What to Buy Your Travel Mom This Mothers Day
A last-minute trip might not be in the books, so look towards these last-minute buys.
Here’s your reminder, Mother’s Day is approaching and, as much as our maternal figures claim they “don’t need a gift,” they want one. On May 9, don’t show up to family dinner empty-handed. If the mother in your life also happens to be a traveler, you can stop your frantic searches and texts to Dad that “I don’t know what Mom wants either,” because we do. We’ve found gifts for every type of traveler. So, whether your mom is into sunset yoga or beach lounging, we’re sure you’ll be able to find something for her here.
For the Sustainably Minded Mom
Anyone who travels knows the importance of quality luggage and, for the sustainably-minded mom, finding luggage that lasts is essential (because there’s nothing environmentally friendly about having to get a new suitcase each year). LOJEL is a luggage company that understands sustainability (and the hell we put our bags through). Remember when a wheel broke and you had to just toss your favorite suitcase and start over? Well, you can forget that, because LOJEL’s whole concept is to repair rather than replace. Their system of “modular, standardized parts that allow bag owners to repair their own luggage quickly and easily” means (ideally) one luggage for life. One of their most popular designs, the Cubo, comes in four sizes and seven colors.
Courtesy of LOJEL
For the Mom Who Takes a Million Pictures
Not a trip goes by that she doesn’t document. She loves her camera, she loves her family, she loves the memory (okay?! So smile for that selfie she demands!). The only problem is that printing out all 300 photos she takes isn’t exactly cost-effective, environmentally friendly, or practical. To help you figure out what to do with the photos, get her a digital photo frame that rotates through her favorite memories. The Dragon Touch Classic offers it all: not too techy, has a port for a USB or SD card, and even tells the date, time, and weather on the home screen.
For the Mom Whose Favorite Movie Is "Eat Pray Love"
She might not be ready to pick up and peace out Julia Roberts style, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t plan a quick little vacation to Indonesia right after she left the theater. If this is the movie that sparked the travel flame in her, gift her the “eat.” An online cooking course is a wonderful way to experience the world without leaving home—because, at the moment, it’s kind of hard. Let her have her main-character moment as she joins Massimo Bottura for a MasterClass on modern Italian cooking. Alternatively, you could look for in-person cooking classes in your area (if that’s something she’s comfortable with).
For the Mom Far From the Ocean
She loves the beach: the saltwater, the breeze, and, most importantly, the food. While your landlocked location might not have the world’s best seafood–don’t you dare consider Long John Silvers this Mother’s Day–Maine does. This state is home to fresh lobster rolls and fried oysters so good they will forever ruin other fried seafood for you. And, luckily, they’re shipping their very finest to you and me this Mother’s Day. With Maine Seafood’s Mother’s Day Seafood Kit, you can present your mom with a box of her favorite ocean delicacies.
Photo by Erin Alvarez