Ultimate Tech Gifts for Mom - Mother’s Day 2017

05/08/2017 12:23 pm ET

I used to always get my mom the typical Mother’s Day gifts, but that changed a few years ago when I decided to go with something more practical than the standard flowers or a trip to the spa. Today, in the Digital Age, practical often means tech-related. Mother's Day is coming up next weekend and if you're interested in really impressing your mom, mother-in-law, grandma and wife this year by getting them something that shows how appreciated they are, try something from the roundup of tech products below. These are all useful and fun, and the women in your life won’t forget Mother’s Day 2017 if they’re presented with one of these this year.

From stylish fitness trackers and headphones to smart cooking appliances and beautiful iPad cases, there are so many wonderful tech related gifts to choose from this year. Here are some quality tech products Mom will appreciate this Mother's Day:

Toast - Our electronic devices should show off our personality and toast helps you customize a beautiful cover for your phone, tablet or laptop. I created a custom case for my Microsoft Surface Pro with my favorite sports team’s logo. You make the design and upload it. Then Toast creates sleek one-piece wraps out of real wood veneers that fit your devices like a glove. Mom will absolutely love showing off her customized look. Prices vary. http://www.toastmade.com

Winbot 950 Window Cleaning Robot - No one enjoys cleaning the windows, so why not give your mother the gift of automation? This compact window cleaning robot works indoor and outdoor using the SmartDrive system to ensure no spot is missed and the windows’ edges are protected. It can also clean sliding glass doors, shower stalls and any other glass surface, and comes with a remote control. http://global.ecovacs.com/WINBOT950

Anova Precision Cooker - For the mom or wife who loves to cook, but doesn’t always have the time. This precision cooker makes it easier to cook like a pro in less time. Drawing on the hottest trend in cooking, Sous vide, Anova packs over 1,000 recipes into its free app. She’ll love cooking and your family will reap the rewards. Retails for only $149. https://anovaculinary.com/anova-precision-cooker/

THINKWARE Dash Cam F770 - If you’re worried about an older mother or grandmother’s safety while driving, consider one of the top dash cameras on the market. THINKWARE uses a 1080p Sony Exmor Sensor to offer this wi-fi connected dash cam with night vision, built in GPS and time lapse recording. It’s especially useful for cars that don’t already have road safety warning systems or parking assist. Retails for http://www.thinkware.com/Products

Garmin Vivosmart 3 - If your mom or wife has been talking about getting a fitness tracker, but she thinks the Apple Watch is too big, this is the ideal tracker. Garmin’s Vivosmart 3 includes VO2 max, fitness age and strength training. It also monitors wellness with all-day stress tracking and the relaxation-based breathing timer. Best of all is its battery life. I found that it only needed charging every four days, but it depends on usage. Comes in small/medium and large. Retails for only $139.99. https://buy.garmin.com

Aura Frame - For my grandmother’s 95th birthday we got her this digital photo frame and she loves it. While she doesn’t know how to upload photos, anyone in the family can easily contribute photos from anywhere in the world with the app. Aura has a beautiful design, comes in three color scheme choices and connects easily to wi-fi. $399 (get 20% off for Mother’s Day when you order 2 or more) https://auraframes.com/

Dyson v8 Absolute Stick Vacuum - I’ve become something of a vacuum afficianado. I enjoy vacuuming (neat freak!) and realized early on that no two vacuums are alike. This is the ultimate stick vacuum with a lithium-ion battery that delivers up to 40 minutes of cleaning without losing any power. It easily converts between stick and handheld modes to clean stairs, ceilings and upholstery. The suction on this Dyson cord-free vacuum is strong enough to deep clean carpets and remove pet hair. Available at Lowe’s and many other stores, as well as online. Retails for $599.99. http://www.lowes.com

HandShoe Mouse - Getting mom a computer mouse for Mother’s Day sounds odd, but she’ll love this special mouse. HandShoe’s patented shape lets her hands and fingers be supported in a relaxed position. If mom or grandma has every suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, this will be the ideal gift. http://handshoemouse.com

Humu Smart Cushion - Everyone enjoys being a couch potato in the Netflix binging age so why not let the women in your life enjoy their TV watching in comfort and clarity? Humu Smart Cushion connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to smart devices and computers or with an external AUX cable to TV. This near-field listening device adds a whole new dimension of the sense of touch to entertainment. Featured on Indiegogo.com at $449 (suede and other types of leather cost more). http://humu.fi/

