2012 Mother's Day Gift Guide: Under $25

CLIF Bar Brownie

This guide is full of great gear that anyone can afford for their adventurous mom. Our moms and all the other women in our lives do so much for us and they deserve to be treated. That said, the best part of this guide is that two companies have offered to give some products away to you our readers. First CLIF Bar is giving away a box of chocolaty goodness and second, EK Ekcessories is going to give away two iCat Reel iT for mom’s iPhone. And all you have to do is leave a comment as to why your mom should win one of these great prizes or why she is the best. See full giveaway rules at the end of the article.

CLIF Bar Chocolaty Goodness

I don’t know too many moms that don’t like chocolate. And the people at Clif Bar are going to be gracious enough to give one of our readers a box of assorted Clif Bar products for Mother’s Day. Clif bar uses whole, organic ingredients in these chocolate products which makes them both tastes great and nutrition. So now you can give your mom(wife, friend, sister and etc.), a healthy indulgence to reward her active life!

The box includes these chocolaty favorites: CLIF Bar Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Almond Fudge, MOJO Chocolate Almond Coconut and CRUNCH Chocolate Peanut Butter.


CLIF Bar Chocolate Brownie Box of 12 - $15.00

Chocolate Almond Fudge Box of 12 - $15.00

MOJO Chocolate Almond Coconut box of 12 - $14.95

CRUNCH Chocolate Peanut Butter Box of 5 - $3.49

• http://www.clifbar.com/

iCat Reel iT by EK Ekcessories

Give mom one less thing to keep track of.  Treat her to an iCat Reel iT.  The patent pending iCat Reel iT is designed to keep your iPhone or iPod close at hand while significantly reducing the opportunity for damage or loss. The Reel iT offers a secure locking attachment, carabiner clip and durable retractable reel that will extend up to 24” allowing you to use your device while it is securely attached to your belt loops, purse, diaper bag or backpack.   That’s right no more searching for those lost devices. And remember to leave a comment telling us why your mom is the best.


Carabiner clip

Durable retractable reel – 24”

Secure locking attachment

Available in over 20 designer colors

Compatibility license from Apple

Made in the USA


• http://store.ekusa.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36&products_id=216

granitegear_airzipGranite Gear Air Zippditty

Perfect for keeping small items organized and color coded in your pack.  Smaller version of our ultralight zippered stowage solution. They are much more accessible than a stuffsack and, because of their size and shape, they are easy to stow and pack anywhere. Features 30D Sil-Nylon CORDURA -- water resistant, ultralight, translucent.


See-thru Sil-Nylon fabric allows you to see what's inside

Zippered access allows fast loading and secure storage

Convenient haul loops for grabbing and hanging

Square shape stacks great inside your pack

Keep gear organized and color coded

Smaller sized for smaller organizing

Fully finished seams

MSRP $14.95-$20.95, Set of 4 (each size) $29.95

• http://www.granitegearstore.com/Air-ZippDitty-TM--P317C50.aspx

ayg_boyshortsAYG 365's Performance Cotton Boy Shorts

It makes a difference what pair of underwear you put on in the morning. Put on the right pair, and it’ll make you better. All Year Gear’s Women’s Boy Short is the ultra-supportive, crazy breathable underwear that will MAKE you self-assured, ready to win the day. These underwear make you better!


XTRdry moisture wicking

Quick Drying,


Acclimate Fresh Anti Microbial

Comfortable flat seams ( next to skin)

Relaxed fit.

4.5 oz

96% XTRdry Cotton

4% Spandex

MSRP: $24.95


beaniewithponyRock On Full Dome Fleece Beanie with Pony Tail Hole

The Full Dome Fleece Beanie is made from 100% recycled polyester. It is quick drying and will keep mom warm on those early morning alpine starts, perfect cool days or epic expeditions. The ponytail hole lets her hair hang loose and free while keeping her neck warm. This is the perfect beanie for anyone with long hair!


One unisex size fits most people

Soft & comfortable

Doubled around ears for added warmth


MSRP: $18.00


smartwool_dotsSmartWool Dancing Dots Socks

A limited edition pick from the smARTwool Gallery Collection by Stephanie Nance that combies a supportive arch brace, strategic mesh zones for maximum ventilation, with a one-of-a-kind design.


