Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day—but you already knew that, right? Of course you did, and you’ve probably outdone yourself this year. You’ve probably gotten her something really thoughtful, something that, in some small way, says thank you for giving you life and raising you for all those years. Oh, wait. No. You’ve totally forgotten it again this year, like you have the last five years in a row, and you’re planning on giving her a lame, last-minute phone call and playing it off like you totally remembered all along.
Come on! This is your mom we’re talking about here! The woman who gave you the best years of her life so that you could have a safe, nurturing home. The woman who imbued you with so much self-esteem that you apparently don’t feel guilty about blowing off the one day a year that’s set aside just for her. For once, let’s make all moms out there feel really special!
First, let’s cover the basics. Get her a card—and here’s the trick for choosing the right one. Look through your local store’s greeting card section and select one that’s as gushy and sentimental as you feel comfortable sending. Then put that one back and get one that’s even gushier. Moms have a way higher tolerance for that than you do, and your mom is sure to love it.
Next, proceed to the flowers. This is nonnegotiable. Pick something cheerful or something representative of your mother’s taste or style, and pay for the rush shipping if you have to. If you’ve forgotten the last few Mother’s Days or your mom just cosigned your mortgage loan, go the extra mile and choose a florist in her area and commission something special. Your mom will notice the effort, and she will definitely appreciate it.
Okay, so you’ve got the embarrassingly sentimental card, and you’ve got the tasteful flower arrangement. That’s great, but what’s really going to make your mom happy—what’s really going to get her bragging about you to her friends—is the video call you’re going to give her. Not only does Lifesize boast quality high-definition video and audio, but it’s super easy to use—especially on the guest’s end. All you have to do is send your mother an invite and she’ll be able to talk to you in-browser, no downloads required. And if you’ve got one of those rare tech-savvy mothers, Lifesize supports tablets and smartphones, too. Not only is it easy, but it will impress the heck out of your mom—and let her know how much you care.
Look, your mom’s a special lady, and she deserves to be told that, both with the cliché gifts and in a unique way that shows her how much she means to you. If you’re unable to see her in person this Mother’s Day, make sure you still get to spend time with her face to face. After all, even if you’ve got a face that only a mother could love, she’ll love seeing it this Mother’s Day.