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Tech Gifts for Mom



A recent survey of Mother’s Day gift-giving plans found that while Moms would prefer a tech gadget over the traditional gift of flowers by a three to one margin, most of them are likely to be disappointed. Flowers remain the most popular choice of probable gift-givers this coming Mother’s Day, with only 12 percent of those surveyed saying they were going to buy tech.

While the ever-popular iPad remains at the top of the tech-loving mom’s wish list, the $499 starting price tag probably puts it out of reach for most families. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t dozens of other great tech gifts for Mom. From e-readers to smartphones, from headsets to portable speakers, there has never been a better time to pick up a gadget at a bargain price.

Here are a few suggestions that will brighten Mom’s day without breaking your bank:

Motorola TZ700 Bluetooth Portable Car Speaker

Make sure Mom drives hands-free by getting her the easy-to-install and easy-to-use Motorola TZ700 Bluetooth portable speaker. The speaker clips on to the car sun visor and provides up to 45 hours of talk time and up to 6 months of standby time. Simple voice prompts let you know when the device is connected, how much battery is left, and when you are on mute. Compatible with most smartphones, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

Price: $66.00 (Includes free shipping.)
Where to buy: Buy.com



Sony Digital Photo Frame

Digital picture frames are a great way to get those photos out of the camera or smartphone and into Mom’s living room! The 800 x 480 resolution LCD screen on the Sony 10-inch Frame brings photos alive with vibrant color and crisp detail. Holds up to 200 photos, which can be rotated or shown as an engaging slideshow. Pictures are transferred via a USB cable or thumb drive or by plugging a camera memory card directly into the frame. Comes with a remote control and the option to also display date and time.

Price: $114.99
Where to buy: Sony store



NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight

Let Mom get under the covers with this latest NOOK e-reader from Barnes & Noble. As the name implies, the Simple Touch with GlowLight enhances the existing Simple Touch by adding a soft glow feature, which is optimized for bedtime and other low-light reading. The 6-inch touchscreen, the easy-to-adjust font sizes, and the extra-long battery life make the Simple Touch with GlowLight the perfect e-reader companion. Comes with access to over 2.5 million titles in the Barnes & Noble NOOK bookstore.

Price: From $139 (Includes free shipping)
Where to buy: Barnes & Noble



Jawbone® JAMBOX™ Bluetooth® Speaker

This revolutionary device can act as a smartphone speaker or as a stand-alone speaker for music and other media. The Bluetooth technology allows for easy wireless connection and portability, and it’s powerful enough to fill a room with its crystal clear hi-fi audio. The JAMBOX automatically recognizes devices after it has been connected just once, and Jawbone’s MyTALK online platform allows you to download software upgrades and a variety of add-on apps. Comes in a choice of 4 colors, including red, black, and blue. And if you are looking for something a little more powerful, Jawbone has just released the BIG JAMBOX!

Price: $199
Where to buy: Jawbone, Amazon



Otterbox® Protective Smartphone Covers

Otterbox smartphone and tablet covers are renowned for their stylish but sturdy designs. You can choose from dozens of different styles and colors for a wide range of devices from virtually every manufacturer. Surprise Mom with a hot pink case or a military camouflage-style version. Otterbox also designs cases for e-readers, and many other devices.

Price: From $19.95 (Check compatibility)
Where to buy: Otterbox



Plantronics Marque™ M155™ Bluetooth® Headset

The Plantronics Marque M155 is a stylish in-ear Bluetooth headset that’s compatible with the iPhone and most Android smartphones. There is a simple 2-step guide to pairing with each device. Voice recognition software means there are no buttons to press – Mom just has to say “Answer” to connect with an incoming call. With the Plantronics Marque M155, Mom can also stream music, listen to podcasts or get driving directions. There is also a free 1-year subscription to Plantronics Vocalyst voice and text services for managing e-mail, updating Facebook, and more.

Price: $59.99
Where to buy: Plantronics



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