Affordable Tech Gifts for Mom

By Tracey Dowdy

What do you give the woman who has given you everything and wants nothing? Or, better yet, what do you give the woman who has given you no clue and wants you to figure out what she’d like without any hints from her, because really, “just a card would be nice”?

I’m glad you asked. I’ve rounded up some of the most fun and practical gifts for mom whether she’s a techie or not, I’m sure there’s something on the list for her.

Okay, I know $80 seems like a lot for a coffee mug, but when you consider the last time your mom finished a cup of coffee while it was hot she was still pregnant with you, that price tag seems like a bargain.  Not only will Ember keep her beverage of choice hot, once paired with the Ember app it can also be ordered to warm up a drink to her preferred temperature. It will even send a notification when the temperature is reached and, you can customize the settings for different drinks. Plus, Ember comes with free shipping. Price: $79.95

The JUNO Smart Mirror takes the guesswork out of getting ready in the morning. Or at night. Or, whenever. Your mom’s an adult – she can leave the house whenever she likes. JUNO features three lighting settings (sunlight, daylight, and evening), a built-in storage tray, 5x magnifying mirror and a charging cord. Price: $79.00

An e-reader is a great present, and depending on your price point, you have a lot of options. PC Magazine recently curated a list of The Best eReaders of 2018, broken down by features like size, weight, storage capacity, screen lighting and book formats. Amazon’s Kindle line was the most popular, including the Paperwhite, which garnered especially good reviews. Price: $79–$249

Give your mom the give of real power when she needs it most. That’s a really dramatic way of saying the Jackery Bolt 6000 portable charger makes a great gift. The Bolt has an Apple MFi certified lightning and a micro USB charging cable both of which are within FAA limits for batteries so it can be taken on the plane in her carry-on luggage or just keep her phone alive while she sits on the sideline of yet another Little League baseball practice. Price: $26.99

While she’s sitting on the sideline, mom might want to catch up on Scandal or stream Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther album. The good news is Hulu and Spotify subscribers can now bundle their services  and have access to Spotify Premium and Hulu’s streaming library all under one bill. Short-term promotional pricing is available to new subscribers, but current subscribers can take advantage of the $12.99 a month rate too. Plus, if mom is currently a college or university student, she could be eligible to get an extra discount and access both for just $4.99 a month.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

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