MotherÃ¯Â¿Â½s Day this year is May 8, everyone.
DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t miss it, and donÃ¯Â¿Â½t go with the same old
collection of flowers and candy you send every year.
I'm Molly Wood, in for Brian Cooley with a CNET Top 5: the top 5 tech gifts for mom.
Coming in at Number 5, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the Amazon Kindle.
If she doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have a Kindle yet, people,
now is the time.
Heck, the ad-supported model is only 114 bucks.
Just make sure you
pair it with an Amazon gift card for book buying, and a certificate for several hours of
alone time for reading Ã¯Â¿Â½ preferably by a pool somewhere.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a winner.
In at number 4, get her a smart phone.
WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got a lot of favorites in this category, from
the obvious iPhone 4 to the HTC Thunderbolt to the Shift 4G on Sprint.
The main goal,
though, is getting mom a gift that will help her take pictures, get on Facebook, text you if
you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have time to talk, get e-mail, and play games on the go.
If she doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have
one yet, this is the year to make it happen.
Coming in at Number 3 Ã¯Â¿Â½ a Microsoft Xbox Kinect.
Every mom I know right now is
LOVING the Kinect for one reason: Dance Central.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s an awesomely fun workout, and
the kids love it, too.
If you donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have an Xbox, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a great bundle, and if you do,
the Kinect add-on makes it less of a boyÃ¯Â¿Â½s toy, and more of a family console.
OR, if your
mom is anything like me, get her a Kinect AND the new Mortal Kombat game.
trying to stereotype, here.
At a very strong Number 2 Ã¯Â¿Â½ iPad 2.
I got my mom an iPad, and weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve never been
better Facebook friends!
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s the perfect e-mail, Web, and video-watching device for mom
-- especially if the dude in her life hogs the remote.
Angry Birds Rio.
can tell you from personal experience, the iPad is the best kid-entertainment and
education tool you will EVER own.
Kid, airplane Ã¯Â¿Â½ iPad.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s a beautiful thing.
And finally, my number one tech gift idea for mom this year?
number one tech gift idea ALWAYS Ã¯Â¿Â½ a Roku streaming media box.
Roku is the perfect gift: itÃ¯Â¿Â½s as cheap as 59 bucks now, no monthly fee, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s
dead simple to set up, and youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be watching streaming movies, Internet
video, and donÃ¯Â¿Â½t forget that every episode of Ã¯Â¿Â½Mad MenÃ¯Â¿Â½ is coming to
Netflix Instant Streaming.
And if thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s one constant in the universe, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s
this: we ladies love to watch Don Draper.
Ok, now IÃ¯Â¿Â½m stereotyping.
donÃ¯Â¿Â½t try to pretend itÃ¯Â¿Â½s not true.
And thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s it for this edition of CNET Top 5.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Molly Wood, and you can
find all the rest of our Top 5 videos over at CNET TV dot com.