Two Dozen Mother's Day Gifts For That Techie Mom10:00 AM EST Tue. May. 08, 2012
Each gift we selected for Mother's Day has a high-tech spin, but don't worry if mom doesn't share your love of IT. Whether she's a road warrior that needs to organize her IT paraphernalia or a scrapbooking fanatic, we've got a unique Mother's Day gift for her that's affordable for you.
These $25 earbuds are stylish and fun, and they provide that extra little detail that mom will find irresistible. Diane von Furstenberg's design spruces up this tech staple, transforming it into a fashionable accessory. The bold splash of color ensures there's no mistaking her set for the kids'.
The Planon ScanStik Pen-Sized Full Page Color Scanner is great for scrapbookers. Pen-sized, it fits anywhere Mom wants to stow it: in a purse, crafting kit or drawer. ScanStik, $159.99, scans at up to 600 dpi. Unlike other pen-sized scanners that only scan a line at a time, the lightweight ScanStik scans the whole page at once -- similar to a flatbed scanner but without the bulk.
Some moms want something less utilitarian and more stylish. Vera Bradley offers this feminine bag with four mesh pockets to house power cords, flash drives, chargers and more. A double-zip closure and top handles make transporting easy. And "easy" is something moms always treasure.
The Telkin Touchscreen computer comes in two sizes: 18.6 inches (Touch) and 20 inches (Elite). Both are designed to be easy-to-use, stress-free PCs. Although the computer uses a touch screen, a large print keyboard is included, in addition to VIP Support (free for 60 days), online backup and a one-year warranty. The device aims to make the most popular computer tasks (photo sharing, editing, e-mail and social network posting) easy to do through a touch-screen interface. The Touch costs $699, and the Elite is priced at $999.
This cubist-inspired iPhone case from Urban Prefer has a curved rear surface that offers a more secure and comfortable grip. What sets the Coin 4 apart from myriad other iPhone cases are the slots for coins on the back. Simply put a coin in a slot, and Mom's iPhone is in a stable standing position, without any additional accessories -- just a coin.
Logitech's wireless keyboard, $29.99, is graphically inspired and conveniently compact. Its three-year battery life is so hassle-free, Mom won't have batteries on her shopping list for quite some time. Six hot keys and 12 programmable F-keys offers instant access to music, e-mail and more, when she uses the Logitech SetPoint software. Three designs are available.
Peak's Rearview Mirror Back-up System attaches to Mom's existing rearview mirror and has a built-in 3.5-inch monitor, so there is no need to have another dash-mounted monitor. The water-resistant device mounts to a license plate and features a swivel camera. The Rearview Mirror Back-up System retails for $164.99. In the coming months, the device will be available with a Bluetooth speakerphone.
VueZone is a wireless video monitoring system that streams footage via the Internet or mobile device using iPhone and Android apps. Mom just puts the small, wireless cameras where she wants, inside or out, and then logs in remotely to keep an eye on things while she's away. The system starts at $199.95.
With the VueZone, she really does always have her eye on you.
The DYMO LabelManager 500TS labeler, $199.99, is a touch-screen label printer. It gives Moms the ability to customize labels by tapping on the large touch screen and choosing from a variety of fonts, sizes and clip art images. The rechargeable device connects to a PC or Mac, and it facilitates text entry using the computer-style QWERTY keyboard. Labels can be customized with 10 fonts, 25 font sizes, five boxes plus underline, 32 text styles and 325 built-in symbols and clip art images.
Lifeproof is a waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and snowproof case for Apple’s iPhone 4/4S in a sleek design that provides access to all device functions. According to the company, Mom can shoot videos under water, text in the shower and listen to music in the surf on her iPhone 4. For the Mom who puts her iPhone through its paces, LifeProof is available in black, white, pink and purple and sells for $79.99.
The hectic and often crazy schedules that moms have can lead to sleep deprivation. The Lark for iOS is a silent un-alarm clock linked to an iPhone, iPad or iTouch. It’s a wristband, charger and app that wakes Mom up without disrupting anyone else -- and trains her to sleep better. Starting at $99, Lark offers a seven-day sleep assessment and a personal sleep coach is available as an add-on.
The Hand-e-holder Tablet Holder is an adjustable padded strap that fits over mom's hand so that her iPad, Xoom or other tablet is affixed to her palm. Hand-e-holder, $39.99, uses a 3M Dual Lock mating system for an extra secure grip that's stronger than hook-and-loop fasteners. In addition, the tablet mount rotates 360 degrees.
