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Mother’s day gift ideas for mothers in technology

Mother’s day is in less than a week from now (13 May 2018) and I am seeing a lot of promotional, infomercial posts on social media about what mothers would like on this special day. I see headlines like “2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide”, “Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas”, “Everything But Flowers, Find The Perfect Present For Your Mum” and so on and so forth.

I clicked and skimmed through those posts, but to be honest, I didn’t really see anything that is perfect for me. Maybe I am hard to please, or maybe I am just pragmatic and practical. I really don’t need any more scented candles in my house. I don’t actually wear cute furry slippers at home. I don’t need a hair straightener to straighten my hair every morning. (Getting everyone out the door on time in the mornings is challenging enough, I can’t be spending 30 extra minutes in front of the mirror using a hair straightener.) What about that bottle of champagne, I hear you ask? Well, I don’t drink.

So I thought I’d come up with a list of 7 gifts that I’d like which are not the usual Mother’s day gift ideas. I’d like to call them gift ideas for ambitious working mothers in technology.

1. Google Home

Google Home

I have heard a lot about Google Home and I really would like one. I want to build apps for the Google Assistant. A year ago, I watched a video of Mark Zuckerberg controlling his home through a device and his voice and I want to try something similar. Maybe my app (that I have yet to build) will help me to get more done in the day.

Price range — $149 — $199

2. Smartphone Tripod

Photo: Erin Lodi

I have started exploring the wonderful world of video creation and I realised that I have shaky hands and I need something to hold my smartphone for me on a level surface when I am shooting a video. The smaller and the more portable this tripod is, the better.

Price range: $20 — $50

3. iPhoneX

iPhoneX

I currently have an iPhone but it’s almost 3 years old. I do a lot of things on my phone, from calendar management to writing content. The more storage and processing power that my smartphone has, the more efficient I will be at my tasks. It is a good investment but it’s a bit hard to justify buying for myself because smartphones are expensive and my 3 years old iPhone is still working fine.

Price range — $1500 — $2000

4. A Year Subscription to Medium

Medium — where words matter.

I have been reading and writing a lot on Medium. Their membership access is $5/month and with a membership, I get unlimited access to in-depth, expert stories from amazing writers, thinkers, and storytellers. But what I like more is that the writers of members-only articles get rewarded directly when I engage with their stories. Therefore, I wouldn’t mind getting a year membership on Medium.

Price: $50

5. A Coach

A coach to help me reach my dreams.

I had a chance to work with a coach when I was selected for a leadership program at work and I had a good experience with it. However, I only had access to the coach for a few hours of one on one time and it wasn’t enough. Good, reputable coaches are not cheap but they can help you see things that you don’t see yourself. I’d like to get one who can really help me and guide me in taking my life and my career to the next level. I have goals and dreams but some of them seem so far to reach.

Price range: Varies.

6. A Month of Healthy, Nutritious Meals

Yum!

As a mother, I care about health and wellbeing of my family. I make home-cooked meals whenever possible but I am not creative in the kitchen so my cooking is a bit boring and repetitive. It would help so much if my family and I could enjoy a month of healthy, nutritious meals, cooked freshly by professionals and delivered right to our door.

Price range: $500 — $1500

7. A Family Holiday

A dream holiday canvas.

No gift is better than a gift of memories. I would like a family holiday, whether it is at Hunter Valley or Hong Kong, to make memories with my family. To see and experience the world in real life and not through screens and devices. Yes, I am practical, technical and career driven. I like to create, innovate, and make an impact in this world. But my number one priority in life is still my family and making precious memories with them.

Price range: Varies.

So there you have it, 7 perfect mother’s day gifts from the perspective of a working mother in technology. If you agree with this, feel free to share this story on social media so your family members can get a hint. 🙂 Or do you know a mother in technology? Then, pass this story over to her family so they can get her what she really wants for the upcoming Mother’s Day.

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