With Mother’s Day around the corner, most of us are likely scrambling to find the perfect gift for the moms in our life. So, to help you on your quest, we’ve rounded up our favorite items in the ultimate Mother’s Day gift ideas for the traveling mom.
Read on to score some serious brownie points (maybe even in the form of her famous homemade brownies):
1. Hand-Embroidered Location Pillows: $$
For the mom who covets travel as much as she does relaxation, we love these hand-embroidered location pillows from Uncommon Goods. Available in city, state, region and country designs, options cover the world all the way from Paris, France to Central Park. Most options are sold as a 19” square for $168, a price well worth it for the large size, intricate design and high-quality fabric. Whether she opts to display it on a shelf or add it to her comfy couch, a piece like this is sure to become a great conversation starter.
2. Shinola Leather Travel Bags: $$$
For the mom who loves looking super chic on the jetway, we love Shinola’s new, expanded line of women’s bags. Classic, oh-so-soft and available in striking royal blue, classic black, deep navy, saturated wine and buttery bourbon hues, Shinola’s options are endless and its quality is unparalleled. For the hands-free mom, we recommend the Mini Zip Backpack. For the mom who carries it all at once, try the always-classic tote in medium or large and, for the maternal minimalist, opt for the Small Field Bag. We also love the small duffel for the jet-setting lady in your life. Prices range from $395-$995 depending on the style.
3. Cork Globe: $
For the lady who loves to track her travels, we absolutely love this cork globe from Uncommon Goods. Available in a mini size for $80 and a larger size for $120, she can use the provided push-pins to map out where she’ll go next or even attach memorabilia (photos, ticket stubs, currency) to favorite spots she’s visited. Want to score extra points this Mother’s Day? Go the extra mile and use the globe as an announcement of a surprise vacation or spa trip you’ve planned for her, attaching the push-pins and ticket stubs yourself as part of the gift.
4. Custom Beach Sand Jewelry: $$
For the mom who fancies herself a beach babe, we love artist Holly Daniels Christensen’s custom sand pieces, available via Uncommon Goods. Choose from sand Daniels has collected from over 1,800 beaches across the world, or send in your own for an additional $25 charge. Available in earrings, stacking rings, a cuff bracelet and necklaces (among other options), why not commemorate that beach trip the two of you took last year or a special oceanside spot you share in the form of a simple, understated piece of jewelry? Prices range from $75-$185 and each piece is made from sterling silver.
5. Hand-painted Passport Holder: $
For the globetrotting mom who appreciates something artful, we love this handpainted passport holder that depicts a world map. Available via My A La Mode Boutique on Etsy, half the charm of this gift is knowing you’re supporting an up-and-coming artist with your purchase. Artist Allison Warrington also offers a Map of America option, along with custom wallets adorned with the country of your choice. With prices right around $40 depending on the piece, these creative pieces are an affordable way to make a big (and colorful) Mother’s Day statement.
6. Leather Travel Journal: $
We love these personalized leather travel journals from Blue Sky Papers for the Mom who likes to take note of her adventures. Gold gilded pages and creamy archival-quality paper make for a piece that’s both beautiful and timeless. Each journal includes 240 pages and an additional 16 references pages boasting helpful travel information. Personalization is available in both blind embossed letters (embossed on the color of the leather, as seen above in red) or in gold foil (as seen above in pink and green). Prices range from $56-$88 depending on personalization, and you have the option of adding up to three lines of 28 characters each (so try opting for a short message or meaningful quote to give it that extra personal touch).
7. Luxury Beach Hat, Bag & Towels: $$$
Pack the bag with luxury beach towels—we love these super soft, extra chic options from Tide & Pool ($90 each). Throw in some high-end mineral sunscreen—we prefer award-winning Tizo brand products—and take her for a day out on the sand.
8. Lana Overnight Bag: $$$
For the aztec-loving, Earthy mom, we’re obsessed with Love 41’s Lana Overnight Bag. Made from a handmade Lana rug and full-grain top-quality leather (and complete with a 41-year warranty), this bag will last her a lifetime and is sure to evoke a few envious stares in the airport. Available for $458 and complete with roomy exterior and interior pockets, this stylish statement piece will become Mom’s new bestie on those quick overnight adventures.
9. Diana Camera: $
For the mom who loves to document her Venuelusting, opt for a Diana Camera (available via Uncommon Goods). At $49, this cult-classic is an affordable collector’s item and takes the fun of a point-and-shoot back to the pre-iPhone era (which a nostalgic mom will love). We especially love that the camera delivers photos in soft hues with random blurring and other effects—basically, it was the original Instagram filter. (Be sure to buy her some 120 film to go along with it.)
10. Travel Mini Bar: $$$
For the mom who loves a good road trip but never wants to skimp on a stiff cocktail, try this luxury travel mini bar from Uncommon Goods. Complete with everything she’ll need to stir up custom cocktails, you can purchase the entire oh-so-sleek package for $299.95. To score extra points on her special day, include all the fixings for her favorite cocktail and a bottle (or two) of champagne to celebrate the day.
That’s what we’ve rounded up for you today. Whether the mom you’re buying for is a regular globetrotter, a simple beach babe or an on-the-go overnighter, you’re sure to find something she’ll love in our gift guide. Have any great gifting ideas we missed? Share them with us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.