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Mother's Day gifts
This Mother's Day, skip the flowers and chocolates and give mom something she really needs—the gift of good health. And no, we're not suggesting you shell out for a treadmill. But there are many other things you can do to give mom's wellbeing a boost. We came up with a list of the best healthy gift ideas for Mother's Day, from a healthy cookbook to the perfect gym bag to a fitness tracker to encourage her to get her steps in. Make her day with one of these thoughtful finds.
Sephora Favorites Deluxe Perfume Sampler
To buy: $65; sephora.com
Besides smelling delicious, using fragrances can have real health benefits. "Research has shown that certain scents can change your mindset and promote specific behavior," Pamela Dalton, PhD, told Health in a previous interview. This sweet collection can allow her to choose a different scent depending on her mood.
Fitbit Alta HR
To buy: $150; amazon.com
Our fitness director calls this updated tracker its predecessor’s spunkier but just as reliable younger sister. Fitness nuts can use it to measure steps, heart rate, sleep hygiene, and workout intensity. And with a longer battery life than the original Fitbit Alta, it can’t be beat.
Sweaty Betty Chandrasana 7/8 Reversible Leggings
To buy: $115; sweatybetty.com
The athleisure trend won't be dying out any time soon, so help mom indulge in some high-quality activewear. Sweaty Betty rivals Lululemon in comfort, durability, and style, and since the British brand is not quite as popular, your mom runs less of a risk of showing up to yoga wearing the same outfit as someone else.
Shimano SH-RP200 Spin Shoes
To buy: $100; zappos.com
Spin-class devotees get a better workout and lessen their chance of injury by using clip-in cycling shoes, which allow the rider to pull up on the pedal in addition to pushing down.
Lululemon Reversible Yoga Mat
To buy: $68; lululemon.com
Every fit mom needs a reliable yoga mat, and this reversible one from Lululemon is great choice. The updated version of their classic mat offers extra cushioning to support mom’s practice. And since it's reversible, she can opt to switch up her mat color from class to class.
Lululemon All Day Tote
To buy: $128; lululemon.com
Your active mom can carry it all—gym clothes, lunch, and a good read—in this spacious water-repellent tote. A removable inner pouch adds an element of organization for her valuables and the muted color options go with practically any outfit
Sterling Silver Runner Necklace
To buy: $46; amazon.com
Celebrate her love of running with this .925 sterling silver charm and box chain.
Quay Australia Cat Eye Sunglasses
To buy: $50; nordstrom.com
A pair of fun shades (with 100% UV protection!) in the season’s trendiest color, millennial pink, are sure to be a hit for days your mom spends by the pool, on the beach, or gardening in the warmer months ahead.
Karuna Karma Kit + Face Mask Set
To buy: $28; sephora.com
Gift mom a spa-like treat with the convenience of a singe-use sheet mask (because we know how busy moms can get). This sampler includes four individually packaged sheets to hydrate, renew, and detoxify the skin with ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, vitamin b, and hyaluronic acid.
InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser with LED Lights
To buy: $24; amazon.com
Skip the toxic candles this year and opt for a healthier, just-as-good-smelling alternative: an essential oil diffuser. Mom can add her favorite scents, like peppermint or lavender, and the device will mist the fragrance into the air for a calming effect. 7 colored LED lights can be used to set the mood, too.
C9 Champion Strappy Mesh Capri
To buy: $25; target.com
With their soft, moisture-wicking fabric, these capri leggings are a great go-to for warm-weather workouts. She'll also love the flattering fit and fun details, such as mesh cutouts and a trellis design on the lower half of the leg.
Flavor Fusion Water Bottle
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com
This pitcher transforms plain tap water into spa-inspired, fruit-infused H2O. It works with fruits, veggies, herbs, and more for a delicious treat that will make staying hydrated in warmer months a breeze.
Tea from Around the World Set
To buy: $55; uncommongoods.com
This beautiful tea set will transport mom around the globe. The set contains 10 tubes of single-estate, loose-leaf teas, and will please tea connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.
Ahava Calming Lavender Mineral Bath Salt
To buy: $22; nordstrom.com
Indulge her senses with a calming lavender mineral bath that has 21 health-inducing minerals that help soften skin and ease tension after a hectic day.
Huffy Women's Nel Lusso Cruiser Bike
To buy: $119; walmart.com
Whether she's pedaling around the neighborhood or on the boardwalk, your mom will have a ball on this bike. With just a single speed and a coaster brake, this simple ride is perfect for both beginners and more experienced bicyclists.
A Birchbox subscription
To buy: $10 per month; birchbox.com
Each month, Birchbox subscribers get five personalized beauty samples delivered to their doorsteps. They come from several categories, including skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care. Perfect for anyone who loves trying out new beauty products, but hates committing to the full-size price.