7 Tech Gifts Your Mom Will Absolutely Love
By Rick Broida
Updated September 19, 2017
There's nothing you can buy Mom for Mother's Day that will make her love you any more than she already does--but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try! Here are seven seriously cool tech gifts for your seriously cool mom.
Braven 570 Bluetooth Speaker
Is Mom still using her phone as a boombox? Let her listen in style with Braven's compact, colorful, and portable Bluetooth speaker, which comes in four slick hues and can run for up to 10 hours on a charge.
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Galaxy Note 4
It's time to retire Mom's small, sluggish old phone. The ideal upgrade: Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, which offers a spacious screen, an amazing camera, and a built-in stylus for scribbling all of Mom's many lists.
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iPad Mini 3
Mom probably says she doesn't need a tablet, but she does -- and it's hard to beat the Mini's blend of portability and practicality. It's like a mini-computer that can easily slip into a purse.
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Time for Mom to give up the pulp-based fiction and make the move to an e-reader, which makes it infinitely easier to carry around a year's worth of book-club picks. The beautifully backlit Kindle Paperwhite is the unchallenged champ in its class.
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Plantronics BackBeat Pro
When Mom needs a time-out of her own, help her chill with the ultimate set of headphones. The BackBeat Pro connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, runs for 24 hours on a charge, and smartly pauses the playback when Mom slips them off.
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Mother's Day comes a bit too early to score the new Pebble Time smartwatch, but why not give Mom the original (in classy white, of course) so she can enjoy the benefits of a smart wrist companion right now? Then upgrade her to the Time next year.
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Take the hassles of music-library management off Mom's plate and give her a subscription to Spotify, the service that delivers all the music of the world, on demand, to her phone, tablet, or PC.
Rick Broida is a veteran technology writer who began his career in 1989 with articles about the Commodore Amiga. He blogs for CNET and contributes regularly to "PC World," "Wired" and other outlets.