10 Mother's Day gifts for well-traveled moms

Mother with baby looking at a plane through a window at a French airport.

The pandemic may have us temporarily grounded, isolated, and sheltering in place – and that’s the best-case scenario – but these trying times do present an opportunity to show your nearest and dearest how much you care. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re thinking of those matriarchs who thrive under unfamiliar conditions, who thirst for that next passport stamp, who are always game to explore – and we’ve picked a mix of gifts they’ll appreciate now and later, when the travel bans have lifted and we’re all flying the friendly skies again. Here are 10 things we think moms will love.

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A gif of Nomad Lane's Bento bag being packed
The Bento bag offers a designated place for everything she’ll want to bring along @ Nomad Lane

1. Nomad Lane Bento bag

For the mom who crams as much as possible into her one personal item or the one who’s a Type A packer, Nomad Lane’s Bento bag is a slick solution. Between a built-in tech organizer, easy-access charging port, shoe bags and suitcase-style clamshell opening, plus laptop and trolley sleeves, an internal water-bottle strap and a see-through pouch for toiletries, it offers a designated place for everything she’ll want to bring along. And if she travels light, it’ll work for a weekend away too. Bento bag, $178 (reg. $198, on sale through May 10); nomadlane.com

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This travel case is tiny enough to stash in her purse © Courtesy of Mejuri

2. Mejuri travel case

Packing jewelry in a checked bag is just asking for trouble, but that bulky roll she normally uses takes up way too much space in her carry-on. Enter: Mejuri’s travel case, a tidy 4”x4” option she can tuck in her purse or stash in her backpack to keep precious items safe. Boasting grain leather, an anti-tarnish lining, and zippered closure, it holds four necklaces (or more if she’s willing to double up), three pairs of earrings, and a row of rings, and it comes with a free monogram so you can make it her own. Travel case, $85; mejuri.com

Aura's Mason frame in white quartz, on a shelf with plants
The Mason digital frame is a great way to display her memories © Courtesy of Aura Frames

3. Aura Mason digital frame

Plenty of people are spending the hours in isolation organizing their photos – travel and otherwise – and if your mom is one of them, the Mason digital frame from Aura will give her a platform to show off all that hard work. With unlimited storage and an app that lets other family members add their favorite snaps from afar, it’s a great way to display those memories – and to connect when you can’t be there in person. Aura Mason digital frame, $179; amazon.com

A hardcover photo book from Artifact Uprising
Put together an old-school album to commemorate her favorite family trip @ Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

4. Artifact Uprising hardcover photo books

If an old-school album is more her style, Artifact Uprising’s fabric-bound hardcover photo books come in six sizes and 10 colors, and with page counts ranging from 50 to 150, there’s sure to be a version to accommodate her overflowing vacation folder. Put one together to commemorate a favorite family trip, or spring for a whole retrospective if you can’t settle on just one. Hardcover photo books, from $69; artifactuprising.com

Eberjey's Naya Mademoiselle Kimono short robe with lace trim, in ivory
A silky, packable robe will come in handy when she can hit the road again © Courtesy of Eberjey

5. Eberjey Naya Mademoiselle kimono robe

There’s nothing like a giant fluffy hotel robe, but with spring kicking into high gear and the promise of future travel lingering on the horizon, a silky, packable number will coddle her just as much as terrycloth – and it’ll come in handy when she can finally toss it in a suitcase and hit the road again too. Eberjey’s Naya Mademoiselle kimono robe has pretty floral lace trim at the sleeves and hem, and its modal-spandex blend should resist wrinkles while in transit. Eberjey Naya Mademoiselle kimono robe, $111; amazon.com

A closeup of a model wearing prAna's Lindell scarf in bone
A proper wrap is a wardrobe essential © Courtesy of prAna

6. prAna Lindell scarf

Any well-heeled mother will tell you that a proper wrap is a wardrobe essential, whether you’re coiling it around your neck on chilly days or draping it over your shoulders during an evening out. prAna’s Lindell scarf lightens the look for spring, trading traditional black for neutral tones and cashmere for an organic cotton blend. (It's machine-washable too.) For now, she can wear it on long walks around the neighborhood, and later on, in overly air-conditioned planes, trains, museums, and restaurants. Lindell scarf in bone, $29 (reg. $39, discounted through April 28); prana.com

Marion & Co's travel mahjongg set in its case
A portable mah-jongg set is just the thing for the mom who hates to miss her weekly game © Courtesy of Marion & Co

7. Marion & Co travel mah-jongg set

For the mom who hates to miss her weekly game – and makes new friends (read: potential recruits) wherever she goes – a portable mah-jongg set is just the thing. This streamlined version from Marion & Co features tiles about a third the thickness of a normal set and comes with a hard-sided case to corral them alongside the racks. It’ll keep her skills sharp on the road, and if she’s traveling with companions in tow, it’ll give them something to do on a rainy day – or even on a sunny day spent lounging by the pool. Marion & Co travel mah-jongg set, $40; amazon.com

A hand squeezing out Korres's Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
A Greek yogurt cleanser is the stuff of Mediterranean-themed dreams @ Courtesy of Korres

8. Korres Greek Yoghurt foaming cream cleanser

It’s safe to say we’re all fantasizing about far-off lands right about now, and the Greek islands, with their sun-blasted buildings and sparkling seas, are certainly worthy of a reverie. The Greek Yoghurt foaming cleanser from Korres might not be as tasty as the stuff she'd get in a taverna, or at an open-air table on a bustling waterfront, but it does contain a hefty dose of real dairy, which delivers a nourishing, protein-rich clean that doesn’t strip the skin. Korres Greek Yoghurt foaming cream cleanser, $26; amazon.com

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For moms who can’t help but scrub when anxieties are running high, a good moisturizer is key @ Courtesy of Lord Jones

9. Lord Jones Acid Mantle Repair CBD moisturizer

With hand-washing in overdrive and restless nights knocking many a sleep schedule out of whack, it’s no surprise some skincare routines are in flux. For moms who can’t help but scrub when anxieties are running high, there’s Lord Jones’s new Acid Mantle Repair CBD moisturizer. A blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, squalene, ginger, and elecampane flower, the CBD-heavy formula is designed to repair the skin barrier, providing the antidote to harsh exfoliants and overly enthusiastic cleansings. Plus, when we’re cleared to fly again, the jar is small enough to bring through airport security – at less than .3% THC, it shouldn’t create problems with the TSA. Acid Mantle Repair CBD moisturizer, $75; lordjones.com

Fujifilm's INSTAX Mini 11 camera in sky blue
An instant camera is fun for all ages @ Courtesy of Fujifilm

10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera

This one may look like a new toy for the kids, but an instant camera is fun for all ages, especially in these digital days. Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 is the latest entry in the brand’s popular line of instant cameras, and between the automatic exposure that adjusts for light levels and the selfie mode that’ll let her get up close and personal with friends, relatives, and significant others, it’s sure to produce at least one pic destined for a permanent spot on the fridge. (It runs on AA batteries too, so she won’t have to pack an extra charger when she’s documenting her adventures on the go.) Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera, $70; amazon.com

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