The perfect tech gifts for your mom


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Your mom’s not the traditional scented soap, chocolate and flowers kind, right? So what’s a good gift she’ll really like, actually use, and brag to her friends about? How about some tech-type gifts? These gadgets and accessories are sure to be a hit.

Great tech gifts: Add to her Apple suite

If mom has an iPhone, you can outfit her with a wireless charging pad from Belkin. These handy gadgets let her drop her iPhone X or XS Max, or the newest and most boldly coloured iPhone, the iPhone XR on the table so it’s charged and ready when she is. Or if she’s the type that’s always on a conference call and still needs to be hands-free, pick up the new Apple AirPods. With faster connectivity, longer battery life and an on-case charging light to check the battery level, these are new and improved.

Apple Watch Series 4 is another great gift idea that’s designed to improve her health plus gives her the freedom to stay connected hands-free or take time to reconnect with herself using apps like Relax Melodies or Calm.  One last idea? iPad mini is compact, portable — the perfect on-the-go companion for any Mom, particularly one who travels a lot!

With the all new Apple News+ app loaded on it, she can carry hundreds of magazines on one device.

Make your home smart with Google Home

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Another handy hands-free gift idea is a smart digital assistant. Google Home is one of my favourite virtual butlers. You can get her a small but powerful Home Mini ($79CAD, comes in fun colours too!) if you’re watching the budget, or a full size Home, or the big and powerful whole-family-friendly Google Home Max.

Google has also made it easy to remember the occasion, to pull together last minute plans. Ask the Google Assistant for help:

Busy week? Plan ahead and set reminders
“Hey Google, remind me to call Mom on Mother’s Day.”
“Hey Google, where’s the nearest flower shop.”
“Hey Google, add ‘Make dinner for Mom’ to my calendar and remind me two hours before.”

Play music and entertain
“Hey Google, play a Mother’s Day playlist.”
“Ok Google, what is a good frittata recipe for Mother’s Day?”
“Hey Google, play Mother’s Day slideshow on the TV.”

Great gift ideas: Upgrade her tablet

Does mom like to surf the news or wind down with some games at the end of the day? A new tablet is a great gift. Take a look at Galaxy Tab S5e and Galaxy Tab A 10.1: Samsung’s latest tablets are perfect for the Mom who wants to keep up with all of her favourite shows, movies and more! The thinnest and lightest Samsung tablet yet – the Tab S5e comes in a feather-light package too.

Get a new TV that fits mom’s chic decor style

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Or, if you really want to splash out and have the budget to do it, you can help Mom keep her space modern and up to date in any room with one of my major favourites, The Frame: Samsung’s The Frame is a sleek, stylish TV that displays art when not in use, meaning it blends into any room. Click that link to watch the video review.

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Shop online for a chic wearable gift

Want to pick up something she’ll always have with her? Head online to shop for some shades! Canadian online eyewear retailer, Clearly has loads of cool eyewear with a wide range of styles and prices. I picked these sweet shades up from the site. Pro Tip: pick out some fun sunnies mom might otherwise not choose for herself.

Trick out your personal digital assistant, or add a screen

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If Alexa’s your home’s digital robot helper, you can easily make the Amazon Echo device you already have sound better than ever. Add an Amazon Echo Sub to the mix for improved sound quality and true bass whether mom is listening to her favourite podcasts of having a dance party withe the family in the kitchen. The new Amazon Echo Show is also a great gift idea since mom can use it to peek out at the front doorbell camera, to watch Amazon Prime in the kitchen or the bathroom, or for making video calls to the grandparents. Read more about it here in the full review.

Choose Fitbit for the fitness-focused mom

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Finally if your mom is into jogging, walking or fitness, a Fitbit makes a great gift. Whether you’re looking for the wallet-friendly, slim and minimalist Fitbit Inspire or Fitbit Inspire HR with heart rate tracking, these wearables do way more than ever before.

The smart watch-style Fitbit Versa or Versa Lite, are another great gift idea if you want a device that’s a bit bigger and bolder yet still slim and sleek. one of these devices makes it easy to keep up to date on the go. With step and fitness tracking, on-wrist messages and reminders to move, plus heart rate tracking, these teo gadgets can do so much. Or upgrade to the Versa Special Edition to add on wrist payments and on-board music storage so mom can get fit and leave the phone at home.

Finally, if you just want to pick up some cute accessories, try out some cool cases, smart watch bands and more from Laut.

Whatever your budget and whatever fits your mom’s need and personality best, a tech gift is never out of style.

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