Mom with cutting board.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for a special mom in your life. That might be your own mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, or friend. Instead of going the typical route with flowers and candy, consider something high-tech that mom can enjoy again and again. Tech doesn’t have to be expensive, either: there are tons of tech items you can get for under $100 that mom will be excited to unwrap.

Casemate Karat Pearl phone caseA stylish smartphone case

A smartphone is something that’s at mom’s hip 24/7, and she probably already has a protective case for it. But it’s always nice to have a few options to swap among. Look at a stylish cell phone case for mom that speaks to her personality, personal style, favourite colour, or even how and where she uses it. For example, if she travels often, consider one that has a built-in kickstand. If she’s an adventurer, a waterproof, rugged case is a must. If she loves more feminine styles, look for a floral design or a transparent case so she can show off the elegant finish of the device itself. All you need to know is what make and model phone she has and the possibilities are endless.

Joby Action tripodTripod or monopod

Moms are usually the photographers of the family, always capturing candid moments or having the kids, no matter their ages, pose for all types of photos. She might have a high-end camera or maybe just uses her smartphone. Whatever the case, a tripod is a great option for ensuring great photos at home and on the go. She can mount her phone or camera, set a timer, then have everyone pose for a group photo. This way, she isn’t always behind the camera and never in front of it, too, and no one gets left out of the shot. If she has gotten into the habit of posting her own social media videos, a tripod will come in handy for that, too. A mini tripod should do the trick and there are lots that are under $100.

Or consider a monopod if mom loves to travel. She can pop a collapsible one into her purse and take it out whenever she wants to take a lovely self-portrait with a stunning background. There’s no need to stop a stranger and ask them to take the photo for her or the family.

Ceraflame bread panKitchen accessories

If mom loves to cook, a new kitchen gadget might be a great gift. It’s important, however, that you get her something she’ll actually use and not an item that will end up tucked away in a drawer never to be seen again until next summer’s garage sale rolls around. You usually can’t go wrong with a cutting board. You can never have too many and because they lie flat, they are easy to stack in a cupboard or drawer. I like, for example, using a plastic cutting board for meat and poultry and a wooden one for things like cutting vegetables and fruits or rolling dough for baking. There are even cutting board sets with multiple sizes that you can get for way under the $100 budget.

Another good option in this space for the mom who loves to bake is a new bread or loaf pan. Once again, these stack nicely (depending on size and width) and if she has been using one she’s had for ages, it might be time for an upgrade. An oblong loaf pan is great Wine decanterfor everything from banana bread to a homemade loaf of whole wheat sliced bread. She’ll be whipping up a recipe in no time.

Wine decanter

If mom loves wine and often has friends over to share a bottle while they gossip, talk about the latest book they read, or watch a favourite TV show together, an elegant decanter would be a great gift. She’ll impress her friends when she pours that 2015 bottle of cabernet into the stunning glass decanter to help open it up before pouring their glasses. When not in use, it’s a lovely showpiece for the home Tile tracker with phonebar, too.

Item tracker

As a mom myself, I can tell you how much I love my Tile Bluetooth trackers and Apple AirTags. I make use of them all the time to locate my keys or even my phone since you can ring your device from a Tile. For peace-of-mind, an item tracking device is a thoughtful gift. It’s especially fitting for an absent-minded mom who is always rushing out the door and forgetting or misplacing this thing or that.

Kitchenaid mini food processorFood processor

Having just invested in a food chopper/processor myself, I can say how useful it is. From chopping nuts to grating cheese, prepping hard fruits and vegetables, making homemade dips and salad dressings, it makes the process a breeze. There’s less clean-up and with a miniature model that’s under $100, she can make her own edamame and kale dip instead of paying so much to buy some from the local organic grocer. And she won’t have to use (and then clean) the full-size blender for a single serving. Plus, a small one can tuck away in the corner of a cabinet and only come out when she needs it.

JBL Tune 130nc earbudsTrue wireless earbuds

Yes, you can get a good pair of true wireless earbuds for under $100. If mom is going to be listening to tunes during her morning walks or commutes to the office, or while sweating it out on the treadmill or bike at home or the gym, she might simply want something that will do the trick but won’t break the bank. There are great pairs from reputable brands like JBL that focus on sound quality and offer favourable battery life, comfortable eartips, and even active noise cancellation. With features like a built-in mic, she can use a compatible pair to make phone calls, too. You might not find higher-end features in models at this price point. But for a mom who just wants good sound when she’s gardening outside or walking the local trail, there are plenty of options from which to choose that are within the budget.

Renpho Bluetooth eye massagerHealth and fitness gadgets

Foot massagers for Mother’s Day are like socks and ties for Father’s Day: the stereotypical gift every mom expects to receive at least one year in her life. You can still get mom a massager but think bigger and more creatively. A cool Bluetooth eye massager, for example, is a great health and fitness gift for mom. It will help alleviate fatigue and strain, and with built-in Bluetooth, she can even relax with music or a podcast, too.

10-lb dumbbellsIf she has just started working out from home, a pair of dumbbells sounds like an odd gift, but she’ll totally appreciate them. Make sure they aren’t of a weight she already has and grab a set of two. Even if she can’t use them yet, as she progresses and gets stronger, she’ll love having them. This will motivate her to try and lift heavier as she works towards reaching her fitness goals.

Best Buy gift card

Best Buy gift cardWhile some believe that gift cards are impersonal, if you put it inside a perfectly selected card with a personal and heartfelt message, it shows mom that you did take the time but also want her to be able to get exactly what she wants. Get one in any denomination that fits your budget. If you want to show you care even more, take mom to shopping or browse the website with her to find the perfect gift.

Stay within budget this Mother’s Day

Remember, moms love you no matter what. Gifts are never necessary but always appreciated. It isn’t important that you spend hundreds of dollars. A simple homemade card and a small gift is enough. What’s important is that the Mother’s Day gift is a thoughtful one that shows you know what mom loves, what she likes to do, and what she will actually use. Fancy isn’t always best. You know mom so get her what will truly impress.

Check out plenty of gift ideas for Mother’s Day at Best Buy Online. 

I am a tech expert and journalist with 17+ years of experience in trade and consumer tech journalism. I write for a number of technology, business, parenting, family, and lifestyle Websites, blogs, and magazines. A self-professed lover of tech, I'm also a passionate foodie who loves to cook and bake, a TV junkie, and proud mother to an 8-year-old son.


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