Huckberry Giveaway: A Pie + Poem for Mom

by Brett & Kate McKay on May 4, 2012 · 183 comments

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PSA: Mother’s Day is next Sunday. Have you thought about what you’re going to get the moms in your life for the day we honor motherhood? If not, we’ve got you covered.

Huckberry, the manly membership deal site, has teamed up with two artisans in California–the typewriter-toting poet Zach Houston, recently profiled on NPR and Jaynelle St. Jean, the pie-wizardress behind Pietisserie–to help to create the ultimate Mother’s Day Gift: a pie + a poem.

The idea is simple but brilliant: you tell Huckberry what’s unique about your mom and Zach the poet will use the details to write a custom poem for her on his Swiss-made, green 1968 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Huckberry will then package the poem in an artisan box that will also include two mini-pies of your choice from Jaynelle the pie lady, a flower, and a hand-stamped package with your name on it.

It’s personal. It’s unique. And your mom will love it.

The pie + poem offer ends this Sunday, and supplies are limited, so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to give this great gift for your own mom or the mother of your children. (It’s only $35! Way better than a boring old $75 flower bouquet.) Sign up for Huckberry’s membership site using this link to get an exclusive AoM $5 credit. [Update: Huckberry has now sold out of all available pie + poem sets. The giveaway will still be open until tomorrow though and hopefully we'll do this again next year.]

In the meantime, we’re giving away one Mother’s Day pie + poem package to one lucky AoM reader. To enter, simply share something you love about your mom (or your significant other if she’s a mom) in the comments. We’ll pick one random comment as the winner. The deadline to enter is Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11AM CDT. It’s a short contest, so no dilly dallying!

1 Robert Petersen May 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Whats unique about my mom is that she has been able to raise 7 full siblings who each have different personalities yet she always knows exactly how to approach each issue that comes up. She is a saint.

2 TJ W. May 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I love how much she sacrifices for her family.

3 Eric May 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

My mom LOVED to read to me when I was a little kid; that bestowed upon me a love for reading that carries to today. Couldn’t thank her enough for that!

4 TJ May 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

My mother is the strongest woman I know. No matter what happens she is able to come up with a solution. She has worked so hard to support my sister and me ever since my father left and she has done a tremendous job. She truly deserves this.

5 Joshua Butcher May 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

For my mom: she always brings joy into whatever she does.

For my wife: she takes great pains to know and love each of our three children as special individuals.

6 Mike May 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

My Mom has been working as a under-privileged pre-school teacher for the past 5 or so years treating every child like her own and spending money she doesnt have to make sure that her students get at least one present for Christmas; while she raised teenage boys in a single household.

7 Mike May 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

My mom is an incredible hard worker!

8 Jordon May 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

My mom is a pretty fantastic lady. She raised me on her own, takes care of my grandpa (and before that, my grandma too), and she never asks for anything in return.

I would love to get her this pie/poem combo!

9 Brad May 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

My wife loves a bargain, but she bases it on how much she is saving, rather than on the value of the thing. Yesterday, she almost had me joining a country club 45 minutes away, even though I don’t golf, and we have a pool, simply because they reduced the initiation fee 97%, from $10,000 to $$250.

10 Joseph Francis May 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

She taught me everything I know!

11 Zack May 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm


12 Andrew May 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My mom makes the best borscht

13 Michael Lupia May 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

My mother raised 6 of us (the first 5– myself included–were born one year apart). While having the first 5, she made it through nursing school while working full-time. While raising 5 of us and having the 6th (my little sister) 8 years later, she earned her Bachelor’s in nursing…also while working more than full-time. Not only is her resume impressive (she went on to her earn her Master’s and held a spot on a state board of nursing), I remember how much she loved to play with us. She and I played basketball for hours, went to the park to form pick-up soccer games, and loved to go on long runs. Growing up, I saw a strong, happy woman who never let stress get in the way of being a wonderful mother. She rocks. If I don’t win, I still like the poem and pie idea. Thanks for sharing it!

14 Alan May 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

My mom is awesome because she was able to provide for the family as a single mom, make my lunch, do my laundry, and cook every night. I still don’t know how she did it!

15 Steve Frese May 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

My mother instilled in my brother and I a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around us, gave us the tools to search out whatever interested us, supported our endeavors, scolded us when we deserved it, and taught us that literature, tolerance, and an openness to novel experiences were the methods by which we could make our lives and the lives of others richer and more meaningful.

