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.
Pros:Available in five color optionsBattery can go up to to seven days between chargesWorks with a variety of fitness, music, and notification apps moms love to useUser-friendlyTons of customization options
Cons:No micWorks 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 watchSome user reviews indicate customer support is so-soBluetooth 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.
Pros:Fits laptop or tablet up to 15.4 inchesDesigned by a woman who knows what professionals need in a handbagTons of storage pocketsOne-year limited warrantyBeautiful design, excellent quality
Cons:Limited color optionsSome interior pockets are very small, making it a tight squeeze for some itemsBag is very large, may overwhelm women with smaller framesWill not fit larger tablets, and 15-inchers may fit very tightlySome 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.
Pros:Takes just 60 seconds to set upLifetime service included: No monthly service or subscription feesWill make your mom feel like a tech geniusCreate home automations based on triggers from sensors, time, GPS location, or on-demand presetsWill work with pretty much any “smart” device, regardless of brand
Cons: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 homeWider compatibility will be available in the future, current device compatibility is somewhat limitedExpensiveAndroid 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.
Pros:Great battery life and power-saving featuresUltra-thin device makes this comfortable to hold for women with smaller handsMetal unibody design makes phone feel ultra-premiumGorgeous displayIncludes microSD card slot for expansion
Cons:Camera has gotten mixed reviewsSomewhat expensive, as the phone debuted not long before Mother’s Day 2014Screen may seem too large to moms who are used to a smaller phoneHeadphone 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.
Pros:Only takes about half an hour to installSaves you money with energy-conserving featuresControl your thermostat remotely from a smartphone or tabletYour mom gets bragging rights over her friends because of your thoughtful giftMakes it easy to review your energy usage history over time
Cons:Some users have experienced issues with reliabilitySome user reviews indicate “heat pump balance” feature does not work as advertisedMany users say tech support is not as helpful or polite as could be desiredDevice may require some additional troubleshooting after installationIn the past, software updates have caused units to crash
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