Decorations are going up at home, Christmas music is playing in stores, and the temperatures are starting to fall outside. It’s that time of year again, when the holidays are officially in full swing and everything is merry and bright. And that means it’s time to start making a gift list and checking it twice to ensure you have all the best picks for everyone—starting with mom.
Moms are special, and they deserve a gift that makes them feel that way. Luckily they can be pretty easy to shop for—they practically invented the adage “it’s the thought that counts”—but it’s especially convenient to do so when you have a full list of ideas. From the fitness mom to the mom who cooks, there’s something for every lady in your life under our tree.
The fitness mom
Your mom doesn’t need a New Year’s resolution to get motivated to get fit; she’s a year-round yogi, workout class devotee, and natural outdoors kind of gal. For the mom that loves to break a sweat and bust a move, here are some great gift options to energize her routine all the way through 2017.
For those times mom can’t get to the gym (or wants to add on an additional component at home), this exercise ball provides a convenient way to get in some crunches, deep lunges, or more effective weight lifting with added resistance. It can also replace her chair at the office and build core strength. The Natural Fitness Exercise Ball is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and build to last for years.
Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat, Possibility
Manduka’s yoga mat is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned yogis. It’s created using earth-friendly, toxic-free materials that provide a soft (but thin) cushion for mom that’s easy to transport and store. The Tri-Layer Technology offers a combination of grip, durability, and performance abilities that encourages safe and comfortable poses and transitions.
Muscle aches and cramps, be gone! This foam roller is not only great for strengthening core and back muscles, which builds balance, but can also massage away any lingering pains from the hamstrings, quads, glutes, and calves. Made of high-density EVA foam, Hugger Mugger’s product is also stylish in a beautiful marble finish.
Tired muscles can also benefit from massage, especially when done with this oil that infuses organic arnica flower extract to provide a soothing layer of warmth that can stretch out tight muscles while added lavender essential oil relaxes the mind with its therapeutic aroma. Added olive oil and vitamin E also provide moisture and nourishment to skin, especially for moms that workout and shower regularly, which could strip natural oils from the surface.
The relaxed mom
With all mom does for the family, she needs some TLC every now and again. Here are some gift ideas that can get her started on a routine of evening tea time or create a habit of practicing aromatherapy so she can enjoy just as many stress-free moments, too.
Nature can be pretty powerful with its natural remedies, including a swath of scents that are known to calm pressure points, stimulate endorphins, and otherwise relax the mind and body. Make your own DIY kit with essential lavender oil to provide an instant sense of calm, ylang ylang to slow down those high blood pressure moments, and peppermint oil to refresh and renew.
Essential oils can be used in a myriad of ways—mom can simply place a few drops on the palms of her hands and neck and massage into the skin to inhale the scent, or she can add some with water to a spray bottle to create a fragrance for pillows, but the easiest way is to diffuse the oils. Now Foods Ultrasonic system uses electrical vibration to create an ultrafine mist that is distributed into the air of any room, creating a private oasis.
Thrive Market Tea Sampler
There’s a reason half the world enjoys daily tea time. Not only is the drink warming and calming but the act of preparing the tea is also a relaxing ritual in itself. Because there’s so many varieties to choose from, you can make it easier for mom to decide with this convenient sampler kit. It includes anti-inflammatory yerba mate tea, stress relieving tulsi tea, stomach-soothing peppermint tea, and antioxidant-rich green tea. You can also shop our full selection to make a custom kit of your own.
The slightly sedative effects of lavender also make for a great bath. Aura Cacia’s all-natural bubble bath formula fuses rosemary, lemon balm, and ginger root extracts with essential lavender oil to lull the mind and body into a more restful state while soaking. Pair with this lavender coconut wax candle to give mom a spa day any time she needs to recharge.
The foodie mom
Of anyone, mom knows that food is the way to the family’s heart. While some like preparing traditional Sunday dinners, other moms are more interested in the latest culinary trends. Here are some of our favorite ideas for your family’s favorite cook.
For moms who love coffee and fresh spices, this gift has her name all over it. Eugenys’ portable system can process any kind of coffee bean or spices, salt, and peppercorns, grinding them down into a fresh batch for brewing or cooking without leaving any mess behind. It’s made of stainless steel and is lightweight and portable—so (bonus!) she might even bring it to your house the next time you host a family dinner.
Gift cards can have a lot of thought behind them, especially when you thought enough to give mom funds to spend at Thrive Market, where she can stock up on all her favorite organic, gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and non-GMO staples. Available in any amount, you can also include a special message just for her.
The beauty mom
Mom’s beauty always radiates from within, but she still may love to pamper and primp, too. These all-natural products let her do so without the worry of any toxic or artificial ingredients getting in the way. From the perfect manicure to super clean pores, now she can look and feel her best.
Simply washing your face every night might still leave traces of makeup, oil, and other grime tucked away in your pores. Instead, Nourish Organic’s facial cleansing brush deep cleans and exfoliates skin using soft bristles in a choice of two speeds that work in a gentle massaging motion. Mom can use it daily to minimize pores and even out skin tone.
This convenient self-care kit works from head to toe to cleanse, nourish, and rejuvenate all with a pleasant sweet orange vanilla scent. Included are a shampoo & body wash, conditioner, face & body lotion, and bubble bath, all enriched with argan oil and and organic botanicals to leave her feeling soft and smooth all day long.
If mom loves makeup, gift her a brand that uses non-chemical ingredients that are good for her and the environment. No Miss Cosmetics offers a range of items from dramatic liquid eyeliner to lengthening mascaras, colorful shadows, and subtle lip glosses.
After picking the perfect gift for mom, use our guide for wrapping them up with eco-friendly touches.
Illustration credit: Foley Wu
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