16 Ashleigh Wallin May 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My mom is a very special mom to me, because she has had so many hardships that she has had to brave through, and still stuck by me and my brothers sides. She helped me realize that love is the most powerful force, and it can help you through anything. The one time that my mother needed me, when her father died, I stuck by her like she had for me, and she got better sooner than I ever thought possible. To this day she struggles with money, food and even a job, but she always finds time for me.

Sorry if that’s a long/girly read, but I appreciate your time.

17 Adventure Fist May 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My mom put 4 kids through college without any assistance, with only her job managing houses for the disabled and handicapped who cannot care for themselves. I’m proud to say I am who I am today because of her.

18 Joel May 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

My mom never forgot ANYTHING. She had everyone where they needed to be, when they needed to be there, and made dinner available at separate times for us when schedules conflicted. And, after a day of taking care of kids, she helped my dad at an evening job to provide a little extra income for the family.

19 Josh Payne May 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

My mother always gave my sister and me the benefit of the doubt. Whether it was trouble at school or in the neighborhood, my mom always had my back until the evidence proved my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. As I have grown older, I have learned that trait is an exception to the norm. Additionally, my mom contributed to my conversation abilities as she broke me of the “one-up” tendencies at a young age.

20 Scott Sideleau May 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

My mother always did a great job figuring out how to stretch a dollar to make a lot with what was arguably very little. She learned that trait from her mother, who learned it from her mother, and so on up the family tree. I would love to give her something as unique as this gift to let her know — in a different way — how much she is loved for what she did for my twin sister and I, as children.

21 Tim Mo May 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I love my mom because she always supports and encourages me – no matter what I’m doing. She takes an interest in it and cheers me along all the way. Thanks Mom!

22 Matt Mc May 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

What I love about my mom is that no matter what happens, whatever kind of ridiculous trouble I seem to find myself in, my mom is there to lend some help and provide some much needed advice.

23 Jacob Carlson May 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

My mom adopted my brother and I and have loved and appreciated us for who we are since day one. Love you Mom!

24 Kelyn May 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

What’s amazing about my mom is the fact that she was able to raise my sister and I without the help of our father. She sacraficed so much to make sure we had every oppurtunity we could to be successful, and today I think my sister and I are examples of that hard work. My sister is a Psychology major at San Francisco State, and I am a Paramedic in Vallejo. Thanks mom!

25 Dave L. May 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My mom: She loves us kids unconditionally and taught us the value of family.

My wife: She is always available for whatever our kids need while still teaching them every step of the way.

26 Ben May 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love how she gives us space to be ourselves even though she’s prone to smother us with attention and advice.

27 Eric V. May 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

How much she cares even after all these years. For her kids, her family, her friends, and her patients.

28 Matt Cole May 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I love my mommy because she makes the best brownies!!!!!!!!

29 Kent May 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

My mom has always given selflessly to care for ailing family members to the point of great personal sacrifice.

30 David Wainwright May 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Her love is unconditional, and I took that for granted as a kid.

31 Daniel Smith May 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

What I love most about my wife is that she is an astounding mother to our 4 year old boy.

32 bookworm May 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

my mom never stops talking

33 Tom May 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

My mom makes constant efforts to keep in touch and stay connected. I may be quite terrible at remembering to call up my relatives and stay social (and anyone who isn’t in my immediate locale, really), but she’s always there to help keep me connected to my family.

34 Jim May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

My mother is a strong women whose had to go through a lot in her life to achieve her goals. She raised 4 kids, basically took charge of the family when my father was diagnosed with cancer, all while maintaining a strong career. She’s always been there for me and supported me in life. She has an extraordinary love and commitment to our family. That’s why I love her.

35 Shane May 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

All of the women in my family are great mothers to their children and in many ways the rock that holds our family together.They are the ones that always force the man to take time from our busy schedules and make time for family get togethers. We are a much closer family because of them.

36 Matthew Poertner May 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Mom: Sorry about plowing my bulbous baby head through your lady parts. You’re the best!

37 Greg May 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My mom was always supportive of my sister and me. We never doubted her love for use despite our antics.

38 Jeff May 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love my mom for raising me and my two sisters the best way she knows how. And managing to do a fine job of it as well. Shes put up with me for 23 years, and as always I am always grateful

39 Mke May 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My mom is the hardest working lady i have ever seen, and no matter what she never gives up. She has survived cancer 2 times and every day fights harder and always has a smile on her face.

40 Sean Taitt May 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

My mom is a single mother of 2… she worked 2 jobs, dealt with countless struggles and helped me graduate from USC with a masters degree…she is simply amazing.

41 Leslie May 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

My mom is always there for me when I need her. She is a doctor, and with 2 small kids of my own I really take advantage of that.

