So, you’ve decided you want to drag your mom into the 21st century by buying her some quality technology this Christmas, but you’re stumped about what specifically to get her?
Buying tech for moms isn’t easy – you want to make sure that they actually get use out of it and that your dad won’t just secretly commandeer it once the decorations are taken down. But at the same time, you want to get them something that they can show off to their friends to make them envious.
We have the answers! Read on for our selection of the best Christmas gifts for your mother this holiday season.
Lots of moms fancy themselves as indoor gardeners, but sadly lots also lack the requisite skills to make their kitchen’s herb garden truly resplendent.
The solution is the $39.95 Click and Grow; all your mom has to do is plug it in and add water – the device takes care of the rest. It uses NASA-inspired technology to help herbs grow faster, and when the plants are fully-grown and start to wilt, all that’s required is a new cartridge.
There are lots of cartridges available, including strawberries, various flowers, lavender, chillis, and tomatoes.
Lots of mothers don’t like answering the door when they’re alone in the house, especially if it’s dark, their husband is late from work, or they have young children with them.
Getting your mom a SkyBell smart video doorbell might help to allay her worries. It’ll let her see who rang the doorbell whether she’s at home, in the office, or in the back garden – all without having to physically go the front door.
It comes complete with a motion sensor and on-demand video, and will even sync with an already-installed Nest system.
Most mothers love jewelry, thus making Ringly a great gift.
The ring itself combines the world of fashion with the world of technology by alerting the wearer when important notifications arrive.
Your mom just needs to connect it to her phone, select which apps’ notifications are most important to her, then choose from four vibration patterns and five light colors to customize each alert.
All rings use a semi-precious gemstone, with prices starting at $195. You will need to buy directly from their website.
Sticking on the theme of technology-meets-fashion, how about getting your mom a new handbag that also doubles as a phone charger?
From the outside it looks like any other small handbag, but inside it packs a lightweight lithium ion battery that will supply one full charge to a smartphone or tablet. It will work with any smartphone that uses a micro-USB charger, with iPhone adaptors being sold separately.
There are fourteen different colors to choose from, with prices starting at $94.99.
Ok, so your mom will definitely love this present, but so will the rest of the family (hands off, dad!).
The idea behind the Petcube< is to allow you to feel at close to your furry friends when you’re not at home thanks to a smartphone-synced live camera feed. Multiple devices can connect to one cube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6A5AnPFrMw The device itself is 4 x 4 x 4 inches, has a 138 degree wide angle camera, a two-way audio stream, and is compatible with both Androids and iPhones.
Clearly, moms have lots of free time and are in desperate need of something to keep them occupied (I’m joking, relax).
Either way, if your mom is forever chasing around the house and cleaning up after you, your siblings, and your dad – she deserves some downtime.
The $49.99 chess board doesn’t look like much, but it’s a great way for her to engage her brain and have fun at the same time. The eight games included are chess, checkers, reverse, halma, 4 in-a-row, fox and geese, Northcote’s game, and nim. No, I’ve not heard of those last three either.
Sticking with the idea of relaxation, why not get her an e-Reader?
Most moms are avid readers, and in this day and age there is no need to be shelling out $30 or more on a newly-released hardback when you can get a digital copy of the same book for a fraction of the price.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire will set you back $49.99, but includes a quad-core processor, a 1024 x 600 IPS display, front and rear facing cameras, and 128 GB of storage.
While e-Readers are excellent presents for bookworms, they are not great tablets in the traditional sense.
However, if you were thinking of buying your mother a fully-fledged tablet, stop! Have you considered a Chromebook? They can do everything a tablet can do, almost everything that a regular laptop can do, and they’re incredibly cheap, robust, and lightweight.
They’re also very easy to use; if you’re mom struggles with Windows and Mac operating systems (mine does), she’ll love the Chromebook’s simplicity.
Is your mom a shopper? Is she an online shopper? If the answer to these two questions was “yes”, you should go and buy her an Amazon Prime subscription right now.
A one-year membership will set you back $99, but your mother will get loads of awesome benefits.
For example, she’ll get free two-day shipping on almost all items, a 30-minute early access to the company’s “Lightning Deals”, 800,000 free e-Books, access to Prime Music (with more than a million songs), and a subscription to Amazon Prime Video and its thousands of movies and TV shows.
Although we just recommended a Chromebook, the truth is that lots of moms already have a tablet.
One reasons our mothers love them because they can use them in the kitchen; cookbooks are a thing of the past, instead you can just pull up your favorite recipes online.
The problem is that tablets don’t mix well with gravy and cake batter. Countless devices will have no-doubt been ruined by being dropped in the pan or because a jar of sauce was knocked over them.
The answer? A tablet wall mount. Just affix it to a cupboard or wall above the oven and you’re good to go – no more mushroom and iPad soup.
What will you be putting in your mom’s Christmas stocking? Has our list given you any inspiration?
What did we get right? What did we get wrong? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
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