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Last-Minute Tech Gifts for Mom

By Tracey Dowdy

Don’t get me wrong, I love a macaroni or a Froot Loop necklace as much as the next person, but a woman can only wear so much jewelry. (Or would that be “so many snacks?”)

Mother’s Day gifts need not cost a lot and it’s not a cliché to say that for most moms it really is the thought that counts. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, here are some suggestions for the Mom in your life, whether she’s tech savvy or not.

Ah, the Coupon Book, the gift of choice of both the truly thoughtful and the truly cheap. Show your mom you’re in the first group by customizing the coupons and using them as free tech tutorials with you as the professor. If she’s still not mastered email, take the time to show her. If she’s still using the phone book, introduce her to the magic of online yellow pages. If she’s a “peek and peck” typist, bookmark online typing tutorials. If she loves to cook, introduce her to online recipe resources like Jamie Oliver or Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Cooks.

There’s a multitude of options and you know your mom best, so be sure to customize the coupon book to best suit her needs. There are hundreds of really cute templates out there so let your inner kindergartener out and have fun with this. And don’t forget to include at least one coupon for a free hug.

The Fitbit family of products is designed to seamlessly integrate tech into your life and encourage you to live a healthier life and lifestyle. Whether mom is a marathon runner or just trying to take the stairs more often than the elevator, the range of products and prices makes it easy to encourage your mom in her health and fitness goals.

If your mom already uses a Fitbit product, consider giving her a Premium account so she can take full advantage of the services like personalized fitness plans. Fitbit is an official supporter of “Go Red for Women,” in partnership with the American Heart Association.

If your mom is more into movie marathons than running, consider a gift like a Netflix subscription or a Roku Streaming Stick. At $9 a month, Netflix offers a broad range of TV and movies and has been very successful with its recent venture into original programming. Plug the Roku stick into your TV and stream over 1,000 channels and 31,000 movies. You can also stream sites like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, or even personal music and videos from your phone or tablet and control it all with the included remote or directly from your phone.

If mom is a foodie, there are more options than you can shake a martini shaker at. Consider a Set and Forget Slow Cooker, a high tech corkscrew or a Ninja blender. SodaStreams are all the rage, turning “tap water into sparkling water in less than 30 seconds, with no clean-up.” Plus, with gifts like these, you’re sure to reap the benefits when mom starts experimenting and you get to enjoy the fruits of her labor. If mom taught you anything, it’s the importance of sharing!

As you’re choosing your gift, just keep these sentiments in mind: "I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them" – Phyllis Diller.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, Ontario. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology.

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