I don't know about you, but bringing my mother up to speed in the 21st Century of technological advances has been somewhat of a struggle. She has an iPhone 4, which she insists does everything she needs it to. It takes her 10 minutes to send a text, she doesn't really know what an app is, and don't bother asking her to Google something on her phone. Gifting gadgets doesn't always work out the way I intend it to, but there are awesome gadgets to give your mom for Mother's Day that she'll absolutely love, regardless of how tech savvy she is.
Not all technology has to be complicated, and some technology is freaking awesome. My generation knows that. But for my mom, who's a little less interested in computers, the internet, and the fastest way to communicate with her best girlfriends, finding the perfect gadget to gift her can be a doozy. Lucky for you, I've done the research. Whether your mom is a texting-fiend or she'd rather not bother with a smartphone, there's a gift on this list for every single type of mother. From leisure to practicality, technology's got something to offer to everyone. (And don't be surprised if a few of these wind up on your own wishlist.)
If your mom is always misplacing things, whether it's keys, bags, her wallet, the remote control, or pretty much everything she lays her hands on? The Tile ($24.99) is your solution. Using bluetooth technology and a handy dandy app, Tile helps you find your lost items by using sound, by seeing its last known location on a map, or by marking it as lost, and getting an alert when its found. I might need to stock up on a few of these myself.
The sleekest looking wearable technology to date is the new Fitbit Alta ($129). Beyond tracking your steps and activity, the Alta can also sync with your phone to let you know when you've got incoming calls or messages. Perfect for the connected mom who doesn't want to be on her phone all of the time.
4Oontz Portable Speaker
5Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones
6Adjustable Bamboo IPad Stand
I don't know about you, but I can't get enough extra chargers for my phone. Which is why the Mighty Purse ($99.99) is not only high on my personal list, but something my mom would absolutely love. The purse charges your phone on the go, and is rechargeable by USB! Genius.
9iRobot Scooba 450
For any mother who has more children than just those of the biological nature, the Petcube ($179) is a cure-all. Using wifi technology, you can stream live video of your pup, engage in play with a remote laser, or even talk to your pet. Never worry about Sir Fluffington ever again.