Mother’s Day gift guide: Fresh ideas for different types of traveling moms (+ a giveaway!)

Don’t look now but Mother’s Day is right around the corner. No matter who you need to buy for, finding the right gift can be downright stressful. Moms (and women in general) have such varied tastes and interests these days; where to even start looking for gifts? How about right here? I normally don’t write holiday gift guides but as one of those moms with varied tastes, I feel it’s my duty to let everyone know about a few awesome items I’ve recently discovered. Of course, each gift also relates to a different aspect of travel.

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

My monkeys and me in Warsaw, Poland

For the Carry-on Only Traveling Mom

She really wants to take on her travels that bottle of perfume she got for Mother’s Day last year. But it is well over 3.4 ounces and this mama is strictly carry-on only. The solution to this problem is Travalo, the refillable perfume atomizer spray. Each bottle contains up to 65 sprays, is completely leak-proof, and is carry-on approved. Travalo atomizers start at $8.99, with sets and other atomizers going up to $52.99. Then there is Divine, retailing at $399.99, which is bejeweled with more than 350 Swarovski crystals.

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

Photo property of Travalo

For the Saucy Traveling Mom

Like so many other parents, I truly enjoy and appreciate finely crafted beverages, especially beer. When I travel someplace, one of the first things I do is research and inquire about local breweries and distilleries. I do this even when traveling with my kids because there ain’t no shame in my game. Whether or not the kids are with me, I inevitably fall hard for a specific beer that the brewery does not sell in bottles or cans. I could get a growler to go but if I don’t drink all the beer right away, it goes flat (I’ve wasted enough beer and money over the years to know). That’s why I was so excited to learn about uKeg. This pressurized growler keeps draft beer fresh and carbonated for two weeks! It’s perfect for road trips and unexpected brewery stops. Use the uKeg to take your new favorite beer home, or to your hotel or vacation rental, and enjoy later on.

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

Photo property of GrowlerWerks

For the Experiences-Over-Things Traveling Mom

I definitely identify with this mom. “Things” are nice, and necessary sometimes, but I place way more value on experiences. When asked what I’d like for my birthday, Christmas, etc., my usual response is, “Plane tickets.” This type of gift isn’t feasible for everyone, which is why travel-related gift cards are ideal. There are so many to choose from, from airlines to Airbnb. While there are plenty of people who refuse to give gift cards because they’re “so impersonal”, I counter with: if that’s what Mom wants, why not give it to her?

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

Our Airbnb rental in Vilnius, Lithuania

For the Conscientious Traveling Mom

Like so many other travelers, this mom realizes that we need to protect our planet and its natural treasures, or there won’t be much of the planet left for us to travel. Rather than wish for jewelry or even a plane ticket, the Conscientious Traveling Mom would prefer a monetary donation, in her name, to an organization like The National Park Foundation. The best gift this mom could ask for is the ability to travel this wonderful planet and experience it with her children or loved ones for years to come.

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

The monkeys & me at Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

For the Graphomaniac Traveling Mom

For the mom who loves to write or just feels the need to write everything down, these darling travel-inspired journals from Yellow Pear Press are perfect. The journal covers are designed by artist Anne Bentley. They are colorful map illustrations of three world-class cities: San Francisco, Nashville, and New Orleans. Each journal is 6×8 inches, making it perfectly purse-sized, and has 96 lined, blank pages.

Mother's Day gift guide for traveling moms

And the best news yet: Yellow Pear Press and I are giving away a set of journals to one lucky winner! Keep all three for yourself or share with loved ones – it’s up to you. To enter, just leave a comment below, sharing the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received – from anyone for any holiday or occasion!

Giveaway period closes on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 11:59pm CDT. One winner will be chosen at random. Thank you and good luck!

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary Travalo and a complimentary set of journals. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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21 Responses to Mother’s Day gift guide: Fresh ideas for different types of traveling moms (+ a giveaway!)

