Thursday, 5 May 2016

Gifts for Tech Mums

Need a gift for a techie Mum? Whether it's Mother's Day, her birthday, Christmas, or just because, we've got some ideas that techie Mums will enjoy.

We're not keen on stereotypes here at Tech Age Kids, everyone is different. But we wanted to make sure there were some ideas out there that would appeal to a lot of women who love technology. OK, it's a bunch of stuff that I think is really cool and I either have already or have something similar, but this is what I would choose today.

Silhouette Cameo 2

I have a Silhouette Cameo craft cutter and it's awesome. It's a great piece of technology for people who want to make stuff using their tech skills. I create files for my Cameo using Inkscape and use free software that can send SVG files to the cutter. Being able to use the cutter from Linux is a big plus for me.

The design tool for the Silhoutte Cameo is also very good and I do use it sometimes from a Windows machine. But I like to be able to use Inkscape which I'm already familiar with. I've used my Cameo to make lots of parts for kids crafts and birthday parties. Really useful and fun.

Philips Hue

We've got tons of home automation kit in our house, ours is over ten years old, but if you're just getting started now then the Philips Hue range is fun. It's great to be able to set lights to a colour of your choosing and have them go on and off at programmed times.

You can program the Philips Hue lights from an app or integrate them with home automation software. There's even a Philips Hue developer API available if you want to do custom integration. You could even change the colour of the lights to indicate the weather or the status of your task list!

Adafruit Flora Starter Kit

Wearables are very in at the moment. The Adafruit Flora is a great platform for getting started. It's worth getting some extra add-on components plus conductive thread and batteries to make a complete gift.

If you're not sure what to choose then just add a gift card so that she can get the extra bits once she has decided which projects she wants to make.


Did she play 8-bit computer games when she was growing up? If so she'll love a big bag of SimBrix. These are fab for creating pixel art and we've found that the whole family like to join in. 

There's no need to iron SimBrix, they just stay together until you want to take them apart and use them again.

We've previously reviewed Simbrix and we've taken them along to events where they are popular with all ages.

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