Geeky Gifts for Moms, Dads, and GradsMother’s Day

Conveniently, I’ve narrowed down the shopping search for you, with this list of must-haves for the mom, dad, and graduate in your life.

1. 5X Zoom Lighted Fog-Free Mirror ($59.95)Dad’s everywhere could use this for those hard-to-see shaving spots. This mirror uses a precise 1-5x power zoom mechanism and three LEDs to provide clear and illuminated magnification. Its unbreakable, polycarbonate fog-free surface allows for in-shower use, and also sports a digital clock. Requires three AA batteries.

2. Cooper Cooler ($59.99)There’s nothing worse than a warm beverage, and your mother doesn’t deserve that. With the Cooper Cooler, you can chill your drink fast, from 77F/25C to refrigerator cold 43F/6C or to “ice cold” 33F/1C. Just add ice cubes, water, and plug it in. Available in white or silver.

3. Personalized Light Affection ($119-$239)Nothing says, “You’re the greatest!” than a personalized gift. Light Affection is a lamp with a personal photo of your choice. It includes the main carved piece, a frame, a back stand, an energy efficient light bulb and a plug-in electric cord with a on/off switch. Comes in 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 frame sizes.

4. Push Pin Lamp ($19.99)Great for the student who needs a lamp to double as a Post-It note holder. Choose from red, blue, green, and orange. Press down on the push pin to turn on the lamp. Bulb not included.


5. Floating LCD Clock ($89.99)Perfect for the office or dorm. The base includes micro-processor controlled magnets that allow the clock to levitate in mid-air. Clock displays time, month, day, year, and temperature. Comes with 120V Power Adapter.

6. Westinghouse WST2000W Intelliblend Blender ($33.99)Does mom need a new blender? Let her be geeky for once with this digital blender. It has built-in memory containing over 400 pre-programmed recipes. Recipes include frozen drinks, dips, sauces, spreads, salad dressings, and smoothies. Features a 425-watt motor, backlit LCD screen, 5 control settings, and heavy-duty blades.

7. Beanbag Cell Phone Chair ($9.75)Is your teen always losing their cell phone? Give them a bean bag to keep track of their cell phone’s whereabouts. It’s a comfy place to not only store a phone, but also an mp3 player or Blackberry. Comes in Neon Green, Turquoise, Orange, Red, Fuschia, Charcoal and White nylon.

8. S.BEAT MP3 Digital Media Player ($260)A 1GB MP3 player and Swiss Army Knife in one! Comes with earphones, adjustable neck strap, anti-dangling mechanism, remote control, arm strap for jogging, line-in cable to record from external sources, belt clip, and USB cable. Tools include blade, scissors, nail file, abd nail cleaner.

9. Lazy Drinker Cocktail Dispenser ($750)A computer-controlled dispensing device that holds 16 ingredients mixed automatically by your computer. Features a database of over 5,000 drinks to choose from. Comes as a cooler or a DIY kit. Only requires a Co2 tank and a PC with a serial port.

10. Soda Club’s Gourmet Soda Machine ($119.99, $129.99, $299.99)Make your own seltzer or soda in a variety of flavors that’s ready in seconds. Comes in three models: the Fountain Jet, Edition 1 and Penguin. There are over 25 great-tasting regular, diet and caffeine-free flavors to choose from, starting at just $2.99, which produce 12 liters of fresh soda!

New Stuff at ThinkGeek for Thinking Geeks

ThinkGeek has always been one of the best sources for useful and not-so-useful doo-dads for the true geek and the people who love them. I’m particularly enamored with items like the Monty Python and Star Wars bobbleheads, the Shower Shock caffeinated soap, and the Midas Remote Control Watch (” Walk on down to the local bar and take control of those big screens”). The store has just announced the addition of six new products to its catalog. My personal favorites are the BuzzAire super-caffeinated oxygen inhaler (don’t mind me. it’s just a little asthma) and the Wireless Extension Cords. All I can say is FINALLY! I’m also very intrigued by the Sphorb. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

New Stuff at ThinkGeek for Thinking Geeks

Here’s how they describe the new items:USB Tanning Center ($24.99): Geeks are notoriously pale no more!  With this easy-to-install UV light, anyone can achieve that deep, dark island tan without having to leave their desktop. BuzzAire™ ($12.99): For those who feel their double mocha latte with an extra shot of espresso just does not cut it any more, this device offers a quick blast of super-caffeinated oxygen for a buzz that no coffee can compete with. The Screened Sphorb™ ($39.99): In a recent survey conducted by, 100 out of 100 people rated this as the number one product in the world.  Unfortunately, words alone can not describe the greatness the Screened Sphorb™ possesses. Grow Your Own “1UP” Mushroom Kit ($9.99): Finally, Super Mario Brothers lovers can grow their own green and white polka dot mushroom.  Who says you have to collect 100 coins to obtain an extra life? Wireless Extension Cords ($34.99): Tired of tripping over the tangled mess of wires from all your peripherals?  These highly anticipated wireless extension cords provide power to any unit within 100 feet of any outlet.  Users are seriously urged not to cross between transmitter and receiver. The iZilla ($499.99):  The end all, be all of digital music players, the iZilla has two terabytes of memory, capable of storing over 600,000 songs in every available format.  This handsome, white briefcase weighs just a touch over 30 pounds, is Bluetooth and Wi Fi enabled and runs on 16 ‘D’ batteries.

ThinkGeek must have also pulled some strings because they’re the first ones to have the long-awaited Sony PS3 in stock. Supplies are limited. Good luck.