  1. Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice April 16, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    What a great post! I might or might not be passing this along to my own family. In terms of a meaningful gift…my favorites are the experience gifts like a surprise getaway for my birthday weekend my husband once planned.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      Yay, glad you like it and I hope your family gets the hint when you send them this post 😉

  2. Annie April 16, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    These are great! I too always look up breweries, wineries, etc. — while we were waiting in Iowa we hit a few of those!

    • Francesca April 16, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

      And now you’re getting ready for your first Mother’s Day!!! I’m so happy for you! xo

  3. Carrie April 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    My best gifts have been gestures (hubby filling a bubble bath with rose petals and putting the kids to bed) and flats flowers from my oldest son that he planted for me.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:23 am #

      Someone else putting the kids to bed is always a gift! Why is bedtime so stressful?!

  4. Kath April 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

    Awesome gift ideas! My last few Mother’s Day gifts have been special – garden projects that all 3 of my kids (and husband) have worked on together. Last year was a terracotta bird bath and prior to that a tall patio side table made with pallets! So when my kids are away, I can relax on my patio and enjoy their handiwork.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      That sounds absolutely lovely!

  5. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids April 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    I love those journals. I’m a big journal person and always keep one in my purse and in my bedroom. In terms of a meaningful gift. My oldest kids are just now getting to the stage where they free-willing out of their own love make gifts and those are the most special. It is true what my Mom always said to me. I also appreciate that my husband gives me flowers every month. I love having cut flower in my home so he has worked with a local florist for several years now to deliver me a fresh bouquet monthly.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      How wonderful to have fresh-cut flowers all the time! That’s a great idea to work with a local florist. I’d love to do something similar.

  6. Wehaf April 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

    Not quite a gift, but when I had a summer internship and was living in lab housing, I complained about being cold (the AC was always set to too low a temperature) and my boyfriend packed up and sent me my favorite blanket and sweater as a surprise. It was such a lovely treat to open a surprise package and find my favorite, coziest, warm things inside, all the way from across the country.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      Awww how thoughtful, and I bet it really reminded you of home.

  7. Kelly April 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    The most meaningful gift I’ve ever receive was a book from my fiancé that he hand bound full of photos and handwritten notes

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:26 am #

      I love it! Very thoughtful and personal.

  8. Terry Pearson April 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi, middle child of 5 here. Growing up I craved attention from my father. He flew for Air America and was also an architectural engineer. He was gone a lot and for long periods of time when he flew. When home he was busy and I felt unimportant and unloved. Isn’t that typical of all middle children? Just before my father passed away from cancer (I was 51) he asked me to go upstairs with him . He said he had a gift for me. He opened up his briefcase and handed me an object. It was a Zippo Lighter from Surinam I bought him when I was 13. He kept it all those years and I never knew. I felt my heart would burst. The best damn gift EVER.

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:28 am #

      What a story… thank you for sharing. I’m the oldest of 3 but I identify with what you say about craving attention from your father. I felt the same way when I discovered my father had kept a handwritten letter I’d sent him when I was in college, 20+ years ago. Very touching.

  9. Jessica April 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    My sons kindergarten class made each mom a handprint painting that says “I LOVE YOU MOMMY.” It was the best surprise for Mother’s Day and hangs on my wall year round to remind me how blessed I am!

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 8:28 am #

      Those handmade gifts from the kids are the best!

  10. Erika H. April 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    Love this post!! I was told I could never have children when I was a teen. It broke my heart. Well, I can now say that I have two amazing boys and I’m beyond blessed. They were my greatest gifts!

    • Francesca April 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

      Unfortunately, I also know the heartbreak of being told you can’t have children. But by some miracle, I ended up with two of my own little darlings. Truly the greatest gifts!

  11. Tamara Ackley April 21, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    Hello! Most meaningful or well meaning gifts in life were: money, lunch out with my family, any flower my child picked from the yard. The rest in life is just stuff. I would share the notebooks with my mother and mother in law! What a fun idea for Mother’s Day!

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