5 Great Gadgets for Moms on Mother’s Day 2017

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Mother’s Day is Coming!

Mother’s Day is May 14th.  Whether you are a mom or are trying to come up with ideas of what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, we have a few ideas for you.  Most of these gifts help both Mom and the family in some way.

From one of the best new phones on the market for taking pictures…. to where to display the pictures, we have you covered.  We also offer suggestions for protection – protecting Mom’s eyes, the food in the family, and health through the use of a robust air purifier.

You loved our ideas in 2016  and you’re going to love these 5 gifts as well.  Tech gifts are always great but don’t forget the old-fashioned handwritten card too, letting Mom know how much she means to you.


Now, onto the list!


Nixplay Iris Photo Frame

It’s no surprise, Moms LOVE pictures of their family and of the memories they make together.  In 2017, it is estimated that over 1.2 trillion photos will be taken, over 65% on a mobile phone.  Now, there are no statistics on this, but I would guess that moms make up a large part of these photo takers!

As a mom myself, I am constantly snapping pictures.  Mobile phones make it so handy to snap pictures of your children on the spot.  No more running for your camera and the moment is gone.  But just what do moms do with all of these pictures?  Scrapbooks.  Facebook.  The hard drive on their computer.

The Nixplay Iris Photo Frame is a beautiful way to display pictures and honor the memories moms and dads have captured.  We recently rented an RV during Spring Break and made some awesome memories traveling throughout California with our two pups in tow.

Normally, I save my pictures to Dropbox and then to my computer and they remain just that…photos of our memories.  But now, they are playing on the Nixplay Iris Photo Frame.  This allows the memories of our trip to linger longer.  And isn’t that why we take photos?  So moments linger longer?

The Iris WiFI Cloud Frames are so easy to use.  You can instantly add pictures straight from the phone app or upload them from your computer, Dropbox, Google Photos, and more.

The Nixplay Photo Frames start at $99, with the Nixplay Iris WiFi Cloud Frame at $199 and available in 3 metallic colors –  Peach Copper, Silver and Burnished Bronze.  However, until Mother’s Day, Nixplay is offering the Iris WiFi Cloud Frame for 25% off.  Buy two and receive 35% off.  Buy 3 and get 40% off each frame.  A great deal and a great way to give a frame to all the special moms in your life.


Blueberry Screen Glasses


Protect Mom’s eyes by gifting her with some fun Blueberry glasses, which filter out UVs and blue light emitted from TV, PC, phone, and tablet screens.  Screens send out strong light waves which cause eye strain, headaches, watery eyes,  blurred vision, and fatigue.

Long-term these effects can add up to cataract development, age-related Macular Degeneration, and difficulty sleeping.

Blueberry glasses are sturdy with flex hinges and scratch resistant, anti-glare lenses.  Our family has been using Blueberry glasses when we work on our computers.  We each have our own style to match our personality and stylish tastes.  My son wears orange ones, which is his favorite color.

My husband and I both use the Corrected Vision Blueberry glasses which offer magnification to read our phones and tablets better.

With as much time as moms spend on PC, phones, and tablets, Blueberry glasses are essential in helping her to keep her vision protected from harmful light waves.

Blueberry glasses are available for $59 in four different styles and a large variety of colors.  The Blueberry readers are available for $65, directly from Blueberry.


Vacuvita Vacuum Preserving

Vacuvita Complete Home System

Keeping food fresh is tough – whether it be fresh lettuce from the store, home-baked cookies, leftovers from dinner, lunch meats, soups, it’s hard to keep them fresh.  Vacuvita has come out with an innovative way to help families keep their food fresher for longer.

The process of vacuum sealing foods isn’t new, but being able to use vacuum sealed containers over and over again is.  The Vacuvita Home Base, the larger box above with the black lid, is a modern breadbox that keeps your shelf-stable food at its best.  It periodically administers a vacuum pump to ensure air stays out of your food.  It’s perfect for bread, rolls, baked goods, crackers, even coffee beans!

Just press a button and the Home Base automatically opens for you.  Take what you need, put the food back in, and press the button.  Vacuum sealing begins right away.  Vacuvita allows you to expand vacuum sealing capabilities to vacuum seal ready containers.  By adding a vacuum hose from the Home Base to one of the containers, you can remove all the air from them.

Put the vacuum sealed containers in the refrigerator, freezer, or even in the pantry. After you’ve opened a container to retrieve something out, simply vacuum seal it again using the Home Base and vacuum tubing.

