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10 healthy Mother's Day gift ideas

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By Wendy Innes



Mother's Day is just around the corner and many people struggle with what to get for Mom for her special day. So we've put together a list of 10 healthy mother's day gift ideas that will benefit Mom's body and soul.


Custom Gift Basket


This might seem like a no brainer, but gift baskets are a great option because they are so easy to personalize. Instead of candy or flowers, opt instead for items to help get or keep Mom healthy such as exercise bands, yoga DVDs, a pedometer, light weights, a reusable water bottle or a healthy cookbook. The possibilities are endless, but they all let Mom know that she is cared about and that someone supports her healthy goals.


Healthy Eating Ideas


Everyone could stand to eat a little healthier, right? Well how about giving Mom some tools or books to help her get there. There are hundreds of healthy cookbooks available at local bookstores and kitchen stores have a variety of gadgets like an oil mister, steamer set, countertop grill or juicers that are designed to help people be healthier. Some health items can even be good for the environment, which is good for the spirit. A visit to a nutritionist is a great option too. This way, Mom can get professional help on the areas of her diet which may be lacking.


Prepare a Mediterranean Dinner

The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. It is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, healthy oils and even red wine, all of which have been shown to help reduce the incidence of depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even Alzheimer's disease according to emerging research. Just remember that moderation is key to everything and it is possible to have too much of a good thing.


Baked Goodies

This might not seem like the healthiest thing in the world, but there are hundreds of recipes available that make baked goodies healthy. How about heart healthy cookies or muffins packed with protein? They are out there and many mothers are discovering them to get their picky kids to eat a healthier diet. So why not turn the tables on Mom and bake her up some healthy goodies?


Fruit Baskets

There is nothing better than fresh fruit, and a fruit basket is a great way to give Mom something healthy. It can be something as simple as a basket of whole fruit or something as elaborate as an edible fruit arrangement. If Mom is a gardener, consider giving her fruit plants such as strawberry plants, tomato plants or fruit trees. After all, gardening is a healthy activity as well as producing a healthy food. Whatever the option, mom will be grateful for the thoughtful gift and better health too.


Sleep

Research indicates that a good night’s sleep plays a role in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as many other health conditions. More sleep can also reduce stress, which is something every mother could use. Consider giving Mom some new luxury sheets or splurge on a new mattress or mattress pad. If she's a new mom or mother of small children, offer to take them off her hands for a much needed rest. Whether she admits if she needs a quick nap or not, she'll thank you.


Clean-Up

While the typical gifts of flowers, photographs or jewelry are always nice and appreciated, the gift of organization could be a life-saving one. Give Mom a day off by running any errands for her or doing any chores that need to be done. Do all of this with a smile on your face so that Mom can kick her feet up and enjoy a day of relaxation.


Dark Chocolate

If the Mother’s Day gift simply must be chocolate, opt for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which help repair the damage done to cells by free radicals. Antioxidants can help prevent a number of conditions caused by oxidative stress on the body, but they are most known for helping to lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. Just be sure to choose the kind that has the highest percentage of Cacao and the lowest amount of sugar and fat.


Gym Pass or Yoga Class

Often times, moms are so busy taking care of their families that they forget to make time to take care of themselves. So if Mom would like to get healthier, why not purchase a gym pass or some yoga classes for her? Many fitness facilities offer passes or punch cards that allow people to pay one price for a set number of visits or classes. This can be both budget-friendly, and allow Mom to decide if she really likes the facility or class before committing to it for a long period of time.


Charitable Gifts


This Mother's Day, why not give Mom a great gift and some good karma too through a charitable gift. An organization called "Presents For Purpose" allow gifts to be purchased for occasions like Mother’s day, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. The site has the typical Mother's Day gifts of candles, jewelry, apparel, bags and even some earth friendly items.

Giving Mom a great gift that's good for her isn't difficult. Remember, Mom does almost everything for everyone else; doesn't she deserve good health and a happy heart too?


Sources:

CNN
Presents For Purpose
Consumer Reports
Health magazine

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