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Eight great gadget gifts for Mother's Day



It's almost Mother's Day (May 8) and if you're looking some cool gifts for that gadget gal mom in your life, I've listed a few ideas below. Remember though, a handmade card and a single flower from the garden make these gadgets even better!

SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List Organizer

If mom does most the grocery shopping in your house the SmartShopper could be a big help. This device is voice-activated and it records, categorizes and prints supermarket and errand lists. With 2,500 preloaded items available in the SmartShopper library she can automatically categorize lists into common supermarket isles for quick trips. She also can list quantities for each item and flag items for which she has coupons It also has a built-in kitchen timer and it's magnetic so she can stick it on the fridge. Retails for $79.99.

SuperTooth Buddy Bluetooth Speakerphone

Talking on the phone while driving is dangerous for your mom, so do her a favor and get her a Bluetooth speakerphone. They're easy to use and safer than trying to hold a phone and the wheel at the same time. They also look less dorky than those Bluetooth headsets.

screen_shot_2011-04-21_at_10.47.17_pm.pngThe SuperTooth Buddy is an excellent choice. It automatically pairs with two phones at once so it can be used by two people in your household without additional pairing. She can use it to receive calls and using voice-recognition dialing she also can make calls. It's equipped with an anti-echo soft microphone, digital volume control and a powerful speaker. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled phones, including iPhone, Blackberry and Smartphones, she can use it for up to 20 hours of talk on a three-hour charge. It comes with an in-car charger and a USB cable. Retails for $59.

Toddy Smart Cloth

If your mom likes to keep her smartphone looking, well, smart...get her one of these elegant cleaning cloths from Toddy Gear.

The Toddy Smart Cloth is a handcrafted microfiber cloth for scratch-free cleaning of the screens and and glass surfaces of all mom's gadgets. she can use it to clean her smartphone, her iPad, her camera lens or her glasses, if she has them. And this cloth is so stylish toddy.jpgshe won't mind pulling it out of her purse. It could probably be used as a pocket square for dad if they're out on the town and he needs some fashion assistance from mom.

Using AEGIS Microbe Shield technology, a coating that protects the fabric against microorganisms that contribute to mold and mildew, the cloth offers dual-sided cleaning with plush, microfiber material on one side to clean and a snazzy silk microfiber on the other side for buffing and polishing. They're available in four different collections to include a total of 42 vibrant print and pattern options. Individual cloths are $14.99 and a 3-pack is $29.99.

Eye-Fi X2 Card w/ Direct Mode

If your mom likes to take pictures with a real camera and share them quickly on social media sites, get her an Eye-Fi card. The card has WiFi built-in and can p-x2_angle_connect-rgb.pngbe configured to send photos and videos to various social sites like Facebook, YouTube or Flickr as you make them. All she needs is a WiFi connection so she can duck into a Starbucks or use her smartphone as a hotspot and send her photos without a laptop. Incredible, right? The latest version of these cards has Direct Mode and can be configured to send photo straight to a smartphone or iPad. From there you can use the free Eye-Fi app to select your photos and sned them to The cards are $49.99 and up, depending on size and features.

ZOMM Wireless Leash and Speakerphone

Does your mom ever misplace her phone? If she does, your mom needs a ZOMM.

The ZOMM is a keychain-sized "wireless leash" for your mom's Smartphone. Paired with her phone through Bluetooth, the ZOMM will begin vibrating, flashing, and sounding a distinct alarm as soon as she is more than 20 feet away. So unless she ignores the warning (or turns off Bluetooth) full.pngshe won't be leaving her phone behind.

And the ZOMM is more than just a loss-prevention alarm, it's also a Bluetooth speakerphone. She can use it in the car with the Safe Driving Kit (visor clip, quick-release keychain and car charging cord) or just use it when her phone is in her purse or pocket to quickly answer calls. The ZOMM also has a panic button. In an emergency or threatening situation, all she has to do is hold down the ZOMM's big button for about 10 seconds to dial 911 or another emergency number of her choosing. Oh, and it was designed by a mom. Retails for $79.99.

Social Media Pillows

Keep mom comfortable with these cool, social media pillows by Etsy seller Craftsquatch. Pillows for Google, GMail, Facebook, Twitter and others are available. You can even get one with the Android robot guy. Pillows start at $17.99.


Internet Jewelry

For most moms, jewelry is always a safe bet as a gift. If your mom likes to use Twitter or knows what to do with a QR code, get her a cool Twitter "@" symbol necklace or a QR code pendant from Blend Creations. The Twitter necklace ($49) has a Swarovski crystal accent in birthstone colors and can be engraved with mom's Twitter handle. The QR Code pendant ($59) also can be customized with a coded message. Both necklaces are made from stainless steel.

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Custom items from Cafepress

Mom's love stuff made by their children. So get busy, draw a nice picture for your mom and scan it to a digital file. Then head on over to to set up a free account, where you can make your mom a shirt, a coffee mug, an aluminum water bottle and a bunch of other things using your artwork. cafepress.jpgCafepress uses a digital printing process that enables them to print custom items one at a time with great results. They even have iPhone, iPod and iPad cases. Your mom will love it!

[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 7:58am]


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