11 Gadget Gifts to Make Her Gush

PHOTO Mothers day gifts.

She'd probably love any gift that came from you. But why not give your mother the gift she'd never get for herself?

Whether she's happiest curling up with a book and a cup of tea, poking around in the garden or relaxing with a glass of wine, there might be a high-tech way to make her even happier.

Here's a sampling of our favorite ideas.

Easy Bloom Plant Sensor

Your siblings are bound to give her flowers, but you can one-up them by giving her a healthy garden.

The Easy Bloom Plant Sensor makes it easier than ever to plan and maintain the perfect garden.

You just stick the sensor anywhere in your yard where you'd like to grow a plant and, over 24 hours, let it take in data related to soil moisture, sunlight, drainage, and other factors.

Once you take it out of the ground and plug the USB end into your computer, it tells you all the flowers, shrubs and trees that are best suited for your environment.

The Web site has a database of 5,000 plants and works with Windows and Mac operating systems.

For $59.99, it's available online at EasyBloom.com and other e-commerce sites, as well as in-store at places like Home Depot and Brookstone.

Gadgets for the Home and Kitchen

Electric Wine Opener

If she sometimes likes to unwind with a glass of wine, Oster's 4208 Inspire Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller might be the gift for her.

With this electric bottle opener she can remove wine corks just by pressing one button and it is supposed to open 30 bottles on one charge. It comes with a foil cutter, recharging base and stainless steel wine chiller.

It's available on ShopOster.com for $37.99 and on Amazon.com for $29.50. It also comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Teavana's Perfect Tea Maker

For the mom who'd rather a cup of jasmine tea than a cup of joe, Teavana's $17.95 Perfect Teamaker is sure to hit the spot.

She can add loose leaves of her tea of choice to 16 oz. of hot water and then steep. The tea is drained by placing the Teamaker on top of any mug. It prepares two 8 oz. cups of tea and is dishwasher safe. It's available in-store or online at Teavana.com.

Nintendo DS: The Spring Edition

I know what you're thinking: "My mother would NEVER play a video game!"

"Grand Theft Auto" and "Mario Car" might not interest in her in the least, but Nintendo's non-traditional games might be right up her alley.

"Personal Trainer: Cooking," for example, highlights more than 245 recipes from around the world and gives you step-by-step verbal directions. (Could be perfect for a new mom just starting to trade reservations for home-cooked meals.)

Technology for Book Worms

The Brain Age games are perfect for boomers (or just about anyone) eager to keep their minds agile with puzzles and math exercises.

"Personal Trainer: Walking" is expected May 25 and will come with wireless pedometers that sync with the device to help users keep track of their daily exercise.

The new bundle -- that combines the new lime green DS with "Personal Trainer: Cooking" and a carrying case -- hit the stores over the weekend and is available in-stores and online for $149.99.


If she's rarely without a book in hand, Amazon's Kindle might be the gift she's been waiting for. At $359, it's certainly not cheap, but isn't that why we have siblings? The sleek e-reader could be a great joint gift from all of your mother's children.

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