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Mom will love an Aura digital photo frame for Mother’s Day

Moms are anything but a monolith, so shopping for them — especially when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts — can certainly be a challenge. You want to give them something that they will actually use, that also celebrates who they are and their interests, while showing your appreciation and love. That’s quite a tall order. Luckily, we’ve discovered one gift for mom that ticks every box: an Aura digital photo frame.

I got Aura frames for my mother, my mother-in-law, my husband’s grandmother, and even my best friend’s mother. They are completely different people with different tastes, hobbies and styles, but they all love their Aura digital photo frame and use it regularly.

And since Aura frames are available on Amazon and eligible for Prime shipping, they make excellent last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that are still thoughtful and sentimental.

The brand’s most popular and affordable option, the Carver, is a freestanding 10.1-inch photo frame with a 1280 x 800 HD display. It features a handy swipe-controlled touch bar, so you can easily navigate through your photos.

This model has the same specifications as the Carver, but has an elegant thin frame (perfect for minimalists) with a white mat, in contrast to the structured design of the Carver.

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If you’re worried about buying a tech gadget for mom, fear not: setting up an Aura frame is a piece of cake. The whole process only takes a few minutes, so you can go over it once with Mom (or do it yourself before gifting) and never have to worry about tech support.

Simply download the intuitive Aura app, pair her phone with the photo frame and connect the photo frame to her home Wi-Fi network. Plus, Aura makes it really easy to gift a digital photo frame that feels personalized right out of the box: you can set up a video message, preload photos, and even preset up Wi-Fi for them.

Family members can instantly share photos and videos

Once the frame is all set up, Mom can invite others to send photos and short videos to her frame from the Aura app or via an online web uploader. We recommend that you use the app, which is compatible with Android and iOS phones. You can even invite as many family members and friends as you like to share their memories with you. This makes it especially suitable for family members who live far apart.

My mom always reminds me to upload photos I post on social media to her frame, which only takes a few seconds since I got the app. Another thing we like about Aura’s digital photo frames is that you don’t have to worry about storage: they all come with free unlimited storage, so you never have to worry about running out of space for all your photos.

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From a purely aesthetic perspective, Aura’s digital photo frames are incredibly sleek and versatile. They fit into your space just like any other picture frame, so they suit all types of decor styles. And in terms of quality, the Carver frame’s display is clear and sharp, and the colors stand out beautifully.

We also appreciate that it has minimal buttons. The only ‘button’ is a touch bar at the top, which lets you swipe through photos. Much of the intelligence is built into the frame itself, making this a truly fantastic gadget for moms who aren’t too tech-savvy.

The Carver comes with a sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the frame based on the amount of light in the room, and it can intelligently crop photos to fit the screen. There’s also Photo Match mode, which places two portrait photos side by side to fill the landscape frame, so you can avoid that wasted empty space at either end of your favorite photo. It can even play short videos (with sound!) and live photos, which start playing as soon as they appear on the screen. If you prefer a portrait frame, we recommend the Aura Mason instead.

This 9-inch frame can be positioned vertically or horizontally to display photos in the orientation that best suits your space.

In many ways, Aura’s digital photo frames are a modern solution for family albums. Instead of developing photos after events or trips, organizing them into physical books and showing them to people a few times a year, you can instantly display these memories and revisit them throughout the day.

With an Aura frame, mom can keep track of what her loved ones are doing, make memories with family and friends, relive trips and vacations, celebrate milestones and achievements, and take pride in her favorite hobbies and activities – without the clutter. And that’s exactly why an Aura frame is an excellent Mother’s Day gift idea for all the mothers in your life.