Improve the traveling experience of your globetrotting mom with an 8GB iPod touch ($199). She can fill it up with her favorite music, TV shows, and games for long plane, train, or car rides. If she lugs around a laptop on her journeys, we suggest Melissa Beth's Pocket Full of 'Puter laptop tote ($198), which protects laptops with a thick foam interior and leather-trimmed exterior.
With a pocket-sized camera like the 12.1 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S8 ($149), she can capture touristy photos and share her fun with the family back home. Finally, you can help her learn that language she always wanted to know—whether it's a New Year's resolution or a business necessity—with the poplar language-learning software, Rosetta Stone (prices vary).