51% Merino Wool, 46% Nylon, 3% Elastane

Strategic Mesh Zones For Maximum Ventilation

Supportive Arch Brace

MSRP: $19.95


Dime-Green_fulljpgGerber Dime Multi-tool

Every woman should have a small multi-tool in their purse. And Gerber took the standard keychain multi-tool and added some improvements. In addition to stainless steel pliers, wire cutters, a fine edge blade, spring-loaded scissors, flathead screwdriver, crosshead driver, tweezers and file, the Dime includes a unique blade designed to safely cut and score plastic packaging and a bottle opener that is exposed even when the tool is closed. Compact and lightweight, the Dime is the most valuable change you'll find in your pocket.


10 Components


Wire Cutter

Fine Edge Blade

Retail Package Opener


Medium Flathead Driver

Crosshead Driver

Bottle opener



MSRP: $22.00


badger_roseBagder Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 16

Badger's new SPF 16 Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen uses the safe, effective mineral Zinc Oxide in a base of antioxidant- and nutrient-rich extracts to protect and restore delicate facial skin. This is a light, restorative, and nearly invisible sunscreen for the face that protects from both UVA and UVB rays while nourishing and soothing the skin. And like all of Badger’s sunscreens it contains only the purest, most natural ingredients.



Contains Organic Ingredients

Broad Spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays.

Light lotion base makes it ideal for everyday use, even under makeup.

Rich in certified organic ingredients.

Protect & Restore

MSRP: $17.99



Climb On Bast! Face Tonic and Spritz

The Bast! Face Tonic and Spritz comes in very small portable bottle that is great for on the go mom and will provide her with a refreshing pick-me-up. It is great to just keep it in the car and bag. A great astringent for the face and all over body spray when it's hot outside. In a base of witch hazel and distilled water, the peppermint essential oil is cooling while the lavender essential oil works its antiviral, antiseptic, antidepressant properties and invokes relaxation and calmness. A great pick-me-up when tired, compliments of the peppermint. For best results, spray the air in front of you, close your eyes and walk into the wonder.

MSRP: $6.95


coghlan_cornpopperCoghlans The Corn Popper

Does you mom love popcorn? If so the corn popper is perfect for her. This classic design makes great tasting popcorn every time. Great for roasting chestnuts too! Use over a campfire or fireplace. The sliding lid is easy to open and the space-saving handle stores inside the corn popper when not in use. Wooden grip keeps handle cool and comfortable. Clean up is easy with the non-stick surface.


Size: 9.7” x 7.4” x 3” (24.6 cm x 18.8 cm x 7.6 cm) L x W x D

Overall length: 24” (61 cm)

MSRP: $24.99


vapur_classicVapur Classic Anti-Bottle

The Vapur Anti-Bottle is a foldable, reusable water bottle designed for convenient on-the-go use. Unlike traditional rigid bottles, the Anti-Bottle is flexible. It stands upright when full and can be rolled, folded or flattened when empty - easily fitting into pockets, purses or packs. Safe and durable, the Vapur Anti-Bottle is made in the United States and designed to withstand everyday use and regular cleaning. It also comes with a carabiner, allowing you to attach your Anti-Bottle and take it anywhere. The writable area on the back of the bottle also allows it to be personalized.


Foldable - Stands upright when full.  Rolls, folds or flattens when empty.

Reusable and Safe - Ultra-durable, BPA-free with FDA-approved polyethylene inner-liner (odor, taste and stain resistant).

Washable - Easy to clean! Top-rack dishwasher safe or by hand. Air dry as needed.

Freezable - Can be frozen to keep beverages cold.

Attachable - Included carabiner can be attached to any bag, purse or backpack.

Identifiable - Writable area on back for easy identification.

Affordable - Stock up for the whole family!

Vapur Bottles (excluding carabiner) are proudly Made in the USA. Some Vapur accessories, including the carabiners, are imported.

MSRP: $9.99


• http://vapur.us/shop/classic

Hydrapak Softflask

The Softflask is the perfect companion for almost any energy gel. It is superior to any hard gel flask because it’s flexible material allows you to squeeze the entire contents out of the flask instead of wasting the contents in a hard flask.  The Bite Valve works well with fluid, gel, or a mixture of each.

5 oz. flask: $6.99/ 8 oz. flask: $7.99


AVEX Wells AUTOSPOUT Tritan Water Bottle


AUTOSPOUT Tritan Water Bottle is for people who prefer drinking out of a straw.  It features a pop-up drinking spout and a press-to-release button for one-handed drinking, whether biking, hiking or running, outside or at the gym. It has a spout cover to protect the mouth piece from dirt, dust and germs and it doesn’t leak.


