Celebrate mom with a gift that shows you notice how much she contributes to her family, friends, household and community. Here are five gift ideas that support your favorite mom's healthy, active lifestyle and suit every budget.
A gift certificate to a nearby yoga center delivers self-nurturing rejuvenation.
"Both restorative and invigorating classes are a place where your body and mind can just rest and relax," says Nicky Jacobson, a registered yoga teacher at Ashland Yoga Center where classes cost $6 to $12 each. "You don't have to think about anything beyond the boundaries of the mat."
"And all the props are there — you don't have to bring anything, and that's good for moms who have trouble getting away," says Jacobson. "Just come in comfortable clothes and you're ready to go."
For green-thumbed mothers, consider a gardening gift pot, brimming with seed packets, gloves, tools and books.
"Felco and Barnel brands are the most popular and range from $15.99 to $53.99," says Tammi Trost, nursery assistant at Southern Oregon Nursery in Medford. "They're handy and easy to use for all sorts of clean up jobs and readying your garden for the season. And we keep the smaller sizes for smaller hands — I don't work in my garden without one."
For extra convenience and safety, add a leather pruner pouch, $10.99 to $15.99 that attaches to a belt loop. Pick up a pruner for extra points.
Togs for easy living
Soft, pre-shrunk, cotton clothing offers easy style that's perfect for active moms.
"It's great for Southern Oregon lifestyles because it's extremely comfortable and the fabric breathes as the weather warms up," says Sean Van Ausdall, owner of Inti Imports in Ashland, about his clothing line called Manta.
Originally designed for movement and general relaxation, these tops, capris, pants, skirts and dresses have become popular for travel, work and even nights on the town.
Colors ranging from neutral white, off-white and black, to this season's royal purple, hibiscus, azurite, cocoa and moss green offer mix-and-match gift ideas at $20 to $40 per piece.
Best foot forward
Protect mom's feet from the ravages of daily life with a pair of European-style, all-day comfort shoes.
Arcopedico from Portugal makes lightweight all-day walking shoes in kicky colors. Caminhar offers medium-weight, full-grain leather walking shoes with added support. For extra cushioning in super-soft leather, try something by a German company called Rieker, available at some local shoe stores and priced at $100 to $150.
"The right shoe is really a combination of what they're looking for, what they're using it for and if they have any kind of foot ailments," explains Matt Mohatt, salesperson at Lithia Shoes in Ashland.
If mom has any special shoe requirements or foot ailments such as metatarsal or arch support or wide feet, opt for a gift certificate so she can come in for a consultation.
Those with smaller budgets might choose a pair of Smartwool socks, $9 to $20. Breathable and designed to keep feet dry by wicking away moisture, they come in fun designs and different weights for different uses. Pick heavier weight socks for hiking or the lighter, cable-weight design for general summertime wear.
Words that take her a world away
Support mom's good health with "The Boomer's Guide to Lightweight Backpacking" by local author Carol Corbridge, $18.98.
"It's good for beginners and a fun read for experienced backpackers," says Anita Isser, manager at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland.
Supplement the book with a guide to local trails such as "Ashland Trails Guide" by Laura Shepardson, $6.95, "Where the Trails Are" by Bill Williams, $9.95 or "100 Hikes in Southern Oregon" by William Sullivan, $16.95.
Or tickle her funny bone with "The Sweet Potato Queen's Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit" by Jill Conner Browne, $22.95.
"It's such a cute gift," says Isser. "The cover calls it a 'hilarious though not scientifically tested wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting.'"
And what mom wouldn't love a smile on Mother's Day?