Outdoor Gear Gifts for Mom: This Mother’s Day, Equip Her for the Next Adventure

From hiking essentials to camp luxury items, these outdoor gear picks make the best gifts for mom this Mother’s Day.

Outdoorsy people tend to have a gear problem. There are just too many fun activities, and too much great outdoor gear out there, to resist. This is good news for gift givers everywhere. If your mom is a hiker, camper, paddler, skier, or any kind of wilderness lover, then choosing the best gifts for mom is easy: Just look to the outdoor gear section. Need more guidance? We’ve selected some of the best Mother’s Day gift options for all types of moms. Camping gear? Hiking gear? Unique gifts for mom? Check, check, and check. Figure out which activities the mom in your life loves most, then read on.

Best Hiking Gear for Mom: Osprey Sirrus Women’s Hiking Backpack
Best Hiking Gear for Mom, Runner Up: Black Diamond Distance Z Poles
Best Camping Gear for Mom: MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Light
Best Camping Gear for Mom, Runner Up: Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap Sleeping Pad
Best Gift for Nature Lovers: Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Best Gift for Nature Lovers, Runner Up: Garmin Instinct Outdoor Watch
Best Adventure Gift for Mom: Yeti Crossroads 40L Duffel
Best Adventure Gift for Mom, Runner Up: BIC Sport Beach Air Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard with Paddle 
Best Unique Gift for Mom: La Crosse Technology Wireless Color Forecast Station
Best Unique Gift for Mom, Runner Up: STARESSO Portable Espresso Machine

Best Gifts For Hikers

If the mom in your life loves nothing better than lacing up her hiking boots and setting off to explore a trail, then outdoor gear designed for hiking will make a lovely gift for mom this year. True, hiking is simple—at heart, it’s just wandering somewhere in nature—but people still need to be prepared with the right equipment to ensure safety and comfort. Maybe Mom needs an upgrade on some essential hiking gear, which includes sturdy footwear, a daypack, proper clothing, a water bottle, snacks, and a map and compass. Or maybe she’s ready for a hiking luxury item, like a pair of trekking poles. Here are our suggestions for a few great gifts for hikers (who also happen to be moms).

Best Hiking Gear for Mom: Osprey Sirrus Women’s Hiking Backpack

Simple Organization

With multiple pockets and attachment options, this daypack is a Type-A hiker’s dream. Osprey

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Every hiker mom needs a comfortable backpack to haul the day’s essentials. This 24-liter pack offers a packable rain cover, internal pocket for a water bladder, attachments for trekking poles and ice axes, and multiple interior and exterior pockets. The Sirrus has a women’s-specific fit and an adjustable backpanel for different torso lengths, too.

Best Hiking Gear for Mom, Runner Up: Black Diamond Distance Z Poles

Lightweight Support

Protect Mom’s knees and steady her on uneven terrain with these light trekking poles. Black Diamond

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Trekking poles are a godsend for anyone who has joint pain, or who wants a little extra support while crossing creeks or exploring rough trails. The Distance Z poles use a durable locking mechanism to adjust to different heights, and their lightweight aluminum material makes them easy to swing. 

Best Camping Gifts

There’s nothing quite so magical as a night under the stars. Whether Mom loves to hike into the wilderness on a backpacking adventure or pull up to a stellar car campground with all the creature comforts, camping gear is a great go-to gift. The outdoor gear best suited to backpacking will be lightweight and durable; if she’s more interested in drive-up sites, the best camping gifts for mom can be larger, heavier, and more luxurious. Either way, don’t stop with one of these suggestions: Plan a camping excursion for Mom so she can try it out, too, and your camping gifts will go down in family history.

Best Camping Gear for Mom: MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Light

Inflatable Ambience

Never scramble for batteries again with this solar-powered lantern, which packs down flat, then inflates to lend a cozy glow to any campsite. MPOWERD

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The ultralight Luci lantern emits 75 lumens of white light, perfect for dinner prep chores on the picnic table and a comforting glow for bedtime stories in the tent. Enjoy up to 24 hours of light in four different modes (high, medium, low, flashing), then just place the integrated solar panel in the sun for a quick recharge. It’s also waterproof and weighs 4.4 ounces.

Best Camping Gear for Mom, Runner Up: Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap Sleeping Pad

Cushy Camp Comfort

With a 3-inch thickness and high R-value for insulation, this pad ensures a great night’s sleep anywhere. Therm-a-Rest

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Sleeping outdoors shouldn’t be a sufferfest. The LuxuryMap sleeping pad provides extra cushion and pressure-mapping technology for a highly comfortable snooze—ideal camping gear for car camping trips where weight isn’t an issue. Separate inflation and deflation valves make setup and takedown quick and easy.

