Captain Mom will LOVE this Star Trek swag.

If Mom is a Trekkie, she’ll love any of these practical Star Trek Mother’s Day gifts. As a Trekkie Mom myself, I have many of the items suggested here and as an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission should you kindly use the links.

Pictured: Galaxy’s Greatest Mom t-shirt. Any Mom would be proud to wear this practical, versatile, comfortable shirt. Comes in 10 colors (black pictured above). Solid colors are 100% cotton; others are cotton/poly blends. A variety of sizes, naturally. All are washable. Officially licensed. Under $20.

The What I Learned from Star Trek mug is one of my favorites! It combines all the sayings a Star Trek-savvy Mom would say: Go Boldly, Be Logical, Give ‘er All She’s Got…you get the idea! Teaching kids the principles of Starfleet just got easier over Mom’s morning cup of raktajino. @$20.

Tote and go! Mom can throw the day’s essentials into this fun and functional, sturdy Star Trek Canvas Tote (pictured above) and boldly go about her day. Duo black and white canvas with gold command insignia. It’s multipurpose, reusable and foldable. 19″x 14″x5″. @$30.



Or maybe this stylized, Star Trek Retro Tech Tote Bag is more your Mom’s flavor. Durable nylon in The Original Series colors. Zippered compartments outside and inside of bag for storage and organization. Great as a work-day tote, gym or diaper bag.  Measures 18.5″x12″x5″. @$70.

This soft-sided, collapsible Star Trek Water Bottle is a MUST for ALL Moms! Staying hydrated has never been as important while going warp 10 with crew aboard and sometimes in tow. Plastic material. Features the original Starship Enterprise on a bold blue background! Holds 24 oz, extra wide opening. Foldable, freezable and stands when filled. Don’t just get one. Get one for each of your crew! Under $15. 

Pictured here and above, another must have! This Star Trek Insignia Scarf is for all seasons, all adventures, and all worlds! Fashionable and functional: a scarf can save the day and the Universe. Premium acrylic, 30 x 190 cms. It’s plenty long: I recently wore mine to the hot springs and wrapped it as a turban. Practical and pretty with the insignia colors of gold, blue, and red. And best of all?! It comes with a matching beanie with a ball on top!! Bad news. It’s not currently available, but keep checking this link for availability. It’ll be worth the wait. Mine is always in my starship.

Help Mom organize her thoughts and her day with this Unemployed Philosophers Guild Star Trek Captain’s Log Notebook. Perfect size for tote bags: 4.75″x 7″, 48 pages. Small and flat, easy to carry. Sturdy cardboard cover with gold foil stamp. I use mine to record favorite Star Trek quotes. I wish these came in packs of ten. Under $10.

If your Mom still relies on sticky notes, she’ll love Star Trek Sticky Notes (and so will you when she leaves one for you). 😉 “While You Were Beaming Down” pink pad features Lt. Uhura and plenty of space to leave a note. Pad is full of hundreds of colorful self sticking sheets of Kirk, McCoy, Spock and Scottie. Particularly useful for bookmarking pages. Measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and fits easily into a bag. Under $10. 

Help Mom keep track of time in this Universe! From the same people who brought us the Unemployed Philosophers Guide Star Trek Captain’s Log, I present to you the Unemployed Philosophers Guide Star Trek Unisex Watch. It tells Earth time as the Starship Enterprise cruises around the dial. Comes with battery and tin case. This is on my Mother’s Day wish list. @$45

And if Mom finds herself with extra time, the Star Trek Cookbook is a great way to please the crew. It’s full of recipes you can use–with a few Earthly substitutions for intergalactic ingredients when required. (But I’m not eating Tribble!! Yes, my sweetheart got me this book for Valentine’s Day and there is a recipe.) The coolest thing, this “cookbook embraces the best of Star Trek and its core message of hope, acceptance, and exploration in the spirit of gastrodiplomacy.” Or so says the description and it’s true. If Mom doesn’t have time to cook, it’s a great coffee-table look book as well. @$25.

