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Taking the Kids: Best Gifts For Moms Traveling Again

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FOR THE MOM WHO HATES RUNNING OUT OF JUICE for her devices. A Take the Charge portable charger so small it can fit in the credit card slot of a wallet. It will charge BOTH iPhones and Androids with its built-in cables. (It can even charge iPads, Kindles, speakers, headphones and more with its micro-USB cable) It’s $45.46 on sale at

FOR THE MOM ALWAYS LOSING HER SUNGLASSES. An affordable (well under $100), stylish pair from Eyeleos. With each purchase, a donation is made to support the causes of the Eyeleos curators and models.

FOR THE BEACH-LOVING MOM. A fast-drying, anti-microbial beach towel from FIVEADRIFT that folds very small — and will remove 75 plastic bottles ($49). The company hopes to remove 1 million pounds of ocean plastic in 2022.

FOR THE MOM WHO BEMOANS FINDING COMFORTABLE BUT CUTE SHOES AND SANDALS. More than a million pairs of the Kayla sandal ($139.95) from the Israeli company Naot have been sold. The sandal has a seal of approval from the American Pediatric Medical Association with an anatomic footbed that molds to the shape of your foot. Hikers and beach goers love Chaco with its adjustable strap system, rubber outsole and a podiatrist-certified footbed for all day comfort and support. Check out the Chaco z/Cloud ($100). Moms looking to elevate their sneaker style beyond running shoes, can look to Cocktail Sneakers (starting at just under $200) that pair as easily with jeans as a wedding dress. Send a used pair of sneakers in the shipping box your cocktail sneakers come in (there is a pre-paid shipping label) for Cocktail Soles to donate to Soles4Soles, which helps people in developing countries to start a business selling donated shoes. Cocktail Sneakers is promoting a 20 percent off Mother’s Day special all month with code MOMMAY.

FOR THE MOM WHO CAN NEVER FIND HER BLACK SUITCASE AT THE AIRPORT CAROUSEL. A customized spinner from You can use one of the company’s designs (how about the Northern Lights) or upload a favorite vacation snapshot. Great for a mom tired of her two-wheeled case! Available in three sizes starting at $199 with free shipping.

FOR THE MOM WHO HATES RAINY VACATION DAYS IN A RENTAL. Gift her a Baketivity kit that comes with pre-measured dry ingredients, list of ingredients you need to get, decorating supplies and more. (Maybe a cake pops baking kit for $34.95?)


Happy Mother’s Day!


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