Are you still looking for a Mother’s day gift for your Mom?
If you are a Mom, what is the best Mother’s Day gift? If you ask me, it would be a break or alone time. Don’t you think so?! But it doesn’t hurt to receive or give physical gifts.
Hence, I compiled a list of gift ideas for our frequent-traveler Moms. Rest assured, I own most of them (and love them!), or I honestly want to receive them. Some of them are even on my Amazon wish list! I would not be recommending you any rubbish. I have been a traveling Mom for over five years so I know what we most need.
Gift Ideas for Traveling Moms:
1. New suitcase!
Well if you are feeling generous, we always welcome a new suitcase. You know… they wear out and get damaged. If not, a new tote bag, backpack, or a new carry on bag will do. I use Samsonite and Delsey suitcases for their sturdiness.
Who doesn’t like or want to receive gadgets? May it be an iPad, tablet, iPod, iPhone, camera, we welcome them.
If they are too expensive, accessories are still doable like cases, selfie sticks, and tripods. Just make sure you know the model that they own for cases. I am using an Otterbox Defender series for my iPhone case.
3. External hard drive
I use a regular external hard drive. I have two 2TB external hard drives for my photos, videos, files, etc. But I have been wanting to buy a LaCie portable hard drive for its “drop, rain, dust, and crush resistance”. Are you using one? Do you have other recommendations?
We don’t know everyone’s preference and/or size, so it’s hard to buy clothes. Personally, I don’t like receiving clothes because I am so choosy. I always see something I don’t like – color, length, style, etc.
I prefer travel-related clothes as gifts. A shirt that shows a landmark or destination is a safe gift.
A scarf is a multi-purpose garment. We can use it as a head covering, as a blanket, as a pillow, or a fashion accessory. Actually, any scarf will do. My mom loves scarves!
Actually, I made a post dedicated to my Mom on why I love traveling with her.
6. Compression socks
This is so important. Even at home, I am wearing one (well, not every day) because my feet swell easily. I bought mine at Amazon – an SB SOX Compression Socks (20-30 mmHg). Do you use compression socks when you travel?
7. Beauty/Skincare products (in travel sizes)
This one is also hard to guess because of skin sensitivity. I don’t do makeup. Sure, I put on lipstick, and that’s it. So please don’t give me makeup products. It doesn’t hurt to give lotion or vaseline or moisturizer in travel sizes!
8. eBags packing cube
I like packing cubes for small items. But I don’t use them for ALL items, or else my bag will just be full of cubes. Yes, it is a great way to organize your suitcase, but I could’ve squeezed in a cloth in-between clothes, or undies in between cubes. Whatever that is, I can squeeze more stuff if I am not using cubes.
Nevertheless, I still think packing cubes are very helpful. I have the eBags packing cubes. But feel free to use or buy other ones. I bought the 3-pc set slim packing cubes. I use the large one for my kids’ medicines because they are the right size. The medium and the small sizes are for little items.
9. Toiletries bag
Of course, we will need a toiletry bag. Again, we use the eBags toiletry kit. They are durable, that’s why we stick to them.
10. Neck pillow
11. Travel adaptor
This is a must! Please! If you are from the US and you plan to travel to the UK or Australia or Europe, then don’t travel without this!
12. Noise-canceling headphone
To be honest, I am partial on this one. I would love to buy one. But I always travel with my kids. As much as I don’t want to hear the noise, I don’t want to NOT be able to hear them. But if I do travel alone, I would love to have one.
13. Digital scale
I ordered a digital scale from Amazon – Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale. This is good to have to save yourself from excess baggage!
14. Reusable water bottle
I have a regular water bottle. But I think a collapsible water bottle can save space in the bag when empty.
15. Passport cover
I bought passport covers for my entire family. I ordered a Royce Leather Foil Stamped RFID Blocking Passport Jacket on the eBags website. But I give up using it because the immigration officers always remove them, and it such a hassle putting them together when you are juggling with active kids.
16. Travel journal
This is really good to have. I have one. You can write anything – your thoughts, itineraries, bucket list, plans. You can write your travel story or diary.
I bought these at Amazon just because they look cute. My son is into airplanes, and I thought he would like it. I wonder how long they will last.
18. Travel souvenirs
You know already that we love souvenirs. We can dedicate a room just for our souvenirs. I don’t mind receiving travel souvenirs as a gift like a fridge magnet, souvenir plates or spoon, shot glass, key chain, etc. I really don’t mind. We actually have a huge collection!
19. Gift cards
If you are not sure what to give them, a gift card is the safest option. I suggest giving a Visa gift card or an Amazon gift card – something general.
One time, I received a Starbucks gift card – I appreciate the gesture, but I do not drink coffee. So I had to give it to someone else. If you are going to give a specific gift card, make sure they are buying from that store or using that product.
19a. Amazon Prime Subscription
Amazon Prime is a lifesaver. It is free fast shipping within the US. Aside from that, you get access to Amazon video, music, and audible! Who here has Prime? I think it is a good gift.
20. Flowers, chocolates, and cards
Hey, it is our day! They will still do. You can even try these pop-up cards from Lovepopcards.com. I find them unique.
**I did not add jewelry here because we don’t want to travel with anything valuable. I don’t even wear one. Honestly! I only wear my wedding ring and watch. I remember when I was still new to traveling, I lost my first engagement ring in Hong Kong. I left it at the hotel. When I called and came back, it’s not there anymore. It is a big, well-known hotel chain (and I am a member of their program). I will not mention the name because I like staying with them.
Whatever it is, whether you have a gift or not, it is the thought that counts. Right now, we are just grateful that we are alive, healthy, and complete. The gift of love, peace, and time is still wonderful. The gift of family and children is priceless.
For moms, really and truly, what is the gift that you really want?
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