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Kindle Fire for Your Mom
Mother's Day will be coming soon and many people make a big fuss out of the holiday. Some folks just get their mothers a nice bunch of flowers or a potted plant, and call it a day. However, there are some people that go all out for Mother's Day. If you are one of those people and you've ran out of good ideas for your mother, I suggest buying her a Kindle Fire. I want to warn you, a Kindle Fire is pretty expensive, but if you've been buying your Mom gold jewelry for holidays but she seems bored with it, you might be willing to pay the $199 for the Kindle Fire. You can even consider buying a Kindle Fire for your grandmother as well.
A Kindle Fire is not just your average e-Reader. A regular Kindle that is under $100 is a perfectly fine e-Reader for your mother. If your mother does not want to just read books though, a Kindle Fire is great. It is basically a tablet and has many features. The Kindle Fire can download music, movies, shows, books, and games. If your mother is retired and has a lot of free time, this is a great option for her. Even if Mom is not retired, it is still a great tablet if she is looking for a new form of entertainment. It helps if your mother has a wireless internet connection, but she does not even need that to enjoy the Kindle Fire as long as you download the apps for her in advance.
Buy a Kindle Fire
Features Your Mother Will Like
The Kindle Fire is pretty easy to understand. As long as your mother has used a computer of some type or has a cell phone, she should be able to figure out the Kindle Fire. What I would recommend is buying the Kindle Fire for her and then getting it registered for her, too. While you've got the Kindle Fire, you can "personalize" it for her by adding applications, books, games, music, and movies you think she will like. Not only will she appreciate the gift, she will appreciate all the effort you went through to add her favorite things to the Kindle Fire.
By using the Kindle Fire before giving it to your Mom, you can figure out how to work it. This will allow you to give her instructions on how to use the Kindle Fire. If all else fails, there is an instruction manual on the Kindle, too. You can show her how to find the manual so she can refer to it if she gets confused while you are not around. Honestly, everyone is different and your mother might be a faster learner than you imagine with the Kindle Fire. My mother has a cell phone that is far more complex than mine and she has picked up text messaging faster than anyone anticipating. Basically, don't underestimate your Mom.
If Your Mother Likes Word Puzzles
If your mother enjoys word searches, crossword puzzles, or playing Scrabble, she will love having a Kindle Fire with all those games on it. You can buy a Scrabble application for the Kindle Fire for only $2.99. The Kindle Fire also usually comes with Words With Friends, but if not, it can be downloaded for free from Amazon. For $1.99, you can download a Word Search app for your mother. Furthermore, there are plenty of free word games available if you search on Amazon with the keywords: Kindle Fire word games.
More Fun Games for Mom
Your Mom might be the type that enjoys a variety of computer games. Let us not forget some great basic games that are available for the Kindle Fire. Many mothers enjoy games like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, or Tetris. All of these games are available as applications for the Kindle Fire. Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds are free for the Kindle Fire. The Tetris app costs $2.99 for the Kindle Fire. However, you don't have to pay for some Tetris action. Tetriblox is also available for the Kindle Fire, but it is free. It is basically the same game.
More Kindle Fire Hubs:
- A Guide to the Kindle Fire for the Technologically Challenged
If you are a new tablet user, the Kindle Fire might be a challenge at first. This is especially the case if you are technologically challenged. Have no fear! The Kindle Fire basics are easy to learn.
- Accessories for Your New Kindle Fire
If you have a new Kindle Fire, you will want to buy some accessories for it. Let's explore some of the most useful accessories your can purchase for the Kindle Fire.
- How to Transfer Files From Your Kindle Fire to Your Computer
If you'd like to transfer files from your Kindle Fire to your home computer or from your home computer to your Kindle Fire, you can easily achieve this in just a few easy steps.
Download Your Mother's Favorite Shows and Music
For just about any show or movie, you have the option to download it to the Amazon cloud or download it directly to the Kindle Fire. If your mother does not have Wi-Fi, I would recommend buying some things for her you know she likes and then downloading them directly to the device. In many situations, your Mom could enjoy watching movies and shows on the Kindle Fire. It is great to kill time during long car rides, waiting in doctor's offices, and lunch breaks at work.
Also, you may opt to buy her headphones or ear buds so she can listen to everything in private. Not everyone wants to know she is watching her favorite episode of CSI, and with her own ear buds, she will have that luxury of watching whatever she wants without disturbing anyone else.
Never Forget About Books
Of course, what would a Kindle Fire be without some books? There are plenty of free books options available for download on Amazon. If your mother has a favorite author, this is the perfect opportunity to download some books by an author that she will enjoy. When in doubt, you can even ask her if a new book is coming out that she might want to read. Sure, it won't be free, but imagine how surprised your mother will be when she receives a Kindle Fire instead of just a paperback book. Even if she would rather have a regular book (even I agree with that), the Kindle Fire has so many other options, she will be entertained for hours. Most people don't even use a Kindle Fire as an e-Reader. It is just that entertaining! A Kindle Fire can be the perfect gifts for Moms and Grandmas everywhere!
Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on July 28, 2014:
I've had mine for a couple of years now and I still love it. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the comment.
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 26, 2014:
My wife really likes her Kindle Fire. Thanks for a useful and interesting hub! ;-)
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 23, 2012:
Yes, it can be a little pricy, but it is a great gift. One day when I win the lottery, I am buying Kindle Fires for everyone I know. :-) Thanks for the comments, THEHuG5 and Vellur!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 22, 2012:
Great idea!!! Kindle fire sure looks good and has great features.A lovely gift for a mother.
THEHuG5 on April 22, 2012:
My mom is a total techno geek. I'd love to buy her a kindle fire but it's a little out of my price range right now. This is a great gift for any occasion though. Maybe I'll be able to save up enough by the time her birthday comes around in October lol. Good hub!
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 22, 2012:
That is a shame, Vinaya. It is a great gift for mothers. Unfortunately, the price is a little too much for me as far as buying it for my own mother, but if I strike it rich anytime soon, I desperately want to buy one for her. She loves Scrabble, Sudoku, word games, etc. I think she would love it. Thanks for checking out my hub!
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 22, 2012:
My mother is not a technology friendly. But this looks a wonderful gift idea.