderful memories from childhood, family traditions, funny stories, things you love about your mom. One memory per slip. Have all your siblings do the same. Then, gather them into a pretty jar and present it to mom on Mother’s Day. The idea is that every day, mom will pull a slip out of the jar and read a memory. We tried to put enough in for one year of memories without repeating!
How wonderful it is to honor our Mom in this way. I hope that in 15 years, when my children are out of the nest, that they will make a memory jar for me!