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If you love and appreciate your mother, every day should be Mother’s Day. However, if you want to buy something tangible for your mom on this special day, you may be wondering what to get. There are the usual cliché gifts like candies, roses, chocolates, and of course, wine. Generally speaking, these are all great Mother’s Day gift ideas.
While you can still get her a typical gift, maybe you’re looking for something a little more unique this year – something that you know your mom will use and appreciate. Whether it’s because she’s on a major fitness kick or because she’s getting older and you worry about her, you’re probably thinking of your mother’s health and wellness. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a healthy gift for Mother’s Day. Here are a few that will make her smile.
Thanks to advancements in technology, we’ve seen more and more apps and wearable tech geared towards making us health-minded people. The fitness tracker, which many of you may know under the guise of Fitbit or Apple Watch, is one of the most popular electronic devices.
Wearable fitness trackers are available in a wide range of prices, which depend on the brand, color, style, and capabilities. Most fitness trackers are able to track the length of a workout, the number of steps you take each day and an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned. More advanced trackers can calculate your average heart rate and track the duration and quality of your sleep. Because these devices can give some insight on activity, diet, and other health matters, a fitness tracker could be a fantastic gift for mom this Mother’s Day.
Growing up, we had our moms to make sure we ate our fruits and vegetables. Now, thanks to convenient grocery subscriptions and prepared meal plans, you can return the favor! Buying her a grocery subscription ensures that your mom will be properly nourished because fresh ingredients and her favorite healthy foods are delivered straight to her doorstep.
If your mother doesn’t cook or know how to make healthy meals, there are also prepared meal services that will deliver either the pre-measured ingredients for a healthy meal that just requires light prep work or a fully prepared meal that needs to be refrigerated and reheated later.
Keeping your mom mentally healthy is just as important as keeping her physically healthy. A gift that helps her reduce her overall stress is an incredibly thoughtful one. Excessive stress, whether it stems from personal or professional issues, can lead to a host of health concerns, from loss of sleep and appetite to serious anxiety and depression. Stress can have a major toll on physical health, too.
Every mom is in need of some serious relaxation and pampering. Treat her to a luxurious day at the local spa to help her relieve stress and forget about all her worries, even for just a bit. You can give her the full spa package or even a single spa treatment. Just about anyone can find relief in a spa day that includes a massage, pedicure, manicure, or facial. Or all of the above!
What are your mother’s hobbies? We sometimes forget that our moms might’ve given up on their own interests while raising us. Give her the gift of reigniting her passions with a class or series of classes in an area she has always loved but never fully pursued. Does your mom love to cook? Garden? Dance? Paint? Buy her some classes that give her an outlet to use her creative energy.
Make it easier for your mom to prepare healthy meals with appliances that do most of the work for her. Air fryers and Instant Pots are trendy right now, but an even better idea would be getting your mom a NutriBullet, which is great for making fruit and veggie-packed smoothies, healthy dips, and other nutritious meals and snacks.
Go above and beyond by getting her the NutriBullet Balance, which takes the guesswork out of preparing the perfect healthy smoothie. With the help of Bluetooth technology and the Balance mobile app, the NutriBullet Balance can help your mom effortlessly track all the ingredients, their nutrients, and calories going into her supercharged smoothies.
If you can, spend time with your mom. The time you spend together can also go towards some of the gifts mentioned above. Put the fitness tracker to good use by inviting her on a scenic hike or by taking a fun fitness or dance class together. You can both de-stress by joining her for a spa day. Get together, and create a healthy meal with one another. Or, take a gardening or painting class together. Nourishing a loved one’s mental health is just as important as promoting nutritional health.
Show your mom lots of love this year with the priceless gift of good health. Whether it’s helping her stay active or treating her to a relaxing spa day, your mom will greatly appreciate your gift because nothing shows that you care like a gift that can improve her health and wellbeing!
Carrie Gabriel studied nutrition at California State University-Los Angeles and got her RDN through the Coordinated Dietetics Program there. She works as a dietitian for different corporate wellness companies, creating recipes for cooking demos and content for nutrition seminars.
She created her company, Steps2Nutrition, in 2012 in hopes of working more one on one with busy professionals and their specific nutritional needs. She has an advanced certification in weight management and specializes in gluten and dairy free meal preparation for various clients.
You can find some of Carrie’s healthy and delicious recipes and meal tips on her website, www.steps2nutrition.com, and on her Instagram and Twitter account, @steps2nutrition.