Running a little behind on your Mother’s Day gift plans? Editorial Assistant Haley Bridges has just the answer!
Though there are a million projects I bookmark and plan throughout the year, I always second-guess myself when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. A woman who needs nothing and appreciates everything—how do you begin to show her how special she is?
This year, I got lucky when I stumbled upon the ArtStudio app. Created for use as an artist’s on-the-go Photoshop, I found that I could turn one of my mom’s favorite pictures of us into a sentimental piece of artwork. Access photos saved on your camera roll, and use the tools to turn them into paintings. I boast no talent when it comes to painting, but the app is very intuitive and lets you embrace your blunders with the helpful blending tool. After you’re finished, it even gives you the option to print your art so it can be matted and framed! Here is my finished piece:
This got me thinking: with all of us whose mothers might not be as near as we’d like, apps are a great way to fill the hole. We did some research and came up with a list of our favorites for our favorite women.
One of the sweetest ways to show your mom how much you appreciate her is with a simple card. With the Felt app, you can customize every detail of your handwritten note, and after you’re finished, it will then snail mail the printed version of the card straight to Mom!
Too far away to garden together? The Flower Garden app allows you to plant, nurse, and pick your own flowers to send a digital bouquet all your own. The app has a dozen of different flowers to choose from, and for those of us who have trouble keeping the real thing alive, these flowers are foolproof.
Take all those photos sitting in shoeboxes, and create an original digital scrapbook for Mother’s Day. ScrapPad takes any uploaded photos and allows you to doodle, border, and detail every special memory.
Instagram photos become a keepsake with this easy app. Keepsy will take any number of your Instagram photos and bind them into a printed photo album for sharing.
If you just need some inspiration with what to get Mom this year, El Gifto is the answer. Fill out a small survey about your mom’s interests and your budget, and this app will give you numerous gift ideas perfect for her. Bonus! This app can also be used for birthdays, holidays, and “just because” presents.