Gifts for busy moms
Tech: Native Union Curve Bluetooth iDock
Every mom is a busy mom, so we’ve gathered products to help smooth out her hectic schedule. From big-ticket items such as tablet computers to budget-friendly beauty kits, we’ve got everything for moms with a need for speed. — Shannon McCarthy
As beautiful as it is practical, this cordless handset allows Mom to chat on her iPhone (or any Bluetooth-enabled device) in ergonomically friendly style. Native Union’s clever melding of old and new also offers iPhone recharging via its sleekly designed dock.
Tech: Surface Pro tablet computer
Bing : Surface Pro tablet computer
A spectacular Mother’s Day gift for someone who needs lots of portable power at home and work, Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a new and kudos-grabbing device that CNET deems the “best productivity tablet” in its latest review roundup. Basically, this baby is a laptop packaged in a 10-inch, super-lightweight chassis.
Tech: Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover
If Mom loves her iPad but has never warmed to touchscreen typing, Logitech has her problem in hand. CNETeditors give this accessory a four-out-of-five star rating for working “extremely well” as a full QWERTY keyboard. In essence, it brings the ease of typing on a laptop or desktop to a tablet.
Tech: Fitbit Zip activity tracker
Bing : Fitbit Zip activity tracker
It’s already something of a miracle when busy moms can squeeze in some exercise time. Make her fitness quest easier with a wearable – and we think stylish – device that packs a lot of tracking power. The Fitbit Zip syncs to her computer and smartphone to record and encourage her progress.
Tech: Mophie Juice battery pack
Bing : Mophie Juice battery pack
Cellphones are now a true necessity of modern life. But there’s still something pretty primitive about them: their battery life. The energy drain on these babies is alarming, especially if we’re talking smartphones. Give Mom the benefit of extra backup – and a protective case – with a Mophie battery pack.
Home: All-Clad slow cooker
Bing : All-Clad slow cooker
As counterintuitive as it may sound, a slow cooker makes a great Mother’s Day gift for the busiest moms you know. What makes them genius is the set-it-and-forget-it aspect: Meals cook while Mom gets other stuff done. Plus, most of the recipes take very little prep, another time saver.
Home: Oster electric wine opener
Bing : Oster electric wine opener
We’ll admit that making quick work of a cork isn’t going to save tons of time, but this is a great gadget to give the mom who has almost everything. The opening ease is also ideal for older mothers or grandmothers who may struggle a bit with conventional corkscrews.
Home: SmartShopper grocery list organizer
Busy moms have to keep track of an avalanche of details, and one of the trickiest domestic duties to tame is the shopping list. The SmartShopper is a modern mother’s little helper, using voice recognition software, a thermal printer and a listing system that makes shopping swift and simple.
Home: Aqua Globes plant watering bulbs
Plants aren’t typically the first priority in a bustling household, but giving Mom the gift of a green thumb can be easier – and prettier – than you think. Aqua Globes release just the right amount of water to keep plants hydrated for weeks at a time, and they look great doing it.
Home: Chef’s Choice cordless electric kettle
Bring Mom to a boil – and quickly – with a hot new kitchen appliance beloved by tea, coffee and cocoa fans. Chef’s Choice makes highly rated electric kettles that get water boiling faster than the microwave or stove. Their sexy stainless steel good looks don’t hurt, either.