Top Gifts for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by giving your mom a gift that reflects her love for the great outdoors? Whether she enjoys hiking, camping, or simply spending time in nature, there are plenty of thoughtful gift ideas perfect for her next adventure.

Below we have highlighted this year’s top gifts for any type of mom on your list. Mom, new moms, grand moms, active moms, beach moms, dog moms- any mom.


On Running Women’s Cloud 5.0

The best part of these shoes is all in the name. Mom will genuinely feel like she’s walking on a cloud with these incredible, lightweight shoes. Put Mom on Cloud 9 with the On-Running Cloud shoes. Shop here.


Goodr OG Running Sunglasses

Fly, fresh, and fun sunglasses are the perfect grab-and-go gift for any mom who loves to be outdoors. With UVA and UVB protection, a no-slip bounce grip, and a range of colors she will love, these sunnies are the Spring + Summer ‘it’ item and her “accessory necessity”. Shop here.

Hoka Clifton 9

Make this Mother’s Day a colorful one for mom with the Clifton 9! These vibrant running shoes not only offer a pop of color to her workout outfit, but also provide the support and extra cushioning needed for a comfortable run or all-day activities. Vibrant and supportive, just like her, these shoes are a real shoe-in this Mother’s Day. Shop here.

Free Fly Women’s Breeze Skort

As easy and breezy as her, she will love the Breeze Skort from Free Fly. Shop here. The Breeze for women also comes in the Breeze Pull On Short and the Breeze Lined Short.


Bogg Bags – Original Bag

The gift of all gifts.  This versatile tote bag is perfect for moms who love the beach, picnics, or any outdoor adventure. Large enough to hold all of the essentials and made from durable EVA material so it is easy to clean. Plus, its stylish design and colors make it a great accessory for any outfit. Give mom the gift of convenience and gift her a Bogg Bag! Shop here for all Bogg Bags.


Coolibar Women’s Catona Funnel Neck Tunic Top

The best gifts are fashionable and functional, like the Catona Funnel Neck Tunic Top from Coolibar. This tunic is lightweight and breathable and features UPF 50+, so this is the perfect gift for the active mom who loves to be outdoors while taking care of her skin.  Shop here.


Owala FreeSip Bottle

The key to flawless skin is to stay hydrated. The Owala Free Sip water bottle is our new go-to bottle for staying hydrated all day. The Owala Free Sip bottle comes with a built-in straw for easy sippin’, or a wide mouth option. With an array of color combinations, there is something she will love. Shop here.



Nettie Pickleball Set

Mom will be the star of the court with her new vibrant and fun Nettie Pickleball Set. This set has everything she needs to get started if she is new to the game- or a nice upgrade from the one she’s been using from day one. The paddles are lightweight and so are the pickleballs, making this a great way to exercise and try something new! Shop double and family sets here.


Birkenstock Boston Suede Soft Footbed Clogs

Give mom what she deserves this Mother’s Day, comfort and timeless style. The Birkenstock Boston Clogs feature a soft contoured footbed that will mold to her foot and give her that extra support and all-day comfort. Not to mention, the clog style is versatile and back in style! Shop here.



Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler

This cooler is the perfect accessory for Mom and a gift everyone can use all summer long. Keeping contents cool all day, you won’t have to leave the beach or dock.  Did we mention the cooler can accommodate wine bottles or large soda bottles standing up for a spill-proof design? Thank you, Yeti. Shop here.



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Alabama Outdoors Gear Swap

Give a piece, take a piece.

This Earth Day, Alabama Outdoors wants to encourage you to share your lightly used gear and find other lightly used gear you can use to help reduce waste and breathe new life into well-loved gear.

How it works: Come see us at the Celebrate Trails Day/Earth Day celebration at the Farmers Market at Pepper Place on Saturday April 22 from 8am-12pm.

We will have a tent dedicated to our rental gear program and our give a piece, take a piece gear swap where you can bring your lightly used gear and swap it out for other donated gear. To ensure everyone gets a chance at finding something they’d like to exchange, Alabama Outdoors has included some used gear pieces that will be available at the tent at the start of the event, so feel free to come by early. Any one piece of gear you donate can be exchanged for one complete piece of gear of like-value, so long as the donated gear is still in usable condition.


Please ensure anything you bring meets the following conditions.

