Tech gifts for mom this mother's day

What do you get someone who keeps insisting she doesn’t need anything? Even though your mom keeps everything you’ve ever gotten her, including Macaroni art from the early 90’s, she can still be the most difficult person to shop for. Make your mom’s next gift something worthwhile; this is the year to make your Mother’s Day gift a useful one. The trick is to keep it simple and think less about what she’d want, and more about what she needs but would never get for herself. has made Mother’s Day shopping especially easy, with a guide on a variety of useful gifts for mom. Let’s go over just a few of your choices.

Gardening made smarter and effortless 

Click and Grow Smart Indoor Garden (SGS1US) with Basil Seed Capsule RefillWhether your mom likes to garden or not, having freshly picked herbs on hand makes for the best meals. Maintaining a herb garden isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially with a busy schedule. Luckily, mom can grow her own herbs with total ease! Click and Grow Smart Indoor Garden is as easy as gardening gets; it monitors the health, growth and life cycle of plants so she doesn’t have to worry about it. It also comes with built-in sensors that auto-deliver an ideal amount of nutrients, oxygen and water. All your mom has to do after receiving this gift is plug it in, add water, and reap the benefits of her own herb garden.  

Make her life easier with a household upgrade 

Hand-Held Garment SteamerMy mom had been using the same old-school iron and ironing board that she got when I was still just a single digit. For decades, she’d lug out her 40 pound Ironing board and equally heavy iron and press all her garments. It was a serious production. I asked her if she’d ever consider a hand-held steamer, to which she replied “why would I need a steamer when I have an iron?” It dawned on me that she’d never make her life easier for herself, simply because it seemed like a waste to retire her 20 year old iron. The moment she started using the hand-steamer I gifted her,  the iron was retired. My mom, like many moms, sometimes needs a push to make her life easier. That’s what children are for. The Dash 100GH Hand Steamer is lightweight but still powerful enough to get wrinkles out of multiple garments in one go. My mom loves it, I’m certain yours will too.

Introduce mom to the benefits of Google Home  

Google HomeSince we’re on the topic of making things easier, bringing voice command technology to your mom’s home  is another great gift consideration. Voice command is another human advancement that my mother shook her head at until she experienced it. A Google Home can make your mom change her whole outlook on technology. Being able to set timers, check the weather, make phone calls, or play music with just a voice command makes everyday mundane tasks easier than ever. Be sure to include a couple of compatible devices to show her the full experience. For instance, a smart plug for her lamps, and a ChromeCast are some easy-to-set-up options for you mom’s home.


A digital photo frame to preserve multiple memories 

Nixplay Seed 10.1 inch Widescreen Digital WiFi Photo Frame with Alexa Integration and iOS/Android mobile app - Black (W10B)Your mom’s walls and tables are likely covered in photos of you and your family, but it may be time for an upgrade. With a digital photo frame she doesn’t have to pick and choose or sacrifice her favourite pictures. She can have your childhood photos, teenage photos, and new photos in rotation in one single frame. A Nixplay Seed 10.1 inch Widescreen Digital Photo Frame is a great option for mom, as it connects to WiFi and can be controlled on the Nixplay App through her smart-phone or internet browser. She can instantly switch up or add new photos without any hassle.


Tablets for Android or Apple moms 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e 10.5" 64GB Android 9.0 Tablet With 8-Core Processor A tablet is another excellent gift for moms. This is yet another device that my mother once called “useless” but now constantly uses to read books, check her social media accounts, watch movies, and organize her day to day. An iPad is the safe go-to, since your mom may have an iPhone or Mac that she can synch up to it. Another great choice is the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e 10.5″ 64GB Android 9.0 Tablet. This is the latest model in tablets, and it’s sleeker, faster, and has great battery and quad rotating speakers with AKG and Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound.


Give mom something she’d never get for herself

Sometimes it’s hard to see why something will make life easier until you’re actually experiencing it, and that’s the beauty of gift giving. It’s all about giving presents that someone wouldn’t think to get themselves, and then changing their lives with it. Your mom deserves that feeling at every occasion, especially for Mother’s Day. All you need is a little help from to find her exactly what she never knew she always needed.


Originally a Vancouverite, Shadi is a freelance writer and social media coordinator now surviving the winters of Toronto. She spends her free time reading, doing creative writing, and trying to make her Fitbit proud. Shadi can also be found in the kitchen as she trains for the next round of Masterchef tryouts.