These days, manufacturers are literally putting Internet into everything, even slow cookers. This slow cooker from Crock-Pot is compatible with Belkin's Wemo system. So this means that you can control the slow cooker from the Wemo app that works with both Android and iOS. And if you have other Wemo products around your home, like their smart plugs or light bulbs, you can control it all from your smartphone. This means that you can get that pot roast started while you're still at church on Sundays. Given the fact that dishes are usually slow to cook (hence the name "slow cooker", eh?) this is probably the best appliance to have WiFi built into and make smart.
Now if you are looking to pick this up for your mom this Holiday season, you will likely need to go ahead and teach her how to use it and such. But she'd definitely appreciate it. Another feature of the Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Slow Cooker is the fact that it works with Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, like the rest of Wemo's products. What this means is that you can tell Alexa to turn the Crock-Pot on and get it cooking, from your couch in the living room. Of course another handy feature with Alexa is the fact that you can use her to give you a recipe to use in that slow cooker, as she does have integration with plenty of cooking apps like Cookpad.
With this slow cooker, you can set timers as well in the app. Allowing you to set it to cook for 8 hours then turn it off, or at least keep it warm on low, in case you aren't home when it's done, and you won't need to worry about it burning down your home. Of course, you can use the slow cooker with out the app, and just use it like a regular Crock-Pot. It's available on Amazon right now and would make a great gift for any chef on your list. Additionally, it does have Amazon Prime shipping. So you'll be able to get it in time for Christmas, however you'll need to hurry up, as there isn't much time left.