Mother’s day is a great time to appreciate all the wonderful things our mothers do for us and to make them feel that they are special.
Generally, you would want to give your mom an actual, tangible present that you may have spotted at a supermarket, maybe a set of books that she loves?
But things have changed this year.
Social distancing norms across the world during the Covid-19 crisis have led to a decrease in sales across gift stores. Online deliveries are late as well. There’s barely any option available, so a time like this calls for improvisation.
So this time, at TheSweetBits, we have come up with the best apps and software that you can use to surprise your mom. We have included apps that can prove to be a great way of wishing your mom, and also some apps that you can enjoy together.
We have divided our picks into two sections so that it becomes easier for you to figure out an ideal option. There are iOS and Android apps, and then there are apps for Windows and Mac.
There are so many fun things that you can do with these apps, so without further ado, let’s dive into them right away and see how you can use them to surprise your mom this mother’s day.
Mother’s day apps for Android/iOS
Android and iOS apps are handy to install and use. Here are some of our best app picks that for Android and iOS that you can use to lighten up your mom’s mood.
Imagine your mom’s resting after a long day. You are not with her, but somewhere far away in a different city. She is just winding up her day and gets a ring on her phone. She opens it to see your face. What joy!
Yes, that’s Houseparty for you!
But how’s it different from any other video calling app? Well, there’s plenty of difference.
With Houseparty, you can play interactive games and quizzes with multiple people, including your mom, at the same time. These games are fun to play, and the fact that you are playing it with your close ones can bring some extra joy.
Some games and quizzes are free to play, and for some, you might have to go through some in-app purchases.
You can invite your entire family to Houseparty this mother’s day so that everyone can have fun together.
Houseparty gained much popularity after the lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis, as it gave people an interactive platform to get together with their friends and family.
If you are working from home and don’t want to use your phone, then you can also download Houseparty’s Chrome extension, which lets you access the app from your browser. However, the app works better on the phone than in the browser extension.
Houseparty adds the feeling of a party to your phone, and you can surely use it to unwind with your family this mother’s day so that you can have a little playtime with your loved ones.
Handwritten cards still do the magic. You send someone a handwritten card, they open it and find your handwriting telling them how much you miss them.
On events such as mother’s day, a handwritten card can cast a spell. Simply download the app for your iPhone or Android and start drawing cards that are going to shower affection on your mom this mother’s day.
The concept of Felt is simple. You choose a design and start drawing, doodling, or typing. Once you are done expressing your mind and feelings, Felt customizes the envelope for you and sends it to any corner of the world.
There’s some pricing associated with it. You have to pay $4 for a single panel, $5 for two, $6 for three, and $7 for a four-paneled card. There are also two subscription costs starting $6 per month to help you save some money.
‘Heads up!’ is a game app that can bring some good fun to the mother’s day party. You can download this app on both your and your mother’s phone.
It lets you play with a deck of cards with words associated with it. It brings a lot of fun to the table as there are plenty of card options under different categories.
The app’s concept is simple. A player takes their phone and puts it up on their forehead, with the screen facing outwards so that others can see what’s on it. Then, others need to act out the word that is shown on the screen. If the person guesses it right, they score!
Marcopolo helps you stay in touch with people that matter the most to you.
Unlike traditional social media platforms that feed on likes and shares, the concept of Marcopolo is easy. It’s free, unlimited, and ad-free.
You can use this app to have personal face-to-face communication with tone and context. Your videos are stored in the cloud, so your phone storage isn’t depleted — yes, you can explore your memories later.
With Marcopolo, you can securely and easily connect with your mom this mother’s day. It is one of the most loved apps on the Android and iOS store, and the filter and voice effects make it even more fun to use.
Food makes any event special and brings everlasting memories.
Just because we can’t take our mom out to dinner this year, doesn’t mean she can’t have a special meal. This Kitchen Stories Recipes app has some of the best recipes that you and your mother can cook this Mother’s day.
If you are in a different part of the world and discover a local dish that you think your mother will love, then you can just find it on Kitchen Stories Recipes and send it to your mom.
With Kitchen Stories, you can help your mother find easy recipes for these foods so that she can savor the taste and have a day for her liking. If you are with your mom, then you can take a dig at these recipes yourself and see what’s the best you can come up with.
In the How to section, you can find out some fantastic ways to decorate the table and the dishes you are cooking.
Kitchen Stories Recipes will take your cooking experience to the next level and will help you bring more fun to your cooking.
How to Make Origami app is a special gift for moms this mother’s day, for it brings the power of art and creativity..
You can give this app to your mom and let her utilize her creative energy to make some beautiful origami. Or, you could learn how to make some and give them to your mother.
Does your mom like cats, or a flower? This app, which teaches how to make origami, has it all.
The app has several origami designs that are well-detailed with easy to follow instructions. You can create a beautiful piece of art using this app within minutes.
What could be better than a good ol’ collage highlighting your best memories with your mother and your family?
Well, PicCollage can help you craft some amazing pictures and bring them together under different themes and templates so that they look charming even in a picture frame.
The Android and iOS apps are quite easy to use, and you can create a collage within minutes.
You can add text, stickers, cut out photos, and more to your collages. With thousands of stickers and backgrounds, and numerous fonts and templates, you can add a taste to your collage, which you think best reflects your love and appreciation for your mom this mother’s day.
Imagine having a series of collages hanging around the room as you cut the mother’s day cake. Fun, right?
The lockdown got all of us trying new things. Some of us are learning new ways to cook, while others are making sure that they are staying in shape and a healthy mindset with yoga and exercise.
If your mother is into yoga, or if you would like her to get into yoga (because why not!), then you can get her the Yoga Studio app.
The app comes with a 7-day free trial and has beautiful, engaging, and HD yoga classes so that your mom can practice them from home.
It has the option to create custom classes and lets the users keep track of regular reminders. There’s so much for fitness as there are over 280 poses with detailed info and advice that is perfect for beginners, challenging but fun for experts.
All the stances are developed and created by certified experts, so working out with them is anything but monotonous.
For Windows and Mac
Filmora by Wondershare is one of the most accessible apps for editing videos on Windows and Mac. We have had Filmora in our top picks for video editors, and this app never fails to disappoint with time and age.
It lets you easily edit photos and videos with amazing templates for texts and effects that create a lasting impression on the viewer.
You can use Filmora to create beautiful videos that have pictures and memories that are close to your mom. You can use a song close to her heart, a template with colors of her liking, and then show it to her if she is around you, or just send it to her digitally.
If you and your mom live away from each other, it will be a great surprise for her to open her screen and find a beautiful video that celebrates your relationship. Maybe couple it with a Felt handwritten card to add a more personal touch to your video.
Vivid-Pix Restore is an image restoration software that can bring life to old pictures.
Do you have a picture of you as a child, and your mother holding you, or just playing with you? Well, if the image is old and withering away, you can rejuvenate it with Vivid-Pix Restore.
It’s a simple and straightforward app that can restore scanned prints, slides, documents, and digital camera images in seconds.
It comes with a patented artificial intelligence technology that restores images with just one click. You can fine-tune your images with straightforward controls and automatically create high-resolution JPEG or TIF images without affecting the original.
It’s an ideal option to relive those old memories that you think would lighten up a smile on your mom’s face. She would love to see old pictures cleared up, and those memories — those moments of bliss — will come flooding in, making her smile.
In addition to the opportunity to schedule video chat with the Houseparty app, we are offering you the option to record and submit a video greeting.
Camtasia 2020 is a screen recorder and a video editor, which makes it simple to record and create professional-looking videos on Windows and Mac.
It’s easy to learn, so you don’t need any fancy video editing skills to make professional videos customized for mother’s day. You can use the in-built camera to record a video and then edit it with Camtasia’s built-in video editor, which uses drag and drop to insert text, transitions, effects, and more. There are several effects to add to give each of your moments in the video a personal touch, which best highlights how you feel about the moment.
If you want to take the video to the next level, you can even add quizzes and interactivity to your videos — may be a quiz to see if your mom remembers details from some of the best moments that you two share. Here, you can also take help from your siblings, or your dad to come up with unique ideas for the quizzes.
The output is a video that genuinely fills your mother’s heart with immense joy.
While videos manage to tell incredible stories, pictures hold a different charm.
Smilebox lets you create beautiful invitations, slideshows, cards and collages, and then enables you to share them with the people you love in just a few minutes.
There are endless ways to help you personalize your design — from uploading a song to adding your favorite image or background, Smilebox has it all.
With millions of happy users, Smilebox proves to be an ideal platform for bringing together memories for a mother’s day special.
There are thousands of designs to choose from along with special mother’s day templates that can help you describe how you feel about your mom with simple creative energy.
There’s something about DVDs that tend to retain their charm even though they are an aging technology.
If you decide to have your memories on a DVD, you can be assured that your memories have a share and that they last for a long time — almost like a unique family archive that takes physical effort to play, and not just the press of a few buttons.
Yes, DVDs are old, but they still have their spinning charm.
Wondershare DVD creator lets you burn 150 formats to DVD, Blu-ray DVD, Blu-ray disc, and more. It supports multiple formats so that you never really run out of any options.
You can edit videos with the inbuilt video editor where you can trim, crop, enhance, watermark, and even subtitle your videos to add more personalization.
Have a list of songs that your mom loves? Well, make her a customized DVD with her favorite albums. There are also 100 free static and dynamic DVD templates in different themes and customized background images to add even a more personal touch to your memory disk.
Our mothers do so much for us, so it is a great idea to bring all that joy together and present her something that she will adore and grow fond of.
The apps that we have mentioned above are just the digital tools that you need to craft your memories together and make your mother’s day a special one.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try any of these apps and see what it has in store for you and make this mother’s day a time of the year that both you and your mom can reflect on with extreme joy.