For the 50+ Traveler

The Classic Wrap From Mer-Sea & Co.

Comfy & Cozy
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If you’re longing to wrap your mom in a hug, this could be the next best thing. Mer-Sea & Co.’s Classic Wrap comes in 11 colors and is made for those who want to “travel often, travel well, travel light.” The wrap is 100 percent acrylic (meaning fewer wrinkles) and made in Ecuador. It can be machine washed and dried, so it’s simultaneously high-end and no fuss: a definite win for Mom!

Note: This wrap is 20 percent off with code MERSEAMOM.

KEEN Women’s Targhee III Waterproof Mid

Trail Ready
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Keen makes some of the best shoes on the market, and these beautiful Targhee hiking boots are no exception. They’re some of Keen’s best sellers, and they come in three color combinations and 13 different sizes. They’re waterproof and extremely supportive. They’re also made of environmentally preferred leather, which is made using a process that involves fewer chemicals and a lower impact on watersheds around the world.

Sea Bags Maine White On Navy Sand Dollar Tote

Effortless Chic
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This tote will allow Mom to bring the beachy vibes with her wherever she goes. It’s available in two sizes, and you can actually opt for your choice of closure options. Order it as a true open tote, or upgrade to a clasp or full zipper. You can customize the bag even further with an interior zippered pocket.

Even better: This bag is handcrafted from recycled sails that were once on boats working in the waters around Portland, Maine. If your mom is all about refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle, this gift will speak to her in more ways than one.

Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles

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These highly rated carbon cork trekking poles will show Mom you take her affinity for hiking seriously. They’re beautifully crafted with quality cork grips and comfortable rubber grip extensions. The length is adjustable, and they’re even ski compatible. You can purchase powder baskets (separately) that upgrade the trekking poles for use in deep snow. Whether Mom wants to hike in the national parks or hit the slopes, this gift will keep her supported -- and thinking of you!

Marmot Women’s PreCip Eco Jacket

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This thoughtfully designed jacket comes in six sizes and 16 colors (some of which are 40 percent off right now!). The garment is made of recycled nylon with a microporous coating that repels water and literally folds up into its own pocket for easy packing. PitZips will keep Mom cool if she runs warm, while zippered hand pockets, adjustable Velcro cuffs, and a drawstring hem will keep her warm when the temps drop. If your mom’s an outdoor explorer, odds are this gift will make its way into her heart, and find a place on her must-pack list for all her future trips.

America The Beautiful National Parks Pass

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REI has teamed up with the National Park Foundation to offer America the Beautiful annual national park passes, one of the best ways to enjoy national park adventures. Note that depending on Mom’s age, she might qualify for an America the Beautiful lifetime Senior Pass, which you can read all about here.

Osprey Skimmer 16 Hydration Pack

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Hydration is essential to healthy activity and feeling good while you’re moving. Drinking plenty of water is also a wonderful skincare regimen. Obviously, at present, Mom can have a dozen and one water glasses strewn around the house, but when she hits the roads and trails again, she can keep up with the hydration almost effortlessly with this Osprey Skimmer Hydration Pack. It comes in two colors: Plum Red and Sapphire Blue, and it has a mature, streamlined aesthetic.

Bentoko 6 Piece Travel Packing Cube Organizer Set (Cobalt Blue)

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If you know people who travel without packing cubes, take comfort in knowing that this gift can change their travel lives. Even the most experienced traveler will love this travel essential. Planning a long road trip, but you don’t want to pull out all the suitcases for a quick hotel overnight? Problem solved. Plus, when you get to your destination, it makes for quick unpacking because all of your clothes are already perfectly separated. When the trip is over, you have the perfect place for any dirty clothes, too.

Genius Pack G4 22” Carry On Spinner Luggage

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Good luggage makes all the difference when it’s time to hit the airport, and this cute little carry on packs quite the punch. It has numerous external pockets (one specifically for Mom’s water bottle, another for her umbrella) that make accessing the essentials a breeze. It also has a built-in air valve system that will help Mom compress more clothing in less space, meaning that, depending on the length of her trip, she could achieve the level of traveler nirvana that is only having to pack a carry on.

Want to buy your mom some hardshell luggage instead? Check out our best hard shell luggage of 2020 review, or if you want to explore your carry on options, see our picks for best carry on luggage of 2020.

Anker PowerCore Metro 20,000 mAh Portable Charger

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A portable charger is a must for anyone who’s traveling with a smartphone, Kindle, iPad, or pretty much any other electronic in tow, and this slim Anker PowerCore fits the bill. It’s no frills, and that might be just what Mom wants. In fact, this is the one gift she can use on every trip, from visiting glaciers in Alaska to lounging on the beaches of the Caribbean. And yes, every time her device has that full charge she really needs, she’ll be thinking of you.

Waypoint Goods Travel Scarf

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Scarves are a travel must. Waypoint has combined style with function. This scarf allows any traveler to visit their favorite destinations with their necessities, including passport, credit cards, and room keys, perfectly packed within this sarf. Security is important to everyone when traveling and this scarf invites Mom to prioritize security in style.

