Mother’s Day is once again upon us, and for many of us, that means the annual hunt for a gift as special as the woman who receives it. In the increasingly technology driven world, gift giving has gotten a tad easier. The hardest part may be narrowing down the choices! Here are five options sure to be a hit with Moms.
Depending on what decade it was when you were at your most adorable, your mom may have a box full of 8mm home movies, video cassettes or slides that aren’t easy to view any more. iMemories offers a program to convert old formats to DVD, Blu-ray or digital files, making it easy to bring family memories into the digital age.
If mom’s archives already are digital, a tablet makes a great gift. Based on market share, it’s obvious most people think of the iPad from Apple first, but other robust options are available. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 is an Android-powered tablet with a suggested retail price of $400. Compared to the iPad, the Transformer Pad 300 offers a slightly larger screen (10.1-inches vs. 9.7-inches) as well as a built-in micro HDMI out port for connecting to a television and MicroSD slot. The optional keyboard dock provides the feel of a laptop and adds USB and SD card support.
If Mom already has an iPad, why not give her more options for using it with the Apple TV ($99) set-top box? This handy little device allows her to connect to a television via the AirPlay feature, which also can be used to stream content directly from her Mac in the same way. Beyond that, she could also stream Netflix, buy or rent movies from iTunes, watch home videos and more. For the price, it’s a great way to get even more out of an iPad.
If your mother is trying to document all of the important moments in your life or the lives of your siblings or children, it may be time to give her a bit more firepower in the photography department. While camera phones and point-and-shoot cameras are fine for spontaneity, Mom might love a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) option for moments that call for extra-special quality.
Many DSLR models intimidate people due to the number of menus and controls, but models such as the Nikon D3100 attempt to simplify the process. Featuring built-in shooting guides that teach the user what each control does and why, this model also has very good image quality for its price and class.
For moms on the cutting edge of technology, cloud computing solutions, such as SugarSync, offer “set-and-forget” backups and allow access from a host of different devices. You can start her off with 5GB of free storage or opt for one of the larger packages available for an annual fee.
No matter how tech savvy she is, Mom probably still likes homemade presents best. Loading up your gift with images, video and audio files will make it even more special.
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