Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
Show Mom some love this Mother’s Day with this curated gift guide for the outdoorsy woman in your life. As moms, we tend to put the needs of our family before our own, which can lead to old, insufficient (or lack of) gear for ourselves.
Or maybe there is a product that she’s been eyeing, but just can’t quite bring herself to buy. Celebrate all the time, effort, and love she puts into motherhood by spoiling her with a gift she really wants this year!
We have compiled this extensive list of gear and other goodies that are sure to put a smile on the face of your favorite outdoor mom.
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- Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
- For the Hiking Women
- Camping Gifts for Moms
- Self-Care Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
- Outdoor “Beauty” for Moms
- Gifts for Active Moms Who Go Outside
- Outdoorsy Books for Women
- What Outdoorsy Mom’s Want (and Need)
- Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
For the Hiking Women
Whether a veteran hiker or just starting out, there is something for every level on this list as you search for hiking gifts for mom.
Packs and Poles
One of the most essential gear items for a successful hike is a quality, comfortable pack. The REI Co-op Trail 25 pack is perfect for a day on the trail or a family adventure around town. The 25 L capacity holds plenty of gear while the various pockets and fasteners keep everything organized. They’ve even included a built-in rain fly to protect your gear in case of unexpected weather.
Trekking poles not only provide balance and stability on the trail but can take some of the strain off the knees and joints on technical declines. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or baby-wearing on the trail.
The Black Diamond Trail Pro Trekking Poles also provide shock absorption and easy length adjustments with their Flick Lock Pro technology. They collapse to just 25 inches, making them easy to hook onto a hiking pack.
If backpacking adventures are in store, look no further than the REI Co-op Flash 55 pack. Integrated suspension adds carrying comfort and stability, and the included Packmod compression straps help sculpt your pack to the shape of your load. Strategically placed pockets and attachment loops help keep gear organized and accessible, taking the frustration out of hike breaks and camp set-up.
Rugged Hiking Essentials
The Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Boots are out-of-the-box comfort that Merrell is known for. Grippy Vibram technology on the outsoles adds stability on even the roughest terrain. I’ve been wearing these boots for years, and they have stood up to both the snow of Upstate New York and the rain of the Pacific Northwest.
Hiking comfort starts at the feet. A quality hiking sock can mean the difference between reaching the peak and turning around due to discomfort. Made primarily from merino wool and nylon, Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks wick away moisture while providing breathable comfort and temperature regulation in a variety of conditions.
This palm-sized Garmin inReach Mini2 satellite communicator provides peace of mind when your adventures take you off the grid. The capabilities of this device stretch beyond sending SOS signals in emergencies to include exchanging text messages, providing basic navigation tracking, and even optional weather forecasting updates. The rugged casing is impact resistant and can withstand rain and exposure to water of up to 1 meter.
Camping Gifts for Moms
Planning a family camping trip can be daunting. Check out these highly-rated gear selections to take some of the guesswork out of what to bring, and increase the fun factor of sleeping under the stars.
REI Co-op Base Camp 4 Tent (Base Camp 6 also available)
Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a poorly constructed tent. The experts at REI Co-op have thought of everything when designing the Base Camp 4 tent. There are 2 doors, so you won’t have to climb over a tent-mate in the middle of the night.
There are numerous ventilation options to keep you cool on hot summer nights and several pockets to keep your gear organized. They even included two covered vestibules to provide covered gear storage without crowding the inside of the tent. This model also comes in a 6-person size if you need a bit more room.
The ENO Double Nest Hammock is spacious enough for two, yet packs down to the size of a grapefruit. Made from soft FreeWaveTM fabric, this hammock is exceptionally comfortable, fast-drying, and breathable. To top it off, ENO will plant 2 trees for every hammock sold through their partnership with Trees for the Future.
Brighten up your campsite with the solar- (and USB) rechargeable MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights. The battery can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and easily strings back into the unit when not in use. This portable light system can also charge some mobile devices and includes a built-in external flashlight.
Small Camping Gifts for Moms
Looking for a mug to keep your coffee, oatmeal, chili, soup, etc. hot while camping? The Yeti Rambler Mug is one of the toughest mugs there is, complete with double-wall insulation and a spill-resistant MagSliderTM lid. The high-quality stainless steel keeps hot items hot and cold items cold, perfect for any camping excursion.