Patent-pending AUTOSPOUT™ lid features a press-to-release button that opens the drinking spout.  When the button is pressed, the durable silicone spout pops open for drinking.

This water bottle features one-handed operation for easy drinking during activities.

Patent-pending AUTOSPOUT™ lid design eliminates leaks.

Spout shield covers and protects the spout when the spout is retracted.

Water bottle has a handle with built-in carabiner clip to attach to gym bags, backpacks and gear.

Handle folds down out of the way when not in use.

Rugged high-imact-resistant design and materials.

Volume markings help you gauge water intake.

No plastic odors or taste because this water bottle is made out of FDA-approved, BPA-free Tritan™.

Water bottle is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

25 oz. capacity.

MSRP: $13.99 for the 25 oz. water bottle



BlenderBottle SportMixer

The SportMixer is specifically designed for on-the-go convenience. The new offering fulfills the dual need of a water bottle and a portable mixer capable of providing smooth, lump-free nutritional drinks, meal replacements, and smoothies in a durable, easy-to-carry bottle for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Made of durable, odor-resistant Eastman Tritan®, the BPA-free, phthalate-free BlenderBottle SportMixer complements a healthy lifestyle. A convenient SportLoop™ carrying loop makes the BlenderBottle SportMixer convenient to attach to clothing or bags, and the stylish grip makes it easy to hold. Additionally, the StayOpen™ flip cap will never close on the nose while drinking.

MSRP: 20 oz - $12.99 & 28 oz - $14.99


fruition_straw_peachPROBAR Gluten-free Fruition Bars

PROBAR introduced 7 new flavors, all of which provide a full serving of fruit per bar plus, they are certified organic, certified gluten-free, non-GMO and include raw chia seeds (high in omega acids and help you feel physiologically "satisfied" after eating because the seeds absorb 10x their weight in water). These are much "lighter" than the classic meal-replacement PROBAR with just 160 calories per bar.


One serving of fruit in every bar

Snack Size: 160 calories per bar

4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of fat

Certified Organic by QAI

Dense with antioxidants and Omegas from Chia Seeds


MSRP: $1.57



NPS_cookbookNational Ski Patrol cookbook

If your mom love to cook, then you have to consider this cookbook to add to her collection. Celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2013, the National Ski Patrol works hard to keep you safe on the slopes.  In fact, they help, on average, 160,000 people every year and have saved more than 400 lives.  Now they can help save you from the routine dinner, with everything from Boot Up Casserole and Ziploc Omeletes to Frangipani Pear Tart and Ahi Tartare. Created by patrollers from across the US, the NSP cookbook features recipes for every course and for every taste.

• MSRP $18


Merino-Cleaner_cleanedGranger’s Merino Cleaner

Merino garments like base layers and performance socks have become more popular in recent years and Granger’s has developed the specifically formulated Merino Cleaner to meet this demand. The Merino Cleaner doesn’t contain residues like normal household detergents that can impair wicking performance, so garments washed with it perform at their best. As with all Granger’s cleaners, the Merino Cleaner is pH balanced which further eliminates damage that household detergents with high pH can often cause. And the Merino Cleaner also contains a small amount of natural cedar oil to help repel damage caused by moths. Granger’s is the only aftercare company to have both ISO 14001 accreditation and be a bluesign® system partner.


Specifically formulated for Merino garments

Gentle cleaning action removes dirt and refreshes garments

Natural Cedar extract helps repel moths, protecting garments

MSRP: $9.00


For your chance to win one of these prizes leave a comment on this article as to why your mom is the best and deserves one of these prizes. Please indicate which prize you would like to win in your comment if you have a preference. We will be selecting three winners on Thursday, May 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm MST. One winner will receive a box from CLIF Bar and the other two will receive one iCat Reel iT from EK Ekcessories each. These products will most likely not arrive before Mother’s Day, so if that is a concern please do not enter.

WHO MAY ENTER – You must be 13 years of age or older, a current US resident, and agree to the terms and conditions of this promotion to enter.

LIABILITY – If you have questions about this giveaway, contact contact @ openairlife.com for more information. Open Air Life reserves the right to modify and/or cancel the giveaway at any time. Open Air Life will resolve any dispute or situation not covered by the rules in a manner deemed to be the fairest to all concerned. This decision shall be final and binding for all participants.