25 Travel Gifts For Mom Who Doesn’t Want Anything

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Are you looking for the best travel gifts for mom who doesn’t want anything? With Mother’s Day around the corner, everyone is looking for the best Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms again. And guess what? You came to the right place to find the best gifts for moms who travel!

Obviously, the best gift is the one that combines the two things they love the most: their 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 the most memorable Mother’s Day gift ever!

However, this is not the most affordable option which is why I came up with 24 additional awesome gifts for moms who travel. So you can still make that very special person in your life happy!

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The Best Travel Gifts For Mom

Travel gifts for mom for large budgets

#1 A trip together

If you are not on a tight budget, there is only one perfect gift for traveling mothers: a trip together with their children!

Obviously, 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.

Me and my mom on a trip to Morocco

#2 Travel locally with your mom

Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash

Who said you needed a trip to 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.

#3 World map home decoration

Chalk world map wall art
Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

If you are looking for Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms who are not traveling at the moment. Something travel-related to decorate their 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!

I think this chalk world map is awesome for moms, but some of my other favorites included the numbers 4, 8, and 9, so definitely check those out too.

#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

Alaska gift ideas
Photo by Joris Beugels on Unsplash

Does your mom love Greece, France, Alaska, or Australia? Find her something cool 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 gift some extra thoughts. You remembered what her favorite country was, and you did your homework to discover something typical of that country.

In case you need some help with your homework, check out my destinations page and perhaps your mom’s favorite country is already listed there.

#6 Photography gear

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 travel gifts for mom who doesn’t want anything, because she will always be able to use it.

Something you can think of is this camera bag, an additional lens, a tripod, or if you have a large budget, a decent camera.

#7 Portable cold brew coffee maker

Portable cold brew coffee maker

Now, this is one of the best gifts for moms who travel ánd love cold brews! A portable cold brew coffee maker! No matter where your mom travels, with this gift she can make her own perfect cold brew wherever she goes.

Is your mom more into other types of coffee? Check out my post that includes 25 awesome travel gifts for coffee lovers.

#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, I also made a list of the 25 best gifts for traveling tea lovers.

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 Uncommon Goods

Besides world maps, photos and other travel-related home decorative items 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


For people who have a large budget for their Mother’s Day gift, a kindle is a great idea for traveling moms!

#11 International cookbooks

International cookbook

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

This book includes over 200 recipes from across the globe for your mom to try at home. (And for you to eat of course 😉).

Travel gifts for mom for mid-budgets

#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?


Well, I am going to make it even better for you! This one is filled with actual personalized reasons why they mean 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 one 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: more personalized Mother’s Day gifts for traveling moms

Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

I already shared my number one tip when it comes to finding gifts for moms who travel in my introduction. But here is my number two tip.

 Give something personal.

All your mom wants to know is that you love her. And for moms who are often on the road, receiving a box filled with personal letters for all sorts of moments, is the best gift.

#15 A cocktail travel kit

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:

Oh and for more cocktail-related travel gifts, check out my other post with the best travel gifts for cocktail lovers, and perhaps you will find an even better gift for your mom there!

#16 Reasons why you are wonderful

Photo courtesy of Not On The High Street

This is another one of the sweet personalized gifts for moms who travel. A set of tubes filled with reasons why your mom is wonderful. 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 them to take on a trip and remind them of all the reasons why you love them.

#17 Personalized passport holder

Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

Alright, yes passport holders are not quite a spectacular gift for your mom. 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

Travel mugs 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

Books about traveling are always great travel gifts for mom who doesn’t want anything. 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 mom who doesn’t want anything

#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 their favorite country is a relatively easy gift.

Not too much effort, yet still sweet and personal enough to make your mom happy.

#21 Travel journals

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. I guess this is also why I dedicated an entire post to finding the best travel journal.

And that’s also why I included them here as one of the simple, yet fun travel gifts for a mom who doesn’t want anything.

You can find travel journals in all shapes and sizes and prices. For Mother’s day gifts for small budgets, I would recommend this cute vegan leather journal. But do check out my travel journal post for more inspiration.  

#22 Mother and child 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 definitely included some of those too). And this mother’s journal is the perfect Mother’s day gift with a personal touch.

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

#23 Keychains: Awesome small travel gifts for mom

Photo courtesy of World Market

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 super 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

If you have checked other gift guides on my website, you may know that 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

Compass bracelet

The last gift on the list is a cute and easy gift for your mom, a bracelet with a globe.

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