Moms are one in a million. And while you might love to book her a bucket-list adventure— who wouldn’t want to do that for their travel enthusiast moms—if your budget is more backpacker than resort, this gift guide offers practical travel gift ideas that are just as worthy for a woman with wanderlust.
For Organized Moms
If your mom brings order to your chaos, the Global Companion 65L Women’s ($229) is ergonomically built for women’s comfort and would make the ideal gift for mom. This organizational machine allows access from the top or bottom, along with middle access to a wide butterfly opening with dual interior compartments. A great piece of kit for an active hiker or even a weekend city sightseer, there’s a pocket for everything in this pack.
Another fantastic gift for anyone who loves to optimize luggage capacity is a set of packing cubes. Honestly, these will completely revolutionize the way mom approaches packing. The Pack-It Specter Tech™ Starter Set ($54) is made from a water-resistant fabric will allow her to store dirty shoes or wet swimwear, protecting the clean contents of her bag.
For Comfort-Loving Moms
Anyone with a sense of adventure knows that good equipment is integral to a successful escape, so something like a pair of sandals or flip flops with built in arch support would be a great shout for your mom if she’s planning a retreat to warmer climates. These Skeena Sandals ($55) from The North Face offer stylish comfort for all of the upcoming long beach or park strolls mom has planned for the summer. Plus, they are made from recycled materials!
Also ideal for moms who love to sightsee, these Non-Binding Pressure Free Palm Crew Socks ($21.95) by Smartwool can help to keep feet feeling light all day. They come in a number of fabulous patterns, too.
For Moms on the Go
If your mom is always on the go, the Tarmac Carry-On($319) is a lightweight and durable bag that will perfectly round out her luggage collection. Available in three color combinations, Eagle Creek’s Tarmac features an integrated a sleeve for electronics, the Innovative Coat Keeper™ to secure jackets and extras to the bag, Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics for maximum abrasion and weather-resistance.
Pair her perfect carry-on bag with the Wayfinder Backpack 20L Women’s Fit ($79), which is exactly the right size to use as a day pack when out adventuring. And if your mom’s up for a blast from the past, gift her the Wayfinder Waist Pack ($30), which is so useful and comfortable that she’ll likely use it back home, too!
For Fashionable Moms Who Care
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 jewelry (pieces start at $25). Created by small business cooperatives in Africa, FashionABLE products help create sustainable business in Africa—and they look sensational, too.
For Adventurous Moms
She’s always the one to point out the silver lining, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare her for a few rainclouds. A raincoat is a must for any adventurous traveler, especially one that packs away to the size of a coffee mug like the Women’s Venture 2 Jacket ($99+) vibrant, lightweight raincoat from The North Face. Practical, yet offered in many playful colors, your mom will think of you every time she gets caught in a storm.
For Bibliophile Moms
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 ($32) or The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe ($40). Whether she stays domestic or goes abroad, the 36 Hours series is a must-have complement to any savvy traveler’s guidebook collection.
For Moms Who Value the Essentials
Whatever her method of transport, your mom will relish the opportunity to sit back and catch 40 winks on the way to, or back from an epic adventure. The Cat Nap Rest Set ($45) provides comfort and cuts out any light, which will make it easy for her to chill out at a moment’s notice.
If your mom is always looking for ways to pack less, a weight- and space-saving toiletry bottle set and toiletry kit makes the perfect gift for mom. Buy her a leak-proof Silicone Bottle Set ($31) to avoid unwanted spills during transit, or completely upgrade her toiletry kit with the Pack-It Specter™ On Board ($46), which is made from ultra-light water repellent silnylon ripstop and features a swivel non-slip hook for versatile hanging options.
And since your mom always has her hands full—especially while traveling—allow her to relax her grip with an RFID Wristlet Wallet ($35). RFID-blocking technology makes this versatile purse/wallet combo a savvy traveler’s packing-must.
Wayfinder Backpack 20L Women’s Fit
Pack-It Specter™ On Board
Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):
Best Travel Gifts for Women
Gifts for Older Parents Who Travel
4 Unconventional Ways To Show Mom You Care