Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you haven't come up with a great gift for your mom (or sister, wife, grandma or daughter) who loves to travel, then you still have some time to snap up something good that'll make you look like a hero that knows her so well. No matter what your budget, your gift can be useful, thoughtful and something she'll love.
Your mom loves having great hair. You know how I know? Because everyone loves having great hair. Help her get awesome hair while she travels by getting her a fantastic mini hair appliance like Conair's mini flat iron, which I have and works better than my full-size one. Get one for around $15.
Make sure you can follow your mom's travels on Instagram or Facebook by getting her a battery backup for her mobile. When she can keep her phone charged, she can call you to tell you all about the fun she's having and you can call her to check in and tell her you love her. I have this one and it can charge your phone 2 1/2 times before it needs to be recharged. It also has a flashlight and comes in at a cool $16.
Don't you like to chronicle your trips to remember later? I bet your mom would enjoy that, too. Get her a fun and fab travel journal to keep track of all the places she ate, the museums she visited and the people she met along the way. This awesome one is really affordable at under $12.
If your mom loves to lounge by the pool or play on the beach, then you need to get her a waterproof phone pouch. It keeps water and sand out, floats and still lets you talk, text, play games and take pictures. Last time I was using mine in the lazy river, a lady floating by asked me all about it. This would be an excellent gift to go with something else, because it costs just $10.
Give your mom the gift of travel inspiration with a subscription to Travel + Leisure Magazine. She may not have the money to stay at the included hotels, but I find it's a great starting point for planning where I want to go and what I want to do there. Get 12 issues for just $10.
Keep your mom safe from pickpockets and other thieves with a great travel purse from Travelon. Look for anti-theft features and slash-proof straps, so she never has to worry about someone stealing her money, passport or other necessities wherever she goes. You'll be looking to spend between $40 and $80.
I bet your mom likes to be organized...especially when she travels. Get her some of Lewis N. Clark's fantastic packing cubes, like the fun new expandable ones, so they fit everything she needs in her carry-on. These can run $10-44, depending on size and set.
Everyone needs a good pair of flats for walking in style. Butterfly Flats makes beautiful ones that are also comfortable and versatile enough to wear with dresses, pants and shorts, plus they fold to take up minimal space in your bag. You know your mom's shoe size, pick her out a pretty pair for around $40.
Purchase some rest and relaxation that your mom can choose herself. There are thousands of B&Bs all across the country that are part of a network. Get a BedandBreakfast gift card so she can find the perfect getaway for herself. Purchase in any denomination.
Everyone likes to look fantastic in their vacation pics and also feel comfortable and stylish. Find an upscale piece for your mom at Anatomie, luxury travel clothes for women. Prices are steep and range $100-$300, but they are classy and made really well, so she'll be wearing them for years to come.
Give the gift of experience and save her money with either a CityPASS or a Go Card from Smart Destinations. Both save up to 50% off a city's most popular attractions and saves her from waiting in the ticket line, which is always the worst. They start around $45 and go up from there depending on the city being visited.
Does your mom travel to rainy climates? If so a waterproof carry-on should be something she has. I have the Lojel Nimbus and love it, especially for Oregon. It has double spinner wheels, easy-to-grasp rubber handles, is lightweight and holds quite a bit. It's runs a bit much at $238, but it's guaranteed to last her many years.
You know what's awesome? Having noise-cancelling headphones that are also wireless and can help you sleep on the plane and are adjustable to fit everyone's head. Get her a pair of Sol Republic Air Tracks for around $70 and she will love you (even more than she already does).
Let her go farther for less by gifting her air miles or a gift card to her favorite airline. They come in any denomination you choose (or in quantities of 500 for miles), so you can work with the budget you have and, if you want to gift her your air miles, it's even more affordable.
What are you doing for the mom in your life for Mother's Day on May 8th?
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