Celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day by giving her an impressive smart home device or connected gadget. Whether your mama loves cooking, gardening, or exercising, there are smart home gadgets that can streamline her lifestyle. As a bonus, busy moms will love the convenience of smart home technology.
Here are our 10 favorite smart home gifts for Mom (and 10 bonus gifts just for kicks):
The Amazon Echo (around $100) is a smart speaker with the Alexa voice service and 360-degree speaker outputs. With the Echo, Mom can give voice commands from across the room to ask Alexa questions, start a music playlist, and control other smart home products with ease.
Alexa is an excellent digital assistant for mothers with full hands and hectic schedules. Now, Ma can catch up on her favorite audiobooks and check the weather before heading to the park or getting to work in her home office.
If Mom’s a diehard Google† fan, you might consider getting her a Google Home (around $99) in place of an Amazon Echo. It doesn’t have the seamless integrations with Amazon services that make Alexa so amazing, but it’s usually better at answering questions and holds its own in terms of audio quality.
Mom doesn’t need an expensive Peloton machine to get her heart pumping when she can take her jump roping to the next level with the SmartRope Rookie (around $40).
The SmartRope mobile app tracks exercise time, jumps, and calories burned for an effective cardio workout. It can also coach Ma to reach new heights with interval training programs. Competitive moms might like the leaderboard for showing off their skills (SmartRope plans to track tricks in a future update). There’s also a rewards system to help Ma set and meet goals.
Whether your mom’s a jump rope addict or looking for a quick cardio workout in the morning, the SmartRope Rookie can show her you care about her heart.
If Mom’s not as spry as she used to be, go with something more grounded like the Fitbit Inspire HR (around $100) to track stats like steps, distance, calories, heart rate, and sleep quality
The Anova Precision Cooker Nano (around $99) is the perfect tool to introduce Mom to sous vide cooking—a slow cooking staple of high-end restaurants—that heats food to the ideal temperature while infusing seasonings throughout the dish.
Sous vide is especially fantastic for cooking meat and fish to perfection because it’s practically impossible to overcook food with this method. It results in the tenderest of steaks—from rare to well done.
Mom can control the Anova Precision Cooker Nano from her smartphone to set timers, get recipes, and dive into delicious food. Sous vide cooking is a surefire way to level up Mom’s kitchen technique.
As good as sous vide cooking is—and it’s so good—it takes a long time and a lot of patience. If Mom wants to save time on dinner, an Instant Pot Smart WiFi (around $150) is a no-brainer pressure cooker she can control with her smartphone, whether she’s leaving work or chasing kids around the house.
4. Atomi Smart Coffee Maker: Best for Coffee Lovers
With the Atomi Smart Coffee Maker (around $90), Mom can start brewing before she even gets out of bed in the morning. Or she can schedule a fresh cup for when she returns from work for the day.
The Atomi connects to Mama’s Wi-Fi network for all-day remote access to its brewing settings, and the 12-cup capacity keeps the coffee coming until she gets her caffeine fix. Mama can even use voice control to ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to make coffee while she’s rolling out of bed or working in her home office.
While she occasionally has to put coffee in the Atomi Smart Coffee Maker’s reusable filter and fill the water tank, it’s worth it for the pure pleasure of on-demand coffee.
Smart Coffee Without an App
If Mom wants more than a simple cup of joe in the morning, then she might appreciate the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System (around $230). It has multiple brewing settings so mom can create the perfect iced coffee or cappuccino to fit her mood.
5. B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer: Best for Gardeners
Keeping up with the vegetable garden or flower beds doesn’t require an intricate underground sprinkler system when a hose and sprinkler can get the job done. Help Mom save water and time with the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer (around $80).
This smart gardening device uses batteries, so it’s easy to install on any faucet before attaching the hose. Mom starts by setting schedules with her smartphone, and the B-hyve does the rest—right down to accounting for current weather conditions.
