OK, so you’ve been rushing around, busy buying all sorts of gifts for your family, extended family, and friends. Did you forget someone? Perhaps yourself? As moms, we often put ourselves last. There are so many great gadgets out there that can make mom’s lives easier, but who has time to find them? Well, we do! At WellConnectedMom, we are constantly scouting for technology that helps make family life easier…or at least more fun! We are excited to share with you our Top 10 Christmas Gadgets for Moms this year, we think you’ll find them very helpful.
If you are looking for even more great Christmas gadgets gift suggestions, see our Top 10 Christmas Gadgets from last year. Let us know what you think or if you have another suggestion to add to our list!
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
We reviewed the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro earlier this month, this laptop is a winner with its sleek design, orange appeal, 360 degree fold and flip framework, and the fact it weighs in at a mere 3.1 pounds. It’s a great laptop for work or for answering emails and updating Facebook or while waiting for your child’s gymnastics practice to end, giving you mobile freedom from your desk at home.
With it’s fast Intel processor, 13.3 inch HD screen, 8GB RAM Memory, and long-lasting battery, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a workhorse for both work and home. And with it’s bright orange color, it’s sure to turn a head or two along the way!
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is discounted now that the Yoga 3 Pro is out. You can purchase the Yoga 2 Pro for $1,1149.99 at Amazon with free shipping.
Now here’s an unique gift. Do you have a good place to charge your phone, tablet, or whatever other device next to your bed? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a space just for your gadgets that doesn’t clutter up your table…and has plenty of electricity to juice up all your devices? The Tower, made by the Art of Power, offers a simplified solution to de-clutter your living spaces while keeping your devices charged.
The Tower comes with a weighted base to prevent tip-over and four AC outlets and two USB ports to keep your gadgets in power. It stands 3 feet tall and includes two holsters to safely hold a tablet and a phone. No more searching for an outlet under the bed every time you want to charge, the Tower brings you the best of convenience and even includes built-in surge protection, something your wall outlet can’t. The Tower is so handy, use next to your bed, next to the couch, in your office, in the garage, and more.
The Art of Power Tower sells for $99 and is available from the Art of Power website.
Keurig 2.0 is perfect for the mom who loves coffee…or even for the one that does not. For years we have disappointed our guests because we never made coffee available. We did have a 12-cup coffee brewer, but friends had to bring their own fresh coffee and make it if they wanted some. You see, we didn’t drink enough coffee at home to be able to keep fresh coffee available. With the Keruig 2.0, we can now serve just one guest coffee, or several of them at a time with Keruig’s new carafe feature. Brewing up a carafe at a time serves 3 guests.
The Keurig 2.0 has revolutionized our coffee serving abilities and increased our guest satisfaction. Now, I’m drinking coffee more because it’s so easy to prepare. With over 250 varieties of coffees and drinks available, Keurig gives moms a special treat at home without having to drive to get it. It also helps moms to serve guests a perfect cup of coffee…or a carafe full…at a moment’s notice.
Keurig 2.0 K500 sells for $189.00 at Walmart, including free shipping.
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2015 is a fun video game to play with the kids or when you have your girlfriends over. It’s always perfect for a fun laugh and you’re sure to get in some good exercise! Feature fun hit songs such as “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora, and classics like “Walk This Way” by Run-DMC & Aerosmith. And guess what else? Pharell William’s “Happy” and Disney’s “Let it Go” are also included! Even Ylvis’ “What Does the Fox Say” single. This is such a fun game to play with the kids.
We also love bringing out Just Dance when we have friends over. Sometimes you need to interject a little fun into a dinner party or Christmas party. Not everyone joins in, but we usually have a group of 4 people at a time grooving to the music in front of the TV, which provides entertainment to the rest of our guests. Who doesn’t want to sing to “Happy?” See the list of all variable songs.
Just Dance 2015 is available on the Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One, and PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, ranging from $19.99 to $44.99, depending upon the platform, at Amazon.
VOLOOM – Hair Volumizing Iron
As you know, there are a flood of hair-straightening irons on the market. As a person with straight hair, they have never appealed to me much. I have used curling irons for years but the look I’m really after is for my hair to look fuller and have more body. I recently discovered the new VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing. It uses patented plates to pull hair away from the scalp. The VOLOOM company recommends not treating the top layer of your hair, so it stays smooth. Use the VOOOM Volumizing Iron to create layers of volumized “honeycombs” to create a fuller, richer look.
The VOLOOM comes with an accessory pack including clips and a soft brush to help you as you style your hair as well as a nice travel case to keep your iron and cord together. The VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron is also great in keeping your hair looking full, even if it’s been a day or two since your last hair washing. No more worries about flat hair.
The VOLOOM Hair Volumizing Iron sells for $129 plus free shipping with the VOLOOM website.
Smartwatches are growing in popularity. Once I got my first smartphone, I stopped using my watch. A little over a year ago, I began wearing my first smartwatch, and I tell you, I don’t go anywhere with out it. It is so convenient to simply look at your wrist rather than root through your purse to find your smartphone for the time. But even with the wider variety of choices in smartwatches, few include a watch loaded with style. I recently found such an unique watch company at a tech show I attended. It’s called the Martian Watch and although they have several different styles of watches with various features, I fell in love with the Martian G2G watch. I love Martian’s interpretation of classic style merged with pop color style and advanced integration with your smart phone.
The Martian G2G watch features an analog quartz watch with Japanese movement which is much more striking than a digital watch. It utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 technology to communicate with your smartphone to alert you to text messages, Twitter mentions, emails received, and upcoming appointments…and you have the option to reply to some of them right on the phone too! You can even receive and make calls, leave yourself a voice reminder, or even find your phone, straight from your Martian watch. The Martian G2G watch packs a lot of punch into a smartwatch without sacrificing style.
The Martian G2G watch sells for $249 and is available in colorful optional wristbands (red, white, turquoise, lime, and hot pink) at the Martian Watches website.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Once I started using the Galaxy Note 3 last year, I never looked back on my previously beloved Samsung Galaxy S series phones. The Galaxy Note was one of the first “phablets” on the market. Its latest rendition, the Note 4 comes in with a whopping 5.7 inch,eye-popping 2,560 x 1,440 resolution screen. The screen size and high-definition imagery is simply dazzling. So, or course, the 16 MP camera pics you take are always rich looking on the Note 4’s beautiful screen.
What makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 unique is its built-in stylus. I use it to take quick notes when I need to write down a phone number, reminder, or bullet points for notes, but I also use it to take richer notes during meetings, using the stylus and the OneNote app which turns my text into type. I cannot tell you how incredibly handy it is to have a built-in “pen.” My children also enjoy doodling with the pen when we find ourselves waiting somewhere. My daughter has drawn the cutest pictures…and I have them all saved!
Moms will appreciate the bigger screen, the details and enriched colors of the photos they take, and the convenience of handwriting notes or diagrams to easily be use personally or sent off to friends. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available at all of the big mobile carriers at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint, starting at $299 with a 2-year contract.
ScanSnap Portable Scanner
The ScanSnap portable scanner is not the usual gift you would think of for moms, but it’s so incredibly handy, it has made it to our Top 10 Christmas Gadgets list. The Fujitsu ScanSnap is 1 2/4 inches wide by 10 3/4 inches long and includes a rechargeable battery so you can conveniently use it anywhere in your house or take it on the road. The ScanSnap is perfect for scanning in bills, receipts, recipes, important school or work letters, pictures, report cards, handwritten notes and artwork masterpieces from your children, lab results, instruction manual for products you have, letters,helpful magazine articles, contracts, business cards, and more.
Scanning on the ScanSnap is so easy. Just turn it on and start scanning your items. Not around a computer? No worries, you can use the ScanSnap mobile app and even send your scans to others directly from your smartphone. It’s a very handy device and can dramatically cut down on the clutter in your house…as well as give you the luxury of having important paperwork at the tip of your fingers.
The ScanSnap Portable Scanner sells for $174.99 plus $4.96 shipping from Amazon.
LifeCHARGE for Galaxy S3, S4, S5 and iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S/5C
One thing that is always certain…besides taxes…is that your cellphone will lose its charge…especially when you need it the most. Fortunately, there are a number of portable chargers available today, but most likely, you won’t have one with you when you need it. The LifeCHARGE phone case brings a much needed charge to Samsung Galaxy phones or iPhones. LifeCHARGE includes a powerful 2300mAh Lithium-Polymer battery for the iPhone 5/5S to keep your phone charged day and night. The battery amps of the LifeCHARGE cases for the other Galaxy and iPhones vary.
The LifeCHARGE phone case fits well to the phone, ensuring all ports, speakers, cameras, etc. are not blocked. The case offers convenient charging, you can charge both the phone and the case at one time. But most of all, LifeCHARGE offers worry-free confidence that you will have power when you need it so you can keep communication lines open between your husband, children, co-workers, parents, carpoolers, babysitters, etc.
LifeCHARGE comes in three colors, white, black, and gold and are available through LifeCHARGE ranging from $59.99 to $79.99.
Tivo Roamio Plus
We love our Tivo! It is hands down the easiest way to find a show or movie and begin watching it either live or record it for future watching. The user interface is very simple allowing even children (ages 6+) the ability to find what they are looking for. Tivo even categorizes movie themes for you so you can find movies that you and your family would be interested in, from the best animation movies available within the next week or so to the best thrillers to the best Christmas movies. Tivo makes finding a show to watch now…or in the future easy…and fun. And you can record up to 6 shows at once with its 6 built-in tuners! Tivo offers further entertainment by allowing you to access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and more right from your Tivo’s menu screen.
I love the fact that I can access my Tivo on any of my iPads, Android tablets, laptop, and mobile phones as well. Accessing Tivo from a far is not only great for scheduling shows…but also for watching them! Yes, with some easy set-up, you can be away from your home and still reach your Tivo box to watch your favorite shows and pick up right where you left off.
The Tivo Roamio Plus is on sale right now through Tivo for $324.99. Monthly service ranges from $14.99 a month to $499 for Lifetime Service.
We hope we have provided some food for thought as to what moms, like you, might enjoy wrapped up under the Christmas tree! Any one of these Christmas gadgets in their own right would be a great gift. We have tested most of them and found they have staying power, offering convenience, style and/or efficiency for moms everyday.
From all of us at WellConnectedMom.com, we wish you a blessed Christmas. Cancel a few events this year to stay home and enjoy this magical season with your kids. Cherish it, our kids are growing so fast.
* Most of these Christmas gadgets we have been given for purposes of review. All opinions are our own.
BY LORI CUNNINGHAM
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