As we enter a new decade, our world is becoming smarter and more connected. Whether your mom is tech-savvy or a bit behind the times, she could most likely benefit from some modern, smart technology. From smart home products like color-changing lights that can be controlled from a smartphone to smart devices like a more fashionable FitBit competitor, we hope our list of suggestions will give you great ideas for making your mom’s life a little easier.
It is important to note that the majority of these products require a stable, reliable, high-speed Internet connection. We recommend getting your mom a fantastic router before any of the other smart devices on this list, as the devices would be pretty useless without a good router in the home. If you’re wondering how to choose the best wireless router for your home, look no further! We’ve covered the basics on choosing a router as well as provided some great router options for whatever your needs may be. Once the router issue is covered, you can check the list below for device suggestions:
Smart Home Tech:
If your mom already has a smart hub, such as Amazon Alexa, she can control these smart bulbs with her voice. If not, she can still use the Philips Hue app to choose from 16 million colors and shades of white to make the most of her smart lighting experience. You can set timers on the lighting, easily dim the bulbs, and so much more. If you’re curious about what else these little bulbs can do, you can check this list of 10 cool things you can do with a Philips Hue Smart Bulb.
Whether your mom already has a green thumb or would like to develop a new hobby, AeroGarden indoor gardening systems are fantastic. You can grow fresh herbs and vegetables from the comfortable inside of your home year-round. This model is a bit pricey at just over $300, but Amazon allows you to break the cost up into 5 smaller payments so the cost is more manageable. The smartphone app that accompanies AeroGarden products can guide users from setup to harvest as well as automatically turn the lights on and off and send you reminders when you need to add water or nutrients to your AeroGarden.
If your mom’s drink of choice is a nice craft beer, this appliance by PicoBrew will surely impress her. It allows users to brew 5 liters of craft beer at a time at home, which is equivalent to 13 12-ounce bottles. There is a huge variety of styles and flavors of beer for mom to choose from, and she would also have the option to create her own beer by choosing the recipe and ratio for grains, hops, and yeast. It’s possible to customize available flavors by modifying just the alcohol percentage (ABV) and/or bittering IBUs. A connected device, Pico C allows users to monitor the automated brewing process on any web-enabled device, which means you can track your brew’s progress remotely when you’re not home.
This device is not only smart, but it’s also stacked with features and capabilities you’d never expect from an oil diffuser. It features a Bluetooth speaker that will work with any device that also has Bluetooth. You can choose between 7 colors of LED lights to create the perfect mood. The last 2 features alone might be worth the purchase, but at its core, this is truly great for essential oils. If mom falls asleep with the device still going, it has an automatic shut off feature so nothing bad would happen.
Other Connected Devices:
Perhaps your mom cares more about form over function. Let’s face it: most newer health trackers look more fashionable than the older models, but they still aren’t likely to make your mother feel stylish or elegant. Luckily you can give her many of the features offered through standard health trackers in a package she may be more excited to sport with the Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker. The device, a pendant, can be worn as a necklace or bracelet and blend in with the rest of a woman’s jewelry. This is a great gift if your mom doesn’t want to spend much time messing with her technology as well. It is not rechargeable, but it comes with a replaceable battery that purportedly lasts for up to 6 months of continuous use. There are no buttons or touchscreen. You simply put the device on like you would any other jewelry and sync it to the accompanying smartphone app. Through the app, you can track your steps taken, distance moved, calories burned, sleep patterns, stress levels, and even reproductive health/menstrual cycles.
This smartphone-sized photo printer runs on Bluetooth technology, making it compatible with most modern devices. You can easily print beautiful photos on 2×3 inch sticky-backed photo paper. When you get the printer, you must download the HP Sprocket app to use it properly. Through the app you can share customized photo albums with family and friends, decorate and design your images, and ultimately print your favorite pictures. What mom wouldn’t want this super simple option for printing family photos?
This digital picture frame is simple to set up and designed to delight. Once you have it, simply plug it in and connect it to your Wi-Fi network via the touchscreen. You’ll be prompted to create a Skylight email address. Once created, you and others can email photos to the Skylight email address you created and the photos will instantly appear on your Skylight Frame. It requires Wi-Fi to receive new photos, but you can view the pictures you already have on the frame without Wi-Fi.
This 10-ounce mug comes in white or black and looks like any regular coffee cup. However, paired with the Ember smartphone app, this mug keeps your hot drinks at your preferred temperature. It starts you out at 135° and lets you adjust it up to 15° in either direction. The mug’s battery will last and keep your drink hot for up to an hour on a single charge, but you can use it for much longer by simply keeping the mug on its accompanying charging coaster when you aren’t taking a sip.
Mothers often spend the majority of their lives trying to ensure their children are safe. As those children become adults, they would like to protect their moms in the same way. The Silent Beacon is a small wearable device with much utility. Some of the highlights include: two-way communication, the ability to call any phone number stored in the Safety App, the ability to text and email GPS locations, no monthly fees, and a rechargeable battery. If something truly terrible happened and a user needed to use the device silently to avoid detection, you can activate the device’s silent mode.
The final smart device worth mentioning isn’t smart in the sense that it will connect to Wi-Fi like the devices mentioned above. Regardless, it is smart in its own right and it is quite impressive technology that your mom would probably love. It looks and functions like any yoga mat, but it also rolls itself back up when you’re not using it with a simple touch. If your mom already has an Amazon Alexa, she can use the smart speaker to hear bonus yoga routines powered by Women’s Health as well.
If shopping for your mom isn’t necessary right now, we can help you find good gift ideas for others in your life as well. Check this out for a list of smart home tech that appeals to most fathers. If you’re a pet owner who desires to improve their pet’s life or simply add to their smart home plans, we can help you with that as well!