Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Green Tech Style

Your Mom digs green, and so do you. This year, show her you care with the gift of eco-savvy tech stuff designed to make her life a little easier. From backyard solar lighting to home energy management devices and e-reader accessories to off-grid back-up power, we here at  EarthTechling present our annual round up of thoughtful, delightful and downright ingenious Mom-tech.

Kodak Pulse Digital Picture Frame

Kodak Pulse digital picture frame

image via Kodak

Why give your Mom one picture of you and your family when you could give her a dozen–and update her on the kids as they grow–with the all new and improved version of the Kodak Pulse digital picture frame? WiFi-enabled reception means you can zip new pix to Mom straight from your computer; she can even comment back, social media style, via built-in comments like “LOL!” and (yes) “Kodak Moment.” All that, admittedly, may be beyond her, but here’s the part we really like: a built-in motion sensor powers this gadget down when there’s no one around to see the images on display, saving energy.

Available in 7-inch for $129.95 and 10-inch for $199.95 at major retailers and Kodak.com.

Nau Felted iPad Stash

Nau iPad Stash

image via Nau

If your Mom is a bibliophile, chances are she’s at least considered an e-reader like the iPad. If she’s gone ahead and made the plunge, why not reward her tech bravery with a nice iPad case? The iPad Stash from Nau is made from recycled wool, and offers complete protection via a simple, slotted tab closure. Flip it open–there’s plenty of space here for cards, pens, etc., and easy access to all the important ports. Flip it shut and this iPad case could double as a sophisticated ledger or journal.

The Nau iPad Stash comes in ‘Caviar Heather’ (which looks a lot like gray) and will run you $75.00.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.