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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Alternageek Moms

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Alternageek Moms

Does your mom speak fluent Klingon or Sindarin? Would your wife ever dress as River Song? Does the mother of your children swoon over Captain Mal? Could your pregnant partner match wits with Sheldon Cooper?

If you could answer “yes” to any of those questions, then toss out any bland ideas you may have had to celebrate Mother’s Day—you have a super-awesome geek lady in your life, and she deserves a gift that’s as uniquely awesome as she is.

1. Game of Thrones Gift Pack

I don’t know many women who aren’t obsessed with Game of Thrones on some level, be it with the HBO TV show, or the book series by George R. R. Martin that the show is based on. Does the special mama in your world daydream about dragon-riding as Khaleesi Daenerys? Ruling with an iron fist like Cersei Lannister? Whatever her personality, there are special gifts to make your own Queen happy.

A Feast of Ice and Fire is the official GoT cookbook, with recipes from across the Seven Kingdoms, so you can prepare a fabulous meal for your leading lady. Add in a gorgeous necklace, or a “Moon of My Heart” ring, and you’ll light up her Sun and Stars for weeks.

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2. Pantone Pretties

If your marvellous mama is a hardcore graphic design maven, then you can colour her Mother’s Day like a veritable rainbow in her favourite Pantone shades. From iPhone cases to makeup and mugs, you can lavish her with items in the hues that make her happiest. While you’re at it, consider baking her some Pantone chip cookies: she’ll appreciate your hard work, and they’re freaking delicious.

3. MMORPG or Console Gaming Time

Gaming Mom

    It could very well be that the best gift you could give your lady would be a block of time to herself to do whatever she’d like to do, especially if that includes 10 hours of uninterrupted gaming. Take the kids to a theme park for the day, give your lovely lass a supply kit of her favourite snacks and beverages and maybe a vial of RPG-themed perfume oil, and leave her alone for the rest of the day. By the time you come home, she’ll have leveled up, gained some new items, and will be smiling her face off.

    4. The Dark Side of High Tea

    Your Star Wars-loving lady can thwart the Dark Side every time she craves a cuppa, with this tea strainer from Think Geek. Team it up with a fabulous mug, an assortment of home-made cookies and a selection of teas from Adagio or David’s, and she’ll be able to re-ignite The Force every time she’s feeling low.

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    5. Archery Lessons

    Move over Katniss Everdeen: mama’s got a bow and arrows, and she’ll soon know how to use ’em. Let your lady’s inner Amazon shine with a set of archery lessons from a nearby range. If you need advice on where to score these, contact your nearest SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) guild.

    6. A Medieval Night

    SCA

      Speaking of anachronisms, does your ladylove have a penchant for all things Medieval and would have a blast LARPing for a day? Consider taking her out for a night on the towne at a Medieval event somewhere near you. The aforementioned SCA has chapters around the world, and many of their celebrations are open to non-members. You’d need a costume, and there would be a nominal fee to attend, but you’d get to party it up like it’s 1199, with others who share the same affinities that you do.

      If your lady is less of a role-player but still loves the romance and chivalry of that era, many cities have dinner-and-tournament entertainment such as Medieval Times, and there are also Rennaisance/Medieval faires where you can go to gnaw upon legs of mutton and throw veggies at brigands who are locked in the stocks.

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      7. The Ultimate Trench Coat

      The mom you’re shopping for might not be the type that’s all into frills and flounces: she may hate purses, is far more comfortable in combat boots than heels, and could easily be mistaken for Sarah Connor by passersby (T2 Sarah, not the badly-permed T1 version). With this trenchcoat, she’ll have 18 pockets to cram full of whatever she needs. It comes in 7 colours, and can hold an iPad as easily and fashionably as a baby bottle and spare diaper.

      8. Doctor Who

      Okay, so you can’t actually wrap up David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, or Matt Smith for your special lass, but you can deck out her space in Doctor Who paraphernalia. You can pick up a pre-made gift pack consisting of a journal, cup, coasters, and beach towel, or create your own gift basket with a sonic screwdriver, Whovian cookbook, and even some Tardis string lights.

      Of course, you could also suit up as Jack Harkness and make her night a really festive one, but only if you can pull it off well.

      9. Crafty Things

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      Stormtrooper Hat

        Most geeky chicks seem to also be in love with making “stuff”, and if the hot mama in your life has a penchant for knitting things, you can feed her crafty habit with some cute pattern books and a gift certificate to KnitPicks. Books such as The Big Book of Knitted Monsters or Knits for Nerds sound amazing, but be sure to cater to her individual tastes.

        10. Gift Certificate for a Tattoo or Piercing

        What better way to declare the awesomeness of motherhood than to celebrate with some new ink or steel? Whether your belle is already covered in ink, or has just been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo or piercing, this is the perfect opportunity to commemorate how fabulous she is.

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        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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          Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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