Belfast Telegraph

Home Life Features

Six of the best gadgets for mum

Tap into the world of technology for the perfect Mother's Day present, writes Keeley Bolger.

FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera & 10 Shot Bundle — Blue, £69.95, Currys

Instant playback of photos taken on cameras, smartphones and tablets has removed the need to have prints developed for many, but there's something about having a physical copy of your snap that elevates it from mere swipe-through to something to treasure.

This camera by Fujifilm provides the instant satisfaction of seeing your photos, with the pay-off of providing the print as well.

Perfect for capturing the moment at family gatherings, or for filling up a photo book for your mum.

Fitbit Alta Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracking Smart Fitness Watch, Small, Pink/ Gold, £129.95, John Lewis

Often clunky and limited in their colour selection, fitness trackers can make for an uninspiring wrist accessory.

Of course, being attractive isn't the point of the gadget, but it doesn't hurt.

This slim-fitting Fitbit tracker in dusky pink and gold (it also comes in black and gold), tallies calories burned and activity done to give an accurate reading of fitness levels.

Like other Fitbits, you can monitor sleep and keep informed of patterns via regular updates, either to your smartphone or device.

If your mum is so inclined, she can also share her progress with family and friends.

Hyper Pearl Mirror and USB Battery Pack, 3000mAh, Gold, £23.95, John Lewis

Multi-tasking mums may appreciate the multiple functions this compact mirror offers.

While on the surface, it looks like a pretty standard mirror, in reality, it's a light-up compact mirror, as well as a battery pack.

The idea is you can charge small USB devices like phones and tablets on the hoof, while at the same time perfecting your look in the mirrors, one regular, one magnified.

Dyson Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer with Pale Pink Case, Iron/Fuchsia, £319.99, John Lewis

At more than £300, unless you're swimming in cash, this Dyson hairdryer is a real investment.

So what do you get for shelling out such a sum on a hairdryer?

Well, it is quiet, which, depending on your mum's tolerance for noise, might be well worth the extra spend.

It also has three magnetic attachments - a nozzle, a 'styling concentrator' and a diffuser - comes with a neat storage box and dries hair quickly, which again, might be a boon for your mum.

Canon SELPHY CP1200, £114.99,

You might find them humiliating, but if your mum's idea of a perfect wall decoration is a photographic homage to you as a child - with a blind eye to the fashion mishaps and awkward growing stages of your youth - this printer could be the gift for her.

Compact and wireless, printing photos, in a range of sizes, from cameras and smartphones is a doddle. Just make sure you vet what is selected for print first.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph