10 Essential Mother’s Day Gifts for Adventurous and Outdoor-Loving Moms


Kelsey Glennon

Favorite Trip

Florida Freshwater Springs

Home Base

Orlando, FL

Favorite RV

Airstream Overlander

About Contributor

Kelsey’s first career as a performing artist had her traveling the world. Eager to keep traveling, she hit the road to see the USA in a 69’ Airstream Overlander. Today you can find her writing about travel, design, and good food. When she’s not planning her next trip, she’s sipping on local beer and petting other people’s dogs.

Whether you’re a dog mom, plant mom, grand-mom, or RV mom, this Mother’s Day we pause in awe of the ladies who share their love with us, and the outdoors.  

Take a moment to think. Recall the inspiring women in your life who have taught you how to follow trail signs, notice animal tracks, or just appreciate the wild and wonderful world we all live in. I think it’s no coincidence we call the great outdoors “Mother Earth.” It makes sensethere’s no better moniker than Mother to describe this planet’s power, strength, and beauty. 

Mother and daughter standing near the lake at the day time.

 This year, think of ways to celebrate the moms in your life. These thoughtful gifts, accompanied by a personal letter, can go a long way in sprouting seeds of love and kindness mom’s sow every day.  

No matter whether the women in your life have kids or not, celebrate these loving ladies that care for others and the planet we live on with the gift ideas below. This Mother’s Day, we give them all the gratitude.

A Piece of Adventure Gear

Too often moms put their own hobbies and interests on the back burner while they care for others and keep a family running smoothly. As Mother’s Day nears, try to discover a hidden curiosity that has gone unexplored. Maybe the woman in your life has always wanted to kayak level 3 rapids, hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, spy a spotted owl, or give paddleboard yoga a try. Imagine the reaction to a new kayak, hiking backpack, birdwatching binoculars, or paddleboard wrapped in a big bow. An investment in mom’s self-care is one that gives back. 

Child with paddle on kayak. Summer camp for kids. Kayaking and canoeing with family. Children on canoe. Little boy on kayak ride. Wild nature and water fun on summer vacation. Camping and fishing.
Foster mom’s adventurous side with a new piece of gear she’s been secretly eyeing. Image: Shutterstock

Picnic Gear  

When was the last time you took mom on a picnic? No phones, no distractions–just conversation and quality time.

Try this idea: prepare and pack the picnic food yourself in a picnic caddy so the entire experience is hands-off and relaxing for mom. Scout out a quiet, peaceful location and bring along the packed basket to set out on a sand-free picnic blanket.

Back view of young family with child sitting on picnic blanket and looking at beautiful sunset in mountains,
Plan a peaceful picnic for mom with all her favorite treats and a sunset view to top it off. Image: Shutterstock

Lake or Pool Lounger

This summer’s camping trips to the lake, pool, or beach should be fun and relaxing for everyone. Treat mom to a luxury inflatable lounger so she can float away the stress, while you take care of the rest.

a woman relaxing in a pool lounger

Propane Fire Pit

To some, fostering the perfect wood-burning bonfire might sound fun. But to those of us short on time (ahem, moms) sometimes we just want to skip all the huffing and puffing and put our feet up by a warm fire. For times like these, a propane fire pit does the trick. Smokeless and odorless, propane fire pits create that cozy, relaxing ambiance without all the effort.  

Dog Gear

A fast way to a woman’s heart is through her dog. Shower your dog-mom with pet gear that will spoil her pup and make her travels with her four-legged best friend all the better. A 2-person folding chair offers a place to relax, with a spot for her best pal to curl up right beside. Spoil her pet with a cozy new dog bed, or a leash tie down so her pet can join her lounging outside the RV. Find the perfect piece of pet gear to make camping more comfortable for furry family members.

Woman with a small yellow dog standing on pier by the mountain lake
Spoil the dog mom in your life with camp comfort for her pet. Image: Shutterstock.

Insulated Mug

Let’s be honest, nothing ever really gets done before coffee. An insulated mug keeps mom’s morning fuel warm as she sips it outside the camper while the rest of the family slowly rolls out of bed. Pair this gift with her favorite coffee or tea so she doesn’t have to do any shopping.  

Family sitting by the fire and frying sausages in field. Autumn hike in cold weather. Warming and cooking near flame together.
There’s nothing better than camp coffee in the morning. Image: Shutterstock

Cozy Pillows & Blankets for the RV

Keep mom cozy and warm on chilly camping nights with warm accents like pillows or throws. Thoughtful touches and soft textures make an RV feel like home. A cheeky pillow or velvet throw is a gift that slyly says “thank you,” every day.   

A pillow inside an RV

A New RV Mattress

The stock mattresses in most RVs are in need of a little upgrading. Add a mattress topper, or swap out for a new pillow-top mattress to ensure sweet dreams and a truly restful RV trip.  

young sleepy woman on bed of a camper RV van motorhome
Ensure mom gets adequate shut-eye on every trip with a new mattress. Image: Shutterstock.

Camp Tote

Mom’s are the original scouts—always prepared. Ask a mom for a bandaid and she’ll dive into her purse only to emerge with several different colored options.  

This Mother’s Day, offer to carry the backpack or camp tote on the next trip to the lake or beach. Pack it with some surprises you’re sure mom will like. The Adventure Wine Tote is a guaranteed hit combined with her favorite bottle of wine and some sweet and salty snacks. But any tote will do. Just remember to personalize the carry-all with thoughtful touches, like hand-written cards, a good book, and her favorite treats.  

A wine tote for a vino lover
A wine tote for a vino lover is the perfect gift. But any camping tote filled with thoughtful treasures makes a great gift.

The Gift of Shopping

For some women, retail therapy is the greatest gift of all. It’s self-care and some much-needed solo time all wrapped up in one. Enough said. Time for the leader of the household to do the shopping she so deserves. Send an e-gift card to mom so she’ll never misplace it. 

Gift cards at valid at any Camping World, Gander RV & Outdoors, or Overton’s. Shop in-store or online.

Moms, tell us what gift you’d like from Camping World, Gander RV & Outdoors, or Overton’s in the comments below. 

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