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10 Mother’s Day Gifts for Working Moms

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The idea of a “working mom” is a bit of a redundancy. Motherhood, by its very nature, is work. Whether it’s at home, in an office, on the subway, or anywhere in between, being a mom is an arduous task. There is, after all, a reason it’s called going into labor, never going out of. So, to salute all the moms out there, and pay homage to the hard work they do on our behalf, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tech gadgets that can hopefully lighten their load.

1. Google Home

We can’t stress this enough: Being a mom is hard work. And what does every hard job need? How about an assistant? Cue Google Home, the wireless speaker system that’s equal parts secretary, DJ, and know-it-all au pair. Using integrated Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology, this AI assistant can play music, check weather status, answer pressing questions, and so much more. Busy moms can use it to rearrange appointments, play the kids’ favorite songs, set reminders for board meetings and play dates, and everything else along the way.

Google Home

2. Amazon Echo

Like the Google Home, the Amazon Echo is a digital speaker-slash-assistant that utilizes voice-recognition technology to integrate with your wireless network to perform tasks and provide up-to-minute info and reminders. Play music, check movie times, get traffic updates. If mom has a question, the Echo has the answer.

Amazon Echo

3. Fitbit Alta HR

For mothers interested in monitoring their activity levels throughout the day, fitness trackers like Fitbit Alta HR are a great idea. Not only does it count steps, distance, and calories burned, it also monitors heart-rate activity. The Alta may not lighten the load so much as it does quantify it, but for moms who like seeing the result of their hard work in terms of steps and miles, it’s a fine gift idea.

Fitbit Alta HR Activity Tracker

4. Apple Watch Series 2

The Apple Watch combines several items on our list into a single, handy device. Fitness tracker? Check. Personal assistant? Check. Compass, calendar, consultant? Check, check, check. Plus, it’s stylish as all get-out. With unparalleled features, applications, and customization options, the Apple Watch is a great gift for mothers of any vocational stripe.

Apple Watch Series 2 38mm Smartwatch

If mom isn’t an Apple user, or she prefers a circular watch design, LG and Huawei offer sleek alternatives that are also sure to please.

5. Sony Digital Voice Recorder

If your mom is someone who needs to keep a lot of notes but doesn’t have the time to jot them all down, a digital voice recorder is a helpful solution. We recommend the Sony ICD-PX440 Digital Recorder. With 4GB of internal memory and microSD card support, mom will be able to record hours of lessons, lectures, notes, reminders, and more. Great for writers, lawyers, teachers, or anyone with a busy schedule who needs to take notes on the fly.

Sony ICD-PX440 4GB PX Series MP3 Digital Voice IC Recorder

6. Wacom Intuos Tablet

For moms working in an artistic field, studio time isn’t always an option. In place of that, a portable illustrator like the Wacom Intuos comes in very handy. Whether it’s illustration, graphic design, fashion, or anything in between, artistic moms can edit their work on the go, then upload work later to their PC. It’s a great tool for touching up work or beginning new ideas, and its easy portability means it works well with mom’s busy schedule.

Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet

7. Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Headphones

I asked one of my friends—a mother of three young girls—if there was something she wanted more than anything else this Mother’s Day. “Yes,” she said, “how about some peace and quiet?” She doesn’t know it yet, but her husband will be gifting her a pair of new Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones this Sunday. These wireless headphones feature active noise cancellation technology that renders incoming audio crystal clear, even in noisy situations. And while no headphones will shut out all exterior noise, these do an excellent job of creating an immersive audio experience that will provide moms a much-deserved respite.

Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

8. Amazon Kindle

For mothers with a mass-transit commute, or those who rely on tablets and other electronic readers for work, the Amazon Kindle might be the perfect gift idea for this Mother's Day. Millions of titles are available and easily readable, thanks to the Kindle's 6" glare-free display. With 4GB of onboard storage, moms can save thousands of books on the device to pull whenever needed. So, whether it's for research, story time, or a just little personal reading on the ride to her place of employment, the Kindle will make any mama-bear bibliophile smile.

Kindle 6" eReader

9. Roku Premiere+

Just because motherhood is a lot of work doesn't mean there can’t be any play. Why not gift mom a Roku Premiere+ so she can unwind a bit at the end of a long day? Roku lets her access more than 3,500 channels of entertainment, from television programs to premiere movies. Plus, digital services like Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Go are available, so she can catch up on all the shows she missed during the week.

Roku Premiere+ Streaming Player

10. Duet Tracker

Being a mom means wearing a lot of hats, spinning multiple plates, and tending to multiple irons in multiple fires. All that multitasking can lead to things getting lost along the way: wallets, keys, phone—you name it. If your mom is someone who would benefit from keeping a closer tab on personal items, consider picking up a PROTAG Bluetooth Tracker. This Bluetooth-enabled tag marks all those easily misplaced items, so you can keep track of them always. Use the free companion app to see exactly where tagged items are, or to send alerts if certain items wander off. Now, when the kids move her keys, she’ll know exactly where they put them.

PROTAG Duet Bluetooth Tracker

So, there you have it—10 gifts that recognize your mom’s hard work and hopefully can help along the way. Spoiler alert: None of these gifts will truly be able to repay the debt we all owe—how could they?—but they’re a much-needed start. Think about which present would help your mom the most, then get to shopping. And call home occasionally. Your mom misses you.

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