Mother’s Day has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Last year, England alone spent almost £20 billion on mom’s gifts according to reports. After cards and flowers, shoppers gave mom clothes, jewelry, beauty products and electronic gifts such as smartphones and tablets.
Moms like cool things, and if they don’t have them already probably wouldn’t mind getting an Apple iPad, an iPhone or even the brand-new Apple Watch for Mother’s Day.
There is, however, a whole world out there of interesting non-Apple tech gifts moms will surely love.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and whether your mom is a computer whiz or limited to “liking” every one of your Facebook posts in a mildly annoying way, she deserves gifts that make her life easier.
Forget the lame flowers and paperweight presents, and give the gift of connectivity with one of these cool, mom-friendly gadgets that give Mom a tech makeover.
Your mom gave you the gift of life – the least you could do is give her something nice on Mother’s Day. Here are a few gadgets she can actually use instead.
1. Amazon Kindle (£49.99)
The Kindle is a great gift for moms who love to read. If mom doesn’t own an e-reader, now is the perfect time to get her one. The Kindle is nicer than books because it’s easier to pack than a whole stack of books. The glare-free touchscreen is also nice for reading while she lounges on the beach. It’s also quite inexpensive, especially compared to some of Amazon’s more upscale Kindle options like the Kindle Voyage or Kindle Paperwhite.
2. Ted Baker iPhone Case (£23.20)
The Ted Baker iPhone 6 case for the Autumn/Winter season makes the most of feminine, floral prints to suit any occasion or outfit. Crafted from tough but tactile materials, this iPhone 6 case has been designed in collaboration with fashion house, Ted Baker London for the ultimate on-trend gadget accessories.
With cut-outs in all the right places, this Ted Baker iPhone 6 case provides superb protection while looking elegant and feminine.
3. Polar Loop 2 Activity and Sleep Tracker (£73.10)
The Polar Loop 2 was recently featured in our top 3 fitness bands round up; but we think it is the ideal gadget-loving Mother’s Day gift. It is the stylish and waterproof activity tracker that makes you move. This elegant wristband tracks your daily activity and even sleep, motivating and guiding you towards better fitness and health. Years of research have led Polar to create a method that sets you an individual daily activity goal – based on more than just steps.
4. Sony 20MP Digital Compact Camera (£59.99)
The W800’s easy interface and compactness makes it an unobtrusive companion. Its image quality isn’t bad when shooting in bright environments and its Smart Auto mode invariably judges the right settings to give you an accurately focussed and well exposed image.
The Sony Cyber-shot W800 is a competent camera for novice photographers on a budget. It certainly won’t win any image quality awards, but its photos are passable if you don’t scrutinise them at full size. Perfect for those Mother’s taking photos of their other gifts!
5. XQISIT S20 Bluetooth Speaker (£29.96)
We just got this speaker to review and in the first few days we were blown away by its quality and performance – we have no doubt those gadget-loving mothers will be stood in amazement when they find this under the wrapping!
This exceptionally designed, flat speaker is a little sound wonder in its own right. Its compact size allows it to be easily and conveniently tucked into your bag or backpack. Beach parties, barbeque disco or personal park orchestras are all made possible. Thanks to its highly efficient Li-ion battery, you have up 10 hours of playing time for all of your favorite tunes. And in case you run out of juice, it can be quickly recharged via USB – reaching a full charge in less than 4 hours.