If your mom is anything like mine, her standard answer when asked for what she might want for the approaching Mother’s Day on Sunday is, “Oh, don’t spend your money on me!” Notoriously unselfish, this makes me want to shower her with gifts even more. However, it can sometimes be hard to narrow down good ideas, so here are a few suggestions for the mountain mama in your life.
Bogs Sauvie Ditsy Waterproof Clogs — My mom has worn through several pairs of garden clogs in her life since she usually goes for cheap ones. These beauties from Bogs are sure to step up her game. One hundred percent waterproof and lightweight, these clogs have an anti-slip outsole that is great for muddy campsites and rain-soaked gardens. With a grippy, burly two-inch sole and extra cushion, I don’t think mom will be wearing these out anytime soon. They come in solid colors, but my favorite are the multi-colored print options. I gave these to my mom earlier this year, and she’s already raving about them. $80
Backcountry Empire Bike Short — As more and more of my friends become moms, I’ve noticed that one of their favorite ways to get outside and blow off some steam is to hop on the bike. These lightweight shorts for shredding singletrack have a comfy four-way stretch that enables freedom while remaining durable for the abrasiveness of the trail. Ventilation holes, waistband adjustments and a water-resistant finish will make all the other moms jealous. I find they run a little small. $100
Hydro Flask 10L Hydration Pack — New for Hydro Flask, their packs are constructed with the first ever insulated reservoir. It fits into a neoprene sleeve with reflective lining that works to keep water cold for more than four hours. Added ventilation in the molded back panel and adjustable shoulder, sternum and hip straps keep airflow moving to make this little 10-liter pack perfect for summer activities like day hikes or biking. $165
Eddie Bauer Atlas 2.0 Jacket — For the traveling and trekking mama, Eddie Bauer’s Travex line is a gold mine. With breathable, weather-resistant, lightweight, durable, UPF 50 sun protected fabrics, the line has pieces that are invaluable for the unpredictability of world travel. This jacket is stocked with seven pockets for secure storage of travel docs, smart phone, etc., and comes with back vents and an adjustable drawstring waist. The two-way stretch makes it comfortable enough for airplane sleeping. I recently wore it on both ends of an international trip and loved it. $129
West + Wilder Wines in a Can — Just because mom is covered in mud from the garden or dripping with blood from a mountain bike tumble doesn’t mean she can’t keep it bright, crisp and clean in the beverage department. These canned wines keep the glass out of the outdoors without sacrificing the class. Inspired by the beauty of west coast vineyards, West + Wilder aims to make good wine convenient to places where a traditional glass bottle isn’t appropriate. A selection of whites and rosés in beautiful feminine packaging will have mom turning heads at the tailgate. $35 for a 6-pack