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Our Mother's Day Gift Guide 2014

It's picture perfect, really!

Avoid the Ashton Kutcher gimmick and pick mom up a Canon PowerShot SX280 HS. With awesome automatic settings to quickly capture the warmest of familial moments to deeper controls for the aspiring Avedon in your family, the PowerShot's got everything mom needs in a point-and-shoot package.

Sure, top-tier smartphones and tablets can take decent pics and make phone calls, but do you really want to be the one with a mum taking embarrassing shots with an iPad? I didn't think so. Plus, at just $179.99 at Best Buy this week you can use the $100 you save on something nice for you.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Sleek and powerful. Just like mom!

Here's an excerpt from our review:

What we have here is an excellent and well performing compact camera that offers lots of flexibility both to beginner users and those looking for something a little more advanced. It would also be a good camera for anybody looking to learn a little more about photography, since you could start on the fully automatic settings and work your way through the manual options.

Mad Max ain't got nothing on her

Is mom behind the wheel more than she'd like? For the road warrior matron in your life try the TomTom Start 50. Reasonably priced at $99, the Start 50 has the maps she'll need coupled with the usability that will keep you off the phone playing tech support.

TomTom Start 60

Mom, meet Tom.

She's got game … or she will after you buy her one

Did you come out of the womb, controller in hand? Was mom the reason you knew the names of Solid Snake, Sonic, and Mega Man before you knew the names of the presidents? She deserves a Wii U. While the Xbox One and PS4 are taking up most of the advertising bandwidth these days, Nintendo's Wii U has actually got some serious gaming chops and is worthy of mom's precious down time.

With single-player games like Scribblenauts Unlimited and Pikmin 3 she'll be able to get lost in her own world, and with multiplayer titles like Super Mario 3D Land, Rayman Legends and upcoming Mario Kart 8, you'll be able to join in the fun too.

Nintendo Wii U

Way better than a set-top box

Here's an excerpt from our review:

For Nintendo fans looking to finally enter the HD era, the Wii U may seem like a beacon of light in an endless downpour - and if you're coming from the Wii, it will be quite impressive, indeed. Not only are the publisher's own properties sleeker than ever before, but third-parties can finally deliver the great games they've been making for other systems in recent years.