Every camping adventure requires a multi-tool. This brightly colored Leatherman packs an impressive 19 useful tools in a compact, 4.5-inch size. Tools include a knife, saw, pliers, whistle, screwdrivers, fire-starting Ferro-rod, hammer, etc. Every tool can be opened and operated with one hand, which is a huge bonus when trying to multitask (like when your other arm is busy wrangling a child).
Whether you need a durable blanket for an impromptu picnic, a safe spot to put your baby while you set up camp, or a cozy layer to snuggle under as you gaze at the stars, you can’t go wrong with the REI Co-op Outdoor Blanket. The bottom layer has a water-repellent finish to keep moisture at bay while the top layer is made from soft, comfortable polyester microfleece. This is the perfect “keep in your car” blanket.
Self-Care Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
Whether it’s making sure the needs of our family are met or putting out fires at work, taking care of ourselves seems to constantly end up on the backburner. These self-care products can make it easier to take care of ourselves (and a whole lot more comfortable).
Soothing Sore Muscles
There’s nothing better after a long hike, race, or workout than spending time soothing tight muscles with a foam roller. Designed to mirror the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands, the Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller soothes tight muscles and promotes blood flow and circulation throughout the body.
Soothe tired, achy muscles with the Addaday Lyric handheld massager. It offers guided therapy with a built-in touch screen that walks you through different treatments. Programs include pain relief, energize, and calm, and the battery lasts up to 4 hours on a single charge. The kit includes a long-reach handle and 4 different massage heads so you can apply the right pressure wherever it is needed most.
This little ball packs a punch for relieving muscle soreness in the feet. The spiky outer layer of the Pro-Tec Athletics Spiky Massage Ball provides deep-tissue relief and increases circulation to trouble zones. It’s also an excellent tool for relieving pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
Comfort in the Outdoors
Outdoor adventures generally come with dirt, sweat, and smiles. They can also lack the facilities to clean up. Whether camping, backpacking, mountain biking, or hiking on your lunch break, Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes makes freshening up a breeze. Gentle on skin and the environment, simply wipe away dirt and odor-causing bacteria, and then throw in the compost pile after use.
Peeing in the woods doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, tedious task for women anymore. The Kula cloth is a reusable, Silvadur™ silver ion–infused antimicrobial pee cloth that dries fast and hooks onto your pack. Simply hold onto the smooth, waterproof side and wipe with the soft, antimicrobial side for an eco-friendly alternative to packing out your TP.
Pressure, heat, and moisture can all cause blisters while on a hike, which can force you to cut your adventure short or deal with the painful aftermath. Prevent blisters from forming by applying Foot Kinetics Hike Goo Blister Prevention Cream before hitting the trail. This cream forms a frictionless layer between the skin and sock, lasts all day, and works in both wet and dry conditions.
Outdoor “Beauty” for Moms
Who says you can’t look good while playing in nature? Help her feel as beautiful as you see her with these gorgeous and functional outerwear gifts.
The rain jacket may be an essential item on any outdoor gear list, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stiff and uncomfortable. The REI Co-op Rainier Long Line Rain Jacket is both wind- and waterproof while still being breathable.
The adjustable waist and snap vent at the hem help make it a perfect fit, and the longer length helps prevent the rain and wind from sneaking up the bottom (also available in a shorter length). It even packs away into its left pocket, making it easy to toss into a hiking pack or suitcase.
The simple, yet lovely Columbia Freezer III dress is perfect for a warm day at the lake or an outdoor picnic. The stretchy material allows for unrestricted movement and packs well for a getaway. It is made from Omni-Freeze® cooling and wicking fabric to maximize comfort and utilizes Omni-Shade® UPF 50 technology for optimal sun protection.
The REI Co-op Take Your Time Leggings can be worn for just about anything you have in mind. From yoga to hiking to lounging on the weekend, these ultra-comfortable leggings are the way to go. The 4-way stretch fabric wicks moisture and breathes to keep you comfortable and offer a full range of motion. Bonus, the built-in thigh pockets hold your phone or keys to keep them easily accessible when you need them.
These headwraps are not only gorgeous but they can also be worn in 12 different ways! They lift away sweat while also offering UPF50+ UV protection. Treated with Insect Shield®, they repel bugs that can carry various diseases such as Zika and West Nile viruses, keeping you safe (and stylish) on the trail.
The classic trucker hat undergoes an incredible upgrade with the Sunday Afternoons Trucker Hat. Featuring limited edition artwork from various artists, these hats depict vibrant outdoor landscapes and scenes. With adjustable sizing, strategic ventilation, and a super-comfortable fit, it can stand up to any outdoor (or indoor) adventure.