There are even two different sizes of Food Storage Bags that can re-seal to expand your storage options.  Vacuvita is a great food-saving technology to help moms preserve food longer for their families.

 The Vacuvita Home Base is available through their website for $299.  A set of Food Storage Containers costs $49.  The Food Storage Bags come in medium and large and sell for $12.95 and $14.95 respectively.



Airmega Clearn the Air 4

Spring showers bring May flowers.  It’s a beautiful time of year, but for over 50 million people, their allergies can make this season miserable.  Whether Mom has allergies herself or she’s caring for others in the family with allergies, cleaning the air is the best thing she can do to minimize sick days from work and school.

Since 90% of the air we breathe is indoors and a majority of our day/night is spent at home, an air purifier is a smart way place to begin combatting against allergies and contaminants.  

There are many home air cleaners available on the market, but one of the best we’ve tested is the Airmega.  The Airmega is a sleek, luxurious smart air purifier designed to rid of pet dander, allergens, and more from your home’s air.  It can reduce over 99.97% of pollutants, larger than 0.3 micron (1/1000 of your fingernail).

The Airmega dramatically reduces the contaminants you breathe in, causing less allergic flare-ups.  Home should be a safe haven for all family members – a relief from the outside.  The Airmega 400S can cover up to a 1,560 square foot room.  It’s powerful and it works.

We tested the Airmega at a friend’s house who has a family of five, prone to frequent illness due to allergies and asthma.  We observed that the number of times their girls were sick and missed school dropped by quite a bit from the year before, despite heavy rains (resulting in more flowers) and the construction of new homes being built nearby.

Airmega is a powerful ally in knocking pollutants out of the air by taking in air, purifying it, and sending clean air back into the room.  It’s not an inexpensive purifier, but it’s one you can trust to clean the air to reduce allergy and asthma flare-ups.

The Airmega 400S air cleaner is on sale right now through the Airmega website for $749.00 with free shipping.  It normally sells for $849.  Airmega also has other air purifiers available that are either not Wi-Fi enabled or cover smaller areas for a lesser cost.  You can buy the filters as a set directly from Airmega for $129, when it’s time to replace them.


Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8


The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are a sheer beauty to behold.  The S8 screen measures 5.8 inches and the larger one, theS8+, comes in at 6.2 inches.  A lot of screen, yes, but not necessarily a lot of phone.  

The Samsung S8 yields larger screen sizes simply by removing nearly all of the bevel on the outside of the screen and expanding the screen onto the sides of the phone.  The result?  A beautiful immersive display of photos, videos, and apps.

With its full HD resolution, 8MP selfie camera and 12MP rear-facing camera, Mom’s pictures will be amazing.  The S8 and S8+ even captures video in 4K.

The Samsung S8 and S8+ are super fast with the most advanced processor – great for downloading. streaming, charging, and working on apps.  And if Mom has a lot of apps and photos on her phone, the Samsung S8 and S8+ are expandable – up to 256GB with an insertable SD card that you can purchase separately.

Samsung’s new assistant, Bixby, helps you find things and open them up on your phone.  It can help remind you to do things, help you search for things on the Internet, and even learns your habits to assist you further.

The Samsung S8 and S8+ have an IP rating of 68, which means if one of Mom’s kids accidentally drop her phone in the shallow end of the pool, it should be resistant to water up to 30 minutes.

As a Samsung Galaxy user for the past 4 years, I can vouch for the fantastic pictures and videos I’ve taken, even from a distance.  Samsung makes a fantastic camera and phone and they continue to innovate with Iris and fingerprint verification, Samsung Pay to pay for your shopping items at most stores, and now the most immersive screen they have ever created.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver from Samsung and a number of retailers including Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other stores, starting at $729.


You can’t go wrong with any of these gifts for Mom.  A clean house might be hard to keep up, but Airmega never stops cleaning the air.  The Samsung S8 will help Mom keep track of her Vacuvita container contents and send pictures to her Nixplay photo frame.  And of course, the Blueberry glasses will help Mom keep her eyesight focused.

As mothers ourselves, we are grateful for Mother’s Day and the special day it means to us.  We hope you find these gift suggestions useful for you as a mom or for the “mothers” in your life.





* We were given each of these products to try and test, as well as other products, in our evaluation of the best Mother’s Day tech gifts to recommend.  All opinions are our own.

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