5 Gift Ideas for Traveling Moms

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Sure, moms love a handcrafted card and breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day or their birthday. But if you’re a Travel Mama like me, your heart melts when you receive a thoughtful gift that makes travel easier or more memorable. Here are five gift ideas for traveling moms that are sure to please, no matter your budget.

5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Traveling Moms

Flowers from Mom’s Favorite Destination

Anyone can buy flowers from the grocery store. Take it up a notch by purchasing flowers from your favorite mom’s preferred vacation spot. Search the web for florists in her destination of choice to see if they deliver to her hometown. A fresh lei will transport any mama back to Hawaii. Or, place a special order with a local florist for a bouquet made with flowers that represent her favorite locale, like magnolias from Louisiana or tulips from Holland.

Mother's Day gift idea: A bouquet like this will transport mom to the tropics

A bouquet like this will transport any mom to the tropics (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Vacation Memories via Photo Gifts

The only thing traveling moms love nearly as much as their children just might be reminiscing about incredible family vacation memories made together. Combine the two into one with a gift of a framed family vacation photo, or photo album/photo book filled with pictures from her journeys.

Indulge mom's love of reminiscing over family vacation memories with a photo gift

Indulge a mother’s love of reminiscing about family vacations with a photo gift (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Relaxation On the Go with T Spheres

Traveling allows a mom to get outside her comfort zone to try new things and experience new adventures. But planning a vacation for the whole family, lugging suitcases, and driving or flying for hours can lead to stress and tight muscles. Give the mom in your life the gift of relaxation on the go with T Spheres. I received samples of these aromatherapy-infused massage balls for this sponsored post and these are just what I need to calm my nerves after a long day of listening to whines of “Are we there yet?” from the backseat. Great for business travelers, too, T Spheres are the perfect little travel companions to self-soothe away the aches caused by a heavy brief case and cramped airplane quarters.

Choose from four scents: Pep Up Mint (peppermint), Perk Up (mint plus grapefruit), Inner Beauty (rose geranium), or my favorite, Peace & Quiet (infused with lavender, known for its ability to alleviate headaches, anxiety, nervous tension and emotional stress). Each T Spheres order comes with two T Spheres, a 3 milliliter infuser, and an instructional brochure in a portable jute drawstring bag. Find more information on the T Spheres Facebook page.

Traveling moms can unwind and relax on the road and at home with T Spheres aromatherapy-infused massage balls

Traveling moms can unwind and relax on the road and at home with T Spheres aromatherapy-infused massage balls (Photo credit: Joe Kramm for T Spheres)

Travel Books for the Armchair Traveling Mom

Traveling moms love to daydream about their next vacation. Do you know your mom’s dream vacation locale? Run out to the bookstore and buy a few guidebooks about that destination. Travel memoirs provide a fantastic escape between trips, too. Or, purchase a travel journal in which she can record her memories and thoughts from her own travels.

If she can't travel all the time, at least the traveling mom can read about traveling all the time!

If she can’t travel all the time, at least the traveling mom can read about traveling all the time! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

More Travel!

Do away with boring gift certificates for ho-hum local restaurants and stores. Instead, get the Travel Mama in your life something she really wants…more travel! Purchase a gift card from her favorite airline to put toward her next flight, or if you can afford it, book the flight for her. (Just be sure the dates work because you know what control freaks moms can be!) For a thoughtful travel solution, look up Living Social or Groupon activities for the next destination on her agenda and purchase her an experience she’ll never forget, like surfing lessons or zip-lining.

Urge the Travel Mama in your life to try something new on her next vacation...like surfing

Urge the Travel Mama in your life to try something new on her next vacation…like surfing (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

What are you buying the traveling moms in your life this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: This post brought to you in partnership with T Spheres. I received a product sample and compensation related to this post.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. In France, mother’s day is next week. Thanks for the ideas 😉

  2. My kids draw very nice paintings in the kindergarten for the Mothers day.

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