The best practical gifts for moms who love to travel
I’ve curated a list of the best practical gifts for moms (and non-moms) who love to travel – these are perfect gift ideas for Mother’s Day especially. They also make great gifts for any special day for any woman who is all about the experience – anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just because.
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Best Mother’s Day gifts: Treat your mom to a weekend getaway
The best Mother’s Day gift that your mom will appreciate is a weekend getaway in the mountains or the beach or wherever she loves to reset, relax and recharge. Yes, most of us moms love to plan and organize and tend to be control freaks, but it’s a lot of work and can be exhausting. If my family surprised me with a Mother’s Day gift getaway where I didn’t have to do anything except show up, I’m in!
One of my favorite places for a weekend getaway is Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, Minnesota. It’s the best resort on the North Shore and centrally located to all North Shore state parks, close to Lake Superior and right on Lutsen Mountain property. And they have a special woman’s wellness weekend in June. A gifted weekend at Caribou Highlands Lodge is the best Mother’s Day gift for moms looking for a staycation or travel getaway on the North Shore in Minnesota.
Or if your mom loves chasing fall foliage, autumn is a great time to stay at Caribou Highlands Lodge. To make the Mother’s Day getaway gift even more special, purchase gift cards for Mogul’s Grille & Tap Room and Lutsen Mountains. Caribou Highlands, Odyssey Resorts, Mogul’s Grille & Tap Room and Lutsen Mountains hosted our stay, meal and Summit Express Gondola ride this past winter; however, opinions are always my own. And I highly recommend all of these places for a Mother’s Day gift package!
Mother’s Day Gift Tip: Order gifts online from Rakuten
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Gift cards are not lame for Mother’s Day
Not sure who came up with the silly narrative that gift cards are lame Mother’s Day gifts. I’m all about the experience and greatly appreciate when someone wants to contribute to my travel (or book) fund. Here are some great gift card ideas for Mother’s Day.
Gift your mom an Airbnb getaway gift card
Hotels.com make great Mother’s Day gifts for moms who love to travel
Travel moms love airline gift cards for Mother’s Day
Another great Mother’s Day gift: Travel-themed gift bag or gift basket
Here’s a sample themed Mother’s Day gift bag for the mom who loves beach vacations (like me).
- Use a colorful beach bag in lieu of a gift bag.
- Beach towel or beach blanket (quick-drying ones are great).
- Beach towel clips (so annoying when that wind picks up and flops the towel over me while I’m trying to sleep or read).
- Book – see my one-word book reviews, Stephen King books ranked or Fredrik Backman books ranked
- Kindle – non-glare and water-resistant
- Readers sunglasses – yes, it’s a thing.
- Sunscreen with zinc (my dermatologist says so; she also says I should cover up more with Coolibar).
- Lip balms.
Capture your favorite vacation moments together – perfect Mother’s Day gift
I’m not a scrapbooker, but I love to look over my photos. Here are some ideas to make a special Mother’s Day gift from your cherished memories from a favorite vacation.
- Create a photo book. I’m not a scrapbooker, but I do like to look over my photos. Don’t let your photos collect dust on your hard drive or phone – transfer them over to a photo book.
- Create or purchase a Christmas ornament. A friend of mine has a travel-themed Christmas tree that features photos of past travels or ornaments from those places.
- Create a video of one specific vacation or a collage of vacations from the past year or several years.
Scratch-off travel maps or travel posters make the best Mother’s Day gifts
If your travel mom loves scratch-off maps, then she will love this Citylogue scratch off poster. I collaborated with Been There Done That and they gifted me this poster that’s part bucket list, part travel journal. Featuring 100 of the world’s most beautiful cities, the poster comes with a scratch-off pick, stickers and an area to give your own rating. To make this Mother’s Day gift even more special, you can order it framed.
Friends Virtual On Location Tours
I loved this 40-minute virtual tour of Friends filming locations from On Location Tours that was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly loved this virtual tour of the Friends show, and think it makes the best Mother’s Day Gift. The Friends virtual tour features 18 New York City locations from the hit TV show. And it is so fun to see where everything was filmed (or wasn’t filmed) and loved all the fun facts and trivia questions. With the purchase of a ticket, the recipient receives a special Friends box shipped to their home address (currently only available to U.S. domestic addresses*).
The Friends Virtual Tour Box contains several surprise items that are essential to the tour, including a really cool Central Perk mug and latte mix (pictured).
*You can order the Friends Virtual Tour Package for international addresses, which will include the tour and trivia night (without the boxed items). Two price packages: The Tour + Trivia Package (no goodie box) for $29, and the Tour + Trivia + Goodie Box (which only ships to U.S. addresses) for $68.
What’s your favorite travel-themed gift?