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Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? We’re highlighting 10 ideas that can help mom, or anyone else you know, use the power of smart home technology to make everyday life just a bit easier.

If you haven’t noticed, Mother’s Day is coming up soon. It can always be tricky to find the perfect gift to appreciate everything that the moms in your life do. Thankfully, there is a ton of great technology out there that can help Mom with everything she has to get done in a day.

No matter her experience level with technology, Mom is sure to appreciate the help from these easy-to-use gadgets. From finding her keys to taking care of chores and everything in-between, these 10 perfect smart home gift ideas should make any mother smile.

1. Amazon Echo ($179/£150)

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Arguably the best smart home controller available, the Amazon Echo can interact with a whole host of lights, thermostats, fans, switches, locks, and much more with just simple voice commands. And that’s just the beginning. Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, has more than 10,000 different skills that can make everyday life easier.

Without ever having to use her hands, Mom will be able to order a pizza, play cricket sounds, add to the family’s grocery list, or juggle the family calendar. The voice commands are simple to learn — even for the most technophobic moms you know. And, oh yeah, it’s also a great Bluetooth speaker that can play music All the Ways to Play Music Using Your Amazon Echo All the Ways to Play Music Using Your Amazon Echo The Amazon Echo is capable of doing a lot of different things, but its most obvious skill is playing music. Here are all the ways to listen to music through your Amazon Echo. Read More from a huge number of different streaming services.

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If Mom already has a Bluetooth speaker, the same features are also available on the $49/£49 Amazon Echo Dot. Just like its big brother, the Echo Dot is available in either black or white.

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2. Tile Mate ($25/£23)

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It’s pretty much a fact of life: our keys and other smaller items will eventually get lost. But the Tile Mate makes that stressful situation a whole lot more bearable. Tile is a small Bluetooth tracker that is designed to fit on a keychain or any other item you want to keep track of (try the Tile Slim [UK] for wallets or other smaller items).

If the tracked item ever disappears, just open up the companion iOS or Android app. As long as the tracker is in range (approximately 100 feet), it will beep loudly. The Tile Mate itself can also find your phone, which definitely could come in handy. The battery can last for up to a year.

While one Tile is $25, you’ll receive a greater discount the more you buy at one time.

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3. Fitbit Alta HR ($129/£119)

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Wearable devices are revolutionizing fitness tracking, but not everyone wants the complexity of a smart watch. The Fitbit Alta HR is an inexpensive and easy-to-use way to track daily fitness goals. Along with step tracking, the slim band constantly tracks your heart rate to measure daily calories burned. And when the day is done, it will also automatically track sleep. A built-in battery provides up to seven days of power before needing to recharge.

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4. Drop Kitchen Connected Scale ($79)

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Even boring kitchens are moving to the future Create a Futuristic Kitchen With These 7 Smart Devices Create a Futuristic Kitchen With These 7 Smart Devices It's hard to know where to draw the line between useful and gimmick when discussing smart home devices for the kitchen, but these devices are sure to impress! Read More thanks to technology. And the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale can help turn even the worst cook into a gourmet chef. Compatible with iOS devices, the corresponding Drop Kitchen app offers hundreds of step-by-step interactive one-bowl recipes. That makes cleanup simple.

During the preparation process, the scale will automatically make sure you’re adding the right amount of ingredients. The system can even work on the fly to customize each recipe to make fewer portions or swap out ingredients.

For more experienced cooks, this device can function as an app-connected scale to improve measurement accuracy and ingredient tracking.
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5. Ekko Smart Mirror ($399)

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Even the lowly mirror is joining the smart home rush. From French furniture designer Miliboo, the Ekko Smart Mirror features sensors on either side. After setting up the mirror through an app, the sky’s the limit. Mom can watch YouTube videos, listen to the news, play music, check the weather, and more — all before her first cup of coffee in the morning. If she decides to share, each family member can create a unique profile on the mirror.

There are two different models available to purchase: a rectangular or round version. Both sell for $399. The rectangular version is free standing and can be placed anywhere, while the round model can be mounted on the wall.

6. Automatic Pro Gold ($129)

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While everyone would probably love to have a car full of different smart technology, not everyone can shell out big bucks for a new vehicle. And the Automatic Pro Gold can turn any modern vehicle into a connected car.

