Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you know you want to show your mama some love. This Mother’s Day gift list is full of fun items for the unique mom – who also likes to travel. And let’s face it, your mom is unique – perhaps a yogini, hiker, or planner. Maybe your mother doesn’t feel completely dressed without her fave bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings. Or she’s a social media maven and must have her phone for Insta posts, no matter where she is. Here is a curated list of gifts to satisfy any traveling mother or wanna-be traveling mother, no matter her travel dreams or interests. Read on!
1. For the flexible mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Does your mom start every day with a series of vinyasas or sun salutations? Does she say “namaste right here until I finish my yoga practice”?
On Mother’s Day, give her a portable yoga mat to carry along on her travels. This Gaiam foldable yoga mat provides a sticky surface to practice those warrior poses. And it weighs only 1 pound and easily folds to 12 X 10 inches, so it’s a perfect addition to her packing list.
2. For the eco-friendly mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Was your mom reducing-reusing-recycling before it became trendy? Get her a LARQ insulated self-sanitizing beverage bottle. (The company also offers a less-pricey non-insulated self-sanitizing bottle.)
LARQ uses UVC LED light to sanitize the liquid and bottle, with a reported 60-second cycle to purify water. Using a LARQ bottle cuts down on plastic bottle usage (and styrofoam coffee cups). And the light is rechargeable, cutting down on battery waste. The company offers a carabiner lid attachment (Active Loop) to make this portable bottle even more convenient. Trust me, your nature- and hike-loving mother will love this for any trips – short or long.
3. For the health-conscious mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Was your mom always the person with hand sanitizer, a first aid kit, and more at arm’s reach? Does she still manage to notice, clean, and bandage a cut before you realize you’re bleeding? Then she will be touched and pleased if you give her a protective case for her mask.
These cases are invaluable during everyday life, and especially on trips. When she dines out, she won’t have to put her mask on the table, or straight into her pocket or bag. She can simply tuck it into her mask case to keep additional pathogens from contaminating it while she dines. If she goes on a hike or somewhere she doesn’t need to wear a mask, she can pop it into the case, which comes with a handy attachment clip. I especially like this silicone case – it can be washed at high temperatures to clean between uses.
4. For the organized mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Did you secretly wonder if your mom ironed the bedsheets since she had every household item arranged “just so”? Are her cabinets and closets organized? What better way to show your mom your appreciation of her mad organizing skills than by giving her a great set of packing cubes?
This set will help her organize her items, as well as help protect them. Add the shoe packing cube, and you’ll help her keep everything tidy. Because let’s face it – what are some of the filthiest things you pack for a trip? That’s right, shoes!! And most moms tend to carry one or two pairs on a trip (as well as wearing a pair). The Bago shoe packing cube can hold 2 pairs of flats or other small-profile shoes, or one pair of larger-profile/taller ones.
5. For the prepared mom: a Mother’s Day gift
On all your childhood adventures with your mom, did she always have whatever you needed in her bag? Is her lifelong motto “Be prepared”? Then she needs a daypack for her travels.
This very lightweight Zomake daypack can hold an impressive 35L and is well-made. It has plenty of small pockets, mesh bottle holders on the sides, and a laptop pocket. The sturdy nylon is water-resistant (I’ve even carried my pack when hiking in rainy Wales, and everything inside stayed dry). And it tucks into one of its own pockets for a minimal profile. This pack is available in tons of colors too. If this bag doesn’t seem perfect for your mom, check out Zomake’s other designs. Zomake offers a complete range of small packs that excel as daypacks. And your mom’s shoulders will thank you for spreading the bag weight over both shoulders and back, unlike a shoulder or handbag.
6. For the world-wandering mom: A Mother’s Day gift
Is your mom counting the days until she can head to Europe? Have pasta in Italy? Or take a leisurely wander through Thailand perhaps?
Nothing says “go for it” like a step-down converter and international adapter for her electronics that will travel with her. Lots of adapters have all the plugs, but not the electrical current safeguards like this converter and adapter. I like this one especially because it not only steps other countries’ current down to American product standards but also has a USB-c outlet- handy if Mom has a MacBook or tablet (or wants to charge her Nintendo Switch). It also provides 3 USB-A outlets and two (American) plug outlets. And she can use it to charge or power multiple devices simultaneously. It comes with adapters for all plug types, EU/UK/AU/IN – she can use it anywhere in the world!!
7. For the social butterfly mom: a Mother’s Day gift
If your mom checks her social media accounts frequently – or posts to her accounts (who wouldn’t want to Instagram the Eiffel Tower, seriously??) she will need an external battery to take on all her travels. One of the best-in-class is the Anker 20,000 mAh power bank. The battery includes 2 USB charging ports as well as 2 different ports to recharge the battery (micro-USB and USB-C). The enhanced storage can charge an iPhone 4.5 times or Galaxy S20 3.8 times – that’s a lot of Insta snaps and Google searches!! Anker certifies it fall-safe to 1 meter. And Anker’s advanced charging technology allows her devices to charge as rapidly as possible, or as slowly as needed.
8. For the connected mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Especially if your mom plans to head out of the US, this sim cardholder is a great gift. She can buy a sim card in her host country with plenty of data when she first arrives. And store her US sim card in this holder. It stores up to six nano sim cards and comes with an iPhone card ejector pin. The size of a credit card, it fits easily in any wallet or pocket. With her new “in-country” sim card, your mom can stay connected to everyone, use her favorite mapping app, google local places, and more. And with the sim card holder, she can keep track of her US sim card to reconnect upon her return.
9. For the champagne-sipping mom: a Mother’s Day gift
If your mom enjoys cocktails, nothing says “bon voyage” like a cocktail kit. This particular kit makes 6 champagne cocktails, but The Cocktail Box Co. also offers six other cocktail boxes – for Margarita’s, Old-Fashioneds, and more. Each box contains a custom-designed bartender’s spoon/muddler, a handmade linen cocktail napkin, and three cocktail picks. All Mom will need to add is the alcohol. And every kit contains supplies to make between 3 and 6 drinks. The kit is TSA-compliant, so your mom can make her own fancy cocktail during flight. Or use it at her lodging after a long day of exploring. These kits also come in combos as well as a variety pack.
10. …And for the sparkly mom: a Mother’s Day gift
Does your mom wear rings on her fingers, bells on her toes – and necklaces, earrings, and bracelets? If your mom loves wearing jewelry, a travel jewelry case will tickle her fancy.
This small jewelry case is perfect for short trips. It contains room for 3 necklaces, a row of rings, and a row of earrings. It also has a middle section with a zipper compartment for other items (hello, bracelets!). If you want to go big on her Mother’s Day gift, you can add a piece of jewelry to get her travel case started!
If you’ve enjoyed this list, check out another popular gift post: Holiday Gifts for the Travelers in Your Life. Which of these gifts will you get for your mother? Why? Can you think of another travel product that is a great Mother’s Day idea? Leave us a comment.
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