Help Mom "Plug In" With New Tech-Y Toys
No matter what your mom enjoys — cooking, traveling, music or gardening — chances are she uses technology. Being a mother is a full-time job and whether her kids are young or starting families of their own, its more important than ever for her to stay plugged in. Just remember when shopping to take your mom's level of tech-savvy into consideration — and remember that you might have to be the IT support when she's setting up the new gift.
HP Mini Netbook
If your mom or wife works outside the home, chances are she doesn't have a lot of time to herself. With a mini notebook computer small enough for her to stash in her purse, she can take her work anywhere to catch up on email during her commute or while she's waiting in the dentist's office. This model has a smaller screen than others, but it's perfect for net-surfing or catching up on Facebook photos of the grandkids.
Logitech HD Webcam
If your mom lives in another state, or you don't get to see one another in person as much as you'd like, send her the next best thing—an HD webcam from Logitech so that you can communicate virtually whenever you like.
Moms can use it to make virtual breakfast dates with the grandparents so they don't miss any the kids' milestones, to say goodnight to the kids while traveling for business, and to create a video care package to share with those away at college.
Neat Receipts Mobile Scanner
Help mom streamline the clutter from her purse, wallet, and desk by digitizing her paperwork. Whether it's fnancial assets, kids report cards, or restaurant receipts, paperwork piles up pretty easily. Give mom the peace of mind that comes with organization through the ability to store all of her files in one neat place — her computer.
Canon PowerShot SX210
If you have a scrapbooking mom who gets snap-happy when there's a camera in her hands, it might be time for an upgrade. One of the newer models from Canon, the Powershot SX201 has a 3-inch LCD screen and a low-light mode to take sharp images in dimly lit settings. It's very purse-friendly and sleek enough to stash in your jeans pocket when you're on the go.
Digital Magazine Subscription
If your mom doesn't leave home without her tablet, invest in a magazine subscription so that she'll never be without the current issue of her favorite magazine. She'll no longer dread long lines at the grocery store — and she can feel good about saving a few trees, too.
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