Are you wondering what to get your mother for Mother's Day this year? Here are six ideas from The Goods, ranging in price from free to $1,099.
Does she love capturing family moments? Get her the Flip Mino HD or the Kodak Zx1, portable camcorders that are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and can be slipped in a pocket. The Flip is particularly portable. It's $205 at Buy.com, or $190 at Sale Zones, but if Mom can live without HD quality you can find it for $159.
Does she forget to backup her data? You could get her one year's subscription to Mozy online backup, now available for 20% off ($48). Or, if you'd prefer a tangible gift, check out the UltraBackup USB Drive from SanDisk (buy an 8GB for $34), which will allow her to back up all her documents with the press of a button.
Does she love having the next big thing? Get her the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen (buy it for $150). It contains an audio recorder and a tiny infrared camera that records everything the pen writes. Tap anywhere on your notes, and the pen begins playing the audio from that point in the recording. Dock the pen in its USB charging cradle, and the notes and audio are uploaded to your computer, where Livescribe can convert handwriting into type. The pen also has a calculator, and will have a Spanish-English translation tool.
Is she always on the go? Get her a netbook. Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 ($399) is small enough to toss in a purse, but large enough that it won't strain the eyes. If Mom wouldn't mind a 10-inch model, check out the Samsung N110 ($470 at NewEgg/$459 at Amazon).
Does she work from home? Then how about upgrading her office chair? Herman Miller's new Embody line has enough great features to make the Aeron jealous. At $1099 and up, it's not exactly a recession-friendly gift, but she'll thank you every day when she sits down to work. And of course, you could also go for the Aeron, starting at $629 at Office Designs.
Is she worried about identity theft? Obtain her credit reports from all three rating agencies, plus all three credit scores. Look over the reports and check for errors, then correct anything you find. Here's how you can do it for free. Confused about how to do it? Read how I corrected all the errors on my report (and boosted my credit score by 200 points) here.