The Ultimate Mother’s Day Travel Gift Guide: 25 Best Travel Gifts For Mom

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Are you looking for the best travel gifts for moms who love to travel around the world? Whether she’s exploring new cities or relaxing on the beach, finding the perfect travel gift for her can be a daunting task. But fear not, because, with Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve put together a list of unique and thoughtful Mother’s Day travel gifts that are sure to surprise and delight your adventurous mom!

From practical items like an Ereader to fun and quirky accessories like a scratch-off map to heartfelt personalized gifts, we’ve got you covered. So, if you want to show your mom how much you appreciate her and support her wanderlust, keep reading for our top picks for unforgettable gifts for traveling moms.

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three travel gifts for mum by budget.

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The Best Travel Gifts For Mom

Travel gifts for mom for large budgets

#1 A trip together

Me and my mom on a trip to Morocco

Obviously, the best gift for traveling moms is one that combines the two things she loves the most: her family and traveling. So if you’ve got a larger budget to spare, take your mom on a trip with you and you will have given her the most memorable Mother’s Day travel gift ever!

Clearly, this is not one of the most affordable gifts for moms who travel, but it sure is the most memorable.

You can check out Skyscanner for the best flights, or find fun tours together on Viator.

#2 Travel locally with your mom

Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash

Who said you needed a trip somewhere far away to give your mom a memorable gift? There are plenty of awesome options to take your mom close to home.

What about a museum you both haven’t been to in a long time? Or that beautiful national park close to home you hardly ever pay attention to? How about a walking tour in a city not too far from your mom’s home?

Trust me, Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms can also be local!

Perhaps you can take her to a foreign restaurant or a foreign cooking class. Seriously, anything that includes different cultures will do for a mom who loves to travel. Again, check out Viator for fun activities close to your home.

And if you need some more ideas for fun activities to do together, check out these travel experience gifts.

#3 World map home decoration

A scratch map of the entire world
My scratch map

If you are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms who are not traveling at the moment. Something travel-related to decorate her home is always a good idea.

World maps are by far my favorite travel-related home decorative items (and travel pictures of course). And I am pretty sure your mom will agree with me on this one.

So I guess you can stop your quest for finding that one perfect gift and continue to my post with 25 awesome world map decorations and pick your favorite!

Or go for this scratch map, because every traveler loves a scratch map!

#4 Cool online courses

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

If you are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms who are currently staying at home, a cool online course can be a great option.

Udemy offers a wide selection of online courses that can match pretty much any mom’s interests.

From photography courses to Spanish, French, Turkish, or whatever language course. Plenty of options to keep a traveling mom occupied while she is not traveling.

#5 A gift from mom’s favorite country

Petanque game
Petanque game

Does your mom love Greece, Italy, or Australia?

Find her something from her favorite country. Whether it’s a book, a food basket, something decorative, or a cool game, anything will do. Because it shows that you gave this Mother’s Day travel gift some extra thought. You remembered what her favorite country was, and you did your homework to discover something typical of that country.

For example, this petanque game is awesome for moms who are obsessed with France. With this game, she can start practicing for when she will retire in France and spend her days sipping wine and playing games in the French sun.

And in case you need some help with your homework, I got you covered. Check out my destinations page to find your mom’s favorite country listed there.

#6 Photography gear

Camera gear bag
Camera bag

Most travelers love taking photos of their trips and they especially love it when those photos turn out to be great. And moms are no exception to that.

Now, I am not a great photographer. However, I do know that photography gear makes great gifts for a mom who likes to travel because she will always be able to use it.

Something you can think of is this camera bag, but check out Amazon for more camera-related accessories such as phone lenses, camera straps, tripods, and more.

#7 Portable coffee maker

A handheld coffee maker from Wacaco
My portable coffee maker

Now, this is one of the best gifts for moms who travel ánd love coffee!

A portable coffee maker! No matter where your mom travels, with this gift, she can make her own perfect coffee wherever she goes.

#8 Tea from around the world gift set

Tea gifts set
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Is your mom more into tea than coffee? No worries, one of the best items from that list (in my opinion) is this international tea gift set by Uncommon Goods. It includes different types of tea from all around the world. Perfect for moms who love to travel.

