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Whether mom shreds or just enjoys the beach, get her something this Mother’s Day that will get her stoked for summer. Photo: Elizeu Dias

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Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and it’s time to get shopping. Mothers do so much day in and day out, so here’s your opportunity to get something special for the leading lady in your life. Whether your mom rips on a surfboard, is a regular on the hiking trails, or is a world traveler, we’ve compiled a list of desirable items for everyone. Here are 12 gifts your outdoorsy mamma is sure to love.

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The O’Neill Bahia Springsuit benefits from the superstretch technology O’Neill has to offer. Photo: Jody Marcon

For the Water Woman
O’Neill Bahia Spring Wetsuit ($85)

Does your mom spend a lot of time in the water? Then she’ll love the O’Neill Bahia springsuit. Sporting long arms and mid-thigh legs with O’Neill’s premium materials, the suit works to keep you warm while remaining incredibly flexible. Features include a back-zip entry, external key pocket with loop, hand-cuff stitch sleeve anchor, and flatlock stitched breathable seams. Available at an affordable price, the 2/1 mm suit offers everything you’d expect from a good springsuit and comes in plenty of color options, making it perfect for surfing, paddling, rafting, snorkeling, or anything aquatic in warmer water.

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For the Paddler
Bluefin Cruise SUP Package ($999)

If your mom is into paddling or has been wanting to get into paddling, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12′ is one of the best inflatable standup paddleboards on the market. Despite being an inflatable, the board is rigid and stiff when fully inflated and delivers excellent stability and speed. The SUP package includes everything your mom will need to get out on the water: bag, pump, fin, paddle, leash, fin, and a kayak seat. Plus, a tree is planted for every purchase, so it’s a gift you can feel good about giving.

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is a top-tier pick, so for mammas who don’t need all the bells and whistles, you can’t go wrong with the ROC Kahuna ($400). And for more great inflatable SUP options, check out our guide to the Best Inflatable Paddleboards.

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Inspired by the California coast, Salty Cali jewelry adds a pop of style to any outfit.

For the Style Guru
Salty Cali Shiva Salty Shells ($39)

Nothing is more classic than giving your mom a beautiful piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day. Inspired by the California lifestyle, Salty Cali makes cute necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Available in silver and gold, the Shiva Shells is a simple piece that will allow your mom to bring the ocean vibes with her wherever she goes.

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For the Adventurer
Patagonia Microdini Half-Zip Fleece ($129)

If your mom spends a lot of time outdoors, the Patagonia Microdini is sure to please, regardless of what activity is her M.O. Made from recycled lightweight velour fleece, the half-zip fleece is incredibly warm while still remaining lightweight. Availalbe in ten retro colorways, the fleece comes in a half-zip as well as a hooded option.

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For long days in the sun, the Bajio Paraiso shades have got you covered.

For the Sun Seeker
Bajio Paraiso Sunglasses ($259)

If your mom spends a lot of time outdoors, she probably gets her fair share of sunshine. The Bajio Paraiso sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable polarized glasses that will keep your eyes protected during long days in the sun. Available in multiple color options as well as prescription lenses, there’s something for every mom. Who doesn’t want another pair of shades in their collection? And if these aren’t her style, check out our article on the Best Sunglasses for more options.

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Cute and functional.

For the Shade Seeker
Business & Pleasure Umbrella ($199)

Whether it’s for backyard get togethers, hanging out on the soccer field, or beach days, every mom needs a good umbrella in her collection. The Business & Pleasure umbrella is equal parts cute and functional. It’s lightweight and includes a bag, so it’s easy to pack along for adventures. Should you prefer to use it at home, Business & Pleasure also carries heavy duty umbrella stands and a wide array of matching lounge chairs.

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The North Face base camp voyager duffel 42 L

Great for travel or staying organized on your adventures.

For the Traveler
The North Face Base Camp Voyager Duffel ($135)

Available in four different color options, this 42-liter duffel is perfect for overnight getaways or gear heavy adventure days. Constructed from a lightweight 100 percent recycled fabric, the bag is ultra durable and features a padded laptop sleeve, side handles, an adjustable divider in the main compartment, an internal-zippered pocket, and padded shoulder straps that can be adjusted to carry as a bag or backpack. It’s way more than just a duffel.

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black hole tote pack ultralight patagonia

A modern take on the classic mom tote, this bag does it all with style.

For the Day Tripper
Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack ($99)

It’s a tote, but it’s also a backpack? This combo item from Patagonia does both with ease, while looking great and going easy on the environment as well. Moms have a reputation for being prepared and the Black Hole Tote Pack has plenty of room for stashing towels, snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you may need for a day at the beach. With plenty of color options, zippered pockets for organization, and an ultralight design that packs down into its own pocket, this is sure to be your mom’s new favorite bag.

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Big, comfy, and cute, Slowtide’s towels are the perfect gift.

For the Lounger
Slowtide Mauka Beach Towels ($35)

A good beach towel is a staple for any avid beach goer and at Slowtide they raise the bar for what to expect in a quality towel. Their 30”x 60” towels are made from sustainably sourced woven cotton that is both soft and absorbent. The reactive dye helps prevent fading and the hanging loop is convenient for drying. With a cute print to boot, mom’s sure to love it. And for more awesome towels, check out our guide to the Best Beach Towels.

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The Roadie will keep your drinks cold all day (and all night).

For the Social Butterfly
YETI Roadie 24 Cooler ($250)

If your mom enjoys sharing a cold one with friends, look no further than the YETI Roadie 24 for the perfect gift. Whether you’re hanging at the campground, the beach, or partying in the backyard, the extra-thick walls and increased polyurethane foam insulation ensure your beverages and snacks will stay cold all day (and all night) long. The Roadie is also available in 48 L and 60 L sizes. Not her style? We’ve got plenty of other awesome cooler options in our Best Beach Coolers of 2023.

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For the Hiker
Osprey Hikelite 26 Pack ($130)

If you do a lot of hiking, then you know a solid pack can be a game changer. Made from 100% recycled main body and bottom fabrics, the Hikelite pack features a minimalist panel loading design, external storage, mesh side pockets, trekking pole loops, compression straps, an internal reservoir sleeve, and more. Set your mom up for success on her hikes by giving her the Osprey Hikelite pack this Mother’s Day.

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olukai honu sandals for mom

Stylish and comfortable, these flip-flops from Olukai will be loved.

For the Trekker
OluKai Honu Sandals ($100)

A comfy pair of sandals for long treks to and from the beach, around town, or post-hike are a staple in every mother’s wardrobe. Inspired by Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtle, the sandals feature laser-etched artwork and premium leather straps. To top it off, they’re cute and insanely comfortable. For more awesome sandal options with the beach in mind, check out our guide to the Best Beach Sandals for Women.

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