10 Best Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day hiking with The North FaceMother’s Day is May 12, and while your mom may say all she wants is for you to call, you can do a bit better than that. Whether your mom gave you your first trail name or whether her idea of spending time outside is walking through a neighborhood park, there’s undoubtedly some piece of gear she needs to make her time outdoors even more enjoyable. So as the seasons change, get her ready for the warmer weather with some of the best deals on spring styles.

Some of our favorite picks include:

Celebrate Mother's Day Outdoors

1. A cozy scarf: If mom is always cold, gift her with a scarf she can easily throw on with multiple outfits. The Fall Scarf from Bula is super affordable and has a timeless design, which means it’ll add classic style to her look year after year. If her style is understated and (dare I say) not quite as stylish as it could be, a scarf is an effortless way for her to upgrade her style while staying warm. Summer scarfs are extremely en vogue right now, after all. I like the red-and-black combo for adding a pop of color that compliments any complexion.

2. A new pair of shades: Everyone needs a pair of sunglasses they can throw on for everything from a day in the mountains to a quick drive around town. So treat mom to a pair of sunglasses from Smith, like the Smith Lowdown 2 Sunglasses. I like these frames for a few reasons – the large, lightweight style looks good on every face shape and there are no nose-pads or pieces of metal to get caught in mom’s hair when she inevitably pulls them up and sits them on her head. But best of all is the fact that these particular sunglasses make use of Smith’s high-contrast ChromaPop™ technology, so she can see clearly even in extremely bright conditions. I do need to note, though, that these come with a warning: you might like them so much that you need to go buy a second pair for yourself!

3. Some seriously nice goggles: If mom spent winter weekends on the bunny hill with you when she could have been enjoying a pow day higher up the mountain, it’s time to pay her back. And if she hasn’t upgraded her goggles in a while, treat her to a new, high-tech pair the Giro Eave Goggles. These women’s-specific goggles have a slightly smaller frame shape and a spherical lens, which reduces distortion on the slopes (this will be an especially nice upgrade for mom if her current lenses are cylindrical. It comes with a back-up lens for low light a copper-hued primary lens, so one pair will cover her in nearly all weather and lighting conditions.

Mother's Day yoga outfit

4. A new yoga ensemble: Does the mom in your life know her vinyasa flow routine by heart? Then jumpstart her yoga practice with a new ensemble designed to help her move freely from her first boat pose to the last warrior. A good combo is the Kuhl Sora Tank Top, paired with the North Face High Rise Pocket Tight. The Sora Tank has a double-layer design with extra support on the chest, which is vital in a yoga top. It has a slim fit around the torso, so size up if mom likes her clothing a bit looser. And the High-Rise Tight has (as you may have guessed) a high-rise waistband, which stays in place better during an active practice than low-rise options (and flatters her shape in the process.) Plus, there’s a large side pocket in case she wants to tuck her phone away while jogging.

5. An everyday pullover: All moms need a solid sweater they can use through multiple seasons, and with the smart design of the Patagonia Better Sweater, this warm fleece pullover is sure to make mom smile when she sees it arrive at her door. It’s a great do-anything layer, perfect for active moms who camp all summer long as well as moms who may just get a little chilly relaxing in the shade. This particular pullover has a princess cut in the back which is more flattering than a traditional, boxier pullover. It even has a zippered pocket on the arm so she can safely tuck her keys away on brisk morning walks or jogs.

6. An easy-to-wear dress: An easy way to feel and look good this spring, the Olivia Tunic Dress is comfortable and lightweight, with a stylish tall slightly-slouchy collar. It pairs perfectly over tights for cold-weather wear or with bare legs and cute slides for summer evenings around town. It hits above the knees and has a “classic” fit, when means it isn’t too tight or clingy. As a brand, Neve Designs has a lot of styles likely to appeal to trendy 50-something women, so you want to browse the brand page before deciding which piece mom will like the most.

Mother's Day hiking boots

7. Orthotic-friendly hiking boots: If mom is your go-to trail buddy, keep her feet feeling good this summer with a new pair of hiking boots. Footwear generally wears out quicker than most people think, so she may be hiking in shoes or boots that aren’t offering the support she needs. The North Face Storm III Hiking Boot is an excellent choice for slightly older hikers as it offers a taller upper, which provides additional ankle support and stability. And it has a Vibram outsole, which is one of the grippiest you can get and ideal for reducing slips and trips. This boot in particular also has a nice feature that anyone who’s spent a lifetime on trail will appreciate: it’s orthotic-friendly, which means you can remove the footbed that comes in the shoe and replace it with an orthotic insole, even if it’s not exactly the same size or shape as the original North Face one.

8. Some new headwear: Given the variety of hats you’ll find on Peter Glenn, from beanies to caps to fishing hats to full-on fur hats, there’s no shortage of options for affordable gifts. I like the idea of pairing a summer hat and a winter hat together as one gift. The mom-friendly Reflective Visor from Headsweats is a great summer option, with a stretch elastic band and fabric designed to wick away moisture. Plus, it’s super affordable, keeping with mom's lessons about being frugal. In terms of gifting, it would balance well with a more elegant option for winter wear, like the Esibar Draw Lux Crystal Hat, which has a refined mountain pattern adorned with subtle crystal detailing. It also has an inner polyester lining for extra warmth on chilly evenings.

9. A pair of super cozy indoor-outdoor boots: Ideal for evenings at a campfire or evenings spend next to the fireplace, the pull-on Bearpaw Ariel Boot is bound to make mom’s feet happy. They have a sheepskin footbed and wool lining to treat sore feet, but since they have a grippy outsole, she can leave them on to walk the dog or run errands. Unlike a lot of similarly styled boots, these are treated with a waterproof finish that also acts as a barrier against stains and substances that could discolor the suede. Peter Glenn has a screaming deal on these as of May 2019, complete with free three-day shipping. They’d be ideal for pulling on after a day spent skiing, too.

10. An elegant waterproof trench: The Helly Hansen Lyness II Rain Coat has such an elegant design that it’d be at home on a rainy afternoon in Martha’s Vineyard. But it’s got the features and protection needed for outdoor use when the clouds are gathering but the trail is calling her name. It has a relaxed fit that looks good on all women, plus an 8/10 waterproof rating, so she’ll be fine if the skies open up. It’s also lightweight and has mesh venting on the back to help with air flow, adding protection while still being appropriate for warm-weather wear.

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