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Forgot Mother’s Day? Don’t panic. You have options.


Laut's Holo cases for AirPods reflect all the colors of the rainbow.
Laut's Holo cases for AirPods reflect all the colors of the rainbow.
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Haven’t bought a Mother’s Day gift yet? Don’t worry. Moms are generally forgiving types. Instead of rushing to get something cheap at the drug store on the way to her house, buy her a cool Laut accessory and let her know a nice gift is on the way.

And she doesn’t even have to know you’re getting 15% off the price. Browse the Mother’s Day Sweet Savings Collection in the Cult of Mac Store now (and click here to see only Laut items). Peruse some highlights below. The sale goes through Monday.

Make mom’s day with Apple’s new gift guide


What's good enough for mom? An iPad? An Apple Watch? Both?
What's good enough for mom? An iPad? An Apple Watch? Maybe both.
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Apple has shared its annual Mother’s Day gift guide to help you celebrate your mom on May 14 in the United States and many other countries. Dozens of gift ideas, from AirTags to iPhones to various accessories, cover a range of prices from $15 to about $1,000.

And you can “make it mom’s” with free engraving of emojis and messages on a range of gifts, too.

Want a foolproof Mother’s Day gift? Ship 2 dozen roses for less than $45.


Want a foolproof Mother's Day? Ship 2 dozen roses for under $45.
Send Mom 24 beautiful roses on her big day for one low price.
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There’s a lot to be said for the classics, and that’s especially true for Mother’s Day. When it comes right down to it, your mom just wants to know that you care, and nothing says that like fresh flowers.

So what do you do when you’re not within driving distance of your mom, much less her local florist? You take advantage of this online deal from Rose Farmers: Get 24 long-stemmed roses, picked and delivered for only $44.99 (regularly $96). No coupon is needed to score these stunning roses for mom.

First Peanuts Mother’s Day special will celebrate all kinds of moms


First Peanuts Mother’s Day special will celebrate all kinds of moms
Peppermint Patty takes center stage in the first Peanuts Mother’s Day special.
Photo: Apple TV+

The Peanuts gang is about to star in their first Mother’s Day special. To Mom (and Dad), With Love will focus on Peppermint Patty, who doesn’t have a mom. Or does she?

A trailer dropped on Friday so you can get a glimpse of the troubles Charlie Brown and his friends will have celebrating this special day.

Cupertino offers deals to ‘Make Mom’s day with Apple Pay’


Do Mother's Day with Apple Pay this year.
Do Mother's Day with Apple Pay this year.
Photo: Apple

As you may have nervously noted, given past lapses (You? Never!), Mother’s Day is fast approaching. It falls on Sunday, May 8. To help you out, Apple sent out a series of Apple Pay promotions Wednesday that’ll save you a few bucks on thoughtful gifts for mom.

Discounts are outlined below. And in case you missed it, Apple also put out a gift guide for the occasion.

Get a huge bouquet of 24 roses delivered for Mother’s Day, over half off!


Get 24 luxury roses delivered for Mother's Day.
Save on a bouquet of mixed-color roses for Mother's Day.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Is there anything that feels quite as special as receiving flowers delivered right to your door? If you’re looking to show mom — or someone who is like a mom to you — how much they mean this Mother’s Day, look no further than this perfect Mother’s Day Special 24 Mixed Color Roses. They cost just $39.99, more than half off the total retail value, and ship free with code SHIP4FREE.

The Snoopy Show returns along with new Peanuts holiday specials


‘The Snoopy Show’ returns to Apple TV+ in March
New episodes of The Snoopy Show premiere on Apple TV+ in March.
Screenshot: Apple TV+

Season two of The Snoopy Show premieres on Apple TV+ in March, with fresh adventures of Charlie Brown’s irrepressible pooch, his pal Woodstock and the rest of the gang. A new trailer shows the fun to be expected.

It’ll soon be followed by a pair of new Peanuts holiday specials for Earth Day and Mother’s Day.

Apple highlights accessories in its 2019 Mother’s Day gift guide


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Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Apple has some ideas.
Photo: Apple

Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day in the United States — meaning that you’ve got got just under one month to pick your mom up something that lets you know how much you appreciate her.

While flowers or chocolates are standard fare, Apple’s got an even better idea: Why not buy her an Apple product? With that in mind, the company has debuted its Mother’s Day gift guide for 2019.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Strength is the missing Activity Ring on Apple Watch, and more!


In this week's Cult of Mac magazine: Why doesn’t the Activity app track strength training?
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: The Activity Rings on your Apple Watch don’t provide a complete picture of your fitness. There is one important ring missing: Strength. The Rock didn’t get ripped just by standing up once an hour. And both the Exercise and Move rings essentially measure the same thing: cardio.

As any fitness expert will tell you, an effective workout program should combine cardio with strength training. Here’s why strength is currently Apple Watch’s weakness, and how you can use third-party apps to make sure it isn’t yours as well.

You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Mother’s Day on Messenger is all about digital flowers


This is even weirder than that basketball game from March.
Screencap: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

We know that emoticons and Emojis are for expressing yourself when words fail you, but what does it mean when you put flowers around your text bubble? According to Facebook Messenger, that just means it’s Mother’s Day.

The chat app has rolled out a weird feature in advance of Sunday’s mother-loving holiday to let you festoon your messages with happy little flowers.

Here’s how you get in on the festivities.