What gift would you give your mom? That’s a challenging question to answer, especially given mothers — the generous, unselfish beings they can be — are not likely to spill the beans when asked.
Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. With the help The Verge staff, we’ve curated a list of some of the best tech gifts you can treat your mom — or any mother figure, really — to year-round. Whether it’s for her birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas, here you’ll find something that caters to all kinds of budgets and interests, ranging from smartwatches and Kindles to massage guns, robot vacuums, and more. These items have been tested and approved by us so you can be sure to trust them.
Peruse this list below and see if there’s anything on here you can either buy or glean an idea from that’ll put a smile on your mom’s face.
The best gifts moms can get
Gifts below $50
Chromecast with Google TV (4K).
The best streaming device available
If you’re going to buy your mom a streaming device, you might as well purchase the best one on the marketThe is the Chromecast with Google TV (4K). Google’s Chromecast offers software that brings together recommendations from all of your streaming services and even provides a host of useful information, including Rotten Tomatoes ratings. The device supports 4K content, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. It is currently available for $49.99 Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Google. Read our review.
Tile Mate (2022).
An item tracker that’s compatible with iOS Android
Gift your mom a Bluetooth Tracker like the 2022 Tile MateThis will help her save time when she forgets her keys. The handy tracker works with both iOS AND Android. You can also use the Tile app to keep an eye on her belongings at up to 250ft away. Unlike Apple’s AirTags, each Tile Mate features a built-in hole, too, so she can securely attach the device to her keys, purse, or just about anything without the need for additional accessories. The trackers can even withstand water and have replaceable batteries. You can purchase one at $19.99 in black or white. Amazon, Best Buy, or Target.
An excellent, puck-like smart speaker
It might be an older device but it is still usable. Amazon’s third-gen Echo DotYou can still get a high-quality smart speaker that is Alexa-enabled for less than $50. Once set up, the puck-like speaker will allow your mom to easily control her smart home gadgets hands-free — or check the weather, set alarms, listen to music, and carry out a host of other tasks via Alexa. Although it may not sound as good as the original, it is still a great device. fifth-gen Echo DotThe device is still a great way to upgrade any room. You can now buy the last-gen device at $24.99 instead $39.99 Amazon, Best Buy, Target. Read our review.
MyQ Chamberlain SmartGarage Control
A smart garage door opener that’s compatible with Amazon Key
With MyQ Chamberlain’s Bluetooth-equipped smart garage door controller, your mom can open and close her garage door from just about anywhere. She can even forget to close it when she’s out of the house. Even better, it’s compatible with Amazon Key and Walmart’s in-home delivery service, which means drivers can securely drop off groceries and other packages in your mom’s garage if she opts in. The Smart Garage Control is available for purchase at $29.99 Best Buy, The Home Depot, Ring.
Netflix gift card
Your mom can enjoy thousands of TV shows and movies from her home with a Netflix gift certificate. The streaming service has more recent hits such as Glass Onion: A Knives Out MysteryAnd WednesdayAlong with older hits such as Stranger Things, Bridgerton, Top GunYou get all that and more. Plus, if she’s already a subscriber to the popular streaming service, she can use the gift card toward paying her monthly fees, which start at $6.99 / month and run up to $19.99 / month depending on the plan. You can currently purchase a digital Netflix Gift Card from Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart. You can also order a physical gift certificate that you can wrap. Best Buy.
Anker 511 Charger
For the mom who is always on the go, there’s the Anker’s 30W 511 Charger, a USB-C charger that’s small enough to fit in your mom’s purse but capable enough to juice any device she might have. The Anker charger is quick to charge iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices, Google Pixel phones and tablets, as well as other tech. The charger is available in a variety attractive colors, including black and white, green, green, and purple. It’s currently available for purchase at $22.99 AmazonAnd Anker.
Gifts between $50 – $150
Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ1
A selfie mode for instant cameras that prints classic Polaroid-framed film.
Mom can take a trip down the memory lane with Fujifilm’s Square SQ1This is a great camera that she can use to quickly capture and print memories. The camera is like the classic Polaroid cameras that rose to prominence in the late-’70s — it even uses Polaroid-framed film — but it’s also equipped with fun, modern features like a one-touch selfie mode and mirror. The camera is available in three colors (orange and blue) and costs approximately $120. Amazon, Best Buy, Moment. Read our review.
Amazon’s Echo Show 8 (second-gen)
The smartest display for most people
Amazon’s second-gen Echo Show 8It is always a welcome gift and a favorite. You can make Zoom calls, view family photos and grocery lists, control smart home devices, and watch videos with the Alexa-enabled speaker. The Echo Show 8 has a faster processor than its predecessor, a 13MP camera that keeps the subject in focus while they move around on video calls, and a better camera that can keep them centered. This allows mom to call family and friends while she cooks or exercises. You can also stream movies and shows from Netflix, Hulu, or other popular services with the Echo Show 8. You can get it now for $79.99 instead $129.99 Amazon, Target, Best Buy. Read our review.
The Echo Show 8 is the midsize smart display in Amazon’s current Echo lineup and can be used to display the weather, news, calendars, grocery lists, and more. It can be used to control smart home devices, stream video, and listen to music. It even supports video calling via Zoom and Amazon’s Alexa calling service.
2021 Kindle Paperwhite
The latest information for bibliophiles Kindle PaperwhiteThis is the ultimate Kindle. Your mom won’t need to worry about the device running out of battery life because it can last for months on a single charge, nor will she have to worry about getting it wet given its IPX8 waterproofing. It’s also easy to read text on its crisp 6.8-inch 300ppi display, which is larger than that of its predecessor, and it even features a USB-C charging port and adjustable color temperature, allowing it to better emulate the color of actual paper. The ad supported base model with 8GB storage starts at $139.99. Amazon, Target, Best Buy. Read our review.
Amazon Smart Thermostat
A cheap thermostat with Alexa-enabled capabilities
Don’t be fooled by the price: Amazon’s Smart Thermostat may be affordable, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. Our reviewer was more than happy to recommend it. found it to be one of the best she’s used in her 10 years of testing smart thermostats. The modern device — which is the cheapest smart thermostat you can buy right now — ensures your mom will feel comfortable no matter how hot or cold it is, as it will automatically adjust to the temperature of her home based on whether she’s inside, out and about, or asleep. It also has native support for Amazon Alexa so that she can adjust the temperature by speaking. It’s available for $79.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s. Read our review.
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
While it can’t compete with an iPad in terms of performance, Amazon’s latest Fire HD 8 could be a good present if you’re looking for a basic tablet for under $100. The Fire HD 8 supports USB-C, a battery that can last up to 12 hours, as well as support for Amazon Alexa. The tablet is affordable enough for mom to use to play games, access Twitter and Netflix, and video chat with her family. She can also use the Fire HD 8 to read books — even if it isn’t a dedicated Kindle — making it an affordable e-reader alternative as well as a tablet. The base model comes with 32GB of storage and is ad-supported at $99.99 Amazon, Best Buy, Target. Read our review.
Gifts between $150 & $399
The latest AirPods
If your mother is a music lover, the most recent pair of AirPods They make a great gift. The new third-generation wireless earbuds are IPX4 water- and sweat-resistant, which will be appreciated by mom during a light workout. They also support spatial audio, which allows for more immersive listening to selected content. The newer earbuds also showcase shorter stems than the previous model and come with a wireless charging case that’s compatible with Apple’s MagSafe charging system.
You can purchase the MagSafe-compatible model for $179 Apple or AT&T for around $179,Or at Sam’s Club for $169.98 ($10 off) if you’re a member. The model that comes with a Lightning charging case is also on sale for $169 at Walmart. Read our review.
Amazfit GTR 4
Our absolute favorite fitness tracker
You can help your mom keep tabs on her health by gifting her the Amazfit GTR 4, which is one of our favorite fitness trackers. The smartwatch boasts a lot of features that are hard to find at this price range, including an OLED screen, stress and sleep tracking, and Amazon Alexa support. It also offers a host of basic features, like the ability to make calls, as well as some more unique features, such as a native camera remote and a Pomodoro timer. Plus, it’s platform-agnostic, so she can use it with either her iPhone or Android device. It’s currently available for $199.99 from Amazon, Target, and Amazfit. Read our review.
