This year, give mom something she actually wants. Break the norm and give the gift of outdoor gear.
Spring is here, and with it comes hikes, trail runs, time on the water, and other outdoor activities. These gift ideas are sure to put a smile on mom’s face and inspire more memories together.
The lululemon Align High-Rise leggings were made with comfort in mind. The leggings are made with Nulu fabric, which the brand says is “so light and free, you might forget you’re wearing it.” The fabric has sweat-wicking technology and four-way stretch that makes them extra soft. These leggings are made for low-impact workouts like yoga but are comfortable enough to wear for long car rides or weekend hangs with girlfriends. Complete the set by adding the Align Tank Top to her list as well!
The Align Leggings and Tanks are offered in a variety of lengths, colors and even patterned prints, so you can find the ideal pair for the mom in your life for Mother’s Day! Think shorts might be more her style? Check out the Align Shorts offered in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-inch made with the same fabric as the leggings.Sponsored by lululemon
Have child, will travel. The Osprey Poco Child Carrier is made for adventures with your kid in tow whether it’s the farmers market or a hike through the woods.
Specifically designed for optimal child and adult comfort, the padded cockpit is made up of soft contact surfaces and ventilated side panels. It has a breathable mesh back panel for the child in tow and hip wings for adults. A removable drool pad allows you to wash as needed, cord attachment loops keep toys and pacifiers within reach and a built-in sunshade protects your child from the sun’s rays.
The pack also features multiple stash pockets including a sleeve for a hydration bladder. If you’re looking for something a little smaller and lighter weight, Osprey also carries the Poco LT, for shorter trips and places with tighter spaces.
With snacks and drinks in tow, any adventure is possible. Gift mom with the YETI Hopper M30. The Hopper M30 is the largest of YETI’s soft cooler lineup, with capacity for 26 cans of beer or your favorite sparkling water. Plus, you can store an entire bottle of wine upright!
This version of their soft cooler uses magnets and a buckle system to keep things from spilling and is made with their DryHide shell which the brand says is made from high-density fabric that is made to withstand punctures and UV rays. According to the brand, the Hopper M30’s built-in Hitchpoint Grid lets you attach accessories like the Rambler Bottle Sling and SideKick Dry Gear Case for extra utility on the go.
The Hopper M30 comes in three colors, Bimini Pink, Navy and Charcoal. Bonus points if you pack it full AND take her out to her favorite relaxing spot to celebrate her big day!
No buttons, no zippers, just pull on and move on. The DUER No Sweat Everyday Pant is made from an exclusive weave of fibers that the brand says is meant to elevate the everyday wardrobe. These pants combine the natural touch of cotton, the flexibility of Spandex, and the moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus derived TENCEL which is how DUER makes the claim “No Sweat”.
Because these pants are mid-rise and have a drawcord waistband, they offer a “custom” fit. They are slim through the hip, relaxed through the thigh, straight from knee to sweep and cropped in length.
The DUER Everyday Pant comes in three different colors; Black, Laurel and Bone. DUER also makes the Live Lite High Rise Jogger that the brand says combines comfort and versatility. This jogger is made with the Live Lite fabric which is naturally odor-neutralizing and moisture resistant. DUER also makes shipments carbon neutral, so you can feel good about making this purchase!
A jogger for work, or play! Surprise the mom in your life with the Halle Jogger II. This earth-friendly jogger is both comfortable and cute. We’ve tried it ourselves!
PrAna gave this jogger a refresh and took their fan feedback to heart to increase durability and create more versatile silhouettes.
They also updated other features to include more secure zip closures to the pockets on the front of the pant. And they did it without sacrificing their commitment to producing an Earth-conscious pant. The Halle Jogger comes in camo, coal, earthbound, and slate green.
You can see more prAna favorites and new arrivals here.
For work on the go, cycling, hiking or a stroll through your latest bucket list town, the Cotopaxi Chasqui 13L Sling is a go-to. This padded shoulder sling can be adjusted to carry on either shoulder and has an additional carry strap on the side for versatility. Our team tried it and was able to pack their 13″ MacBook into it for a ride to a coffee shop and it even stayed in place when wrangling their pup into its harness for a walk.
Inside, you’ll find two pockets with a velcro strap to hold the contents in place. There is a soft-lined pocket with a key clip and an additional zippered pocket to securely hold valuables that is only visible and accessible when taken off, so you can feel good knowing your passport and wallet are safe. If your pack gets too heavy, Cotopaxi has an adjustable built-in load strap to ease the weight on your shoulder.
For the mom who runs to stay sane, meet the Janji Groundwork Tight. The recently revamped legging is made from moisture-wicking fabric and nylon that provides light compression, retains it’s shape and resists odors. The waistband was made to contour the hips and stay in place on long runs and adventures.
These leggings come in 10 different color ways and patterns that range everywhere from classic black to tie dye print. Janji also offers their Groundwork fabric in a 3.5″ short, 7″ short and both 7/8″ and full length legging. Want to make it a set? Snag her the Long Bra to go with it!
For those moms who are also interested in trail runs and hikes, consider the Trail Transit Pant which the brand claims is a best seller and made to be wind and rain resistant. Adventure on!
