Wow! 2014 sure is moving fast! Mother’s Day is practically upon us. Are you ready? Or are you still searching for just the right Mother’s Day gift? You know, the gift that is just a little “different” than the more traditional flowers and chocolate?
If your special mom enjoys traveling, then I’ve got ten great Mother’s Day gift ideas for you! Gifts that many traveling moms would love to have, and some she may not even know she wants. So without further adieu, here’s one traveling mom’s gift guide for Mother’s Day.
A Traveling Mom’s Gift Guide for Mother’s Day
I’ve traveled with each item in this gift guide, and every one has earned a place in my “must have” travel arsenal. They might just earn a spot in your special mom’s “must have” travel arsenal too!
1. The SteriPen UV Water Purification System
Because you just never know where that next adventure might take you. And whether or not there’s drinkable water once there! No worries if Mom has the SteriPen Traveler UV water purifier system tucked in her purse. It’s small enough for a day bag, yet big enough to ensure safe drinking water for all.
On a recent vacation in Ecuador, we found ourselves in a hotel with questionable drinking water, and we were out of bottled water. SteriPen to the rescue! Within minutes, we had plenty of safe water to brush our teeth with before heading out the door.
The SteriPen Traveler is $50. Other Travel sized SteriPens range from $50 to $120.
2. A Well Designed Carry-On Bag
Is Mom a “carry-on bag only” traveler? Then you know she loves a well-designed carry-on bag! One that’s lightweight so she can easily lift it into the overhead bins, has lots of handy pockets to help keep those smaller items from getting lost, and has plenty of space to pack just what she needs for that next trip.
My new-found favorite is the TravelPro T-Pro Bold 22″ carry-on. I’ve crammed ten days’ worth of travel paraphernalia in this stylish carry-on bag. And my hubby liked it so much he wanted his own! So now we have one in each color.
The reasonably priced TravelPro T-Pro Bold Carry On Bag sells for $95 at Amazon.
3. Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes
Don’t let Mom leave home without these organized traveler’s packing essentials. Pack-it cubes will help keep her gear better organized both in transit and at the hotel. They also efficiently use every square inch of that carry-on bag so Mom can pack an extra pair of sandals, or maybe just one more tank top.
Pick up a fun color for Mom. Then get your own because she’s not going to let you use hers. I color code my family so everyone knows which Cube hold their gear. No more digging through my stuff!
4. Black Rapid SnapR Camera Bag
Whether Mom uses a teeny tiny point and shoot camera, a mid-sized point and shoot camera or a micro 4/3rds camera, she’s going to need a bag to store it in, right? Well, yes, she can just drop her camera into her purse or day bag. But it’s just so much easier to keep her camera on hand and ready to catch that next photo opp with a SnapR bag. Pictures don’t do this camera bag justice! You gotta watch the video to appreciate all this petite camera bag can do.
I love my Black Rapid SnapR 20. It easily holds my Canon G16 as well as spare batteries, SD cards, and more. It often doubled as my mini-purse on short excursions. My favorite feature? The attachable strap that ensures I don’t drop my camera.
The Black Rapid SnapR 10 is $30, the SnapR 20 is $40, and the SnapR 35 is $45.
5. Kindle PaperWhite
Is Mom an avid reader? Then she’s going to love the latest Kindle Paperwhite. So small, so compact. She’ll never have to drag around that weighty, behemoth-sized novel again. And reading at night with the lights off have never been so easy!
I should know! I received one for Christmas, and I love it. I had all the reading material I wanted on my last trip. And reading in the hotel room after the kids went to bed? No problem with the Paperwhite. Lights off, Kindle on.
6. GreatShield PowerTank
So many electronic devices. So much battery drain. Don’t let Mom power down to nothing on her next flight! Give her a powerful back up fuel tank that fits inside her purse or day bag. There are many travel sized portable power packs to choose from, but my personal favorite is the GreatShield PowerTank. It’s small, compact, and fits easily into my purse.
My GreatShield PowerTank was successfully put to use during a recent long, long, long travel day. It easily powered up both a dying iPhone and an iPad Mini. No more bored tween on that next flight. Happy Mom!
The Greatshield PowerTank retails for $50, but is currently selling for $40 at Amazon.
7. A Favorite TV Series
Is your mom a Downton Abby mega-fan? Can’t get enough of Game of Thrones? Lives for every Mad Men episode? Hook her up with the latest season of her favorite TV series and she’ll be well entertained on that next long flight or road trip. Whether it’s via Netflix, Apple or Amazon, you are sure to please with this gift.
I’m a Game of Thrones fan. Yet, if you know anything about this series, you know why I won’t watch it with my kids around! And so a most appreciated gift box of Series 1 and 2 allows me to watch it in the privacy of my iPad.
Prices vary, depending on which service and which series is purchased.
8. Eddie Bauer Travex Voyager II Jacket
This jacket seems to have it all. It’s lightweight, wrinkle resistant, rain resistant, and has plenty of pockets to hold essential items. Oh, and did I mention style? Because it’s got that too. And it will stuff easily into Mom’s bag when she doesn’t need it. What’s not to like about this jacket?
Voice of experience here! I picked up a Voyager II Travex Jacket just in time for ten days traveling around Ecuador. So very glad I did! I was stylish and dry the entire trip.
Sale Note! All Travex items are 25% off through Mother’s Day, no coupon required.
9. The Scrubba Bag
Ok, ok, I know what you are thinking. No way! And maybe for many moms, you are correct. However, for the traveling mom who’s always needing to do a spot of laundry while on the road, this handy device will be well appreciated. It’s easy to use, easy to pack, and doubles as a dirty laundry bag for the trip home.
I travel with kids. Kids get messy. We pack light. The Scrubba Bag saves me from having to either pay exorbitant hotel laundry fees, or hand washing in the hotel room sink. Did it work? Yes! A keeper in my travel arsenal.
The Scrubba Bag is $64.95.
10. The Latest Apple or Android Smart Phone
And last but not least, a new smart phone! Whether Mom is an Android fan, or an Apple fan, give her the latest and greatest in smart phone technology. So many travel uses, I don’t even know where to start. Suffice it to say, she’ll love it. If a smart phone isn’t one of her “must have” travel items, it will be once she receives this brand spanking new phone!
The iPhone 5S is MY #1 wish for Mother’s Day. Anyone want to clue my family in on this? They don’t always “get” my subtle hits. I’m not picky, really. Either black or silver will do. Oh, and preferably the 32 gb. Please?
The iPhone 5S starts at $199.
What Are You Giving Mom for Mother’s Day?
Don’ forget about those special moms in your life. Give her something else besides flowers and chocolate this year. And if you have a traveling Mom on your shopping list, perhaps one of this traveling mom’s favorite gift ideas is just what you are looking for.
What are you giving Mom this year? What’s your favorite travel gift idea? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Images from SteriPen, Amazon, Eagle Creek, Eddie Bauer, Scrubba, and Apple.