12 easy-to-use Mother’s Day tech gifts for the mom who’s a bit technologically challenged


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The terms “technology” and “mothers” are rarely used in complementary combinations. While that may just be a blanket assumption, several of us have found ourselves in situations where we’ve had to repeatedly remind our moms to remove their fingers from the camera lens while taking a photo or — as some have recently experienced — give tutorials on how to use Zoom for those virtual family meet-ups.

While this charming ignorance is part of what makes us love our moms, it also makes it challenging for us to find gadgets that are easy to use, thus lessening the strain on our technologically challenged parent and, subsequently, ourselves.

With Mother’s Day (May 10) just a couple of weeks away, we figured that now is the best time to get a bit of a head start on gift-buying. Whether your mom is a “tech-nista” or is a bit delayed in understanding how the overwhelming parade of trendy gadgets work, we’ve compiled 12 items that are both easy to use and functionally beneficial to everyday life.

Specifically considering that Google searches for Mother’s Day gifts have quadrupled between April 10 and April 21, now is arguably the best time to score deals that are worthwhile, before prices revert or even increase.

From the smart camera Facebook Portal Mini that automatically keeps you in frame at all times to a Bluetooth-operated lost item locator that’s perfect for the mom who can never find her keys, we’ve covered all bases to make your shopping experience a bit easier.

Shop: Facebook Portal Mini, $79 (Orig. $129)

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Shop: Bluetooth Shower Speaker, $99.95

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Shop: Sharper Image Wireless Charging Station and UV Sanitizer, $99.99 (20% off with code SAVE20)

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Shop: Nintendo Switch Lite Yellow with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe System Bundle, $259.99

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Shop: Memobird Mobile Printer, $69.95

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Shop: Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant, $39.99\

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Shop: Sharper Image Lost Item Bluetooth Locator (3-Pack), $59.99 (20% off with code ‘SAVE20’)

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Shop: Sharper Image 2×3 Instant Camera Printer, $99.99 (Orig. $199.99) (20% off with code ‘SAVE20’)

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Shop: Handbag Illuminator with Charging Power, $35.95

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Shop: Authentic Sweet Tea Brewer, $49.95

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Shop: Sharper Image Warming Backrest Massager, $129.99 (20% off with code ‘SAVE20’)

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Shop: Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, $79.99 (Orig. $99.99)

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