Gifts for Geeky Mums + WIN a Belkin charger pack

Gifts for geeky mums

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?

 

Linking up with Kylie Purtell – Capturing Life and IBOT

28 thoughts on “Gifts for Geeky Mums + WIN a Belkin charger pack

    • Robyna says:

      I’ve decided to stop being so quiet about my IT background and absolute love for it – I have always felt a bit, not embarrassed, but like people wouldn’t really care.

  1. Raychael Case says:

    I was given… actually I’m not really sure how to describe it. I should go find it. I’ve kept it for a blog post for weird gifts but it seems to weird even for that post. Anyway, it’s an essential oil type mini burner on essentially an extended flash drive, that you plug into your computer. Haven’t been game to use it. I’ve gone through so many laptops as it is and I can just see me spilling oil or the device burning the laptop out.

  2. Bec Bowyer says:

    Ooooh a mobile charging pack! *drools* I’m going to be 2 days post-surgery on Mother’s Day, so I expect to be waited on hand and foot for an entirely different reason 😉 (Nothing serious, I’m fine – just realised how that sounds!).

  3. Dani @ sand has no home says:

    I’ve received the geeky gift of my own domain, and I thank my geeky husband for that (he does the geeking for me). I need to get my geeky pants on to think of something to get for the geek who has everything (again, my husband).

  4. Mummalove says:

    I’m not sure if it’s necessarily ‘geeky’ but I vividly remember my dad giving me a tactical compass for my 7th birthday… to install into his boat. I suspect that may have been a for-you-for-me present 😉 I would actually love some new Tileapp.com bluetooth trackers. I think they are awesome for keeping track of our items! That Belkin charging pack sounds awesome too. And so pretty x
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  5. Sarah says:

    I’m not sure if this qualifies as geeky but for one year, I asked for children’s books that I could add to my classroom library? Would love to win that pack especially for the car when listening to podcasts.

  6. Helen K says:

    Oh, the pack sounds awesome (and you’ve suggested some great gifts!) I’m not sure I’ve been given anything IT geeky but I have my own categories of geekiness (combine a love of reading with a fascination for how the world operates and there’s a rabbit hole of opportunities for bizarreness right there!) We have been the givers of very geeky presents over the past 30 or more ideas to my early adopter father – I have absolutely no idea what most of the things do, but he seems pretty happy with them!
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  7. Vanessa says:

    The geekiest gift I’ve ever been given is one I still use – Age of Mythology. It was given to me because I like ancient cultures and I’d make a great goddess controlling minions below me.
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  8. Kylie Purtell says:

    Great gift ideas! The geekiest gift I ever got was actually my Christmas present from Dave last year. It was also the absolute most thoughtful gift he’s ever given me! For months leading up to Christmas I was constantly complaining about my crappy computer mouse and how shit it was, the way it wouldn’t respond or would lag, it was so frigging annoying, especially when I was editing photos or doing tricky photoshop stuff that needed precise control. It turns out Dave had been listening to me every time I swore at the damn thing and he bought me a new mouse for Christmas. It cost all of $10 and most people wouldn’t consider it a romantic gift at all, but the fact that he went and bought it, of his own accord, without me telling him what to get me was probably the best thing ever. It was both practical & thoughtful & showed that he really does listen to me!
    #teamIBOT

  9. Seina says:

    My husband is the King of Nerds and all things Geeky. It’s hard to out-geek him, but I managed it one year with tickets to the Australian Skeptics Convention. Best. Present. Ever. Followed closely by a night in an observatory in the Peruvian desert, but that one wasn’t really a surprise so didn’t have the same reaction.

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