GeekMom Holiday Gift Guide #7: Clothing and Household Goods

Geeks love to dress the part, regularly donning their Doctor Who T-shirts or multi-pocketed Scottevests. They also love their household tools and goods, finding products that make their lives easier. What are the GeekMoms’ favorites for 2015?

Images: Dyson
Images: Dyson

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy & V6 Mattress Vacuum
Prices vary
Dyson makes quality and extremely effective products, and these two vacuum models are no different. The upright vacuum will suck more debris out of your carpet and off your floor than you ever thought possible, improving your indoor air quality and ridding it of animal fur and dander, along with other allergens. And the V6 Mattress Vacuum is a great handheld solution to vacuum mattresses, car interiors, stairs, and anywhere else an upright would be tricky to use. These bagless, easy-to-empty vacuums will make your life easier. They did mine.

Art of Otis Frampton.
Art of Otis Frampton.

Art From Your Favorite Geeky Artists
Varies
If you know your recipient’s favorite geekdom, consider purchasing a nice quality print to decorate their home or cubicle walls. With so many artistic takes on old favorites, you’re bound to find something for every taste. If you’re feeling fancy, go the extra mile and frame it for them!

Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume Snuggy. Image SuperHeroStuff
Star Wars Stormtrooper Costume Snuggy. Image SuperHeroStuff

Stormtrooper Snuggy
$29.99
It’s a blanket with sleeves. What more is there to say?

Red Gamer TOMS Shoes © TOMS
Red Gamer TOMS Shoes © TOMS

Red Gamer Remote TOMS Shoes
$54
Most moms are familiar with the comfort and style of TOMS shoes. If you wanted to add a distinctive geek style to the comfy slip-ons, this game controller design is a perfect fit for the feet of any gamer mom.

Image: iRobot
Image: iRobot

iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets
$359.99
Everyone knows Roomba these days. A diminutive robot with the power to vacuum the whole house, without human interference. It even plugs itself back in when it’s done doing your dirty work! The Roomba 650 has proven to be a favorite, is one of the highest ranked products on the market, and is designed for families with pets. The Roomba makes a great gift for anyone wanting a simpler life, or just needing a shortened to-do list.

Cyberoptix Beer Shawl - one of many beautiful designs. Image credit: Cyberoptix
Cyberoptix Beer Shawl – one of many beautiful designs. Image credit: Cyberoptix

Cyberoptix Shawl
$44 and up
These hand-washable pashminas with beautifully screened geek-favorable designs are warm and cozy answers to chilly evenings, office spaces, and travel. From the science (including DNA double-helixes) to computers (video games, codebreaking), library swag to astronomy, the shawls cover your interests as well as your shoulders beautifully.

Images: ARCKIT
Images: ARCKIT

ARCKIT Architectural Building Kit
$69.99-$399
If you or anyone in your family (12 and up) is an aspiring architect, check out the ARCKIT Architectural Building Kits. Made in Ireland, they come in four different versions, all with a 1.2m/4ft grid to scale 1:48. ARCKIT GO, the starter kit, has 160+ components, and retails for $69.99. They also have the ARCKIT A60, A120, and A240 which contain 220, 385, and 620 pieces, respectively, and sell for $129, $249, and $399. Let your imagination go wild as you design and redesign your dream house, buildings, or cottages. Originally designed for professional architects to easily model their ideas, they are now available for anyone. Combine kits to expand your ideas. Use the included handbook for inspiration. The sets also come with printable adhesive sheets for textures that you download from the ARCHITEXTURE portion of their website. This helps create much more realistic models.

The "O Cock James May" blend is a mix of Irish Breakfast Tea, hazlenut and vanilla chai. Image by Lisa Kay Tate
The “O Cock James May” blend is a mix of Irish Breakfast Tea, hazelnut, and vanilla chai. Image by Lisa Kay Tate

Adagio Teas “Top Gear” Signature Blends
Each blend is $4, sample tin; $10, 3oz pouch; and $19, 5oz tin
The fandom tea blends from Adagio Teas are always clever, culinary works of art. This trio of “Top Gear” blends is a cozy way to say goodbye to the original boys of the series, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond, before their new show begins next year. There is also an Earl Grey-based “Top Gear” title blend. Adagio lets tea lovers purchase sample tins before committing to a full-size tin, which is a perfect way to give all four blends as a gift set. Fair warning, though, it’s easy to become addicted to any of Adagio’s wonderfully quirky and tasty blends.

