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2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Best Travel Gifts for Mom
If your travel gene is a gift from Mom, return the favor with one of these 10 top Mother’s Day gifts!
While some families were on their umpteenth visit to Disney World, your family was exploring ancient ruins in less-frequented areas of the globe. It’s a small world, after all, and your mom was bound and determined to see—and show you!—as much of it as possible.
These days, she may not have young kids to lug around on her adventures, but chances are, her penchant for travel probably hasn’t faded. If anything—it’s only gotten stronger! This May 11th, make her Mother’s Day extraordinary with these top gifts for moms with wanderlust.
The Ultimate Organizer
Even if you never made the bed when you were a kid, you can still show mom some later-in-life respect for organization with the Pack-It Starter Set by Eagle Creek. These lightweight packing organizers compress and provide easy organization of any travel bag (MSRP $44).
Summer is right around the corner, and mom’s ready to head to the beach! Give her a reason to kick off her work shoes with a pair of action-friendly Reef Movement sandals. These sporty sandals have arch support for all of the upcoming long beach or park strolls mom has planned for the summer (MSRP $46).
Your mom invested in you, and now you can give her a gift that invests in others. Treat your mom to the ultimate statement—on both fashion and fair wages—with the gift of a FashionABLE scarf. Created by small business cooperatives in Africa, FashionABLE scarves help create sustainable business in Africa - and they look sensational too (MSRP $32-65).
If mom always has her hands full - especially while traveling – allow her to relax her grip with an RFID Cross Body Wallet. The strap, organization and RFID-blocking technology makes this versatile purse/wallet combo a savvy traveler’s packing-must (MSRP $45).
She never could figure out where to keep her keys, but she still managed to get you to school every morning. Make her days now considerably less stressful with the hipKey key finder. This nifty device will allow mom to locate her keys—as well as devices like her tablet and cell phone—with an unmistakable sound (MSRP $60).
Save mom from getting mid-flight necklace tangles with a Jewelry Roll. The expandable organizer is made from recycled materials; a portion of the profits is donated to ocean research and conservation. Go for “Kid of the Year” points by filling it with baubles from you and your siblings (MSRP $19.99).
Beauty in the Bag
Your mom is beautiful on the inside and out—but she does have a few tools to enhance her natural good looks! Help her keep her brushes, lotions, and potions organized on the go with the lightweight Pack-It On Board by Eagle Creek. This toiletry case has plenty of pockets for organization, and both stand-up and hanging capabilities for wherever her next trip may take her (MSRP $33).
Make sure your mom is ready for Mother’s Day brunch with the Catalina Stripe Pullover by Splendid. Perfect for a spring or early summer afternoon, this light sweater is the epitome of casual elegance. (MSRP $178).
36 Hours of Travel
She’s traveled the world, but her best trips are still ahead. Give your mom the expert advice she needs help her plan her next adventure with The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada or The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe. Whether she stays domestic or goes abroad, the 36 Hours series is a must-have complement to any savvy traveler’s guidebook collection ($37 each).
Much Deserved Rest
Pay mom back for (some of) those nights you kept her up as a baby with guaranteed restful sleep on the plane. Eagle Creek’s Cat Nap Blanket is made of luxuriously comfortable micro-fleece material, and rolls up for easy compact storage when naptime is over. Pair the blanket with the equally luxurious Cat Nap Transit Pillow to give mom the ultimate travel relaxation combo (blanket, $30; pillow, $24).
Need more ideas for perfect travel gifts for mom? Check out our Outfit Me Tool to figure out the best bags, organizers, and accessories for your mom’s travel style!
Caila Ball is a freelance writer and full time travel enthusiast. You can see more of her work at CailaBall.com