Whether you’re looking for a smart device to keep her connected or a fun tech accessory to make her life easier, we’ve got the gifts she’s sure to love.
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With technology now advancing at breakneck speed, it seems like there’s always a new gadget or gizmo to discover.
It can feel overwhelming at times but it’s great news for anyone on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
From innovative beauty tools to top-rated e-readers, we’ve rounded up plenty of nifty gift ideas we think anyone would love to unwrap.
They don’t even have to be a hardcore tech-head to appreciate some of the options on this list — we’ve got plenty of cool and practical ideas that any mum will adore.
BEST TECH GIFTS FOR WOMEN
BEST GIFTS UNDER $100
If you’re buying for someone who doesn’t already own a smart speaker, Amazon’s Echo Dot is likely to be a game changer. The attractive voice-activated speaker has a great range of smart functions, making it easy for your recipient to organise her day without ever having to lift a finger.
Just a few of the Echo Dot’s features include streaming music, checking the weather, setting alarms, creating reminders and managing compatible smart home devices. It’s also available in three different colour options, so you can choose the one that best suits her home.
For the woman who love plants but hasn’t quite mastered the art of keeping them alive, this self-watering planter pot is sure to go down a treat. Its compact nature makes it great for apartment living, while its minimalist design can easily slot into any home decor. It can also store water for an entire week, making it much more difficult for your giftee to kill off her latest pot plant.
This gorgeous stone diffuser by Palm Beach will have her home smelling heavenly in no time. Letting out an ultrafine cool mist, the diffuser adds moisture to the air while masking odour and dispersing her favourite calming essential oil. Complete with LED lights to set the ambience, it’s the perfect way to help her reduce stress and refresh her space.
A modern take on a classic gift, this digital photo frame will give her constant access to all of her favourite memories. Featuring a 1024 x 600 pixel screen resolution and a 7-inch screen, it’s the perfect addition to any home.
Amazon’s top-tier Fire Stick remote will allow her to stream more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes from thousands of popular apps so she can stay up to date with all the latest releases. With included support for Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR10+, 4K Ultra HD and immersive Dolby Atmos audio too, it will bring the cinematic experience right to her couch.
If she’s into cosy games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is guaranteed to make her smile. The popular game will see her character move to an island paradise and enjoy a leisurely life of crafting, fishing, gardening and island design, allowing her plenty of peaceful creativity.
Not quite the right pick? Check out our full round up of new games.
Give her AirPods a fun upgrade with this adorable avocado case from Yonocosta. The environmentally-friendly case supports wireless charging and is fitted with a matching key ring so your giftee can always keep her buds on hand. It also comes with free shipping when you spend over $39 at Amazon, making it a great add-on to some of the other gifts on this list.
It may not be the most exciting present ever but, if she’s constantly on her phone, this slim power bank is sure to come in handy. With dual 12W and 5W USB-A ports, it can charge two devices simultaneously and provide up to 70 hours of additional battery life for a standard iPhone. In short — she’ll never be caught with a dead battery again.
If your best friend fancies herself as a world-class singer whenever she hits the shower, this little JBL speaker is sure to be her new favourite thing. Available in twelve different colours, the fully waterproof model delivers surprisingly big sound, so she can karaoke until her heart’s content.
For the woman constantly on the go, this sleek Bellroy Tech Kit offers a great way to stay organised. The compact kit holds cables, chargers and smaller gadgets, so she can keep everything she needs in the one place.
If you have a friend or family member who is forever in search of their keys, this Tile Pro pack will have them sorted. The little tracker can be hooked onto a key ring or placed in a purse and tracked through the accompanying app so she never loses sight of them again.
BEST GIFTS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT SEEKER
As the Nintendo Switch’s little sibling, the Nintendo Switch Lite offers a similar gaming experience at a more affordable price point. While it only offers handheld play (as opposed to the Nintendo Switch’s dual handheld and TV play), the sleek design plays a great range of games, making it a fun gift that will keep her entertained for ages.
Bookworms can get their fix no matter where they are with Amazon’s popular Kindle Paperwhite. Now equipped with an impressive 6.8-inch screen, USB-C charging and a brighter screen, the waterproof e-reader offers a convenient way for her to take all of her favourite reads on that next big vacation.
Whether she’s into photography or just enjoys taking happy snaps on your nights out together, Fujifilm’s instax mini 11 makes a great gift at any age. Equipped with basic point-and-shoot functionality, the camera is virtually foolproof and uses reasonably priced film which is available in a variety of fun designs.
For the gamer girl, you can’t go past this hugely popular Kraken Kitty Headset. Fitted with Bluetooth 5.0, 40mm drivers and Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting, the adorable headphones will allow her to express her style with lighting displays and a suite of effects available on both the earcups and cat ears.
BEST GIFTS FOR THE BEAUTY GURU
We know, we know — it’s featured on every gift idea list, but the Dyson Airwrap is a top seller for good reason. The hi-tech hair styler uses airflow to style and smooth hair, which means your recipient can use less heat while drying or styling her locks. Arriving with a whole range of accessories in tow, the Airwrap can be used to dry, straighten, wave or curl hair, making it well worth its rather hefty price tag.