Unique Gifts for Moms Who Love Nature

Nature lovers need outdoor gear so they can get out and enjoy nature, right? Some of the best gifts for moms who love the wilderness are the ones that will help her immerse herself in the natural world. If your mom loves plants and animals, a field guide makes a thoughtful gift: She’ll love identifying the many species she spots out on the trail. If technology is more your mom’s style, an outdoor watch loaded with features will help her explore different environments safely. Either way, you’ll be supporting her curiosity and adventurous spirit with these unique gifts for Mom.

Best Gift for Nature Lovers: Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of North America

The Word on Birds

This updated version of a classic guide packs all the maps, identification tips, and colorful illustrations your mom needs to deepen her knowledge of bird life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Help Mom tell a black-billed cuckoo from a Bicknell’s thrush with this fully illustrated field guide to North American birds. Newly updated in 2020, this Peterson guide now includes Hawaiian species and boasts improved range maps and descriptions.

Best Gift for Nature Lovers, Runner Up: Garmin Instinct Outdoor Watch

Fully Featured

This powerful watch features all the tools an outdoorsy mom needs to stay safe. Garmin

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The Instinct brings navigation power right to mom’s wrist with its GPS, compass, and altimeter, ensuring she’ll stay found on any trail or river she wants to explore. It also features tracking tools for heart rate, stress, and activity, and it’s both water and shock resistant. 

Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Adventurous Moms

Jetsetting across the world? Climbing a peak? Rafting whitewater rapids? If she says, “Yes, please!” to all of the above, you officially have an adventurous mom in your life. Encourage her enthusiasm with the best outdoor gear for explorers. Think about Mother’s Day gifts that will make her traveling a little smoother, her outdoor excursions a little easier, and her daydreaming about the next big adventure a little more fun. Maybe what she needs most is a way to haul all her adventure essentials around the globe. Maybe she’d be most excited about a new sport to master. Either way, our picks have you (and your mom) covered.

Best Adventure Gift for Mom: Yeti Crossroads 40L Duffel

Durable and Organized

Keep outdoor gear in its place with this weekend-sized carry-on pack full of compartments and pockets. Yeti

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A bomber duffel bag works just as well for the gym or a road trip as it does in the overhead compartment. The Crossroads 40-liter bag fits the clothes and gear Mom needs for a few days away, and keeps things organized with compression straps, panels, and pockets (all of which can be stashed away when not needed).

Best Adventure Gift for Mom, Runner Up: BIC Sport Beach Air Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard with Paddle

Portable Paddling Fun

Easy to inflate and easy to pack up, this versatile paddleboard works for touring, yoga, and everything in between. BIC

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Adventurous moms the world over have fallen in love with stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) in recent years—it’s high time yours joins them. The BIC Sport Beach is a great entry-level option: The inflatable design fills up easily with the included air pump, then packs up for convenient storage and transport. The shape balances stability and glide for touring, fishing, yoga, and ferrying little ones, and the deck rigging lets Mom pack gear for a longer paddle.

Unique Gifts for Moms Who Love the Outdoors

Shopping for the mom who has everything? When the usual candy and flowers—or, let’s face it, backpacks, hiking boots, and camping accessories—won’t do, look for some unique gifts for Mom instead. If she already has a favorite outdoor activity, can you upgrade her gear to the next level? Or maybe she’s mentioned she’s curious about a new activity. Why not get her the basics to help her get started? And sometimes, cool, techy gadgets make the best gifts for Mom. Pay attention to any hints she’s been dropping (or hey, just ask her outright) and let that guide your shopping. Here are a couple of our favorite ideas.

Best Unique Gift for Mom: La Crosse Technology Wireless Color Forecast Station

Customized Weather Report

Get all the weather stats you need at a glance with this digital meteorology tool. La Crosse Technology

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To love outdoor activities is to keep a close eye on the weather. This portable weather station makes that easy: It reports temperature, humidity, air pressure, dewpoint, moon phase, and more, along with the forecast. The setup can be plugged in or run on batteries for maximum versatility.

Best Unique Gift for Mom, Runner Up: STARESSO Portable Espresso Machine

Espresso on the Go

This electricity-free espresso maker brings fancy coffee to camp. STARESSO

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There’s only one problem with wilderness camping: no luxurious espresso drinks. All that changes with this portable espresso machine, which runs on human power (just pump with your hands) and hot water. It’s light (less than 1 pound) and packable for convenient transport.

The Final Word on Outdoor Gear That Makes for the Best Gifts for Mom

The best Mother’s Day gifts feel personal and reflect all the thought you’ve put into making your mom feel appreciated. If you have an outdoorsy mom, you can’t lose by giving her the outdoor gear she needs most. Whether that’s hiking gear for an avid dayhiker, camping equipment for a mom who loves to snuggle up in a sleeping bag, nature guides for a nature lover, adventure items for an up-for-anything mom, or something even more unique, these picks are bound to make this Mother’s Day a bright one.


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