Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14th this year (that’s 2017 for those of you not keeping track). Have you bought your mother (or the mother in your life) a gift yet? If not, here are some brilliant gift ideas that your mother can actually get some use out of. Yes, flowers and chocolates are nice, but they don’t last long, do they? Change it up this year and go all out! Here are some suggestions.
Smart Wi-Fi Routers
If your mother often uses Siri on her iPhone to check the weather or send a text, it might be time to introduce her to that functionality in the home. Smart Wi-Fi routers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home act as personal assistants, in a way. With a simple voice command (for example, “Alexa”), they can complete a wide range of tasks, such as provide an updated weather report, play music, review the day’s news, or even place an order for a product online. This capability transforms what would otherwise be an ordinary home device into something extraordinary.
Streaming Media Players
For those of you who have mothers that constantly ask about Netflix and Hulu, it might be time to buy your mother a streaming device. Thankfully, there are a wide number of affordable options to choose from. Devices like the Apple TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast are easy to plug in and set up, which makes it easy for your mother to finally get that Netflix account she’s been talking about. And best of all, they won’t break the bank. In fact, the Google Chromecast, which lets you stream media from a phone or tablet to your television, starts at under $50.
Home Automation Systems
Thanks to wireless routers and the Internet of Things, it’s now possible to turn any home into a “Smart” home. You don’t have to build from the ground up, or purchase a brand-new home at exorbitant cost. Simply sync all of the smart devices that you (or your mother) already own. Home automation systems, like those by ADT, form a connected network between individual home automation products (for example, smart thermostats and smart light bulbs) in order to improve a home’s usability, efficiency, and function. With a home automation system, you can lock the doors while away or adjust the temperature right from your phone – the benefits are numerous. With such a system, your mother or wife could find all new ways to interact with her home environment.
One of the best gifts that you can give the mothers in your life is free time. Mothers have multiple responsibilities, which often leaves them with little time for themselves. Anything that you can do to lighten their load and give them back some of this lost time will surely be appreciated. If you can’t hire a maid to help around the house, why not try the next best thing? Autonomous vacuum cleaners, like the iRobot Roomba and Dyson 360 Eye, can make sure that your mother or wife never has to vacuum again. Prices vary, of course, but you may be surprised at how affordable these vacuums are, considering they’re robots that clean the house!
Connected Home Appliances
Earlier, we mentioned the Internet of Things. It’s a simple concept; by connecting everyday objects to the Cloud, we can improve their usability and function, and in the process, improve our own lives. Well, you may be surprised to learn that it’s no mere concept. Quite the opposite, as the Internet of Things is alive and well, and there are no shortage of home automation products to choose from. Connected appliances like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator and LG’s smartThinQ line of washing machines, for example, allow you to interact and control these devices right from your phone. With a Family Hub, your mother or wife can check the contents of the fridge right from her phone, or start a load of laundry on her lunch break at work. Connectivity is about so much more than watching cat videos on YouTube!
Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Shopping!
It’s often said that it’s not the gift that matters, it’s the thought. Well, when it comes to Mother’s Day, that statement might be truer than ever. You can fall back on typical cliches, but certainly the mothers in your life deserve better than that, right? What can you do to make their lives easier and more enjoyable? Running down to your local big box electronics retailer may not be the first thing that comes to mind this Mother’s Day, but you might just find that the mothers in your life appreciate the sentiment.