Top Gifts for Moms, Dads & Grads
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Top Gifts for Moms, Dads & Grads

Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Graduation Day. It’s that time when we are scratching our heads for the idea gift for for Mom, Dad or the latest Grad in the family. Here is a list of some of the things I have looked at this year. One of them will surely fill the bill.


Pulse Soundbar Home Theatre– $1,199.99 CDN

BluesoundFor the mom who loves listening to the best audio from her television. The PULSE SOUNDBAR delivers a fully immersive sonic experience that brings any soundtrack to life in vivid, cinematic detail. Designed specifically to fit perfectly under your HD TV, the PULSE SOUNDBAR is the world’s first multi-room high-res soundbar to feature crystal clear, 24-bit resolution and audiophile-grade bass response – without a subwoofer. This is the soundbar your TV deserves.

Pulse Mini Speaker-$599 CDN

BluesoundFor something more versatile and capable of playing anywhere in the home, the PULSE MINI is more powerful and clear than many players twice its size. With Bluesound you can access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library. Mini setup is simple, easily expandable and portable.


Pulse 2 All-in-One Streaming Music System– $899 CDN

BluesoundThe PULSE 2 is an all-in-one streaming player, complete with built-in speakers. A full range of frequencies comes through rich and clearly, and blends seamlessly together through careful engineering and design that fits a woofer in with two mid-to-high range drivers. Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home.



Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh Wifi System – $129.99 USD (1-pack), $199.99 USD (2-pack), $299.99 USD (3-pack)

LinksysA great gift for Mom that will benefit the whole family, VELOP sets up in minutes and delivers flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal throughout your home. Because not every home is the same, this modular system lets you buy as few or as many VELOP nodes as you need, and place them wherever you need them, making dead spots a thing of the past. With powerful dual-band mesh technology, you’ll get seamless roaming and maximum speed right out to the edge of your network, even when everyone’s streaming their favourite shows.





Telus Drive+  ($50 CAD w 2-year term plus $10/month)

ZTEZTE has entered the connected car space with the Drive +, now available at Telus. Just connect this little gadget to your car’s diagnostic port (standard on all cars since 1996) and you’ll receive helpful maintenance reminders and instant notifications about car trouble, unlocking information to help you keep your vehicle safe. Keep your family safe real-time location updates for peace of mind that your teen driver made it safely to their destination. Driving behavior analysis helps you become a safer driver and minimizes wear and tear on your car. Drive+ also works as an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, perfect for GPS and allowing your passengers to stay connected even while on the road.

ZTE Grand X View 2 (179.99 CAD)

ZTEZTE’s Grand X View 2 is an affordable, reliable tablet that’s great for work, school, play and more. The 8” HD screen size clearly displays all your favourite apps and functions, and the long lasting 4,620mAh battery can keep up with anything you need to do without the need for frequent charging. With 8GB of internal memory, there’s plenty of room for documents, apps, photos, music, books, and more. Featuring fast LTE data and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the Grand X View 2 will keep up with any type of user.


Axon 7 Mini – $149 CAD

ZTEThe ZTE Axon 7 Mini gives Mom a stylish and capable way to stay connected with family. The 16MP main camera will let her take stunning photos and video, while the sleek aluminum design offers timeless appeal. While it has a speedy 8-core Qualcomm processor, plenty of storage and memory, a fingerprint scanner and long-lasting battery, perhaps the best feature is the fantastic audio. With Dolby Atmos Digital Surround Sound and dual stereo speakers built-in, Mom can rock out to her favourite tunes in crystal clear Hi-Fi quality wherever she goes!




Roku Streaming Stick + – $89.99 CAD

With brilliant picture quality, 4x the wireless range, and a new voice remote, the new Roku Streaming Stick+ is just like Roku’s portable Streaming Stick®, super-charged. The Streaming Stick+ offers high-performance portability and is compatible with 4K and HDR TV’s. The convenience of this streaming player can allow Moms to stream from any location that offers wireless internet.


Roku Sanyo TV’s –  Starting at $248 CAD

RokuSimpler, smarter, and totally entertaining.

Stream. Watch. Play. Laugh. Listen. Enjoy. Repeat.

The first Sanyo Roku TVs are now available in Canada! These TVs give Moms a great viewing experience at an attainable price. The Sanyo Roku TVs are available online and are hitting Walmart shelves early May. Starting at C$248 and in screen sizes 32”, 40”, 43” and 50”, these TVs give users in Canada access to 150,000+ movies and TV shows across 5,000+ free or paid channels.


Roku Express – $44.99 CAD

RokuThe new Roku Express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, and offers easy HD streaming at an affordable price. Easy to set up and use, the Express comes with a remote control that makes finding something to watch a snap. And with over 150,000 movies and TV shows available (including lots of free content), Mom and the kids will never run out of things to watch!


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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