25 geeky Mother's Day gifts

Especially for mom: 25 gifts inspired by tech, science and math.

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Mother's Day gifts with a techie vibe

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift for your mom? Need to help your kids choose a gift? Check out these 25 science- and tech-inspired gift ideas.



Nature and technology come together in the Dandelight, a light-emitting flower that’s made from a real dandelion ($140 via MoMA Store). Plucked seeds are attached to an LED, which connects to a battery via a slender copper stem. The designer is Studio Drift.

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Beaker mug

Raise a glass to science. Eisco Labs’ coffee mug is made from thick borosilicate glass to look like a laboratory beaker ($21.88 for a 500 mL mug via Amazon).

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Horsehead nebula scarf

Photos of the Horsehead nebula have been translated into wearable art in Slow Factory’s Horsehead Nebula scarf (on sale for $100). Slow Factory creates silk scarves by merging high-res digital prints of scientific images from NASA with traditional textile finishing in Como, Italy.

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Cloud key holder

Want to introduce mom to cloud storage? Start with this quirky magnetic key holder ($30 via Colossal Shop). Hidden neodymium magnets suspend your keys (or another metal object) from the bottom of the cloud. The creator is Duncan Shotton, a British designer based in Tokyo.

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Pi artwork

Artist Martin Krzywinski translates the digits of Pi into works of art. In the print above, he’s encoded 111,469 digits of Pi in an eight-level treemap (prints start at $17).

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Work lamp with wireless charging

Less clutter, more charging. Ikea’s new Riggad work lamp ($79.99) has an integrated charging pad so mom can recharge with fewer unsightly cords. Riggad is compatible with all Qi-certified smartphones and devices.

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DNA scarf

Cyberoptix takes some liberties with its DNA designs, but that’s intentional and part of the “mutant charm” of the double helix pashmina scarf ($44), says the Etsy shop.

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Solar system lollipops

Ah, the sweetness of science. The 10-piece solar system lollipop set from Vintage Confections includes images of the sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto ($25.50 via Colossal Shop).

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Nuts and bolts necklace

Celebrate all the little (and big) things that mom does with a quirky nuts and bolts necklace from Joan Hornig Jewelry. It’s made with a brass nut, bolt and screw pendants on adjustable waxed cotton ($125). What makes it even more special: 100% of the profit is donated to the charity of your choice.

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Stained glass elements

Enjoy the striking, pure geometry of handmade stained glass elements from Bespoke Glass, a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Multiple configurations are available. The set of 17 diamonds and triangles, pictured above, is $115 via Etsy.

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Home pillow

Show mom how important home is to you with a state pillow ($42) or t-shirt (starting at $28) from The Home T. The NYC start-up’s products are made in the U.S., and the company donates a minimum of 10% of profits to multiple sclerosis research.

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Lunar earthrise photo

See home from a different perspective with photos from Sky Image Lab. Above is an earth-rise photo taken onboard the Kaguya satellite on November 7, 2007. Prices start at $10 for an unframed print.

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DIY gin

Bring out the mixologist in mom with a gin-making kit from Williams-Sonoma ($54.95). With its blend of juniper berries, botanicals and spices, the kit transforms ordinary vodka into a home blend of gin in 36 hours.

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Acrylic house

Home is where the heart is. Etsy shop 2of2 creates miniature dwellings like the one above, an acrylic structure ($40) that can house something special or give shelter to a tiny plant.

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Hexagon coasters

Geometric and colorful, these neon coasters ($38 for a set of four) from Etsy shop ApocalypseFab are an easy way to amp up mom’s entertaining skills.

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Diaethrea Sequence artwork

The Diaethrea Sequence, created by Rafael Araujo, was drafted entirely by hand. It was originally created as a pen and ink drawing on canvas with acrylic paint. Archival prints ($95 via Colossal Shop) bring the mathematical artistry home to mom.

scirocco necklace

Scirocco necklace

The Scirocco Necklace by Mario Trimarchi is inspired by the designer’s childhood memories of playing cards, scattered by gusts of wind in Sicily. The necklace ($167 via MoMA Store) is constructed from mirror-polished stainless steel.



Want to get mom something shiny and silver that’s not jewelry? Gallium is a metal with a melting point just over 85 degrees F, which means it can turn to liquid from the heat of mom’s hands. It’s entertaining and educational. ($57.39 for 100 grams from GalliumSource via Amazon)

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DNA strand PJs

Celebrate strong family genes with DNA strand PJs for mom ($48.50 via CafePress).

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Biological bangles

Nervoussystem has a whole range of 3D-printed jewelry inspired by cellular patterns that appear in nature. The Morph Bangle, above, is $450 for the polished brass version ($55 for the plastic version) via Shapeways.

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Diatomaceous clock

The face of the Diatomaceous Earth Clock from designer Yuichi Nara is molded by hand from diatomaceous earth, a naturally forming silica with a tactile texture ($70 via MoMA Store). Its dial is imprinted with "SiO2,” the chemical element of silica.

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Graphical bookmarks

Does the bibliophile in mom prefer paper books? Cut stainless-steel bookmarks ($9 via Colossal Shop) made by design shop Pink Tank portray bikes, hot air balloons, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more.

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Antique celestial print

Study the stars with an original antique print (not a digital reprint) from Etsy shop AntiquePrintGallery. Pictured is an 1887 print of the night sky for August and September ($55).

pantone flower pot

Pantone flower pot

If mom’s a geek about color, Pantone-hued flower pots ($80.31 via Occa-Home) are a sharp way to add signature Pantone colors to your home.  

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Honeycomb vessel

Small and mighty – the polyhedron vase from Etsy shop madebymanos ($55.98) is handmade from stoneware fine bone china with concave honeycomb facets. It stands just a few inches tall, but it’s strong enough to hold water.