Over the past year some of us have taken up new sports and activities, learned a new hobby, and spent time dreaming about future adventures. We believe these popular items are a reflection of that build: storage furniture for nights around the campfire, cooking utensils for backyard gatherings, and travel gear for trips on the bucket list. Here are our gift recommendations for an exciting Mother’s Day.
A versatile camp chair
(Photo: Courtesy of Kelty)
There’s nothing like kicking back in a chair at camp after a long day and mom deserves the most comfortable seat there is. In 2020 we selected the Kelty Low Loveseat for two (see image above) as one of the most sought-after items of the year: “I’m generally not the one who brings luxuries into the woods, but somehow this camping couch is on my permanent list of things that should never be left behind, ”wrote Senior Equipment Editor Ariella Gintzler. We also like the supportive Big Agnes Big Six that we featured in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. But for real versatility, we’d pick the auto-camp-ready REI Co-op Outward Low. “With wooden armrests and subdued aesthetics, it is also at home in a minimalist terrace,” wrote our tester.
An air fryer
(Photo: Courtesy Cosori)
Air fryers are a hot topic right now, which is why staff member Christine Byrne has written a complete guide on how they work, what the experts say, and some recipes to try. Spoiler: They are basically small convection ovens. “Unlike frying, which uses oil or butter to transfer heat, convection uses a fan to quickly circulate the hot air,” she explains. Byrne tested the Cosori (pictured above) and found that it “efficiently crisps the food on all sides as there is plenty of room for air to circulate under and above the basket”. She also tested the Instant Vortex and loved how easy it is to use. Read Byrne’s full guide and review here.
(Photo: Courtesy Patagonia)
There are many reasons to love jumpsuits: you can wear them for different activities, they are comfortable and, most importantly, they are straightforward and simple. That is why we have crowned Patagonia Fleetwith Romper (picture above) the MVP of the summer. “The stretchy mix of recycled polyester and elastane makes for an incredibly light and airy overall with performance chops,” wrote our tester. Buyer’s Guide tester and senior editor Kelsey Lindsey prefers the spacious Outerknown Station for comfort on long flights, while senior editor Ariella Gintzler likes the Title Nine Round Trip for work from home. “The fabric is so durable and easy to wipe off that I even knelt down for spontaneous weed control after work without changing,” she wrote. “I can’t say any of that about a lot of other items in my closet.”
Lean luggage for future trips
(Photo: Courtesy Away)
Consider adding some of our favorite luggage items like the Eagle Creek Caldera Convertible (pictured above) and the Timbuk2 Never Check 4 Wheel Spinner bags, both of which have been named Gear of the Year in 2020 and 2019, respectively were. Most recently, tester Janna Irons praised the Caldera Converitble for its ability to cope with all types of travel: “The convertible combines functionality, sustainability, style and technology in a practical, reliable roll package that works exactly as you need it at the airport or on rugged back roads. “However, if you’re looking for an easy upgrade to mom’s old 4×4 luggage, consider the Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On (pictured above). The gentle twist makes traveling by plane a breeze. If she needs room for more souvenirs, a bottom zipper provides 1.75 inches of extra storage space.
Main photo: Steve Glass / Cavan