10 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor Mom

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 05/07/19 •  4 min read

Being a Mom isn’t what it used to be. Way back in the Dark Ages, it seemed like we were expected to turn in our Adventure Cards once we gave birth; I guess we were supposed to stay indoors and knit or play Bridge or something. Not anymore. Today’s Moms are out there skiing, hiking, climbing, biking, and having all sorts of outdoor fun. So the old standby Mother’s Day presents, perfume and flowers, just don’t seem to cut it (we still like brunch, though).

In short, we need to explore other options. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind for your mom — or maybe there’s something someone should get you.

Massage Gift Card

Face it: One of downsides of being active can be  sore muscles, and a massage is a great way to get some relief.  So a top gift for any active Mom has to be a gift card for her favorite massage therapist.

Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle

In hiking, biking, whatever, staying hydrated is important. But carrying a water bottle can be a real pain in the butt. Here’s a great alternative: a water bottle that collapses down to half its size to make it easier to transport. Made of food-grade silicone with a stainless steel rim and cap to keep an air-tight seal that prevents leakage. From que.

Salomon Outline Shoe

Ultra light and ultra cute, any Mom would appreciate the Salomon Outline Shoe. Designed to be worn in town or on the trail, the Outline features a high traction contra grip sole for non-slip walking and a comfortable Memory Foam insole. Available in Gore-Tex, too.

Skyroam WiFi Hotspot


Help your traveling Mom  stay connected in more than 130 countries with the Skyroam personal global WiFi hotspot. Skyroam’s patented virtual SIM (vSIM) technology automatically connects to service from local carriers, providing reliable connectivity for up to five devices without the expensive roaming fees.

North Face Venture 2 Jacket

As they say, there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing. So don’t let a little rain stop Mom from exploring. I just returned from a bike trip in the Netherlands, and yeah, we biked even when it was pouring. So what’s a good choice to keep you drying the great outdoors? The North Face Women’s Venture 2 Jacket.  Waterproof, breathable, and 100% windproof, it’ll keep Mom outdoors no matter what.

Pro Bike Pump with Gauge

Got a Mom who’s a road or mountain biker? She’ll love this: a Pro Bike Pump with Gauge that’s portable, yet reaches rider pressure in just a few pumps. Durable, compact, and lightweight, the pump was a ‘best buy award winner’ by Outdoorgearlab.com.

Trekking Poles

Warm weather is the perfect time for hiking, so get Mom a pair of these lightweight, ergonomically designed trekking poles from REI. The grips accommodate a variety of hand sizes and positions, and carbon-composite construction and a 3-section design minimize trail weight without sacrificing sturdiness.

Ski Art

Celebrate Mom’s love of skiing with a graphic of her favorite resort featuring her favorite trails.  From WildBlueDream on etsy.com.

Chairlift Necklace

Any Mom who loves skiing would love this hand-stamped skier chairlift necklace from moe art on etsy.com. The charm comes on a shiny, silver plated, 1.5mm ball chain that measures 16, 18 or 20 inches. It has a lobster clasp for easy opening and secure closure. From moesart on etsy.

Ski Diva Cap


No doubt Mom is a Ski Diva. So let her show her pride even in the summer with this great cap from TheSkiDiva store. By the way, there are lots of other great things there, too: Ski Diva hats, fleeces, and more.


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