Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th and we’ve compiled the most practical and gift-worthy gifts for the mom in your life in our annual Mother’s Day 2013 Tech Gift Guide. After researching online, polling tech-savvy women and outright asking moms from across the country what they’d like to see as their mother’s day gifts this year, we’ve narrowed down our list of TOP 40 Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day 2013.
This year, we’ll be announcing the top picks from a category each week from Mobile, Kitchen & Appliances, Beauty & Fashion leading up to Mother’s Day (for all you last minute shoppers…LOL)
Top Mobile Smartphones, Tablets & Accessories
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Wouldn’t you like to give mom the security of long-lasting battery life for her smartphone? No longer will mom worry about keeping her iPhone 5 plugged up during the day with the Mophie Juice Pack Air. This rechargeable smartphone case doubles as a battery pack. The ideal case for the busy mom whose day doesn’t always end on schedule. Double moms’ power – Up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch. Turn on the case when your battery runs low to stay fully charged through the late nights. From the busy day filled with meetings and presentations to the day off filled with errands and friends. The juice pack air ensures that mom has more than enough power packed into a streamlined, protective case so she’s ready to take on the day. Starting online at $99.95 on Amazon.com.
Give mom the gift of mobile sharing on the go with the Samsung Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi). With the Samsung Galaxy Camera, mom can enjoy high-quality photography while using the Android platform via WiFi connectivity. She can channel her inner paparazzo with the 21x optical zoom and 23mm wide angle lens all while editing photos on the go with the built-in photo wizard and video editor. All of this on the large 4.8″ HD touch screen display. (For full review CLICK HERE.) Starting online at $429.99 on Amazon.com.
Does mom like to jam out to her favorite tunes while working out or doing housework? The Sony Walkman W-Series water resistant Mp3 player is for her. Perfect for indoor or outdoor training, the wire-free one-piece W-Series MP3 Player’s inspired design fits comfortably and out of the way while mom works out. No more tangled headphones with this 2GB wireless walkman, the music will keep going non stop. A water-resistant seal keeps sweat out, while she can enjoy true-to-life, deep bass sound for the best musical experience on the go. Starting online at $36.99 on Amazon.com.
If mom still doesn’t have an iPad yet, there’s still hope. The iPad Mini is still a leading gift on everyone’s list and now it’s more affordable than ever before. iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The tablet features a front-facing display camera allotting Mom hours of FaceTime with her friends, family and you! Perfect for reading her favorite books, magazines or recipes, the iPad mini is a must have for moms this mother’s day. Starting online at $284.99 on Amazon.com.
If you hate carrying charging wires around for your smartphones and devices, imagine how your mom feels. Rid her of those tangled up wires with the Samsung Portable battery pack. One single charge of this 9000 mAh battery pack will re-charge mom’s portable devices twice over and then some. The Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Up Pack is the perfect accessory for smartphone and tablet users who want the peace of mind that their device won’t run out of power at the worst possible time. Simply plug your smartphone or tablet in to the battery pack via the included USB cable and your device begins charging: no outlet needed. The Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Pack can store up to 9000mAh of power, enough for three full charges of most smartphones and one full charge on most tablet devices. Best of all it’s compatible with all smartphones and tablets via USB charging - that’s portable power when you need, no matter where you need it. Starting at $74.99 online at Amazon.com.
Upgrade mom’s “work” phone with the new BlackBerry Z10. She’ll love the new BlackBerry Hub that’ll allow her to peek at her inbox from any app without having to stop what she’s doing. The touchscreen BlackBerry Keyboard learns her writing style and suggests words to help her type faster, more accurately. And she’ll be able to share content and apps right from her device using BBM Video with Screen Share. Elegant and distinctive, the LTE-enabled BlackBerry Z10 is the fastest, most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4.2-inch display with high pixel density, 16 GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus that can also capture Full HD 1080p video. With its razor-sharp 365 PPI display and new, thinner screen design, whatever mom is doing, she’ll enjoy a highly responsive and precise experience with the new BlackBerry Z10. Starting at $99.99 (w/2-yr contract on various carriers) on Amazon.com.
If mom loves to take her music with her then the Beats By Dre wireless Pill speakers may be just the gift for her. Despite its compact size, the Pill produces powerful sound. It’s easy to enjoy soaring highs and deep, booming bass in every room of the house. The Beats Pill is completely wireless, portable, NFC enabled (with most newer smartphones, pairing the device simply requires you to gently tap the phone against the speaker – no bluetooth settings required) and with it’s internal microphone, it also serves as a conferencing device. Starting online at $125.95.
