Columnist Jennifer Jolly shows you the coolest tech for Mother’s Day.
Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA Today
Hey! Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 14th). From Unicorn roses to selfie drones, here are all the gadget gifts no one else would ever think of — except a mom who covers tech for a living.
Moms like me love to capture every moment of our family’s lives. But we’re never in the photos because we’re always taking them! Here’s a hands-free hack to take snapshots and selfies to new heights: the Rova Selfie Drone ($299.00). Just launch this frisbee-sized flyer into the air and its built-in “obstacle avoidance technology” keeps it from crashing down on the kitchen table while it catches all the best angles. She can even share the photos straight to social media right from the app, because if it didn’t happen on Instagram, it didn’t really happen, right?
Magical moving photos
Mom’s a family photo nut but I bet she’s never printed a video before. LifePrint ($129.95) is an augmented reality photo printer that creates great still shots, but when viewed through the LifePrint app, the images come alive into animated videos like magic. It prints videos from Facebook, Instagram, Apple Live Photos, and more.
Unicorn roses and bright bouquets that give back
Wait, flowers? Aren’t flowers pretty standard for Mother’s Day? Not the “rainbow” roses from FTD making headlines as the newest must-have in the whole unicorn craze. How do you get the petals to be so different? Magic. Duh.
ProFlowers has a pretty enchanting take on fresh flowers this year too. They partnered with All Across Africa to offer handwoven basket vases ($29.99 and up), created by artists in Rwanda. No two are ever the same, and by giving one to mom you’re also providing clothes, shoes, healthcare, school supplies, and all kinds of other support for the talented creators who made them.
Art from the heart
Here’s another great go-to for matching your one-of-a-kind mom with a one-of-a-kind gift from some of the world’s most talented artists — like her own child! Grab a piece of your own childhood art, pick out a gorgeous frame and setting, and give her the most personalized, meaningful piece of wall art she’s ever seen. Or use your own likeness for a stunning custom print ($29.99 and up at Minted.com).
Protective and pretty
For the gadget-loving mom who covets her smartphone (guilty!), check out these beautifully bold new Symmetry cases from Otterbox ($39.95). They’re built to protect and impress, just like mom, and they’re designed by some of the top fashionistas on the planet, so mom can keep her digital lifeline safe and secure and sport some sexy style at the same time.
Fanny packs from the future
Mom might have rocked a fanny pack in the glory days of the 1990s, but today, Mobovida’s Bristol Belt Bags ($85.00 and up) are the hip, fashionable, modern version of on-the-go carry-alls. It’s made of luxurious leather and has pockets for all the things mom totes along, like her keys, phone, and even a built-in phone charger in case she runs out of juice but still needs to check in.
She’s a rockstar
Okay, so your guitar or drums lessons mom paid for didn’t amount to much of a music career, but you can still serenade her with a personalized tune all her own with Songfinch ($200). You fill out a Mad Lib-style questionnaire to give the artists some inspiration, and Songfinch’s professional songwriters will craft the ballad just for her. You can even pick the genre, and after it’s made, mom can download, share, and show it off to whoever she wants, scoring you big points along the way.
A kickin’ keyboard
For moms with musical aspirations of their own, the One light keyboard ($269.99) is the fast-track to success. This app-enabled instrument guides her through lessons in no time, and before you know it she’ll be keying her way through some seriously impressive tunes. The keys light up to teach each skill in the most intuitive way possible, and it includes built-in speakers and works with both iOS and Android phones.
Let mom un-wine-d
It goes without saying, but everyone once in awhile mom needs to unwind with a nice glass of wine, so what better way to help her enjoy her “me” time than with monthly deliveries of the best wine the world has to offer? Winc’s monthly wine boxes (starting at $13 per bottle) are hand-picked by top wine tasters and are sourced from as close as California or as far away as France, South Africa, and even New Zealand.
Give mom a gift that will let her know that she really does mean the world to you with Nimb ($129), a stylish smart ring that instantly notifies you, and even emergency responders, if she’s ever in trouble. The ring works hand-and-hand with an app to send out instant alerts if an emergency strikes, and shows you exactly where she is. It’s a little peace of mind in a crazy world, and mom will definitely appreciate that.
Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY’s digital video show TECH NOW. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.
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