  • Lightly used and still intact and functional
  • No significant or impossible to repair tears, broken parts, missing or worn-out components
  • No climbing gear or any other type of safety gear
  • No dirty, moldy, or otherwise unclean gear
  • No footwear

Please bring camping, backpacking, and other general-use outdoor gear that you would otherwise donate. Suggestions include:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping pads
  • Camping hammocks
  • Backpacks
  • Duffels or travel cubes
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bags, backpacking pillows
  • Camp chairs or tables
  • Hiking stoves, utensils, and other cookware
  • Camping accessories
  • Headlamps and other lighting
  • Insulated bottles or hydration packs
  • Disc golf

For full information and details about the event please click here.

5 Perfect Hiking Picnic Spots in Alabama

Springtime in Alabama means the beauty of blooming flora and the breathtaking chirp of songbirds around you. It also means it’s time to get outdoors and explore all Alabama the beautiful has to offer, while the humidity is low, of course.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner, these beautiful hikes have the perfect picnic spots for you to rest, relax and fuel up for a day on the trails.  Here are 5 relaxing and scenic spots to have a picnic and experience nature at its finest!


1. Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park is a 1,500-acre day-use park located in Birmingham, AL just 5 miles southwest from downtown. This park is not only a local favorite for its proximity to the city, it also is packed with unique features and historical ore-mining sites that make it great for families and visitors alike. Red Mountain Park features 16 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderately challenging, two breathtaking city overlooks, three fun treehouses, a relaxing hammock area, and a dog park! The park also has multiple picnic areas along the trails, making this one of our favorite spots for a picnic in nature.

For a quick and serene picnic spot, park at the Frankfurt Drive entrance of the park and follow trail #1 Eureka Mines Trail about a 1/2 mile to the Regions Quarry Picnic Area. Just up from the picnic area, you will also find the hammock area if you need a little extra hang time. You can find the full trail (and picnic) map here.



2. Tannehill State Park

Tannehill State Park is one of Alabama’s most unique state parks due to its historical features, camping sites, and events throughout the year, including the popular Tannehill Trade Days. Tannehill has more than 1,500 acres of hiking trails, camping sites, and outdoor recreation. While the winding roads through the park will take you back in time, the scenery and landscape will make you feel like you’re in a fairyland.

While there are many unique spots to roll out your Nomadix Festival Blanket and relax, one of our favorites is just off the creek by the bridge. Or take a seat at the picnic table, your choice. This spot does not require any hiking to access but there are over 17 miles of trails to explore in the park either by foot or bike. If you have the time, we recommend renting out one of the cabins for a weekend away and take in all the park has to offer! Check out Tannehill State Park and their map here.


3. DeSoto Falls

With a spectacular waterfall as your backdrop, a picnic at DeSoto Falls is hard to beat. DeSoto Falls is great as there are multiple options for taking in the stunning view of the 104-ft waterfall. DeSoto Falls is located on Lookout Mountain, just under 10 minutes from the quaint town of Mentone, and the waterfall is only a few hundred yards from the parking lot.

So, if you’re short on time or just looking for an easy picnic without the hike- you’ve come to the right spot. There is an established picnic area near the river and the waterfall, just steps from the parking lot. The upper falls are accessible to all abilities while the lower fall does require a 50-step walk down to the overlook. With many viewing options at the picnic area, the pick is yours.

If you’re looking to get a little closer and get some more steps and time in nature in, head back down the road to the trailhead and take the 1.4 mile out and back River Trail down to the base of the falls. The hike is considered generally easy with a couple steep spots at the beginning and some rocky areas heading towards the falls. Depending on the water level, you will notice many flat rock areas perfect for a picnic with a view. While on the trail, be sure to stop at the Ice Box Cave! You can access the trail map here. Note that the DeSoto Falls Picnic Area does have a $4 fee per day, per vehicle (cash not required).

DeSoto Falls Picnic Area coordinates: 34.55°N 85.59°W


4. Wildwood Park

Located in Florence, Alabama, Wildwood Park is more than a local park- it is a sweet escape just 3 minutes from the UNA campus. Wildwood Park has a little bit of everything for the outdoor enthusiasts including hiking trails, fishing, and even 3 to 5 miles of beginner to advanced mountain bike trails! From the parking lot it won’t take you long to get into the park and feel secluded from the town.

For a great picnic spot, we recommend taking a left at the fork at the beginning of the trail and head alongside the turquoise water of Cypress Creek. Along this trail there are multiple alcoves to access the creek as well as gravel and sandy spots to set up a peaceful picnic. If you’re in the Florence area do not miss out on this beautiful park! Be sure to help support the park and grab a Wildwood Park Short-Sleeve T-Shirt. You can buy one online or head to our store located in downtown Florence! A portion of the proceeds of each t-shirt benefits Wildwood Park and the maintenance of the beautiful trails. 