It may look a little strange, but Foreo’s UFO Mini Smart Mask is a must-have for those who can’t go past an at-home spa day. Designed to be used with UFO Mini compatible masks, the facial massager will guide her through a 90-second facial treatment that includes LED light therapy and T-Sonic pulsations for ultimate mask absorption.
Offering rhythmic percussion massaging, this innovative eye mask is sure to be a hit with anyone in desperate need of a little R & R. Equipped with heating pads and built-in speakers that can be connected via Bluetooth, the mask is made to be popped on after a long day spent staring at device screens.
Every beauty guru knows there’s nothing more essential for a happy, healthy glow than a decent night’s sleep. To help your giftee get some shut eye, consider wrapping up these Bose Sleepbuds, which use noise-masking technology and play relaxing sounds to aid sleep. Designed to sit snugly inside the ears, the sleepbuds can be worn all night long and even feature a gentle alarm to help wake her up in the morning.
BEST GIFTS FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
UE’s Wonderboom 2 has a habit of flying off shelves come Christmas or summer time, and it isn’t hard to see why. Available in a fun array of colours, the little speaker delivers surprisingly big 360-degree sound and a decent battery life. In a quirky twist, the Wonderboom 2 is also designed to float, making it great for pool parties and general outdoor use.
Noisy office? Screaming kids? Bose’s Headphones 700 will give her the gift of peace and quiet thanks to eleven levels of active noise cancellation. Widely considered one of the best pairs of over-ears on the market, the 700’s offer a great blend of style, audio performance and battery life, making them a gift that’s guaranteed to impress.
Give old-school listening a modern twist with this Bluetooth-enabled portable turntable. Available in a range of colours, the turntable comes in a charming portable suitcase shell so your giftee can take it with them wherever they go. It also comes with a Bluetooth receiver and built-in speakers so they can listen to their favourite records on the go or through external speakers.
Apple’s AirPods (2nd Gen) are a great buy for those who usually find in-ear headphones unpleasant to wear. The popular buds feature a unique, universal fit that makes them comfortable for most people and stops them from falling out while you’re exercising. They also come with voice assistant Siri and a handy charging case that grants them more than 24-hours of battery life, making them ideal for the friend that’s constantly on the go.
BEST GIFTS FOR THE GYM JUNKIE
With its slim design and classic adjustable strap, the Fitbit Luxe is a great fitness tracker for those with smaller wrists. Equipped with a crisp AMOLED colour display, the Luxe tracks everyday activity such as steps, workouts and heart rate, along with swim, sleep and menstrual cycles. It also includes several smartwatch features such as notifications and timers, and features mental health tools like guided breathing, making it a great pick for the health conscious.
This nifty little ball is great for workout recovery, targeting tight muscle areas with its high-intensity vibrating core. Featuring three speed settings, the TSA carry-on approved device will fit into the palm of her hand and can be used to roll over sore muscles wherever they need some loosening up.
Despite having only been recently released onto the Australian market, the Beats Fit Pro have already made quite an impression on the fitness crowd. Featuring Apple’s H1 chip, active noise cancellation and up to six hours of battery life (or 24-hours with the charging case), the little buds offer many of the same functions as the AirPods Pro but at a cheaper price point, making them a top gift option.
Theragun’s range of massage devices have been incredibly popular lately, making now the ideal time to gift someone a little R & R. The little massager helps to relieve muscle tension and aid recovery, while remaining portable enough to fit into a gym bag, so it’s great for both casual gym-goers and professional athletes alike.
BEST GIFTS FOR THE HOMEBODY
Made for both the busy and the forgetful, this Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug will ensure her favourite hot beverage doesn’t go to waste. Keeping drinks hot for up to 90 minutes, the mug can be programmed to a temperature of her choosing and will automatically enter sleep mode once it’s empty.
Philips Hue LightStrip is perfect for the friend who enjoys jazzing up their living space. Able to be fitted under cabinets and bars or behind entertainment systems, the flexible strip will light up any space and can be synced with music, games or movies for a fun and immersive entertainment experience.
Tea aficionados will love unwrapping this Breville smart kettle, which knows the right temperature to brew different types of tea. With five pre-programmed settings, it allows the user to extract delicate flavours and brew their perfect cup of black, white, green or Oolong tea, as well as French Press coffee.
This stylish smart display is a great way to make your giftee’s life a little easier. With the ability to play videos and music, create reminders and to-dos, check the weather, display photos, set alarms and heaps more, it’s a device they’ll be using every single day.
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Lauren is news.com.au’s Best Of consumer technology writer. She previously worked at comparison site Finder as the senior shopping writer where she reported on everything from tech gadgets to the latest home products. Prior to cutting her teeth as a journalist, she completed a Bachelor of journalism at the University of South Australia and worked as a media adviser for JB Hi-Fi where she sold the very products she now writes about.