Mother's Day Gifts
9 Healthy Gift Ideas for Mom
By Joe Wilkes
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With Mother's Day just around the corner, the pressure's on to
find a great present for a great woman who has cared for you, taught you right
from wrong, and provided you with many interest-free loans over the years.
Flowers are a favorite, but they wither and die within days, not exactly a
lasting gift. You could get chocolates or candy, because there's nothing like
the gift that says "Mom, here's my contribution to your adult-onset diabetes!"
Or, you could look for a gift that tells your mother you love her and want her
to be around for a long time to come.
- Gift certificates.
Does Mom have a favorite hobby? Keep in mind, a hobby is
something she enjoysnot something she does all the time. If she loves to
watch the Food Network and gets Gourmet magazine, a gift certificate
to Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma would be a great idea. If she cooks meals
for the family while cursing and muttering vague threats of ground glass under
her breath, the kitchen store gift certificate may be akin to buying the maid a
new mop for Christmas. Find something she likes, or if you're completely
unsure, you can get her a Visa gift certificate she can spend anywhere. But for
extra points, incorporate the gift certificate into a day of retail therapy
that you spend with her.
DVD workouts. Come on, you didn't think
we'd leave out the obvious great Mother's Day present? Whatever your mom's
fitness level or interest, there's a Beachbody fitness program that's right for
her. Maybe she wants to kick up her heels with
Jam®, dance her way to fitness with
Hip Hop Abs
® or maybe burn some fat with
Investing in your mom's physical fitness is a great way to show you care about
her long-term health. And if you commit to doing the videos with her, you'll be
the best kid ever! Even if you don't live in the same town, you can still make
dates to work out together. Putting your mom on the road to a healthier
lifestyle is one of the best gifts you can give.
- Phone cards.
Prepaid long-distance cards make great presents,
especially if your mom's a long-distance phone call away. This shows your mom
that you value conversation with her and want to keep her involved in your life
even if it's not possible to live in the same town. Other variations on the
gift of gab would be to upgrade her cell phone plan so she has more minutes to
talk to you, or add a line to your family plan especially for her. All good
ways to get Mom's words of wisdom on the go.
- Clean the house.
Or if you aren't inclined toward domestic chores, you can
hire a maid service to give Mom a week off. This may involve some strategizing
with Dad or consulting with Mom beforehand, as this could backfire if the maid
shows up for an 8 AM surprise the day Mom decides to sleep in. This also
depends on the personality of your mom. If she's someone who likes things "just
so", having a stranger come in to "mess things up" might be more stress than
treat. Also, I remember from my own childhood, that nothing strained my
relationship with my mother more than my poor quality control regarding my
household chores. If you're going to clean the house, and she has to re-clean
it, it's not much of a present.
- Cook a healthy dinner.
Preferably at your place where you invite her over and
wait on her hand and foot. Cook her favorites or try to introduce her to some
healthy new foods. This isn't a good present if you're a lousy cook or an
easily stressed host. Try and choose dishes that can be prepared in advance, so
that you're not spending the evening in the kitchen while Mom's cooling her
heels in the living room. The idea behind any Mother's Day present should be
about spending time together. If you get stuck in the kitchen preparing the big
meal, set your mom up somewhere in the kitchen with a glass of wine or a cup of
tea, so you can chat while you get dinner ready. And do NOT let her help clean
- Spa treatment or
massage. After all she does for everyone, doesn't Mom
deserve a day of pampering and beautyor at least an hour? Most day spas
offer a range of services from a simple manicure or facial to a full-body
makeover. There should be something for any budget. If money's no object, you
could even make it a full-blown weekend at a spa. And of course, it's even
better if you accompany her to the treatment. If you're strapped for cash or
don't live someplace that is spa-adjacent, make your own spa day at home. Give
yourselves facials, rent some movies, make some healthy salads and smoothies,
put on some Enya, and just bliss out with Mom.
- Make your own
gift basket. Unless Harry and David are your brothers,
they're not going to know what your mom likes better than you do. You can pick
up a wicker basket at your local World Market or Pier One and fill it with
goodies you know your mom likes. Fresh fruits are great. Or her favorite beauty
products, like hand creams or perfume. Scented candles or artisanal soaps are
also great non-candy additions. You can check out Beachbody for some good
ideas, like ActiVit®
Multivitamins. Remember when your mom told you to take your vitamins every
morning? Now you can return the favor. Beachbody's
Super Formula is another great supplement to throw in your gift basket, as
Health Women's Formula. Or maybe some fitness gear products like
yoga gear. Whatever you put in the basket, make it something you know your
mother will like. The real gift is the thoughtfulness that goes into putting it
- The gift of music. In writing this article,
I asked my own mom what the best presents were that I'd given her over the
years. While I'm sure there is a soft spot for the macaroni-and-glitter
projects of my early years, her favorites were mix CDs that I gave her when I
was in college and too broke to get her anything store-bought. But I was able
to put together a couple of CDs of songs that I knew she would like, and she
appreciated the customized music, and finding out about new artists she hadn't
heard of. Later in life, when I was less of a burden on society, I would get
concert tickets for presents. And when possible, I made the concert part of an
evening we could spend together.
- Time and thoughtfulness. After I asked my
mom what the best presents I gave her were, I asked what she thought were the
best presents that any mother could get for Mother's Day, keeping my fingers
crossed that the answer wasn't jewelry. She told me that the thing that any
mother wants is to spend time with her thoughtful child. And while that's hard
to wrap, it's a present you can give your mom all year long. Let's face it,
your mom's got a basement full of misbegotten gift ideas you've come up with
over the years. And while you should get her something tangible for Mother's
Day, just so your brother doesn't make you look like a jerk, the most important
component of that gift should be that you give of yourself, not just of your