Does mom love to travel? Has she always yearned to go from Boston to Bora Bora? These travel-worthy gifts are sure to fulfill her wanderlust:
TRAVELING IN STYLE (1)
Carry it off beautifully — anywhere in the world — with a Vessel duffel bag. With every bag purchased, Vessel gives a school backpack to a child in need. Since this purposeful program was implemented, Vessel customers have provided more than 26,000 school backpacks. $265, vesselbags.com.
TAKE IT AWAY
The Barracuda Collapsible smart luggage does everything except pack itself. Its super slim design folds down to just four inches. When you’re ready to go, Barracuda keeps your items organized, can charge your phone between flights and maneuvers easily with a rotating handle. $199, barracuda.co
THE SWEET SMELL OF EUROPE (2)
Village Candle, handcrafted in Maine for the last 25 years, has two delightful scents that’ll get mom packing. Italian Leather smells like the interior of a Lamborghini, and the French Macaroon is as delightful as the adorable pastry shop we just visited on the Rue Rivoli. Ooh la! $20.50 each, Villagecandle.com.
CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME (3)
Mom’s hotel room will come alive with the succulent scent of designer Monique Lhuillier’s new Citrus Lily collection, featuring California lemons and Italian bergamot. We love the $150 AirEssence Diffuser, the $55 Spray and the $50 TasselAire that are also ideal for any cruise-ship stateroom. Agrariahome.com.
SUMMER NOTES (4)
Everything at Pickett’s Press is hand drawn. If you can’t find what you want in the extensive design library, the in-house illustrators will draw it for you. The seahorse summer notecards are sure to make a splash anywhere. Set of 10 custom-engraved note cards with hand-painted bordering, $65, pickettspress.com.
CREATE A UNIQUE GIFT (5)
MyPhoto’s singular mission is to create the easiest and fastest way for photos on your phone to become amazing products and gifts. We love the $22 hanging ornaments that can be made from mom’s favorite travel pictures. Just email photos to email@example.com. Within 20 seconds you will receive that photo on all the MyPhoto.com products you can purchase. Prices vary, MyPhoto.com.
INSTANT PICTURES IN A FLASH (6)
The Polaroid Pop Instant Print digital camera lets mom capture, instantly print and share 3 by 4-inch photos from a smartphone. It’s also Bluetooth enabled. Mom can even edit pictures before printing, with filters, stickers and text. Say cheese. $199.99, polaroid.com/pop.
Coveted by celebrities, Pevonia skincare delivers outstanding multicultural solutions to women in nearly 130 countries by restoring and revitalizing our largest and most visible organ — our skin. Don’t ever let mom fly without the Pevonia Youth Renew Tinted Cream SPF 30, which offers get-you-glowing results and sun protection. $53.50, Pevonia.com.
MAKE IT SKIN-SATIONAL
I would never leave home without my Foreo Luna Go, a petite, pink, travel-friendly facial brush that removes dead skin cells with sonic technology. Not only does the Luna Go unclog your pores, but there’s also an anti-aging mode to firm facial skin and allow better absorption of skincare serums. $99.99, Foreo.com.
TO YOUR HEALTH
Why not let mom get better skin from within? Skinade is a collagen-boosting drink — available in travel-sized sachets — that boosts skin’s radiance and clarity from the inside, with peptides, L-lysine and omegas. It tastes like peach and mangosteen (which tastes like a lychee nut-peach cross), and one drink a day helps keep wrinkles away. $150 for a 30-day full-sized supply, us.skinade.com.
IT’S THE BERRIES (7)
Mom can fight the look of jet lag with Meg21 Antioxidant Boost that contains gooseberries, which have 20 times the vitamin C of oranges. Contains Supplamine, a patented anti-aging ingredient offering tightening and visible results, proven in nine clinical trials. $95, find retailers at meg21.com.
WEIGHT-LOSS WONDER (8)
Is mom trying to lose those last five pounds before summer vacation? Help her out with a Crux air convection fryer that requires no oil and can easily make guilt-free sweet-potato fries and other goodies. $114.99, Macys.com.
No matter what you get mom for Mother’s Day, include this unbelievably thoughtful and useful gift — PBfit. I swear by this peanut butter powder (including one with chocolate) that’s had all the fat and calories kicked out of it. Just add water, mix in a bowl (from room service) and serve on crackers for an ultimate diet mini-meal that sure beats anything in the hotel mini bar. 30 oz. jar, $15.99, betterbodyfoods.com.