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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 November 20, 2020

        Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

        Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

        Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

        One 2017 study found that:[1]

        “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

        This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

        Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

          As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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          Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

          1. Remember Your Why

          It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

          Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

          2. Go to Bed Early

          If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

          This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

          3. Make a Commitment

          I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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          Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

          You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

          4. Find a Friend

          If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

          Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

          Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

          5. Treat Yourself

          We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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          You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

          6. Change your Mindset

          Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

          When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

          7. Plan Your Day

          You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

          Time blocking

            8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

            Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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            For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

            9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

            Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

            10.  Set Multiple Alarms

            Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

            Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

            Final Thoughts

            About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

            Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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