Mother’s Day is in a couple weeks, and, because we’re talking about consumer tech here, whatever you got her last year is probably veering dangerously close to obsolete territory. Keep mom on the cutting edge with one of host of new gadgets we’ve seen hit shelves this year. And don’t even think of the completely obsolete Mother’s Day gifts – flowers, chocolate, and jewelry aren’t going to cut it anymore. But you can always throw them in on the side!
Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive
Should mom be the designated head of the family digital library, it’d probably be a good idea to give her something that can will preserve those files for long into the future. Seagate’s newest comes in models up to 2 TB, and is small enough to travel anywhere mom goes. This slimmed down USB 3.0 external hard drive comes in four colors and in 500 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB capacities, and starts at $70.
Some of the most creative pieces of fashionable tech are coming out of Stellé Audio, producers of Bluetooth speakers mom will want to be seen with. There’s the sleek, clean Pillar for home (or away, if you get the wonderful carrying case that goes with it) or the Clutch, a handheld portable speaker disguised as a handbag. Add in some Rebecca Minkoff takes on the Clutch, and you’re sure to find something mom will love to listen to and look at.
Teavana Oprah Chai
Here’s our mandated Oprah-certified gift suggestion for this year (OK, that’s not a real thing, but it should be) – a new chai tea mix cooked up by Oprah, Teavana, and Starbucks. Teavana Oprah Chai is made up of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves tossed in with loose leaf black tea and rooibos. You could just swing by Starbucks on Mother’s Day and grab a latte, but as good as I’m sure this chai latte is, I’m going to bank on that not being a good idea. A better idea would be to grab a small gift box or loose leaf tin filled with enough to last mom for a good while.
Jabra Solemate Mini Wireless Speaker
If mom spends a fair amount of time in her sneakers, grab a portable speaker that matches. The Solemate Mini Wireless Speaker has the Solemate’s trademark sneaker-style underside, but it’s really the audio that matters here – booming dual hi-fi speakers that get eight hours worth of battery life. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, it’s completely wireless, and in case mom gets up to her usual antics, the Solemate Mini is every bit as rugged as it looks.
Belkin Tracy Reese iPhone 5/5S Cases
Just in time for Mother’s Day comes five beautiful new cases from Tracy Reese, by way of Belkin. If mom’s in the Apple camp, these iPhone 5/5S cases will make her smartphone look a little smarter (until you get her a new one for Christmas, of course). Two of the cases are going for $30 each, while the three floral designs are going for $35 each.
Dell XPS 18
The all-in-one computer – is there anything that beats it as a family computer? You can move it around the house, but the screen is still big enough to enjoy watching movies or playing games. Basically, it keeps everyone happy, which is definitely in mom’s wheelhouse. The Dell XPS 18 is a pretty good example – with an 18.4” 1080p display, it can be everything to everyone, and, more importantly, everything that mom needs rolled into one. One moment it can be a digital photo frame, the next moment it can be streaming whatever mom is currently Netflix binging on. It’s also pretty affordable – starts at $800.
Greatest Mom in the Universe Mug
#1 Mom? No, that’s not going to cut it this year. Eliminate all doubt with the Greatest Mom in the Universe Mug, to let all possible other life forms out there that no, they aren’t quite up to the challenge when it comes to maternal excellence. Drop $13.50 on this mug now, then get ready to buy the Greatest Mom in the Multiverse Mug next year, which should put the matter to bed once and for all.
Nokia Lumia 928
Moms aren’t a fan of contracts, mostly because they’re people, and no people are fans of contracts. Unfortunately, buying a good phone off contract is usually way too expensive. Not so with the Nokia Lumia 928, which offers pretty decent specs like a 4.5” 1280 x 768 display and an 8.7 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The Lumia 928 will take terrific pictures, has a screen good enough for watching videos, and is all ready to go for the Windows Phone 8.1 update. At $400, this Lumia 928, which will work on Verizon’s network, isn’t cheap, but for an unsubsidized phone of this quality, it’s not too bad of a deal.