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Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Not Too Late for Mom to Get Outside in Style

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Cyclists can choose from a number of charity bike rides this summer, including the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. (Barb Wood photograph)

Cyclists can choose from a number of charity bike rides this summer, including the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. (Barb Wood photograph)

Shopping for Mother’s Day for moms who like the outdoors and golf is easy when you make them look good and help them have more fun.

Gifts for outdoors moms include fishing rods, headlamps and gloves. Moms can hit the links in color coordinated ensembles from Puma Golf that include shoes, skirts, shorts, pants, belts, shirts, sweaters and hats.

“Everything we make not only looks good, but is wearable and playable,” said Jennifer Rust, the director of merchandising for Puma Golf.

Puma’s Lexi Thompson is among the most fashionable golfers on the LPGA Tour. Rust said Thompson provides feedback on Puma’s designs. But mom doesn’t have to be 6 feet tall like Thompson and wear short skirts to look just as good.

The company introduced Capri golf pants to appeal to more female golfers. And the clothes, unlike some brands, are something mom can wear on and off the golf course.

“We try not to always look ‘golfy,’ ” Rust said. “For women, that’s important. We have very short time schedules.”

Puma started as a shoe company and was known for its quality soccer cleats, track shoes and basketball sneakers. Puma Biofusion and Faas Lite golf shoes follow in that tradition with lightweight offerings that provide support and comfort.

Buy the shoes and apparel at pro shops, pumagolf.com and retailers such as Edwin Watts, Golfsmith and Sports Authority.

If mom likes freshwater fishing, she’ll get a lot of use out of Ugly Stik GX2 rods from Shakespeare. The new generation of the venerable rod with the clear tip is lightweight and strong. The two-piece spinning rods cast baits a long way, and mom won’t have to worry about the rods breaking if the kids borrow them.

The Ugly Stik retails for $39.95 at uglystik.com and at stores such as Bass Pro Shops and Wal-Mart.

No matter what type of fishing mom does, a pair of Tailin’ Toads gloves will protect her hands from getting sun burnt.

Also good for kayaking and canoeing, the fast-drying, long-lasting fingerless gloves are rated SPF 50+. Made in Jacksonville, Fla., the gloves are available in a variety of colors and sizes for $20 at tailintoads.com.

If mom likes to spend time outdoors before the sun rises or after it sets, a good headlamp is a welcome gift.

Energizer’s 7-LED Headlamp will come in handy whether mom hikes, bikes, fishes, hunts or camps.

The bright, powerful headlamp has six white LEDs and one red LED and five different lighting modes: area, spot or flood white light, a red night vision light and a white strobe light.

The lamp uses three AAA batteries, which are included. The lamp pivots 90 degrees and has a wide, comfortable strap that goes around your head. The suggested retail price is $25.99 but it is available for significantly less at amazon.com and The Home Depot.

Tech-savvy moms can safely take their iPads outdoors and on the golf course with a Defender Series case from OtterBox.

The high-impact polycarbonate and foam case protects the iPad against drops, bumps and scratches. The screen also is protected from scratches and fingerprints. A shield stand serves as a cover and a stand for typing and viewing.

The Defender cases come in a variety of colors, including camouflage. It’s available from many retailers and otterbox.com for less than $90.