There's not a gift in the world that can make up for all the crap you did as a kid, but that's what Mother's Day next Sunday May 12 is for: an annual opportunity to pay tribute to your mum and what she put up with for all those years. Here are six great gifts you can get this weekend that she'd love.
Nokia Lumia 520
Just in case you thought there weren’t enough Lumias on the market, the Lumia 520 has just been launched. The good news is that it’s cheap and cheerful. Here’s the price and where you can get it. The Lumia 520 is a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device with an 800×480 pixel screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera and features the HERE navigation suite of apps. It's easy to use, cute as a button and a quality smartphone, too.
Acer Iconia W5
If you really want to splash out and spoil Mum, get her an awesome convertible tablet. The Acer Iconia W5 is top notch. It's a Windows 8 tablet that docks to a keyboard/second battery so you're always able to get what you need to done.
Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker
All things aside, you gotta eat, right? Even if you struggle to boil water or make toast, this compact little rectangle from Cuisinart has you covered. In two easy steps, you’ll have yourself a delicious meal that didn’t come out of a box. As a plus, it automagically switches to warming mode once the cook time ends. Easy, right? Mum would be proud.
Canon Powershot N
Mum can use her smartphone to take pictures, sure, but let’s face it; she’s more comfortable with a point-and-shoot. Especially one that combines incredible pictures (that your iPhone can’t match) with an easy-to-use touchscreen. Remember, mum’s not just taking pictures of her lunch. She’s building albums’ worth of memories. Plus, the Powershot N is tiny, cute and super-easy to use.
Kobo Aura HD
My mum loves her Bryce Courtney, but she always ends up reading in the dark and straining her eyes looking at screens. If this is your mum too, give the Aura HD a go. The Kobo Aura HD is a 6.8-inch e-reader complete with a 1GHz processor, a gorgeous 1440 x 1080 screen with 265dpi, a backlight and a battery that Kobo says will go for two months. Did we mention it's gorgeous?
Google Nexus 7
Your mum loves books, music, movies and magazines, but giving her all of those would be a huge pain. Why not give her a device that can access all of them then? Seems like a no-brainer to me, and now it's nice and cheap and available in stores so it's a simple gift. If you need a little more iOS in your life, though…
The iPad mini is a great tablet if you want an easy-to-use, great-looking device for your mum. It's got all the apps she could want, as well as books, magazines, movies and music. If you hunt about you still have time to get it for less than $300, too.
Yellow Submarine Tea Infuser
In a world filled with single-serve coffee and cans of Coke Zero, your mum is one of the few holdouts who actually drinks tea from time to time, and makes it the old fashioned way. So why not help make tea time fun with a yellow submarine infuser? Also recommended for bath time.