Mother’s Day is just a little over a week away – time to make sure you don’t disappoint. What’s the best way to make mom smile this year? With a little dose of technology to make mom’s life a little easier courtesy of some of the hottest gadgets on the market right now. Given how hard we make things on her, she more than deserves it.
We’re also giving away the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone for AT&T! So here is your chance to win one for mom – or for yourself!
For the domestically-inclined mom, the Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus helps make a tablet a kitchen staple. The stand itself has rubber grips that prevent slippage, while the stylus allows mom to search through recipes and ingredients without getting the screen dirty, so she can feel free to be as messy as she wants to be in the kitchen. After all, everyone knows taste rises in proportion with mess left afterwards. The Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus is selling on Belkin’s website for about $40.
Samsung’s Incredible Hulk of a smartphone could be just the ticket for mom this year. Why? Simple – there’s no better smartphone for mom to help her create priceless customized family memories. The Galaxy Note‘s S Pen lets users get some serious artwork done on the Note’s 5.3” display, from casual doodles and text on pictures to original creations leaping out of mom’s fruitful imagination. Just make sure mom has big enough hands to actually use the Note as a phone. You can grab the Galaxy Note for about $300 with a two-year contract from AT&T.
Help mom listen to her tunes in comfort with the Philips CitiScape Headphones. The headphones and headband are generously padded, and the CitiScapes are fairly good at noise cancellation. The mid-tier audio is good enough to satisfy all but the audiophile moms. Best of all, the cords are flat and anti-tangle, because mom doesn’t need any more trouble than she already has. The Philips CitiScape Headphones are selling for about $100, and available in purple, black, and grey.
Does mom like to keep it funky at all times? Get her the iHome iPhone/iPod Docking System, a bright pink throwback to the classic days of big boomboxes and thumping bass. And thumping bass there will be, thanks to two 4” woofers and two 1” tweeters, along with SRS TruBass. The 5 band equalizer completes the effect, making for one mean speaker dock for mom. Hopefully her taste in music is the best in the house, because once she gets her hands on this, her music pumping through the house is the only thing you’ll be able to hear. The iHome iPhone/iPod Docking System is selling from Urban Outfitters for about $200.
Don’t know what to get mom this year? The gift of nostalgia is almost always a winner. Bring mom back to the glory days of instant photography in a modern way with the Z340 Instant Digital Camera, the brainchild of Polaroid and creative director Lady Gaga. The 14 MP camera takes digital shots that mom can choose to print immediately with the ZINK printer, which requires no future ink purchases (though you’ll need more ZINK paper past the 10 sheets that come with the camera). There are some limited editing options that can be handled before printing using the 2.7” LCD screen, and different photo borders can be downloaded to the camera. The battery only allows for about 25 pictures to be taken, though, and the camera costs about $300. It’s a steep price, but for moms who pine for the old days of photography, the trip down memory lane might be worth it.
Some moms cook and clean. Some moms scuba dive and climb mountains. Some moms do all of the above, and then some. For the moms on the more extreme side of the spectrum, the Sony Bloggie Sport HD Camera makes sure she can chronicle all of her adventures, no matter where she is. This camera is as tough as mom, a dirt-resistant and waterproof (up to 16 feet) device that can take some pretty impressive underwater photos. With anti-blur tech, mom will always get clear, crisp shots, even when on the move. All of that will be captured in 1080p HD, and video and stills can be taken at the same time. Gear up mom for her next extreme sports outing for about $180 off Sony’s website. The Bloggie comes in black, red, and blue.
With eBook library check-outs and affordable eBooks for sale, eReaders have become big with the mom crowd, especially for the voracious readers out there. Unfortunately, if mom wants something easy on the eyes, she’ll need to go E Ink, and that means no nighttime reading without an external light. The last part might not make dad too happy when he’s trying to sleep. Fortunately, the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight has finally put this problem to bed with the first E Ink eReader with a lighted screen for nighttime reading. Mom can enjoy the improved reading experience that E Ink offers while still being able to read at night, and dad can get some sleep. Everybody wins. The NOOK Simple Touch is available for pre-order now for $139, and will ship in May, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Keep mom motivated at the gym with the iSport Livestrong In-Ear Headphones, upper-tier sport earphones from Monster. The rotating SportClips with OmniTips secure the earbuds to the ears, keeping them from falling out during vigorous exercise. The eartips themselves isolate sound and keep moisture out of the ear, making for a quality listening experience even under the most sweaty conditions. The anti-tangle flat cords are a boon, and every purchase will go towards Radio Shack’s yearly donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You can get these sport earphones for about $180 from Monster’s website.
From work during the day to cleaning up after the entire family at home, a mother’s work is never done. So, for the rare times mom actually gets to sit down and take a breather, you might as well make sure she gets the most out of it. The HoMedics Shiatsu Massaging Office Chair is the ideal candidate to get that job done. The ultimate office chair provides adjustable Shiatsu massages, giving full, upper-, or lower-back massages sure to take the edge off mom after a long day. The chair also has a built-in heating pad to complete the relaxation experience. And, if ever the massaging parts of the chair fail, they can be easily removed and sent in for repair separately, so mom isn’t out a chair just because the electronics went faulty. The HoMedics Shiatsu Massaging Office Chair is selling now on hayneedle.com for about $200.
Keeping tabs is part of mom’s job description. Few devices help her do that like the Garmin GTU 10 Tracker, a GPS Tracker that can make sure kids stay out of trouble and pets don’t roam too far away from home. The small, 1.7 ounce tracker can be customized using browser or smartphone applications, allowing users to create up to 10 geofences, marking safe zones for the carrier of the device. Email and text alerts can be sent whenever the wearer exits or enters a geofence, and tracking history can be viewed for the most recent 24 hours. Using a browser or smartphone application, mom can play Big Brother (Sister?) like never before, with the ability to check the device’s position in real-time. The Garmin GTU 10 Tracker is available now from AT&T for about $150, which includes one free year of service.