There’s still time to pick out the perfect Mothers Day gifts for Mom and Grandma. Interestingly, a recent Verizon Wireless survey found a surprising disconnect between what kids plan to buy their moms and what moms actually want.
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According to the survey, only 11 percent of kids plan to give a tech gadget as a Mother’s Day present. However, 70 percent of moms prefer to receive a tablet or smartphone for Mother’s Day rather than cards or flowers. Moms in the survey slightly prefer tablets to smartphones as gifts, 25 percent to 19 percent. [Infographic courtesy of Verizon.]
According to the survey, 95 percent of moms say tech makes their lives easier, and 53 percent use tech devices to keep track of their kids.
Here are a few suggestions to suit any mom’s preferences, tech or otherwise.
Mom doesn’t have to be a gadget goddess to appreciate an awesome tablet computer like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. She can read Kindle books, play Words With Friends and keep up with email, among many other things, on a sleek tablet offering zippy performance and a vibrant, gorgeous display.
Think mom doesn’t want a vacuum for Mother’s Day? Ask if she’d make an exception for a Dyson. Almost everyone wants a Dyson, even if she doesn’t know it yet. The new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball offers amazing suction with an array of handy tools for cleaning anywhere and everywhere.
The Dyson DC59 Motorhead combines the incredible suction power of a Dyson with the convenience of a cordless stick vac. It goes everywhere, from your car or SUV to up and down your stairs as well as all over your house.
Cinda b has what mom wants
If you’re looking for a very special treat for mom, consider a cinda b Metro Bag with matching smartphone case. I tried and reviewed the Metro Bag and matching smartphone hard case and found them to be absolutely wonderful.
A new mom would be thrilled with cinda b’s stylish Babe-A-Licious Baby Bag II, available in a variety of adorable patterns and colors.
If mom looks forward to spending time at the pool or beach, take a look at cinda b’s Beach Bag II. All of cinda b’s designer products are well-made and durable, and most are machine washable.
Walk in comfort and style
It’s hard to beat Crocs when it comes to comfortable shoes, and when I say Crocs, I mean the real thing, not the knock-offs.
There’s a huge difference between a real pair of Crocs and a cheap pair of clogs you get at a discount store. You can find real Crocs in dozens of different styles and colors, not just in the classic clog.
Photo books or calendars
Right now at Shutterfly.com, you can save up to 50% on selected photo gift items such as photo books, calendars and wall art.
Photo calendars and photo books are an especially great gift for grandmas who seem to already have everything they need, but they can never have too many photos of the grandchildren. Copy all of the photos you’d like to use in a calendar into their own folder for ease of uploading. Once you upload the photos to Shutterfly, creating a photo book or calendar is a breeze.
About those flowers
If you do plan to order flowers for mom, be sure to buy them directly from a flower shop rather than through a wire service. Ordering flowers online means a wire service will take a huge cut off the top, leaving very little for the flower shop to use for putting together an attractive arrangement.
Your mom will receive a much nicer flower arrangement – for less money – if you take the time to find a local flower shop and contact them directly. If you don’t know the area where your mom lives very well, you should be able to find online reviews of local florists or ask other people you know who live there for referrals.
You could also call a funeral home in the area and find out what florist they recommend. I know it sounds morbid to contact a funeral home about a Mother’s Day arrangement, but they would know which florists sell quality products.
If you live close to mom, you can save yourself some dough and still get a lovely arrangement by visiting a grocery store’s floral department. They buy flowers from the same distributors as standalone flower shops but generally sell their arrangements for a lot less. I recently had a beautiful arrangement from a Harris Teeter grocery store which stayed fresh and gorgeous for well over a week.
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