Mother’s Day Gift Guide: High-Tech Gifts for the Busy Working Mom

By: Christine Persaud

May 8, 2024

Mother’s Day 2024 is right around the corner, on Sunday, May 12, 2024. If you’re shopping for a deserving mom on your list, consider getting her a cool, high-tech gift she can use at home, on the go, or both. Busy working moms will appreciate any of the items on this list.

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 Scanner

It might be too late for this year’s tax season (unless mom runs her own business in which case she still has some time to file!) But a scanner like the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1300 is a good option for any mom who has a home office. She can set this up and scan all her receipts and other documentation to make next year’s tax season a breeze. The duplex scanner is compact so it doesn’t take up much space. It works over Wi-Fi and is super-simple to use with one-button scanning. There’s even a dedicated front feeder for thicker documents, like plastic cards or folded papers. It sells for about $475.

RealForce R2 Keyboard

This mechanical keyboard ($400) is designed to be ergonomic with a contoured frame so it’s comfortable for mom to type away on all day. This brand of keyboard has developed somewhat of a cult following and is known for the smooth typing experience and satisfying response. It connects via USB cord and Bluetooth and removes the number pad so it’s more compact, which means mom can toss it in her backpack and bring it with her to the cottage where she might be working some days this summer. It’s also a great keyboard for gamers, so if mom loves to indulge in a favourite PC game or two, she’ll thank you for this gift.

Do these two home office items look appealing to you? You can win a prize pack valued at $875 that includes both the scanner and the mechanical keyboard. Enter our contest for your chance to win a set for yourself as well.

JBL Live 770NC Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Does mom travel a lot for work? I recently reviewed these headphones, which launched last summer in the U.S. and officially became available in Canada this month, and they are sound astoundingly good. Not only that, but the noise cancelling is top-notch. Watching downloaded TV shows and listening to music during a 3.5-hour flight to my destination and back was a dream, as it drowned out the loud hum of the airplane, while I could tap the TalkThru button when I needed to converse with others. Whether mom travels a lot for work or commutes to and from the office on public transit, she’ll love these. They have easy-to-use touch controls, comfortable cushioned earcups and headband, and fabulous battery life. Plus, the JBL Headphone app offers tons of customization options, a listening test to personalize sound, and more. At $300, these headphones aren’t the cheapest you’ll find, but they also aren’t the most expensive in their class.

Google Pixel 8a Smartphone

If mom needs a new smartphone, consider the just launched Google Pixel 8a. It’s the more affordable little sister to the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro that isn’t as powerful but still fairly premium for a not-so-premium price. The phone has a compact 6.1-inch screen mom might love if she finds other phones too big, and the screen is Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is fairly durable. She’ll get 24 hours of battery life or more per charge and can extend that to up to 72 using the Extreme Battery Saver mode. With 8GB RAM, VPN by Google One, wireless charging, access to AI features including Google Gemini, and more, this phone will meet her needs. The only recommendation is to opt for the 256GB version since there’s no memory card slot. Mom can load tons of photos and videos of the kids on the device without worry. The Google Pixel 8a is $679 for the 128GB version and $759 for the 256GB.

Epson ET-4850 All-in-One Supertank Printer

Another product I have been reviewing is the Epson ET-4850 All-in-One Supertank printer, and I’d highly recommend it for anyone with a home office, not just moms. It’s sleek in design with the ink reservoirs on the front unlike on the side with older models. This makes it much easier to load ink, with sensors that even stop filling once the reservoir is full. Wi-Fi set-up (and set-up in general) is a breeze, so she can send documents to print from anywhere in the house, as well as remotely using the app. The kids can connect their computers, too, and print to their heart’s desire: they don’t need to bug mom every time they need something for school. It’s quiet, efficient, and delivers wonderfully crisp quality prints as well as scans and copies. At $600 (though it’s often on sale) this printer is a big investment. But when mom realizes she only needs to get new bottles of ink every two years versus replaceable cartridges, she’ll be messaging you to tell you how glad she is not to have to run to the store in the middle of printing a big report.

Kensington 5-inch Ring Light Video Conferencing Kit

If mom takes photos and videos for her work, or loves to post videos to social media, like cooking videos for Instagram reels, make-up tutorials on YouTube, or fun videos of the family and kids for Facebook, she’ll love this ring light video conferencing kit. Valued at $30, moms who work-from-home and do a lot of video calls will also be able to use it to improve their look while in meetings, offering flattering lighting so she always looks her best. It’s portable and lightweight so she can bring it with her for livestreams as well. The light delivers up to 350 lumens of brightness through 10 levels and has five colour settings. The kit includes a rotating mobile device clip and pivoting tripod.

We’re offering a chance to win one of these kids alongside a Kensington Multi-Device Dual Wireless Compact Keyboard ($50) and Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless Mouse ($50), in a total prize package valued at $130. Enter our contest for your chance to win.

Acer 14-inch Chromebook Plus Laptop

For the mom looking for a good computer to use while working from home, the Acer 14-inch Chromebook Plus laptop combines both premium features with an affordable price. At under $500, it’s small, lightweight, and durable so she can bring it with her wherever she needs to work. The “Plus” designation in the name indicates that it has plenty of AI features so creative moms can have fun with photo editing features like Magic Eraser and Adobe Firefly generative AI. Powered by an Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB RAM, this isn’t the most powerful laptop mom can find. But as a secondary computer for the home office or to use while traveling, she’ll love it. She can save all her work in Google Docs or other Google apps and access them via the cloud on other devices. It runs for up to 11 hours per charge and comes in either a touch or non-touch-enabled model.


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