Mother's Day a perplexing holiday to be sure— for those who wish to honor her, and for mom herself. Should gifts be about acknowledging her most-important role, or escaping the role entirely for some pampering and a cocktail? Luckily, there are tech tools that will help you out no matter what kind of m-day you're up for. Here are my faves for your special day.
is the gift that keeps on giving, and is THE gift for any mom who loves make-up and likes to try before she buys. A smart monthly subscription service delivers a box of high-end beauty, grooming and lifestyle products, all in sample size. Now she can have the inside scoop on an under-the-radar mascara, or indie eyeliner, and if she falls in love with any one product, a full-size purchase through the site earns her points toward more products down the road. $10/month or 3, 6 and 12 month gifts.
Getting mom to start using an iPad was a herculean feat. Getting her to transfer her recipes to it was a bonafide miracle. And now she's in the middle of trying a new recipe and wants to know exactly how she's supposed to follow along without smearing chicken juice on her tablet?
The Belkin Kitchen Stand and Stylus
is the answer— the non-slip rubber base props up her tablet so it's easily readable in two positions, and the stylus allows you to work hands-free and can be washed with soapy water when you're done. $29
The way to a mom's heart on Mother's Day? Help her escape from the dreaded question, "What's for dinner?" What better way than to order some take-out and forfeit your culinary responsibilities? Seamless
, a free web service and smartly-designed iPad app, makes easy work of finding great local restaurants that offer delivery or take-out. Order and pay, well, seamlessly
right inside the app (no need to fumble with cash or credit cards at the door), plus tons of coupons mean you could be eating for less. Soon you'll have dinner without lifting a finger— Mother's Day perfection. FREE
The Striiv Smart Pedometer Plus Motivation System
is more personal trainer than pedometer. It learns your behavior and says all the right things to help you move more, eat better and reach all your health and wellness goals. The color touchscreen provides instant feedback and encouragement throughout the day— and you can even make free donations to charity just by staying active. Perfect for any mom who thinks she's too busy to go to the gym. $99
Moms fall into two camps when it comes to gifts— she who loves receiving them, and she who loves choosing them for herself
delights both, allowing you to craft a flip book of possible gift ideas, customized with your knowledge of her taste, style and interests. Then she chooses a gift of her choice from the book and it's packaged and sent to her faster than you can say, "Oh, honey, how did you know?". Best of all, you can do it all without leaving your desk, so everyone's happy.
Moms usually assume the role of Chief Memory Officer (in other words, she's behind the camera, not in front of it). Get her ready for her close-up with the Swivl
, her own personal cameraman. Drop your iDevice into the base station (works with iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch) and the Swivl will follow your every move, panning and tilting to keep you in frame while you chase after the kids, move around the kitchen, or multitask while video chatting with the grandparents. A CD quality microphone ensures you capture the best possible sound even if your'e moving further away from the camera. $179
Ever the minivan warrior, mom has been known to leave the house at 7:30a and not return home til dinnertime. Luckily she's got a phone that lasts as long as she does, thanks to the Mophie Powerstation 4000
. This rechargeable battery will rapidly recharge any USB-powered device in the world (including Blackberrys, Androids and Kindles, to name a few). Plus, it's even powerful enough to feed the juice-guzzling iPad. $72
When you can't say, "Happy Mother's Day" in-person, a face-to-face video chat is the next best thing. And the easiest way to connect is Skype
. It's easy to install and set up, and available across pretty much any platform in mobile, personal computing and even televisions. Just find mom in the directory and give her a call. To learn more, watch our video on Skype
. FREE (long distance charges apply for phone calls)
Digital picture frames are a great idea in theory, but not if the person who give one to has no idea how to set it up or get pictures on it. The Kodak Pulse 10-Inch Digital Frame
has made all this so easy— you can literally email the frame pictures and they magically appear. And that's just one of several ways Kodak makes it easy for her— or you— to add photos to the frame without even being near it. In fact, set-up can happen remotey, which for the less tech-savvy moms among us— all she has to do is plug it in and you can handle the rest. For more, watch our Twirl on the Kodak Pulse Frame