17 Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
Spoil your mother figures with gear that will make their outdoor adventures more fun
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Whether the moms and mother figures in your life are hikers, campers, beach-goers or birdwatchers, there’s a piece of outdoor gear out there that will make their next adventure even more memorable. From cozy socks to techy gadgets to mobile apps, these items will let your favorite people enjoy the great outdoors in style and comfort.
Tough Cutie Eve Hiking Socks ($25)
When you have children, tired feet come with the territory, so comfortable socks are a small but mighty addition to your wardrobe. Whether hitting the trails or chasing after kids, Tough Cutie’s lightweight hiking socks will keep your mom’s feet happy and stylish. They’re made from a merino and nylon blend and designed with features that support an active lifestyle, like targeted compression, heel and toe cushioning, arch support, and mesh panel ventilation. And they come in pretty colors, like lavender, cherry pink, and violet.
Leki Cressida Cork Trekking Poles ($150)
This year, Leki’s renowned Cressida Trekking Poles got upgraded with genuine cork grips, making them even better at absorbing moisture, reducing vibration, and molding to the wearer’s palm, all while keeping the wrist in a neutral position for maximum all-day comfort. Made for smaller hands and with a shorter overall adjustable length (35 to 49 inches), they’re quick to adjust, and the pair weighs just over a pound, thanks to the aluminum construction. Whether it’s your giftee’s first pair or a replacement for a worn-out set, they’ll also enjoy the comfortable straps, interchangeable basket system, and universal carbide flex tips that allow these poles to tackle any terrain.
Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier ($320)
The Deuter Kid Comfort child carrier is an excellent gift for mothers who want a safe and enjoyable way to take their kids on outdoor adventures. As the name suggests, it’s a comfortable pack to carry even across challenging terrain, and the ventilation keeps you and your kid cool on the trail. Swapping the pack between parents mid-hike takes just a few quick and easy adjustments to customize the fit. For added protection, it comes with a stashable sun and rain roof, and with multiple pockets all over, it has enough storage space for all the daily hiking essentials. It’s a durable, quality-built carrier that will last through many kids.
Nocs Provisions Field Issue Binoculars ($175)
Every birder needs a pair of binocs, and the sleek, midsize Field Issue packs a serious punch with next-gen optics that deliver ultra-precise focusing and crystal-clear views of your mom’s feathered friends. These relatively affordable binoculars feature an oversized focus wheel, multi-coated lenses, twist-up eyecups, and a wavy grip pattern. Plus, they’re waterproof, fog-proof, and photo-compatible. Choose from two models depending on Mom’s needs: eight-times magnification allows for a wider field of view and has a more stable handheld image, while the ten-times magnification is for those wanting to narrow in on the finer details.
Merlin Bird ID App (Free)
Spend time with Mom without dropping any cash using Merlin Bird ID, a free mobile app developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that helps users accurately identify birds using information like size, color, date, and location to narrow down a list of likely species. With comprehensive libraries for geographic regions around the world, Merlin features stunning photographs and illustrations of birds, along with their names, sounds, and detailed descriptions of their physical characteristics and behaviors. It also allows you to use photos you’ve captured or record audio of the mystery bird’s song for real-time suggestions of who’s singing. User-friendly, intuitive, and easy to navigate, it’s a fun tool for nature enthusiasts to learn about local wildlife.
Cascade Mountain Tech Monahan Rechargeable Retro Lantern ($30)
Combining retro aesthetics with modern features, Cascade Mountain Tech’s Monahan Lantern is a practical addition to any camp setup. With up to 450 lumens of bright white LED light and a cozy tungsten-orange glow that will last all night, this lantern has an adjustable dimmer switch that allows you to dial the lighting to your needs. Plus, a built-in power bank keeps devices charged.
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair ($110)
Certain creature comforts matter after a long day of backpacking, and having a comfortable resting spot is one of them. The Chair One is a lightweight, durable camp chair that’s easy to sink into, making it worth its two-pound pack weight. For car camping and other outdoor events, it’s a no brainer. The aluminum frame and rubberized coating on the feet keep it stable on slick surfaces, while the breathable mesh seat offers good air flow and quick drying times. It’s easy to set up and break down, folding into its included storage bag for easy transport and storage.
Gardener’s Supply Bypass Pruners ($25)
Bypass pruners are extremely useful. This seven-inch pair is sharp, precise, and one of the few on the market sized for smaller hands. With a nonslip grip and rubber shock absorber that further minimizes hand fatigue and strain, these pruners are worthy of a spot in any gardener’s tool kit, whether they’re experienced or just starting out. The bright orange handles also make them easy to spot in the garden or in an apron, and they come with a plastic holster for safe and easy storage.
