Practical, yet stylish gifts for the globe-trotting women in your life.
Shopping for travel-obsessed mothers isn’t always easy, and the ideal intersection of form and function is sometimes hard to come by. But these stylish—yet totally useful—Mother’s Day gift ideas will delight any mom preparing for her big trip (or simply looking for a little inspiration), from a foolproof portable French press coffee maker to the perfect pair of fashionable, foldable shades, to a gorgeous bouquet of sustainably grown flowers from South America.
Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
How do you make even the most comfortable Airbnb feel more like home? By packing this lightweight (it only weighs a half pound), six-inch aroma diffuser, which allows for subtle, calming fragrances to waft through an otherwise foreign room. It’s as simple as adding a few drops of essential oils, such as eucalyptus, lavender, or lemongrass, plugging it in, then watching a light mist dissolve into the air. muji.us, $70.
Rifle Paper Co. Art Prints
For moms who can only dream (for now) of escaping to foreign lands, these charming, whimsical full-color 8 x 10-inch prints from boutique stationery company Rifle Paper Co. help to satiate wanderlust. Destinations include Tokyo (depicting Mt. Fuji), Amsterdam (its iconic crooked houses), Peru (Machu Picchu), and London (Big Ben), among several others. riflepaperco.com, $24.
Izipizi #F Sun Foldable Sunglasses
Stylish enough without veering into overly trendy, these foldable sunglasses from Izipizi are perfect for traveling moms, since they work in any situation and location (and offer 100 percent protection from UV rays), from driving the Amalfi Coast to walking through Sydney or Honolulu. They also come with an ultralight case for easy packing, even in a small hip pack. Color options are plentiful, though we’re partial to the classic tortoiseshell. izipizi.com, $48.
Block Shop X Atelier ACE, Mojave Robe
Traditional white, terry cloth robes are fine, but lounging around your hotel room in something with more flair is so much more fun. That’s where this block-printed, 100 percent Indian cotton robe comes in. Designed by Lily and Hopie Stockman (sisters and founders of Los Angeles–based textile studio Block Shop), it was created in collaboration with Ace Hotels and conceived with the brand’s adventure-seeking spirit in mind. shop.acehotel.com, $160.
Aesop Jet Set Travel Kit
The ultimate carry-on beauty arsenal, Aesop’s Jet Set Kit has everything a mom needs to feel refreshed throughout a trip, including heavenly smelling geranium leaf body cleanser, body balm made from citrus rinds, and classic shampoo and conditioner. Optional additions include the Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash to periodically purify hands and Avail Lip Balm to hydrate in dry weather. aesop.com, $37.
Muzungu Sisters X Olympia Le Tan Clutches
These travel-themed, limited-edition bags from Parisian designer Olympia Le Tan stem from a collaboration with Muzungu Sisters, the company founded by friends Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo, who are committed to promoting fair labor practices through ethically sourced, handmade luxury goods from around the world. The bags are each inspired by vintage postcards, hand-stitched to showcase places like India, Iran, Morocco, and Peru. muzungusisters.com, $1,523.
Bouqs Flowers From Colombia
Flowers are always a good bet for Mother’s Day, but this year, you can make that bouquet extra special via online flower source Bouqs. These blooms are sustainably grown in South America on Columbian farms. Options include bunches of pale cream roses and lilies; lavender daisies, and pink carnations; and bright yellow chrysanthemums and eucalyptus. The website features farmer profiles, and a portion of some purchases go toward charities like No Kid Hungry. bouqs.com, from $36.
Mom can stroll the streets of Paris like a local with this new book from Jesse Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz. Think of it as advice from an in-the-know Parisian friend who gets exactly what you’re looking for in terms of the best restaurants, cafés, shops, gardens, and markets the city has to offer. Beautiful, evocative illustrations by Weiner are transportive and let you start the journey before stepping foot on the plane to Charles de Gaulle. amazon.com, $25.
Sometimes, finding the perfect cup of coffee on the road can be next to impossible. The easy solution for moms who need their daily caffeine fix? This easy-to-pack Bodum coffee press, which brews a serving of coffee or loose-leaf tea anywhere, as long as there’s hot water—all in four minutes flat. It also features a vacuum seal to keep hot drinks hot for long periods of time. bodum.com, $25.