Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. For those still trying to find the perfect gift for mom, here’s a list that may help, complete with products you can ship to her, neighborhood haunts to shop and experiences she’ll treasure.
1. A New Smartwatch Band
If your mom loves to keep up with the latest technology, she may already have a smartwatch of some sort. Whether it’s an Apple Watch, FitBit Blaze, Samsung Tizen or one of the other brands sold, look into getting her a new band for a fresh look. The price depends on the brand, model and design, but can make any old watch face look brand new. Want a cheaper alternative? Get her a new charging dock for her favorite watch.
2. Google Home or Amazon Echo
If you mom likes the idea of having a virtual personal assistant whenever needed, check out getting her a Google Home (known as Google Assistant) or Amazon Echo (known as Alexa). Both speakers not only play music and answer any questions you may have, they can also control your home entertainment devices. The devices connect to the home’s Wi-Fi Network and can help perform tasks from ordering a pizza to telling her the bus schedule.
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3. Kindle
If your mom’s ideal relaxation is diving deep into her favorite novel, getting her an Amazon Kindle could be perfect. Amazon’s Kindle library has over 600,000 books, allowing her to have thousands of options without carrying thousands of books. With four different models, finding the perfect one for your mom will be a breeze.
4. Book of the Month Subscription
If your mom prefers to turn a page instead of swipe on a screen and has read every book you can think of, buy her a subscription to Book of the Month. This monthly subscription box starts at $14.99 and includes one book per month. Extra books can be added to the order for $9.99. Shipping is free and any month can be skipped with no charge. There are gift packages available for three months, six months or 12 months with the prices ranging from $44.99 to $149.99.
5. Cookbook and Tablet Stand
If your mom loves to cook, elevate her kitchen game by adding a stand for her cookbook or tablet filled with their favorite recipes. A stand will add convenience and flair to her kitchen. Crate & Barrel, Amazon, West Elm and Bed Bath & Beyond all have diverse, affordable options.
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6. Stylish Sneakers
If your mom seems to always be on the move, enhance her closet with a pair of stylish, comfortable sneakers. Athleisure fashion has boomed in the last few years and she’ll surely appreciate a pair of sneakers that she can wear both to the office and running errands. Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Adidas and Puma all have affordable options to fit your mom’s style.
7. Digital Home Videos
Still have your old home videos sitting on a shelf in the form of DVD or VHS tape? Scoop them up, take them to your local Walgreens or buy a converter from your local tech store. Transferring those hard copies to digital will not only clear up shelf space, but it’ll allow her to share them online, if desired.
8. Painting Date
Does your mom love to paint, hang with you and have a drink? Take her to a guided painting class. Painting With a Twist in Little Rock, Board & Brush in both Conway and Little Rock and Branch Out in Conway are three Central Arkansas options for mother and (adult-age) child painting dates. You can book a class or a private event on their websites.
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9. Local Artisan Gifts
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind crafts, jewelry and other similar gifts, head to the Arkansas Arts Center’s museum shop. The shop sells work by local artisans, providing unique gifts that also give back to the local artistic community. If you don’t find anything to your liking at the Museum Shop, check out Moxy Modern Mercantile in SoMa or The Freckled Frog in the River Market.
10. Take a Hike
If your mom is a fan of the outdoors and you’re looking for a budget-friendly gift, tell your mom to clear her schedule and take her on a hike. Being in the Natural State, beautiful hike opportunities surround us. Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Roland), Petit Jean State Park (Morrilton), Devil’s Den State Park (Washington County) and River Mountain Trail (Little Rock) are four options. Grab your mom, grab your backpacks, water and protein-packed snacks and head out for a day in nature.