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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts For Moms Who Get Out and After It

A curated list of our favorite gear to help the moms in your life do what they love: get outside.

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How do you celebrate the woman who raised you, introduced you to the outdoors, and schlepped all your gear to the slopes—or the woman who is doing all of this for your kiddos? By returning the favor. This Mother’s Day, give her something to encourage her pursuits and passions. Here, the women at SKI compiled a curated list of our favorite ski, outdoor, and kick-back-and-relaxing gear. We’re confident that any mom will dig one or all of these fan favorites, though gift aside, it’s the thought that counts. What she’ll really appreciate is the cue that it’s time she get out there and do something for herself.

For the Moms Already Looking Forward to Next Ski Season

Nordica Santa Ana Unlimited 93

Nordica Santa Ana 93 Unlimited
(Photo: Courtesy of Nordica)

If you really want to go big, get her this brand-new backcountry offering from Nordica. The new Santa Ana Unlimited 93 is cut from the same cloth as the wildly popular Santa Ana all-mountain skis but is significantly lighter, featuring Nordica’s carbon chassis technology instead of a full or partial sheet of the brand’s Terrain Specific Metal. It may be lighter, but it doesn’t ski like a twitchy lightweight in the backcountry. Instead, you can expect that good ‘ol Nordica downhill performance, just packaged in a ski better suited to uphill schlepping. Trust us, this ski could become mom’s new go-to touring stick. $750

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Stio Alpiner Hooded Jacket

Stio Alpiner Hooded Jacket
(Photo: Courtesy of Stio)

This is one of the softest, stretchiest, coziest midlayers we’ve ever had the privilege of wearing against our skin and would recommend it based on feel alone. But there’s more to this technical midlayer than what’s at surface level. This smart layering piece features Polartec’s Alpha Insulation—a warm yet highly breathable insulation ideal for active days—DWR finish, gusseted underarms for better mobility, a quick-draw hood, and a generous chest pocket. All this makes the Alpiner Hooded Jacket a versatile midlayer that will stand up to high-output days on the skintrack but is cozy enough that she’ll want to wear it as an everyday layer. $289

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Kari Traa Eva Down Capri

Kari Traa Eva Down Dapri
(Photo: Kari Traa)

Save her butt on the coldest of resort days with this down-insulated bottom midlayer. Featuring thoughtful design elements like a three-quarter length cut that’s ideal for skiers, stretch fabric mapping for improved fit and mobility, and a sustainable, fluoride-free water repellent treatment, it’s hard to go wrong with the Eva Down Capri, especially if she’s always complaining about being cold or feeling constricted by too many baselayers. Pro tip: These tend to run a little large around the waist, so consider sizing down for her. $77

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For the Trail Crusher

North Face Flight Vective Trail Shoe

The North Face Flight Vectiv Trail Shoe
(Photo: Courtesy of The North Face)

Yes, The North Face makes shoes, and like everything else they make, they’re both stylish and highly technical. The Flight Vective is a great trail shoe for ladies who go hard even on the roughest of trails and need a lightweight yet stiff and responsive shoe that will carry them the distance. $199

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Wild Rye Freel Women’s Bike Short

Wild Rye Freel Bike Short
(Photo: Wild Rye)

We’re wild about Wild Rye, and not just because this brand offers fun prints and colors in women’s technical apparel. We love that this brand can outfit us for both ski season and bike season; we love that these clothes actually fit athletic women’s bodies; and most of all, we love that it’s a small brand owned and run by some badass women. Chances are, the mom in your life will love all this, too, and these cute mountain bike shorts, to boot. $124

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Smith Shift Mag Sunglasses 

Smith Shift Mag Sunglasses
(Photo: Courtesy of Smith)

If she runs, bikes, hikes, or does all the above, she needs some quality sunnies in her life. And when it comes to high-quality shades, Smith is our go-to. The Shift Mag fits the bill thanks to a lightweight frame, Smith’s easy magnetic lens-change system, and a sleek design. $259

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Suunto 9 Peak Watch

Suunto 9 Peak Watch
(Photo: Courtesy of Suunto)

It’s spendy, and it probably includes more features than she’ll ever need, including over 80 sport modes, GPS navigation, blood-oxygen level reads, and, and, and. But the Suunto 9 Peak is worth its weight in gold and is especially great for ladies who like to track their lines and metrics in the backcountry. And the best part about this watch: Its sleek and elegant design. Unlike the other massive watches out there, this one is low-profile enough to fit snugly beneath the cuff of your jacket and gloves. $700

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For the Camp Mom

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

Rumpl Down Blanket
(Photo: Courtesy of Rumpl)

She’ll never leave home without this super-lightweight and incredibly warm down blanket, equally perfect for chilly nights by the campfire and early mornings on the sidelines. It packs down into its own travel bag, too. $99

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Ember Mug 2

Ember Mug 2
(Photo: Courtesy of Ember)

What do you gift to the camper who has everything? The Ember Mug 2 uses Smart LED technology paired with a built-in battery to keep her coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for up to 90 minutes. A lifesaver when there’s no nearby microwave for a quick warmer. $129 for a 10-ounce mug

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Dakine Liberator Pants

Dakine Liberator Pants
(Photo: Courtesy of Dakine)

It’s all about kicking back and relaxing around a fire at camp, and these joggers were made for exactly that—it’s in the name. The Liberator is the perfect pair of loose-fitting pants to change into after a hike or ride before settling in for the evening. $80

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MPowered Luci Solar String Lights

This 18-foot string of lights last for over 20 hours on a single charge, and will effortlessly add a cozy and homey vibe to any campsite. $50

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For the World Traveler

Rothy’s Bucket Bag

Rothy's Bucket Bag
(Photo: Courtesy of Rothy’s)

Made from thread spun from plastic bottles and fully machine-washable, Rothy’s Bucket Bag is a great travel catch-all, comes in a variety of colors, and can be carried cross-body or by its handle. $395

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Sorel Kinetic RNEGD Strap Sneaker 

Sorel Kinetic RNEGD Strap Sneaker
(Photo: Courtesy of Sorel)

If she travels as much as we do, she needs these comfy sneaks in her life. Thanks to the velcro-strap design, this shoe makes for easy on-and-off when you’re hustling through the airport security line, and the cushy, lightweight midsole made partially from an algae-biomass material is as good for the feet as it is for the planet. Pro tip: Sorel runs small and narrow, so consider sizing up for her. $115

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Mountain Smith Trippin Fanny Pack

Mountain Smith Trippin Fanny
(Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Smith)

Fanny Packs are most definitely back, and the more retro the design, the cooler they are. Give her this smart and trendy travel accessory from a brand that’s trusted the world over for its backpack designs and carries that same quality into its smaller gear pouches. $30

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For the Laid-Back Moms

Endless Summer Chesapeake Outdoor Gas Fire Pit

Chesapeake Fire Pit
(Photo: Courtesy of Endless Summer)

Give her warmth at the press of a button with this stylish and turnkey outdoor fire pit that’s designed to maximize your time outside on summer nights. $500 

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Good + Well Supply Company, National Park Scented Candles

National Park Candles
(Photo: Courtesy of Good + Well)

There are 40-plus unique candles representing our national parks with amazing scents aimed at bringing her back to a favorite outdoor memory—or motivating her to go make a new one. $26 

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Bombas Gripper Slipper

Bombas Slipper Sock
(Photo: Courtesy of Bombas)

If she’s not a slipper person, these hybrid sock-slippers, with a cozy brushed liner and rubber grippers for stability, will win her over. Bonus: Bombas donates one pair of socks to homeless shelters for every pair purchased. $42

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