5. Sipsey River Picnic Area

In our opinion, the Sipsey is great for anything but especially picnics and secluded camping in some of the most beautiful places in Alabama. The Sipsey River Picnic Area is located on Bunyan Hill Rd in Moulton, AL, also near the popular Mize Mills Falls Trailhead. The parking area has a $5 fee for the day, but this area is well worth it, and you will find plenty of places to explore along the trail. While there are picnic areas and a boat launch at the parking area, we recommend taking the trails along the Sipsey River as you will quickly come across several picnic areas just above the river that will make you feel like you’re far away from civilization.

Latitude: 34.2854754
Longitude: -87.3983867


Ready to be outdoors this Spring? We have the Spring outdoor gear you need to get you back on the trails! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors

3 Easy Tips for Packing Smarter

When you’re heading out on your first big trip, whether it’s backpacking, car camping, or going for a day hike, it’s important to pack smart. Packing smart doesn’t just mean packing light, it means ensuring the best layout of your gear to keep you safe, comfortable, and feeling good on the trail. So, we’ve broken down some top tips to help you pack smarter. 

1. Organize, organize, organize!

The first step to packing smarter is to organize. It sounds simple, but it’s often easy to underestimate how organized you need to be. A quick weekend trip can go from fun to dangerous if your pack isn’t organized correctly. You can forget essential gear, stow gear incorrectly so it gets wet or warped in the sun, and even hurt yourself by packing your gear wrong in your backpack.

Some people like using packing cubes or dry bags, while others prefer keeping things in simple gallon freezer bags. Anything that keeps your gear sorted, organized, and accessible in your pack is helpful. Not only does it make your stuff easier to find and put back, but it prevents messes, keeps essentials like sunscreen and snacks close on hand, and makes it way easier to unpack when you get home. 

2. Plan your trip in your bag 

First, you need to lay out all your gear by day, activity, or whatever makes the most sense to you. Think through the timeline of your trip, and ask yourself questions like where will you be when you need fresh socks or a flashlight? It’s going to save you a lot of effort to put essentials like socks and underwear up at the top of the pack, rather than shoving them in a spare pair of boots that are buried with heavy tents and sleeping pads at the bottom of your pack.

Once you’ve answered those questions, you can map out your pack access to ensure things are laid out in the most efficient way possible. This means doing things counterintuitively sometimes. Maybe it’s better to pick out each days outfit in advance and have each outfit in its own bag, rather than bundling all your socks, shirts, and pants. That way, each bag can hold your dirty clothes in the same spot it was in before, rather than needing to add a second bag of dirty clothes while you’re on the trail.

It’s also helpful to write down a pack itinerary that lists what you’ll need and where your necessary gear is in the pack, that way you can find it fast and put things back where they belong. Now that’s a lot of planning, but the key is that the best packing system is the one you use. Try a couple of different ideas and see what works best for you.


3. Shakedown and pack out 

The last and most important step, do a shakedown and figure out what and how you’ll need to pack out. A shakedown is where you pack and then unpack your backpack anticipating exactly what you’ll need. If it’s your first time going out on any type of hike, you can come by your local Alabama Outdoors for a free pack shakedown and get some expert advice on what you need!

When you shakedown your pack, you want to ensure everything you have is necessary for the trip, in good working condition, and sized down to fit in your backpack. You should pack your backpack just like you would for the trail, so with the heaviest stuff at the bottom. Then, weigh the pack and check that it isn’t too heavy. Usually, your pack shouldn’t weigh more than 20% of your body weight for an overnight trip and only 10% for a day trip.

Now that you’ve done your shakedown, put on your pack and walk with it on for a bit to ensure it is adjusted correctly and comfortable for you. Finally, go through and plan out where you will put trash, dirty clothes, and other refuse that you want to keep separate from your clean items. Leave space for it in your pack and make sure it’ll all fit on the trip out. 



Well, those are the basics to packing smarter! To learn more about backpacking, check out our other blogs and shop for top backpacking gear here.  


Ready to be outdoors this Spring? We have the Spring outdoor gear you need to get you back on the trails! We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we work to build loyalty one connection at a time. Visit one of our stores or take advantage of our shipping or curbside pickup! #BeOutdoors