For the avid backpacker in your life check out the Cressida FX Carbon trekking poles. The Aergon Air Compact grip was made for smaller hands and has been redesigned to improve stability on the mountain and guided control when going downhill according to LEKI.
Each pole folds into 3 pieces that are less than 16 inches long to pack away when not in use. The poles can be adjusted to 100-120 cm and weigh 245g per pole.
Make outdoor meal prep fun and easy for everyone with the Hydro Flask Cut and Serve Platter. The outdoors can be a less-than-ideal place for meal prep. Unless, of course, you appreciate your watermelon with a little dirt on it.
The Hydro Flask Cut and Serve Platter gives you a place to prep and serve all in one. For easy storing and transport, the cutting board nests inside the stainless steel platter, has a juice groove to keep your workspace. The cut and serve 2-in-1 platter is also dishwasher safe and features a juice groove to keep your workspace clean while cutting.
Level up your summer picnic game by adding the Hydro Flask Serving Bundle. It includes 3- and 5-quart serving bowls and two dishwasher-safe serving spoons, which include one slotted for straining. The serving bowls come in three colors — pineapple, olive, and birch — which you can mix and match.
For the cyclist in mind, the limited edition Pearl Izumi Floral Jersey and Bibs are sure to impress. Made from recycled water bottles, this kit can handle long summer rides on the bike. The jersey features three pockets in the back, and a silicone enforced grip to keep it from sliding up while riding.
The bibs have the brand’s Levitate PRO Chamois paired with the Italian PRO Transfer fabric, a drop-tail design for easy access for when duty calls, and a wide bib strap with a chest clip for personalized comfort. These bib shorts also have silicone grippers to keep them in place all day.
The Women’s Iksplorer Set from Iksplor was made for expecting and postpartum mamas with its nursing-friendly design on top and wide yoga waistband on the bottom. The brand claims this set is lightweight, odor-resistant, and machine-washable.
Stylish, yet practical, the Teva Leather Midform Universal will fit the bill for the mom on the go. With a 1¼ inch lift, these turn the classic Teva sandal into a trendy platform style. According to the brand, the leather footbed and molded EVA midsole make this sandal soft and supportive under foot. The sole of these sandals is made from rubber to increase traction and the strapping system allows for versatile on the go comfort adjustments.
These sandals come in desert sand and black. The leather on Teva’s Midform is sourced with sustainability in mind from companies who are Certified by the Leather Working Group and Teva now offers a recycled shoe program. So if they’ve got a torn up old pair, send them in to be recycled after they receive their shiny new pair this Mother’s Day.
For the avid traveler, the Peak Design Travel Backpack is versatile and designed with the go getter in mind. There are multiple ways to carry and load down this pack which is what makes it so versatile. You can carry it on your back and access this pack like a backpack, or you can stow the backpack straps into the pack and carry it using the side handles. It also has a luggage pass through to attach the bag to a roller bag for easy transport. It meets the international carry-on requirements both compressed and expanded. You can bring your laptop and tablet knowing they won’t be damaged during transport and the theft deterrent zipper pulls will keep them safe.
We’ve put this pack to use, and love the versatility and attention to detail that the Peak Design team put into it. The pack is made to be 100% weatherproof with its recycled 400D nylon canvas shell and 900D waterproof bottom liner, so you don’t have to worry when the weather gets iffy. The padded foam outer provides structure around the entire bag. Plus, it’s 100% carbon neutral and Fair Trade Certified so you can feel good purchasing this pack for you and the planet.
Packable enough to fit in a pocket, the BUFF Pack Speed Cap is a travel-friendly sun protection option. It is UPF protective for long runs or hikes in the sun. There is also a reflective tab on the back for when training takes you into the night. The sweatband on the front is effective without adding bulk to the packable cap.
The BUFF Speed Cap comes in two different sizes and has an adjustable elastic cord at the back for a custom fit.
Cinch it and send it. The Cotopaxi Moda 20 backpack was inspired by their Luzon pack to include more reinforced features including a suspended 15″ laptop sleeve and expandable water bottle pocket. The front of the pack is made from 840D Hypalon fabric that withstands wear and tear and features daisy chain straps on the front to clip on extra gear. At 20 L, this pack can hold extra layers, snacks and more for a day out of the house. This bag comes in seven different color combos to fit the mom in your life.
If a hip pack is more her style, check out the Coso 2L Hip Pack. Made from recycled 840D water-resistant Nylon, this pack is durable and accessible. It has a fleece-lined internal pocket for a phone and back concealed pocket for valuables making it ideal for travel or the farmer’s market.
The ultimate versatile gift, the Appalachian Gear Company’s neck pipe will keep your neck warm, face covered, hair back, however you choose to use it.
The Neck Pipe is lightweight, breathable and packable—our team can attest to this! It’s made from 100% alpaca fiber which doesn’t absorb much moister and it dries quickly, while also being great for insulation. So whether you’re looking for a way to keep the sun off your neck, keep your neck and head warm, or just a stylish accessory to wear just in case, gift this neck pipe.
