Forget flowers and chocolates: a gift of good health is a gift that keeps on giving.
May 09, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 mom herself, supermodel Chrissy Teigen shares her favorite realistic recipes for women who love "spicy, salty, sticky, crunchy, juicy, oozy" food. And no, it's not all fattening comfort food—there are some healthy recipes, too!
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.