The holidays are right around the corner and, chances are, if the mom in your life is an outdoorsy badass – she’s not going to settle for the latest gold, diamonds and jewelry. Think outside the box and get her some new camping gear, hiking clothes or gift her an awesome outdoor adventure!
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Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Mom
A hammock: What better way to help mom relax than getting her all set up with a lightweight hammock she can take on any day hike or backpacking trip. If she’ll be camping in it, be sure to get one with a bug net and rain fly too 😉
Camp chair: While spending time outside playing with the kids or bagging peaks is an amazing way to unwind – sitting on a log or rock at the campsite afterwards is not always so amazing. Get her a camp chair to relax in and save some post-hike aches and pains.
Fun buffs: I love, love, love buffs! Mostly because they help contain my crazy hair while hiking and camping – but they have so many more practical uses as well, like dipping them in a stream to put on your head and keep cool on a hot day. Or layering up around your neck on a cold night. Or cleaning your glasses when you don’t have a sleeve handy. The list goes on…
Sanuk sandals: Some women collect heels, others collect comfy, outdoorsy sandals instead.
Gift card: A little lame, I know, but if you’re really stumped for a gift idea, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to REI, Amazon or your favorite local gear store.
A new day pack: Is her day pack old and grimy? Maybe can’t quite fit everything she needs in there? It might be time for a new, shiny day pack. I love day packs that have a brain to keep smaller items in, a hook or smaller pocket for car keys and side pockets for water bottles.
New hiking socks: Mom deserves to have happy, comfortable feet everyday. FITS socks are by far the best hiking socks I’ve found so far. I’ve always been real weird about how socks fit around my toes and need to have them tight enough so they don’t slide around, FITS actually do fit the shape of your foot perfectly instead of the loose sack feeling you get with other socks, plus they help me ward off blisters on long mile days. Over the years I’ve even replaced all my everyday socks with FITS.
Synthetic shirts: Help her stay fresh and sexy with some new, colorful synthetic shirts like these that can not only be worn hiking, but also worn around town.
Outdoorsy books: Get her inspiring books about other badass, outdoorswomen like – Wild, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, or Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart and give her the ‘me-time’ to actually sit and read 🙂
An activity tracker or smartwatch: Like the Garmin Vivoactive 3. If this is the year she keeps saying she’ll walk more, hike more, get in shape, lose weight, this can help her get there. What gets measured, gets improved. It will give her solid numbers to look at to get a starting point and continue to track and improve over time.
Cairn subscription box: This is perfect if you’re not quite sure what to get here. The Cairn box gives a mix of new outdoor gear and snacks delivered to your door each month, you can gift as many or as few boxes as you’d like.
A weekend getaway to a yurt or other glamping retreat: If you want to go all out this Mother’s day, pack up the whole family and head to the mountains for a glamping getaway! Gifting a getaway means that you’re in charge of making the reservations, packing the kids and planning the meals.
A more rustic car camping or backpacking trip: If glamping isn’t her style, plan a more primitive camping trip to a state park, national forest or other public land. Again, make it a gift to her by planning the whole trip, packing everything up.
Hopefully this helps you hone in on the perfect gift for the outdoorsy mom in your life!
Let me know any other genius outdoor gift ideas you have in the comments below.