42 Ethan May 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

her devotion to her religious life and her family

43 Evan May 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

My mom has always been my biggest supporter!

44 Victor Peoro May 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

My mom is the best. When I was busy packing knifes and arrows for camping, she packed my underwear.

45 Christian Miksanek May 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’ve played violin since I was five years old, and my mother has supported me every step of the way. She wouldn’t let me quit!

46 Doug May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Mom’s ability to link everything to zombies and flamingos.

47 Don F May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My wife is special because she puts the needs of our toddler above all else

48 Mike May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I love the fact that my Mom has an encyclopedic mind when it comes to recipes. And when and how to use them. And what to substitute, if you don’t have an ingredient. And, whenever we go over there, the table is straining with food, of the type and variety her mother made, delicious.

49 will May 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My mom moved across the country to take care of her mom.

50 Matt McCraw May 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My wife is an awesome mom. I love that she goes out of her way to help me be a good father to our son.

51 Jeremy May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

My mom taught us that learning is a lifelong endeavor. Once we were old enough to know what a dictionary was, her default answer became “Look it up in the dictionary.” Of course she helped if we really needed it, but that environment not only taught me to find solutions and answers for myself, but also to try new things (and not fear failure) and to be open to ideas and concepts that I had yet to experience. Being true to form, she went back to school after all the kids left the house and has been collecting degrees ever since. She’s an inspirational woman!

52 jon May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

She’ amazingly supportive even though i choose to do things that she wouldn’t agree with.

53 Benjamin May 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I love how she puts her self before everyone else no matter what

54 Josh Glover May 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

My mom has driven to my college (hour and a half away) just to do my laundry. I think she misses me! No one can compare to her. She’s so great!

55 Seth May 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Or…you could write you own poem! Your mother will love it. It doesn’t have to be long, and it doesn’t have to rhyme. (Many, many types of poems don’t rhyme.) And for those who don’t think writing poetry is manly, let me refer you to some of the greatest poets in history:
King David
King Solomon
William Shakespeare
Edgar Allen Poe
Robert Frost
Be creative!

56 Seth May 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

My mom raised, and homeschooled, nine of us kids, is the sweetest mother I know. She has worked so hard to be the perfect mother to us, and husband to my father. She has excelled at both, although she would never admit to it herself. She has been an example of love, humility, patience, kindness, and integrity. I love my mother!

57 Nolan May 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

My Mother is the most charitable person I know. She is constantly going out of her way to serve those in her community. She is addicted to service. What a great example. She is also completed consumed with her grandchildren. I love that she takes so much pride and joy in her grandchildren.

58 Derek B May 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

What’s unique about my mom, Chris, is that she has exercised every day for the last 7 years!

59 Keaton Aktay May 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I love how my mom always puts others first.

60 Jimmy T. May 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love how my mom taught me to be a leader by always taking responsibility. She always demonstrated how to act, instead of just telling us kids, and her example helped me tremendously.

61 Tyler Moncrief May 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Both of my parents have passed in the last couple years, but I live with my nana now. (grandma) We don’t get along all that great, but she’s a great person. She has raised (or is in the process of raising) seven kids, two of which were hers. She raised my dad and his brother, her nephew who was about ten years younger than them, is raising my two cousins who are about fifteen years younger than the nephew, me, and a six year old who isn’t even technically related at all. She’s sixty-seven (I believe) and has been raising at least one kid since she was sixteen, not an open year since.

62 Eric May 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

The great thing about my mom is there is no “unbreachable” subject, I feel comfortable talking to her about anything and everything.

63 Rebekah A. May 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Dropping everything to drive 7+ hours to stay with me when I was having a mental breakdown!

64 Cal M May 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I love my mom’s sense of humor.

65 Mike Manfrin May 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I love that my mother has 100% supported me despite my errant means and motivations. Love you mom.

66 anes ljubuncic May 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I love my mom because she’s so caring and supportive

67 Josiah May 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My mom is a mother of 8 who has homeschooled all of us. We didn’t always have an immaculate house, but she always cared for us. Not to mention she was a wonderful example of what a loving, supportive wife and mother can be in today’s world.

As the song goes, “I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old dad.”

68 Nicholas May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

On mothers day I celebrate how much my grandmother has done for me and my mother over the years. My grandmother gets most of the credit for raising me and supporting me as a child.

69 Dustin Hunter May 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

my mom has never tried to tell me what i want to do is is stupid. and she is an amazing teacher

70 Tanner Pinney May 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My mom is da mom bomb. Period. She always gets it done, no matter what the issues are. She’s selfless, generous and ingenious. I strive every day to be more like her.

