Seagate Slim hard drive giveaway!


Seagate and The Gadgeteer want to help you celebrate Mother’s Day by giving away a super skinny new Seagate Slim portable hard drive.

Today’s mom is busy, connected and looking for ways to keep everything balanced and organized.  So this Mother’s Day, why not give mom something to keep it all together?  With thousands of priceless photos, videos and other files that need to be kept secure, she needs a simple and FAST way to back up precious content.  Seagate’s new storage product, the Seagate Slim, is a perfect gift for the job.  It’s sleek and portable (just slightly larger than an iPhone 5 and as thick as a pencil), and comes with a software Dashboard that allows for one-click or scheduled backup and the added feature of back up for Facebook and Flickr albums.

Read on for details on how to win.


Seagate Slim portable hard drive ($80 value)

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 05/12/2013 11:59PM EST leave a comment telling us about the strangest or most unique  gift you ever gave your Mom on Mother’s Day.

2. At some point on 05/13/2013, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to choose their prize pack. If I do not receive an answer to my email, I’ll do other drawings till the prize is gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. Winner must have a US shipping address.

Update: The winner is #47 Paul!

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  • MAni Suresh May 11, 2013, 8:48 am

    I gifted a surprise cake, flowers and a gift voucher for fine dining.

  • Tracey Simmons May 11, 2013, 9:01 am

    I gave my mother an she tray when I was 9 ..problem was my mother doesn’t smoke 😉

  • Mary May 11, 2013, 9:24 am

    I had my mom’s favorite (really old, purchased in Germany) recording of Beethoven’s violin concerto digitized. No currently available CD version would do because they didn’t have the right cadenzas!

  • jimlat May 11, 2013, 9:41 am

    My mom is 5′ tall…I actually gave her a copy of Randy Newman’s song “Short People” back in the late 70’s…

  • Patrick Mienke May 11, 2013, 10:11 am

    I was about 8 years old I painted a rock that I found in the yard with a picture of Me and gave it to Her

  • Chris May 11, 2013, 10:15 am

    This year I’m getting my mother a multiple winery tour package where you have to bike from one winery to the next. Could be interesting after the second one 😉

  • Jefe May 11, 2013, 10:22 am

    I once gifted my mother Potatoes & Eggs. Apparently she really wanted them for breakfast, so I cooked for her 😉

  • Jen May 11, 2013, 10:45 am

    Back in elementary school, the teachers told us to go out and collect shells. We then used those shells and glued them to a piece of paper to give to our mother’s for Mother’s Day. Playing with the glue was the best part.

  • Lester May 11, 2013, 10:53 am
  • Ravi May 11, 2013, 11:44 am

    Gave her a nice crisp Benjamin!

  • Tom May 11, 2013, 12:01 pm

    A classic… macaroni art.

  • Chris May 11, 2013, 12:28 pm

    A crappy ashtray that I made myself. What were we thinking back then?

  • Lynn Lopez May 11, 2013, 2:52 pm

    I gave her a picture of me riding on my motorcycle that was taken when I was riding in the Texas Hill Country. Heck, every mom needs a photo of their daughter on a motorcycle right?!

  • samuel victor May 11, 2013, 2:56 pm

    I once gave my mom water from the Jordan River

  • Stanley Goodner May 11, 2013, 3:13 pm

    I was born on May 12 mothers day, which is the ultimate unique gift for a brand-new mom (literally!).

  • Scott May 11, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Trip to Bora Bora

  • William Mitchell May 11, 2013, 3:18 pm

    A hand draw picture of a chicken. Strange things we made in elementary school.

  • Jenny Wong May 11, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I gave my mom a frame made with pasta on it when I was in like the second grade (good job teach!). She was all WTF…A few wks later, half the pasta was gone. Some rodent had eaten it all off…

  • Alba May 11, 2013, 4:18 pm

    A house made of toothpicks from my elementary school days.

  • Phreqd May 11, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Gave her a glued macaroni picture and adorned the borders with flowers and vines. Vines turned out to be poison ivy…

  • Nick Ashton May 11, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Us Brothers purchased our Mother a house, took here to dinner and drove her back to her new home, gave her keys and wished a Happy Mother’s Day. She lives there and we take care of the bills. greatest feeling ever.

  • Sharon A. May 11, 2013, 5:52 pm

    I gave my Mom a compact digital camera with an optical viewfinder. It was really hard to find one of those!

  • Bruce Brown May 11, 2013, 6:19 pm

    My mom hated to cook. So when I was 13 I cooked her a dinner then offered to cook for the next week. I ended up doing aboiut half the family meals until I went to college.

  • Jay Jeffries May 11, 2013, 7:10 pm

    A ride on a nuclear sub while I was in the Navy during Family Day.

  • Betty Widerski May 11, 2013, 7:15 pm

    Gold spray-painted macaroni-decorated box (I think the teacher must have sprayed them). She had it on her dresser until after I went to college.

