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This Mom’s Picks: Three Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom

Let’s face it: packing cubes are overrated, and how many of us, as much as we may need it, really want to receive a portable luggage scale as a gift? If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas for the traveling mom in your life, I have a few suggestions I’ve tested and continue to enjoy myself.

Jambu (J-41) Sport Mary Janes

The "Misty Encore" Mary Jane from Jambu Sport (formerly J-41).
The “Misty Encore” Mary Jane from Jambu Sport (formerly J-41).

Nothing says, “We think you’re a freaking amazing mom,” like a pair of stylish Mary Jane’s that can rappel as easily down a rock face as they may saunter into a trattoria later that same day. There are several styles in the J-41/Jambu Sport line of women’s shoes that may fit the bill (my hands-down favorite brand of shoes, BTW), but I get constant compliments on these beauties that have hiked, road tripped, rappelled, and even zip-lined into a river. They look pretty cute with a skirt, too. Click here to see these and oodles more Jambu women’s sport shoes at Amazon–and remember, shipping and returns are free in case an exchange is needed.

Evecase Laptop + DSLR Backpack

The Evecase DSLR-laptop backpack.
The Evecase DSLR-laptop backpack.

For the DSLR-toting mom who has everything, except a better way to tote her DSLR camera, 15″ laptop, sundry electronic cables-and-cords-and-chargers, and those few personal items and snacks through the airport: The EveCase Laptop/Camera Backpack. Though I was nervous setting out on my recent inaugural trip with my my own (so many pockets to memorize, totally new way to organize important stuff, destined to lose something!), I was very pleased with the outcome. Not too big or bulky, it fits under a coach seat with my big purse beside it. It comes with removable tripod straps on the bottom (I removed for this trip since I didn’t bring my tripod), and two hidden water bottle pockets that fold out from each side–also handy for extra snacks. And yes, my 15″ laptop fits in the laptop compartment! It is not accessible through the side zipper (smaller laptops and tablets would not be a problem), but slides in and out of the top just fine. I also love that tiny little pocket on the back left where I keep my microfiber cleaning cloth handy. See many more photos of it and its sundry compartments at Amazon.

Canvas Photo Enlargements

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Instant trip to Kauai every time I look over at this photo from our travels.


If a picture is worth 1,000 words, imagine how long it will take mom to stop thanking you for turning her favorite photo from your travels together into a gorgeous enlargement on canvas, ready to display on the wall. (Those are my loves outside the Louvre in the lead photo, which hangs over my patio doors–love it!) And fortunately, it can be to your door in just a matter of days (you can even upload photos from your Facebook account!). Better still, you can click here to get 65% off ALL SIZES of canvas prints from Canvas People now through May 30th, 2016.

Do you have another great Mother’s Day gift idea you’d add to these?

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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