Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Run
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. And while that one day has been celebrated since 1908, you really should be honoring your mother (or mother of your children) every day of the year.
I am actually on the ball this year (for once) and already have gifts all but wrapped. If you’re still looking for something for that running mom in your life, we have some ideas.
The Best Mother’s Day Gift for Runners Is…
It probably comes as no surprise that moms want the gift of time. As much as they love their families, almost all of them wished for more time to themselves.
Time to go for a run without a jogger, get coffee, or just sit and read a magazine in peace and quiet.
This seems like a rather easy gift to give. Here’s what I suggest…
Make a cute card. Have the kids decorate it, or print out an adorable picture (you know, the one where almost everyone is looking at the camera).
Write something to the effect of, “this card entitles you, Mom, to one ‘free’ day…” Tell her she can pick any date in the future and you (the presenter of said magic time-card) will handle all of the child care details (or whatever) so that she can go on a day long running adventure.
Race Entry Gift
I sensed that moms, perhaps more than dads, feel a twinge of guilt when signing up for multiple of races. If you happen to know of a race that mom is hesitant to signup for, get her an entry to it.
Or, you could combine this with the first idea, and do a sort of hybrid. Maybe part of mom’s special running gift involves committing to taking care of the childcare details and creating a training calendar with her, then treating her to a special brunch after she’s done with her long runs.
Or maybe, as one grandmother said, “I’d love to be able to run in some fun kids run with my grandkids!”
Moms love Running Clothes
Most of us (especially those with kids) are hesitant to splurge on anything more than that $100 pair of running shoes, let alone fancy new tops.
Because there are an endless number of options these days for running clothes, here are just a few that the moms I talked to mentioned by name.
Melissa Gacek suggested a few cool items from (not surprisingly) Oiselle.
Carrie Tollefson mentioned safety items from the Nathan line, and Reebok One series gear.
- Reebok Women’s One Series Print Tank Top
- Reebok Women’s One Series Nylux Tattoo Capri Pants
- Nathan Nightfall Reflective Vest
- Nathan 5K Runner’s Waist Pack
A new Garmin will be on every “gift ideas” list we will ever write… because running with a GPS is awesome! They are quite expensive, and if your “mom” doesn’t have one, or has one she bought during the Bush administration, it’s time to splurge and get her a new one.
If you’re on a budget, the Garmin Forerunner 10 ($89) has just enough features to get the job done. If money isn’t an object, the Forerunner 220 (with heart rate) is amazing! Tons of features that practically makes you runs faster.
Amber mentioned the BOSU Sport Balance Trainer – which is a great, at home strength training system with an included core video.
Believe Training Journal
If you’re looking for something a little more inspirational, check out The Believe Training Journal ($15 Amazon). It is a year-long workbook, training log, and how-to manual designed by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. It is packed with photographs, hand-written notes, practical advice, and the hard-earned secrets and street smarts that Fleshman and Ro have learned on the pro running circuit.
It might be tempting to just go to grab a gift certificate to a favorite massage, spa, or pedicure spot, but doesn’t that seem a bit like the easy way out? According to my simple survey, no.
Moms like to be pampered (at least the ones I talked to). Melissa said that a pedicure is the ultimate mom spoiler. If for nothing else, “…to buff up these runner’s feet and hide the fact I’m missing two toenails!”
It was also suggested that if you’re going to get a gift card for a massage, really go for gold and get a 90+ minute one, and take care of the details of booking it for them. For busy moms taking the extra step to take this off of their “to do list” is an amazing treat.
For something running specific, look for a place that specializes in sports massage, or some type of Graston or A.R.T. While that isn’t exactly relaxing in the way that a traditional massage is, it might be exactly what your running mom needs for any nagging injuries or just overall soreness.
What other ideas do you suggest? Share them in the comments below.