In the UK, Mothering Sunday arrives on 14 March. You could show mum how much you care with a bouquet of flowers, but if she’s not the sentimental type you may need to look elsewhere.
Here we’re looking at all the best tech gifts to give Mom – whatever your budget.
We also have a separate round-up where we look at the best tech gifts for men.
With more and more devices and gadgets becoming ‘smart’, a smart assistant makes a great gift for Mother’s Day or any other event. Entry level products like the Echo Dot 4 (pictured), which launched last year, or the Google Nest Mini are affordable too at under £50/$50.
If that’s still out of your budget, you can still pick up the Echo Dot 3 for £39.99 while the Google Nest Mini costs £49 from retailers like Currys, AO, Argos and from Google itself.
You can see our round up of the best smart speakers right here.
If mom loves reading, an eReader may be the best gift money can afford. It’s a portable alternative to carrying around a physical copy – plus you can literally carry thousands of books in a single device.
We’ve rounded up some of the best eReaders here, though the clear leader in this area is Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, which is no surprise considering Amazon started off as an online book retailer.
The Paperwhite starts at £119.99 – which gets you the model with 8GB storage. You can pair it with Bluetooth to listen to audio books on Audible too.
Of course, there’s the entry level Kindle too for £69.99 which has a built-in light for night-time reading.
Bundle the Kindle with a case for an even more impressive gift – see the best cases here.
Readly Magazine App
Readly is the Netflix of magazines. For a monthly fee of £7.99/US$9.99 you get unlimited access to over 3,000 magazines (including ours).You can download magazines to read later when you’re offline and also share the account with up to five people. Browse all magazine categories here.
Readly offers gift cards as well. You can buy gift subscriptions for one month up to a year.
If your mom is health-conscious, or wants to be you can’t go wrong with a Fitbit. The original Versa was designed specifically with women in mind.
Not only did it feature a narrower design for slimmer wrists, it also introduced menstrual health tracking with added educational content about fertility and reproductive health for younger users via the Fitbit app.
Yes, that might be a bit TMI if you’re buying for Mom, but the latest 3rd-gen Versa also offers a bunch of other features like a built-in GPS, sleep tracking, voice assistant integration and phone call support. It’s just a small degree away from the top-end Fitbit Sense, but at a third of the price less at £199.99.
There’s also the impressive entry-level Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker for under £90.
See our full round up of the best Fitbit deals here – which includes any Mother’s Day discounts.
While the Bellabeat Leaf is also a fitness tracker, we couldn’t leave it out — because look at it! It’s gorgeous. And less conspicuous than a Fitbit.
Co-founder Urška Sršen, named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016, specifically had women’s health in mind when she began the company with Sandro Mur. Outside of activity tracking and sleep monitoring, the Bellabeat Leaf offers personalised insights to manage stress, and when paired with the app, tracks the wearer’s menstrual cycles and fertility much like the Versa 3.
It’s versatile enough to be clipped onto clothing or worn as a necklace or bracelet. It’s available on Amazon and directly from Bellabeat.
If you’re often having to help mum look for her keys or wallet, you might want to get her a Tile Bluetooth tracker. Twenty quid for peace of mind is definitely a bargain.
The latest in the range, the Tile Mate (2020), is smaller than its predecessor and with a 200ft-range. If your lost item is caught outside the Bluetooth range, the Tile tracker will also tell you where the item was last, or use the Tile Network to crowd-find your item.
You can buy the Tile Mate from Amazon for £19.99 or directly from Tile. You can often buy it in bundles of two or four as well.
GHD Gold Professional Styler
GHD has quickly become a coveted brand for hair styling. It has a diverse range of heat styling products, from straighteners, to dryers to crimpers. You can see all its products on its site.
The Gold Professional is the brand’s mid-range staightener (though it’s still £149/$199) with a minimalist set-up. You won’t find any dials or screens because it only heats up to one temperature: 185 degrees Celcius. This is the optimal temperature for any hair type which means your hair stays protected and healthy. You can read our full review here.
The GHD Platinum+ straightener is a higher range option, at £189/$249. There’s also the GHD Air Hair Dryer at £109/$199.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Is mum a lady with long luscious locks who laments hair damage? The Dyson Supersonic may be just what she needs. Sure, it’s pricey for what it is, but it’s also lighter, quieter, faster, and smarter. In fact, we loved this hair dryer so much we gave it 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Dyson Supersonic features a heat-control system that communicates the temperature to the microprocessor 20 times a second, to ensure that the airflow is never too hot to damage the hair.
With a motor that spins 110,000 times a minute, Dyson has engineered a hair dryer that cuts down both on on dry time, and decibels (Dyson says it reaches an “inaudible frequency” to human ears). As a result of the speed, the dryer needs less heat to dry hair, causing less damage.
The motor is also in the handle, which balances out the weight compared to the traditional dryer design. This makes for a more ergonomic drying experience. If you’re willing to spend a little more, this gift is sure to make the recipient and her hair happy.
Available from Dyson.
One4All Gift Card
The One4All gift card is a great option if you’re not totally sure what to buy. It’s accepted across 130 stores across the UK including many High Street retailers like Argos, Primark, H&M, and Boots to name a few. Like giving someone cash as a gift, the One4All can’t be topped up, so once it’s used up it’s used up.
You can also customize what the card looks like depending on the occasion you’re buying for.
Available from One4All.
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