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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.