The App Guide To Planning The Perfect Mother's Day
Mothers simply are superheroes. Even since before we entered this world, they have been our caregivers.
They have been there to soothe every cry, dry every tear and put a Band-Aid on every wound. For many of us, our moms are more than just our nurses, chefs and teachers, they are also our best friends and our role models.
We should be celebrating our love for our moms every chance we get, but no one deserves a special day for us to show our appreciation for them more than our mothers. However, finding a worthy present and figuring out how to spend the day seems to get more challenging each year. We are simply running out of ideas.
Come on guys, we know that all we have to do is tap into technology to get ideas. Need to make a brunch reservation, there's an app for that. Need to send a greeting card, there's an app for that.
We did all the legwork so that you don't have to Google everything you need to know to make the day as amazing as the woman you are honoring. Here is your app guide to planning the perfect Mother's Day.
Get The Gift
App: El Gifto
What it's for: Finding the perfect gift without spending an afternoon roaming around the mall.
How it works: Tell the app the gender, age and interest of the gift recipient, along with the occasion and how much you want to spend, and then, El Gifto will display gift ideas. Tap on an item to see which stores sell it, and purchase it directly in the app or save for later.
App alternative for the tech-savvy mom: Gyft
What it's for: Sending gift cards.
How it works: Buy from brands like 1-800-Baskets.com, Babies "R" Us and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as clothing stores, restaurants and more by tapping on the card, selecting the amount, and then sending by entering in that person's name and email or phone number.
Available for: iOS.
Share On Social
App: Pic Collage
What it's for: Making a collage of photos to show Facebook and Instagram just how much you love your mom.
How it works: We all write social media posts for Mother's Day, so jazz yours up with this app that gives you the layout or lets you create a collage. Just select the images you want to use, then add in text, stickers and GIFs if you wish, along with a Mother's Day-related background.
App alternative for the expecting mom: Bump View
What it's for: Capturing your growing baby bump throughout your pregnancy.
How it works: Expecting moms can get in on the photo collage action, too. Enter in your due date and start taking photos each week. Once there are four photos saved, the user can enable the slide show feature to see the changes. Invite others from the family that live far away so that they can also be part of your journey.
Available for: iOS
Munch On Brunch
What it's for: Making a reservation for going out to eat.
How it works: There are countless restaurant reservation apps, but Resy lets users search by the name, cuisine or neighborhood they want to dine in, as well select lunch or dinner. The app brings up the restaurants and times available, lets you know if the tip is included at that place, and allows users to pick their favorite seats, like a booth for mom.
Alternative for the homebody: Dessert Recipes!
What it's for: Staying in to make desserts, from cakes to brownies and everything in between.
How it works: Prepare your mom a treat, or bake together, using this app that will provide you with directions on how to make a delicious masterpiece. Tap on the category and recipe you want to pull up to get a step-by-step guide. You can also view video recipes in case you need to see exactly how something is made.
Plan Your Date
What it's for: Planning an event for the day or entire weekend, such as taking your mom to a museum or to hear live music.
How it works: Search for activities based on your mood (better yet, your mother's mood) or interest to find an event that will suit your needs. Enter in your address and how far you are willing to travel, and zoom in on the map to see what events are taking place. Users can also see trending events nearby.
The Final Touch
App: Florist Now
What it's for: Adding the cherry on the cake and handing over your mother a beautiful bouquet.
How it works: The app searches for florists that are partners to deliver flowers the same day they are ordered — just make sure you do it before 1 p.m. The app has categories so that you can easily find the best arrangement, and will give you reminders for upcoming holidays.
App alternative for the tech-savvy mom: Flowery
What it's for: Sending a virtual bouquet of flowers.
How it works: Select the type of flowers you want to send for free (although some are part of in-app purchases), write a living messing and choose the person from your contacts or Facebook account that you want to send it to. This is a great option for those who can't see their mom on Sunday, or who just want to make her smile.
Available for: iOS.
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