Me books. Go page by page with mom to fill in the blanks on everything from her childhood toys and crushes to her views on work and the world. The conversation will make memories that last a lifetime — along with the hard cover keepsake. Picture of Me: Who Am I in 221 Questions or The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Biography in 201 Questions — each about $11 on Amazon.com.
Green thumb. Gather the goods to garden indoors or out. Select packs of seeds, gloves and a small shovel for less than $10 for an afternoon of planting.