The Mother's Day tech gift guide

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Mother's Day is just around the corner, but don't panic. There's still plenty time to order those flowers, grab some chocolates, and pick out a heartfelt card from your nearest supermarket.

We know you can't beat the classics. But maybe this year it's worth trying something new? Perhaps it's time to ditch the Milk Tray and the floral bouquet in favour of some super smart tech.

But won't that cost an arm and a leg? Well, not if you know where to look. That's why we've put together a high-tech gift guide that spotlights some of the most useful, innovative and entertaining gadgetry available right now. 

Kindle E-reader - £59.99

Some might say there's no greater gift than a good book. But those people are wrong, because you can go one better by giving your mum access to thousands upon thousands of books by chucking a Kindle E-reader her way.

There's a reason the Kindle is one of the best-selling E-readers in the world, with Amazon's slender, lightweight tablet packing in a bundle of key features for an unbelievable price.

Even the basic Kindle sports a six-inch glare-free touch screen, a week-long battery, and ink-particle technology that captures the feel of a physical book. What's more, with Kindle Unlimited you'll gain access to over one million titles and thousands of audio books for just £7.99 a month. What's not to love?

Google Chromecast - £30.00

The perfect gift for any media-savvy parent, Google Chromecast is an agile streaming dongle that'll make any bog-standard television that little bit smarter.

Google's bitesized plugin is a breeze to use, and grants the ability to stream movies, shows, sports, games and more from any laptop or smart device with the touch of a button. Chromecast's useful mirroring feature also allows for big-screen browsing, while those with more artistic inclinations can use it to turn their TV into a super-sized picture frame.

As if that wasn't enough for thirty clams, Chromecast can turn most smartphones into an all-purpose remote control, so you'll be able to use your phone to search, browse, queue, and control your TV from anywhere in the house. Snazzy.

Amazon Echo Dot - £49.99

With the Amazon Echo Dot you'll be able to give your mum a helping hand, even when you're miles away. You see, the Echo Dot turns a boring old standard home into a razor-sharp connected paradise.

To put it plainly, the Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker that can connect to a smorgasbord of other wireless devices, letting you use quick voice commands to do things like check your schedule, order food through Just Eat, flick through Spotify playlists, or check the latest headlines.

All you need to do to get the Dot's attention is say - not shout - the wake word "Alexa," and Amazon's nifty little puck will make your every wish its command. Think of it as the glue that binds a smart home together.

Polaroid Snap - £89.99

Take your mum back in time this Mother's Day with the Polaroid Snap, a retro-inspired 'instamatic' camera that looks to recapture the snap-happy glory days of the '80s and 90s.

As you might've guessed, the Polaroid Snap is a modern spin on the instant cameras of yesteryear, but instead of serving up fuzzy, washed out photos, the Snap uses a 10-Megapixel sensor to capture super sharp images in a flash.

The built-in ZINK Instant Printer will then churn out vibrant full-colour prints in under one minute, while a digital copy can also be saved to a SD card — so your mum will be able to share any particularly embarrassing photos on Facebook. Lucky you!

Fitbit Alta HR - £129.99

Despite what the name suggests, Fitbit's smart health trackers aren't just for fitness fanatics. They're also a worthwhile companion for those who're keen to make a few small lifestyle changes in the hopes of getting a little bit healthier.

Indeed, the stylish smartband is designed to encourage change rather than enforce it, and comes with a slew of features such as a calorie counter, sleep tracker, heart rate monitor, auto exercise recognition, and 'move reminders' that gently remind wearers to meet mini-goals and make positive improvements.

Call, text and calendar alerts, along with a customisable clockface, will also help anyone looking to get a little bit more organised outside of the gym, and should help make the daily grind decidedly less stressful.

Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at http://www.chriskerrwriter.com/.

 

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