Mother’s Day is just around the corner (May 11th) and for those of you still hunting through the grocery store, picking through limp carnation carcasses, or perfecting your macaroni necklace, we’re here to offer a little help. The travel-themed Mother’s Day gifts listed below are perfect for the woman that’s always on the go — and if these end up inspiring her to hop the next Caribbean-bound flight, who knows, maybe you'll even get to be the lucky travel companion!
1. The Gift of International Gab
Google Translate is one thing, but the lady who's confusing her buonna notte’s and her buenos noches would do well to download iTranslate. At $1.99, the app is ideal for kids who don’t have too much to spend on a gift (and aren’t crafty), and offers mom access to 80 languages. The coolest feature? Simply enter text in a foreign language of choice, and hear the phrase translated back into perfect English. The hardest part may be wrestling away mom’s device for a minute in order to load it!
2. Makeup Kit for a Flawless Face
Any woman who wears makeup regularly knows how much luggage space all those products can take up. We’ve discovered a compact case she’ll love: the Organic Face Airbrush Makeup Kit houses a compact compressor, airbrush, cup, and hose, plus two bottles of foundation in your preferred hue, two bottles of blush, bronzer, eye shimmer, and setting spray, all in a pink pouch. Prices begin at $150 for the whole kit and caboodle; ShermansTravel readers will receive 10% off on makeup purchases using code TRAVEL 2014.
3. A Multipurpose Tote
It sounds like a cliche, but you can never really have too many bags in your life. What makes Harveys Executive Totes so special is that the Southern California company has used recycled seat belts and turned them into affordable ($138) works of art. The 2.8 lb bags are light, yet large enough to be used as a carry-on, with its slip and zip pockets as well as enough space to fit a 13” laptop, iPad, eReader, wallet, cell phone, keys and more. The colors range from sleek black, to a posh plum, which means they can transform into a chic night handbag.
4. Sip, Sleep, and Spa
A spa treatment is a natural choice for Mother’s Day, but it’s always more fun when there’s a twist. That’s why we like the Mother's Day Escape package from the five W Hotels in New York. $398 gets you a room for the night, a Gisele PJ set, two signature W cocktails, and a “Mother ‘Glows' Best" spa appointment at Bliss, which includes a triple oxygen facial, 75-minute “blissage”, hot cream manicure, the hot milk and almond pedicure, and in the room, the fragrant lemon + sage body butter. Book here.
5. A Beautiful Bahamian Getaway
Jetsetting ladies will love the “Bahama Mama Love Package,” which, for $1,199 (per couple) offers four nights at Buttonwood Reserve, a luxury condo community on the Out Island of Eleuthera, plus private beach access (featuring the island’s famous pink sand), dinner for two at the Rainbow Inn, and an eco-tour at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve. Offer valid now through November 20th, 2014.
6. Cozy Cashmere For Travel Comfort
Cabin-chilled moms won’t need to bother asking for another old scratchy blanket, thanks to Ralph Lauren’s Cabled Cashmere Travel Set In addition to a pashmina style scarf, there’s also an eye mask—perfect for those red-eye flights. Everything fits nicely in a zippered pouch, which, miraculously turns it into a pillow! (You can personalize it for free.) On sale until May 5th for $276.50; enter PRIVATE14 at checkout via RalphLauren.com toreceive an additional 10% off.
7. The Perfect White Shirt
Orvis is best known for their fishing and men’s clothing, but the company has recently upped their game in their women’s category by introducing the “Passport Collection”. They’ve got a line of solid print wrinkle-free separates, that can be paired with different accessories to create new outfits without needing to pack lots of extra clothes. Quick drying, anti-bacterial, pilling, water-resistant, and sun guard properties, help keep the garments in good shape whether using them for active or casual use. This Passport Go2 Popover Tunic ($79) can be used on travel days, for a leisurely lunch, dressed up with a black pencil skirt, or with a pair of jeans. That’s four looks right there!