Mother’s Day is right around the corner. This year, my advice is skip the too-sweet holiday cards and put your cash towards an outdoor-oriented gift that she’ll be able to use on a run, a hike, at camp or where ever her adventures will take her. Here’s a few ideas to consider.

Chocolaty Healthy Goodness

MOJO Chocolate Almond Coconut

What woman doesn’t like chocolate? But a box of sugary sweets never seems to go down well these days. Healthy chocolate is what she wants and CLIF BAR has it including a pretty spectacular new flavor in the Mojo bar – Chocolate Almond Coconut. The new flavor has been a big hit around GearGuide as has the CLIF CRUNCH. We have three sample packs to giveaway for Mother’s Day, so register to win here.

Plush Comfort

Dahlgren Light Hiker Sock

We normally wouldn’t suggest socks as a Mother’s Day gift. But that was before we tried Dahlgren’s alpaca and merino wool products. The superfine natural fibers used by Dahlgren make their light hiking socks simply the softest, most plush we’ve ever tried. And the recycled poly yarns they employ in strategic locations add to the durability and moisture wicking properties of the products, which are made in the USA. Find them at Big Sky Country.

Warm Coziness

Icebreaker Oasis V Ripple Top

The ladies at GearGuide have not been shy in proclaiming their love for all things Icebreaker. You can see that love in the Gear of the Year review of Icebreaker running togs including their Rush Crew and Run Swift Skort. We recently had a chance to try Icebreaker’s Oasis V Ripple Top (part of the company’s Bodyfit 200 line of merino wool products) and continue to be impressed. This versatile product can act as a baselayer yet it’s stylish enough for wearing around town too.

Find them at Altrec,, and REI.

Bright, Vibrant Color

Saucony ViZi-PRO Top

At GearGuide, we realize that hot pink isn’t the only color for the women in our lives. So if you don’t want pink, go for the also available orange in Saucony’s ViZi-PRO line of running wear. We tried the Drylete ¼ Zip Sport Top recently and for cool morning or evening runs or light hikes, it’s perfect – soft, warm, dry and definitely bright.

You can find them at the Saucony Store and Holabird Sports.

Good luck on your search for an outdoor-oriented gift for your mom. Enjoy the holiday and don’t forget to register for the Win a Mother’s Day Prize pack giveaway.

Happy Mother’s Day!