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May 07, 2021

Thoughtful Ways to Honor Your Mother

While the pandemic has disrupted countless lives in the past year, perhaps a silver lining has been a strengthened appreciation many of us have discovered for family. This Mother's Day, even more than in most years, we all have a welcome opportunity to show gratitude to our moms and the moms in our lives.

Traditional Mother's Day gifts, such as flowers and scented candles, are lovely. But this year especially, you may want to consider a more meaningful gift that shows her how much you love and honor her.

Below are a few ideas to make Mother's Day 2021 a day to remember.

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Share gifts that match her interests

Whether your mother loves art museums, gardens, music or reading, she'll know you pay attention if you give a gift that reflects those interests. Think about how she likes to spend her time and consider a membership or subscription to enhance those experiences.

For instance, if your mom loves to read, consider a Book of the Month club subscription to introduce new books into her library. 

If she loves gardens and is local to Southern California, or a frequent visitor there, a membership to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is a great option. It offers access to the gardens, galleries and private member events, including plant sales, lectures and concerts. Similarly in Nashville, a membership to the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens provides access to the estate and reciprocal access to more than 300 gardens and 60 museums across the Southeast.

For a music lover, membership to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum provides access to the galleries, private tours and support for the museum and its programs. 

If your mother loves art museums, consider a membership to local museums. Often memberships include free admission, early access to exhibits and special events. 

Subscriptions and memberships also help businesses and organizations recoup some of the losses sustained during the pandemic.

Donate in her name

Whether your mother spends her time volunteering today or remembers showing you how to give to others when you were young, a donation can be even more valuable to her than a gift.

For example, if you and your mother enjoy playing golf, a donation to First Tee could acknowledge your mutual love of the game and the charitable impulse she encourages in you. First Tee, which began in 1997 through a partnership of multiple golf organizations, makes golf accessible and affordable to kids from low-to-moderate income households and includes a life skills curriculum.

Another option is to focus on motherhood by supporting an organization like Every Mother Counts, the New York-based global nonprofit that seeks to make childbirth safe for every woman. Since 2010, Every Mother Counts has invested $21 million in grants to 29 programs in nine countries. And in 2021, with the pandemic making it even more difficult for many women to access quality, respectful and equitable maternity care, supporting mothers is as urgent as ever.

If your mother has a cause that's special to her, such as protecting animals, nurturing victims of child abuse or feeding hungry families, you also can look for a local charity that provides those services in her area.

Honor someone she loves

Another way to show your mother how much you love and respect her is to make a gift to a charity in the name of someone she loves. Most nonprofits allow you to donate in honor of someone who is living or in memory of someone who has passed away.

She may appreciate a gift to a cause her own mother cared about. If there's a place her parents treasured, consider putting their name on a bench there.

Charities, nonprofits and arts organizations accept donations of any size. If you choose to contribute in honor of your mother or someone she loves, be sure to include her contact information so she can be notified and thanked by the organization.

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This article is for general information and education only. It is provided as a courtesy to the clients and friends of City National Bank (City National). City National does not warrant that it is accurate or complete. Opinions expressed and estimates or projections given are those of the authors or persons quoted as of the date of the article with no obligation to update or notify of inaccuracy or change.

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