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Five Faves: The Mother of All Gifts

Porthole‘s Five Faves

The Mother of All Gifts

Five great gift ideas for the cruise-loving mom in your life.

We all go through it. “What in the world am I going to get mom for Mother’s Day this year?” If the mom on your list loves to cruise, then check out our roundup of five gift ideas that she’s bound to love.

Onboard Options

If she already has a cruise booked, consider supplying mom with some instant onboard credit (read: money) that she can use toward a spa treatment, shore excursion, drink package, or other mom-pampering perks on board. Check the cruise line’s web site, as most now offer the option to purchase gift cards (and other cruise merchandise) for sailing cruise guests.

Photo Book

A picture is worth a thousand words, but you don’t have to be an arty to put together a memorable cruise keepsake for mom. Gather up photos from her past travels and then check out sites such as Shutterfly, MyPublisher, or Apple to easily create one of the most thoughtful and unique gifts mom will ever get.

Charm Bracelet

Nothing says “I love travel” then charms hanging off moms wrist. Several jewelry companies such as Pandora, Brighton, and Endless Jewelry offer this accessory at varying price ranges, but all let you start with a base bracelet and then build upon that by adding on a wide variety of charms and separators. From flip-flops to a country flag to a mini Eiffel Tower, select an assortment of charms that’ll become one wearable reminder of her favorite places, travel style, and bucket list destinations.

Travel Journal

If mom is the type who likes to document her cruises, consider getting her a nice travel journal — complete with fancy pen and pockets for ticket stubs, of course —that she can take on her upcoming cruises. She’ll be able to keep track of her experiences along the way, and will eventually have a collection of memories to share with friends and family members.

Porthole Subscription

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the obvious: A subscription to mom’s favorite cruise magazine would be the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Whether she’s planning her next cruise or simply loves the armchair travel, let the pages of Porthole be her cruise muse! We even have a special subscription offer just for Mom.

— Jodi Ornstein

What are you getting mom this year? Share your gift ideas for cruise-loving moms in the comments below!

Now in its 25th year, Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine is published bi-monthly and available worldwide through digital subscription. It offers the latest news in cruise and travel, with in-depth features on voyages, new ships, the best destinations, readers' picks, onboard cuisine, entertainment, and more!