Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gifts for Mom!

Found this great article with both classic and hi-tech geek gifts for Mother's Day!

Then: Strawberries. This delicious snack has long been considered the sexiest of all fruits, and thus an ideal gift for your wife — with or without the chocolate dip. But who needs the calories?
Now: BlackBerrys. Today, the Canadian-invented smartphone is a welcome gift for on-the-go moms who can access their email, stay organized with calendars and notes, and surf the Net wirelessly.

Then: Flowers. A thoughtful and attractive gift, indeed, though it's frustrating when your local florist jacks up prices just in time for Mother's Day. And, are you sure your mom's seasonal allergies won't ruin the present?
Now: Floral skins. If the woman in your life loves toting her netbook or laptop to the cafe for a cup of joe, pick up a floral skin to decorate the outside of her computer. We like the offerings from Toronto-based

Then: Hardcover book. Is mom a reader? A hardcover book from her favourite author is a lovely gift idea, especially with a nice inscription from you on the first page or inner flap. But how many times will she open the book after she finishes it?
Now: Ebook readers. An electronic book reader is a practical purse companion as mom can store thousands of books on a device that's lighter than many magazines. The new Kobo eReader, for example, features five font sizes and can wirelessly download books if a nearby Bluetooth phone is around.

Then: Chocolate and wine. A box of chocolates is nice, but it screams of a "last minute" gift idea as you can easily run to the corner to pick something up before, say, a Mother's Day brunch (c'mon, we've all done it). Wine, on the other hand, might be perceived as a "re-gift," which might also be more insulting than flattering.
Now: LG Chocolate or LG Wine. Yes, both of these are names of inexpensive cellphones. The LG Chocolate is a "slider" phone with a keyboard that glides out of the bottom of the screen, while the LG Wine is an attractive pink "flip" (clamshell) phone with large buttons and a speaker.

Then: Photo album. A few years back you might've taken the time to make mom a sentimental photo album with dozens of tear-jerking photos of her life. Effective? Sure. But time-consuming as well.
Now: YouTube slideshow. Send mom a link to an online photo gallery you've created on your computer, with beautiful photos that gracefully dissolve into the next one, complimented by her favourite song as a soundtrack or your own narration.

Then: Jewellery. A staple over the years, but jewellery is a very personal thing. Is mom really going to tell you if she likes it or not? And how much did you spend on it if she didn't?
Now: Bluetooth bling. In 2010, perhaps mom needs a blinged-out piece of Bluetooth to compliment her mobile phone. A hands-free solution for her ear, neck, wrist or a broach-style device can be fashionable (especially when it's decorated with coloured Swarovski crystals) and functional, as it lets her chat while keeping her eyes on the road.

Then: Sony Walkman. It wasn't too long ago that a music-loving mom might unwrap a portable tape player, such as the almighty Sony Walkman. But it was bulky, you had to wait to "rewind" and "fast-forward" to other tracks and you could only play five songs before needing to flip over the tape.
Now: iPod or satellite radio. If your wife or mother could use a new tech toy, an iPod can store literally thousands of tunes in something as small as a pack of gun, while satellite radio can stream CD-quality music to the car, and doesn't switch stations as you drive from one city (or province or state) to another.

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