I’m a geek. There I said it. And I will own it. Anyone who derives immense pleasure from figuring out a complex SQL statement, who spends hours happily in front of pivot tables, and feels the need to high five a fellow geek when a difficult problem is solved with an elegant piece of code is a geek. And that’s me.
As mother’s day approaches myself and fellow geeky/blogger/creative mums might like something a little different from the usual.
I haven’t always embraced my geekiness. Actually, it’s a pretty new thing. When I was deep in software development and regularly attending Tech Ed (i.e. Geek Mecca) I resisted strongly. The rallying call of “Geek Girls” to get more women into IT didn’t appeal. Or it may have appealed a little bit to someone already coding but I just couldn’t see how it would attract other women in. Geek has taken on a little more cachet since that time. The edge of cool by being subversively uncool. It’s also bloody useful to know some code as a blogger and professional.
So this mother’s day I will be delighted with flowers. But I’d potentially be more delighted with the following:
- A subscription to Adobe Creative Suite and perhaps a course to go along with it. Not a inexpensive option, but a valuable one to a mum who is a blogger, photographer or designer.
- A Spotify play list. Okay, lots of mums would love this. A take on the old mix tape by creating a list mum adores. Also very cheap. Get on it Dads.
- In a similar vein, a bunch of relevant podcasts,well-researched, downloaded and ready to go would be thoughtful. With a blue tooth speaker if she doesn’t have one already.
- Make up a gift voucher for Creative Market or Hungry Jpeg. These sites don’t have gift vouchers available but I would feel like a kid in a candy store if I had $20 or so to spend in them.
- Useful tech gadgets like chargers and power packs. My phone seems to drain itself of battery at an alarming rate. The little one borrowing it to play Pokemon Go constantly doesn’t help. Belkin has a gorgeous range of products in colours that complement your iPhone.
- I have my own domain. But if I didn’t, I’d consider it an awesome gift.
- Any course that dabbles in what she loves or tickets to a conference in that field. There are loads of online courses available and I think it’s a very thoughtful gift. You can buy a particular course, or a subscription to something like Skillshare or Lynda.
- If you really want her to geek out and freak out, an ardunino circuitry kit would be the ticket. An easy project would be an automatic light sensor. I actually think this is a great project to work on with the family – our kids aren’t necessarily the tech geniuses we imagine them to be. They have a good grasp on how to use very intuitive devices. But I firmly believe they need to know how to code.
All mums are different. Have our different quirks, personalities and passions. So instead of giving the generic why not support her creativity and her talents?
Thank you to Belkin for the wonderful prize offered on this post (competition now closed) and for sending me the items to trial run.
What’s the geekiest gift you have received or given?