BookBook. Image Twelve South
BookBook. Image Twelve South

BookBook for Macbook Air
$79.99
Dakster has lost count how many compliments she has received on her BookBook case for her Macbook. Some think it’s a real book until she unzips it and starts to type on the inside. Great give for any book lover. Also available for the iPhone and iPad.

Image: ThinkGeek
Image: ThinkGeek

Handbag of Holding
$49.99
ThinkGeek’s Handbag of Holding is the perfect gift for any geek. With a cross-body strap, sturdy handles, and a beautiful, practical design, it fits any style, and any need. The outer pockets are closed with magnets for convenience, and the primary compartment has a D20 zipper pull that is easy to find and is stylish, too. It features a large padded pocket inside, large enough for tablets and laptops, but the overall feel isn’t like a huge messenger bag. It’s a handbag, and that’s what makes it great for men, women, and geeklings.

Star Wars Force Awakens Slash Logo T-Shirt. Image SuperHeroStuff
Star Wars Force Awakens Slash Logo T-Shirt. Image SuperHeroStuff

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Slash Logo T-Shirt
$21.99 and up
A little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out soon. For the Star Wars fan in your life, look at the great selection of movie themed shirts over at SuperHeroStuff.com!

Images: Knomo
Images: Knomo

Knomo Portable Organizer
~$60 and up, depending on style
These days, many people carry around several devices at once, all different sizes. When traveling or just on-the-go, it’s important to keep all of your accessories together and protected. One great option is a Knomo Portable Organizer. It comes in different sizes and styles, fitting everything from an iPad Mini-sized device up to an iPad Air/10 inch tablet. It does best storing flat items, and can also carry your credit cards, notepads, and a writing implement. The section that holds your tablet is velvety soft, and great protection for your device’s surfaces.

Cyberoptix Constellation Bow Tie. Image credit: Cyberoptix
Cyberoptix Constellation Bow Tie. Image credit: Cyberoptix

Cyberoptix Bow Ties
$40
Want to dress like Bill Nye the Science Guy? This is where he got his DNA double helix black tie gear. And there’s more: star charts, library cards, caffeine molecules, the Apollo cockpit–the list goes on for these gorgeous silk bow ties. The shop has regular ties too, and fantastic gift packaging.

Image: SCOTTeVEST
Image: SCOTTeVEST

SCOTTeVEST Clothing
Varies by product
SCOTTeVEST is a company that makes pockets. More precisely, the take great clothes, and put pockets everywhere. Many of the pockets are visible, but many just can’t be found unless you know where to look. Their products range from coats to underwear, and other travel accessories that include RFID security. SCOTTeVEST coats have over 2 dozen pockets, and most of them can carry a full size iPad. If a coat is too heavy, check out their vests and featherweight jackets, which also feature dozens of pockets each. SCOTTeVEST products make a great gift for those who like to travel light, or ditch the purse for the day, providing utility to match anyone’s needs.

Spider-Gwen Women's Cardigan. Image SuperHeroStuff
Spider-Gwen Women’s Cardigan. Image SuperHeroStuff

Spider Gwen 3/4 Sleeve Women’s Cardigan
$59.99
Dakster loves her Spider-Gwen cardigan. The 3/4 sleeves on this piece makes it just right for the office or messing around at the mall.

Image: Cricut
Image: Cricut

Cricut Explore
$199-$299
If your crafty bent runs along the lines of paper, fabric, and material cutting, a Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air would be a fantastic gift. Automate your cards, scrapbooking, and other paper crafts, or use it to cut out shapes from fabric, felt, Duck tape, vinyl, leather, and even craft foam. It can also precisely draw on your materials with a special marker to help create the finished product. The machine comes with plenty of sample materials to practice before investing in your own. Just design your project in the online software and go.

Captain America Ladies' Dolman Cardigan. Image ThinkGeek
Captain America Ladies’ Dolman Cardigan. Image ThinkGeek

Captain America Ladies’ Dolman Cardigan
$49.99
Play the part of a superhero while still looking professional for work. Gives the look of a cape from the back, while giving a professional look, complete with lace, on the front.

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Jenny Bristol is an Editor at GeekDad and a founding Director at GeekMom. She is a lifelong geek who spends her time learning, writing, homeschooling her two wickedly smart kids, losing herself in history, and mastering the art of traveling on a shoestring.