It’s only one week until Mother’s day and here at Engaged Family Gaming, we’ve decided to help you out in finding the perfect gift for the gamer mom in your life!
The most obvious thing is to get her the game she’s been hinting after, something maybe that she’s more interested in than you are. But, if your family is like my family, it’s more than likely that you share in most game desires, so consider some just-for-her add-ons to make her game a little more customized!
–>Lords of Waterdeep fan? Check out these cool die cut adventurers to replace the simple blocks!
→ Into classic gaming aesthetics? How about a custom chess board?
→ Tired of the boring pawns for Forbidden Island? What about some detailed clay figs?
→ I think I might be asking for these new catan resources – cutest sheep ever!
→ OK, OK last meeple post, but these guys have EVERYTHING!
→ Stuck playing Memory on repeat? How about a copy customized to your family?
→ What about cool new dice for Arkham Horror or a fancy new set for her tabletopping needs?
→ Not into board games? What about a custom controller?
→ Or a top of the line gaming headset, so she can have a little break time without the family noise.
I could go on for hours, but those of some of the best gift ideas that are directly related to games. Here are some other ideas if just getting gaming accessories doesn’t sound like something she’d love right now.
Let’s take a twist on a classic gift, jewelry is always the go to for birthdays, anniversaries Valentine’s Day. What kind of gamer is the mom in your life is she a…
→ CCG/Tabletop Diva?
→ The Last of Us Groupie?
→ WoW head? (Ok, OK, they have Alliance too, but I figured you could find that on your own).
Game + hobby = gold
Gaming is a hobby, but it’s rarely a gamers ONLY hobby. Help merge your Gamer mom’s interests into one:
→ Gamer/Runner? Pwnitwear has some cool running style gear for gamers!
→ Cycling & Gaming? It might not have the thrill of the outdoors, but a FitDesk is pretty great for laptop gamers (you might want to add a mouse rest though).
Decor for the home and car seems to be a very popular Mother’s day gift idea. If your lady is more interested in where to hide her terrain maps than what shade of olive green throw pillow suits your settee, some of these might be for her.
→ Customize her console in a way that she will know it’s hers!
→ Customize her laptop.
→ Hide her terrain maps from guests, store ALL THE GAMES, and still manage to have a sweet dining room table! Perfect for visiting in-laws and work parties!
→ Does she hate it when drinks leave those horrible water rings on tables? Maybe some Portal coasters are the perfect gift!
→ Is she an avid tabletopper with a favorite character? Maybe a LARPer who’d love to be immortalized in character? What better gift than a custom portrait of her favorite character?
How about an epic, in-character FAMILY portrait? Too much? Maybe a car family sticker with Mommy’s little Pandaren?
→ Maybe a sign for the game room/game shelf is more her thing?
→ A new mousepad?
→ Or some fantastically huge wall art of her favorite game?
This area can be kind of touchy, so Ieave it to your judgement, but there are some cool options out there for her to showcase her geek, while still remaining mom-appropriate!
→ Is she expecting?
→ Honestly, pretty much anything here.
For the subtle geek:
This section is for the awesome nod to gaming that only she, and possibly very few super fans will recognize. These are the kind of items that are perfect for corporate jobs or other non-game friendly places.
→ Here’s a great necklace inspired by Zelda.
→ Final Fantasy more her thing?
→ A Diablo III Lanyard for her employee ID?
Another traditional gift is the basket of soaps and perfumes and bath products galore, so if you want to go this route, why not mix it up a bit!
→ Now who wouldn’t want to clean themselves with a sudsy, scented meeple?
→ Know your Gamer Mom is a Neutral Good Elf? Now she can smell like one too (Note: BPA’s scents do wonders to cover up the smell of random food you didn’t know was encrusted somewhere on your clothing.)
→ And she can store it all in her space invaders makeup bag!
Of course, every site will tell you that all mom wants is 15” cast iron pans and a Cherry Red Kitchen Aid mixer. I’m not going to put down on that idea, because, I know that I would love a Kitchen Aid Mixer, but if your Mother’s Day purse is a bit light, here are some other ideas that might appeal to your gamer lady.
→ Coffee & Life Hearts, go together like Coffee and Moms.
→ Maybe a bottle of wine, and some Super Mario Wine Charms might be more up her alley!
→ I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t want a POWER GLOVE Oven Mitt!
→ Chop onions in style with a Legend of Zelda cutting board!
→ Does she split her time between piloting X-wings in Star Wars: The Old Republic & baking muffins? Then, perhaps this R2 unit can help with both!
If you’ve gotten this far & you are still lost, a food gift might be your only hope!
→ So, pamper her with a new dice set, made of chocolate or a D20 Lollipop.
→ Or if video games are more her thing, try a chocolate controller that looks a bit like something the Easter bunny may have forgotten!
→ How about a wine board game? Just be sure to bring her wine to go with it!
This list is far from comprehensive and we really don’t expect you to buy anything off of it. Basically, it’s meant to be some ideas for you to use when getting a gift for the Gamer Mom in your life that says “I appreciate you for who you are, Happy Mother’s Day”. Best of luck finding the perfect gift, there’s an achievement for that!