Have you planned something special for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some fantastic apps and sites that double up as cool gifts.
These aren’t limited to gifts you can give your mom alone. These are for any mother you know, so you can surprise your wife, your daughter, or even your grandma.
If you aren’t using it already, then get Google Photos to back up all your pictures. It’s the best service out there, since you get unlimited image backups at a decent resolution.
Google Photos has launched a special Mother’s Day movie maker for this occasion. It’s completely automatic, but you’ll need to have a decent amount of images stored in Google Photos for this, of course.
The movie-maker shows an array of people, and asks you to choose the mother as well as her children. That’s all you need to do. With its face recognition technology, Google Photos will identify and pick appropriate images from your collection and make a neat movie.
It works well, and the end product is something you’ll love to share with your mom. And yes, you can download and share the video anywhere, your mom doesn’t need to have Google Photos.
If you aren’t using Google Photos, then use Commaful’s app to create a Mother’s Day video card. It’s not automatic, but it does offer a little more.
Commaful won’t auto-pick photos for you, you will need to upload them manually. It also supports GIFs, the language of the internet. But this isn’t just a video from images, it’s a video card.
The app encourages you to add some text on each slide. It’s kind of like a PowerPoint, only a lot better. You’ll get tips on how short to keep your text, and so on.
At the end of it, you get a wonderful video card that you can post on Facebook. And no, this isn’t one of those things you shouldn’t share on social media. Celebrate your mom! Commaful only supports Facebook sharing, I couldn’t find a way to download the video.
The greatest gift you can give your mom on this day is a chance to get to know you better. And in turn, find out a little bit more about her.
StoryWorth made a Mother’s Day quiz to find out how well you know your mom, and vice versa. As the child, tap “How well do you know your mom?” to get started, and answer the multiple-choice questions.
The questions are quite entertaining. For example, what’s her dream vacation, or which type of cat would she be, or which celebrity would be her best friend. Finish the quiz, save your answers, and send it to your mother. She’ll take the same quiz and then you can match your answers.
It’s a great personality quiz and can offer some new insights into who your mom is. Once you’re done, encourage your mom to take the “How well do you know your child?” quiz and send it to you.
There’s a new social network on the block. Peanut is made for mothers to find other mothers nearby. Think of it as Tinder, but for moms to find nearby moms who might make good playdates for children.
Peanut connects to your Facebook account (much like Tinder) and pulls data from it, as well as photos (but you can edit these). Add information about how many children you have, what age they are, and so on.
Customize your profile (single mama, neighborhood newbie, geek chic, spiritual gangster, fashion killa, etc.) so that you can find like-minded people.
The rest of the app is like any of the dating apps. Swipe to accept or send a request, swipe to reject someone’s “wave” at you. Of course, you’ll only find other moms with iPhones since Peanut isn’t on Android yet.
Download — Peanut for iOS (Free)
If she isn’t too tech-savvy, this might be the coolest tech gift you can give mom. It’s easier than ever to create a personalized website, so make one for your mother.
Our recommendation, as always, is to use About.Me. It’s the easiest to set up, even if you don’t know anything about creating a website. Plus, the free option gives you a simple web address, like “about.me/momsname”. And for $80 per year, you can customize the web address to whatever you want.
How Tech-Savvy Is Your Mom?
Even though we’re a bunch of geeks here at MakeUseOf, several of us have mothers who would charitably be called technologically challenged.
What about you? How tech-savvy is your mom?