Flowers may be blooming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. Today’s mothers and grandmothers are busier than ever. Many balance careers, home life and a variety of extra-curricular activities.
So this Mother’s Day, get Mom something that will add a splash of luxury, convenience or even coolness to her life. Whether your mother has an affinity for coffee, exercise, travel, reading, chatting or a variety of other hobbies we’ve got you covered with our top 10 gift suggestions for Mom.
1. iPad 2
The iPad 2 has taken everything we loved about the original iPad – large screen, endless entertainment options, ease of social networking, intuitive nature and accessibility features – and made it even better. The new version is not only lighter, thinner and faster than its counterpart, but also comes equipped with rear- and front-facing cameras.
The rear-facing camera lets Mom shoot photos and home movies. The front-facing camera lets her video chat with friends and family. Those truly creative women can even switch back and forth between the cameras while capturing photos or video chatting to gain a whole new perspective on their subject matters! Storing, editing, emailing and displaying photos and videos is also a breeze on the iPad 2.
Buy the iPad 2 from Amazon.com: Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi, Black) NEWEST MODEL
2. HTC Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt’s many amenities will have Mom wondering why she hadn’t upgraded her old phone sooner. It boasts a large 4.3-inch, high resolution display that’s easy on the eyes, and surround sound, which is easy on the ears. Movie buff moms can catch their favorite videos on the go by utilizing the Thunderbolt’s kickstand, as well as its 4G network, which allows for lightning-fast downloads.
This phone even has you covered if Mom is a bit slow to adopt new technologies. The Thunderbolt offers a whopping four options when it comes to typing and texting, one of which is sure to strike her fancy. Mom can speak, tap, trace (aka “Swype”) or even write the letters on the screen with her fingertip. The Thunderbolt also features an 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash, an HD camcorder, and the ability to wirelessly stream movies, photos and music onto her TV.
Buy the HTC Thunderbolt from Amazon.com: HTC ThunderBolt 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
Bond with grandkids, get in shape, communicate with friends. The options for Mom to connect with herself and with others are endless on Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360. Yes, the Kinect means Mom can “game” without a remote, but it means so much more. Because the device is controlled with a wave of a hand or the sound of one’s voice, Mom doesn’t have to worry about complicated controllers or directions. She can simply jump right in with the grandkids – no training necessary.
Within minutes, Mom can bust a move with Michael Jackson, work up a sweat with the Biggest Loser‘s Jillian Michaels, or play tennis with the grandkids in her living room or with friends across the country. The Kinect also makes it easy to video chat with individuals and groups.
Buy the Kinect and xbox 360 from Amazon.com: Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect
4. Waring Pro WO50 Wine Opener
While decidedly low-tech compared to some of these other gadgets, this device is on the cutting edge when it comes to wine-opening technology. If Mom likes to indulge or entertain every once in a while, then this is the device for her! This cordless wine opener automatically removes and disposes of corks with the push of a button. The Down button will remove the cork from the bottle once the opener is in position, while the Up button will release the cork from the wand once the bottle’s open.
This unit is encased in a comfortable rubber grip, and can remove up to 80 corks with one charge. When it’s not in use Mom can simply place the opener on its sleek charging base so it’ll be ready whenever she is!
Buy the Waring Pro WO50 from Amazon.com: Waring Pro WO50 Cordless Wine Opener
The Kindle is still a wonderful gift for avid readers. Now in its third iteration, the newest Kindle is economically priced and fast as ever. Mom can download books in less than a minute, while pages turn almost instantly. This Kindle sports a higher contrast, slimmer body and sharper fonts than previous models, making it even easier to read ebooks than it was before, if that’s possible.
If Mom has a love for reading, but has somehow managed to avoid the e-reader trend, the Kindle is the ideal Mother’s Day gift for her. She can store up to 3,500 books on this model, and can continue to read the New York Times for free while others must abide by the new paywall system or have their access limited.
Buy the Amazon Kindle from Amazon.com: Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
6. Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera TX9
This Sony camera takes the concept of 3D to a whole new level. With the TX9, Mom can shoot 3D photos in both low light and panoramic modes. Photos of grandchildren will look more realistic than ever before, while panoramic landscapes will make her think she’s peaking through a window instead of through the 3.5-inch LCD display.