Compatible with most cars built since 1996, the small dongle attaches to an OBD-II port. It receives both power and information from the vehicle’s systems. One of its best features is a built-in 3G connection that doesn’t require any additional fee. That means mom will always able to always know where her car is — no matter who’s behind the wheel.

Along with being able to decipher those pesky check engine lights using the iOS or Android app, the device can also protect you in the event of a crash. If the Automatic Pro Gold ever detects an accident, the device automatically contacts you to an operator who can then call emergency services and loved ones.

Finally, the device can connect to other online services. For example, the Pro Gold can sense when you’re headed homewards and can tell a Nest Smart Thermostat to automatically set your house to a certain temperature and turn the lights on to welcome you home.
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7. Neato Botvac Connected ($585/£679)

Doing household chores doesn’t have to suck, especially when a robot vacuum can take care of cleaning your floors. One great choice is the Neato Botvac Connected.

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You can control the Wi-Fi-enabled device from anywhere on planet Earth using your cell phone. And it gives mom, or anyone else in the house, the ability to put their feet up and watch while the robot gets down and dirty. Made for almost any type of flooring — including carpet, tile, hardwood, and more — the vacuum uses special laser technology to scan the room and plan a quick and efficient route.

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8. Kogeek Smart Plug ($30)

koogeek smart plug

One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to start using smart home technology is a smart switch. Setting up the Kogeek Smart Plug takes a just a few seconds. Just plug it into any existing outlet. Using a companion app for iOS, whatever Mom plugs in can be turned on or off with the tap of a button. The switch can also monitor energy consumption to let her know how much power a device is using, even when it’s turned off.

As an added bonus, Kogeek Smart Plugs are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit protocol. That means Apple fans can control the switch using a simple Siri command. If Mom adds other HomeKit-compatible devices, the switch can be part of custom scenes or different automations Put Apple HomeKit Devices to Good Use With Automation Put Apple HomeKit Devices to Good Use With Automation Have more than one accessory compatible with Apple HomeKit? Learn how to use Automation to truly brings some smarts to your home. Read More .

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9. LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb ($59/£80)

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Along with saving money thanks to lower energy costs, the LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb can be used to paint any house with light.

The bulb can display more than 16 million different colors and all temperatures of white. Unlike other smart lighting systems on the market, you won’t need the extra complication of adding a hub. The bulb also works with a dizzying array of other services including IFTTT, SmartThings, Nest, and others. By using these bulbs throughout the house, Mom can control her lights using any voice command to an Amazon Echo device.

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10. Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat ($199/£372)

ecobee3 smart thermostat

Another smart home device that can save money and make life a bit easier for everyone in the home, the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat is a great way for anyone to start building a smart home.

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Final Thoughts

These Smart Home gadgets are a great way to appreciate everything the Moms in your life do for you, by making their lives a little easier!

Have we missed any great smart home gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Let us know about them in the comments.

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  1. dvous
    May 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    "...by making their lives a little easier!"

    Just who are you buying the gift for - your mother or yourself?

    My experience of most mothers is that they are not usually tech savvy, and probably unaware of the new Internet of Things paradigm that all of these devices are part of. Furthermore, what happens to it when it breaks, fails or becomes disconnected, and you are not around to fix it for them?

    My opinion of IoT is that it's a solution in search of a problem, because in a lot of cases it justsadds a layer of unnecessary complexity to systems that were perfectly adequate previously!

  2. likefunbutnot
    May 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Please don't buy an Echo. Buy three Dots. Or two Dots (one for mum and one for dad?) and two sets of upgraded speakers. The Echo really isn't worth what it costs. It's an unexceptional speaker and the primary function is contained in the $50 product is identical to the $180 one.

    I'm actually a big fan of Philips Hue lighting. There's a wider variety of products that work with Hue than Lifx. I kind of hope that at some point there will be an open standard for internet lighting, but I'd rather buy in to the system that has more bulb options. It's a bit of a disappointment that we have to choose one system or the other, just as we do for personal assistants and content delivery platforms.

    • Brent Dirks
      May 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I disagree somewhat about the Echo speaker capabilities. While it's not perfect, I think it compares nicely to other non-connected models in the same price range. And having everything in one package is convenient.

      • likefunbutnot
        May 11, 2017 at 12:40 am

        Almost any $50 speaker set will offer better sound and more importantly, offer actual stereo sound, something the Echo definitely doesn't have.