It’s almost that time of year again, Mother’s Day! It’s the day we celebrate the wonderful women in our lives who raised us and put up with us on the good days and bad days. Show your love for your amazing mother with these perfect 2017 Mother’s Day gifts under $50!
She’ll be sure to love these gifts!
InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential oils are all the rage today, so naturally, an essential oil diffuser is a perfect pick. InnoGear is an aromatherapy device that dispenses essential oils into the air. It helps you breathe better in the winter, soothes dry and chapped skin, and is proven to help you feel more relaxed. It’s perfect for the stressed mom who needs to unwind, or the busy mom in the workplace who needs a soothing environment.
Corkcicle Canteen Classic Collection-Water Bottle & Thermos
Corkcicle canteen is the best beverage holder around! It can keep your drinks hot for over 12 hours, and your drinks cold for over 25 hours, not to mention it’s stylish and sleek, making it look way cooler than most water bottles.
Battery Pack RAVPower Portable Battery Charger For Smartphones and Tablets
RavPower’s portable charger enables you to charge your phone or any device anywhere! No need to plug your phone into an outlet! This is perfect for those mothers who are always on the run, forgetting to charge their phones or simply not having the time to wait for it to charge while it’s plugged into the wall.
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black
Echo dot is an amazing smart home device. Talk to it, and it answers! Some less tech-savvy mothers might not see the need for this device, but it really is a great help in any home. It can control your light switches, fans, garage doors, locks, and even sprinklers. That’s a huge help for any mother who simply wants to make life a bit easier.
Garmin 010-01225-00 Vivofit Fitness Band – Black
Garmin’s Vivofit fitness band will help you stay healthy. This is great for every mother who wants to know how many calories she’s burning throughout the day, how many steps she’s taking, and it even monitors sleep. No need to worry about charging it either, the battery lasts for an entire year without ever turning off the device. That means you can wear it 24/7!
Sony MDR-XB400 XB Series Extra Bass Headphones (Pink)
Who doesn’t want stylish, cute headphones? For the mother who is an audiophile or simply a music lover, these headphones will be sure to impress. They have noise isolating ear pads, and produce a deep, powerful, bass sound.
Hydro-Beat Illumination. IPX7 fully waterproof portable Bluetooth shower radio speaker with LED lights
This is one of my favorite items on the list. Who doesn’t love singing in the shower? Now it will be even more fun, because this is a fully waterproof Bluetooth shower radio speaker! It can be used flawlessly in the shower, at the pool, or the beach! This is a gift that would be wonderful for any mom who wants to take her music everywhere without her speakers being damaged or her kids accidentally getting the speakers wet.
YI Home Camera Wireless IP Security Surveillance System (US Edition) White
Every mom has probably worried at some point or another about what’s going on at her house when she’s not there. With Yi, she can feel a bit safer and more at ease, because it’s a home security system. Make sure your kids aren’t getting into trouble, make sure the pets aren’t getting everything dirty, and give yourself more peace of mind!
Logitech HD Webcam C310
Logitech’s HD Webcam is a fantastic gift for any mom who wants to interact with her kids that might live far away. It’s always difficult to go long amounts of time without seeing family, but it’s easier when you can still see their face, even if it’s through a webcam. It works with Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and Microsoft Live Messenger.
Fossil Emma RFID Smartphone Wristlet
This one is for all the fashion-conscious moms! Women’s clothing is notorious for never having pockets, so here’s a stylish solution. It’s both a phone case, and a wallet! And it’s super chic.
Fitness bands were expensive back when they were first introduced. But with fitness and health gaining a serious position in the lives of people, manufacturers have made many affordable alternatives without making many compromises. Most fitness bands are to be worn on the wrist, but there are bands which can be worn on your ankle or your arms. If you’re serious about getting fit and it is one of your New Year Resolutions, then get one of these 8 Best Fitness Bands of 2017!
Fitbit Charge 2
This might be the most popular fitness band on the planet right now. It tracks a ton of parameters and is not very expensive. The downside to the Fitbit Charge 2 is that it is not waterproof and doesn’t have GPS. This might not be a deal breaker, but is by far the only negatives that I can find with this one. The best thing about the Fitbit Charge 2 is that it has an always-on heart rate sensor. The OLED display doesn’t show a lot of information but is extremely visible and sharp. Another great thing about the Fitbit fitness bands is the overall ecosystem provided by them. It is one of the best communities to be a part of. Battery life is also great at around five days.
Fitbit Surge is larger and much chunkier than the Charge 2. It is the only Fitbit fitness band to come with GPS enabled. There is an always-on display with all the other features of the Charge 2. It is still not waterproof, and you cannot wear it while you’re swimming or take a shower. The Fitbit ecosystem is amazing and is one of the largest out there. The Surge is slightly disappointing when it comes to tracking heart rate data, and it’ll be apt for people who are just into running.