Beats Fit Pro
A great pair of wireless earbuds for fitness fans
Apple’s AirPods make for a great gift, but if your mom is a fitness fan or fancies herself an athlete, it may be a better idea to gift her a pair of the Beats Fit Pro. The fitness-centric earbuds boast IPX4 waterproofing — meaning she won’t have to worry about them while in the middle of a sweaty workout — and they come with built-in wing tips, helping ensure they’ll stay in her ears no matter how fast she runs. Plus, unlike the third-gen AirPods, they feature active noise cancellation, so your mom can easily tune out the world and better focus on the task at hand. Regularly $199.99, you can currently buy a pair of the Beats Fit Pro for $159.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. Read our review.
Theragun Mini massager
A powerful, portable massager
Whether she’s in need of some R&R, suffers from the aches and pains of growing older, or simply lives an active lifestyle, the Theragun Mini is a gift your mom will surely appreciate. The excellent massage gun is powerful, quiet, and incredibly small — so she can carry it around whenever she needs some relief for her muscles — and it comes in three distinct colors (black, white, and red). You can buy it right now at Target and WalmartFor as low as $179, or less, Amazon for $199, its typical retail price.
Ring Alarm Pro
A smart home security system that makes it easy to build out a smart home
Gifting a smart home security system is like gifting your mom some peace of mind. Provided she doesn’t already own a lot of smart home devices, the Ring Alarm Pro is well-designed, simple to use, will make it easy for your mom to build out her smart home. It comes with a slew of useful features, including a built-in Eero mesh Wi-Fi router and a Ring Lighting bridge she can use to connect her smart lighting. While it integrates extremely well with Amazon’s Alexa, note that it isn’t compatible with other platforms. The Ring Alarm Pro Base Station starts at $249.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, while the starter kit sells for $299.99 (Amazon, Best Buy). Read our review.
Oura Ring (third-gen)
A smart ring loved by the stars
Loved by celebrities like Prince HarryAnd Kim Kardashian, the third-gen Oura Ring is a sleep and recovery tracker that doubles as jewelry. As noted in our review, the comfortable health tracker offers a range of perks, including quantified meditation sessions as well as the ability to measure your daytime heart rate and track various sleep metrics. It’s a nice gift if your mom is a fan of rings or simply would prefer a stylish smartwatch alternative that doesn’t wrap around her wrists.
Right now, you can buy the ring in gold, silver, and black directly from Oura for $299. Note, however, that a paid subscription is required to access some of the ring’s more insightful features, including the guided mindfulness sessions. The first six months are free, but after that, you — or your mom — will be required to pay $5.99 a month.
Fellow Stagg Kettle
A terrific (and attractive) pour-over kettle
Whether your mom opts for tea or coffee, an excellent pour-over kettle is always a welcome gift that will brighten up her mornings. With Fellow’s electric Stagg Kettle, your mom will be able to enjoy the perfect drink each day, primarily because she can choose her desired temperature and even time her tea or coffee extraction with the kettle’s built-in stopwatch. The stainless steel kettle also comes in a variety of colors and handle styles, making it an attractive piece of kitchen decor as well as a convenient appliance. Right now, it’s available starting at $165 from Amazon, Williams Sonoma, and Fellow.
Gifts over $400
2021 iPad Mini
The most powerful iPad Mini yet
If you’ve got some cash to spare, why not gift your mom Apple’s latest iPad Mini? The 2021 tablet is the most powerful Mini yet, with a fast A15 Bionic processor, USB-C support, and an elegant, 8.3-inch display your mom will surely appreciate. Plus, the redesigned tablet comes with perks like Apple’s Center Stage feature, which allows the front-facing camera to digitally pan and zoom in on your mom while she’s taking video calls. The base model with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage normally retails for $499.99, but Best Buy currently has it for just $399, while Walmart has it for $469.99. You can also buy it for around full price from B&H Photo and Target. Read our review.
iRobot Roomba j7
Our favorite robot vacuum
The iRobot Roomba j7 is our favorite robot vacuum, one capable of accurately navigating around your homeAnd avoiding obstacles like pet waste and power cables. Your mom will also appreciate its mapping capabilities and support for Google Home and Amazon Alexa, which will allow her to control it with her voice and program it to clean only select areas. Right now, you can buy the Roomba j7 for $599 from Best Buy, Wellbots, iRobot. Read our review.
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