Mother's Day is this weekend, and you don't want to be that son or daughter who forgot a Mother's Day gift. Don't worry, there's still time to pick out that special something for Mom.
Whether you want to upgrade Mom from her old gadgets or introduce her to new ones, tech gifts are sure to delight geeky and non-geeky moms alike. While new tech is usually expensive, not all tablets, smartphones and toys will break the bank.
Half-priced models and gadgets under $100 may be the way to go if you want to splurge on Mom when your wallet is feeling a bit lean. Facebook apps also provide a means of creating special gifts from the heart, from a scavenger hunt to an album of memorable photos. They may not be expensive, but they might delight.
Check out the gallery below for some free and moderately priced gift options. And don't forget the card!
Is your Mom in need of a vacation? Book a weekend getaway for the two of you through <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/airbedandbreakfast/?ref=ts" target="_hplink">Airbnb</a>, which offers many residential places to stay at reduced rates.
Don't break the bank on an iPad for Mother's Day. Instead, opt for one of the more <a href="http://www.gsmnation.com/tablets.html" target="_hplink">moderately priced options</a> like the Blackberry Playbook ($299), Toshiba Thrive ($250) or BLU Touchbook ($200).
Want to teach Mom the ways of texting and Foursquare? Upgrade her clunky cell phone -- assuming she's still carting that brick around -- with a smartphone. With the number of models on the market, there are some <a href="http://www.gsmnation.com/phonefinder" target="_hplink">moderately priced options</a> that retain high-end quality. Check out the HTC Trophy ($200), HTC HD 7 ($200), which has a kickstand, and the BLU Studio ($279) that's larger than the iPhone and has the capacity for 3G or 4G. There's even the high end, low price Nokia Lumia 900, which retails for $99 with a contact from AT&T.
Short on cash? Show Mom how much you love her by creating a <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/about/spotify-on-facebook/" target="_hplink">special Spotify playlist</a> of songs she likes, or heartfelt tunes that will remind her of you.
Does your Mom already have a Kindle? Upgrade her with this solar-powered accessory that will give her three months of reading without using the e-reader's battery. The <a href="http://www.solarmio.com/en/" target="_hplink">SolarKindle</a> is priced at $79.99.S
Need some quality time with Mom? Find inexpensive events and deals on <a href="https://www.livingsocial.com/login?dest=%2Fdeals%2Fpeople%2Fsubscriptions" target="_hplink">Living Social</a> to plan an entire day trip for you and Mom.
Is your Mom a scrapbooker? Though nothing beats glue and paper, scrapbooks don't last forever. Ensure that your Mom's hobby doesn't go to waste with <a href="http://planon.com/scanstik.php" target="_hplink">the Planon ScanStik</a> ($159.99), a full page color scanner conveniently located within a pen.
Does your Mom use <a href="http://instagr.am/" target="_hplink">Instagram</a>? Even if she doesn't, you can still create an album through the app with unforgettable photos of the two of you. Try taking pics of old unscanned photos to include them in the album.
Send Mom on an elaborate scavenger hunt around town using <a href="https://www.facebook.com/foursquare" target="_hplink">Foursquare</a>. Choose places that have a special meaning for both of you and set up clues for Mom to follow. But make sure she doesn't forget to check in!
Moms are known to host a dinner party or two. Whether it's a picnic or backyard BBQ, portable speakers are a must in order to provide the right music for the mood. Check out the <a href="http://www.soundmatters.com/" target="_hplink">foxL Bluetooth Speaker</a>, priced at $199 and $249 (special edition).
Is Mom queen of the grill at home? If she is, and happens to have an iPhone, iPad or iPod, give her the <a href="http://www.igrillinc.com/" target="_hplink">iGrill</a> ($79). The device enables Mom to check grill temperatures through the iGrill app from inside the house via Bluetooth. That way those burgers will always be perfectly cooked.
For sporty Moms who like to swing a club, check out the <a href="http://www.sensoglove.com/" target="_hplink">SensoGlove Digital Golf Glove</a>. At $89, the gadget is relatively inexpensive and will help Mom perfect her golf swing.