The 2016 GeekDad Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

The GeekDad Mother's Day Gift Guide

It’s that time of year! It’s time to honor the mothers in our lives! Our team of contributors came up with the most fun, innovative, geekiest options they could find, so if you’re looking for something uniquely geeky for that special mother in your life, then look no further! Hopefully you’ll have enough time to shop around, place an order, and have it in your mother’s squeeing hands by May 8th.

Enjoy!

Sisterhood Soap, $10

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Sisterhood Soap is hand-milled by refugees escaping ISIS. The soaps are made with olive oil and eucalyptus, and look lovely. Mother’s Day purchases include a card that will arrive for the moms in your life as the soaps take up to 6 weeks for delivery from Iraq. The only thing better than a beautiful gift for someone you love is knowing it’s also helping another mom care for her family.

Amazon Echo, $179.99

 

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The Amazon Echo is perfect for the tired, busy mom who sometimes forgets to order things. Sometimes your mother doesn’t even know what the weather will be yet everyone will ask her each morning. Help your mother by getting her the Amazon Echo: everyone can ask Alexa instead!

Silhouette Cameo, $299.99

Photo: Jackie Reeve
Photo: Jackie Reeve

Several of us here at GeekMom and GeekDad have the Silhouette Cameo, a die cut machine that offers a lot of flexibility if you like to create your own designs. We are obsessed with it. Cut cardstock, make vinyl decals, use it to cut fabric for applique. There are whole Facebook groups devoted to Cameo-obsessed crafters who make everything from custom wood signs (use it to make stencils) to t-shirts using heat transfer vinyl. You’ll fall down a rabbit hole of ideas for things you didn’t even know you needed to make.

Amazon Fire HD 8″ Tablet, $149.99

Photo: Jackie Reeve
Photo: Jackie Reeve

We had a look at the 8″ HD Fire at Amazon’s summer press event in New York City. The screen is crystal clear, and the 8″ is a great size for watching videos, using as an e-reader, or keeping around the house to look up recipes and tutorials. It’s light and portable, so you can throw it in your bag and take it anywhere.

Adobe Creative Cloud, plans starting at $9.99 per month

Adobe Creative Cloud
Image credit: Adobe Systems, Inc., used with permission.

This is Adobe’s most up-to-date suite of developer software and image libraries available via the cloud on a subscription basis. Adobe Creative Suite provides professional image editing (raster), illustration (vector), and page layout (prepress) tools that allows some of our writers here to geek out and make children’s picture books about computer programming. It also includes video editing tools for creating the perfect videos to showcase their creations. Yes, one can get other tools that would allow users to play for less, but they just don’t work as well. If you want to relax and let your creative juices flow, you don’t want to be fighting with the software. In addition to access to programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe Premiere Pro, subscribers also have the option to access Adobe Stock, the company’s curated repository of over 50 million photos and videos available for use.

Logitech Logi Circle, $199.99

Copyright Logitech, used with permission.
Copyright Logitech, used with permission.

This portable home security camera is great for checking in on the kids when they get home from school, or even for making sure the new puppy isn’t tearing the house apart. You can use the Circle app to talk through the camera. But if you want to get creative, use the Logi Circle to document your next party. Use the Day Briefs feature to get a 30 second clip of everything that happened during the day. It’s a very cool way to watch a big event unfold.

Fracture: Photos Printed Directly on Glass, $18 and up

Image from the Fracture.com Press Page
Image from the Fracture.com Press Page

Fracture is a company that takes one of your digital photos and prints them directly on to the surface of a single piece of glass, resulting in a very clean and futuristic way to display a photo. The hanging mechanism is built into the back of the glass so the end result is a stunning image and nothing but that image. Skip has given this as a gift (as a gift card) to his own mother and she absolutely loved it. He was able to include several digital photos for her to choose from but she didn’t even need the provided images…she already had an older image that she immediately knew she wanted displayed and this was the perfect way to display it. It’s a very unique gift with a personal touch since it typically involves family photos.

AcuRite Professional Weather Station, starting at $99.99

Image credit: AcuRite.com
Image credit: AcuRite.com

Give the gift of weather data! With spring here, many of our mothers enjoy spending time outside, whether in the garden, getting some exercise, or enjoying the kids play. AcuRite’s line of professional quality weather stations provides everyone in the house instant access to temperature, humidity, wind, pressure, and rainfall data, and those who are more tech-savvy can even set up the system to share the data through assorted weather crowd-sourcing websites. GeekMom Patricia has had her AcuRite weather station for 3 years and it’s performing reliably as the day she took it out of the box.

1More Swarovski Crystal In-Ear Buds With In-line Microphone and Remote, $69.99 for two pair

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1More Dual Pack Swarovski Crystal In-Ear Headphones (Image copyright 1More)

Is the mom in your household a music lover? If so, 1More offers a set of earbuds that would make a great gift, offering a classic combination of style, performance and reasonable pricing. The 1More Swarovski Crystal earbuds offer smart and sharp design, with aluminum alloy earpieces topped by Swarovski crystals. Dynamic drivers and custom tuning ensure enjoyable sound. The cables are tough Kevlar covered by braided nylon, for reduced tangles while continuing the upscale theme. Best of all, $69.99 gets you a set of two pairs — one in pink, one in black — so mom can switch up the earbuds to fit her mood.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids, $19.99

Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids
Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

Help Yourself is a two-fold gift–not only will it help mom with great ideas on getting the kids to eat healthier, it will help the kids lighten the cooking load on the whole family. This book is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come with plenty of fun, delicious, and nutritious recipes that kids can make on their own.

Game of Phones, $20

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It’s an irritating trend. Everyone gets together to visit, and the smartphones come out. This clever game turns the formerly isolating practice into a reason to be social once again, and still enjoy smartphone tech. No flip phones invited, unfortunately, but who says you can’t play with a partner?

Meeple Pillow, $29.99

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When you’re giving mom a chance to put her feet up, hand her one of these adorable pillows. Besides being cuddly and cute, all the different angles are great for finding a position to best support your achy neck while you nap. And isn’t that what all moms need? A nap!

Star Wars: Bloodline, $28

© Lucasfilm / Disney Press
© Lucasfilm / Disney Press

What happened to Princess Leia in the years before The Force Awakens? Claudia Gray gives Star Wars fans the answer in this new novel available on May 3. Years have passed since the end of the Empire, but Leia is now embroiled in a new kind of battle: Politics. Fans of Princess Leia (and who isn’t one?) will find this an engrossing read.

The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection on Blu-Ray and Digital, $49.99

The Hunger Games Full Collection. Image credit: Lionsgate Films
The Hunger Games Full Collection. Image credit: Lionsgate Films

If there’s a mother in your life who has been enjoying The Hunger Games novels and films over these past several years, this complete box set is perfect. In addition to the four films of the book trilogy, the set includes 14+ hours of bonus content. Some of it will be what was in the original Blu-ray and digital releases, but there will also be quite a bit of new footage, including never-before-released deleted scenes from all of the films.

Klix Klutch Wallet Case, $24.99

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The Klix Klutch wallet case is functional, practical, and affordable. And did we mention oh so pretty? Moms will love the variety of colors and designs available. The magnetic clasp will help protect your phone against bumps and falls, and the 4 card slots will let you carry your essential wallet items along.

 

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 15. She is a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which is currently in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.