The best options in all budgets
Has your traveling mom put her dreams of adventure on hold for the past two years? With the world reopening and most destinations easing their COVID-19 requirements, she likely plans to hit the road — and the sky — again soon. We’ve put together a list of practical to indulgent Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mom who can’t wait to get back to the wonderful world of travel.
All prices were accurate at the time of this writing.
For Frequent Flyers: Novelty Compression Socks
VIM & VIGR Compression Socks — Photo courtesy of VIM & VIGR
Don’t dismiss compression socks just because they might age your mom. Proven to improve circulation and prevent swelling and blood clots during long flights, these cute and stylish socks from VIM & VIGR will make a fashion statement while potentially saving her life. Unlike some brands, they come in a variety of sizes and calf widths.
For the insomniac traveller: CBD Pillow Mist
CBD Pillow Mist — Photo courtesy of Raw Botanics
The “mommy brain” never seems to rest, even at night, yet many women are reluctant to take sleeping pills to combat their insomnia. This spray from Raw Botanics Co. could put you to sleep – on the flight, at home or at the hotel – with its soothing scents of lavender and eucalyptus.
For foodies who travel in their armchair: cookbooks of the world
Cookbooks for foodies who like to travel and stay at home — Photo courtesy of Wendy O’Dea
If your mom is a foodie who loves to travel but is hesitant due to pandemic concerns or other reasons, these cookbooks will transport her taste buds around the world. “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide” shares recipes from seven continents while “The Gluten Free Cookbook” takes a similar approach with cuisines from around the world for mothers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
For the active mum: bottle holder
Béis bottle cage — Photo courtesy of Béis
One of the principles of travel is to always stay hydrated. It’s not easy when you only have two hands that can hold a baby or pull a suitcase. This crossbody or shoulder bottle holder from Béis is the perfect solution for day trips, hiking or sprinting through airports.
For the fashionista: a versatile scarf
LouLou Damour’s poppy scarf — Photo courtesy of LouLou Damour
The great thing about scarves is that they can take you from frumpy to fabulous in a hot second. And they don’t take up much space in the suitcase. A scarf can be used to keep warm, tie up hair, hold up pants, cover bare legs when visiting holy places, or just to feel better.
This poppy scarf from LouLou Damour is a great choice, with the pop of color that pairs well with jeans or a more upscale outfit.
For the chic mom: Microparfums
$59 to $140
Travel size micro perfumes — Photo courtesy of MicroPerfumes
We all want to smell good but, let’s be honest, no one wants to pack a bottle full of perfume and risk it dripping all over everything. Microperfumes to the rescue! MicroPerfumes offers the best-selling perfumes that have been decanted in small size bottles or travel sizes. The good news: the TSA won’t confiscate it from mom’s carry-on.
For nature lovers: travel binoculars
Nocs Provisions travel binoculars — Photo courtesy of Nocs Provisions
Sometimes it takes an eagle’s eye to spot a rare bird or wildlife from a distance while birdwatching or on a safari. These standard waterproof binoculars from Nocs Provisions offer 8x magnification and the great feature of being able to use them as a 400mm camera lens when taking photos with a phone. The binoculars weigh less than 12 ounces and a carrying pouch, neck strap and lens cloth are included.
For the Ultra-Organized: Packing Organizers (Travel Set)
Pack of 8 for $120
Bag-all Eight Piece Travel Organizers — Photo courtesy of Bag-all
Is your mother a type A traveler? If so, these stylish packing cubes and organizers from Bag-all will not only keep her organized, but you can also feel good about the company’s commitment to sustainability. All products are 100% natural cotton with ribbons made from recycled PET bottles. Mom’s initials can also be embroidered on cubes and bags using eco-friendly water-based colors.
For the day tripper: anti-theft shoulder bag
The Soleil 12L anti-theft shoulder bag — Photo courtesy of Flashpacker Co.
Every mom has a “stuff bag” in which she carries everything someone might need at any given time. Finding the right vessel for all of this is the challenge. Flashpacker’s Soleil 12L anti-theft sling bag offers just the right amount of space (unless you have a baby or toddler, that is).
It can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder strap or backpack. But perhaps the most attractive security and anti-theft features for travelers are the security and anti-theft features, including front panel RFID protection, an anti-cut base, a chair loop padlock and a security clip. for the main zipper.
For the traveling gourmet: A travel knife
Messermeister Adventure Chef Folding Knife — Photo courtesy of Messermeister
If your mum loves camping and cooking, or just loves quality cutlery, the Messermeister Adventure Chef range Folding Travel Knife is both practical and chic – and comes complete with a nifty folding cutting board. Designed by artisans around the world, the company is owned by women and moms, which explains its practical and efficient design aesthetic. You can also have your mother’s name or initials laser engraved on the gift.
For the mom on the move: trendy fitness tracker
Fitbit Luxe with Gorjana band — Photo courtesy of FitBit
Fitness and step trackers aren’t new, but FitBit’s Luxe model offers a special-edition stainless steel gorjana strap for a sleeker look while tracking the eighty billion steps you can take during the day. active holidays. The links can be removed to ensure the correct fit and the clock face is updated and more visually appealing.
For the nomadic mum: multifunctional backpack
The versatile Dux backpack — Photo courtesy of STM Goods
If your mom is an adventurous backpacker or just wants to keep her hands free, the comfortable Dux Mid-Size Backpack from STM Goods features repositionable and removable dividers, which provide the flexibility to store anything from clothes to camera equipment. Particularly noteworthy is its SlingTech™ technology which suspends a laptop and other devices away from the bottom of the backpack to prevent impact damage.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s super comfortable and includes a back panel to slide over luggage when needed.
For the tailor-made traveler: Global Carry-On trolley
The Briggs & Riley Global Carry-on Wheeled Suitcase — Photo courtesy of Briggs & Riley
Different people have different suitcase needs, but this bag could satisfy them all. The Briggs & Riley Global Carry-on Spinner is part of the brand’s recently updated Baseline collection. It features the world’s only one-touch CX™ expansion (and many other amazing features), which means mom can expand the case’s capacity with just the press of a button.
Other attractive features include its RFID blocking pockets to protect personal data and a PowerPocket™ that can store a battery or cell phone to charge on the go.
For the mom you want to splurge on: A Golden Week in Italy
$5,500 to $6,700
Golden Week in Italy with author Susan Van Allen (center) — Photo courtesy of Ambient Image
If you really want to spoil mom, sign her up for a golden week in Italy. Or, better yet, make it a mother/daughter adventure. This women-only tour has a maximum of 14 participants and includes hotels, ground transportation, immersive experiences, local guides, gratuities, and most meals (airfare not included). It was created and is run by travel writer and Italophile Susan Van Allen, author of “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go”.