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Mother’s Day is almost upon us. If your mom is already dreaming of her next well-deserved vacation, she’ll welcome a Mother’s Day gift that will inspire her next trip, help her travel better or even give her the gift of travel itself.

This May, honor your mom with one — or a few — of these 32 editor-approved travel gifts. From subscription boxes that will fuel her wanderlust to handy travel accessories and luxury travel products, there’s a gift for each and every traveling mom on this list.

Accessory gifts for moms who love to travel

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This customizable hive of containers is the perfect way to help mom stay organized on her travels. The magnetic, leakproof and compact containers can be customized by color and label, allowing you to create a set of six that perfectly fits mom's needs. Dedicate one Capsule to her jewelry, one to moisturizer, one to shampoo...you get the idea. We never travel without these top-notch travel accessories — you can read our full review of them here.

The travel pros at Away know a thing or two about packing, and the brand's packing cubes are a great tool for keeping organized on the go. This set of four packing cubes is available in seven colors, each of which features a mesh top and full zipper enclosure to keep everything where it's meant to be in your suitcase. Four packing cubes not enough for mom? Away also offers The Insider Packing Cubes in a set of six.

Help mom keep her jewelry organized when on the road with this travel jewelry case. The pouch has special sections to separate rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, keeping them untangled and holding them in place through bumpy flights or long car rides. The vegan leather pouch comes in bright colors from terracotta to red, blush, seafoam and more that can be easily spotted in a packed suitcase.

Moms who love to read might also love to write, so give her a special place to note all her travel memories. This 320-page leather travel journal has plenty of space to note travel musings and features colored maps and international dialing codes, too. Plus, the bold orange leather ensures the journal is always visible in a suitcase, weekender or tote bag. You can monogram the journal with mom’s initials to truly make it her own for an additional $12.50.

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We're huge fans of all the travel gear that eco-friendly brand Paravel puts out, and this vegan leather passport case is no exception. It comes in four different shades that will remind mom of sunshine, brunches and cocktails during her travels. The stylish holder keeps passports safe, is easy to spot and makes a chic fashion statement all in one. Plus, it's got eight card slots to keep her favorite travel credit card safe while she's away from home.

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This BPA-free stainless steel travel mug is just as functional as it is beautiful. It keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot thanks to its double-wall vacuum insulation. Drinks will stay fresh whether mom's traveling on a plane, gardening or anywhere in between — it'll even keep tea hot and white wine chilled. It's available in six colorways, and best of all, it's dishwasher-safe so mom can use it over and over again without having to manually clean it.

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If your mom loves to watch her favorite movies and shows while she travels, this simple accessory is a must-have. With it, she can clip her phone in and attach the mount to any surface in front of her — think a seatback tray table or desk — and watch comfortably without having to crank her neck. This is one of our favorite travel accessories, and for less than $15, it's a steal. You can read our full review of the product here.

Travel gifts for mom to inspire relaxation

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What better way to help mom relax on her travels than with our pick for the best splurge neck pillow? (After all, she's definitely worth the splurge!) We love the Ostrichpillow Go Neck pillow for its 360-degree support, soft jersey cotton material and velcro fastener, which will help any traveler feel more comfortable. You can read our full review of the pillow here.

For moms who love to read, travel and cook, this cookbook — which also doubles as a terrific coffee table book — features recipes from grandmothers around the world. Guaranteed to inspire both wanderlust and hunger rumblings, your mom will love reading about motherly figures from Tuscany to the Philippines explaining their beloved recipes and the local ingredients used to create them.

Help mom fall asleep anywhere, anytime with this silk sleep mask that prevents some elements that cause aging. The 22 momme silk material smoothes wrinkles and replenishes skin cells so she’ll wake up bright-eyed and radiant, even when fighting jet lag. The six-layer head strap and breathable, lightweight material make the mask easy to stick in a suitcase and ultra-comfortable to sleep in. Alternatively, get mom our pick for the best sleep mask, the Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask.

If mom loves hitting the open road, surprise her with this road trip candle bundle from Homesick. With the bundle, she'll get both the road trip-scented candle and the spring break scent to celebrate springtime vacations. The bundle is the perfect way to help mom relax and reminisce about her last trip, while also feeling inspired to plan her next one.

Help mom snooze on a flight or relax during a stressful airport situation with this aromatherapy kit, which comes with two essential oil-blended balm sticks that can be easily tucked into a carry-on bag. The sleep balm, made from palmarosa, lavender and ylang-ylang will help mom nod off, and the de-stress balm, made from camomile, neroli and mandarin, soothes nerves and fights anxiety.

Travel gifts for the fashion-forward mom

For the traveling mom, staying comfortable on her feet is of the utmost importance. Allbirds Wool Runners are some of our favorite travel shoes out there because they get more comfortable with every wear. They're made from sustainable and ethical ZQ merino wool and are machine-washable to keep them looking — and smelling — new. There's a color for every traveling mom, too, with seven colorways available.

This foldable, packable sun visor has just over 4 inches of UV protection. It comes in seven colors and can be easily rolled up and placed in a carry-on, beach bag or tote. Ideal for moms who love to put their hair in a ponytail or bun, this sunshade, made of paper straw and polyester, is perfect for beach vacations and lazy pool days.

This 100% cashmere wrap can be used as a cozy travel blanket, fashionable scarf or even as a folded-up soft pillow. The grey heather color is especially apt for travel as it blends in and hides dirt and dust, but that's not the only option. The wrap comes in 19 additional colors, from a bold neon peony pink to a muted camel heather and every hue in between for a mom who has bolder tastes.

