Happy Mother's Day!
If you haven't found a gift for Mom yet, you might not be so happy. And if your mother is long distance and you forgot to send something, you're really not happy. Well, turn that frown upside down. Here are a few solutions for you to show how much you love her, without it being obvious that you're a procrastinator.
Gift Card: Yeah, yeah, old news. Still, gift cards are the ultimate last-minute gift, and perfect for the picky mother. If you're really in a rush, just drop by Safeway, and grab a gift card of your choice from the Gift Card Mall kiosk. You can find anything from Nordstrom, to Borders, to the Apple Store, and more. Then, pair the card with something related to it. If it's a Starbucks card, buy a bag of coffee, place the gift card on the outside, and tie a bow around both, with a lovely card, of course.
Online E-Card: The gift card is great and all, but what if Mom is hundreds of miles away? That's what the e-card is for, which many retailers are now offering, including Macy's, Sephora, Victoria's Secret, DSW, Amazon, Kohl's, Aveda, and Philosophy to name a few. Some even include custom greetings and designs. These gift cards don't need a postman, they'll be delivered straight to Mom's e-mail.
Make a Slideshow: OK, this is a little more ambitious, but if you're lazing around on a Sunday, it shouldn't be too rough. Visit Animoto.com and set up a free account. The online application allows you to create a 30-second video for free, by uploading your photos and video clips, then selecting or uploading music, and adding text and effects. Animoto automatically creates a video for you, with the timing based on how many photos you upload.
Once the video is complete, it'll be sent to your e-mail, and you can be sent directly to Mom from your web browser. Send it to Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, or e-mail. You can even post it to your website or blog. She'll be touched, and it'll look like you put a lot more work into it than you did! Prefer a longer video? Pay $3 for one video, or $30 for unlimited use all year.
Pick Some Flowers: Often, simpler is better. There's something about flowers picked from a garden that are so much more fresh and real. They usually smell better too! Pick a few stems of the same type of flower, like these fresh lilacs Uncurable Craving picked for her mother today (pictured above). I love that she kept some leaves on the branch, and placed them in a simple, jug vase.
There are many more things you can do at the last-minute for Mother's Day, just use your imagination and follow your heart. To share your own ideas, comment below!