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Technology and Mom: Helpful Gifts for Mother's Day

NEW YORK CITY — Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so we've rounded up some simple technologically advanced gifts that will make her life easier:

Phone Charger and Sanitizer for $59.95 from Uncommon Goods


A study in 2012 from the Wall Street Journal revealed that bacteria from fecal matter is likely on your smartphone. To clean up this mess and other bacteria, website Uncommon Goods, which is based in South Brooklyn, has a contraption from Phonesoap that charges and sanitizers a phone with ultra-violet light.

Phone and Photo Remote Control for $22 from Exit 9 in the East Village and Boerum Hill


The iSnapx Remote will activate your camera’s shutter from up to 10 feet away so your mom can get the whole family in one shot. It also comes with a phone stand and can either be ordered online from Exit 9 or purchased from its stores at 51 Avenue A in the East Village or 127 Smith St. in Brooklyn.

Calorie and Sleep Tracking Wristband for $129 from Paragon Sports in Union Square

Fitbit Wristband

This device from Fitbit tracks the calories you burn, the stairs you climb, the distance you walk and how much sleep you get while syncing to your smartphone. It also has a vibrating alarm that wakes you up at the ideal time in your sleep cycle. Pick it up from Paragon’s online store or at its brick and mortar location at 867 Broadway above Union Square.

Solar-Powered Flashlight for $150 from the Museum of Modern Art Store in Midtown and Soho


This elegant light from Sphelar will keep you mom safe in the dark. When fully charged, it will give off four hours of light. The flashlight also comes with a wooden stand so it can act as stationary light and remain stable while charging in the sun. Get it from MoMA’s online store, the museum located on West 53rd Street at Sixth Avenue or in SoHo at 81 Spring St.


Portable Charger for $15 from Exit 9 in the East Village and Boerum Hill

The Power Bank from Smart Power will charge your mom’s phone whenever and wherever. It can fully charge an iPhone in about four hours. The Power Bank can be purchased from Exit 9’s stores at 51 Avenue A in the East Village or 127 Smith St. in Brooklyn.

Key Finder for $25 from Tile

TileThis device from Tile can activate an alarm so that you can follow the sound to your keys or whatever item you attach it to. It connects to your smartphone through an app that points you in the direction of your lost item, indicating if you are getting closer or further away from finding it. Get it online at TheTileApp.com

Espresso Maker for $249.95 from Nespresso in Soho


If your mom is still holding on to that old percolator, this Nespresso coffeemaker with its fancy chrome design will propel her into the future. The machine can make numerous coffee sizes and uses Nespresso’s own brand of coffee pods so it’s easy to use with no mess. Pick one up from the Nespresso store in Soho and at various department stores in the city.

Keyboard and Case for Tablet for $24.95 from MiniSuit.com

MiniSuit Keyboard

MiniSuit, which is based in College Point, Queens, makes using a iPad Mini a smoother experience. Its keyboard will connect wirelessly to your mom’s tablet and has 55 hours of battery life when fully charged. The keyboard also acts as a protective cover as well as a stand to get the tablet at the perfect angle for some typing.