#9 Family portrait

Photo courtesy of Catia Creative

Besides world maps, other travel-related home decorative items also make great Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms.

One of my favorite decorative items includes this personalized family portrait. They come in all sorts of designs. From families on bikes, at the beach, camping, at a football match, or in the snow.

#10 Ereader or kindle

Ereader with The Alchemist photo
Ereader

For people who have a large budget for their Mother’s Day travel gift, an e-reader or kindle is a great idea for traveling moms!

Travel gifts for mom for mid-budgets

#11 International cookbooks

Tasting the world one country at a time cookbook
Tasting the world one country at a time

Does your mom love to travel and cook? Combine two of her favorite things in a gift with cookbooks from around the world!

This book includes recipes from every country in the world for your mom to try at home. (And for you to eat of course 😉).

#12 “You mean the world to me” gift

Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

Can you think of a better personalized gift for moms who love to travel than a small globe that says “you mean the world to me”?

No?

Well, I am going to make it even better for you! This one is filled with actual personalized reasons why your mom means the world to you!

Seriously, if you were looking for the sweetest Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms and you can’t afford a trip together, this one is the one you need.

#13 Small Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms: personalized luggage tag

Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

If you are looking for small and practical gifts for moms who travel, a personalized luggage tag is a great option!

This tag by Personalization Mall allows you to pick a photo of you and your mom (or something else of course), so where she and her luggage will go, you will always be with her. And even if her luggage ends up somewhere she is not. The luggage tag will help to return it to her!

It’s clearly a win from all angles.

#14 Letters for mom

A booklet with letters for mom to write
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you want to know a secret about the best Mother’s day travel gifts?

Or actually, any gift for your mom?

All your mom wants to know is that you love her. So here’s the secret, give something personal and you will always score!

And for moms who are often on the road, receiving a booklet filled with personal letters she can open at specific moments is one of the sweetest personal gifts.

Or if you’re looking for a budget option, check out our DIY “open when” box.

#15 A cocktail travel kit

six travel-sized cocktail kits
Travel-sized cocktail kits

Does your mom love a good cocktail? And does she love to travel? I found the perfect gift for you!

Travel-sized make-your-own cocktail kits!

It’s perfect for long flights on which your mom may need an extra drink or two. And what’s even better is that the cocktail kits come in all sorts of cocktails:

#16 Reasons why I love you mom

A book with reason why you love your mom to fill out
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is another one of the sweet personalized gifts for moms who travel. A book filled with reasons why you love your mom.

Of course, you have to think of those reasons yourself, write them down, and give them to your mom. It wouldn’t be much of a personalized gift if it came with pre-made reasons.

What makes this a great gift for moms who travel is the fact that it’s small enough for her to take on a trip and remind them of all the reasons why you love her.

#17 Personalized passport holder

Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

Alright, yes passport holders are not quite the most unique Mother’s day travel gifts. Still, it is one of the most practical travel gifts for mom, and that is exactly why I included it.

It’s something travel-related, it’s small, it’s easy, and it’s something she will definitely need when traveling. Meaning that whenever she is on a trip and takes out her passport in her holder, she will think of that sweet and beautiful child who gave it to her.

And since a passport holder can be a bit of a dull gift, if you get one from Personalization Mall, at least you can get it personalized.

#18 Personalized travel mug

Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Tumblers make great travel gifts for moms. There are easy to take, it’s a great sustainable travel gift since your mom won’t need a disposable cup when she’s ordering a coffee. But what makes these even better is that you can add a photo and message for your mom.

And don’t worry if you would rather give a mug without a photo, there are plenty of options on Zazzle. You could even find a travel mug that’s inspired by the next destination your mom is traveling to.  

Whether your mom is a coffee or tea lover, a travel mug is always a good idea. Which mom doesn’t love her drink to stay warm while she is catching the next, bus, train, or flight?

#19 Travel books

Travel book titled "She explores"
Travel book

Books about traveling are always great gifts for moms who like to travel. There are plenty of different books about travel you can find, so lack of choice should not be the problem.

