Need some inspiration for Mother’s Day? If your mom digs tech and gadgets, then these Mother’s Day gift ideas might be just the thing.
1. Best Cool Mother’s Day Gift: Pebble Smartwatch
Even if your mom has minimal interest in technology, she’ll still love the Pebble’s elegant lines and customizable faces. Plus, the Pebble syncs with a ton of apps she already uses. The Pebble makes a great Mother’s Day present because it strides the line between fashion and functionality.
Available in five color options
Battery can go up to to seven days between charges
Works with a variety of fitness, music, and notification apps moms love to use
Tons of customization options
Works best with Android devices with Android 4.0 and up, iOS devices running iOS 6.0 and up (so if mom has an older smartphone, this might be an issue)
Mom may have to pay for some apps to get the most out of the watch
Some user reviews indicate customer support is so-so
Bluetooth connectivity can sometimes be spotty
2. Best Fashionable Mother’s Day Gift: GRACESHIP Laptop Bag
Like most women, moms tend to love handbags. This leather bag from GRACESHIP is great for fashionistas, as well as members of the technorati who want to tote their laptop in style. This bag was designed by a former TV journalist, so you know it fits the busy, on-the-go lifestyle of today’s modern woman. If your mom does a lot of traveling with her laptop, a premium bag like this is a really thoughtful gift.
Fits laptop or tablet up to 15.4 inches
Designed by a woman who knows what professionals need in a handbag
Tons of storage pockets
One-year limited warranty
Beautiful design, excellent quality
Limited color options
Some interior pockets are very small, making it a tight squeeze for some items
Bag is very large, may overwhelm women with smaller frames
Will not fit larger tablets, and 15-inchers may fit very tightly
Some user reviews indicate color shown in picture is not true-to-life
3. Best ‘Home Goods’ Mother’s Day Gift: Revolv Smart Home System
Revolv bills itself as a “Smart Home Automation Solution.” Basically, Revolv acts as a hub for controlling all of your “smart devices,” from lightbulbs to thermostats to security to speakers. If you want your mom to feel like Tony Stark in her own home, this hub can help you automate nearly every aspect of a house. See a full list of compatible devices here.
Takes just 60 seconds to set up
Lifetime service included: No monthly service or subscription fees
Will make your mom feel like a tech genius
Create home automations based on triggers from sensors, time, GPS location, or on-demand presets
Will work with pretty much any “smart” device, regardless of brand
Revolv Hub is capable of communicating with seven wireless protocols, but only three are supported at release (WiFi, Z-Wave, and Insteon)
Must be placed in a central location of your home
Wider compatibility will be available in the future, current device compatibility is somewhat limited
Android support not coming until later in 2014
4. Best Smartphone to Buy For Mother’s Day: HTC One (M8)
If your mom is in need of a new phone, the new-for-2014 HTC One (M8) is a great option. It has a wonderful UI, tons of cool features, and gorgeous display that will make reading easy on your mom’s aging eyes. Plus, its metal unibody construction makes it ooze luxury, which makes the One feel like a truly premium gift.
Great battery life and power-saving features
Ultra-thin device makes this comfortable to hold for women with smaller hands
Metal unibody design makes phone feel ultra-premium
Includes microSD card slot for expansion
Camera has gotten mixed reviews
Somewhat expensive, as the phone debuted not long before Mother’s Day 2014
Screen may seem too large to moms who are used to a smaller phone
Headphone jack placement annoys some users
“Dot View” case for the HTC One (M8) is really cool in theory, but rather limited in practice
5. Best Mother’s Day Gift for the Budget-Conscious: Nest Learning Thermostat
While Nest itself may be kinda pricey, it basically pays for itself over time with the energy savings you get. If your mom is the kind of lady who knows the value of a dollar, she’ll appreciate a gift that helps her save her hard-earned cash.
Only takes about half an hour to install
Saves you money with energy-conserving features
Control your thermostat remotely from a smartphone or tablet
Your mom gets bragging rights over her friends because of your thoughtful gift
Makes it easy to review your energy usage history over time
Some users have experienced issues with reliability
Some user reviews indicate “heat pump balance” feature does not work as advertised
Many users say tech support is not as helpful or polite as could be desired
Device may require some additional troubleshooting after installation
In the past, software updates have caused units to crash
Considering getting someone an electronics gift? Check out our Gifts section for tons of great gift recommendations, or visit our ultimate guides to the best gifts for women and best gifts for men.