Being a Mom isn’t what it used to be. Way back — well, really not that long ago —  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 bake cookies or something. Not anymore. Today, 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 cut it anymore (we still like brunch, though).

In short, we need to explore other options. I know Mother’s Day is a few weeks away, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind for the Mom in your life — or maybe there’s something someone should get you.

FitRx Massage Gun

I just got one of these, and I have to say I’m hooked. Any active mom who has sore muscles (and who doesn’t!)  is going to love the FitRx Massage Gun. This handheld massager targets specific areas on your body with four interchangeable head attachments and uses multi-level vibration frequencies to provide relief where you need it most.

Ski Charm Bracelet

This handmade charm bracelet features silver plated ski themed charms around a silver plated chain. There’s a ski jumper charm, a ski and boot charm, a “love to ski” charm, a snowboard charm, a ski lodge charm, a ski gloves charm, a skier charm, a set of skis charm, and an “I love snow” charm. From GatheringCharms on Etsy.

 

Ski T Shirt

Sure, it’s the off season. But for any mom who’s passionate about skiing, this T from Powderhounds keeps the stoke going, even in the summer. Made of 100% organic cotton, it features a train of skiers and snowboarders to create the distinctive ‘SKI’ lettering on this incredibly cool Tee.

 

Explorer Kayak Dry Bags

Kayaking moms are going to love this: Explorer Dry Bags from Seattle Sports. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these dry bags are made of 19 oz. vinyl with radio-frequency welded seams.

Kula Cloth

A few months ago I wrote about personal urination devices (which, come to think of it, would make a fine Mother’s Day gift). And though it might seem strange, the Kula Cloth would be a nice complement to that by helping take care of the final step when you pee: wiping yourself dry. Made of microbacterial cloth, it has a loop to attach it to a pack, and a snap to keep it closed and clean. Plus since it’s reusable, it’s easy to Leave No Trace. Trust me, anyone who’s been outdoors and had to pee will appreciate this.

 

Kulkea OTRMOST Hydration Backpack

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a big fan of Kulkea. Better known for their ski boot and ski bags,  the company recently introduced a line of bag for biking as well (though you could certainly use it for hiking, too). Their Otrmost hydration backpack features 15L of storage space, external access for helmets and poles, hydration pack, rain cover, purpose designed pockets for essential items, and a lot more.

 

America the Beautiful National Parks Pass

 

Who doesn’t want to visit the National Parks?  Mom certainly does! The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass is valid not only for the National Parks, but for over 2,000 other sites, too (Find the entire list here.)  Valid for an entire year, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

KEEN Newport H2 Sandal

Yes, these have been around for a while, but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. The KEEN Newport H2 combines the breathability of a sandal with the durability and protection of a closed-toe shoe. KEEN’s patented toe guard wraps up and over the toes for full protection during aquatic adventures. The contoured footbed provides optimal arch support and eliminates foot odor through prebiotic technology, which naturally breaks down odor found in sweat.

 

Kindle Paperwhite

I love to read, but books can add weight to your pack and take up much needed space. That’s why mom needs the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s easy to carry, fits in a backpack, has a ton of storage, and even better, it’s waterproof! Great for the beach, camping, wherever she wants to go.

 

The Mountains are Calling mug

Perfect for Moms who love the mountains, summer or winter, this 12 0z mug is great for coffee, tea, or any hot drink, indoors or outdoors.  Stainless steel with an enamel finish. From Moosify.