Can you believe it’s already May? Mother’s Day (May 14) and Father’s Day (June 18) are just around the corner. If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’re looking for unique gift ideas and/or have waited until the last minute (it’s ok, we won’t judge you; we’ve been there more times than we’d like to admit as well).
Instead of lecturing you on the benefits of planning ahead (we’re not your parents, but if we were…you’d be in trouble), we’re happy to help with ideas for great gifts that don’t suck and can be purchased last-minute.
If you’re shopping for your spouse, hopefully this post will inspire you to do something different this year. Give them a gift as unique as they are. We’re all familiar with the “usual” gifts; the last thing they want is another tie or macaroni picture frame (although anything from the younger kids is treasured, your adult gift better come from the heart).
On Mother’s Day, skip the flowers, perfume and dinner at your usual restaurant. Oh, and none of those “at home DIY spa kits” either…she doesn’t want to have to pamper herself! For Father’s Day, know this: he has enough ties, tools and coffee mugs, plus, he knows what he likes and/or needs, so skip the clichés and give him something original.
Here are four unique gifts that will earn you some brownie points down the road (trust us):
- Memories: Our PhotoSquares are created with ease-of-use in mind. We try to keep things simple, and it doesn’t get much easier than this: download the app, go through your camera roll on your phone (the gadget that’s virtually glued to your hand 24/7), pick out some of your favorite memories from your camera roll in the app, and leave the rest to us. We’ll print your photos on lightweight, high-quality 8×8” low-profile photo squares that will be shipped free to your door within 3-5 days of placing your order (it’s pretty much a last-minute gift that looks like you spent tons of time on!). You can effortlessly stick them to your walls in minutes. And if wrapping isn’t your thing, leave them in our attractive packaging (they arrive “wrapped;” just slap a bow on the box and you’re done!). PhotoSquares are unique, useful, thoughtful and are sure to be hanging around for a long, long time. Bonus: If you are reading this REALLY last-minute, or are afraid you’re going to pick the “wrong” photo for your loved one, buy them a Gift Code and let them select their favorite photos from their device. This is a gift you can buy with just minutes to spare!
- Time: The gift of time is priceless. Think lawn care, housekeeping, etc. Spring has sprung, the grass is growing (along with the weeds) at a frightening pace, and if you didn’t get up all the leaves before winter, now’s the time. Inside, it’s been a stuffy few months and the windows are ready to open (and get washed while you’re at it). If you’ve put off spring cleaning, this is an opportunity to give a housekeeping service a whirl. Imagine what you can do with all that extra (stress-free) time! In fact, that takes us to the next foolproof idea…
- Entertainment: We’re not talking a trip to your favorite restaurant (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but we’re thinking outside the box here. How about tickets to a concert (is their favorite band in town?), event or a show. A real night out on the town – together – is sure to live on in both your hearts and minds for years to come (and snap a few photos of the soon-to-be treasured memories while you’re at it!).
- Food: In the end, we all need to eat, and traditionally that means someone has to cook. Don’t get us wrong…we’re not bashing restaurants, and a home-cooked meal is awesome, but how about a subscription to a meal delivery service to take the pressure off and alleviate the daily question, “What’s for dinner?” If your man likes to grill (as most do), maybe it’s time to give a meat delivery service a try?! The meats are delivered right to your door, often already marinated and ready to toss onto the grill grates. Viola!
Feeling inspired? See…it’s easy once you get a little advice from your pals over at PhotoSquared. MOST of these can be ordered online from the comfort of your home, and only take a week or so to process. If you need SUPER last-minute gifts, the PhotoSquared app is the way to go. Order your PhotoSquares directly from your phone, sit back and relax…your gift will arrive in 3-5 days.
Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to all! Enjoy yourselves…you deserve it.