Wanderlust: Gifts for the Internationally Minded Moms

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Buying gifts for the people we love most can often be challenging—we want them to be thoughtful, personal, and demonstrative of our sentiments. Additional woes, such as purchasing a present for the person who has everything, traveled everywhere, and has discerning international tastes to boot, only serve to make the pursuit more difficult. So, with May around the corner, cue Mother’s Day-buying angst for so many of us who want to shower Mom with love, gratitude, and—of course—a gift she’ll cherish and enjoy. With this in mind, we’ve curated our favorite presents for the Moms out there with wanderlust.


The Food-Loving Mom

Try the World, $50 – $210

We’re a little bit smitten with this subscription box service that’ll bring Mom a taste of world travel right to her doorstep. Choose from a single stop, a “6-Month Journey,” or a “1-Year World Tour,” and Mom will receive a culinary expedition of six or seven signature delicacies selected by a celebrated chef from the “country of the month.”

The House-Proud Mom

Hand-Embroidered Country Pillows, $168

Now Mom can wear her love for her favorite destinations on her sleeve, or rather her sofa, with these gorgeous, hand-embroidered throw pillows. The designers’ “love for world culture, thirst for travel, and deep appreciation of art, design, and craftsmanship” are plainly evident in their colorful, artistic creations.

The Tech-Savvy Mom

Grid-It Organizer, $19.95

If Mom is the type of lady who can’t leave home without her electronic devices, and all their accouterments, then this is the gift for her. The simple—but smart—design system helps keep everything in its place (and untangled), so the days of digging for her iPod or untangling her earbuds are history for Mom.

The Travel Almanac

The Literary-Minded Mom

The Travel Almanac, €30 ($32.94 at time of publication)

This Berlin- and New York-based print publication looks to modern-day cultural icons from the worlds of art, music, fashion, and film to explore the topics of travel and temporary habitation. Past voices have included Bryan Ferry, Willem Dafoe, Phil Collins, and Rick Owens. The first magazine of its kind, The Travel Almanac offers a sophisticated outlet for these worldly influencers to share their personal travel experiences.

Lomo'Instant Camera

The Artsy Mom

Lomo’Instant San Remo Camera, $149+

If Mom is an art-loving creative whose travels are well-documented on film (or in the Cloud), then she’ll love the Lomo’Instant camera, which boasts “the World’s Most Creative Camera System.” Perfectly sized for her to take it wherever she goes, Mom is sure to enjoy experimenting with the different lenses, filters, and more, as she creates truly original mementos of her travels.

SWIM Loafer

The Fashion-Forward Mom

Swims Lace Loafer, €85+ ($93.32 at time of publication)

The classic footwear silhouette gets updated in SWIMS signature rubber, for a shoe that’s perfect for wearing either by the sea or on the boat. Available in a rainbow of colors, the SWIM Lace Loafer is both sensible and stylish, plus the antibacterial lining and thoughtfully designed ventilation system, make for a comfortable loafer that won’t sacrifice Mom’s signature fashion-forward look.

Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones

The Music-Loving Mom

Frends Headphones, $149.95+

Now Mom can rock out—or relax—to her favorite tunes in pure style. Frends, the first collection of headphones designed specifically for women, are as beautiful as they are functional, with premium-quality sound to boot. Crafted with “lux materials, romantic embellishments, and flirty details,” the subtly edgy designs can be mixed up—all headphone caps are interchangeable.

Anywhere Travel Guide

The Fun-Loving Mom

The Anywhere Travel Guide, $12.95

This is the ideal gift for the Mom who has everything—and a good sense of humor. The Anywhere Travel Guide is not your typical tome of what to see and where to eat. Heck, it’s not even a book! The conveniently sized box of 75 cards will have Mom “making a game of [her] wanderlust,” so that her next adventure will be anything but normal.

Riedel Stemware

The Wine-Loving Mom

Riedel Stemware, $59

If Mom knows her Malbecs from Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs from Semillons, then she’s certainly the type of lady who’ll want to savor her vino from the perfect glass. Riedel produces the stemware of choice for wine aficionados who love their varietal specific shapes, which are designed to enhance the vino’s bouquet and flavor. Cheers!

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