Monday, May 7th, 2012
The Speck A-Line bag for iPad ($59.95) and MacBooks ($69.95) is a fabulous choice thanks to a super soft lining for her iProduct, lots of organizational pockets, and a modern shape that is comfortable to carry. If you’re already feeling short on time and guilty about not having a gift for mom, order the Speck bag from outfitYOURS.com for super fast shipping to ensure it arrives with plenty of time to spare for the Mac lover in your life.
Speck A-Line Bag
Cuddly Monkey’s line of canvas totes are created by designers who believe that the inside of the tote should be as fashionable as the outside is functional. You can’t go wrong with The Chica ($90), a classic beach tote with a zip pocket on the outside and a fun lining inside that features essential tech gadgets like a smartphone, iPod, and headphones along with sunglasses. The Babe ($90) is a more vertical bag than Chica and has a contrasting body and handles with a cheery watermelon print lining, snap closure, and zippered compartment.
Chica Bag from Cuddly Monkey
The Hannah Laptop Bag ($84.99) is a gorgeous choice for under $100 and has tons of interior and exterior pockets for any organizational junkie. There’s a padded quilted compartment that fits most 15.4″ laptops, multiple exterior pockets that include magazine pocket on the back, interior pockets to hold a smartphone, glasses, wallet, and water bottle, key fob, and also a coordinating wristlet. The pretty purple pebbled leather adds a pop of color to any work wardrobe and the choice of either a shoulder strap or handles ensures that you are always carrying your laptop comfortably.
Hannah Laptop Bag from Franklin Covey
Instead of throwing your tablet into your purse with just a cover to protect the glass front, the new Leather Tablet Messenger ($179) from Jill-e Designs’ E-Go collection features built in protection for your device and combines fashion and function to keep it safe from the bumps and bruises of a busy modern lifestyle. The Leather Tablet Messenger is a streamlined bag featuring a fold-over top flap, a wide adjustable cross-body strap, and plenty of padded interior compartments that keep everything mom needs right at her fingertips.
Leather Tablet Messenger by Jill-e Designs
Approachable woman holding purse via Shutterstock. Product photos courtesy of the companies mentioned above.
Friday, May 4th, 2012
Moms always work hard to create family memories so this Mother’s Day, create some special memories from her. Custom photobooks, cards, and digital gadgets for preserving memories will be treasured. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Highlight the important memories with mom in a custom photo book from Snapfish. Snapfish’s service is so easy to use that even your kids can help in the creation. Upload photos and let them drag and drop them into place, add text, and custom backgrounds to make a special gift that she’ll treasure.
Send mom an individualized greeting card with the new Treat by Shutterfly. With over 4,500 fully customizable card designs, including 300 from Hallmark, users can create personalized cards using personal photos and custom messages in only minutes. Cards range from $1.99-2.99 each but for a limited time, every new customer gets their first card for free. Order before May 8 for Mother’s Day delivery.
Capture precious memories with a compact DSLR like the Olympus PM-1. Those looking to upgrade their point and shoot but don’t want the bulk of traditional DSLRs will appreciate Olympus’ PM-1 line that features compact bodies that don’t compromise on picture quality. With the ability to interchange lenses, capture close up stills or far away action shots with a zoom lens this easy to hold camera features a slim body and lightweight size compared to its competitors. Photos are crisp and built in image stabilizer helps eliminate the shakiness that is inherent when capturing video. If you’ve ever wanted to capture a still while shooting video, the Olympus PM-1 allows you to do so and also features a wide variety of cool effects. Shoot right in sepia and brighten colors as you shoot with Pop Art!
Put the power of editing in the palm of her hand with an Olympus LS-20M that is compact enough to carry in any bag to capture all of life’s amazing moments. Edit on the spot using for different filters for fun effects, stream a soccer game to a far away grandparent or a dance recital via UStream anywhere you have an internet connection, and enjoy high definition video in an amazingly small package. Controls are easy to maneuver when keeping your eye on the action but in case your hand wavers, the built in electronic image stabilizer helps eliminate the shakes. The action gets even closer with 4x digital zoom while the autofocus lens keeps images crystal clear.
Happy parents looking at a photo album via Shutterstock
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
One of the best Mother’s Day gifts is the gift of keeping in touch. A quick phone call to say hi, a text to check in, or an email with a photo featuring grandchildren is always welcome. If your mom is in dire need of an upgrade to stay in touch but is like mine and easily overwhelmed by the many smartphone choices on the market, show how much you love her by selecting a device that is just right for her and helping her learn to use it!
But how do you go about selecting the right device? Here’s a handy quiz to help narrow down the many smartphone and tablet choices to one that will fit the lifestyle of the very special woman in your life this Mother’s Day.
When your mom texts you it’s usually:
a) An emoticon you’ve never seen before followed by TTYL
b) A long paragraph followed by “Love, Mom”
c) A handwritten card because she has no idea what a text is.
Your mom loves to share photos with:
a) Friends, coworkers, the next door neighbor. Pretty much everybody!
b) Immediate family only
c) The refrigerator. She loves visiting the local drugstore to get photos printed!
A perfect game night for your mom would be:
a) Angry birds since she loves to multitask, get to the next level, and of course win!
b) Words with Friends because it reminds her of all those family vacations playing Scrabble or sitting on the couch sending you her latest Draw Something creations to guess.
c) Playing charades in the living room.
If you answered mostly A…
Your mom is quite the techie! This Mother’s Day take her skills to the next level! Android familiar moms will enjoy a Samsung Galaxy Tab which is not only thin and lightweight but also features fast 4G LTE for connectivity and a beautiful HD display. Mac loving moms will appreciate the new iPad with 4G and wifi.
If you answered mostly B…
Your mom is just getting used to her smartphone so any help you can provide is a great gift. Besides a coupon for a in-person tutorial or one via Skype if she lives far away, get her gifts that will help her accessorize her device. Some great headphones like the iFrogz Lux Earphones in Pink, the environmentally-friendly Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery, or a smart case to protect her device are all fantastic gifts!
If you answered mostly C…
It’s time to bring your mom into the 21st century with an easy to use device that will help her text, take amazing photos, and access the internet in a simple to use style. The Nokia Lumia 900 is the perfect first smartphone for mom. The easy-to-use touchscreen Windows Phone interface features tiles that put her most used applications front and center on her phone while the incredible camera will let her share photos with you and the grandkids with ease. If she’s an on-the-go mom who worries about her precious device, the Samsung Rugby Smart features durable Gorilla Glass, built in case, and is waterproof making it perfect for moms with an active lifestyle and need a phone that can keep up with their every move. Or if you think she needs a big glossy screen in a small package, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S II.