<p></p> <p>While a family brunch or breakfast in bed won’t go unappreciated, this could be the year for a tech-inspired gift for mom. Here are some Mother’s Day 2011 gift suggestions that will provide convenience and entertainment and be useful right out of the box without the need to read any manuals.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Apple iPad 2 in white $499</strong>

<p>The iPad is the go-to gift for families who want to give mom a device that provides entertainment, information and the option to video chat with others. The <a href="" target="_blank" title="Apple iPad 2 review">iPad 2</a> is slimmer than the original version and has  front and rear cameras for Apple’s version of video chat, called Facetime. Now available in coveted white, the price starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. <br><br>If mom is on the road a lot, you might consider a 3G-equipped version that she can use wherever she has a cell signal. Available from <a href="" target="_blank" title="AT&amp;T provider review">AT&amp;T</a> for $629 plus $15 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB of data per month and from <a href="" target="_blank" title="Verizon review">Verizon</a> for the same price plus $20 for 1GB and $35 for 3GB. Both carriers offer a month-to-month plan, no contract required.<br><br>Be sure to allow a few extra days for Apple’s free engraving. Something along the lines of “I can never repay you. But here’s a start.”<br><br>If mom already has an iPad, how about Apple’s new smart cover? Five bright <a href="" target="_blank" title="Apple smart cover for iPad 2">kid-friendly colors</a> in vinyl and another five in traditional leather, priced at $39.95 and $69.95, respectively.</p> <p></p>

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<p></p> <p><strong>Powerstick with memory $75</strong><br><br>A brightly colored USB storage device and universal charger for phones, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Flash MP3 Player review">MP3 players</a> (including the iPod), <a href="" target="_blank" title="Tablets review">tablets</a> such as the <a href="" target="_blank" title="iPad 2 review">iPad 2</a>, and PDAs.  <br><br>Once charged, the lipstick-size <a href="" target="_blank" title="Powerstick with memory">charger</a> can be tossed in her bag and used whenever a mobile device runs out of juice. Mom will no longer be able to use the excuse, "Sorry, my phone died," when you call to ask her to pick up your dry cleaning.<br><br></p>

<strong>Epiphanie 'Belle' camera and laptop bag $165</strong>

<p></p> <p><br><br>This ingenious <a href="" target="_blank" title="Epiphanie Belle camera and laptop bag">bag</a> is designed to carry <a href="" target="_blank" title="Entry-level DSLR camera review">cameras</a> and their <a href="" target="_blank" title="Camera supplies review">accessories</a> or a laptop with safety and style. The interior padded dividers can be reconfigured to fit the carrier's cache of equipment. Best of all, no one will know she's carrying expensive electronics in her fashionable bag.</p> <p></p>

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<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/mothersday11/mothers-day-rokuhd-110419-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Roku HD settop box" title="Credit: Roku">Roku HD Netflix Player Box $60</strong>

<p><br><br>If mom likes movies, this is an easy way to get them to the big screen. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Roku HD">Roku HD</a> box works with both standard and <a href="" target="_blank" title="LCD TV review">HD TVs</a>, connects wirelessly and comes with a wired adapter for TVs that do not support Wi-Fi. Built-in apps bring <a href="" target="_blank" title="Netflix review">Netflix</a>, Hulu Plus, Amazon On Demand, Flickr and Pandora to the <a href="" target="_blank" title="LED TV review">TV</a>. <br><br>It’s also a compact 5 inches wide by about an inch tall, so it can fit in snug spots. For an extra $20 you can give mom full HD entertainment through Roku’s XD 1080p capability.<br><br>For the first time, the Roku box is available at retail stores, making it a great gift for people who’ve run out of time for online shipping.  Roku XD can now be purchased at Best Buy for $80.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Olympus PEN E-PL2 Micro Four-Thirds Digital Camera $600</strong>

<p> </p> <p>If mom is getting serious about photography, it may be time to replace her pocket <a href="" target="_blank" title="Point and shoot camera review">point-and-shoot </a>with a new micro four-thirds interchangeable lens camera. Think of it as a pro-level camera with training wheels: she can start with automated settings and move up to sophisticated manual settings and add <a href="" target="_blank" title="Camera supplies review">specialized lenses</a> as her photography skills improve. <br><br>Olympus pioneered the new mirrorless design. Instead of an optical viewing system that uses a mirror to reflect an image to a viewing screen, users see the live image from the camera’s sensor, the same way a <a href="" target="_blank" title="Pocket camcorder review">video camera</a> works. No mirror means smaller and lighter and adds the ability to shoot HD video. <br><br>On the outside, the camera harks back to the original PEN released in 1959 (other than its 3-inch display),  but inside it has all the modern digital features, including a kid-lover’s diorama mode that makes real life scenes look like toys. <br><br>Of course, the <a href=";page=overview" target="_blank" title="Olympus PEN 2">PEN 2</a> is available in tired black, but you can also find it in white, red and silver, alternatives that give the camera extra mom-appeal. Priced at $600 with 14-42mm zoom lens.</p> <p></p>

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<strong><img class="caption" src="images/stories/mothersday11/mothers-day-iphone-white-110419-02.jpg" border="0" alt="Apple iPhone 4 white" title="Credit: Apple"></strong>

<p><strong>Wish List: White iPhone 4 $200 with 2-year contract</strong><br><br>The <a alt="((CONLINK|2421|elusive%20white%20iPhone%204))" href="">elusive white iPhone 4</a> has made it to shelves in time for Mother’s Day.</p> <p>An exact replica of the black version, the coveted white <a alt="((CONLINK|2443|iPhone))" href="">iPhone</a> is available from both <a href="" target="_blank" title="Verizon review">Verizon</a> and <a href="" target="_blank" title="AT&amp;T review">AT&amp;T</a>.<br><br>If you’re eligible for a phone upgrade, save it for this purchase: You’ll pay $200 on contract compared to $600.</p> <p>More ideas for tech-savvy moms:</p> <p> </p>

Best Gifts for a Tech-Savvy Mom on Mother's Day