Let’s be real—we all know Mother’s Day as a commercial holiday’s a far cry from its original purpose when originally dreamt up by Anna Jarvis in 1908. (Don’t believe me? Ask Terry O’Reilly.) But that doesn’t mean the sentiment behind it isn’t valid. The things my mother’s done and sacrificed for her three sons are utterly priceless. When she needs something, I never worry about the price tag—I just make it happen. A quality I hope extends to my sons as they grow older, but in the meantime, I think I’ll need to step in for them.
But May’s no easy month for Casa de Palmer—at least it’s not for me. I don’t know whose big idea it was to have Mother’s Day, Sarah’s birthday and our anniversary all in the same month (what up, fate?), but it means rising to the challenge of finding a gift awesome enough to be worthy of all three.
Now—as a Best Buy Ambassador, I know they’ve got plenty in store to help you give the perfect Mother’s Day present. For example, if you mother’s the resident gourmand, perhaps grab a Vitamix Ascent 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender or a KitchenAid Custom Stand Mixer. Or if she likes her coffee—and I mean really good coffee—check out the Breville Café Roma Pump Espresso Machine or the Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee System with Aeroccino Plus. Watches, jewellery, and fitness trackers—Best Buy offers more than most imagine, and I had to find just the right gift for Sarahpalooza 2017!
But then it hit me—a perfect gift for Sarah that she’d still use years down the road: a Microsoft Surface Pro 4!
How We Hooked Sarah Up for Mother’s Day — The Microsoft Surface Pro 4!
Sarah’s laptop had seen better days.
Bought in late 2012 back when she pursued further education in psychology, Sarah’s ASUS laptop replaced a decade-old 10-pound DELL laptop that was still kicking around ’til I stepped in. I tried a number of times to coerce Sarah over to my side of the computing world, but her love for Windows ran too deep. So I figure—let’s get her what she wants and introduce her to the Windows machine by the people who make Windows!
See, Sarah never splurges on tech for herself. Her frugal Dutch upbringing taught her that premium devices were more luxuries than necessities, so she’d rather run her tech into the ground before considering buying a new one.
And I’m here to change that.
For Sarah, the boys and I snagged the i5 128 GB Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which should have speed and storage aplenty for the things she usually does online, like keep in touch with friends on Facebook and work with her files through Microsoft Office. I haven’t dared play with it much myself, but here are some observations from what I’ve seen so far:
- This thing is LIGHT: At 1.69 lbs (or a whopping 1.73 lbs when you slap on a Type Cover, it’s one of the lightest computers I’ve ever used
- But it’s NOT a computer: Don’t get it twisted—with a 12.3″ display, all the Windows apps we’re familiar with, and up to 16 GB RAM, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is actually a powerful laptop-grade tablet that can do everything most Windows laptops can!
- It brings so many more POSSIBILITIES: With the help of the Surface Pen (included with most models), the Surface Pro 4 really challenges how you operate. It helps you go paperless, it can roll with you anywhere, and it can connect to all your devices—it’s a great tool to really upgrade the way you work!
Sarah was completely stunned by her gift (I haven’t heard her stammer that much since proposing to her 6½ years ago) and I’m very glad she likes it—I couldn’t have done it without Best Buy!
But you don’t have to get your Mom a new computer to make her Mother’s Day—Best Buy offers plenty of ideas that your Mom will love no matter what her interests!
Make a Day for Your Mom and Win a $50 Best Buy Gift Card!
Now, I can only do so much to help you make the most of this Mother’s Day, but if you still want to make someone’s day, you could be the lucky Canadian who wins themselves a $50 Best Buy gift card! It’s a Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad contest, so all you need is a valid email address and a click to enter—but you stand a far better chance if you try some optimal entries, too! Good luck to all who enter—Best Buy’s always fun to shop at! (Contest open to Canadians aged 18+ living outside of Quebec. Contest ends 5/31 @ 11:59 PM ET.)
A $50 Best Buy Gift Card Giveaway!
Okay boys, we did it right for 2017 — let’s regroup and do it again in 2018!
For this Mother’s Day, all Sarah wanted was a little time off—raising kids ain’t easy, and I’m happy to provide it. But I come from a gift-giving family, so I’ve spent many a year working to get it right. Yeah, a Tiffany necklace is nice, but I feel like Team Palmer got it right this year!
Make sure you let your Mom know how much you care with a well-thought-out gift this year! And as long as it doesn’t involve fresh produce… Best Buy got you!
Have an excellent Mother’s Day and until the next,
Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a Best Buy Ambassador for Best Buy Canada, where I get access to the latest news and events from one of Canada’s favourite retailers! As part of the program, Best Buy compensated me for this post.