Before defaulting to that box of chocolates or bunch of flowers this year, why not consider buying mumsy some technology this Mother's Day? Here we've got a list of some of the top tech your mommy can own today, ranging from kitchen gadgets, through wireless headphones and onto hot compact cameras. Read on for the knowledge...
We start off this list of gifts for mumsy with this set of smart scales. The Drop is a wireless set of scales that asides from being covered with heat-resistant silicone, also links up to a companion Drop Recipes app, which delivers a catalogue of recipes for dearest mother to try out. The recipes on the app are interactive too, meaning that things like ingredient substitutions and recipe re-scaling can be achieved at the touch of a button. Oh, and that button can be on the scales too, with a capacitive touch button on the front of the Drop allowing app interaction without having to touch a tablet or smartphone screen with floury fingers.
Smeg Stand Mixer
We're sticking in the kitchen for the moment, as next up is this classic Smeg Stand Mixer. Packing an iconic 1950's design, 10 different speed levels, a 4.8-litre stainless steel bowl, die-cast aluminium body and, most exciting of all for dear mama, hot planetary action! So yeh, if your mother does a lot of cooking and needs something new and stylish to mix ingredients with, then this is pretty much as good as she's going to get.
Groov-e Retro Boombox
If old mater still likes bopping along to the Eurythmics then why not deliver her this pretty versatile, retro-styled, boombox this Mother's Day? It's not all bells and whistles, but then again that's not what mother needs, with its CD/CD-RW compatibility, cassette player, AM/FM radio, 20 track pre-programming ability and aux-in socket amply catering to her audio needs. It also comes in a variety of colour schemes, so at least one of them is guaranteed not to clash with her decor.
Roberts Revival Mini
Sticking with a music theme we've now got this considerably more expensive audio player offering from Roberts Radio. Indeed, the Revival Mini rings up for over £100 more than the Groov-e, however for that increase in moolah removal you get DAB/DAB+/FM RDS compatibility, a built-in battery (meaning you can unplug it and take it outside on picnics and whatnot) and a 16 x 2-inch LCD display. Like the Smeg Stand Mixer, the Mini also sports a clean 1950s design and is of course available in a variety of colours, including mothers' favourite, 'Duck Egg' blue.
If the trusty child-bearer is into walks with the girls or general outdoorsy activities then maybe a swish beverage flask is the ticket this Mother's Day? Klean Kanteen do a variety of these classily styled flasks, which range in volume and features, however each comes with an electro polished interior that is specially designed not to retain or impart flavours, and a durable double wall build. Multiple colours are of course available.
JBL Flip 3
And, while we're looking at cylindrical things that you can present to your creator on a religiously-defined and commercially bastardised day in March (or in a variety of other months depending entirely on where you live on Earth), how about this JBL Flip 3? It's a small and stylish Bluetooth speaker that packs a decent audio punch, comes packed with a long-lasting 3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that lets it play for 10 hours non stop between charges, and is coated with an all-purpose, all-weather splashproof fabric. As with most of these products, it is also available in a wide-variety of colours.
Still nothing catch the eye? Well, why don't you make it easier for you, whooops sorry I mean your mother, to read 50 Shades of Grey by exchanging some pounds for the Paperwhite this Mother's Day? Amazon's lightweight, streamlined, 6-inch eReader is perfect for reading the latest literary hotness and, considering it comes with a two-year guarantee as standard, should keep that bundle of two X chromosome-filled cells happy for the foreseeable future.
Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones
If you're going to go wireless with your headphones then you've got to do it well to preserve sound quality. Enter this on-ear set from Bose, which allows mommy to listen to music, watch videos and even take calls all without the need for any pesky wires. The set are fully charged in just 1.5 hours and deliver up to 15 hours play time, while they can be roamed up to nine metres from the audio source before disconnection. Lastly, at only 152.60 grams, this lightweight set won't weigh your begetter down.
Two Tone Scallop Gramercy watch
Next up is this nice little number from New York-based watch maker Kate Spade. The watch is styled after Manhattan's Gramercy Park and is crafted out of stainless steel and 12-karat gold plate, with a mother-of-pearl dial completing the build. Its classy look and soft lines make it suitable for any occaision too, no matter whether mother is at work, at home or out on the town.
Nikon 1 J5 camera
And, finishing off this roundup, we've got this 20.8 megapixel compact camera, which also records 4K video. The J5's 3-inch touch sensitive screen flips out 180 degrees too making it great for selfies and, as the camera offers 20 fps with continuous autofocus, helping mumsy capture those precious family moments has never been easier.