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7 (last-minute) tech gifts for Mother’s Day

Flowers are nice, but if you really want Mom to enjoy her day, buy her some tech! Although your budget may not stretch to an iPad, there are lots of other great gadgets that are guaranteed to bring a smile to her face.

Here are a few of our favorites. If you’re quick, you can still make it!

HP Mini 210

Who said netbooks were dead? Help Mom stay connected and manage her busy schedule with this stylish Mini 210 from HP. Powered by Intel, the 10.1-inch Mini boasts 1GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive, enough to handle all Mom’s media needs as well as e-mail, web surfing, and video conferencing. Ultra light at just over 3 pounds, the Mini 210 enjoys up to 10.75 hours of battery life and comes with a choice of 5 different colors, including lavender frost, luminous rose and ocean drive blue.

Price: from $329.99
Where to buy: HP.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy

Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device

If Mom doesn’t already own an e-reader, then now is the time to buy. Amazon is offering its best-in-class Kindle 3G – plus a $25 Amazon Gift Card – for the amazingly low price of $189! The all-new, high-contrast E-Ink screen is easy to read, even in bright sunlight and, at just 8.7 ounces, the Kindle weighs less than a paperback. With the Kindle 3G, you can download books in less than 60 seconds, store up to 3,500 books in total, and enjoy a battery life of up to a month on one single charge. The free 3G – in addition to built-in Wi-Fi –means no monthly payments and no annual contract.

Price: $189
Where to buy: Amazon.com, Best Buy

Nikon COOLPIX S3100

Mom can slip this ultra-light Nikon COOLPIX S3100 into her pocket and never miss a memorable moment. At just 4.2 ounces it can go anywhere, including the beach, the mall, or on a girls’ night out. The 14-megapixel CCD sensor assures superb image quality with every shot, and the 5x wide-angle optical zoom allows for both breathtaking panoramic shots and detailed close-ups. Includes one-touch HD movie function, automatic smile timer, face-finding technology, blink alert, red-eye fix, and many more helpful features. Comes with a choice of 7 fun colors.

Price: $139.95
Where to buy: NikonUSA.com, Best Buy

Sony 8-inch Digital Photo Frame

If Mom needs a gentle nudge to embrace the new hi-tech world, then a digital photo frame is a great way to start. Sony’s design, picture quality, and faultless engineering put them at the top of the class. The DPF-D820 features an 8-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio LCD screen; 2GB of memory with space for up to 4,000 photos; video, audio and slideshow capability; a USB port for easy transfer; and an energy-saving LED backlight. Includes clock and calendar mode.

Price: $119.99
Where to buy: Sony Style, Amazon.com, Best Buy

BlueAnt Q2 Bluetooth Headset

If Mom is looking to upgrade her smartphone, then BlueAnt’s Q2 smart Bluetooth headset comes packed with more advanced features than any other headset on the market today. The Q2 includes a comprehensive voice recognition command set, text to speech technology that announces the names of incoming callers, voice access to a world of information and incoming SMS readout. The headset also comes with the WindArmour™ advanced noise cancellation system for crystal clear communication.

Price: $129.99
Where to buy: BlueAnt, AT&T, Frys Electronics

PurePlay™ Portable Speaker

A compact, clutch-style speaker system, the PurePlay Portable Speaker packs a big sound in a small, easily portable design and is perfect for around the house, a family picnic, or by the pool. Mom can just slide it into her favorite bag knowing that the speakers are well protected, and then simply unfold it to chill out to her favorite tunes. The PurePlay Portable Speaker dock also powers and charges an iPhone or iPod, and includes a line-in jack to connect to other digital audio devices. Uses 4 “AAA” batteries (not included).

Price: $69.99
Where to buy: Best Buy

SuperTooth Buddy

Want to make sure Mom goes hands-free in the car? SuperTooth Buddy is a Bluetooth speakerphone requiring no installation – just clip it on to her sun visor and off she goes! It automatically pairs with a mobile phone and can even support two phones simultaneously. Mom can enjoy echo and noise-free phone calls due to the sensitive microphone and powerful speaker. Other features include volume control, call waiting, last call redial, and voice recognition dialing (with supporting mobile phones). The SuperTooth Buddy is compatible with all Bluetooth phones, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile phones.

Price: $59:95
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Comment by Online Moms, posted 5/12/2011, 1:42 AM:

Thanks for so many great ideas for gifting moms. Personally i would like to gift my mom a Digital Camera by which she can store some good memories with me as well as with her other important people. This gift would be very much useful to her and she will always remember me whenever she will click a picture.
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