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9 SpecTECHular Mother’s Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th!), you might find yourself wondering what to get for your mom this year. If you wowed her last year with one of the gifts from our 2014 guide, you definitely need another great gadget to further secure your position as her favorite child. Luckily for you, CQL has your back. Here are nine of our top picks for great tech gifts your mom is sure to love:

Chromecast ($35)

Chromecast is one of those things that everyone should have, so if your mom is still lacking one, it’s time to hook her up. For the very reasonable price of $35, Chromecast gives mom the ability to cast various forms of entertainment straight to her TV from her phone, computer, or tablet. It’s a small thumb drive-shaped wireless dongle that plugs directly into the TV’s HDMI port and connects to the in-home wifi network. Chromecast works with a number of apps including YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and HBO GO. For everything else, you can cast websites directly from your device, and they’ll be mirrored in real time on your TV screen.

Dernen 16GB Teardrop USB Necklace ($22)

Jewelry is one of those fail-safe Mother’s Day gifts, but why not go the extra mile this year and add some functionality to mom’s accessories? The Dernen Teardrop necklace features a 16GB USB drive hidden inside the pendant, so your mom can store her files easily and take them anywhere with her while also looking stylish. Bonus gift idea: pre-fill the USB drive with a Mother’s Day playlist and pictures of you and your kids (you’re welcome).

Mighty Purse Smartphone Charging Wristlet ($100)

In today’s tech-driven world, there are few things more frustrating than your phone’s battery running out of juice while you’ve still got errands to run. The Mighty Purse features a lightweight built-in rechargeable battery pack that can provide your phone with up to 2 full charges before needing a recharge itself. It comes in over 40 different styles and colors, so there’s sure to be something that matches your mom’s aesthetic. FYI: if your mom has an iPhone, you’ll also need to purchase an adaptor, which is sold separately.

Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale ($22)

If your mom enjoys baking, the Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale is a perfect tool to add to her kitchen gadgets. When it comes to baking, it’s more accurate to measure ingredients by weight than by volume. Using this digital scale, you can rest assured that every measurement is precise. There are different settings for milk, water, oil, sugar, and flour, as well as just a straight scale for every other ingredient your mom is using. She can also tare the scale in between ingredients, rather than having to use multiple measuring cups for one recipe.

Nest Learning Thermostat ($250)

Nest is the only thermostat that can program itself. It learns and remembers how hot or cold your mom keeps the house throughout the day, and after about a week of regular use will automatically adjust it for her. She can also use her smartphone to monitor and change the temperature while away from home. At $250 the Nest is a little pricey, but the peace of mind and energy bill savings definitely make it worth the cost (plus, you can always split the bill with your siblings).

Easy-Macro Lens Band ($15)

For the mom who loves taking artsy pictures, we recommend the Easy-Macro Lens Band. It’s essentially a wide rubber band with an acrylic macro lens embedded in it, and it’s guaranteed to fit on any smartphone or tablet up to 10” wide. Your mom will wow herself and her friends with macro pictures and videos of everything under the sun. The Easy-Macro bands can also be doubled up for even further magnification.

Polaroid Instant Digital Camera ($180)

For her non-macro photography needs, get your mom the modern version of her old school Polaroid camera. The Polaroid Instant Digital Camera features an LCD screen and the ability to crop and add borders or filters to pictures before printing them directly from the device. Mom can also easily upload her pictures to her social media sites right from the camera. The 10 megapixel camera is small and compact enough to fit in her pocket or purse, and has an SD slot for up to 32GB of expanded memory.

Tile ($15+)

Mom will never lose her keys again (or her purse, or computer, or the TV remote, etc.)! She simply has to attach the small square chip — the Tile —  onto whatever it is she wants to keep track of, and her phone will help her track it down using a bluetooth signal. Using the app, she can also order the Tile to make a distinctive sound until the item is located. Tile is a convenient problem solver that will undoubtedly make mom’s life easier. Each Tile account can manage 8 Tiles ($15 each), so grab a couple and put them on all her favorite stuff.

Amazon Prime ($99)

Although not specifically a tech gadget like the rest of the items featured on our list, Amazon Prime can provide your mom with easy access to thousands of gizmos from Amazon delivered straight to her door. For only $99/year, she’ll have free, unlimited two-day shipping on most items available from Amazon (including almost everything on this list). She’ll also have access to over 500,000 free ebooks, and unlimited music, movie, and TV show streaming. You can share a Prime account with up to four household members, so if you’re still living at home you can reap the benefits of this gift, too (no judgement here). Amazon Prime is exactly the kind of thing your mom would love, but may not buy for herself, so it’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift option.

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