With less than a week left until Mother’s Day, do you know what you’re getting Mom? WIRED writer Christina Bonnington is here to help any last-minute gifters with her top gadget gifts for moms.
The experts on the newest advances in tech put the brightest and best-designed gear of the year through their paces, making sure the products deliver top quality, value and fun. The WIRED branded in-store kiosks and web sections group the products by the category of activity they simplify—music streaming, photography, fitness or productivity—and offer helpful product call-outs and tips from editors like Christina. Take a look at her gift picks below.
If your mom wishes she could work out more, a FitBit One is just the ticket. Less in-your-face (or costly) than a gym membership, the FitBit will help her feel good about the exercise she‘s accomplished each day, all the while pushing her to make healthy choices that add a few extra steps or burn a few extra calories. She can use the mobile app or website to monitor her progress—fitness conveniency at its best.
Olloclip for iPhone 4/4S or 5
The Olloclip is a great gift for the mom who wants to capture creative shots of her kids—and whose kids love goofing off for the camera. It’s an iPhone camera lens small enough to stash in a purse pocket, and it adds a wide-angle, macro or fish-eye effect to photos.
Belkin Wemo Switch
A few Wemos strategically placed around the house, and Mom will be in control (of whatever’s plugged into them). Using the accompanying Wemo app, she can dim a lamp in the kids’ bedroom or turn on a fan in the living room–whether she’s at home or anywhere else in the world. She’ll never again have to wonder if she turned off the curling iron before she left the house.
Square Card Reader
Is your mom crafty, entrepreneurial or just wants to make collecting Girl Scout cookie money a whole lot easier? Gift her the Square card reader, a dongle that plugs into an iOS device’s headphone jack and takes credit card payments for anything. Great for craft shows, swap meets and the kids’ annual lemonade stand.