25 geeky gifts for Mother’s Day

Cool, fun and practical, these Mother's Day gifts have a tech edge

Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping, check out 25 science- and tech-inspired gift ideas, including Morse Code jewelry, a touchscreen watch and customized maps.

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Morse Code pendant

Have a coded message for mom etched on a copper pendant ($50) by Jaci Riley, owner of cravejewelrydesign. It’s the perfect size for kids’ initials or a subtle “I love you,” spelled out in Morse Code.

Coordinates pillow

Angelina Jolie has the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces tattooed on her body. For a less permanent option, one of Jennifer Lyons’ pillows ($24.99) will convey just how special a child’s birthplace is to a mom.

Geeky card

Sometimes there’s no better gift than a handmade card, and this artfully nerdy Mother’s Day card from ShopGibberish ($6.50) is the perfect canvas for a heartfelt message to mom.

Nebula necklace

You can’t go wrong with jewelry, and the Nebula necklace from Lara Knutson ($75) has an ethereal, astronomical quality. It’s made of tiny reflective glass beads that create a lightweight, reflective gray fabric that’s out of this world.

Tablet case

Perfect for spring: brightly colored laptop and tablet cases ($21.50) from JuiJui Studio. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to add a pop of color and brighten mom’s day.

Cord pouch

The perfect companion for a laptop sleeve is a handy cord pouch for storing plugs, adapters and the other extras that accompany all our electronic gadgets. Bertiescloset has a range of quirky, colorful options ($14.99).

Keyboard skirt

Mom can wear her geek style proudly with a keyboard skirt ($39.99) from Ashley Mertz’s GoChaseRabbits shop.

Geodesic terrarium

Math and nature coexist in the gorgeous Geodesic terrarium ($295) from Restoration Hardware, which was inspired by an antique chandelier.

Step counter

I’d personally rather be focused on consuming calories than counting them on Mother’s Day, but fitbit ultra ($99.95) is nonetheless intriguing as a tiny gadget that tracks your activities -- such as steps taken, distance walked, stairs climbed and calories burned -- as well as measures sleep.

Custom map blanket

If there’s a place that means something special for mom, you can have it mapped on a blanket ($175) by Soft Cities, a San Francisco company founded by Nikki Gunn Rodenbeck. Soft Cities also prints maps on cloth napkins ($65 for two).

Maps as art

Continuing on the map theme, Karen O'Leary’s studiokmo shop offers paper maps ($75) ready for framing. You can choose an address that’s special to mom and have it custom cut.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 coasters

For a mom of a certain age and sense of humor, nothing will top these Mystery Science Theater 3000 coasters. They’re available from Marcus Williams’ Etsy shop, The Coaster Store, in sets of four ($15 per set).

MOM in Morse Code

COATT, a family-run design studio, combines gold dots and dashes on silk cords to spell out words, names, and phrases in Morse Code. The sleek MOM necklace ($40) is all dashes, no dots.

Sci-fi yoga soundtrack

If mom is a yoga buff and open to some alternative soundtracks, here’s a music collection with plenty of geeky overtures. The Yoga To Sci Fi & Fantasy Classics ($7.99) includes songs from movies including Star Wars, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings.

Periodic table flip-flops

It’s just what she’s always wanted, right? Periodic table flip-flops ($18.95 from CafePress) are sure to get a chuckle out of a geeky mom.

Beach radio

Designed for iPods and iPhones, the Swansea Beach Radio from Sunnylife ($39.99 at Anthropologie) lets mom take her tunes to the beach or the pool without worrying about getting sand or water in her gadgets. The retro-styled AM/FM speaker box is water resistant and runs on four AA batteries.

Crystal ring

MoMA Store calls it the “Aqua Crystal Disco Ring,” and the designer is Orfeo Quagliata. The ring is handmade by blowing crystal to create a hollow form then filling the void with Swarovski crystals.

Touchscreen watch

Sure, a cell phone could handle any of the tasks that Mutewatch can, but its mysterious, minimalist form is pretty irresistible. You can activate the touchscreen with a tap, then swipe to access the silent, vibrating alarm and timer functions. Developed by Swedish university students, Mutewatch is available at MoMA Store ($260).

Pantone color book

If you’re shopping for a mom who’s tired of the same familiar lineup of kids’ books, Pantone: Colors ($8.95) is a great way to add an art/education title to the mix. It teaches kids about color variations by highlighting nine basic colors and 20 shades of each color.

Scrabble pillows

If the mom you’re shopping for likes word games, Kaelin Tillery’s countercouturedesign shop has Scrabble-inspired letter pillows ($54 for the set of three pictured). NAP is my personal favorite; other options include LOVE, HOME and customized initials.

Science project pillows

Continuing with the pillow theme, this set will make mom feel like she’s in school again, with illustrations from botany, biology and geology class sewn onto these felted wool pillows ($204 for the trio from UuncommonGoods).

Typewriter necklace

A little vintage, a little quirky, the typewriter necklace from Penelope’s Porch ($24) is a cool reminder of the ways things used to get done.

LED desk lamp

How about a sleek upgrade for mom’s favorite reading spot? Zelco’s Freestyle LED desk lamp has four heads, an adjustable arm, and three brightness settings.

Container chic

There’s really nothing techie about the ceramic Cargo Container storage boxes designed by Daniel Ballou ($30 for two from Areaware). But there’s no denying they’d add some color and coolness to any mom’s desk.

Floppy disk sticky notes

It’s a perfectly nostalgic, geeky way for kids to write mom a Mother’s Day note. A set of three floppy-disk sticky note pads (50 sheets each) is $9.95.

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