Mother’s Day 2013 is just three days away. To get ready for the all-important holiday that pays tribute to motherhood, here are some fun facts about Mother’s Day and ten gift ideas for those busy moms on your list.
Mother’s Day Fun Facts
- There are 84 million moms in the United States.
- Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday, after Christmas and then Easter.
- Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. For a list of restaurants offering Mother’s Day brunches in Atlanta, click on Open Table.com.
- There are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. An AT&T survey estimated that 122.5 million phone calls to Mom are made on Mother’s Day.
- 24.8 is the median age of women when they give birth for the first time – meaning one-half are above this age and one-half are below. The median age has risen nearly three years since 1970.
- Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means “mother.” It’s a nice way of honoring their moms long past.
- Some tribes of people, like the Assam in Africa, don’t call themselves families. They call themselves “maharis” or “motherhoods.”
- August is the most popular month for having babies. About 4 million women will have babies this year. Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for having babies.
- 4.3 babies are born every second.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Busy Moms
Mother’s Day 2013 is right around the corner, so it’s time to find that perfect gift for those busy moms on your list. Because today’s modern mom is the ultimate multi-tasker, a gift that helps her maintain her hectic schedule or makes the most of her down time is always a sure fire hit. Here are ten great choices for busy moms for Mother’s Day 2013.
Microsoft Surface. This new innovation weights just 2 pounds, but offers a feast of features for the busy mom. It’s revolutionary design runs Office apps, plays movies in high definition for the kids and lets you stay in touch with family and friends while on-the-go. Is it a laptop or tablet? It’s both and makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift that will keep on giving all year long. Prices start at $8.99.
Dear Mom Personalized Photo Canvas. Upload any color or black and white image, and then Personalization Mall will turn it into an amazing and memorable Dear Mom Photo Canvas. Add your own 2-line message for a truly personalized touch. The finished canvas is hand-stretched on a solid piece of wood, suitable for hanging (hanger included). Canvas measures 5 1/2″W x 5 1/2″L. $23.95 plus shipping and handling. Optional easel is $12.75. To order, go to Personalization Mall on the Internet.
The perfect gift for moms who love to read: Kindle Fire. Busy moms spend much of their time waiting. They wait in carpool lines, at the doctor’s office, in school registration lines, etc. So, why should you buy a busy mom an eBook reader? Convenience. Instead of going to a bookstore, busy moms can purchase and download an eBook anytime, from any location with a Wi-Fi connection. Plus, eBook readers are ultra lightweight and compact and can store books, magazines and more, all in one small device that can slip inside mom’s purse. The most popular eBook reader for 2013 is the Kindle Fire, which sells for $159 on Amazon and includes free shipping.
The perfect gift for women who travel: Portable Jewelry Case. Keli’s Kreations carries a complete line of travel-wise accessories that are perfect for moms who travel for work or pleasure. All portable jewelry cases feature soft, removable suede pads with snaps that protect her jewelry and keep it tangle-free. They come in sassy and sensational styles and can be tucked inside a briefcase or carry-on bag. Selections include the hard-sided Diva Deluxe, the soft-sided Diva Lite and the smaller Diva Petite, plus bridal and eco-friendly collections. Prices range from $27-$43. For more information or to order this perfect gift for mom, visit KeliKreations.com.
Electric Wine Bottle Opener. When the kids are in bed and the busy day is over, many moms like to chill out with a nice glass of wine. An electric wine bottle opener takes away the frustration of dealing with stubborn corks. That means mom will spend more time sipping and less time uncorking. The electric model from Mori Luggage and Gifts is just $16.99 and includes a removable foil cutter.. It requires four AA batteries (not included). To order, check out the Mori Luggage website.
Bamboo Bathtub Caddy. Nothing can make busy moms relax like a nice long bath after a crazy day. Treat mom to affordable bathing luxury with the Aquala bamboo and chrome bathtub caddy from Umbra. Because it’s made of bamboo, this particular caddy won’t split or mold. It features a foldaway book spot, plus beverage and soap holders. The arms of the caddy slide in and out for expansion and easy storage. $39.99. To order, go to Amazon.com. For an added touch of indulgence, be sure to include “Game On,” the hottest new romance novel by author Tracy Solheim that is getting rave reviews. To order it, click on this Amazon link.
Tea Time Gift Basket. Hot tea has magical soothing powers, just what busy moms need after a hectic day. Amazon’s tea-themed gift basket is overflowing with five types of premium teas and a tasty selection of treats including shortbread, cookies and more. Tea flavors include Tea Forte Ginger Tea, Teatulia White Tea, Teatulia Green Tea, Teatulia Black Tea and Te Peppermint Chamomile Jazz Tea. Includes ceramic teapot and cups. $49.95. To order, go to Amazon.com.
Boogie Board LCD Tablet. Busy moms must keep track of busy schedules 24/7. The Boogie Board LCD Tablet from Brookstone turns sticky notes digital with an included stylus for making lists, jotting down notes and so much more. It displays family notes until mom erases them with the touch of a button. Includes stylus and battery that lasts about 50,000 erasures. $39.99 for regular size and $59.99 for larger model. To order, go to Brookstone.com.
World’s Smallest HD Camera. Busy moms love to capture life’s best moments on film. If she’s tired of watching mediocre-quality home movies on her HDTV, then it’s time to upgrade mom to a high def camera. Sharper Image sells the world’s smallest HD camera/camcorder and it’s a piece of technical miniaturization. It’s so small that it can fit on mom’s keychain, always ready to capture life’s milestones like first days of school or little league games. A full charge delivers about 4.5 hours of use or 120 hours of standby readiness. If the World’s Smallest HD Camera runs out of power while you’re recording, the camera will stop and save the file before automatically powering off. The best news is that the world’s smallest HD camera is priced at just $99 with free shipping for Mother’s Day. To order one, go to the Sharper Image website.
Gift of the Month Clubs. There are a ton of “Gift of the Month” clubs available for the gift that keeps on giving all year long. You can choose from traditional Gift of the Month clubs like fruit, flowers or chocolates; or more unique ones, like steak, dessert, beer or wine gift of the month clubs. Many offer a variety of options, including 1, 3, 6 or 12-month choices. Match your gift of the month to mom’s likes and interests for the perfect gift that doesn’t end after Mother’s Day. Go to AmazingClubs.com for a complete list of available gift of the month clubs.
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