High-tech gifts for mom
Mother's Day is fast approaching, and if you're reading this, you're probably wondering what to get for the mothers in your life. There are always the classics like flowers, chocolates, and personalized DIY gifts, but if your mom appreciates cutting-edge tech and forward-thinking convenience, you may need to turn your attention elsewhere.
Thankfully, we've done the work for you and compiled a comprehensive list of high-tech gifts for mom. Read on to see our favorites, and remember, Mother's Day is May 12.
For the shutterbug
Cameras capture precious moments and preserve them forever, and although mobile devices often feature cameras, their quality isn't always comparable to purpose-built digital units. The Nikon Coolpix B500 stands out for its stellar image quality and fantastic value, and it can capture 1080p video at 30 fps for memories in motion. If your mom is interested in advanced photography, consider the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV for its truly incredible image clarity and massive featureset.
But what about after the photos are taken? The Pix-Star 10.4-inch Digital Photo Frame displays snapshots on a high-quality LED screen with a variety of transition options for slideshows. Better yet, you can upload photos to the frame over WiFi, meaning there are no film cartridges, SD cards, USB sticks, or fingerprints to deal with.
For the bookworm
There are few better ways to relax, decompress, and escape than curling up with your favorite story. E-readers have made reading more convenient than ever, as they allow you to store thousands of books on a slim, simple, and portable device. Amazon's Kindle Oasis is our pick due to its high-resolution display and impressive internal storage, and for moms on the go, it can hold a charge for days.
For the cinephile
Like it or not, cable subscriptions are going the way of the dinosaur. Their dwindling numbers have allowed streaming services to take over the film industry, meaning you can watch all your favorite media over the internet on your TV. To make the whole process possible, you'll need a plug-in streaming device, and of all the options on the market, you can't go wrong with the Amazon Fire Stick.
The Fire Stick sets itself apart with intuitive setup, voice controls, and included streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Pandora, and others. The Roku Ultra Express is another solid choice for its user-friendly controller and high value, and if your home is littered with Apple devices, the Apple TV will easily integrate with your iPhone, iPad, and television.
For the gardener
If your mom has a green thumb, high-tech gardening tools can make her botanical hobbies noticeably less taxing and significantly more rewarding. For high-level planning and maintenance, lawn controllers like this 8-zone Smart Sprinkler from Rachio can set up unique watering zones, adjust flows from an app, and even calculate how much watering you need by calculating plant types and sun exposure. It works with Amazon Alexa as well, so caring for your garden can be as simple as saying, "Alexa, water the backyard."
For hands-on projects, this cordless pole saw and hedge trimmer from Greenworks is a stellar Mother's Day gift idea - it's equal parts eco-friendly, convenient, and powerful. The 8-inch pole saw easily trims away branches, while the hedge trimmer swiftly shapes and contours vegetation.
For the chef
There's nothing quite like a home-cooked meal from mom, and the least you can do is make the job a little easier for her. The My Weigh Kitchen Scale is your best bet for ultra-accurate measurements in the kitchen, and for juicing, blending, and pulverizing, there's no better option than the Breville BFP800XL Food Processor. Also, quality coffee makers like this stainless Steel Hamilton Beach always go over well.
For the athlete
With work to do, a family to spend time with, and a social life to enjoy, staying in shape isn't always easy. That said, many fitness machines are extremely portable and connected nowadays, allowing you to get a workout in even if time is in short supply. Case in point - the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike. This bike will help you work up a sweat while you watch TV, read, or even virtually ride alongside friends in real-time.
A good night's sleep is just as vital to your health as exercise, and for that, we recommend the Beautyrest Sleeptracker. It's a sleep-monitoring device that integrates with smart home features to capture personalized data like respiration, heart rate, body movement, and wakefulness. The best part? It's not an uncomfortable wearable, instead relying on a thin sensor system underneath your mattress.
Other high-tech gifts
Nothing catching your eye thus far? Here are some other high-tech gift ideas for Mother's Day.
A Bluetooth speaker so mom can enjoy deep, high-fidelity sound anywhere.
A pair of studio quality headphones to block outside noise.
A robotic vacuum to keep the home tidy and neat.
A smart speaker for hands-free interaction with smart home features.
A smart home alarm system for extra peace of mind.
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