The ultraportable BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is small enough to throw in a purse yet powerful enough to keep up with the daily craziness associated with keeping on top of children's schedules. The PlayBook has built-in enhanced communication tools, including calendar, contacts and messages. Perhaps most helpful for busy moms is the new and improved calendar feature whereby busy days appear larger for a quick and easy way to see which dates are jam-packed with activities. Available PlayBook apps include Word Press and a Scrapbook app for creating scrapbooks from wallpapers, photos and stickers.
Sound Step Recharge lets Mom dock, charge and stream music wirelessly from multiple devices including the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry. If she's an iPad user, she can dock and charge her unit with or without the case. The Sound Step Recharge starts at $149.99, and it's available in three colors: black, red (Love) and white (Ghost), all of which offer a built-in rechargeable battery -- perfect for portability.
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite device lets Mom take her media library wherever her heart desires and stream it wirelessly to an iPad, Android tablet or smartphone. The GoFlex can take more than 300 HD movies along for the ride; stream media over Wi-Fi to eight devices at the same time; and automatically sync media and documents from a PC or Mac computer. Whether she's watching TV, listing to her favorite tunes or organizing the family photos, she'll have peace and quiet for at least seven hours -- that's the average battery life of the GoFlex.
Hounded by relatives for mom's videos or photos of the kids? Don't let them put her over the edge. Make everyone's lives easier using the Tappin app. For $1.99 a month, Tappin creates a secure pathway through the cloud, providing instant access to any file saved on mom's computer. Selected files and folders can be shared instantly with friends and family: A photo saved on mom's computer is also available to all of her selected friends and family on their computers or mobile devices via the Tappin app. No need to upload, organize and sync files between devices or pay for additional cloud storage. When mom wants to show off, she can just “tap in” to them via her smartphone whenever the urge to brag strikes.
Whether Mom is at the office or visiting grandma in Florida, Nexia Home Intelligence allows her to kick on the heat before the cold front hits, unlock the front door for the cable guy, raise the blinds in the morning, switch on porch lights at dusk, check on the family pets, or even set up a text alert when the kids get home from school -- all from her smartphone.
A variety of customizable Nexia Home Intelligence Kits are available with various pricing options.
If Mom likes to wear her iPod Nano like a watch, take a look at iWatchz's eight Collections of watchbands. Sure, there are others out there, but check out the iWatchz patent-pending clip system, which offers a snug and secure fit. Bands range from vibrant silicone to soft-touch leather to stainless steel links.
Moms are doing all sorts of good things, day in and day out. Here's a game that celebrates performing random acts of kindness. Boom Boom Cards come in Original, Teen, Green and Family Decks. Each kit contains 26 cards with an act of "guerilla goodness" to perform and then "pay forward." Players can engage with the Boom Boom community by posting kindness stories, photos and videos. Cards have a unique ID, so they can be followed on the Boom Boom map, and players see how their acts of kindness create a positive ripple effect.
The Stylus-it 2-in-1 pen is designed for sketching, drawing, tapping or dragging on a touch screen device. At the other end of the $17 stylus is a built-in ballpoint pen, great for taking notes on old-school tree paper.
The new D-Link MovieNite streaming media player (DSM-310) lets Mom enjoy a range of content delivered straight to the TV with one click of the remote. Entertainment options can range from 1,080p HD movies to TV shows on VUDU and Netflix to personalized Internet radio via Pandora to sharing photos on the big screen via Picasa.
SensoGlove, an $89 digital golf glove, helps moms (from beginners to advanced) learn how to swing the club with built-in digital sensors that continuously read grip pressure to ensure a consistently accurate, smooth and powerful golf swing. Made of the highest-quality cabretta leather, moms can quickly learn how to hold the club, avoiding bad habits and improving every part of their game, including backswing, downswing, impact, follow-through, driving, putting and chipping.
Velocomp’s iBike Coach transforms an iPhone into a bike computer that tracks fitness progress. The $70 iBike Coach system includes a water- and shock-resistant case that works with any iPhone, a universal handlebar mount that securely attaches the case to any bike, an iBike Coach app that measures cycling speed, distance, time and calories, and a built-in calendar that keeps track of cycling and fitness stats. Moms can share their fitness achievements with other cyclists with a free, six-month premium subscription to Strava.com.
The Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer lets mom print directly from a digital camera or camera phone. She can share 2 x 3-inch borderless, color images in less than a minute, with no computer connection needed. There are no ink cartridges and the $40 device can print up to 15 photos per full battery charge.