These lightweight, stretchy, cling-free travel pants are ideal for those long travel days, a quick break in the hotel gym or even a day of touring around a new destination. Tapered from knee to hem with seven basic color options, they won’t drag or catch if your mom needs to jog through the airport or rush to hail a taxi. And they even feature a hidden zipper and card pocket to tuck away anything extra-important.

If your mom’s favorite hotels are Edition properties, give her a travel set of Le Labo’s signature Edition black-tea-scented amenities to enjoy whether she’s at home or on the road. The set comes complete with four 3-ounce bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel, as well as a beige canvas zip pouch.

Keeping hair in order on the road can be trying, especially when traveling with just a carry-on or weekender bag. But this mini straightening iron is just 3.5 inches long, yet powerful enough to straighten a full head of locks; it heats up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. Moms with longer or thicker hair may prefer the one-inch straightener.

Bags for moms who love travel

This 42-liter, hard-sided cabin bag is durable, sleek and functional. It comes complete with an ejectable battery, a nylon laundry bag, an integrated TSA-approved lock and a special Y-strap compression system. Ideal for busy moms who travel hard, the shell is crush-proof and the suitcase is easy to drag through the airport thanks to its trademarked silent wheel system.

This tote is made from supple vegetable-tanned leather, available in true black, black-brown or English saddle. The interior zip pocket can store small items like a passport, phone, keys, sunglasses or travel wallet, and the 8-inch drop strap makes it comfortable to sling over mom’s shoulder when rushing through the airport or strolling the streets of Europe.

This cute fanny pack can be worn around mom’s waist or crossbody style. With two zipper pockets for maximum organization options, the bag can carry all the essentials mom may not want to put into a suitcase or backpack. Coming in four color options, this basic but useful bag is a travel staple for traveling moms.

Beis is one of the more stylish — yet affordable — travel brands out there. If mom loves to get away for a quick weekend trip, this versatile weekender bag from the brand is a must-have. It comes in nine hues, all of which feature a dedicated bottom zip compartment for shoes, toiletries or other travel accessories. It's the perfect multi-day option to use on a road trip or as a carry-on bag if mom is flying to her destination.

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If mom loves her wine, gift her the perfect suitcase that will protect her bottles during the journey. This checked bag can fit up to 12 bottles of wine — or some spirits — in its padded interior. With a durable outer shell, her bottles will arrive intact and ready to enjoy. In our testing, we found the bag to be lightweight even when it was filled with six bottles and some clothes. You can read our full review of the suitcase here.

Travel tech gifts for mom

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Apple AirTags are a must-have for any traveler — even moms. Once an AirTag is paired with an iPhone, stick one of the small devices in a checked bag and follow along as your suitcase makes its way through the airport and onto your plane. Traveling with the peace of mind of knowing that your suitcase has made it to your final destination can help to make any travel day that much less stressful.

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A brand-new Kindle ebook is just what mom needs to stay occupied during the more tedious parts of travel, like long train rides or waits at the airport. With 32 GB of storage space, an auto-adjust light and wireless charging, this new, glare-free Kindle Paperwhite makes reading easy and comfortable anywhere in the world. And just one single charge can keep this edition going for up to 10 weeks — one of the reasons it's among our picks for the best e-readers.

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If mom travels with a set of Bluetooth headphones, the AirFly is a must-have travel accessory. With it, she can pair her favorite headphones with the seat-back entertainment system to seamlessly transmit audio. Help her say goodbye to those awful airline-supplied headphones for good. You can read our full review of the AirFly Duo here.

Mom won’t keep her phone charged if she can’t find her charger, and this is when Away’s Tech Case organizer can really come in handy. Not only does the tech travel case keep all cables, cords and chargers in one place, but it also ensures each is separated using loops and mesh pockets, never tangling or getting caught on one another. The case comes in four colors: navy, black, Coast and green.

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Ensure mom's devices stay charged up on her next trip with this portable travel charger from Anker. The PowerCore 13000 won our title as the best overall portable charger thanks to its charging capacity, which holds enough to fully charge an iPhone 11 two and a half times.

Travel gifts to fuel mom’s wanderlust

Give your mom the gift of a new travel experience with a gift card to use at Hotels.com. The online travel agent has thousands of hotels in its portfolio. From Maui to Madrid to Langkawi and beyond, this gift lets your mother choose her desired hotel and destination while you foot (at least some of) the bill.

If your mom is a coffee fiend who loves sampling brews from around the world, bring exotic coffee right to her doorstep with a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club. Each month, mom receives a box with gourmet coffee from a new country like India or Ecuador (you choose dark or light roast and ground or bean), complete with a taste profile, brewing recommendations and a postcard from the country the coffee comes from.

Want to give your mom the gift of travel but not exactly sure how? Let mom select her destination with a gift card from Delta Air Lines. Just choose an eGift card or a physical card to give your mom and select the amount, letting her decide where in the world she wants to jet off to.

There's still quite a lot of time left in 2023, so give your mom the gift of a new colorful vintage travel poster every month to inspire her next journey. From London to the Italian Lakes and beyond, each month offers a painted glimpse of a new destination and culture that will bring a smile to your mom’s face. And the 13-by-19-inch calendar pictures are printed on heavy-coated paper, perfect for framing once the month has come and gone.

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