You might be surprised at how much mom would appreciate a high-tech toy this Mother’s Day. Flowers and candy are nice -- but give her a gadget that connects her this year instead.
My mom -- who's hardly tech-savvy person -- got an iPad this year. (Don't worry, I gave it to her early so I’m not ruining the surprise.) She has an iPhone so she basically already knows how to use the iPad. But I did promise that I’d be on standby for tech support if she has questions.
If you give your mom a gadget, you might have to help out a bit too, but it's worth it to get her better connected to her digital family. And she may be a faster learner than you think. She raised you, didn’t she?
Canon PowerShot and Elph PowerShot
Canon’s new lineup of PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras are everything a mother could want in a camera: light, stylish, and easy. They are also fast, which is important because most children don’t have the patience for posing for pictures -- and that funny moment when the baby looks up, berries smeared across his face, won’t last long.
The new PowerShots also have GPS trackers in them, which means that they tag photos with their location. Upload new shots and they will show you on a map where they were taken - very handy for vacation shots!
The Elph line also has a touchscreen so mom can operate the camera like a smartphone screen. That's especially handy if her eyesight is not so great, or if small camera buttons annoy her as much as they do me.
Purse friendly! What more is there to say? Well, in the case of the MacBook Air, a lot. It's one of the thinnest and lightest laptops around, but it's also speedy. Plus it boots up in about 5 seconds and the battery lasts for 5 hours or more. The MacBook Air starts at $999 and is a great alternative to the iPad for anyone who wants a portable computer but loves a keyboard.
You can also use this, or any Mac for that matter, to make personalized photo books and calendars through iPhoto. These are super fancy brag books that any mom would be proud to show off!
This is probably one of my favorite new gadgets this year. The Dropcam is a camera that shows you what's happening in your house when you are away -- My wife and I bought several for our home so that we can see what's going on back home. All you need is a login to the Web site and you can see realtime or historical footage of your abode. There are also apps for Android and iPhone so you can see video from the camera on the go.
The Dropcam is also the easiest thing in the world to set up. We've tested other IP cams in our house: They're generally a pain -- and so are the apps that go along with them. Take this out of the box, plug it into your router, sign in with the login that you create on Dropcam.com, and you’re done! And if you want to move the camera away from your router, it has Wi-Fi so no wires are needed.
New moms in particular will love this: It's way better than any baby monitor on the market. Experienced moms will love it because they can keep an eye on their children while they are away.
Sony W-Series Walkman
The Walkman has come a long way since the yellow brick-looking thing we used to carry around. And the W-Series was made for the mom on the move. It fits securely around the head so there are no cords to get in the way of activity.
It is also water resistant and affordable at only $59. And Sony still makes some of the best products around when it comes to sound quality; mom can tune you out all she wants with these on.
iNeed Soothing Foot Massager
Finally, there's the gift that gives back -- because it keeps you from having to give the foot massages that mom clearly deserves. Score for everyone involved! Mom gets her feet rubbed and you don’t have to do it!
The iNeed has many modes and speeds of massage, including a shiatsu option. And if you’re lucky, the mom in your life might just let you borrow it. If not, don't worry: Father’s Day is just around the corner.