If mom deserves the best of both worlds, then you should get the the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This mobile smartphone boasts a large 5.5″ touchscreen, suitable for online reading and searching (similar to a tablet) all within the mobility of a smartphone. With a high quality camera, S Beam and multi-tasking features, this phablet gift would make any mom a proud mom on Mother’s day. Starting at $99.99 (w/2-yr contract on various carriers) on Amazon.com.
Moms love tech accessories too and the Case Mate Madison Collection quilted iPhone case in black is a luxe accessory that she’ll never leave home without. If you have Chanel tastes on a modest budget, this is the perfect alternative to give mom a classic accessory without breaking the bank. The Madison Collection embodies the iconic trend of quilted fashion accessories. By combining quilted genuine leather with the added refinement of Swarovski Crystals, the Madison case is perfect for the fashionable, modern woman. Starting at $90.00 on Amazon.com
If mom needs motivation to live a healthier lifestyle, then the Jawbone up bracelet it for her. UP is a system, wristband + iPhone app, that Tracks how you sleep, move and eat so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices and feel your best. UP’s mobile app lets you log what you eat and drink and get as detailed as you want. Take a photo of your food, scan a barcode, browse the UP image gallery or search the ingredient database. UP also helps you Track calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber and sodium. Gain Insight UP simply and beautifully visualizes your information so, at a glance, you can understand the meaning behind your data. UP also delivers personalized insights and clear, actionable tips to help you achieve your goals. Starting at $107.99 online at Amazon.com.
If your mom is all set with mobile, check back soon for our next additions to the Top 40 Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide which will include more Kitchen & Appliances, Beauty & Fashion gift ideas for mom next week.
What gift is your mom expecting this year? How do you plan on making this the best mother’s day ever? Share your comments, questions and ideas below.
Got a little time to relive the Beyonce Bowl (aka Pepsi’s Super Bowl) halftime show with Beyonce? If you can’t stop dancing in your seats and want to relive the Beyonce Bowl featuring ‘Love on Top’, ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘Baby Boy’, ‘End of Time’, ‘Single Ladies’, and a soul-stirring performance of ‘Halo’ then here you go!
Oh and did I forget to mention the highly anticipated Beyonce Bowl / Destiny’s Child reunion, that’s right Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams hopped on stage to perform their classic hit ‘Bootylicious’ Independent Women’ and more.
You can view it in it’s entirety below.
After that performance it’s quite clear that the real winner of the Super Bowl is Beyonce… that’s why it’s been renamed the Beyonce Bowl!
What do you think of her performance? (We predicted many of the performances but hoped she would’ve brought out a little more star power.) Are you anticipating her next world tour anytime soon?
photos via Getty Images…
The biggest, grandest, most-watched single event in American sports is coming to New Orleans on February 3, 2013. We have an inside look on how to not only enjoy the game, but how to actually get involved with the charming city of New Orleans! Don’t just watch the game… if you’re in New Orleans, be a part of the game!
Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard
Free to the public, Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard will open on Thursday, January 31st and run daily until Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd. Complementing the public entertainment, broadcast, and celebratory offerings on Super Bowl Blvd., fans of all ages will have opportunities to interact with numerous NFL and Host Committee partner events. The main attraction, the larger-than life XLVII roman numerals, standing at 30 feet high and over 100 feet wide, stand for everyone to take pictures that will last a lifetime. Celebrate New Orleans’ Perfect 10th Super Bowl with a true New Orleans-style festival! Make sure to grab a bowl of N’Awlins Gumbo, Jumbalya, Beignets, and Bread Pudding as you stroll down Super Bowl Boulevard.
Rebuilding Together’s 18th Annual Super Bowl Sanctioned Event – Kickoff to Rebuild 2013: New Orleans
The NFL Experience
(Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center)
On the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, the Super Bowl Host Committee will hold its premier community initiative, Super Saturday of Service. The program will showcase collaboration between the Host Committee, NFL, City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Young Leadership Council (YLC), the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (ULGNOYP), and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity that provides improvements to five NORDC playgrounds and their surrounding neighborhoods.
The NFL Foundation annually provides a $1 million matching grant to each Host City, typically to be used to fund the development of its Youth Education Towns (YET Centers). Having a direct impact on the local community is a major focus of the NFL. Since the NFL provided a YET Center for New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXVI, the NFL agreed to creating a new initiative for Super Bowl XLVII. After several months of planning and collaboration with the City of New Orleans, NORDC, and the NORD Foundation, the Super Saturday of Service was developed.
