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What do you think your mom really wants this year for Mother's Day? Breakfast in bed? Maybe, if you're a good cook. Another piece of jewelry? If she's been a mom long enough, she's probably got more than she can wear. What about a framed picture of the grandkids? Okay, probably yes on that one.

Some moms are happy just knowing that, on one special day out of the year, you pause to recognize everything she does for the family.

This year, take it one step further and give her a gift to recognize not only her, but also the millions of mothers around the world who need our help. A charitable donation to Heifer in honor of your mother provides a gift of livestock that helps moms in need around the world reach lives of dignity and self-reliance. It just my be the best Mother's Day gift idea you ever have.

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Think about it: does she really need another "I heart Mom" necklace? Give her a goat instead! It's a much more practical way to say "Happy Mother's Day."

Have you ever given your mom a Heifer alternative gift for Mother's Day? Tell us how she liked it in the comments section.

Author

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.