GeekMom 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Household Gifts

These days, geeks aren’t afraid to let their living space reflect their inner geek. Today’s holiday gift guide should help you find something for the geek in your life who needs a little help with showing their inner geek in their home.

Warning: One of the kitchen gadgets is an anatomy joke which may not be suitable for work.

For around the home:

LittlePartners The Learning Tower - Photo from LP website
LittlePartners The Learning Tower. Image: Littlepartners.com

The Learning Tower Little Partners makes this Montessori-approved tower in six colors, and it is brilliant. If you have little ones too small to reach counters or stand safely on a step stool, this is a must that will grow with them. Get your kids involved with you in the kitchen, or turn the tower into an easel or a even a puppet theatre with Little Partners accessories. Ages 18mo+. $199.99

Scanimation Lamp Image Eye Think, Inc
Scanimation Lamp. Image: Eye Think, Inc

Scanimation Lamp Remember this amazing lamp I told you about on GeekMom.com a few weeks ago? It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wants something unique on their desk, or for a child who needs a more interactive night light to help them fall asleep. Be sure to check out the video on the links; you have to see it to believe it! $35

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wall Clings
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wall Clings. Image: RoomMates

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Wall Decals For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan in your family, check out these wall decals. They are simply peel and stick, and are able to be moved whenever your kids feel like it. Made by RoomMates, who also make a variety of other wall decals, these are a great way to customize a wall affordably. $10-15

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Reliable V200 Sensor Velocity Steam Iron. Image: Amazon.com

Reliable V200 Sensor Velocity Steam Iron If you love to iron, this device is your masterpiece. If you hate to iron, this device takes all the thought and hassle out of it. It may seem very Betty Crocker to give the gift of an iron, but five minutes with this baby and you’ll be thanking Santa. Patented technology and touch sensitive handling, prevent those steam/leak accidents of the past, and provide smooth sailing, regardless of fabric. Great for a crafter, great for everyday use. $169

Household Second Generation Nest Thermostat, Image Nest
Household Second Generation Nest Thermostat. Image: Nest

Second Generation Nest Thermostat Control your thermostat from your smartphone and watch as it automatically learns when you’re home or away and adjusts the temperature accordingly. You can even look up your history online and see when you use the most energy and learn ways to help keep those energy bills under control in the summer and winter months. $249

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Acu-Rite Professional Weather Station. Image: Amazon.com

Acu-Rite Professional Weather Station For the cost, this is an excellent home weather station. The system is lightweight and easy to install. The tools on the top of the sensor set make it easy to level and properly orient the wind vane, and the digital display is very easy to read. Bringing the data to mobile device apps and Weather Underground brings a whole new level to the data collection. If you are looking for a basic system to introduce your kids to weather observation and data collection, this is the one. $199.99

For in the kitchen:

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Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single serve coffee system. Image: Amazon.com

Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single serve coffee system This is not your mama’s Keurig machine. With the ability to set temperature, larger sizes, and strength of coffee, this is a single-serve coffee maker for both the aficionado and the casual coffee drinker. This is the eco-friendly version of the single serve machine, as the vue packs, no longer K-cups, used can be pulled apart for both compost of the inner contents and recycling of the outer container. Great drink options for those impromptu holiday guests. $170-230

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Book Platter. Image: gonereading.com

Book-shaped platter Serving dish for the book geek, also comes in other sizes. Safe for dishwashers, ovens, and microwaves, it’s perfect for entertaining or everyday use. Made from porcelain. This is one of many more enticements offered by GoneReading.com such as games, t-shirts, and literary action figures. Better yet, 100% of their net profits are donated to reading-related charities. The founder was inspired after helping to build a library in a remote area of Honduras and now funds libraries both in the developing world and in the United States. $14.99

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Zoku Slush and Shake Maker. Image: williams-sonoma.com

Zoku Slush and Shake Maker For the lover of frozen drinks year round, the Zoku Slush and Shake maker will help with those frozen margaritas to get through the holiday crazies! Not necessarily a winner for impatient children, but for those looking for a little escape, it’s a great fix. $20

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Reusable Candy Cottage. Image: Amazon.com

Candy Cottage Don’t bake and assemble a gingerbread house, just snap together this sturdy base, cover with frosting and decorate with the kids. After the holiday is over, just rinse off candies and save the cottage for the next holiday (Valentine’s Day cottage, July Fourth cottage, Halloween cottage)! For healthier cottage decor, consider using pretzels, cereal, and crackers. $34.99

Thermos insulated lunch box
Thermos insulated lunch box. Image: Thermos

Thermos insulated bags, bottles, and jars From R2-D2 to Hello Kitty, Thermos makes an extensive series of lunch ware for kids (or adults). Soft-sided lunchboxes, food jars, drink containers, and more can be had showing off your favorite characters. They are high quality and affordable, and will last for years. Price varies

Smart Women
Smart Women products. Image: Smart Women

Smart Women products Smart Women Company makes all kinds of household products with cute, 1950s style artwork with snappy sayings such as “Smart Women Elect to Make a Difference” and “Smart Women Thirst for Knowledge.” Buy mugs, erasers, kitchen towels, mouse pads, pencils, trays, and more. Price varies

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Tablet Friendly Cutting Board. Image: amazon.com

Chef Sleeve iOS Kitchen Tools The Chef Sleeve family of tablet-friendly kitchen products is the safe, clean way to fully incorporate your devices into the kitchen. Slip your iPad into a plastic touch-sensitive sleeve and prop it up on the Chef Sleeve cutting board and you’re all set. They make great gifts for your favorite cooking geek. $19.95 – $69.95

Shark Fin Ice Cube Trays Image Mustard Company
Shark Fin Ice Cube Trays. Image: Mustard Company

Shark Fin Ice Cube Tray Want to jazz up the next party? How about a bucket full of ice that, when placed in a drink, looks like a shark is swimming below? A great gift for kids and grown ups alike.  $9

Vinyl Record Coasters Image Modern Artisans
Vinyl Record Coasters. Image: Modern Artisans

Record Label Coasters Check out these amazing coasters, made from real vinyl records. With so many of our kids not understanding what a vinyl record even looked like, these would be a nice addition to any family’s living room or family room. $16.95

Roasting Sticks Image Camp Ground Products
Roasting Sticks. Image: Camp Ground Products

Naughty fire pit roasting sticks Warning: this gift is not G rated. If you have some fun-loving campers in your family, or you just love to sit around the fire pit in the backyard, these hot dog/marshmallow roasters are the perfect addition. They are guaranteed to bring lots of laughs, even before the alcohol is brought out. $49

mermaid bottle opener Image Spacepositive
Mermaid Bottle Opener. Image: Spacepositive

Mermaid bottle opener Do you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your list? This unique, old fashioned looking cast iron bottle opener might be the perfect gift. It’s unique look makes it just as useful as a decoration to hang on the wall as it is an actual working bottle opener. It would be a fun addition to anyone’s household bar. It’s also a great house-warming gift for the host of the big holiday party you’ll be attending soon. $12.82

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