25 geeky gifts for cool mums

Mother's Day gift guide: Jewellery, gadgets, textiles and more.

  • Twist into place

    Joby's signature flexible legs are now available for the iPad. With the $49.95 [[xref:|GorillaMobile Yogi]], you can stabilize your tablet on uneven surfaces, wrap the legs around, say, a handle or car headrest, and adjust the viewing angle by stretching or bending the removable legs.
  • Playing with time

    The [[xref: Damon numbers clock]] lets you play with time, stacking and ordering the numbers however you want. It has an alarm, so even if you try to re-order time, you'll still be awakened at the right time ($80 to $100 at Design Public).
  • Touchscreen training wheels

    If mom isn't quite ready to master the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard, these [[xref:|notched keyboard accessories]] from 4iConcepts make typing a tactile experience – and potentially a lot more accurate. The 4iThumbs2 and 4iThumbs2+ plastic screen covers slip into place and are available in landscape and portrait versions ($12.95 to $24.95).
  • Portable plaid

    The [[xref:|Extreme XNC230P noise-canceling headphones]] from Able Planet ($149.99) are foldable, so they're easy to stash in a purse or laptop bag. Features include an adjustable headband, in-line volume control, and active noise cancelation. If you opt for the pink plaid version, Able Planet will donate 10% of sales to support breast cancer charities.
  • Upcycled art

    Artist Valentino Llegada transforms rusted old fire extinguishers into gorgeous hand-painted vases ($65 at [[xref:|UncommonGoods]]). They're not really geeky, but they're definitely unique.
  • Mother's Day is nearly here, and we've tracked down geek-friendly gifts for all tastes and budgets, including binary-inspired jewelry, icon pillows and custom Jack Purcells.

  • Cable management gets chic

    It doesn't get much geekier than jewelry cast in the likeness of computer cable ties. These [[xref:|earrings]] ($40) and [[xref:|rings]] ($35) from ostaART are just the right scale to make them clever without being too clunky.
  • Minimalist appearance, maximum sound

    Jawbone packs a lot of punch into its $199.99 [[xref:|Jambox]] wireless speaker and speakerphone – without taking up a lot of space. You can carry it from room to room without worrying about cords or docks, or just toss it in a backpack and take it on the go. Plus, it looks great, crafted from stainless steel with a molded rubber casing.
  • All in the wrist

    On Valentine's Day I raved about a cuff bracelet from KarlaWheelerDesign that has the first 480 numbers of pi etched in copper and blackened with liver of sulfur. For something more personal, the Chicago artist will translate your own message for mom into binary code and etch it on a copper bracelet. It's geek chic, customized ($60 via [[xref:|Etsy]]).
  • Wooly protection

    The wool felt sleeves at [[xref:|Rosemary Garcia's PinsnNeedlesCases storefront]] on Etsy are irresistible, with their blend of textured felt fabrics, shiny grommets and bright colored linings. Prices range from about $20 for an iPhone-sized case to roughly $44 for larger, two-pocket laptop cases.
  • Binary soup

    Completing the binary trifecta is this wheel-thrown ceramic bowl from inaeent. It's marked with 0s and 1s from old manual typewriter and signed by the artist ($30 via [[xref:|etsy]]).
  • Above the fray

    Elago's M2 Mobile Stand could lift mom's smartphone above the clutter of her desk, so it's never again buried by stray papers and junk mail. The $24.99 [[xref:|aluminum stand]] has holes for managing cables, and it's compatible with iPhones and other like-sized smartphones.
  • Form + function

    The Angie wristlet ($24) from [[xref:|Aster+Sage]] is the perfect size for a smartphone, and it has a small extra pocket for a credit card or spare key. Plus the color combinations and graphic details are very cool. There's even a green angle: The outer material is 100% recycled polyester fabric made from soda bottles and fabric scraps.
  • Pocket-sized video