QardioArm - I believe that one of the kindest gifts you can give a loved one is a technology device that helps them stay in good health. QardioArm lets you monitor your blood pressure from the comfort of your own home. It’s accurate, stylish, portable and easy to use. You can easily share the data with loved ones, caregivers and medical personnel. $99 https://www.getqardio.com

Mio Slice - This heart rate and fitness tracker is the first wearable to feature Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI), a simple, science-backed metric that tracks the body’s response to all physical activity and makes heart rate data meaningful. This wearable’s perfect for busy moms who want to measure sleep, calories burned or distance they’ve run. https://www.mioglobal.com/

Link AKC Smart Collar for Dogs - Our pets are like members of the family so a dog-related gift for dog moms will be very well received. The cutting-edge technology in the Link AKC smart collar and smartphone app includes GPS, activity monitor, temperature sensor, “adventures” and other features that provide personalized insights to help owners be more connected with their dogs, no matter where they are. A “Best of Innovation” award winner at CES, this is one amazing new technology for dogs and the humans who love them. Discounted at $179 with 10% of product sales benefitting K9s For Warriors. https://www.linkakc.com

IFROGZ Impulse Wireless Headphones - These black and red headphones are designed to free you from wires and are foldable to fit into any your purse. Mom will love the on-ear controls, built-in mic and premium sound. With 12 hours of battery life on a single charge, mom will be thanking you for years to come. $59.99 http://ZAGG.com

Catalyst for iPhone 7 - Catalyst cases have become the industry standard for waterproofing phones because they fully cover and seal the device from the outside world. This means it is protected from all elements - not just water - but also dust, dirt, sand and other elements that will scratch, damage and destroy the device. $79.99 https://www.catalystcase.com

Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo - Mom will love this full-featured keyboard and contoured right-handed mouse set that is designed for all-day comfort. Logitech DuoLink, available for free through Logitech Options software, links the keyboard and mouse together so you can enable customized functions and navigation, such as swiping between desktops or controlling the volume of your music. http://logitech.com

RINGLY Spring Aries Collection - Perfect for all moms, these stylish and functional bracelets and rings allow wearers to customize mobile alerts through vibration and light. RINGLY is a stylish activity tracker that lets women stay connected without being glued to their phones. They track steps, distance, and calories burned. http://ringly.com

Oliso Smart Iron - It seems like every household appliance now has a “smart” version, so why not the iron? Oliso’s smart iron uses iTouch technology to instantly lower and lift when taken off your fabric to prevent scorching, accidental tipping, and burns. $99.99 https://www.oliso.com/

Sharp Tea-Ceré Matcha Tea Maker - Tea has become the “in thing.” If any of the women on your Mother’s Day shopping list is a tea drinker, you can’t go wrong with this authentic matcha appliance, which uses the traditional Japanese preparation process. It automatically prepares up to four cups using many kinds of tea beyond tencha leaves for matcha. Available in red or green $199.99 http://www.sharpusa.com

ASTI Sound + Sleep SE - So many new mothers are sleep deprived. With infants constantly waking them it’s no wonder. That makes the ASTI Sound + Sleep SE the perfect gift for moms. With 64 different sound stories that adapt to the user’s sound environment, this device helps you get better quality and more restful sleep. https://www.soundofsleep.com

Zagg Rugged Book Pro - Mom will love this very durable wireless keyboard and detachable case for her Apple iPad Pro. The keyboard and stand are convenient, and the durable case protects her iPad if it’s dropped. $149.99 https://www.zagg.com

Guard Llama - Nothing says you love someone like the gift of personal security. Guard Llama is designed to allow discrete contact of police during high-stress and life threatening situations. The service combines an iPhone or Android app with a Guard Llama compatible keychain and with two clicks of your finger the police have locked into your location, reducing response times by up to 80%. The device sends GPS location, photo, and medical information to the Emergency Dispatch Center, plus it alerts anyone in your contact list. 3 monthly plan options. http://guardllama.com/

illumy Glo to Sleep – Your mother always put you to bed and helped you wake in the morning. Now you can repay her with this comfortable sleep mask that uses gently dimming light to help her fall asleep and gently brightening light to help her wake up naturally. $149 https://www.glotosleep.com/

Autoslide – Make it easier for mom to open and close her sliding doors. Autoslide is the ideal way to automate sliding doors for the elderly, physically challenged and pet owners who are tired of getting up to open the door for their pets to come in and out. 3 options beginning at $430. http://autoslideofamerica.com

JVC Sports Bluetooth Wireless Headphones - There are so many wireless sport headphones on the market, but they are certainly not all created equal. If you mom or wife is picky about the headphones she uses when she runs or is at the gym, she’ll love the comfortable Pivot Motion Fit of these JVC Bluetooth headphones. They are water resistance, support the AE Run & Music training app and have a rechargeable battery. Comes in 3 different color choices. http://jvc.com

