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Mother-in-law Day Gift Guide


If you love your mother-in-law and have never wanted to play a little joke on her then maybe this gift guide isn’t for you. On the other hand, if there has been no love lost in your relationship and you want to “appreciate” your mother-in-law on Mother’s Day, here are a few ideas to satisfy that dark side and have a little fun in the process.

Complicated Universal Remote

No universal remote, that we’re aware of, configures itself but some of these can drive people crazy. A couple units that come up below average from Retrevo’s value and user sentiment ratings include Philips SRU9600 which gets mixed reviews and costs just under $100. Some users complain about the ease-of-use on Sony RM-AX4000 which costs a little over $100. You can provide hours of frustration and misery for your mother in-law as she tries to configure or use one of the remotes.

Philips SRU9600
Sony RM-AX4000
Philips SRU9600 Sony RM-AX4000


Just About Any Wireless Router

Dump a wireless router in the lap of your mother in-law, tell her all about the joys of wireless computing and then split. Just don’t answer the phone for a few days while she tries to configure the router to get it to talk to the laptops in her house. The Linksys WRVS4400N gets below average sentiment ratings along with the Belkin F5D9230-4. Save those phone messages too! They may provide hours of entertainment enjoyment to you and all your friends.

Linksys WRVS4400N
Belkin F5D9230-4
Linksys WRVS4400N Belkin F5D9230-4


GPS Device Guaranteed To Get Your Mother in-law Lost

Whether it’s a small handheld GPS or one on the car dashboard, GPS devices are supposed to make it easy to enter destinations and then get to them. The Pharos GPS 140 and the Alpine PMD-B200 show up on the bottom of Retrevo’s list for good value and ratings. So when your mother in-law complains about the GPS you bought her, just say, “I’ve never had any trouble using my GPS .”

Pharos GPS 140
Alpine PMD-B200
Pharos GPS 140 Alpine PMD-B200

Cameras That Takes Blurry Pictures

Buying a digital camera that takes lousy pictures may be harder than you think. Most cameras are idiot proof and some of the better cameras with image stabilization and face technology make it downright hard to take a bad picture. So providing your mother in-law with a idiot proof product that can make her feel like an idiot is priceless. Retrevo can recommend a couple of real bargains in the extreme low-end camera category that will most likely take a less than perfect picture. The Argus DC1512 barely has enough mega pixels to be called a camera and can be purchased for under $10 while the Micro Innovations 3120 costs a few dollars more at $16.99 and also gets low ratings.

Argus DC1512
Micro Innovations 3120
Argus DC1512 Micro Innovations 3120


Cheap MP3 Player

Your mother-in-law won’t be the envy of her bridge club with these low-end MP3 players and they probably won’t sound that great either. The Coby MP-C827 barely has enough memory to hold a few songs and doesn’t get the greatest ratings while the Nextar MA933A holds a few more songs than the Coby and gets low marks for the display quality. One reviewer notes that the font was “too small for older eyes.” Perfect!

Coby MP-C827
Nextar MA933A
Coby MP-C827 Nextar MA933A

Now seriously folks, we all know you would never do anything like this to your poor old mother-in-law so just in case you want to get yourself or someone you love the best value in gadget in gear, you can find reviews and manuals for all popular electronics like GPS , HDTV , digital cameras, camcorders, and more on Retrevo.com


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