The touchscreen TX9 isn’t just 3D-enabled, it’s a smart camera. It can detect and react to blinking, smiling and shaky hands, ensuring that Mom’s photos come out looking as nice as she intends them to. The TX9 can also soften skin, making wrinkles appear less noticeable and defocus the background so the subject is the star.
Buy the Sony Cyber-shot TX9 from Amazon.com: Sony TX Series DSC-TX9/H 12.2MP Digital Still Camera with “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor and 3D Sweep Panorama
7. CBTL Kaldi Single Serve Beverage System
This sleek and colorful unit will look stylish on any countertop, but that’s just the beginning. The Kaldi brews single servings of coffee, tea and espresso with the push of one button. All Mom has to do is pop a CBTL capsule of her choice into the machine and push the corresponding button marked with a coffee, tea or espresso cup.
The Kaldi comes with 12 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf samples, which includes four coffees, four teas and four espressos. Trust us, Mom will be covered no matter where she falls on the caffeine meter. CBTL’s selections include everything from their House decaf brew to Moroccan mint tea and even Italian espresso. The Kaldi can accommodate a variety of coffee mug sizes, and is relatively easy to clean. Plus, it comes in three charming color combinations: silver and red, silver and blue, and white and silver.
Buy the CBTL Kaldi from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s CBTL.com online store.
8. Garmin nüvi 1490LMT
GPS systems already provide a plethora of information with their turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts. The Garmin nüvi 1490LMT, however, offers a bunch of added features that any mom – or driver – would appreciate. This GPS system can coach a driver through interchanges, tell her which route to take based on real-time traffic, and help her find the nearest gas or police station.
The Garmin nüvi 1490LMT will also let her make hands-free calls, thanks to its Bluetooth wireless technology. This unit includes free Lifetime Map and Traffic updates, which means you can rest assured that Mom is always working off the latest city data and traffic updates.
Buy the Garmin nüvi 1490LMT from Amazon.com: Garmin nüvi 1490LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates
9. iPod Nano
This is Apple’s sixth generation of the iPod, if you can believe it. The newest model still comes in 8 GB and 16 GB, but its physical size has been cut in half. It’s basically all screen now. The iPod’s small stature and built-in clip are handy for moms on the move. Whether she’s working out with the Kinect or at the gym or just running a few errands around town, this iPod can provide up to 24 hours of music on one charge.
The iPod can play music from iTunes, the radio or it can employ Genius to create a customized playlist. A built-in pedometer is also included, making it a great workout buddy. This iPod also comes with a few of the accessibility features Apple has become famous for. Mono audio will let her hear both channels in either ear if she has trouble hearing, while VoiceOver can read the text under Mom’s finger. She can also create a crisper screen for herself by turning on the white-on-black display, which provides a higher contrast. These visual helpers can be especially useful considering the iPod’s 1.54-inch screen.
Buy the iPod Nano from Amazon.com: Apple iPod nano 16 GB Graphite (6th Generation) NEWEST MODEL
10. Venturer KLV39150 15” Under Cabinet LCD TV
If Mom spends a lot of time cooking or entertaining in the kitchen, then an under-cabinet TV may be the one accessory missing in her heavily stocked culinary arsenal. The Venturer unit contains a 15.4-inch under-cabinet LCD TV with a built-in DVD player and radio. The TV flips down when it’s in use, and aligns itself along the bottom of the DVD player, which is positioned underneath a cabinet, when it’s not.
The Venturer comes with a magnetic remote that easily sticks to the fridge, making it difficult for Mom to lose it among the chaos of cooking. The unit also contains a clock and timer, so she can keep an eye on her food and her favorite programs. The commands are easy to understand and the buttons are relatively easy to see. Therefore, this model should work for most moms who are still active in the kitchen.
Buy the Venturer KLV39150 on Amazon.com: New Venturer Klv39150 15″ Under-Cabinet Lcd Tv Am/Fm Pll Tuning Radio Preset Station Memory