Quell Wearable Pain Relief - If mom or grandma has chronic physical pain, why not give the Mother’s Day gift of helping them relieve these aches and pains? Quell is the only pain relief device the FDA cleared for use while sleeping. The user can measure progress on multiple unique health dimensions including pain, activity and gait, in addition to therapy and sleep. The starter kit retails for $249 https://www.quellrelief.com

Snuza Pico Wearable Smart Monitor - The new Snuza Pico is the first portable baby movement monitor that allows mom to directly connect to a smartphone or tablet via a Bluetooth App. This monitor easily attaches to a baby’s diaper and monitors abdominal movement using a patented contactless sensor so it’s not in direct contact with the baby’s skin. If there is no abdominal movement detected after 15 seconds, the device will vibrate to rouse the child awake. After 20 seconds of no abdominal movement, Pico will alarm. The mobile app (Android and iOS) also monitors a baby’s skin temperature and sleeping position. It even has a fall detector. http://www.snuza.com

Oliso Smart Hub Induction Cooktop – Whether mom is always in the kitchen or only cooks sporadically, she’ll fall in love with this precision cooker that includes a Smart Hub base with Induction Burner. She’ll be able to easily create anything from sous vide, induction, slow cooking, yogurt making, infusions, and much more with this simple "set it and forget it" invention. https://www.oliso.com/smarthub

FitBit Alta HR – FitBit is the most recognized name in the fitness tracker industry and its models keep getting better. The new Alta HR measures heart rate, tracks sleep and allows you to call, text and get calendar alerts. The interchangeable bands (four color options) allow mom to choose her favorite fashionable look. With a seven-day battery charge and reminders to keep mobile, mom will appreciate this thoughtful gift. Comes in six colors. $129.95 https://www.fitbit.com/altahr

Epson Expression Home XP-440 Small-in-One - If mom has a home office, she’ll really appreciate this all-in-one printer and scanner from Epson. She’ll use it all the time to print photos of the kids and grandkids, make invitations and impress her friends with her scrapbooking creations. The compact XP-440 also lets her print from her tablet or smartphone. She can also print Instagram and Facebook photo collages with Epson’s Creative Print App. Regularly $99.99; on sale for $59.99. https://epson.com

One Light Keyboard Piano - Bring some music into mom’s life! This lightweight portable keyboard connects with an iPad and teaches you how to play with light-up keys. You can choose between onyx black or white gold to start your musical journey. It’s ideal for beginners and will get your mom or wife eager to learn piano and take up a new hobby in her spare time. https://www.smartpiano.com

Sony RX100 V Camera - While a grand may seem like a lot for a point and shoot camera, this is not your typical “press here dummy” camera. It’s ideal for the mom who loves taking photos, but doesn’t want to schlep around a big DSLR camera with a long lens. I took this 20.1MP camera to a concert and, after I uploaded the photos to my computer, I couldn’t believe the high-resolution even from a dark arena. The RX100 also shoots UHD 4K Video and boasts a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 1.8-2.8 Lens (24-70mm). Its high ISO of 12800 and 24 fps continuous shooting is most impressive. $999.99 http://sony.com

InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense Curve for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ - If a woman in your life gets the new Galaxy S8 phone, you’ll be doing her a huge favor by getting her the protection of the Defense Curve glass protector. With actual sapphire crystals, this screen protector provides a smooth feel with the best scratch protection available. InvisibleShield makes shatter protection glass for many phones on the market to protect the screen from drops, nicks and dings. $59.99 http://www.zagg.com

Belkin: Air Protect SheerForce Case for iPhone 7/7 Plus - This super lightweight and impact-resistant case for the iPhone 7 and 7+ demonstrates why Belkin is such a trusted company when it comes to protective phone accessories. Your mom or wife have nice iPhones, but you can give them the gift of protecting them against bumps, drops, scratches, yellowing and dust. Available in 5 color options. $24.99 http://belkin.com

Monster iSport Freedom v2 – The iSport line of headphones from Monster includes models starting at $29.95. Monster has been at the cutting edge of comfortable fitting wireless headphone options (both in-ear and on-ear). The beautiful iSport Freedom model has touch sensing controls, 3 listening modes (wireless, wired and USB Direct Digital Audio) and 2 different sound profiles (standard and “turbo” mode). You can pair two different devices and they are both durable and sweat proof. $199.99 http://www.monsterproducts.com

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