Chico’s Solid Maxi Skirt

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Yoga pants don’t always cut the mustard. Sometimes we want something that has a little more finesse, but yes: Whatever we’re wearing needs to be equally comfortable as our favorite stretchy pants! Enter Chico’s solid maxi skirt, which pairs well with all Mom’s favorite tops and looks elegant dressed up or down. It’s made of rayon and spandex, which means fewer wrinkles, and has a pull-on design, which means guaranteed comfort. It comes in four stretch-to-fit sizes. While the skirt may look black, note that it’s actually Chico’s Classic Navy.

Rothy’s The Flat

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These shoes are the final touch for being travel ready. Rothy’s transition perfectly from plane to dinner. They’re comfortable and look fabulous! It’s difficult to believe they’re made from 100 percent eco-friendly material. And, did we mention these shoes are washable? It’s true! But don’t worry, they keep their shape and good looks, wash after wash. You might as well get a pair for Mom and one for yourself as well.

V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve UV Protection Embroidered Cover-Up Dress

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The perfect swimsuit cover-up doesn’t just get you to the pool. It takes you from the pool to cocktails to dinner. Land’s End has the perfect cover-up for every body type. They will help you and your mom make effortless look easy. Buyer beware: You’ll want one in every style and color.

GCI Outdoor Zero Gravity Chair

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If your family enjoys camping (or mom is a number one fan at the grandkids’ sporting events) this zero gravity chair will take her experience to the next level. She can literally kick her feet up, adjust the headrest for maximum head and neck comfort, and keep her favorite beverage within reach thanks to this well-designed camping essential, which folds up for easy transport.

KEEN Women’s Newport H2 Sandal

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If Mom doesn’t need a full-on hiking boot, she might love these Newport sandals. One of our editors has had a similar pair of Keens for years and loves how they keep her feet cool. They’re also perfect for wading: You can feel the water on your feet without risking injury!

CGear Multimats Original Sand-Free Mat

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If Mom loves to hit the beach (or maybe picnic with the grandkids!) this sand-free mat from REI is a great pick. It has a whimsical aesthetic and is outfitted with metal loops that can be staked into the ground or sand. The mat comes in three sizes and is teal on one side and lime green on the other.

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

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This luxe Turkish cotton bathrobe says, “Pamper yourself,” without sounding bossy in the least. It’s a gorgeous gift that proves staying in can be almost as enchanting as going out. It comes in four sizes and in four colors, and Mom will love that it can be machine washed and tumble dried. A mild, liquid detergent is recommended.

Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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One of our editors is a huge fan of her Kindle Paperwhite. It’s easy on the eyes, has tremendous storage capacity and a long battery life, and is small enough to fit in most of her purses! That said, her Paperwhite isn’t waterproof. The new model is, and Mom will love that. It means she can take her favorite reads, and maybe even brand new books you can recommend, with her wherever she goes, from plane to poolside, without a hitch.

Jasper Hill Farm’s Cellars Cheese Club

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This is the perfect gift for the cheese-lover who wants to support small businesses. Jasper Hill Farm produces some of the best cheese in the country -- and we’ve tried our fair amount of cheese. Their Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese practically melts in your mouth. Don’t make Mom choose, give her the gift of delectable Vermont goodness every month. Buyer beware: You’ll want a subscription for yourself as well!

Art Of Tea Monthly Tea Club

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The TravelAwaits office was a tea-filled place, and before we shifted to working from home, tea swaps were relatively routine. We know that teas can transport us to faraway places, or conjure the comfort of home with just one sip. It would be unlike us not to suggest tea as a gift, and the lovely Art of Tea Tea Club will treat Mom to beautifully packed shipments of high-quality tea for your choice of three, six, or 12 months.

Stadler Form J-001 Jasmine Essential Oil Diffuser

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This understated essential oil diffuser will have Mom playing spa at home in no time. We all know how scents can transport us to faraway places and bring back wonderful memories. Essential oils can also help us relax and give our homes a just-freshened-up vibe. This one does that without being too bulky, and the interval mode will allow Mom to diffuse the oil (or blend!) of her choice for up to 21 hours, diffusing for 10 minutes, then turning off for 20 minutes, no intervention necessary.

Blendtique Wine Blending Kit

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Help your mom channel her inner vintner. Blendtique isn’t just tasteful; it’s a perfect night of fun as you help craft your mom’s perfect blend. Once you’ve perfected your recipe, send it off with a customized label, and Mom will have a gift to last all year.

Monopoly National Parks Edition Board Game

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Attention national park lovers: Monopoly isn’t just about Park Place and Boardwalk anymore. Now, you can play your favorite, and longest, game from your childhood while buying and trading your favorite national parks. It doesn’t hurt that you can also relive some fantastic travel memories along the way.

Liberty Puzzles’ Dole Map Of The Hawaiian Islands

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These beautiful puzzles are works of art. There are several travel destinations from which to choose, so there’s a good chance you’ll find one Mom will love. Mom will be equally impressed by the quality of the pieces. This is one of those gifts she’s sure to brag about to her friends, and it might even prompt her to learn about Hawaiian history or book that long-overdue island getaway.

Pendleton Chess & Checkers Set: Travel-Ready Roll-Up Game

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This is the perfect game for anyone who likes to travel, but it seems especially necessary for RVers. It’s compact, stores well, and is the perfect game for two. It’s known for helping keep the mind sharp. The only issue with this set is when your partner says “Checkmate.”