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Although we really should be honoring her 365 days of the year, Sunday, May 9th (aka Mother’s Day) is the day dedicated to showering the amazing mothers in our lives with love and presents.
Mothers, whether they are our own, or your wife, sister, or friend, can be difficult to shop for. Flowers, candy, or something generic can do the trick, but when you focus on a passion they have, like running, the gift becomes more personal. We all know the benefits of running, and if the mom in your life has an enthusiasm for it, it creates a special way to not only honor her love of the sport but encourage it.
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Of course, replacing her sneakers or sports bra is an option, but why not think of something different that she might not splurge on herself: the fitness tracker she’s been wanting to try; running shorts for the heatwave about to come this summer; some soothing oil to help with her muscle pain. Things that will surprise, spoil, or pamper her will bring a smile to her face and yours.
We pulled an assortment of Mother’s Day gift ideas sure to bring joy and motivation to the joggers and sprinters in your life, who happen to also be moms.
Vasque Satoru Moc
Like a cozy hug for your feet that you want to rack up steps in, consider this your second pair of kicks for when you just want to slip on and go. A brand new model from the popular trail brand, the incredibly comfortable knit upper sits on a memory-foam footbed, with a midsole that’s light and plush with a combination of materials that will provide cushion and durability. $99
Oiselle Long Toolbelt Roga Shorts
Sometimes shorts with a longer inseam, like these with their 6-inch-long cut, fit the athleisure mood better than short-shorts. These have been worn on a casual Sunday afternoon trail run after gardening in them all day, and while hiking with a friend then stopping to pick up dinner supplies on the way home (without feeling self-conscious in too-short of an inseam). Like all Oiselle Rogas, the waistband is flat and stretchy. Multiple pockets are built into these Toolbelt Rogas. $64
Lululemon Align Leggings
These buttery soft and stretchy leggings are beloved by expectant mothers. (Our resident runner mom suggests if you size up, these can last you the entire nine months.) Use them postpartum to ease back into your routine with long walks or yoga. $98
Garmin Lily Smartwatch
This stylish smartwatch is the first of its kind from Garmin with an incredibly small, 34 mm watch case and a stylish patterned lens. Track your daily activity, sleep, and workouts, with an extra focus on wellness: Check your body’s energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest, while relax reminders will even prompt you to do a short breathing activity when you’re feeling stressed. $229.99
Osprey Poco LT
Small and safe, this lightweight child carrier is ideal for tight stores, busy sidewalks, and shorter hikes. Featuring ventilated suspension and an adjustable fit, your baby will stay protected and comfortable under the built-in UPF 50 sunshade. Bonus: The patent-pending frame folds flat to store out of the way when you’re not using it. $260
Icemule Jaunt 9L Insulated Backpack Cooler
Whether you’re heading out for an afternoon hike or weekend soccer games, this is a serious cooler for casual, good times. Keep drinks and snacks cold for up to 24 hours without schlepping extra weight and bulk. $79.95
BOB Gear Alterrain Pro Stroller
Want to spoil a new mom or splurge on a gift for a mom-to-be? This jogging stroller is a slam dunk. The sleek frame and the SmoothShox™suspensions make it easy to take on any surface, making it ideal for moms in the city or those quarantining in more rural spots. The ergonomic handbrake aids in controlling speed when the terrain becomes downhill. An all-weather, waterproof canopy will prevent her from having to turn around because of some raindrops. And a single twist of the hand makes the stroller easy to store. $599.99
Fitbit Luxe Special Edition
If she has never tried a tracker or is already a Fitbit fan, she will love the latest iteration. The Fitbit Luxe Special Edition comes with a gold stainless steel Parker Link Bracelet from one of our other favorite jewelry brands gorjana, while the vibrant easy-to-read display syncs up your steps and daily activity. Oh, did we mention the 5-day battery life? Yeah, it’s pretty clutch. $199.95
Sarah Marie Design Studio Hoodie
Mothers often struggle harder than others to take some time for self-care, but there’s nothing like carving out some “me time” for a run. This soft casual hoodie with a vintage wash is so comfortable, she’ll want to wear it all day post-run. (Check out the matching toddler-sized sweatshirt for any little ones.) $68
Erica Sara Alysia Necklace
This necklace is part of the latest collection from the brand that features mantras from elite runners in their own handwriting. (This one is from brave and bold Olympian and mother of three Alysia Montaño.) Choose one that you think will speak to the special mother in your life, in hopes to inspire her. A nice plus is that a portion of each purchase is donated to No Kid Hungry, the non-profit working to end childhood hunger in America.
Saje Recovery Mode Kit
Ease muscle pain and tension by treating her with products that provide relief. Two roll-on oils and an ointment will be at arm’s reach to provide some relaxation. Encourage her to keep handy in her gym bag, medicine cabinet, or nightstand to apply before bed.
Camelbak Zephyr Women’s Running Vest
3D-engineered mesh is strategically mapped on the vest for ventilation specific to a woman’s body. Included are two 17-ounce soft flasks and a 2-liter reservoir to ensure she will stay hydrated even on long run days. Adjustable side compression straps will make sure it stays comfortable and secure. $150
Rifle Paper Co. Airpods Case
Her favorite accessory can probably use a refresh—try this cute case that will make her smile every time she reaches for them. The case is attached to a keyring to make them convenient and covered with a non-slip grip for easy opening and charging.
King St. Vodka
Sure, many moms love wine, but there are plenty who also love other options for both celebrating and entertaining. This vodka is from actress Kate Hudson, a fitness-focused mom herself. It’s GMO- and gluten-free, but the clean, smooth taste, with a hint of vanilla, is the real draw. Well, the taste and a pretty bottle. She will be reinventing some of her favorite cocktails just in time for BBQ season. $29.99
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This small vibrating massage roller is designed to alleviate trigger points in hard-to-reach areas that are sometimes tough to treat with a traditional, larger foam roller. Perfect for easing knots and tightness in your hips, shoulder blades, glutes, and bottom of your feet. $80