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Looking for a unique, thoughtful gift for a healthy mom friend or loved one? We've got you covered with a list of our top 8 unique last-minute gifts for healthy moms.
Some are subscriptions and others can easily be found locally. Some gifts are for beautiful (and practical) workout gear. But no matter what you give or receive, the power of being a supportive healthy mom friend is always the best.
10 Best Gifts for Healthy Moms
1. Herb Garden Kit
We all know fresh herbs are good for us and taste delicious. But, did you know that they are bonified superfoods that fight disease? It's true!
Basil, for example, has many whole-body health-benefiting attributes. Basil:
Basil has many healthful properties that improve skin appearance and health. And what's more, it and other herbs can directly affect skin health. It:
- Fights free radicals. Basil contains flavonoids, and they get busy in the body fighting harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress and inflammation both contribute to the aging of skin, cholesterol plaques, and disease.
- Supports healthy blood flow: Basil also contains vitamin A and magnesium. Magnesium specifically improves blood flow by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax. Every inch of your body benefits from good blood flow, from all organs to heart to brain to skin.
You can make a kit yourself with a beautiful pot, soil, plant food, and herb seeds. Or, buy a kit like one from Burpee.
2. Cute Cold Weather Headband
Have a friend who likes to run? But also, doesn't need frost-bitten ears? Of course, you do!
These days, there are many cute choices for running headbands. Take a look at the ones from Athletica, Patagonia, or your favorite online retailer.
Or, if you're a seasoned knitter, you can likely knit one in an evening that will be cherished for years!
3. Massage Balls
Any mom who's working out deals with sore muscles on occasion. While a gift certificate to a masseuse would be amazing, it may be out of your friend-gift-budget.
And anyway, busy moms may not always have time for appointments.
Try massage balls instead! You can find smooth ones, spiky ones, or a kit. They are amazing for at-home trigger point therapy (to loosen stubborn cramps and tight muscles), and feel great!
Take a look online or visit your favorite running store for options.
4. Amazon or iTunes Gift Card with Your Favorite Inspirational Pump-Up Songs for Inspiration
Did you know that music can actually improve workout results? It's been studied, and the outcomes are favorable for both performance and enjoyment (3)! Whether it's a home workout, one in a gym, a run, or hike, music makes it better.
And, when you combine great beats with inspirational lyrics, you can truly transform a workout into a life-giving self-care session!
An easy quick gift is an online music gift-card. An incredibly thoughtful one comes with a curated list of amazing pump-up songs!
5. Essential Oil Blends to Fight Cold Viruses, Improve Sleep or provide Muscle Pain Relief
If you're not familiar with essential oils, they are amazing plant compounds that have a molecular size perfect to penetrate the skin. They can be safely absorbed by the body via skin or respiration.
And, most smell incredible.
Since there are safety concerns with applying undiluted oils, the easiest option is to buy blends that already include a "carrier" oil such as jojoba, coconut oil, or olive oil (you can find recipes online).
Great options include lavender blends for sleep and reduced anxiety. Lavender has been well-studied and has been shown in research to be an effective anti-anxiety option (4).
Commercial anti-flu and cold blends with frankincense, cloves, and more.
Or, if she's an athlete who would love sore-muscle relief, look for blends with peppermint or other oils created for muscle massage.
6. Tea Sampler Kit
Teas are great health-promoting drinks, and especially during cold-weather months, they make great gifts.
You can find tea samplers at your favorite health food store, grocer, or online. Or, you can put together a kit with your favorite loose-leaf tea, a tea strainer, and a beautiful mug.
Both green and black teas are known to:
- Improve metabolism and weight loss
- Reduce stress and cortisol
- Promote brain and eye health
- Improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart health
This makes tea one of the best gifts for healthy moms!
7. DIY Body Scrub
Homemade self-care products are one of the most thoughtful gifts for healthy moms you can give. There are many recipes online that use every day and readily available ingredients such as salt, sugar, and oils. You can also find ones that add calming essential oils.
What's more, it truly shows that you wish your friend time they can spend relaxing, even if just 15-20 minutes in a bath.
8. Yoga App Subscription
Did you know that yoga can truly change a healthy moms body and mind? It can. And best of all, it doesn't have to require the time commitment (and child care) of a class.
There are now great yoga apps you can utilize in your own home, with classes that take as little as 5 minutes.
In 5 minutes, you can improve flexibility, have a quiet time of reflection, and feel lean and strong.
At-home yoga is a life-saver for many healthy moms.
It's not too late! You can still give unique last-minute gifts for healthy moms! Whether a friend, family member or idea for yourself, these gifts for healthy moms will show your support and love year-round. And, that's the best gift of all!
Written by Kyle Colbert for The Healthy Moms Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to email@example.com.