Without Scottie, O’Brien, LaForge, TRIP!, Seven of Nine, B’Elanna Torres, Stamets, Jet Reno!–the Engineers of Star Trek–there’d be no mission, there’d be no ship! Moms NEED this Star Trek 100-Piece Engineering Field Kit Tool Set. That’s a mouthful but it hit all the right keywords. A tool for every occasion: wire cutter, pry knife, bit holder, prolong bar, utility knife, ruler, prybars, electrostatic ring, SIM card tools, anti-static cloth, tweezers, spudgers, cable ties, screwdriver bits and more! 12″ x 9″ x 15″. Under 3 lbs, @$90.

At the end of the day, most Captains just want comfy jammies and a warm bed. This Star Trek Next Gen Picard Nightgown Sleep Shirt Pajama Top is just what Mom wants. 100% polyester, all-season style. I love these jammies. Mom will explore strange new worlds in her sleep. @$35.

And remember the socks! Captains and Moms need to take care of their feet. The Star Trek Uniform Emblem Crew Socks are great for all away missions and cold winter nights! Set of 3: Command gold, Science blue, Engineering red. These are men’s sizes so run big. There are plenty other Star Trek socks to discover. @$20.

I hope you’ve discovered an item or two for your Star Trek Mom! Happy Mother’s Day. Live Long and Prosper! 

If you’d like suggestions on how to Star Trek Your Pet, check out these 9 ideas. 

Trek on!

Captain Brauer, Starship Providence 


Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.

Live without pretending.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa. Staring at the back end of a Holstein and shoveling what came out was a daily occurance. That’s about as authentic as you can be. It wasn’t until my 30s that I adopted a new phrase: Fake it ‘til you make it. I first heard it when I joined Mary Kay Cosmetics. Meaning, envision who you want to be, and pretend you are that until you become that. Pretending was encouraged and a way to “visualize” a brighter future. I did that for years…until I returned to my true authentic self. Today, I’m just me, not pretending to be something I’m not.

Love without depending.

We’re taught that love is a two-way street; that’s what a relationship is—a never-ending circle of give and take, each person giving to and depending on the other. But is that really what love is? Isn’t the real challenge to love without expectation of love in return? Especially when you don’t agree?

Listen without defending.

Conflict is uncomfortable, especially with someone you love. The challenge is to fully listen to them—even when you want to defend your point of view. Most people are simply waiting for the other person to stop speaking before they add their “two cents.” It’s in these moments, most especially, that we have to keep quiet and let another person express their views. Even when there is no solution in sight, listening is the key to moving the relationship forward.

Speak without offending.

If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. That’s Mom logic and advice I heard often growing up. That philosophy fit for a long time…like the fake-it-til-you-make-it mantra. … And, I think that’s the reason I’ve fallen back into pretending. I am NOT happy with the state of the world. I don’t trust Donald Trump or the Republicans to govern. They are absolutely trampling on human rights: brown people, black people, women, Vets, the lgbtq community–and the planet! There are atrocities being perpetrated on the American people and especially immigrants, and because I don’t want to say anything offensive, I find myself not saying anything at all. Given our current political climate and state of affairs, this is no longer an option!!

It’s time to step up and speak out—even if you can’t be kind. If you have conflicts with someone, look for common ground. There is more that unites us than divides us. But when human rights are at stake, we MUST speak up and defend the rights of others—even if that means offending someone else with our words.

Will I continue to live, love, listen, and speak with respect to others? Yes, I will. But I will not pretend what is happening in America is tolerable or acceptable. When conflict arises, I will live without pretending to agree with others when I don’t. I will love the person I’m disagreeing with without depending on their acceptance or approval. I will listen without defending my point of view but vow to do my best to help them see it my way. And I will speak without offending knowing respect and compassion are keys to healing conflict—and ultimately the world.


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