Finding a great Mother’s Day gift is always a challenge. While most Moms love the usual flowers, chocolates and dinner out, sometimes it’s nice to find that special present, geared just to her. If your Mom loves travel, here are some gift ideas to whet her wanderlust.
Is your Mom still toting around the same tired luggage? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade.
If your Mom’s more into backpacking, the Eagle Creek Rincon 65L, made with a smaller frame great for female travelers, is a good start. I’m still using the older version of this model, which I picked up over 10 years ago.
Now, you’d have to love your mother a lot (or have a pretty flush bank account) to pony up for a new iPhone or Droid, but there’s no arguing that a smartphone is a great travel gift.
Smartphone apps are fantastic for all sorts of travel tasks, from checking the weather (we like The Weather Channel) to checking flights (we like the Skyscanner app) and booking hotels (we love the Booking.com app).
There are some wonderful international charities that aim to help others around the world. Don’t forget to make the donation in your Mom’s name.
Our picks – We like Heifer International (which provides gifts of livestock and training to those in need), Kiva.org (which gives micro loans to individuals in developing nations), and Nothing But Nets (which provides mosquito nets for children in areas with malaria).
Quick drying clothing
Travel clothing these days is truly amazing. You can get rugged, attractive clothes that dry in almost an instant.
The new generation of rugged, waterproof cameras are a great addition to any travelers toolkit. They’re rugged enough to withstand a drop from around 5 feet and take great photos and videos underwater, and most can take great 1080p video.
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. Mayes buys and abandoned villa in Italy, and learns to love the simplicity of rural Italian life. The book was made into a movie starring Diane Lane and Sandra Oh.
Amazon.com has done some of the work for you, and come up with a list of travel gear and gadgets, and there’s always the option of a gift card so she can buy whatever she likes.