Mother’s Day is one of those days that most moms like myself really just want to be appreciated and don’t want to do much. We tend to see plenty of the same gifts like vacuums, flowers, chocolates and bathrobes. What if you don’t want any of those things? My inner geek sensibilities just admire much more unique, and sometimes weird, gifts that play to my personality. Don’t get me wrong; a Dyson is a cool piece of household tech, flowers are pretty plants, chocolates can be delicious, but I don’t want that. Not today.
So for all of the geek moms out there who want something more than just the norm, here are a couple of my favorite geeky Mother’s Day gift ideas.
The Gift of Comics
Barnes and Noble has a large array of graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy books. Two of my Mother’s Day gift recommendations are Hugo Award-winning comics: “Saga” by Brian K Vaughn and “Sex Criminals” by Matt Fraction. These are definitely not your kid’s comics, and that is great because they are brilliant.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a comic book shop, that would be the place to go. I have several in my area and have been shopping at Top Cut since I was 14. A subscription to a new comic like “Chew,” “Beauty,” “The Wicked + The Divine,” or “Nowhere Men” would be a great gift. Use this comic shop locator to find a comic book store near you.
I’m a big fan of the women of the DC Universe, particularly from “The Birds of Prey” and “Justice League.” These women — whether hero, villain or anti-hero — have always kicked ass and taken names. Moms who share my appreciation will enjoy the Chuck Taylor All Star DC comic high top line from Converse, which features a variety of heroes and villains for your choosing.
Looking for some independent artist-designed shirts? Then Threadless is right up your alley, with many funky, fun, geeky and hilariously designed shirts, like meowosaurus, nuns with guns or this amazing X-Files inspired intersection shirt.
I’m also a big fan of the ThinkGeek store and the large array of fan gear for every geek. If your mom adores the Harry Potter series, you’ll definitely find something she’ll love. Maybe she’s not into the traditional mom heart necklaces, but she’ll probably be thrilled with Hermione’s time turner. If she likes something a little more practical but still stylish, a Star Treck retro tech purse might be a little more up her alley.
If your mom is a bit of a science geek, Modcloth offers some seriously cute dresses. This All eyes on unique dress in science is flattering on a large array of body types. All moms deserve to feel damn good in their clothes, and this dress is great to dress up for a date or wear to work.
Does your mom love collecting figurines for her desk, personal office or home space? Funko POP! figurines have been extremely popular, and I love my X-Men collection and cute collections of childhood favorites. Recently, GameStop has had limited POP! figurines, like Star Wars: Episode VII Finn or DC Comics Bombshells:HawkGirl statue. There are some amazing board and card games, too, like Love letter: Tempest Edition or Risk: Doctor Who Edition.
Is mom the outdoorsy type? This custom designed Death Star fire pit is perfect for camping out or hanging in the backyard. Although it costs a pretty penny, it’s totally worth it for how long your Death Star will last compared to the one that was actually built.
Comic-Con & Movies
Has mom always wanted to go to a comic-con? Wizard World Comic-Con & Gaming is the best way to ease into the world of comic conventions. Not only can she dress as her favorite character, she can also shop for movies, comics, toys, video games, games, TV shows, graphic novels, original art, collectibles, anime, Manga and more. It will definitely satisfy any geek mom; however, there tend to be huge crowds, so if that’s not mom’s thing, I would look for a different experience.
Fandango might be that perfect alternative. This is the season for Marvel movies, with “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Suicide Squad,” “Gambit” and “Doctor Strange” all being released. I’m a huge X-Men fan, and having tickets ahead of time and any gift cards or movie money would be fantastic. I don’t know about you, but I hardly get to go see a movie that isn’t an animated feature anymore.
These are just a couple of ideas that are outside the norm and might appeal to your geek mom. Regardless of what you decide to get her, make sure you let your mom have some time off and take some time to talk to her and get to know her.
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