Meltdowns and diaper blowouts could make for quite the frustrating travel experience if you’re not prepared for it. The No Reception Club Getaway Bag was designed to focus on organization and accessibility to ease the frustrations of traveling parents. The bag comes with two adjustable shelves for organization, three access points into the main compartment and a “Soiled Items” compartment that is odor resistant and waterproof for easy wipe-down. The No Reception Club included what they call “Parent Pockets” to secure your own gear. The “Diaper Essentials” compartment is accessible from the side of the bag for easy access.
The Getaway Bag is travel friendly with its TSA-approved padded 15″ laptop sleeve, concealed back security pocket for valuables and luggage handle pass-through. This bag also comes with a spill proof insulated lunch bag, 2 detachable stroller straps, and 2 external water bottle holders. Bonus: if you’re looking for even more helpful items to compliment your Getaway Bag, you can purchase the Travel Bundle that includes the sidekick bag, an insulated lunch pack, a changing pad and more. And if you want to add a little splash of color, the travel bundle is offered with a Sea Glass Green sidekick bag.
When it comes to flying down the road on two wheels, protection is top of mind, but so is performance. The Bontrager WaveCel received a 5-star rating from Virginia Tech’s third party testing facility and is also lightweight and aerodynamic.
Helmets with WaveCel are made from a collapsible cellular structure lining that works like a crumple zone to absorb impact before it gets to your head. It remains lightweight and aerodynamic, so being safe won’t slow you down! This helmet also has a BOA fit system that enable the straps for custom fit and the helmet also has a pad with a silicone channel, that directs your sweat anywhere except for in your face.
This helmet comes in four different colors and colorways: black, white, red, radioactive yellow and black, and azure and black.
For the runner in your life, explore the Nathan 2.0 Front Runner Shorts. These shorts are semi-fitted and made to prevent itching, chafing and moving around with a brief liner with flat lock seems on the interior and lightweight material on top. They also manage moisture, wicking sweat away and drying quickly.
These shorts have two exterior pockets and a zipper pocket for valuables. There are reflective features on these shorts that make it so you can easily be seen at dusk or late at night.
Wild Rye knows women’s bike gear. Because they are founded and run by women who love to ride! Their recently launched Spring 2022 collection features new patterns to their classics as well as a few new options. Check out their Freda 7″ Short and the Alice Chammy.
A team member at GearJunkie was tired of gear that just didn’t fit right when it came to mountain biking. Wild Rye delivered. The shorter inseam on the Freda 7″ is nice for those who are on the shorter side and the Alice Chammy fits greatly underneath for ultimate comfort.
The Freda shorts are made for stretch, have three pockets, UPF50 protection and a gusseted crotch for durability. The Alice Chammy has been revamped based on customer feedback to keep the high waist and world-class Italian chammy, but reducing silicone around the waist and made adjustments to the leg bands.
For the growing family who needs more space on their car camping endeavors, check out The North Face Wawona 6-Person Tent. A win for the entire family, the Wawona 6-Person family has recently been updated and can fit a queen sized air mattress and more. With multiple pockets on the inside and 86 square feet of floor area, the whole family can have the space to spread out and make this tent home.
Even the kiddos can join in on the fun of camp setup, with North Face’s poles and sleeve colors matching in color. The Wawona 6 comes with an additional vestibule made to offer living space even in the worst of conditions. The vestibule and the tent are fully waterproof and come with guy out lines for additional protection against mother nature. There is ventilation throughout the windows and doors that make up the Wawona 6, so on the nice days, you can feel what you want to feel, and only that. Don’t forget the footprint!
Get her on the water with a Paddle North Karve Kayak. The 12 foot kayak can be used for fishing, recreational paddling, exercise, and exploring with the option to sit or stand. This kayak is widest behind the cockpit allowing for efficient movement and maneuverability and its narrow bow also allows you to punch through a steep wave, rather than go over it. This kayak comes with a detachable fin, a kayak seat, roller carry bag, inflation pump and aluminum kayak paddle.
Paddle North also makes a 14 foot with the option to kayak tandem, so maybe you’ll be invited along as well! Whichever you choose, Paddle North throws in some additional fun to your time on the water with their Paddle Challenges. Complete a challenge and you get a badge to place on your carry bag!
The Patagonia Nano Puff jacket is a fan favorite. It packs down small into its own side pocket, making it great for hiking, fishing, skiing, travel, or throwing in your pack just in case.
We love how versatile this jacket is. We reach for it for temps anywhere between 20 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit and it works. It can easily be packed into itself and thrown into a diaper bag, stroller basket or backpack for easy access when the temperature changes unexpectedly.
Another tester wrote in a review, “The Nano Puff is a sleek-looking coat. And that sleekness helps it compress comfortably under other gear — in a backpack or as an ideal layer for winter snow sessions. In fact, it continues to get lighter: The Nano Puff has lost over one ounce since its inception.”
For those extra cozy snuggles by the fire, grab for your Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket. Available in twin and queen-sized, this blanket is made from pure woven wool and cotton right here in the US. It was modeled after the weather in the Pacific Northwest to withstand the elements and keep you warm.
Plus, the designs are pretty cool and you’re sure to find one that will awe the mom in mind.