Trust us, your mom has had enough spa days and new blouses. Technology is not relegated to the garage anymore — we all love our devices, and so does your mother. So short of dropping four-figures on the iPhone X, consider these five items to up her gadget game.
For Fit Moms
The Jaybird Freedom 2 Earbuds lock into the ear so they don't fall out while exercising
If your mom is an iPhone user and she doesn't yet have an Apple Watch, now may be the time to get her one. The watch has many functions, including text messaging, taking phone calls, and also links with equipment at the gym. You can even unlock your August smart lock with the device, even if you go out for a jog and leave the smartphone at home. If she's really into running, you might want to give a thought to the Jaybird Freedom 2 Earbuds, which are designed to fit, and lock, into anyone's ears.
The Sol is both a lamp, an Alexa device, a timer and a design piece.
The C by GE Sol is a lamp made for a modern space, yet has a retro science-fiction appeal too. Not just a lamp, Sol also works as a timer with the halo of light showing a visible countdown, and has Alexa baked inside. That means you can ask it any questions you'd like of Amazon's voice assistant without needing an extra Echo on the side.
The CEO Mom
Ring makes it easy to answer the door even while Mom's busy running the world
Start mom's smart home project off with a smart video doorbell like the Ring video doorbell, which just dropped its price to under $100. Your mother can speak to anybody at the door or keep an eye out for that package delivery all while she's running the board meeting at the office. There are many other choices in doorbells with video, so make sure to pick one that will work with your mom's other tech, including her phone and her Alexa device (if she has one). A smart doorbell is a good starting place, but if you think she needs even more security at home, consider graduating up to a professional security system that can be voice controlled.
The Gardening Mom
When she comes to visit you, she can still maintain her healthy lawn
Does your mom enjoy keeping the roses pretty, the grass green, or her vegetables growing through the hot summer? Help her out by getting her a smart sprinkler system like Rachio, so she can make sure everything is watered, all while she spend the weekend visiting you.
Photo bug Mom
Now Mom can print up the thousands of photos she takes of you on her smartphone while she's visiting.
Short of sending her a new photo of you, a printer that lets her make copies of all the photographs she takes while you're visiting may be the next best thing. Kodak makes two printers that both work with smartphones — one, the Photo Mini Printer, is portable while the Photo Printer Dock needs to stay at home. Paper isn't cheap, so splurge and buy her an extra pack or two. And then smile because you know she's coming to start snapping away soon.