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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

By Melissa Thompson

Give the gift of connection this Mother’s Day with cutting-edge tech gifts – from in-the-womb baby monitoring to app-enabled massages on-demand.

TalkSession CEO and technology expert Melissa Thompson offers ideas for the perfect gift for moms-to-be, new moms, active moms, power moms and every moms. Here are the top 5 picks for 2014:

For the Mom-To-Be: Bellabeat Interactive Baby Heart Monitor

It’s never too early to start the Mother’s Day tradition. For the expectant mom, consider the baby’s first tracking device. Bellabeat can track a baby’s movement, count her kicks, let mom and dad listen to her heartbeat and better calculate relevant pregnancy dates. Bellabeat allows moms-to-be to take this experience into the comfort of her home and share it with loved ones. (https://www.bellabeat.com, $129)


For the New Mom: The Pacifi by Blue Maestro

Give the gift of peace of mind for mom’s first Mother’s Day with The Pacifi by Blue Maestro is a Bluetooth-enabled smart pacifier (yes, you heard me right!) with a silicone nipple. Pacifi’s built-in thermometer sends push notifications to its accompanying app, notifying mom when baby isn’t feeling well. Users can enter medication information and share the data with medical professionals and other caregivers. Pacifi also tackles a big problem with binkies – the fact that they get lost – with a buzzer alarm that can be activated via the smartphone app. Using a low-energy Bluetooth Smart chip, Pacifi has a battery life of more than one year, making many temperature-taking sessions that much easier. (www.bluemaestro.com, $35)

For the Active Mom: Bloom Necklace by Misfit Wearables

Misfit Wearables raised the fashion bar again with their newly released Bloom Necklace for the Shine device, now offered in multiple colors. Never has wearable technology looked as stylish as this winning combo. The Shine is a personal activity tracker that monitors users’ steps, sleep, and fitness, syncing data wirelessly to its accompanying smartphone app. Shine’s battery lasts three months, and the device is completely waterproof, making it a perfect Mother’s Day gift for most moms. (www.misfitwearables.com, $179 for both items) 

For the Power Mom: mini by Everpurse

If the mom in your life is a woman-on-the-go, consider the mini by Everpurse. This fashionable accessory is a wallet clutch that fully charges iPhones up to three times. No space is lost on this high tech, high design piece as the clasp doubles as a USB plug, for easy charging. Order mom this fashion-forward gift to let her power up, and power on. (www.everpurse.com, pre-order, $98)

For Every Mom: The Massage Zeelot by Zeel

A spa gift certificate is always a great gift. So, what could be better? A dozen massages delivered straight to her door! Zeel’s Massage Zeelot Membership Program gives the gift of relaxation on her time, on her own terms, every month of the year.  Zeel is an app-based service that offers high quality at-home massages. Download the free app, select a gender preference, a time window, and a style (Swedish or deep tissue), and Zeel’s team is on the job. Within hours, a Zeel vetted and licensed massage therapist will arrive and transform mom’s space into a Zen retreat. The Zeelot Membership includes a 15-25% discount on each massage and comes with a massage table for her to keep. Zeel currently services New York City, Westchester, Long Island, the Hamptons, and Miami, with more locations coming soon. (www.zeel.com, prices vary)

Melissa Thompson is the founder and CEO of TalkSession (www.talksession.com) and is a member of GE & StartUp Health’s Entrepreneurship Program, as well as Springboard Enterprises’ Life Sciences Accelerato


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