Mom puts up with a lot, has her hands in everything, and is constantly working to better the lives of the people around her. How are you supposed to find the perfect birthday gift to show her how much she means?
Luckily, if your mom is a tech aficionado, we’ve scoured the internet to find the best birthday gifts for the techie mom. Here, you’ll find the ideal gifts to provide useful, streamlined solutions to everyday problems using efficient (and sometimes needlessly awesome) tech.
1. Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch (Overall Winner)
Our overall winner among birthday gifts for techie moms is the Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch not just because of its sleek and stylish design but for the extensive capabilities it encompasses. Although the tech world is working on it, wearable technology often tends to value function over style.
This Withings Steel smartwatch tracks both activity and sleep. It also pairs with your smartphone to receive texts and call notifications on the watch face. But the thoughtful, minimalist, and subtly stylish design is what tips the scales to score as the overall winner.
2. Aqua Audio Bluetooth Shower Speaker
A techie mom is connected at all times. That’s why this Bluetooth shower speaker is the perfect addition to her day. Whether shampooing to her favorite tunes or catching up on the latest news, this compact Bluetooth speaker automatically pairs with her device and offers the ability to adjust the volume, skip songs, and answer calls in the shower! (I mean if you want…)
This compact 3″x 3″ speaker uses an easy and powerful suction cup design for mounting and comes in three fun colors. Altogether this thoughtful gift definitely ranks among the best birthday gift for the techie mom.
3. OhO Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses
Hands-free is the ultimate goal of a techie mom. They simply have more important things to do with their hands. They’re transporting kids to soccer practice, getting groceries, having meetings, and trying to stay sane. That’s why these Bluetooth audio sunglasses from OhO are undeniably one of the best birthday gifts for the techie mom.
Smartglasses haven’t quite caught on so this affordable wearable tech might be the best gift she never knew she always needed. Audio comes from both arms of the glasses with additional earphone accessory for those who need it.
Enabled with smart assistant voice command, the tech mom can finally feed the soccer team and pre-order dinner with voice dialing from their phone list. These glasses do it all: speak directions, weather and traffic updates, and play music!
4. Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry
Conquering the battle between function and design, the Bellabeat Leaf Urban must be mentioned among the best birthday gifts for the techie mom.
Bellabeat thought of everything when they designed their undeniably attractive health and health and fitness tracker designs. Avoiding the mess of charging by using an old school coin cell battery, and using water-resistant wood in a stone-like presentation, this item comes in a variety of colors and designs to delight your techie mom. The tracker comes with a leather bracelet material that can either be worn on the wrist or around the neck.
The Leaf Urban is paired with an app to track sleep, activity, reproductive health, and manage stress. Furthermore, the Leaf is focused primarily on women’s health specifically making it a unique product meant especially for your techie mom.
5. Texsens LED Light Bulb Speaker
The best birthday gifts for the techie mom combine tech with things they will enjoy, right? That’s why this Bluetooth LED light bulb with wireless stereo audio is the perfect idea.
These unique lightbulbs, equivalent to a 50-watt halogen bulb, are also equipped Bluetooth and audio features! (The audio function might be a good or bad thing depending on your techie mom’s taste in music. Choose wisely.)
An extra bonus is the price tag which makes buying a set of these bulbs a very real possibility. And with one remote able to control multiple bulbs, we really think you should consider it. This energy-saving bulb is a unique idea that could delight the techie mom.
6. Muse 2: Brain Sensing Headband
We’ve been focusing on responding to everyday problems with tech, but if that doesn’t work for your mom, consider the Muse 2; a revolutionary brain-sensing headband.
This headband monitors brain wave, heart, breathe, and body activity to promote calm and focus. The Muse 2 takes the guesswork out of meditation with trackable progress, and the ability to set goals. (Although we might argue that is antithetical to meditation. Still…)
You might be wondering, aside from the jargon, what does the Muse 2 actually do? According to the manufacturer, the Muse 2 translates mental activity into guiding weather sounds to help find focused calm. When your mind is busy, you’ll hear stormy weather, whereas a calmer mind might tune in to more peaceful sounds.
If the idea of wearing this headband is a sticking point there are different designs of the Muse system available as well as cases and bundles.
7. SOI Original Handbag Light
It never fails. The keys always end up at the bottom of the bag. And those mints? They could be anywhere.
It’s hard to explain, but truthfully handbags function a lot like black holes. Conveniently, someone thought to shine some light on the subject.
The SOI Original Handbag Light is one of the best birthday gifts for the techie mom because not only does it solve a consistent and irksome problem, but it does so in an attractive, responsive way.
One of the most noteworthy design details of the light is the automatic motion sensor. Whereas other lights might require finding them and then turn them on, this little light turns on when it senses motion and turns itself off after 10 seconds making it immediately and effortlessly useful. The two AAA batteries won’t have to be replaced for up to nine months meaning no charging cables.
8. Spout by AeroGarden
If your techie mom loves homegrown herbs and spices, this unique item from AeroGarden might be the perfect gift. Able to accommodate plants up to 10″ tall, this water-based planting system (as opposed to soil) takes the guesswork out of gardening. The control panel alerts when to add water add plant food, and the device automatically turns the lights on and off for your in-home hydroponic system.
Built off the idea that plants will translate the 10-watt LED lighting system into photosynthesis resulting in rapid, natural growth, this three-plant version of the AeroGarden is the smallest of its kind with the largest counterpart boasting a footprint of 24″ and holding nine plants.
AeroGarden claims that with the proper blend of lighting and nutrients, plants can grow up to five times faster than regular soil-based planting. For a techie mom, this ticks all the boxes by relying on tech to create an in-home solution for the busy mom who loves fresh herbs in her cooking.
9. Echogear Desk Clamp Power Station
The undeniable truth is this: with tech comes cords. (Lots and lots of cords.) That’s why, as a hail mary play, we are including this Echogear Desk Clamp Power Station. Please your techie mom with this ingenious cord and power solution.
Using an adjustable clamping system, this design brings struggle-free access to six AC ports, two standard USB ports, and one USB-C port in an attractive, efficient way. Able to clamp onto anything up to 2.5″, the options for this power and cord solution are endless.
Ok, it’s not sexy, but keeping power, cords and clutter contained and accessible is the constant struggle for all tech heads.
10. Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives by David M. Levy (Budget Winner)
Thinking outside the box, however, some of the best birthday gifts for the techie mom might be the least tech of all. The Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives, offers a different perspective on the tech revolution and our response to it.
David Levy, professor and technologist at the Information School at the University of Washington, strives to achieve a “contemplative balance”. Interestingly, this technologist also has a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding, so he clearly understands both sides of the tech debate.
In Mindful Tech Levy invites the reader to engage in exercises meant to help discover healthier and more effective digital practices. For the overworked, plugged-in, cord-laden techie mom, this book might be the best gift you could give.
The Modern-Day Superhero: The Techie Mom
When the techie mom has a birthday it can be intimidating to wade through the ocean of possibilities for a gift. The good news is that tech is constantly evolving and that tech can be as complex as in-home hydroponic systems or as simplistic and elegant as a light for a handbag.
The best birthday gifts for the techie mom are the ones that will make her smile from the possibilities. Maybe she can take calls on her watch, listen to music on her sunglasses, track her stress levels with her mindfulness headband, and chill out with some jazz emanating from her in-shower Bluetooth speaker. But if that’s the case, get her that book, too. That woman definitely needs to unplug.
If it’s not mom who’s having a birthday, check out our list of Best Birthday Gifts for a Techie Dad.