A Mother's Day Gift Guide for Your Digital Mom

If you're too tired of sending flowers, too far away to take her to brunch or too old to give her a framed picture of yourself, the question looms large, what are you going to give your mother this Mother's Day? If you're scratching your head for unique ideas, scratch no more. The following suggestions intend for you to let the past be your guide with unique gift ideas rooted in your childhood memories.


If you were an organized kid, you most likely came from an organized mom. With so much on every mom’s plate, she'd most likely love to be even a smidge more organized. The Metro Tote from Acme Made offers strength and staying power with a removable laptop sleeve that can work on its own with a carrying strap and multiple compartments for accessories. The stylish and oh-so practical tote is perfect for a weekend bag (with or without the laptop sleeve) and comes in spicy Chili Pepper Red nylon, natural Italian canvas or Black Telun Vulcanized canvas.

•www.acmemade.com, $274.99-$359.99


She’s spent countless nights singing lullabies. Give her back some of those lost hours with soothing sounds that will lull her to sleep. The Authentic Sound Oasis Machine by Hammacher Schlemmer utilizes sound cards to create a relaxing space even in a bustling city. The sounds of relaxing rain, surf, stream, wind, summer night and white noise are included and additional sound cards can be purchased separately. The system runs on the included AC adapter or four AA batteries.

•www.hammacher.com, $59.95 system, $19.95 additional sound cards. 


You always have been a bit of a pain in the neck. Let her reclaim her neck now with the Jabra JX10 Series II wireless headset. The sleek and tiny headset, works with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and features an award-winning design by Danish designer, Jacob Jensen featuring MultiPoint capability for connecting two devices simultaneously. One of the smallest headsets on the market, the JX10 Series II offers six hours of talk time, 200 hours of standby time, weighs just 0.35 ounces and comes with a desktop charging cradle, an in-car charger and a carry pouch.

•www.jabra.com, $129.99


Always the charmer, you typically go right for her heart with a touching card and a bunch of flowers. This year, give her something just as sweet, but a little more functional. The personalized MP3 player ear buds for the young-at-heart-mom come in one of four styles including red stars or pink hearts made of Swarovski crystals and a clip-on engravable charm pendant.

•www.thingsremembered.com, $29.99 (plus personalization)


You may have been an adorable kid but, like it or not, her grandbabies are cuter. Save some space in her already overcrowded purse by loading up Brookstone’s pocket-sized PictureBook Portable Digital Photo Album. The wallet-sized brag book has 64MB of memory, is compatible with most memory cards and can hold up to 500 digital photos viewed on a 3.5” color LCD screen. The simple controls make it easy to create customized photo albums and the unit runs on a rechargeable battery.


With very little sleep under her belt, a mom who can keep up with energetic kids is usually accompanied by copious amounts of coffee. Feed the caffeinated need that started long ago with the Krups KM7000 Grind-and-Brew 10 Cup Coffeemaker. The hardworking coffee maker has multiple digital settings that control features such as the automatic coffee bean grinder, the coffee strength settings and the coffee-to-water ratio.


Preserve your best ham-and-cheese-on-wry moments captured on good, old fashioned film or video. Just send in your photos, slides, negatives or home movies and let Scandigital.com scan them to CD, DVD or an external hard drive to preserve the memories forever. Two options to pay are available, whether you want to base it on a digital count of materials or via one of their prepaid packages. A free, unlimited photo gallery is included with every account.

•www.scandigital.com, prices start at $0.48 per photo


In a house full of noise, sometimes mom just wants to escape to her own reality, even if it's reality TV. The Sennheiser Wireless Headphones RS 110 are lightweight and comfy enough to wear for long periods of time spent listening to music or her favorite show. The headphones function well between walls and outside up to 1000 meters from the transmission base and run on AAA batteries.


You and your kids are the silliest of moving targets. Give mom an all in one digital camcorder and camera that's easy to operate. The Sanyo VP-HD700 shoots 720p high definition videos and records them directly to SDHC memory cards. The unit also contains a 7 MP digital camera, 2.7” wide screen, digital image stabilization, in-camera editing, a docking station and easy playback to an HD or standard TV screen.


You always were the practical one, give that girly techie mom just what she needs with way more style than your average USB drive. The Pexagon USB Sticks come in a pack of three colors (purple paisley, lime green and hot pink butterflies) and include either 1 or 2 GB of memory. The drives will keep her on the move and save her from carrying around a bag stuffed with files and that ancient laptop.

•www.pexagontech.com, $44.99-$59.99
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