For those of you that know how painful it can be to have lots of holidays jam-packed together – gosh your purse strings are already hurting just thinking about the horror of having your parents’ anniversary falling in the same month as your grandma’s birthday and Christmas – then let me paint you a little picture of my anguish these next few months.
It all starts in April with my Dad’s birthday. My sisters and I are then given a nice six-week respite until Mother’s Day, followed by two weeks until my Mom’s birthday and then, you guessed it, another two weeks until Father’s Day. And for a family that is big on celebrating holidays and honoring our parents, I can assure you that this three-month period is just plain frightening (please don’t tell my Mom or Dad).
So you can imagine my horror when I came across the fact that 91 percent of mothers said they would like to receive an iPad over flowers this Mother’s Day. An iPad! For all those moms out there who might still not know how to SMS, WhatsApp or BBM?! A $500 purchase?! This had to be a mistake.
But low and behold, according to TechBargains.com, a deal aggregation website for electronic products, the majority of moms might prefer tablets to tulips. Bad news for moms though since only 12 percent of surveyors said they would consider getting their mom a tech gadget for Mother’s Day. And with 59 percent of individuals expecting to spend $50 or less on mom this year, it would appear that moms should rethink the whole tablet thing.
"The survey results indicate a significant shift in what mothers want as gifts," said Yung Trang, president and editor in chief of TechBargains.com. "Flowers, candy and cards appear to be antiquated gifts. Today's moms want to receive tech gifts to juggle their busy family and professional lives. The tablet is their gadget of choice."
In fact your mom – who probably thinks it’s totally acceptable to never return a missed call (mostly because she can never tell when she misses one) – might actually be more tech savvy (or hungry) than you think. Specifically, 31 percent of moms want a tech gadget this month with 51 percent wanting a tablet, 16 percent hoping for an MP3 player, 14 percent lusting after a laptop, nine percent wanting an e-Reader, three percent opting for an alternative gadget, two percent asking for a cell phone and one percent praying for a TV. Of those moms who want tablets, 64 percent want an iPad and 23 percent want a Kindle Fire.
So what’s a kid to do this Mother’s Day, especially since 19 percent of survey participants admitted they won’t be getting their mom anything this Mother’s Day and only 11 percent will get their mom a tech gadget? Appeal to that maternal instinct. Write her a sappy card, create a scrap book or get her name engraved on something. Mom’s can never resist that sentimental stuff.
And, if all else fails, just remind her that until she can successfully explain to you what an app is and what its purpose is, she can kiss the iPad goodbye. (At least that’s what we tell our mother).
Edited by Jamie Epstein