Gadgets Your Mother Needs (But Doesn’t Know It)

Madeline Buxton

Skip the obvious chocolates and flowers this Mother's Day, and send something your mom will actually use — and might just give you a reprieve from constant text threads. Tired of getting asked to send photos of what you're doing? A smart frame you can automatically upload images on will do the trick. Sick of fielding questions about how to deal with a poor phone battery? A portable charger can help.

Of course, just because something is functional doesn't mean it has to be boring. That's why we've pulled presents that are as fun (think a lobster phone-carrying case) and stylish (a pretty blush organizing clutch) as they are purpose-driven. Ahead, 12 gifts that will have mom boasting about you to all her friends — even more than she already is.

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For the mom whose cords keep getting tangled...

An organized clutch that keeps her phone, cards, and earbuds in their proper place.



Anthropologie Nikki Cade Map Maker Commuter Clutch, $38, available at Anthropologie

For the mom who's ready to experiment in the kitchen...

A smart planter that lets her grow her greens.



Click & Grow The Smart Indoor Garden 3, $99.95, available at Click & Grow

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For the mom who wants to stay connected:

Your mom may not be tech-savvy per se, but fortunately, that won't stand in the way of her ability to make use of her Portal from Facebook. The video-chatting device is Alexa-enabled, and the smart camera goes where you go, so mom can always stay close to friends and family (and you) while wandering around home.



Facebook Portal From Facebook, $99, available at Facebook

For the mom who still wants a print-out copy...

A high resolution digital printer that mimics the look of real instant photos.



Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Mobile Printer + Paper, $119, available at Amazon

For the mom whose phone is always dying...

A charger she can clip on her keyring to stay charged on the go.



Rebecca Minkoff Charming Powers Battery Bank, $70, available at Rebecca Minkoff

For the mom who can't put a good book down...

This top-of-the-line Kindle model in a dreamy champagne-gold will keep her massive reading collection under control and at her fingertips.



Amazon Kindle Oasis E-reader – Champagne Gold, $279.99, available at Amazon

For the hostess-mom who loves to shake it up...

The mix master is here to serve — her way — straight up.



Kate Spade Nolita Cocktail Set, $100, available at kate spade new york

For the mom who's planning summer road trips...

A waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that can weather any storm.



Ultimate Ears Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Cashmere Pink, $99.99, available at Amazon

For the mom who carries pictures of you in her wallet...

A way to keep the photos even closer, with a customizable phone case.



Casetify Custom iPhone Case, $50, available at Casetify

For the mom who is a self-proclaimed sommelier...

This premium and top-rated wine gadget will aerate her favorite vintages at the push of a button for a perfectly oxidated pour in every glass.



Aervana One-Touch Luxury Wine Aerator, $89, available at Amazon

For the mom who wants to know what all the kids are listening to these days...

A subscription that lets her stay on top of the hits (see: the "Charting Now" radio station) and listen to old school favorites.



Apple Apple Music Subscription (Per Year), $99, available at Apple

For the mom who just wants a way to keep track of the basics...

A step-and-sleep tracking wearable that won't look too out of place with her regular wrist-wear.



Fitbit Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, $159.94, available at Amazon

For the mom who's actually Inspector Gadget...

UV-blocking sunglasses that let you discreetly listen to music through built-in Bose technology.



Bose Frames Rondo 50mm Audio Sunglasses, $199, available at Nordstrom

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