    Toshiba's [[xref:|Camileo S30 1080p HD camcorder]] ($179.99) is less than an inch thick and weighs just 4.2 ounces, so it's easy to tote anywhere. Its multiple recording modes include macro for close-up shots, motion detection for surveillance, slow motion for sports, and time lapse for condensing footage. The S30 also doubles as an 8-megapixel digital still camera.
  • Music to go

    For music on the go, the foxLv2 pocket-sized wireless Bluetooth speaker is just the right size for stowing easily in whatever you're already carrying – purse, beach bag, backpack or briefcase. The $199 [[xref:|device from Soundmatters]] works with iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, Android and other Bluetooth devices.
  • Pillow surfing

    Does the mom you're shopping for have a favorite Web destination? Chances are [[xref:|Craftsquatch]] makes an icon pillow ($20 to $28) to match. Choose from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Gmail and more. Lots of icons, lots of fun.
  • You've got a friend

    While not strictly geeky, these hand-knit lambswool pillows from designer Donna Wilson are quirky and offbeat. It's easy to get attached to Puddle Man, Rosie, Rufus, Rill and the others (about $65 to $100 at [[xref:|The Future Perfect]]).
  • Custom kicks

    Feeling crafty? Why not unleash your inner designer and create a pair of custom [[xref:|Jack Purcell sneakers]] for mom ($70). You can choose solids and patterns for nearly every surface of these epic Converse shoes. Its DIY made easy, thanks to the Internet.
  • On the wall

    With a mount this sleek, it's easy to imagine hanging an iPad in the kitchen, so you could view recipes or listen to music while cooking. [[xref:|Vogel's RingO universal iPad mounting system]] ($69.99 to $119.99) is available now for the iPad, and new versions for the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab are due next month.
  • Typewriter chic

    If mom remembers the days of manual typewriters, a vintage keepsake ring from [[xref:|TheApple]] might be the perfect retro bling for Mother's Day. I'm partial to the SHIFT key made from a flat back Royal typewriter ($12 on Etsy), but other letter and number rings are also available.
  • Power surge

    Where would we be without power? These [[xref:|Powerline placemats and napkins]] celebrate the graphic side of high-voltage systems ($3.95-$4.95 at CB2). They're inexpensive and a welcome departure from typical floral table linens.
  • A sleeve for all seasons

    You can never have too many gadget sleeves. They're like shoes and purses – a great way to add a jolt of color, depending on the mood of the day. Best of all, most sleeves aren't too pricey. These eReader Techee sleeves from [[xref:|Rogue Theory]] have gorgeous colors and patterns – and they're just $15.
  • Do you speak binary?

    Not every mom could pull off this look, but there's no denying this laser-cut felt necklace makes a great statement – it's fun, subtly geeky and boldly graphic. The creator of the binary code necklace (available for $38 on Etsy) is [[xref:|Maria Eife from Philadelphia]].
  • Anti-crumb protection

    When little kids are around, grubby fingers, cookie crumbs and juice spills are inevitable. The [[xref:|NewerTech NuGuard]] keyboard cover is an overlay for MacBook keyboards that protects against spills and is a breeze to clean -- just peel and rinse. At just $11.99, it's inexpensive (and colorful) insurance.
  • Resoundingly retro

    The [[xref:|Tivoli Audio Model One]] adds a pop of bright color -- blue, yellow, red, green or white -- to a room, plus fills it with rich sound. Designed by Henry Kloss, its simple, retro form includes an analog dial (which is said to allow for precise AM/FM radio tuning) and an auxiliary input so you can use it with iPods and MP3 players ($179.99 at Room & Board).
  • Graduating from point-and-shoot

    If mom is ready to upgrade from a point-and-shoot to an SLR, here's one to consider. [[xref:|Sony's SLT-A33 DSLR camera]] ($549.99) can shoot 14.2-megapixel pictures at up to 7 frames per second. Features include auto HDR, sweep panorama and 15-point auto focus.
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