Your poor mother. She’s had to put up with you all these years. Christmas is one of the few times per year where you can actually show her you care with a little token of appreciation. If you want to get her something geeky she’ll actually use, try these suggestions.
Apple iPad Mini
The iPad Mini has always been a fantastic, straightforward to use tablet, and this Christmas it’s cheaper than ever. Thanks to the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 being out, the original iPad Mini, which is still fantastic, is only $299. Or $298 at Dick Smith!
[$298, Dick Smith]
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Alternatively, if your Mum feels more comfortable with Android (or a larger screen), the Tab 4 10.1 is all the tablet she’ll need, and at $299, it’s just as cheap as the iPad.
[$299, Dick Smith]
We loved the Fitbit Force when it came out last year, but it was recalled after more than a few problems. Fitbit worked hard on the device, and came out recently with the Fitbit Charge, which is awesome. The Charge’s existence means that once again you can buy a Fitbit wristband with an integrated screen and that can tell when you’re climbing stairs. Plus, the Charge can now tell you who’s calling (with Caller ID) when you pair it to a smartphone, and automatically detect when you go to sleep instead of requiring a button press. Fitbit says it will get a full seven days of battery life, on par with the original Force.
[$150, Dick Smith]
Kindle Fire HD
Forget boring, black and white, e-paper readers. It’s time to come into the HD colour era with the Kindle Fire HD. It’s super fancy, sporting a 6-inch full colour, high-resolution display, and a bargain at $149.
[$149, Dick Smith]
While the Sony DSC-RX100 may be the priciest product in our gift guide for your Mum, it’s the only camera we’d recommend as the perfect go-anywhere, shoot anything handbag option. It’s pricey, but it’s a camera she’ll have for years.
[$699, JB Hi-Fi]