Moms of all ages are into tech these days, from the Millennial moms who grew up knowing nothing but a digital world, to retirees whose interests are piqued by everything from smartphones to smart speakers and wearable devices.
With that said, regardless of the age or tech-savviness of the mother on your list, there’s something for everyone when it comes to tech gifts for Mother’s Day.
Swidget Snap-in AC Power Inserts
This might sound like an unconventional gift for a mom, but any gadget that can simplify her life will be an appreciated one. These interchangeable inserts, designed by Kingston, ON-based Swidget, work as traditional AC outlets, but also have an empty centre cavity. When you add an insert, they can work with Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or other wireless communications platforms. There’s also an Open USB Charger that lets you recharge USB devices while keeping the two AC power outlets free for other items, whether it’s kitchen appliances, personal care products, or mom’s computer.
Get one for the special lady of the house, then add additional inserts over time as they become available for everything from nightlights to one with built-in Alexa, another with Google Assistant, and even one with aromatherapy. About US$40 per single outlet, and inserts start at US$6 ea.
A Kate Spade Smartphone Case
Get mom a snazzy new case to protect and style-up her iPhone. Kate Spade offers a number of hard shell cases for iPhones in different patterns, styles, and colours to suit different types of moms, and different occasions. Don’t worry if mom already has a case – you can never have too many. She can use one as her daily case, another extra durable one for work trips, and a third more fashionable one for nights out on a town. Click here for a chance to win a cool iPhone accessories bundle that includes a Kate Spade case that fits the iPhone 8, 7, 6s, or 6, along with a two-pack of premium tempered screen protectors, 10-foot braided Lightning to USB cable, universal smartphone car mount, and pink splash wireless Bluetooth speaker. Total value is $148.
Epson XP-7100 Small-in-One Printer
Moms will especially appreciate that this compact printer can be operated by voice, as it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Amazon Alexa. You can even take a photo using Siri from your compatible mobile device, then ask her to print it immediately for you. Ask for information about the printer status, like how much ink you have left. Whether it’s for work or home projects, mom can print using the five colour inks, and make auto two-sided prints, copies, and scans. It has a 30-page auto document feeder, and mobile printing capabilities as well through the app, not just voice. Built-in USB and card slots further make it easy to get instant prints as needed. Valued at $200, you can win one by entering our contest now, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Samsung Space Monitor
Having turned heads at CES 2019 in January, this stylish and versatile monitor is finally available in Canada. Use the monitor as any other, but when you’re done, push it back against the wall using the articulating arm so you can use your desk space for other tasks. Cables are hidden away as well, making for a totally clutter-free design. It comes in a 27” version for $600 or 32” for $700.
Amazon Echo Input
If mom is considering making her home smart, but still isn’t quite sure she’d use things like voice assistance, help her get acquainted with how it works using this clever and affordable gadget that can make any speaker in the home (or office) Alexa-enabled. It connects to your existing speaker via 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth, then mom can use it just as she would any other Alexa-enabled smart speaker. Except she only needs to add this tiny little device to the set-up. If she decides she loves it for keeping track of calendar appointments, checking weather and traffic, and more, she can expand the system with additional Alexa devices around the home. It supports both English and French and sells for $45.
Sonos and Ikea SYMFONISK Table Lamp and Wi-Fi Speaker
Perfect for the home office, this combination table lamp and speaker serves two important purposes: it provides light while also playing back music. The lamp, in signature Ikea design, is compatible with other Sonos speakers and you can control it from the Sonos app. $249
HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Printer
Moms who work from home, particularly those who have their own businesses, will appreciate this all-in-one smart printer that can make prints, scans, and copies, sent from her phone using the mobile print app. Its self-healing Wi-Fi will ensure she’s always connected when she needs to be. And she won’t have to worry about keeping track of when she needs ink – the printer will actually not only tell her when it’s running low, but automatically order new cartridges when needed so she doesn’t have to rush out last minute during invoice time. Enter here for the chance to win one for the mom on your list.