Courtesy of Harry N. Abrams
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Is your mom vaccinated and ready to start traveling ASAP? Give her the gift of comfy new shoes to explore all those new places.
Mother’s Day is on May 9 this year. Here’s how to celebrate the women who instilled a love of travel in us from a young age.
After making it through 2020, celebrating moms is more important than ever. There are the mothers of young children who have been juggling the the roles of employee, teacher, short-order cook, housekeeper, and more for over a year. Then there are the moms whose kids are grown and have been separated from them due to travel bans and social-distancing orders until recently. This Mother’s Day, give her one of these gifts to celebrate and acknowledge everything she has gone through over the past year.
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If your mom is the type of traveler who plans entire vacations around a destination’s food, give her the gift of Goldbelly. This online marketplace ships iconic regional foods from around the United States via UPS and FedEx so ice cream arrives intact and meat arrives unspoiled. Get some inspiration from AFAR editor favorites, browse Goldbelly’s curated Mother’s Day collection, or search by region to see if your mom’s favorite bakery or barbecue spot is on there.
There’s a huge difference between people who love to eat food and those who actually enjoy cooking it—before you give any mom a cookbook, make sure she’s the latter and has the spare time on her hands right now. If you’ve checked all those boxes, a cookbook from your mom’s favorite destinations is a great way for her to revisit travel memories from the comfort of her own home.
Renee Erickson, the chef and co-owner of Seattle’s the Walrus and the Carpenter, is releasing Getaway: Recipes & Drinks to Transport You (Harry N. Abrams, 2021) on April 27. It’s part cookbook, part travelogue with 120 recipes and 60 cocktail recipes from some of her favorite places in the world like Paris, Rome, Baja California, and her hometown of Seattle.
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If your mom is the type who loves spending time in markets on trips shopping for trinkets, send her a handmade piece of jewelry from an Etsy artisan. Not only does shopping on Etsy support small business owners and makers, but Etsy also became the first major online retailer to offset carbon emissions from its shipping in 2019. Go the sentimental initial necklace route to remind her of you while you’re apart, or pick something with a travel theme like this turquoise globe locket if that’s more her style.
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Candles are a great gift, but until a weeklong beach vacation is on the calendar, give her what she really wants: a day off of all responsibilities and some CBD gummies to ease any residual stress and anxiety. Wyld’s gummies are infused with real fruit and 25 mg of THC-free hemp. Plus, the pretty packaging looks like it was pulled from a Crabtree & Evelyn catalog.
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Does your mom have many interests? With an unlimited MasterClass membership, she can brush up on her creative writing skills with Margaret Atwood, hone her photography with tips from Annie Leibovitz, or up her gardening skills with advice from Ron Finley.
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A little rain can’t keep your mom from spending most of her time outdoors? To keep her dry, give her a brand-new rain jacket from the Danish company Rains in a fun color.
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Now is the time to get your photos off your phone and into a beautiful linen-bound hardcover photo book to preserve your family travel memories for future generations. If you think she’d like to design her own book, Artifact Uprising also has gift cards.
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This roomie tote can be used as a beach bag for summer trips to the coast—and for weekly farmers’ market hauls. The interior has a water-resistant lining for practicality and the exterior comes in four colorways to match mom’s style. An added bonus: 23 recycled water bottles went into making the bag’s straps, interior nylon lining, and canvas exterior.
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The best gift for a wine lover is an actual trip to wine country. But the next best thing is sending wine directly to her door. Right now Sonoma County winemaker Martha Stoumen is offering a special Mother’s Day Bundle that includes three bottles of her wine: one white, one red, and one rosato.
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Now that Europe is set to reopen to vaccinated Americans this summer, mom needs a new pair of comfortable shoes for all those walking tours she’s bound to book. These slip-on kicks from Rothy’s are made from recycled plastic water bottles, are machine washable, and come in about a dozen fun colors and patterns.
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To give your mom’s at-home coffee an upgrade, set her up with a monthly coffee subscription. Travel news editor Michelle Baran is particularly fond of Denver’s Corvus Coffee, which works directly with farmers to create sustainable and high-quality coffee.
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We could all use a little more greenery inside our homes these days, which is why we love online nursery the Sill. For blooms that last much longer than a traditional bouquet, send mom a potted orchid. It’s pet friendly and only needs to be watered every one to two weeks.
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You can’t go wrong with chocolate as a gift for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. But instead of delivering just any old bar to your beloved mother, give your gift a travel angle and put together a selection of goodies made in her favorite city. Left her heart in San Francisco? Consider sweets from the likes of Dandelion, Guittard, or Recchiuti. Pining for Portland? Woodblock Chocolate ships its bars in a pretty gift box. Not sure where to start? Goldbelly has dozens of options from America’s best gourmet chocolate shops and organizes them all by region on its website to make searching easier.
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Plenty of hotels sell their bathrobes online, including Ace Hotels and the Bunkhouse Group. But there’s something so decadent about wrapping yourself up in a massive white bathrobe. Luxury hotel brands, including St. Regis, Soho House, and Rosewood, use Frette linens in their hotels and now you can buy them online, too. Depending on the climate your mom lives in, you can go thick and fluffy or light and airy.
This article was originally published on April 29, 2020; it was updated on April 26, 2021, with current information.
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