My father is a woodworker by hobby. He’s spent most of his life building cabinets, furniture and other home projects, all with his own two hands. Many years ago, he made a block of wood for my mother. It’s heavy enough to hold a page down, but also has a decorative detail in the middle for a little bit of pizzaz. That block has been with my mother for most of my life, and she uses it to keep her place in herÂ recipeÂ book while cooking. It’s a staple of the kitchen, and at this point my mother has remarked that it would be difficult to cook without it.
Both my father and I think that an iPad would be great for my mom, but it’s a bit pricey for a mother’s day gift. I imagine she’d use it mainly for Epicurious, but maybe she’d create her ownÂ recipeÂ database in Bento or something. When I saw this line of iPad stands though, I knew it would be at home in the kitchen.
These are made by Groovy Stand, and it’s a pretty simple concept: Wooden iPad stands. That’s it. No fancy dock connection here or any fancy lighting, just good, old-fashioned wood in various finishes. They have the Writer, which is angled to use the keyboard, and the Dual with two different slots with two different angles. They also have smaller models, designed to hold the iPad vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference.
The pricing on these stands is pretty good as well. The most expensive one is the Dual at $14.95, and most of their smaller stands are around $8 a piece. It’s cheap enough to buy a few different models so you can use the iPad as a display around the house. If you’re handy with wood you might be able to build one of these yourself, but at those prices, why bother?