  • Elena Vo May 11, 2013, 7:55 pm

    When I was twelve, I gave my Mom a puppy on Mother’s Day, thinking she will love it as much as I did, but I forgot about her dog allergies. Oopsies!

  • Jonathan May 11, 2013, 10:21 pm

    First one I ever gave her was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 🙂

  • Pedro May 11, 2013, 11:39 pm

    On a mother’s day some time ago, my brothers and I took some money from our mom, (stole) , and we bought her an elephant figurine. Since she loves. Them because to her they are good luck. She was so pissed off, at first. Bit then. She saw the gift. She laughed so much.

  • Linda May 11, 2013, 11:44 pm

    A night of Bingo. She loves Bingo, me…not so much.

  • Douglas Johnson May 11, 2013, 11:53 pm

    I gave her one of my school assignments I got a good grade on

  • Chris May 11, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Back several years ago I transferred our old family super 8 movies to DVD. We watched them together for the first time in 25 years. It was unforgettable.

  • Basil O. May 12, 2013, 12:28 am

    a painted wooden spoon in second grade..

  • Stacy P May 12, 2013, 1:24 am

    I gave my Mom a homemade card for Mother’s day. But I was 29 years old. Don’t worry – there were tickets to San Francisco in there also.

  • Fred May 12, 2013, 2:37 am

    A bottle of perfume, but she didn’t like it.

  • Kuldeep Sengar May 12, 2013, 3:24 am

    Gave her the news that I’m getting married ! She lost hope of seeing her daughter-in-law … gave her hope back

  • Mitch May 12, 2013, 5:45 am

    I gave my mom a 3 legged kitten.

  • Frederick Reich May 12, 2013, 6:50 am

    My Mother loved the music of Count Basie, Lena Horne and so on. Lena was playing Westbury, NY and I got her tickets for her show. That was a lifetime ago. Mom has been gone 30 years already. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I miss you.

  • Brian May 12, 2013, 10:37 am

    I gave her a garden hose. I know lame, but it is exactly something she had wanted for awhile

  • ben May 12, 2013, 11:49 am

    I tiled her bathroom for her one year.

  • Sean Carroll May 12, 2013, 12:42 pm

    That would be today’s present. My mom is a big puzzle enthusiast. I found out that National Geographic can make a puzzle for your house from Google Maps, so I bought that for her.

  • Donald Schoengold May 12, 2013, 12:48 pm

    My brother and I visited her many times in Florida for our distant homes – in spite of the fact that we both hated Florida.

  • Matt May 12, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Flowers that didn’t come on time and when they arrived, looked horrible!

    Don’t use online flower sites was the lesson I earned.

  • D SCHMIDT May 12, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I am embarrassed to admit that when I was around 12 I used all of my own pocket money to purchase my mother a porcelain doggy toilet brush. I thought it was the nicest gift ever at the time.

  • sarah hirsch May 12, 2013, 3:47 pm

    i had my mom over for brunch and she was talking about how she wanted special pasta plates. someone had given me some for a gift that i had never used or even opened, so i regifted them to my mom on the spot. she loved them.

  • Dutch Rosario May 12, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Several years ago I purchased my mother a subscription to a service that provided a variety of flower bulbs every month for a year. She loved it!

  • Maria May 12, 2013, 6:10 pm

    I died her hair for her! It’s what she wanted!

  • Paul May 12, 2013, 7:00 pm

    When I was about 9 years old I gave my Mom a dog collar with a wish that I would get a “Scotty Dog” — we did! And I loved that little dog so much.

  • Patricia Moss May 12, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Gave her a garden weasel.

  • W. K. Prusaczyk May 12, 2013, 9:45 pm

    The most unusual gift was me. I drove almost 800 miles to visit without telling my parents I was coming. I was going to phone Mom and then knock on the door. Unfortunately, my parents were leaving the house as I arrived, so I stopped at the top of the driveway and got out of my car. Neither of my parents recognized me, buy they did stop to ask if they could help the “stranded motorist.” So unexpected, it took a minute or two before Mom knew it was me. Happy Mothers’ Day!

  • Elis B. May 12, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I gave see’s candy.

  • Paula Noah May 12, 2013, 11:19 pm

    My mom love her MacBook pro very much. Once I bought MacBook Air and installed Windows XP on it. I gave her on Mother’s day. Never forget her face when Windows XP was booting on new MacBook Air. I god scolded. 🙂

  • Brian May 12, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Macaroni art! It’s like a rite of passage for every kid!

  • Tom W May 13, 2013, 12:24 am

    I once gave mom mom a coupon book–but I had made all the coupons.

  • heykumaran May 13, 2013, 1:22 am

    I gave my mom a very good Card and a Dinner for Mpm’s Day

  • Gabby May 13, 2013, 2:01 am

    Bought a pair of earrings for her with my first pay check.

  • Jim Lipscomb May 13, 2013, 4:13 am

    Crayon Mothers day card

  • Julie May 13, 2013, 7:18 am

    Update: The winner is #47 Paul! Thanks to all who entered!