Mother’s Day is around the corner and you may be thinking of the usual gifts of flowers or dinner at her favorite restaurant. But she has a secret that she hasn’t shared with you yet – there’s nothing your mom wants more than a unique tech gift. Trust me on this, I’m a mom.
Your mom doesn’t need to be a techie to enjoy these fun and fabulous gifts that are sure to please. Whether your budget is tiny or ginormous, you’re sure to find something here to tickle her fancy.
Mom You Are the Best iPhone 4/4S Case
Declare your admiration for your mom while protecting her iPhone with this case. Not only does this case say that your mom is the best, the case can be customized with a photo of her. Mom You Are the Best iPhone case is available for the iPhone 4 and 4S from Etsy for $14.00
If your mom wants to be styling with her stylus, give her the iDuo Stylus that’s both fashionable and useful. This stylus is a ball point pen on one end and a stylus on the other, making this accessory a handy tool for mom to use for writing on paper and on her mobile device. The iDuo Stylus comes in pink, black, silver or blue and is available from Mobile Fun for $12.99.
Nike PhotoID Custom Sneakers
Like most moms, your mom probably has been secretly wishing that her sneakers matched her favorite photo on Instagram. Great news! Nike will custom design sneakers based on Instagram photos. When you subtly ask your mother which Instagram photo is her favorite, she’ll have no idea what you’re actually doing is designing custom sneakers for her!
If your mom doesn’t have an Instagram account, no worries, just take a picture of her favorite piece of jewelry, her favorite room in the house or her favorite vacation spot and put it on your Instagram account to use for her Nike sneakers. Nike PhotoID Sneakers are available at the Nike website in three different styles: Nike Air Max I iD ($135), Nike Air Max 90 iD ($135), or Nike Air Max 95 iD ($220).
Gear4 Angry Birds Stand
Is your mom frustrated about her high score on Angry Birds? Get her an Angry Birds phone stand. This handy accessory is more than a fun decorative accessory. This stand has a suction cup attachment to help you get a firm grip on your phone to improve your Angry Bird scores.
This stand puts the “fun” in “functional”. Yes, it’s a stand but it’s so much more than that. Think of this as not just a phone stand but also a toy and decorative item.
The Mobile Fun website lists this stand as being for the iPhone 4 and 4S, but I tried it with the BlackBerry Z10 as well as the iPhone 4S and it worked equally well on both phones. The suction cup back will adhere to the back of most phones, your laptop computer, desktop screen and the walls of your house. Pretty much any place you can stick a suction cup to would be a great place for this Angry Bird stand. Mobile Fun sent me one of these stands for review and it really does work well for Angry Birds. My scores improved dramatically when I attached this stand to the back of my phone.
Another bonus feature of this stand: If your mom is trying to make her phone even more desirable to her kids, then this will do the trick!
The Gear4 Angry Birds Stand is available from Mobile Fun for $10.49.
If your mom misses calls because she can’t hear her phone ring in her purse, get her a Pebble Watch. This watch connects with iPhones and Android phones to alert you when there’s a call, text message, Facebook notification, Twitter mention, new email or any other notice you set for alerts. You can also use the Pebble Watch to control your music player and other audio apps. My full review of the Pebble Watch is here: Pebble Watch – A Smartwatch with Potential.
iCarbons Pebble Watch Skins
If your mom already has a Pebble Watch, but wishes it were a bit more stylish, treat her to some Pebble Watch skins in her favorite colors and designs. Choose from seven different colors or designs such as wood and titanium. Skins are sold in packet of three and you can choose three different colors and designs.
My Pebble Watch currently is sporting the dark wood design iCarbons Skin because nothing says “cool mom” like faux wood paneling.
A 3-pack of skins is $9.95 from iCarbons (Pebble Watch not included).
Smart FlexCard for iPhone 5
If your mom likes to travel light, get her the SmartFlex Card case for her iPhone 5. This case protects her iPhone while acting like a wallet, storing her credit cards and bills. The SmartFlex Card for iPhone 5 is available in five different colors from Speck for $34.95
Pandamimi ULAK Colorful PU Leather Wallet Type Magnet Design Flip Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100, with Screen Protector+ Stylus
This case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has almost as many features as words in its name. This case multi-tasks as a case, wallet and stand, and comes with a stylus, wrist strap and screen protector. The Pandamimi case is available in three color combinations from Amazon, currently on sale for $9.99.
KleverCase for Kindle Paperwhite
No matter what book your mom is reading on her Kindle Paperwhite, she’ll look extra clever with the KleverCase. This case, made with actual bookbinding techniques, protects her ereader and doubles as a stand. This model case resembles Burns’ Poetical Works. KleverCase is available from Mobile Fun in several different styles and titles for $31.99.
Kate Spade Case for Kindle Fire HD
Dress up your mom’s Kindle Fire HD with this Kate Spade case. Protect her tablet with a cover she’ll want to show off in style.
This Kate Spade cover is available in four different patterns for the 7″ Kindle Fire HD from Amazon for $69.00.
Update: Amazon just informed me that the Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet is on sale through May 12. Use Promo Code FIRE4MOM at check out for $20 off the purchase price.
MacBook Keyboard Decals
Regular keyboards can be boring, but you can spice up Mom’s Mac keyboard with stylish decals. These decals not only bring uniqueness to her computer, they can also help with typing as she can better orient her fingers on the keyboard with the color of the decals. Want to be especially nice to mom? Put the decals on the keyboard for her. My girls gave me these decals for my birthday and were kind enough to place the decals on the keys for me.
These decals are available from Etsy for $11.99.
If your mom wants her MacBook to look unique, you can give her a MacBook cover like no other. A company called Uncover in The Netherlands sees more than a glowing apple on the lid of a MacBook, Uncover sees a canvas for its art.
Uncover uses a laser cutter to cut a custom design into the cover of a MacBook, turning your laptop into art. The design glows when the Mac is on, as the light shines through the design. Here’s a video showing you what can be done with a Mac cover.
The Mac must be shipped to Amsterdam for the work to be done, but they promise a 4 day turn-around time. Designs range from €199 to €899, depending on the complexity of the design. You can either choose one of Uncover’s designs or create one of your own.
The newly crowned King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands was so impressed that he purchased his own custom-designed Mac from Uncover a few days before his coronation. You can find out more about this custom design service at the Uncover website.
Hot Tub Boat
If your mom needs to relax to the max, nothing will help her unwind more than a Hot Tub Boat. Combining the serenity of being out on the water with the tranquility of being in the water, the Hot Tub Boat gives mom the best of both worlds in one vessel. The boat can travel up to 5 mph in calm waters and is controlled by a joystick. Four ice chests are built into the boat so Mom’s drinks can chill as she chills out.
The only mom who wouldn’t delight in getting this boat on Mother’s Day is a mom who already has one.
The Hot Tub Boat is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for a mere $42,000.
Surprise your mom this year with a unique gift she’s not expecting. Delight her with a tech gift that will make this Mother’s Day one to remember well into the future.
Do you have a special tech gift in mind for your mom? Which of these gifts is your favorite for your mom? Do you see any tech gifts here you’d like for yourself (whether or not you’re a mom)? Let us know in the Comments section below!