No Garden, No Problem
Mom can still garden in an apartment with a stylish AeroGarden Bounty (around $400) on the kitchen table. Even if mother’s thumbs are far from green, the AeroGarden Bounty reminds mom when to water and has a wide selection of plant pods to suit her tastes.
6. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance: Best for Spa-Goers
The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance kit (around $169) is perfect for spa day because Mom can dim the lights and change them to a more soothing color for the ultimate relaxation. If your ma wants some screen-free time, there’s even a wireless smart button to dim the lights from her comfortable chair.
No other smart lighting tech rivals Philips Hue for smart home compatibility, so Mama can ask Google Assistant or Alexa to adjust the lights and turn down the smart thermostat while playing the perfect spa music from Spotify.
We think Philips Hue is best when you pair it with a timeless gift for mothers: a homemade coupon book for free massages (we’re always looking for an excuse to break out the crafting supplies).
Aromatherapy with an App
If Mother dabbles in essential oils, she’ll love the Sierra Modern Home Smart Diffuser (around $40) she can control using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Not only does it help fill Mom’s home with a pleasant aroma, but it also works as an ultrasonic humidifier to help save her skin from dry air.
Mom can find her keys or wallet with the press of a button using the Tile Pro (around $35). It’s a remarkably simple device—when Ma presses a button in the mobile app, the corresponding Tile Pro chimes for easy recovery.
She can attach a small, chic Tile Pro to any item, be it a pocketbook, keychain, or purse, for easy finding later. And if Mom wants to keep track of her phone, Tile Pro also works in reverse order—tapping the device causes the linked phone to ring.
Stay on Schedule
Some moms plan their days down to the minute, so get them an Amazon Echo Show 5 (around $90) smart display for an easy way to view calendar notifications, morning news updates, and Alexa voice controls. There’s even a built-in camera for video calls. Or maybe ma will use it as a stylish alarm clock just to keep things simple?
It’s normal for mamas to want to protect their kids. So why not give them better tools for the job? Mom can watch over the house more efficiently with a security camera like the Wyze Cam Pan (around $38). She can put it in the nursery to watch the baby or in the playroom to watch the kids while putting her feet up for a few minutes.
Ma can control the Wyze Cam Pan with a mobile app to catch teens sneaking in after curfew using the camera’s night vision function. Or maybe she’ll use the camera’s two-way audio to check in with the family while she’s at work or running errands.
Step Up the Security
If a security camera isn’t enough, consider getting mom a security system like Ring Alarm (starting around $199). It’s easy to install and has some of the lowest monitoring fees in the industry. Ma can even use the system without a subscription.
If Mom loves to shop online (honestly, same), there’s a good chance she’ll want a Ring Video Doorbell (around $100) to spot deliveries on the porch. Not only that, but it’s also an excellent way to chat with Grubhub drivers as she makes her way to the door.
Beyond shopping, a smart doorbell can boost security by watching for suspicious activity in the front yard day and night. Mom can even pair the Ring Video Doorbell with a smart lock to let the kids in after school.
If your mom’s a dancing queen in disguise, the Amazon Echo Studio (around $200) can bring it out with more power and better sound quality than the original Echo smart speaker. Make no mistake, the Echo Studio is just as easy to use with its built-in Alexa voice assistant, but it’s a party in a box.
When the music’s over, Mom can use the Echo Studio as a smart home hub that’s compatible with Zigbee devices like Philips Hue. Or she can pair it with a Fire TV device to bring more life—and Dolby Atmos surround sound—to her favorite movies.
Stream Like a Dream
Speaking of Fire TV, we recommend the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (around $50) for ma’s movie night. It’s compatible with her favorite streaming services and works with Alexa in case the couch eats the remote before intermission.
Sometimes you want to give Mom more than flowers and a card (still a classic, though). Instead, spoil her with smart home gadgets to help her pursue the things she loves. And you don’t have to wait for your ma’s birthday or Mother’s Day to shower her with smart home gifts and show your appreciation for the beautiful person she is.
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Written by John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist with over seven years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home. Learn more