Great gadgets for moms
April showers bring May flowers, which makes it quite the appropriate month for Mother’s Day. Fêting Mom with all of the usual trappings of flowers and cards and breakfast in bed is a no-brainer. And of course you want to give the perfect gift to make her feel appreciated—so why not make it something useful for her day-to-day life? (Your mom needn’t be especially tech-savvy to enjoy the gadgets and gear included in this guide!)
Show Mom you think she’s the greatest with a compact digital tablet such as the Google Nexus 7 or the Apple iPad Mini. These jack-of-all-trades devices don’t take up much space, and yet they provide a screen that's large enough to allow your mother to comfortably view of photos and videos, play games, and read digital books and magazines. It’s the perfect gift for any on-the-go mom who loves her digital media. Want to take things up a notch? Load it with some family photos before gifting.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
For shutterbug moms, a compact digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS ($145) is a great option. This stylish camera is available in several bright hues and it can shoot both 16.1-megapixel stills and HD video. The camera also has a timer for taking full-family shots, and the high-speed “burst mode” is perfect for capturing action shots of the kids.
If your mom is the forgetful type, the HipKey ($90) might be the perfect gift. The proximity alarm device is paired with an iPhone/iPad app to help keep track of valuables. It works in a few different ways: Alarm Mode alerts Mom if her device is moved more than a set distance away; Child Mode sounds an alarm if a child wanders too far; and Find Me mode can track down a phone, a tablet—or even keys—within a radius of 164 feet.
Yurbuds Inspire Talk for Women
Whether the mom in your life is a fitness buff motivated by music or just loves to chat away on the phone (or both!), the Yurbuds Inspire Talk for Women ($40) fits the bill. Specially designed for a woman’s smaller ears, these earphones include a built-in mic and controls for answering calls, ending calls, and controlling tunes.
Fitbit One Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker
Any health-conscious mom will be thrilled to find this nifty gadget wrapped up alongside her breakfast in bed. The Fitbit One ($100) keeps track of steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed during the day, and it acts as a sleep monitor to help you learn how to sleep better. It even wakes you up in the morning.
Click & Grow Garden
The Click & Grow Garden is the perfect gift for moms who would love to have fresh herbs and veggies at their disposal but lack the green thumb necessary to grow them. This handy device works without fertilizer or daily watering. Try a Starter Kit ($79) with mini tomato, chili pepper, or basil.
Jamie Oliver's 20-Minute Meals
A nice companion gift for the Click & Grow Garden is Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals App, available for iOS ($7) and Android ($4). The app provides 60 recipes, with easy-to-follow steps and stylish photos for guidance. It also includes 21 videos featuring Jamie Oliver himself, as well as a kitchen essentials guide, a shopping list feature, and the ability to shake for a random recipe if your mom feels the need for instant inspiration.
Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount
The modern-day cookbook is a tablet, and if your mom uses one to display recipes or videos in the kitchen, the Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount ($50) is a great option. It angles any full-size iPad for optimal viewing while keeping it out of the path of liquids and other messes. The mount attaches via an adjustable clamp, so you can install it without tools and move it easily.
ReVive Portable Solar Charger
Does your mom frequently complain that her phone, tablet, or other device always seems to be running out of juice? Then she’ll love the ReVive Portable Solar Charger ($29). Best suited for use in areas that receive fair amounts of sunshine, this useful item draws on the sun’s rays to store power on an internal battery, which can then charge any portable device via USB.
Creative Case or Carrier
If your tech-loving mom already has all the gadgets she can handle, a case or carrier with a colorful design can make a great gift. Consider the Summer Bloom case for iPhone 5 (shown here), the Haiku iPad Sleeve, or the Tumi Voyageur Laptop Carrier by Anna Sui. And be sure to check out Castegram, which provides various beautiful designs—but also lets you create custom cases with your own photos.