Dansko Professional Translucent Clogs ($135)
Dansko transformed the traditional clog with its bold color blocking and distinctive translucent design, adding a much-needed cool factor to this go-to gardening footwear. They’re a fun combination of practicality and style: durable and long-lasting, comfortable for extended wear, and versatile enough for any setting, whether digging in the dirt, shopping at the Farmer’s Market, or strolling to brunch. The tough TPU upper provides excellent protection for feet while gardening and is easy to clean, while the slip-resistant soles ensure Mom keeps their footing.
Shredly Biker Cham ($98)
Shredly’s padded bike shorts combine style, comfort, and functionality. The waistband-free design makes the Biker Cham easy to layer under baggies, and the laser-cut perforations on the scalloped hem add a stylish touch. Micro grips inside the hem prevent them from riding up during outdoor cycling or indoor training sessions, and the deep side pockets securely hold a phone and other small essentials.
Bern Watts 2.0 Bike Helmet ($90-$120)
The Watts 2.0 is an all-around hard-brim helmet that’s about as stylish and unassuming as a lid can get. This update features improved ventilation and a custom-fit dial, which makes it just as comfortable on long gravel adventures as it is on daily commutes. It’s even suitable for the ski hill: swap out the summer liner for a winter one, and your mom is set for year-round fun.
Uncharted Supply Vault 65L Duffel Bag ($159)
The Vault is a rugged, go-everywhere waterproof bag that can keep up with even the most adventurous mom. This versatile and durable 65-liter duffel performs on any outdoor excursion, from rafting to snowmobiling to road trips. The fully waterproof zipper keeps gear safe and dry, while three pockets (one external, two internal) keep items organized. Bonus: the air valve allows for compression of bulky items like blankets or coats to keep your load tight. The ergonomic shoulder straps make it comfortable to carry, and the included sternum strap converts the duffel into a backpack for longer treks.
Patagonia Worn Wear Repair Roll ($49)
Whether Mom’s dealing with a torn jacket or ripped sleeping bag, having a well-stocked and organized repair kit is a must for maintaining their kit. The Worn Wear Repair Roll is a convenient and compact solution that offers multiple configuration options, allowing you to adapt your repair setup to the adventure. Made of the same 100 percent recycled fabric used in the brand’s massively popular Black Hole bags, the roll contains a basic Field Repair Kit (with two sewing needles, polyester thread, and gear tape), plus a QR code to gear repair video tutorials.
Cotopaxi Teca Crop Jacket ($80)
Each windbreaker in the Teca collection is limited-edition and made from 100 percent repurposed fabric, and this cropped take on the classic version is cute, sporty, and fresh. It features the brand’s bright signature colorblocking in a flattering fit. The lightweight layer is weather-resistant and has elastic in the hood, cuffs, and hem to help keep the wind out. Cotopaxi also offers a lifetime warranty, a repair program, and lets you trade in lightly used Cotopaxi gear in exchange for store credit.
Ibex Women’s Springbok Short ($100)
Ibex’s Springbok shorts are well suited to trail running, scrambling, and any other fast-moving pursuits. Known for its high-quality merino wool apparel, Ibex used nylon and spandex in the shell for long-lasting durability while still reaping the next-to-skin benefits of their merino and Tencel blend in the built-in brief. With a 3.5-inch inseam that’s short but not too short, the Springbok highly is breathable in hot weather, and will be your mom’s summer favorite.
Buff 5 Panel Explore Cap ($35)
The Explore Cap is fantastic for running and other high-intensity outdoor activities because it’s made from recycled ripstop fabric that is lightweight, breathable, and UPF50 sun-protective. The inner band helps to wick away sweat, and the unique criss-crossed elastic cord closure provides a secure and adjustable fit for all head sizes. Mom can’t go wrong with this cute and versatile hat.
Dometic GO Camp Seat Heater ($80)
Dometic’s Camp Seat Heater elevates outdoor comfort, useful for everything from keeping warm stargazing to pre-warming a sleeping bag to staying toasty during sporting events. Used with a five-volt USB-A or 12-volt vehicle or accessory battery, this durable and water-resistant heater provides three levels of warmth with added safety features like an auto shut-off. A zippered carrying case holds the seat heater and power cord adapter so Mom can take it anywhere she needs it.