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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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        Last Updated on March 25, 2020

        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

        When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

        So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

        1. Exercise

        It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

        2. Drink in Moderation

        I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

        3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

        Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

        4. Watch Less Television

        A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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        Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

        5. Eat Less Red Meat

        Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

        If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

        6. Don’t Smoke

        This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

        7. Socialize

        Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

        8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

        Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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        9. Be Optimistic

        Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

        10. Own a Pet

        Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

        11. Drink Coffee

        Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

        12. Eat Less

        Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

        13. Meditate

        Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

        Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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        14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

        Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

        15. Laugh Often

        Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

        16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

        Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

        17. Cook Your Own Food

        When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

        Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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        18. Eat Mushrooms

        Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

        19. Floss

        Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

        20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

        Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

        Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

        21. Have Sex

        Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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        Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

        Reference

        [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
        [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
        [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
        [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
        [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
        [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
        [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
        [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
        [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
        [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
        [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
        [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
        [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
        [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
        [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
        [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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