When it comes to buying gifts for your mother, don’t shy away from technology, gadgets, and trends. There’s an unfortunate narrative afoot that suggests that everything your mother might want can be placed in a kitchen cupboard or encircled in an embroidery hoop. , don’t let the standard mom gifts put your favorite lady in a box. It’s time to help your mama branch out. Make sure your gifts are actually gifts for her and don’t all have to do with serving others, an all-too-common issue with the more standard mom gifts.
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Your mom should revel in her own glory with gifts that make her feel smart, sophisticated, and valued. Consider what she does when she has no one putting demands on her time — then shop for those moments.
And if she balks at a gadgety gift and says she doesn’t know how to use it? That’s where you step in and teach her. After all, she managed to raise you and that was way harder than computers or consumer technology will ever be.
Here are 17 of the best gifts for your mom:
Kindles are still the class-A e-reader of our times, and the Kindle Oasis is a big improvement. Your mom still gets the paper-esque quality of the original Kindle, which means she can read even in bright sunlight. And she still gets the battery charge that lasts weeks instead of hours. But now she gets the added benefit of a waterproof device, which means she can read in the bath (or on a boat!) and truly live her best life.
Nest was one of the OG smart home appliances, around when we first started to hear the term “internet of things.” Their longevity is a result of a very good idea and an attractive, easy-to-use product. The Nest Thermostat can be controlled from your mom’s phone and learns her patterns, making sure to heat and cool her home only when she needs it (instead of leaving her HVAC system on full-blast all the time).
You have definitely been replaced with the dog. And given how into the dog she is, that’s probably a good thing. Enter Furbo, a two-way camera placed at eye level with your new pooch-sibling that enables working and adventuring pet owners to toss treats to the dog on their lunch breaks without running home.
If you’re at the point where flights have been booked to small German towns and your mother has almost purchased a dilapidated gristmill because your ancestors once owned it, look no further than the AncestryDNA kit, a genetic test geared toward those who are writing down that family history. See where in the world your genes came from, and even match up with family members online that you didn’t know existed. Plus, it’s cheaper than a gristmill.
FitBit Alta HR
In the days of yore, there were only very bulky fitness trackers. But FitBit’s new lower-profile design is perfect for the mom who goes from work to workout to play without much time for a full costume change. She’ll be able to track steps, distance, caloric burn, heart rate, even her sleep with this minimalistic device.
Instax Mini 9
It’s still technically technology, but this camera harkens back to the days of analog photography with some cute modern twists. The Instax Mini 9 takes tiny, adorable instant photos, perfect for scrapbooks and snail mail. They come in several different candy-colors and even have a selfie mirror on the front.
iON Wireless Charging Stand
Charge phones wirelessly and in style with a wireless charging stand. Compatible with a wide array of smart phones and effortlessly chic, it’s a simple gift that says “may you never run out of batteries.”
If your mom has been into casual games like Candy Crush, upgrade her system with a Nintendo Switch. There’s nothing wrong with a casual game, but more options are always better. And when it comes to multiplayer games, you two might make a great team.
For the adventuring moms, a Polaroid Cube is a durable, wide-angle camera that communicates with your phone, perfect for moms who are into riding horses or learning yoga inversions. It’s especially good when retirement includes a lot of travel — and it’s so tiny!
Every single human person deserves a Roomba. Considering how much your mother has vacuumed up after you over the years, your mom extra deserves a Roomba. We don’t make the rules, okay?
Breville Tea Maker
This handy little machine brews the perfect cup of tea based entirely on what sort of tea it is. Set the brew time and brew temperature, or just choose the tea type. The tea is lowered in when the water reaches the perfect temperature, and taken back out just as the tea reaches its ideal strength. Technology!
Acer Aspire E 15
If your mom has always talked about writing a book, encourage her to get her ideas down with a new laptop. It comes with a terabyte of storage and six gigs of memory and runs on Windows 10. Perfect for moms who are setting out to a café to ponder their childhood memories and wax poetic on the nature of memoir.
Hue Starter Kit
This is one of those great gifts because moms might not consider spending money on it for themselves, but it’s just fun. Hue Lightbulbs connect to the Hub and can be controlled via phone, or even Alexa or Google Assistant. Because this starter kit includes the color bulbs, moms everywhere can paint with light — 16 million different shades of it, in fact.
Panasonic Lumix Camera
If your mom has been really feeling herself with Instagram and gets a kick out of taking photos with her phone, upgrade her equipment with a good starter camera. The Panasonic Lumix is a bit easier to use than your average DSLR, but far nicer in quality and zoom than a phone camera. Perfect for moms who are just getting into photography.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
When you go home, is your mom constantly being interrupted by everyone else in the house? Is she sitting down only to be pestered with a million questions and requests? If so, consider helping her build a wall around her time with some noise cancelling headphones. Also great for moms who fly a lot.
Merkaela subscription box
Has your mom caught on to the witchy millennial trend? Does she need to be focusing on self care instead of caring for others? Most moms do. Enter the Merkaela subscription box, sent with each new season and packed full of scrubs, lotions, and other potions she needs to set her intentions for the next three months.
This is the perfect gift for any mother who’s uttered the phrase, “I wish I could call my keys.” This 4-pack of Tile Mates attach easily to a keyring, but you can stick them to anything you wish you could make findable — the Tiles ring when you track them with your phone! And if she can’t find her phone but her keys are in her hand? She can use the Tile to make her phone ring too.