The time has come to give back to mom and thank her for just about everything! There's no doubt that she deserves the royal treatment more than once a year, but it's only natural to go above and beyond on the one day dedicated to dear old mom. Whether your mom lives close by or far away, Geek Squad has some tips to help you celebrate mom with the help of technology.
Flowers…For the green thumb mom
According to a recent survey by PriceGrabber.com, flowers were the top gift choice for mom. Why waste time fighting crowds for picked over arrangements when you can order exactly what mom loves online? Pick out a unique bouquet for your mother on reputable websites such as 1-800 Flowers, Teleflora and FTD.com.
Regardless of which website you use, be sure it's marked "secured" before entering your credit card information by checking that the HTML address in your web browser starts with https://, as opposed to http://. The "s" in https:// means that the site is secure. If you're prompted to store your credit card information on the site, don't. Storing personal information online leaves you vulnerable to hackers.
Mother's Day Brunch…For the out-of-town mom
Many moms agree that the best Mother's Day gift is more time with their kids and grandkids. Even if your mom lives far away, you can still spend some quality time with her over a Mother's Day brunch. With the help of video conferencing programs such as Skype, Google+ Hangouts and FaceTime, a computer/smartphone/tablet, webcam and microphone, you'll not only hear your mom's voice – you'll see her as well. Set up a video conferencing brunch on Mother's Day, and host your very own long distance celebration.
Just cook mom's favorite meal, set up your computer/smartphone/tablet in front of a place setting, sign on and start video chatting. Having trouble connecting? Contact the Geek Squad at 1-800 GEEK SQUAD, geeksquad.com or at any Best Buy store. Or if you are an AARP member, check out Geek Squad's Tech Support for AARP Members for special discounts and services.
Photo keepsakes…For the sentimental mom
With today's technology, many of mom's photos never make their way from her camera or smartphone to a frame. Take the "personalized" gift from a daughter or son to a new level with photo sharing sites like Snapfish or Shutterfly. Not only will mom be able to share her photos digitally, but you can turn these them into keepsake mementos such as mugs, photo books or even coasters that capture memories in a made-to-order Mother's Day gift.
Websites such as Zazzle and VistaPrint let you customize mom's everyday items with photos and text that are unique to her. You can also easily turn Instagram filtered photos into actual prints on canvas using CanvasPop or even into desk calendars with the Calendargram (iPhone, free) app, so she can see your smiling face every day of the year.
Helpful hints... for the mom that does it all
Often serving as the family CEO, chef, chauffeur and cheerleader, Mom is busy taking care of the home, work, pets, family and herself. Geek Squad Agents suggest showing mom how to embrace technology to simplify things at home and on-the-go. Plus, what better present is there than the gift of time?
Keeping everyone's schedules straight can be tough, but digital calendars can offer some much needed relief. With more features and storage options than paper calendars, digital calendars can be updated in a flash through your smartphone or email system. Email programs like Google Calendar and Yahoo! Calendar plus other handy web tools such as Firefox's add-on Reminder Fox or Google Chrome's Remind Me extension can be set to remind you while you surf the net. Plus, you can store parents' phone numbers, birthdays and due dates for bills for quick reference.
For help with all your technology needs, call 1-800-GEEK-SQUAD to set up an onsite consultation, find an Agent or a location near you at www.geeksquad.com, or visit the Geek Squad Precinct at Best Buy and other locations near you to speak with an Agent directly.