10+ Mother’s Day Gifts She Actually Wants
BY THE LIVESTRONG.COM TEAM
The team got together and came up with gift ideas and healthy recommendations on how to celebrate Mother's Day. And sometimes the best gifts for mom are experiences where you can spend time together. Here are some of our best ones:
1. Mega Tiny Corp Anti-Gravity Cellphone Case
If your mom loves shooting selfies, videos and group photos, we have found the coolest and most useful gift: the Mega Tiny Anti-Gravity Case. It’s a case that doesn’t feel sticky to the touch, but that actually enables you to stick your phone to almost any flat, smooth surface — including glass, mirrors, whiteboards, metal, kitchen cabinets and more — to capture the perfect hands-free selfie, group shot or video.
Selfie sticks are annoying and inconvenient to carry around and have on hand. In comparison, this case is incredibly handy because it’s always on her phone. The Anti-Gravity Case is available for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 5s and Galaxy S6 Edge. PRICE: $29.99 to $39.99. Here’s where to find it.
2. S’well Water Bottle
Get mom a well-designed water bottle that keeps her drinks cold for 24 hours (even in a hot car!) If she’s concerned about chemicals, she’ll appreciate that these are nonleaching and nontoxic 18/8 stainless-steel bottles. They're basically magic, and they look beautiful too. What's more, S'well is a supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, donating $100,000 to help provide clean water to the world's most vulnerable children. At LIVESTRONG.COM, we appreciate companies that give back. PRICE: $42.00. Here’s where to find it.
3. Jawbone UP4
For moms who are looking to stay active and fit AND to track their sleep quality and make sure they’re getting enough ZZZs, the Jawbone UP4 is the coolest-looking, most comfortable and most stylish fitness tracker.
It not only tracks steps and sleep, its heart-health monitoring records both resting heart rate and passive heart rate, and the app gives encouragement to keep active during the day and helpful tips to enhance and improve my sleep quality. Mom can also connect her American Express card, so that she can tap to pay for things while you’re out (literally) running errands. PRICE: $199.99. Here’s where to find it.
4. Make Mom a Healthy Brunch
Forget waiting in line to get a table at an over-priced brunch spot. Brunch at home is surely a great way to enjoy some quality time together. This year, cook mom her very own brunch full of delicious and healthy dishes. Fill her plate with vitamin-rich leafy greens such as spinach and/or sweet potatoes. And don’t forget a healthy brunch cocktail! Need some ideas? Try these out:
5. Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan salt lamps are made of natural salt crystals from the Himalayan Mountains. Salt crystals are said to emit negative ions that combat air pollution, including smoke, dander, pollen and odors. People with asthma and allergies have experienced benefits with these lamps. These salt crystals are also known to counteract the frequencies emitted from home electronics, such as televisions, microwaves and computers. PRICE: $19.99 to $39.99. Here’s where to find it.
6. Jade Yoga Mat
Just one Downward Dog on this mat and your mom will be convinced that Jade Yoga mats are best she’s ever put her hands (and feet) on. These mats have the perfect amount of grip and cushioning, and they don't slip, even on my shiny, hardwood floors.
What's more, Jade Yoga mats are the world's most environmentally friendly yoga mats. They're made sustainably in the U.S. from natural rubber as opposed to synthetic rubber (i.e., PVC, PER, TPE, EVA). Plus, Jade Yoga plants a tree for every mat sold. And if you get the teal color, Jade donates $5.00 to help find an early-detection test for ovarian cancer, which kills thousands of women every year. PRICE: Varies. Here’s where to find it.
Between the cool fabric and pretty beading, this bag has a lot going for it looks-wise. But how does it hold up in a yogi's busy everyday life? The strap is really sturdy and the barrel of the bag is nice and long so that it fits not just my quarter-inch-thick mat, but also a towel or a bottle of water. Also key is that its pocket is deep enough for both phone and wallet. And a nice, versatile detail is the way the bag offers two ways to load your mat in — via the drawstring at the top and by a lengthwise zipper. PRICE: $49. Here’s where to find it.
8. Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless
Nothing will kill mom’s workout vibe more than her earphones falling out mid-exercise. But if she’s rocking wireless headphones, she’ll be free to train without the constant fear getting tangled in the wire. The quick-charge function means a quick 15-minute charge will give her enough juice for an hour of playback. No wires, no problem. PRICE: $199.95. Here’s where to find ‘em.
9. Pamper Mom With a Massage
Doesn't your mom deserve some relaxation? Treat her to a full-body massage to relieve tension. Massages release good amounts of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, allowing the body to relax and feel good. Massages increase circulation, too, helping bring the oxygen and nutrients in your blood to your major organs. Sign her up for a Swedish massage for light relaxation or a deep-tissue massage for deep pressure and maximum relief.
11 . Take a Zumba Class Together
Zumba is the perfect way to stay active and have a great time, too. This exercise dance class feels more like a party than a workout! Because Zumba is designed with aerobic and interval training in mind, you and your mom will burn a ton of calories.
12. Give Mom a Virtual Celebration
If your mom doesn't live in the same city — or even the same country — as you, there are tons of options out there that can help have a face-to-face conversation, regardless of the distance. Even better, if you have siblings and none of you are in the same place as your mom, this is the perfect time for a virtual family reunion. You can try services like Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts.
13. Take Mom to a Yoga Class or Retreat
Yoga has long been shown to alleviate the symptoms of many chronic conditions including high blood pressure, arthritis and poor sleep. Take your mom to a class or spend a weekend getaway, relaxing and taking yoga classes. Not only will she feel relaxed, but she'll have improved flexibility and range of motion.
– The LIVESTRONG.COM Team
READERS – What are you planning to do with your mom to celebrate Mother’s Day? Any good gift ideas we missed?