9 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Hiker MomsPublished on 04/28/2022 · 6 min readFind the perfect present for the outdoorsy mom in your life with this Mother's Day gift guide from Camping & Hiking Expert Jessica LaPolla.
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With Mother’s Day approaching, many of us are scrambling to find the perfect gift for one of the most important people in our lives. Moms deserve the very best on their special day, but it can be difficult to pick out a gift that is both thoughtful and functional. For the moms in our lives that enjoy the outdoors, there is a whole world of possibilities out there. Here is a list of ten gifts for all the cool hiker moms out there. With options in just about every price range, you’ll be sure to see something here that will impress mom.
1. Leki Micro Vario Cor-Tec TA Hiking Poles
First on our list are these wonderful trekking poles by Leki. These high-end lightweight poles are adjustable and can collapse down to 15.5 inches, so Mom can take these to all of her near and far hiking destinations and easily store them in a pack. The ergonomic design of these poles allows for the wrists to rest in a neutral position for maximum comfort while hiking. The smaller cork grips and shorter wrist straps make these poles easier to hold than other bulkier options on the market. With a quick-release button, these poles are easy and intuitive to set up and break down in a matter of seconds. Help a mom in your life feel supported on all of her hiking adventures with these poles.
2. Hydro Flask 32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle
Everyone needs to stay hydrated on the trail, including Mom. The 32-ounce Hydro Flask insulated bottle will keep liquids cold all day in the summer and will keep them warm on chilly winter hikes. The vacuum-sealed cap and stainless steel design optimize insulation. With a wide variety of colors and cap designs to choose from, the Hydro Flask water bottle is an excellent gift idea for the frequent hiker, camper, or all-around outdoorsy person in your life.
3. Osprey Aura AG 50L Pack
Why not spoil Mom this Mother’s Day and gift her with a top-of-the-line backpack she can take on all of her hiking or backpacking adventures? This women’s-specific pack prioritizes comfort and organization for any length trip. The Anti-Gravity Suspension design creates a comfortable fit, making it so the pack conforms to the wearer's body while providing excellent ventilation through the mesh back. For shorter trips, the lid and sleeping pad straps can both be removed, which also saves a little weight on the trail. The Stow-on-the-Go system allows you to easily stash your trekking poles when you need your hands for scrambling or for eating snacks. From day hikes to multi-day trips and weekend travels, this pack is the perfect option for your mom.
I don’t know about other moms, but mine has a serious shoe addiction! She loves a sporty pair of sneakers or a comfortable pair of hiking boots. The North Face Activist hiking shoe is a great footwear option for moms who like to hike, trail run, or take a walk around town. They are lightweight and breathable with mesh uppers and durable with protective rubber toe caps. A single-density midsole balances comfort and support, while the FUTURELIGHT membrane creates a waterproof barrier, making these shoes great for wet or muddy trails. The footbed on this shoe is made partly from recycled rubber, making these the perfect eco-friendly gift.
5. MSR WindBurner Coffee Press
For all of the coffee-loving moms out there, the MSR WindBurner Coffee Press is the ideal Mother’s Day gift. This durable and collapsible French press is ready for the backcountry. It is compatible with WindBurner Stoves, but you can also operate it as a normal French press with hot water from any stove. Lightweight and compact, this press will fit easily in any pack and works great for hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling. Gift the WindBurner Coffee Press by itself or throw in a bag of your mom’s favorite coffee for something extra!
6. GSI 10oz Boulder Flask
Some moms like their coffee on the trail, while others prefer whiskey! For the alcohol enthusiast in your life, consider the Boulder Flask by GSI. This 10-ounce copolyester resin flask has a shatter-resistant body with a bumper, graduations for easy measuring, and a hinged silicone cap so it never gets misplaced. Gift this flask by itself or include a bottle of your mom’s favorite adult beverage.
For any mom with an active lifestyle, the Garmin Instinct 2S watch is a fantastic gift. The solar-charging ability of this watch gives it a nearly infinite battery life, which is perfect for long days, weeks, or even months on the trail. The rugged design ensures the watch stands up to the forces of nature with a thermal shock-resistant case. The Instinct 2S is water-resistant up to one hundred meters and has Multi GNSS support that will track movement wherever you are. Other features include a pedometer, odometer, altimeter, heart rate monitor, and special metrics for a variety of outdoor sports, including hiking, skiing, climbing, running, swimming, golfing, and more. Smart features including Bluetooth allow you to connect your watch with your phone and certain apps. With all of these bells and whistles, along with the watch’s ability to track fitness and women’s health, the Instinct 2S is an unbeatable choice for any mom in your life.
8. PrAna Lockwood Sweater
For the moms who prioritize comfort but don’t compromise on style, the PrAna Lockwood Sweater makes the perfect cozy gift this Mother’s Day. This recycled wool blend sweater can go with mom from chilly day hikes to shopping around town to curling up by the fire at night with a good book. The sueded fleece-lined collar and pockets are soft and comfortable on the skin, and the fixed drawcord on the bottom hem allows you to adjust the fit. Luxurious and plush, this sweater will make any mom feel pampered and loved.
For the folks we are celebrating this Mother’s Day with adventurous spirits, a National Park Pass may just be the best gift you could give. The ‘America the Beautiful’ National Park Pass is an annual pass that gives you access to all National Parks and Federal Lands, honoring admission to over 2,000 sites in North America. Perfect for moms who are currently van-lifing or who love to travel, the park pass is good for a full year. The pass more than pays for itself if visiting even just one National Park for more than a few days. Though this is a great gift for mom, it is also a wonderful gift for the whole family. There are military, senior, and disability discounts available, so be sure to check those out before you purchase.
With so many enticing gift options for this Mother’s Day, I wouldn’t blame you if you chose more than one item from this list! If you didn’t see anything that the mom in your life would like, or you have a specific piece of gear in mind, reach out to a Camping & Hiking Expert or let mom pick out her own gift with free, expert help with a Curated gift card. We are happy to help you find the perfect gift. Happy Hiking and Happy Mother’s Day!