Try to find out what type of trips your mom likes, where does she like to go, what is she interested in, national parks or cities, road trips or cruises? And then find a book about that subject.

Or get this She Explores book that is filled with stories of inspiring women who took a journey of their own.

Small travel gifts for mum

#20 Wine from her favorite destination

Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

I know, I know, this one is definitely not going to win the award for the most original Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms. However, if you are only looking for a small, yet fun and slightly thoughtful gift, finding a great wine from her favorite country is a relatively easy gift.

Not too much effort, but it’s still sweet and personal enough to make your mom happy. Check out Drizly to find the perfect wine for your mom.

#21 Travel journals

Brown leather travel journal
Travel journal

I’ll be the first to admit that travel journals are not one of the most original gifts for moms who travel (or any traveler for that matter). However, I am also the first to admit that they are indeed very practical, fun to receive, and fun to give.

And that’s also why I included them here as one of the simple, yet fun gifts for moms who like to travel.

You can find travel journals in all shapes and sizes and prices. If you are looking for Mother’s Day travel gifts for small budgets, I would recommend this cute vegan leather journal.

#22 Mother and Child Journal

A mother's journal
A mother’s journal

I always prefer personal gifts over general travel gifts for mom (though general travel gifts are super practical, which is why I included some of those too). And this mother’s journal is the perfect Mother’s Day travel gift with a personal touch.

It’s a collection of personal questions and stories that your mom can write about and pass on to you once she’s finished. So actually it’s a gift for you ;).

#23 Keychains

keychain with the text "badass moma"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you have checked out my gift lists before, you will know that I always include small and light gifts on my lists. So of course a key chain couldn’t miss on this list for the best Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms.

I absolutely loved this Badass mom key chain, but of course, you can find key chains in all shapes and sizes. For personalized key chains, check out Personalization Mall and for key chains related to your mom’s favorite travel destination, check out my destination gift guides. Since key chains are almost certainly included there.

#24 More small travel gifts for mom: tote bags

Photo courtesy of Zazzle

I am a huge fan of tote bags. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of plastic waste, they are small and light and can easily be stored away when you don’t use them. But what makes me love them most, is the fact that they come in all sorts of designs.

Seriously, no matter what your mom’s interest is, you can find a tote bag that matches it.

For now, I just picked one where you can include photos and a personalized message for your mom. But do check out Zazzle for more cool designs.

#25 Compass bracelet

Bracelet with a pendant of a compass
Compass bracelet

The last gift on the list is a cute and easy Mother’s Day travel gift, a bracelet with a globe.

Free travel gifts for mum

Gifts don’t always have to cost money. In fact, sometimes it’s the homemade gifts that are more valuable than the most costly gift.

Three homemade coupon templates
Homemade coupons for mom

So if you are looking for a free gift for your mom that still shows you love her, then this DIY Mother’s Day coupon book is exactly what you need! You can include homemade vouchers for all sorts of things your mom will love and appreciate, such as a voucher for breakfast in bed, gardening help, cleaning her car, and whatnot.

Alternatively, you could send your mom a heartfelt and funny Mother’s Day card that will make her feel loved and make her laugh out loud.

Funny Mother's Day card messages saying mom, mom?, momma, mom, mmom!!, Happy Mother's Day
Funny Mother’s Day card

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FAQ about travel gifts for mum

What to buy mom who loves to travel?

There are three categories of great gifts for moms who like to travel. Practical travel gifts such as a travel journal, tumbler, passport cover, or an e-reader. Travel-themed home decor gifts, such as world maps. And heartfelt gifts that she can take on the road, for a more personal touch.

What to give mom from abroad?

When you’re abroad and want to send a thoughtful gift to your mom, consider options like sending cards, subscription gifts, or having flowers delivered. Photo gifts, such as a customized phone case or photo album, are also great options to remind her of her favorite child.

Final note on travel gift ideas for mom

Alright, I hope Mother’s Day travel gift guide helped you to find the perfect gift for the woman who gave you life. And if you need a bit more help, check out the editor’s personal top three by budget.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!