Gifts for Mom: Cool Gadgets That Make Unique Christmas Gifts

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Looking for Christmas gifts for mom? There are all kinds of cool gadgets out there that could be the perfect, unique Christmas gift you’ve been looking for. If you want to give you mom a Christmas gift with a serious “wow factor,” then one of these cool gadgets is exactly what you need. Check out the cool Christmas gifts for tech-savvy moms in our list below. Those on the hunt for a gift for their mom should also visit our guide to the 101 best gifts for mom, which is packed with cool and creative gift ideas.

1. Fitbit Charge

Fitbit recently announced three new devices: the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. Check out the video above from CNET, which outlines the differences between these new devices.

The new devices from Fitbit are all good options in their own way, but the Charge hits a sweet spot in terms of size and functionality. The Charge shows the time of day, steps taken, and Caller ID when paired to your phone. In terms of real-time data, you can also use this fitness tracker to see your current pace. If mom’s New Year’s resolution is likely to be related to getting fit, this is a thoughtful gift.

Price: $129.95

Buy it here.

  • Better screen than older Fitbit trackers
  • Wakes you with a silent alarm
  • Works with over 100 different smartphone models
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Popular, trusted brand

  • Cons:
  • Fitbit has issued a recall on past products
  • Some other fitness trackers have better color options
  • Doesn’t monitor continuous heart rate
  • No music control
  • No built-in GPS
  • Find more information and reviews of the Fitbit Charge here.

    2. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

    Check out the video above to go hands-on with this smart sleep system.

    Withings is a consumer electronics company based in France, and over the past few years, they’ve made some really cool “smart” products. The Aura sleep system consists of several parts: a contact-free Sleep Sensor which gets tucked under the mattress, a light and sound Bedside Device, and a smartphone app. Is there really a better gift for your hard-working mom than a great night of sleep?

    Price: $299.95

    Buy it here.

  • Easy to control from your iPhone
  • Helps you sleep better with light and sound
  • Also helps you wake up at the optimal place in your sleep cycle
  • Trusted brand
  • Works with many other apps

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Unclear how much sleeping with a partner affects readings (Withings says no, some users say yes)
  • Temperature sensitive
  • Some users say thick mattresses can impact accuracy
  • Customer service can be sluggish
  • Find more information and reviews of the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System here.

    3. Automatic

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    Automatic is the best smartphone accessory you’ve never heard of. This little box syncs with both your phone and your car’s onboard computer system, allowing you unprecedented access to your car’s driving information. Automatic can help you save money on gas by analyzing your driving habits. Additionally, Automatic can help diagnose what your “check engine” light means. It’s also helpful in the event of an accident. If mom can’t even change a tire, this little gift will give you both some peace of mind.

    Price: $99.95

    Buy it here.

  • Easy to install
  • Remembers where you parked
  • Provides accident reporting in the event of a crash
  • Minimizes battery consumption in your iPhone
  • Detects fill-ups and even tracks local gas prices

  • Cons:
  • Fuel level warning may not work for all car models
  • Does not work with diesel, natural gas, or electric cars (also does not work with cars older than 1996)
  • Other will not work with certain car models
  • Crash Alert only works in the US
  • Crash Alert only works if unit is undamaged in the crash
  • Find more information and reviews of the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant here.

    4. Crock-Pot SCCPVL610 Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

    Learn more about Crock-Pot’s Cook & Carry slow cooker in the video above.

    If your mom has a small kitchen, this Crock-Pot gives her another way to cook something for dinner that doesn’t involve your oven, your microwave, or your stovetop. You can use the Crock-Pot to make soups, roasts, glazed yams, and stuffing. Mom can set the Crock-Pot to cook for up to 20 hours, which is great for a mom that’s too busy to stand in front of the stove all day.

    Price: $49.99 (17 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.

  • Great for situations where you are short a burner
  • Easy “set and forget” cooking
  • Shifts to warm setting automatically once the cook time is complete
  • Can cook a roast up to six pounds
  • Digital countdown control

  • Cons:
  • Lid is not oven or microwave safe
  • No automatic start time at a future date
  • Can be hard to source replacement parts
  • Does not automatically reset in the event of a power outage
  • May not be large enough for all gatherings
  • Find more information and reviews of the Crock-Pot SCCPVL610 Cook & Carry Slow Cooker here.

    5. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display

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    When it comes to baking, you often want to measure your ingredients by weight for best results. If your mom is a serious baker, this handy scale is great for assembling all of her favorite foods. It will also come in handy after the holidays when she might be trying to drop those holiday pounds.

    Price: $49.95

    Buy it here.

  • 11-lb capacity
  • Great for accurate baking
  • Offers both US and metric measures
  • Batteries included
  • Display slides out for easy reading

  • Cons:
  • Might clutter your countertops
  • Battery cost can rack up over time
  • Automatically shuts off
  • Should not be stored on its side
  • A few users have reported a blank display when they try to take a measurement
  • Find more information and reviews of the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display here.