It is Tuesday. For those of us who are truly procrastination-prone, that’s not even close to last-minute for Mother’s Day. But, if you end up reading this on Saturday or Sunday, rest assured — these ideas are perfect even for truly skillful procrastinators, who want to send something more personal than just flowers (or at least in addition to flowers) at the 11th hour. Three personalized, last-minute things you can do, with your kids, for Mother’s Day gifts!
Photos She Can Enjoy Day After Day
Photo Mambo is an ideal Mother’s Day present for any Grandma or Mom who has a computer. Procrastinator bonus: you can send it on Mother’s Day; it arrives minutes later!
Send a Lasting Photo Gift via Photo Mambo
Pick about 20 – 30 of your nicest family photos from the past six months, and send them using the new Photo Mambo application.
Mom or Grandma will receive an email inviting her to install the Photo Mambo Frame, filled with your pictures. She’ll enjoy seeing the pictures on Mother’s Day, of course, but your pictures will stay front and center to be enjoyed long after May 12th. Whenever her computer is on, the Photo Mambo Frame pops up, giving her a glimpse of the faces she loves. When she’s not using the computer, the frame becomes a screensaver, transforming her monitor into a large, beautiful digital picture frame. She can enjoy your pictures for weeks and months to come, and you can send new ones to update her frame whenever you have fun new moments to share.
Snap a few special Mother’s Day shots to throw into the mix, like the one here, and Photo Mambo turns your pictures into a lasting gift she’ll enjoy again and again.
Make Her a Movie
Make a Simple Movie
Another quick and easy way to delight Mom or Grandma is to make a short movie telling her all the reasons she’s an awesome Mom/Grandma. Have the kids write down 3-4 reasons, each on a piece of paper. Add a couple of your own, and then with your smart phone or camera film each person holding up a reason and telling her about it. I’m expecting our list to include:
- You buy me fabulous shoes! (only a grandma would buy shoes with a spinner on the bottom)
- Your heart cookies
- TV time at nana’s!
- Scrabble on your Kindle
- I learned to be “mom” from the best!
If you keep it simple, there’s no need for editing. Just switch the cards out while the camera rolls and any “flubs” become part of what makes it adorable. Editing video can be super time-consuming.
To share it….post it privately on YouTube. (How-to info here).
Love You Coupons
I just got my first set of “Love You Coupons” from my daughter for Easter, and highly recommend them for Mother’s Day! They are adorable, and she gets so excited when I use them. She came up with coupon ideas I would never have thought of, so let the kids have at it…their creativity may surprise you.
“Love You” Coupon
Some examples: ”I will wash your car with my hands”, ”I will help the plants grow any day”, ”I will put your shoes away on Wednesday or Friday”, and my favorite “I will help make the home we live in a better place any day”.
If you’re making coupons for a Grandmother who lives far away, you might try something like “I will send you a new art piece each week in May” or “I’ll Skype call you every Saturday morning in May”.
You can mail the coupons if you are only a pretender procrastinator. Or you can photograph them and send via email or via Photo Mambo if you are a truly great procrastinator. Happy Mother’s Day at the 11th Hour!