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Three More Tech Gifts Mom Will Love

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 3:40PM Thursday May 3, 2012
under Holidays

Recently I told you about three sweet-sounding tech gifts for Mother's Day. Of course, not every mom is into music. Let's take a look at three other gadgets that are sure to bring a smile to Mom's face.

One of the pioneers of the digital photo frame, Ceiva continues to offer some compelling products -- and there's a Mother's Day special that might just seal the deal.

Ceiva offers two frames, each with an 8-inch screen. The Ceiva Share is on sale for $99.95, the Ceiva Pro 80 for $119.95. I highly recommend the latter, which comes with a Wi-Fi adapter. (It's optional on the CeivaShare.)

Without that adapter, the frame requires a phone line to dial into the Ceiva PicturePlan service and download any new photos that may have been sent from friends or family members. That's a slow, antiquated solution, hence my preference for Wi-Fi.

One final note: both frames come with a one-year PicturePlan subscription. After that, it'll cost Mom $9.95 per month (or $6.95 if she prepays for a year). Of course, you can always pay for another 12 months of PicturePlan as next year's Mother's Day present!

Kindle Fire
An iPad is nice, no doubt about it, but it's also $500 (minimum). Amazon's Kindle Fire can do nearly everything an iPad can do (apps, games, music, video, e-books, Web browsing, etc.), but for considerably less money.

What's more, I find the Fire's 7-inch form factor a lot more comfortable than the bigger, heavier iPad. The latter definitely doesn't work as well as an e-reader, if only because it's too large and unwieldy to hold for long stretches of time.

Amazon charges $199 for the Kindle Fire, but I highly recommend getting a refurbished Fire for $169. It's all but indistinguishable from new, and it comes with the same one-year warranty as a new model.

Zomm Wireless Leash Plus
This cute little gizmo clips to Mom's keychain and performs a variety of semi-miraculous functions. For starters, it tethers to any Bluetooth-enabled phone, beeping, flashing, and/or vibrating whenever it gets out of range. That makes it easier not only to find (and avoid losing) your phone, but also your keys.

The Zomm also has a built-in speakerphone, which makes for simple hands-free calling. I won't say the audio quality is much better than you get from your actual smartphone, but it does allow you to leave your phone in your pocket and still answer a call.

That speakerphone might also come in handy for dialing 911, which Mom can do just by pressing and holding the Zomm's single button. And then there's the Personal Safety Concierge, which can contact friends, family, and emergency services on your behalf. The Wireless Leash Plus sells for $89.99.

Have you found a gadget you think would be great for moms? Tell me about it in the comments!