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GeekMom 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Created by GeekMoms

We’re lucky to have all sorts of talented women here on GeekMom. Consider the artwork, music, and books they’ve got available—perfect gifts for the geeks and non-geeks in your life.

 

Brigid Ashwood

Brigid, our GeekMom artist offers an array of compelling, original images both as prints and products.

Device skin, steampunk dragonfly. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Device skin, steampunk dragonfly. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Device Skins for phones, e-readers, laptops, and more featuring steampunk, celtic, fantasy, animal, and romantic designs. Price varies by device.

Edgar Allan Poe t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Edgar Allan Poe t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Edgar Allan Poe classic and girlie fit tees, zip and pullover hoodies. $24 and up.

 

Nikola Tesla t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Nikola Tesla t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Nikola Tesla classic and girlie fit tees, zip and pullover hoodies. $24 and up.

Jane Austen t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Jane Austen t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Jane Austen classic and girlie fit tees, zip and pullover hoodies. $24 and up.

 

The Doctor t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

The Doctor t-shirts and hoodies. Image: Brigid Ashwood

The Doctor classic and girlie fit tees, zip and pullover hoodies. $24 and up.

A Heart's Choice blank book. Image: www.brigidashwood.com

A Heart’s Choice blank book. Image: Brigid Ashwood

Blank books/journals, paperback, 6×9. Pages are lined on one side, blank on the reverse. Perfect for writing and sketching with artwork including steampunk, vintage romance, fantasy, and more.  $15

 

 Ruth Suehle

Image: Amazon.com

For all those who have bought Raspberry Pis and haven’t gotten around to making anything with them, this book’s for you. The first two chapters help you navigate the hardware and hacking Linux specifically for the Pi. The rest of the book is project after project, from building a Lego-and-Pi robot to controlling your holiday lights with the tiny computer. Its current expected date is December 22. $24.99 or $18.99 on Amazon

 

Rebecca Angel

Geeky cleverness, with feeling. Image: www.rebeccaangel.com/

Image:www.rebeccaangel.com

 

Rebecca Angel has five albums to date, both solo (vocals, guitar, piano) and with her band. Her songs cover topics like life, love, and Viking scientist sorcerers. You can find all her music on CD Baby (and itunes, and rhapsody, and every online music site you can think of…)  $0.99 per tune, CD download prices vary

 

Judy Berna

Image: Judy Berna

Image: Judy Berna

Judy loves to educate people about the amputee world. This memoir, written about her decision to have her left foot cut off, is in response to the millions of times she’s been asked, “How did you lose your leg?” Hers was an elective amputation, which confuses many people. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why she loves her new bionic leg. $13.50

 

Laura Grace Weldon

Image: Aldrich Press, cover photo Cynthia Piper

Tending is a poetry collection that manages to fit in topics like archaeology, rutabagas, and window washers. $12.51

 

Image: Hohm Press

Free Range Learning describes an individual and cultural shift in education that’s already well underway. It advocates for the child’s right to learn naturally and demonstrates how to enfold this approach into daily life. It incorporates ancient knowledge as well as current research, highlighting wisdom shared by over 100 families from around the world. In this useful book readers will discover a wealth of inspiring ideas for connecting with nature, reinvigorating their communities, and sustaining the love of learning. $17.78 print, $7.49 Kindle

 

Corrina Lawson

Image: corrina-lawson.com/

Image: corrina-lawson.com

Phoenix Rising. Firestarter Alec Farley was trained to be the perfect weapon but it takes telepath Beth Nakamora to show Alec what really makes a hero. First in the Phoenix Institute superhero series. $4.24 Kindle

Image: corrina-lawson.com

Luminous. In a crumbling city, Police Lt. Aloysius James is the last resort for those seeking justice. He’s exactly what Noir, a heroine of mysterious origins, needs to find those responsible for her kidnapping and torture. $2.66 Kindle

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Image: corrina-lawson.com

Phoenix Legacy. A former black ops agent who feels cursed with immortality must protect a woman from his past who would cheerfully spit on his grave. $4.24 Kindle

Image: corrina-lawson.com

Freya’s Gift. A lost tribe of Vikings in North America face extinction unless they can appease the goddess Freya and conduct a fertility ritual. (Erotica)  $2.66 Kindle

 

Kris Bordessa

Image: Kris Bordessa

Collage: Kris Bordessa

Toothpicks. Rubber bands. Marbles. Drinking straws. Marshmallows. Cardboard tubes. Paper. Popsicle sticks. Rigatoni. Search your cupboards for supplies and get ready to have some fun with creative problem solving! Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication and Creativity is filled with hands-on tasks to help children (and adults!) learn to work cooperatively with others, improve their problem solving skills, and expand their imagination. From simple verbal challenges that elicit uncommon responses to building tasks that require fast action, the activities in this book challenge participants to stretch the bounds of expectation and create new solutions to uncommon problems. $18

From colonial fashions and trades to biographies on key historical figures such as Captain John Smith and Thomas Jefferson, Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself blends engaging activities with facts and trivia about early America. Through hands-on projects using common household materials, kids will explore the daily lives of early colonists and try their hand at activities such as rug braiding, candle making, and weather forecasting. $13

If your tween geeklings love the medieval era, Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself will inspire them to explore the fascinating period leading up to the Renaissance—including siege warfare, markets and fairs, medieval medicine, and the feudal system—through numerous hands-on activities. $14

Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Life in Ancient Greece introduces kids age 9-12 to different civilizations and inventions—the way they changed history, their evolution over centuries, and their influence on modern times. Delve into Greek theories—such as anatomy, geography, and democracy—and the ways they continue to influence modern-day thinking with time lines, sidebars, and activities. $15

 

 

GeekMom founders 

Image: Potter Craft

Image: Potter Craft

This is a book filled with advice, projects, essays, and information about what it’s like to be a Geek Mom, plus a variety of things that are likely to interest us. Learn about Ada Lovelace, bake a Tetris cake, make your own lava lamp, plan a star party, or learn how to recognize safe online communities for children. Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families will inspire you and support you in your life as a geeky parent and/or as the parent of geeky kids. $15.13

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending as well as Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning. She lives on a small farm with her family where she's working on her new project, Subversive Cooking.com. and blogging optimistically.

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