Mother's Day gift guide

It's time to get creative with this year's Mother's Day gift. Flowers are fine, dinner is delightful, but how about giving Mom something that will last? Whether she's a high-tech woman with a love of new gadgets, or she's brand new to Wi-Fi and touch screens, there's a gift with her name on it. Check out our list of awesome presents that Mom will be head-over-heels to get.

Musical Mom: Sonos Play:1

Songs Play 1 Speaker in White

If your mom has amassed an enviable music collection over the years, the Sonos Play:1 is an ideal present. The wireless speaker fits perfectly into every room in the house and will blend in nicely, since it's available in either black or white. This tiny piece of tech literally reads the room, adjusting the sound quality to the room dimensions, so songs sound beautiful in the kitchen, the den, or the family room.

Sonos lets Mom update her sound system without making you her own personal tech support. It's extremely user friendly, and everything from radio stations to playlists can be controlled by her phone, tablet, or computer. As long as Mom's got Wi-Fi and the free Sonos Controller App, she's in control.

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The Sonos Play:1 is humidity-resistant, so Mom can bring her tunes out into the sunroom on a muggy summer evening or enjoy a relaxing soundtrack while she has a luxurious bubble bath.

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Keep in touch: Apple Watch

Apple Watch sport aluminum case

The Apple Watch is a great gift idea for many reasons, but one of the best we can think of is that it will make gift giving for you much easier in the future. It's a gift that's customizable with an endless list of accessories, so you'll always have something to add to this present for other occasions. Don't you wish you'd thought of that before?

It doesn't matter if Mom is an iPhone addict or if she's never laid a finger on a touch screen, an Apple Watch will be a versatile and fun present. She'll never miss a text or email from you again with notifications right there on her wrist. She'll also have an activity tracker at hand when she's at the gym or taking a leisurely stroll, and the heart rate monitor will help keep her fitness goals on track.

Two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, let you choose the look that will best suit Mom's style, not to mention the selection of aluminum, steel, and stainless steel cases.

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Accessories she'll love: Apple Watch Modern Buckle Leather Band

For the mom who's already in love with her Apple Watch, it's time to accessorize. It could become an annual tradition to trick out her beloved Watch with a brand new band (think of the endless possibilities) and you'd never wonder what to buy her again.

With summer close at hand, our recommendation for this year's band is the Modern Buckle Leather Band. The leather is lightly textured to the touch and smooth to the eye and is available in vibrant colors, like Marigold, Red, and Blue Jay, so you can match it to Mom's favorite summer colors or get her one that will stand out and get noticed.

Both you and Mom are going to love this gift tradition. You can take full credit for it; we don't mind.

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Active Mom: Fitbit Alta

Fitbit Alta

The Fitbit Alta is one of those things Mom admires and talks about, but if she hasn't bought one for herself just yet, it's time for you to treat her. The slim design and customizable band mean that it can be made to match every outfit and occasion, so Mom can be monitoring her physical activity all day, every day, wherever she is.

Phone notifications let Mom see who's calling or texting without interrupting her workout. The Alta automatically recognizes when she's exercising, so there aren't any buttons to push or concern over lost activity-monitoring. The Alta also has a sleep tracking feature, as well as a quiet, vibrating alarm that is much easier to wake up to than a regular alarm clock.

The battery charge can last as long as five days, so Mom won't be worried about constantly charging it. The Fitbit Alta will remind her to move and celebrate her fitness achievements, so even if you can't be there to personally give her a hug for all she does, the Alta that you bought her will do the trick.

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Mom's a photographer: Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer

Polaroid ZIP mobile printer

Mom's been snapping loads of photos since getting her iPhone or iPad, right? Wouldn't it be nice if some of those playful pics of the grandkids found a home on the fridge, or in an adorable framed collage? The Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer is just what Mom needs to take those photos from her screen and turn them into physical copies. This small, 6.6 ounce printer connects to phones or tablets via Bluetooth, and best of all, there are no awful ink cartridges to buy. It comes with 10 sheets of ZINK (Zero Ink) paper that automatically recognize color when heated in the printing process. It's magic. Seriously.

The printer also comes with a free download of the Polaroid ZIP App, and that's all it takes for Mom to start printing to her heart's delight. The Polaroid ZIP produces 2x3 photos in smudge-proof color, and the ZINK paper has a peel-back sticky side, so pictures can be stuck to just about any surface. The printer comes in white, black, red, and blue, and prints a photo in under one minute. If you thought Mom was a shutterbug before, you haven't seen anything yet.

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In-home convenience: Ring Doorbell

Ring Doorbell

For the mom who is concerned about security, especially when home alone, there's a slick mother's day gift combo to her her feel safe. The Ring Doorbell captures video the moment the bell is rung or when motion is detected. The camera has built-in night vision so that there is no lapse in security. The Ring app (available for iOS and Android, and with desktop versions for Mac and PC) displays alerts and video over Wi-Fi, and even lets you speak with whomever is at the door.

The best part is you never have to actually go to the door to see who's on the other side.

The Ring Doorbell is easy to install. It can be wired directly to existing doorbell wires, or it can be powered with the built-in rechargeable battery. There are four color options to choose from — antique brass, polished brass, satin nickel, or venetian bronze — meaning there is a stylish option for any house. And a new option lets you see things in 1080p.

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All-around awesome gift: iPad Pro 9.7 inch

iPad Pro 9.7 inch in Rose Gold

No matter what Mom's comfort level with technology may be, a tablet is an excellent gift, and we recommend the iPad Pro 9.7 inch. It's a lightweight iPad with a bright, vivid display that's literally easy on the eyes. In fact, most users describe it as though they're looking at a sheet of paper, not a screen. The Pro is perfect for taking pictures, and your weekly (or daily) FaceTime chats will Mom will feel more like she's in the room with you.

The Rose Gold is too pretty to pass up, but if shades of pink aren't Mom's favorite, the Pro is also available in Silver, Space Grey, or Gold. It has up to 10 hours of battery life, so Mom can chat with friends, game with the grandkids, take holiday photos, and catch up on reading with no need to plug it in. We also love that the iPad Pro is another one of those gifts you'll be able to add to in the future. A keyboard, Apple Pencil, and fabulously customizable cases will find their way onto Mom's wish list for her next gift, we know it.

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Share your ideas

Do you know of another great gift idea for Mother's Day you'd like to see on our list? Share it with us in the comments and tell us why it's a must-have for Mom!

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