When parents and technology mix, it’s often with hilarious consquences. But if you’re looking to buy a thoughtful and useful gift for your mum that she’ll actually appreciate, it can often be hard to find something that’s just right. Whether your mum is sporty or stylish, super tech-savvy or barely knows how to answer her smart phone, here are our top gadget gift ideas for mums. All of them are available now at your favourite online tech stores like ThinkGeek, The Good Guys and Apple.
Sporty mums will appreciate anything that helps them keep fit and active, and that complements their sporty lifestyle perfectly. Aim for gifts like a trendy new watch she can wear running, a new MP3 player for her to take to the gym, or a super slick new set of headphones for running. We like the Garmin Forerunner 10, which is a GPS running watch that’s super easy to use. It lets you start your run with the press of just one button, and automatically tracks how far and how fast you’ve gone. There’s even a free online community – Garmin Connect – where users can upload their run data, see it on a map, keep track of their personal records, and share them with friends.
For stylish mums, hair styling tools are the ultimate option in gadget gifting. Try the new Vidal Sassoon Total Conditioning Ionic Steam System, which conditions hair as it straightens. Or, try the latest Remington S6500 Sleek and Curl Straightener, which allows you to both straighten and curl hair. It’s also a bargain at just $42.50.
Kitchen gadgets are some of the most fun to use, whether you consider yourself a bit of a Master Chef or not. They’re also perfect for mums who love whipping up delicious concoctions in the kitchen. For the latest in super high-tech cooking devices, check out the Vitaquick Pressure Cooker by Fissler, which cooks meals in a flash on the stovetop. Or, for mums who rely on their iPad or tablet device to access their recipes in the kitchen, Chef Sleeve has an innovative range of trendy products for mums who want to keep their iPad or iPhone safe and clean in the kitchen. They offer products like disposable iPad and iPhone sleeves, and dishwasher-safe iPad stands. Our favourite? The iPad Stand Cutting Board.
If your mum is constantly hitting the road, there are a plethora of travel gadgets that are perfect for her wanderlust-filled adventures. Check out the recently-released Amazon Kindle PaperWhite, which offers the ultimate in portable reading devices. It’s got an 8-week battery life, built in reading light (for easy reading even in bright sunlight) and holds up to 1,100 books at a time, so even the biggest bookworm mums will be able to take all her favourites with her on her travel journeys.
Interior design savvy mums
Got a mum who’s always filling her house with the latest and greatest in super trendy gadgets, and items that look like they wouldn’t be out of place on the set of Battle Star Galactica? Then a stylish design object which also doubles as a functional appliance is the perfect gadget gift for this kind of mum. Check out the Ergorapido vacuum cleaner from Electrolux. This space-age worthy appliance is a 2-in-1 cordless stick that’s super sleek, minimalist, bagless, and comes in a whole range of stylish metallic colours. It can be used either as a full-sized vacuum, for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, or a small dust-buster type device. It’s even under $100, so it’s perfect if you’re after a budget-friendly gift choice.
What are your no-fail gadget gift ideas for your mum?