The Knockaround Premiums Sport Polarized Sunglasses not only block 99-100 percent of harmful UV rays, but they also come in bright, fun color combinations. The rubber nose pads help prevent slipping and sliding during high-intensity activities, such as running and skiing. With durable frames and impact-resistant lenses, they can stand up to drops and dings (and toddler curiosity).
Gifts for Active Moms Who Go Outside
Check out these options to help her stay active (and stay hydrated), whether she’s into running, yoga, or after-dark adventures.
No matter what the activity, an adequate amount of water is essential. You can’t go wrong with the classic 32-ounce Nalgene bottle, now made with 50% recycled and Tritan Renew™ copolyester materials, which is free of BPA, BPS, and phthalates. This bottle is built to last with a leakproof cap and wide-mouthed design to fit most filtration systems.
This runner-tested hydration vest is constructed to keep comfortably snug with minimal sloshing during a run. To ensure a perfect fit, this vest is designed in extended sizing with adjustable torso straps and load lifters to dial in a tight and balanced load. The various pockets make it easy to carry and organize any essentials you may need without feeling bulky.
If global travel or backcountry adventures are on the list, the Grayl GeoPress Water Filter and Purifier Bottle is essential for staying healthy and hydrated. The active carbon and filter mechanisms provide protection from viruses, bacteria, protozoa, chemicals, heavy metals, microplastics, and other particulates. Simply fill, press, and drink for healthy water wherever nature takes you.
If traditional sports bra construction just doesn’t cut it, check out the Under Armour Infinity Mid Bra. The padding was injected in a figure-8 pattern for a lighter and more aerodynamic feel. The adjustable cross-back straps allow for a more personalized fit tailored for medium-intensity activities. This bra also comes in a high-impact option for more intense activities.
Numerous studies show the health benefits of practicing yoga for not only the body but also the mind. The Jade Harmony Yoga Mat allows you to focus on your practice without worrying about slipping thanks to their open-cell natural rubber construction. The 5mm thickness provides the cushioning needed to move comfortably from advanced poses to savasana and everything in between.
Who says outdoor adventures require daylight? The BioLite Headlamp 330 provides a bounce-free slim-fit construction so you can experience top-tier performance even after dark. Multiple modes provide up to 330 lumens of bright light, and the rechargeable battery lasts up to 40 hours.
Outdoorsy Books for Women
Need some motivation to get out and explore? These books are sure to inspire with incredible stories of courage and bravery, unique views of some of the world’s most beautiful places, and encouragement to start your own adventure story.
Inspiring Outdoorsy Women
Read about over 20 of America’s most inspirational adventure moms, from known legends to today’s newcomers. Each adventurer highlights personal challenges, accomplishments, and personal philosophy while featuring their favorite hikes (complete with maps and trail specs). Get inspired and learn some practical tips from these amazing mothers!
Hint: You might see some familiar faces in this book too!
She Explores compiles short stories that introduce 40 diverse women on unforgettable journeys in nature. From backpacking with kids in tow to living out of a vintage trailer, you can’t help but be inspired by the bravery and courage of women who choose to travel the world and explore nature on their terms.
This book is for any woman who is looking to level up her current outdoor life or get into the backcountry lifestyle. The author brings together everything a woman needs to know to be safe, independent, and self-reliant on the trail and in camp. From the basics to the advanced skills, she encourages women to reach new heights and gain confidence in the outdoors.
Experiencing the Beauty of Nature
This assortment of creative exercises meets women where they currently are in life and challenges them to get out in nature. The author provides an abundance of tips for hike planning, training and recovery, the numerous ways to play in the snow, etc. Add in the vibrant, colorful artwork and this journal becomes a beautiful keepsake of outdoor adventures.
The authors of Campfire Stories extensively researched tales about our National Parks from well-known writers (such as John Muir and Terry Tempest Williams), pioneer diaries, and indigenous peoples. These tales promote an appreciation for the nature and wilderness found in some of America’s most breathtaking protected landscapes: Acadia National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
What Outdoorsy Mom’s Want (and Need)
Spoil her with a gift that will stand up to her outdoor lifestyle this Mother’s Day. Kid-created cards and crafts may be a favorite, but the items on this list will be a close second (trust us, we’re moms too!).
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Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Moms
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