TECH BYTE: Tech Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Mother’s Day is less than a week away.

There are plenty of tech gifts she’ll love.

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Most moms are super busy, whether they’re at work, or taking care of the kids at home.

Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says anything from the Ninja brand would be great for a mom who’s always on the go, and needs to make a quick meal.

“A lot of the Ninja products will not only do smoothies, it’s also a food processor,” Roach said. “It can make soups. It can do other things like that, so it’s something that’s great for mom that can really do multiple things, and it’s not just a smoothie maker.”

You have a wide range of Ninja products to choose from – from something as simple as a basic food processor, to a full kitchen set.

Roach says even air fryers have gotten pretty popular.

“It’s a great way for people to eat a little bit healthier, not have so much oil in the food,” he said. “It’s also a great thing too for families to have because it’s easy, not only for moms, but for younger children to use it also, and cook very easily with it.”

Another great option for when she’s not in the kitchen, is the new Samsung Galaxy Watch.

“They’re great for fitness, they’re great to keep up with phone calls, text messages, really just for a mom who’s on the go. It’s a fantastic gift. It’s very reasonably priced also.”

Dyson’s cordless stick vacuums are also good for keeping mom’s home or office clean. They’re lightweight, and easy to use.

“For a long time you couldn’t get the same amount of power, and really just an ability to clean floors like you need, unless you use a regular vacuum,” Roach said. “Nowadays, especially with the Dyson line, you have handheld vacuums that will literally do the job of a full size vacuum that you can take right off the wall, vacuum, and when you’re done, you put it right back up.”

The Roomba vacuum is also user friendly. This robot does all the work, so mom doesn’t have to.

“If you’ve never used one, it can be a little intimidating to think about, but they actually work fantastic,” Roach said. “They use advanced GPS tracking and lasers to be able to map out your room, to know where it needs to be cleaned, and most of the time will even tell you where it has cleaned in the house, and where it needs to still clean the floor.”

Roach also recommends the Google Hub assistant.

It can help mom stay organized, by keeping up with appointments or checking recipes.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’