The IT Nerd 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I have a short list of suggestions of a high tech nature that mom would love. If you think that there’s something else that should be on the list, drop me a note and let me know.

Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh Wifi System – $129.99 USD (1-pack), $199.99 USD (2-pack), $299.99 USD (3-pack)

A great gift for Mom that will benefit the whole family, VELOP sets up in minutes and delivers flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal throughout your home. Because not every home is the same, this modular system lets you buy as few or as many VELOP nodes as you need, and place them wherever you need them, making dead spots a thing of the past. With powerful dual-band mesh technology, you’ll get seamless roaming and maximum speed right out to the edge of your network, even when everyone’s streaming their favourite shows. Read the review here.

Telus Drive+  ($50 CAD w 2-year term plus $10/month)

ZTE has entered the connected car space with the Drive +, now available at Telus. Just connect this little gadget to your car’s diagnostic port (standard on all cars since 1996) and you’ll receive helpful maintenance reminders and instant notifications about car trouble, unlocking information to help you keep your vehicle safe. Keep your family safe real-time location updates for peace of mind that your teen driver made it safely to their destination. Driving behavior analysis helps you become a safer driver and minimizes wear and tear on your car. Drive+ also works as an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, perfect for GPS and allowing your passengers to stay connected even while on the road. Read the review of the ZTE connected car device here.

Roku Streaming Stick + – $89.99 CAD

With brilliant picture quality, 4x the wireless range, and a new voice remote, the new Roku Streaming Stick+ is just like Roku’s portable Streaming Stick®, super-charged. The Streaming Stick+ offers high-performance portability and is compatible with 4K and HDR TV’s. The convenience of this streaming player can allow Moms to stream from any location that offers wireless internet. Read the review here.

Roku Express – $44.99 CAD

The new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), Mom and the kids will never run out of things to watch! Read the review here.

Pulse Mini Speaker-$599 CDN

For something more versatile and capable of playing anywhere in the home, the PULSE MINI is more powerful and clear than many players twice its size. With Bluesound you can access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library. Mini setup is simple, easily expandable and portable.

Nomad Universal Cable-$29 to $34 USD

The Nomad Universal Cable is a very practical gift option for mom as you can give her a cable that allows her to charge and sync any device, but her friends can do the same regardless of what device they have. Plus the cable is designed to survive anything. Read the review here.

Hex Brand Transit Tote-$99 USD

My wife had a look at the Hex Brand Transit Tote and described it as a “stylish tote bag hits all the check marks for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone.” Plus her friends loved the look. Thus it’s a safe bet that Mom would love it too. Read the review here.

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