Technology gifts for Mother’s Day can be a double edged sword. They are trendy and fun to give, but they can lead to hours (or months) of follow up tech support and frustration before the gift winds up in the hall closet for good. If your Mom is anything like mine, the best technology gifts are ones that are straightforward and don’t have a lot of bells and whistles.
Here is a list of five tech gifts that Mom would actually use.
Keurig Coffee Machine – Perfect for the Mom who likes coffee or tea, which is most Moms. These Keurig Coffee Machines are fast and easy to use and clean. Just fill the water reservoir, drop in the single serving k-cup, and push the start button. The coffee dispenses right into her mug and she is ready to start the day. Price – Starting at $60
Kindle Paperwhite – If your mom loves to read, you can’t go wrong with this E-reader from Kindle. It has a high resolution screen, backlight, and an 8 weeks of battery life. Set Mom up with a Kindle account and it’s pretty straight forward. Price – $119
Digital Photo Frame – A great way to give Mom multiple pictures of the kids and the grandkids. Digital photo frames have finally dropped to a reasonable price. The best part about it is you can preload it with tons of photos before you even give it to Mom. Then it just needs to be plugged in and set on the table. Price – Starting at $15
Wireless Google Cloud Printer – This may seem like a fairly complicated option, but once you set it up all Mom has to do is load the paper and change ink cartridges. The really nice thing is that you can set it up so that you have access to print to it from any of your devices, from anywhere. This means that if you have paperwork or photos that your Mom needs, you can just send them directly to the printer for her. Price – Starting at $70
Samsung Chromebook – Fast, simple to use, and it practically takes care of itself. If your mom is like mine, she primarily uses the computer for web browsing and email. The Chromebook is the perfect computer for that. It’s also hassle free. The Chromebook comes with built in virus and malware protection that it handles updating for you. It also keeps it’s OS updated automatically. If she already has a google account, then she just punches in her username and password, and everything is setup for her. You can read my full Chromebook review here. Price – $250
To my wonderful Mom and all the other Moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!
Author – Matt McAuley