The Super Saturday of Service will result in the renovation and beautification of five NORDC playgrounds and facilities, along with improvements on the NFL YET. Funds from the City of New Orleans, the NORD Foundation, and NFL Charities will be used to complete major capital improvement projects at the Lyons Center, Hunter’s Field, Kingswood Playground, Harrell Stadium and Pontchartrain Park prior to Super Bowl XLVII.
Super Bowl Fan Jam
(February 2, 2013)
Super Bowl Fan Jam is a free concert series that will feature some of today’s hottest performing and recording artists. In years past performers have included such megastars as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Gym Class Heroes, Steven Tyler and many others. Check local listings and the NFL Experience website to see who’s coming to rock the Big Easy and which stage they will be performing.
New Orleans has such a rich culture and is truly a great place to visit! Being from New Orleans, I know that you have to be a part of the city to get the full experience! In addition to the great food, music, and culture, take advantage of the above once in a lifetime events and opportunities! Don’t just watch the game, but actually make your mark in the city. Let it be known that you were here!
Last week, I got the opportunity to check out the new Microsoft speciality store in the intersection of the world – Times Square! Check out a few of this holiday’s top gift picks and more below…
Amidst a nasty rumor that Apple declined to gift Oprah Winfery’s audience iPads during one of her last appearances years ago on The Oprah Winfrey show. A new tablet has made it’s way to the famed “Oprah’s Favorite Things” gift guide this year – the Microsoft Surface.
“The full-size keyboard built right into the cover makes work easy, the very smart kickstand makes watching a movie or Skyping a friend a delight, the less than a pound-and-a-half weight makes a great alternative to a laptop,” she adds.
This is a HUGE endorsement for the Microsoft brand, and it’s sure to affect upcoming holiday sales for the Surface. Are you interested in the Surface now that it’s made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list?
With holiday shopping in full swing, finding the right stocking stuffer is just as important as landing that “major” gift under the tree. Depending on how many stockings you have to fill, this stocking stuffer gift guide is filled with our top ten gifts for under $10 — sure to fit anyone’s gift-giving budget.
For the Digital Diva in your life, this jeweled 4GB flash drive is compact enough for your purse, but flashy enough to keep on a keychain and perfect for the digital diva on the go! Just under $6 this gift is the perfect petit stocking stuffer for friends, family and more!
The Spinbrush Globrush is the newest, coolest option in brushing that will light up your brushing routine! This battery powered toothbrush features a two-minute timed light that changes between red and green every 30-seconds, signaling when to switch to another quadrant of the mouth to ensure a proper full two-minutes of brushing. Perfect to kids ages 8 & up – for only $8.99 this brush is affordable, fun and a cool tech gift that is sure to get daily use!
Ikea Ordning Stainless Steel Timer is leek and petite, and makes a great elegant gift for not a lot of dough. At only $5.99 it is perfect for a baker, and fits in easily with any decor.
This high tech gadget has enough bells and whistles to make most geeks drool. Twist the shaft one way and you get a ballpoint pen, twist it the other way and you get a stylus tip for stylusing stuff. Press the top button to turn on the laser pointer, press the bottom button to cycle through the flashlight and UV light. The flashlight even comes on a flexible shaft for precision aiming and priced at $9.99 you can’t beat it.
Bring the designer looks, without the designer price to your holiday season with this stylish vanity mirror. Priced under $10 at Amazon.com this gift will have you asking “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the thriftiest shopper of them all!”
Stylish and versatile, this houndstooth scarf has it all. Great quality and even greater price! Available in a variety of colors and starting at $6.99 – Who says fashion accessories can’t be stocking stuffers too!
Practical and reusable, the i-cloths help make the most your screen time by gently cleaning the surface of an iPad®, e-reader, computer monitor, camera or smart phone. It removes fingerprints and dust so your screen is easy to read and use. Plus, it folds into a self-pouch so it’s convenient to carry with you. For under $5 this makes a neat gift for the gadget lover on your list.
The Coby 1.5-Inch Digital TFT LCD Photo Keychainis great and less than $10. This keychain has a 1.5in LCD that has full color capability. It stores over 60 photographs and support JPEG, GIF, and BMP image files.
For the girlie techies in your life, this gift is sure to be a hit. This 4GB Flash drive in the likeness of the beloved Hello Kitty character is sure to showcase a girl’s style, while increasing her digital storage and just under $10 makes the perfect techie gift!
10. iPhone 4 Leopard Czech Rhinestone Case Cover
For the diva in all of us. Why not treat yourself to a little ‘bling’ this holiday season, by grabbing this rhinestone case for a stocking of your own. At just under $9 – this little gift to yourself or a well-deserving friend provides the gift of style that keeps on giving all year long!