71 Ryan Hagenson May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

My mum once worked three jobs and went to college at the same time because she had kids to feed and a drive to better herself.

72 Brian B. May 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

My mom is awesome because she loves me no matter what, even when I don’t do my best at returning the love.

My wife is an awesome mother for so many reasons that I can’t nail it down to one. I am grateful for her constant loyalty and support in all that I’ve tried to do in our life together.

73 Josh Kamra May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I love my mom so much! I would give her a pie I made but she is the best at baking while I prefer cooking. I love the tenderness she shares with everyone along with the loving advice she has given me for the past 18 years. I will be going off to college soon but I will always be her “little boy” till the day she dies.

Love you mom!

74 M. Bedrosian May 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My mom practically invented patience.

75 DJM May 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

My wife is an incredible mother, unique in her vision and understanding about her children, and her abilities to make me a better dad.

76 Charlie May 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

My mother is an incredible woman. She loves me unconditionally and is very understanding, no matter what trouble I get myself into.

77 Nathan May 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

My mom patiently homeschooled me all the way, now that is truly a mother’s gift. Love you mom!

78 Josh Martin May 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

My mom is raising seven children. She works every day serving us and expressing her love towards us in all that she does.

79 Malandro May 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Mom can’t give up on persian rugs, even when they are too old or just plain ugly.


80 Nick May 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

My mom my taught me discipline — always repeating “If you have a job to do, never stop until it’s through, be it big or be it small, do it well or not at all.”

81 Tim May 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

My mom made sure I never went without a hot meal, or a warm smile.

My wife knows what’s best in life, and gives it of herself to our whole family.

82 Michael Gruber May 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

My mom put me through college and is about to help put me through law school. She’s earned it.

83 Nate Aug May 5, 2012 at 1:06 am

What’s unique about my mom is that despite the amount of financial stress that my family has been in, she’s always been there for me. Even now, when we argue about my college decision and how expensive it is going to be for me, I know she only wants what is best for me and wants me to consider all the options.

84 Adam May 5, 2012 at 1:13 am

I love my mom so much I already bought her one! If I win, the prize would go to an equally important person this mother’s day!

85 Victor May 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

I love my mom for the way she always has and always will be there to protect us. She may regard me and my siblings as adults while we’re outside, but as soon as we set foot in her house, it’s back to being just one of her darling babies.

86 Christopher Darling May 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

Simply put, her patience for the sometimes erroneous behavior of her four sons.

87 David Stevenson May 5, 2012 at 2:24 am

My Mother was my best friend growing up and I still love to talk and spend time with her.

88 Baxter May 5, 2012 at 3:24 am

My mom is a strong woman and has always been there for me.

89 Bradley May 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

What I love about my mom is that in all my 20 years of living with my heart condition, she has been by my side for every hospital visit, surgery, and emergency event… 24/7, holding my hand, helping me feel comfortable, and encouraging me. Also, when my dad had to stop working, she took on two jobs like a champ and has supported our family for the last six or seven years. She works harder than anyone I have ever met. She is truly a gem.

90 Aaron H May 5, 2012 at 6:01 am

My Mom is the bee’s knees because she patiently taught me and my three siblings to play tennis. Now we all have a way to hang out, have fun, and stay healthy until we are old and gray. Best of all, she can still beat all four of us!

91 Luis A May 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

My mother despite my falls, trials,and tribulations has been there till the end. As a 15 year old, I know that she will be there for me always, loving and rooting me on. Mom, I love you even though you think I don’t tell you enough :)

92 Josh W May 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

My mother always knows the right thing to say and will listen to me tell her things she really doesn’t want to know without passing judgement, and with a smile on her face. Thanks Mum

93 Evan W May 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

My mom is someone who always cares, always loves, and always helps. I’m blessed to have her in my life and I’m grateful that she continues to teach me more about life.

94 Paul Rodriguez May 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

My mom is the kind of women that will do anything for anybody to help them. In the whole picture its a good trait but sometimes it could be annoying.

95 Arjan May 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

My mother is my best friend.. And I’m 18 years old.

96 William LaRue May 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

She truly cares for others more than for herself; a trait I need to inherit.

97 William LaRue May 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

She truly cares for others more than for herself; a trait I wish to inherit.

98 William LaRue May 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

She truly cares for others more than for herself.

99 William LaRue May 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

She truly cares for others more than for herself

100 David Moran May 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

My mom is the mother of 7 sons. Myself and all of my brothers owe everything to her. She has been our role model, teacher, nurse, encouragement, listening ear, cheerleader, and so much more. I know that my brothers and I have put her through a lot and could never show her the gratitude she deserves.

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