An Autumn Buncn. After an original work by Francis Edward James (1849-1920).
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By Barbara Thau
May 7, 2015

It’s a few days before Mother’s Day. Have you found the perfect gift yet? The National Retail Federation expects the holiday to ring up $21 billion in retail sales this year, and the promotions can be relentless.

Fortune thought we’d take another approach for ideas. What do some of the most powerful, successful CEOs give (and get)? What do they count as their most memorable gifts? Here are what five CEOs told us. Some of these stories are surprisingly moving.

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