Fitbit Flex 2
The Flex 2 is best for people who don’t want a lot of parameters to be tracked. It doesn’t have a display and is just a simple band. The best thing about the Flex 2 is that it is swim proof. That is the sole reason why it is on the list of 8 Best Fitness Bands of 2017. It can track your swimming and other basic activities. The Flex 2 is also an attractive option due to the fact that it supports a lot of accessories.
Samsung Gear Fit2
The Gear Fit2 looks more like a smartwatch than a fitness band. It has some powerful hardware and the display is just mesmerizing. The Gear Fit2 comes with a 1.5-inch display that sports a resolution of 432×128 pixels for a massive pixel density of 322 ppi. The display also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Except the heart rate tracking, both the activity and fitness tracking is pretty accurate. This one from Samsung is highly recommended for its looks and functionality.
The first thing that you might say when you see the Vivoactive is, “Oh my God, it’s big!” The Vivoactive from Garmin has a boring design, to be honest, and comes with a large display that might look extremely weird on small hands. But keeping that negative aside, it is undoubtedly one of the 8 Best Fitness Bands of 2017. It can track a lot of activities with razor sharp precision and the large display helps in providing accurate and extensive notifications. The display could’ve been slightly brighter and crisper, but this can be overlooked.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
This is another highly recommended fitness band and is extremely popular among fitness enthusiasts. The Forerunner 735XT is expensive, I admit, but for the price you pay, you get some cool features. There are a few cheaper alternatives that outperform this one, but it still is a great fitness band. This one is very easy on the hand and is waterproof and comes with GPS enabled. There is an optical heart rate sensor, all-day tracking, and a multisport mode.
Microsoft Band 2
The Band 2 is worlds apart compared to its predecessor, but it is still missing quite a few things. The unnecessary Golf feature looks out of place and performs horribly. The Band 2 is not waterproof and the design might take some time to get used to. Apart from the negatives mentioned above the Band 2 performs well thanks to the smartwatch-like features and support for multiple sports. It also has accurate GPS tracking and a praiseworthy display.
The UP3 was marketed as a great product by Jawbone but when it was launched, there were a few problems that plagued it. It is still one of the 8 Best Fitness Bands of 2017, thanks to the cool design, accurate step tracking and long battery life. The Jawbone app is also pretty slick offering some intuitive options and features. The downside is that you don’t get a display and it is only splash-proof. It goes well with the accessories on your wrist and can complement your outfit better than the other bands.
Having a svelte design is paramount to the success of any fitness accessory -- a desire to avoid hassle often prompts those of us who opt for purging calories without the convenience of a climate-controlled gym to leave smartphones, and even watches at home. That means nifty contraptions like Garmin's new Fenix all-in-one wearable don't make it to the jogging path, making a compact dedicated running watch a more desirable pick instead. That's the idea behind the Forerunner 10, which Garmin is pushing as a dead-simple GPS-equipped wristwatch for runners, joggers and walkers. Water resistant to 50 meters (for ocean-floor sprints?), the gadget tracks essentials like pace and calories burned, while also keeping tabs on your coordinates, letting you download stats like distance and speed through a USB adapter and Garmin Connect.
We weren't able to go for a jog, sadly, though we did spend some time with the Forerunner 10 in an office setting. The watch seemed very straightforward, which you'll find to be quite helpful as you push to match a pre-set pace, without worrying about distractions. It comes in black, green or pink, and while the company suggests that you can wear the watch for non-exercise purposes as well, both colored designs seemed a bit too bright and flashy for regular use. The Forerunner 10 is rated for up to five hours of battery life in training mode, or five weeks in power-save mode (for regular time-keeping purposes), and is available to purchase for $130. You can check one out for yourself at Garmin's Chicago retail location, or you can take a peek in our hands-on photos just below.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Garmin is adding a new product to its line-up of fitness watches, and this one is dedicated to workouts of the aquatic variety. The $150 Garmin Swim tracks your distance swum, average pace, workout time and more, and it uploads those stats to the web to help monitor your progress. Though it's meant to be a part of your exercise routine, the Garmin Swim watch looks like your average plastic digi-timepiece. The watch has six buttons with functions for viewing the time of day, scrolling through the menu options, controlling the timer, viewing the menu and entering workout mode. The setup takes some getting used to, but the illustrative icons on the watch helped us get into the rhythm quickly.
Getting started with the Swim simply entails entering the size of your pool, with options to measure in yards or meters. Once that info is uploaded, you press the swim button and are ready to get splashing. We spent a solid half-hour doing laps, and the Swim duly recognized and recorded that we varied our strokes. Stopping the timer each time we took a break created a new interval for our workout, with a rundown of the elapsed time, distance in meters, number of strokes, type of stroke, total laps, average speed and calories burned. That's a lot of data to pore over, and Garmin lets you wirelessly upload it all to the Garmin Connect site. To do this, you have to pair the watch with your computer using a USB ANT stick: once it works, it's an efficient, easy way to review your workout, but it took us a few tries before our laptop recognized the watch. Garmin says the watch's battery will last a full year, which is plenty of time to log some serious laps. For more about the Swim, check out the press info past the break.
Gallery: Garmin Swim hands-on