We’ve already made a few suggestions for expensive Mother’s Day gifts. But this time let’s keep things well under a thousand dollars and see what’s available. Remember, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday.
Red Dyson Supersonic hair dryer – $549
This we love. It’s just about perfect for Mother’s Day. A Dyson hair dryer is both personal and practical. Unless your Mum already has one, she will love it as well. You can skimp a little and buy the $499 model, but the red model comes in a “special travel case designed by James Dyson himself”. And it’s red.
As well as looking magnificent, as we discovered at the Dyson Hair Science event last month, this dryer features a host of clever innovations. The motor spins at 110,000RPM for up to eight times greater power. It samples air temperature twenty times a second to make sure it doesn’t get too hot.
But most of all, she’ll just love it. Read the Gadget Guy review of the standard model here. It’s operationally identical.
Apple HomePod – $499
Let’s get away from the Apple phones and computers and tablets for a while. What about giving your mum a personal assistant for her home. One with a fine voice of its own. That sounds just about right for Mother’s Day. We’re talking about the Apple HomePod, Apple’s first device for interacting with Siri throughout your home.
It’ll work best if your mum has an Apple Music account – hey, that’s another gift idea ($119 for 12 months)! That’ll let her choose from 45 million songs. Just by asking. The HomePod uses Siri, of course, to listen and understand what she wants. And it’s not just music. It’ll give her information, and as time goes on, allow her to control all her smart home devices.
Read the Gadget Guy review here. We particularly liked the sound.
HP Sprocket Plus photo printer – $229
Your mum has a smartphone. Her smartphone has a camera. She often takes photos. How much would she love being able to print them out, easily and without a computer. Mother’s Day can help here.
HP helps with the Sprocket Plus photo printer. This is a compact device that your phone can use as a photo printer via a Bluetooth connection. It uses ZINK Zero Ink technology. Which means that the ink is built into the paper itself.
The HP Sprocket Plus prints bigger photos than the HP Sprocket (still available for $199). They are 58mm by 86mm, up from 50mm by 76mm.
We haven’t put hands on the Plus yet, but the Gadget Guy review of the standard Sprocket is here.