Gold-Medal Worthy Gifts

50 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Active Moms, Recommended by Pros


May 2, 2018 Buying Guides By

This year Mother’s Day falls on May 13th, which is right around the corner. Picking out the perfect gift to honor the mom in your life — whether she’s your mother, your wife, sister, aunt, or friend — can be tricky. It’s one day she should feel especially pampered, taken care of and thanked. To help you jump-start the tenuous process of finding a gift, we asked 15 active moms (and one future mom) what one gift they would love to receive and added a couple alternates as well. Pair your gift with breakfast in bed (if possible), and you’re sure to win the day.

Melissa Johnson-White, 3-time Olympic trials qualifier, mom of one

“As an active mom, my days are filled from morning to night! On Mother’s Day I’d love a few minutes of extra sleep, a new pair of Brooks Launch and a babysitter so I can blast a long run, and brunch with my family to fuel up. As a mom, being able to have some time for myself to get a run in is priceless.”

Check out Melissa’s coaching and PRs: here.

Kinvara by Saucony $110

Epic React by Nike $150

Jessica Tondre, runner, mom of two

“Being a mom means I’m always on the go and I’m never off the clock. I’m fortunate that I have amazing kids but every now and then the stress of the week makes me crave a glass of wine! Many moms, athletes and runners shy away from wine because of the high sugar, empty calories and how it makes them feel the day after. I’ve found that with FitVine I feel great and it fits into my clean eating lifestyle without making me feel like I’ve gotten off track. No matter if it’s a kid activity, a long run or a gym workout, I feel okay about having a glass!”

Check out Jessica’s race calendar, recipes and more: here.

2016 Verdejo by Simué $12

Bottle Club by Cellars Wine Club $29/shipment

Jenna Wolfe, co-host of Fox Sports First Things First, mom of two

“Amidst my juggle as a mother of two energetic young girls, a co-host of Fox Sports, FirstThingFirst, writing and other career obligations, I still prioritize daily workouts and self-care. One of the best gifts I ever received is my RumbleRoller foam roller. It’s practical, efficient and gets the job done. I have used other foam rollers but the RumbleRoller is ideal for active moms that need a deeper tissue massage, as the high profile bumps break up discomfort from tight muscles and help keep me loose. Their compact-size roller and beastie ball are also staples in my gym bag and carry on bag for travel.”

Check out Jenna’s workouts: here.

Foam Massage Roller by 321 Strong $22

GRID Foam Roller by TriggerPoint $39

Emily Jenson, Backcountry gearhead, mom of two

“As a Gearhead and mom, I want my kids to be involved and excited for camping, so I’m always on the hunt for cool camping gadgets and cooking tools. These get the kids helping out with the work, while still having a lot of fun. The Camp Chef Puff Cooking Iron is super fun for kids of most ages and really easy to use. Having a couple of these in my camping kits would be delicious fun for everybody.”

Check out Emily’s gear picks: here.

Italia Pizza Kit by Camp Chef $50

3 Wood-Fire Pizza Oven by UUNI $300

Jen Segger, global endurance coach, mom of one

“A gift that combines functionality with femininity… a new tank would be the perfect Mothers Day gift. As I shed layers from winter training, a bright and vibrant Icebreaker Cool-Lite Comet Lite cap Sleeve Tee to take to the trails would be a great new versatile piece for spring running. The capped sleeve system is ideal for temperature regulation in mixed and variable conditions.”

Check out Jen’s endurance coaching and adventures: here.

Flow Tank by Backcountry $40

Beyond the Wall Tank by The North Face $60

Meredith Kessler, professional triathlete, Red Bull athlete and mom of one

“This is the ultimate recovery equipment for muscular pain and body aches from being an active mom and/or human! The research behind this portable compression system has shown it to be a fast, simple and effective way to relieve workout fatigue and bolster recovery time so you can do it all over again day after day! So powerful, yet so light at just 2.2 pounds.”

Check out Meredith’s upcoming races and blog: here.

Heat Kneading Leg and Foot Massager by Yescome $XX

Recovery R8 by Roll $129

Erin Isakov, founder of Erin Snow and mom of three

“Mother’s Day is the time when I switch over from skiing to outdoor tennis, hiking, sailing and water sports. It is also the time that I start working hard in my garden. I have a tradition with my three children that we usually go to a plant nursery together to select three different perennial flowers. Every year our garden grows in a meaningful way. I also indulge myself in some gear to take part in my favorite spring/summer outdoor activities. This year in honor of my love of all things nature, I am grabbing a pair of Erin Snow Peri Shorts in Navy Floral and a Raven Crop Top in Navy. The top is made from recycled nylon and the shorts are printed using an earth-friendly method. I can use this outfit for tennis, hiking, paddle boarding and throw on a windbreaker for sailing. Something to feel good about and help me enjoy some of my favorite activities with my favorite little people.”

Check out all of Erin’s fitness gear: here.

Compression Socks by COMRAD $21

Color Block by Vim & VIGR $33

Lisa Edlund, Backcountry gearhead, mom of three

“As a mother of three hungry and active teenagers, outdoor cooking is a priority for me. This cookset is not only beautiful, but incredibly functional. The nesting pots with integrated strainer is the perfect size for basecamp and will free up some room in my kitchen box. I can’t wait to cook my famous poached salmon with spaghetti marinara after a long hike!”

Check out what Lisa’s currently testing: here.

Stainless Pioneer Camp Set by GSI Outdoors $110

Trail Lite Duo System by MSR $70

Juliet Starrett, co-founder of MobilityWOD, world champion, CrossFit athlete, mom of two

“Professional and recreational athletes alike are both working at levels of intensity that would have astounded us even a decade ago. And yet the rule remains simple, “You cannot cheat your physiology.” What you can do is facilitate and enhance the way your miraculous body already handles congestion and its ability to recover after strenuous sport, hard training, and vigorous activity. MarcPro is unmatched in its ability to reduce the “session cost” to the citizen athlete. This means we can train and play harder because our bodies have recovered faster and are ready to go again.”

Check out Juliet’s fitness programming: here.

TENS 7000 by Roscoe Medical $26

G2PRO Professional Massager by TheraGun $599

Christina Caruso, mom of one

“From the Miami boardwalk to the sandy beaches of the Jersey shore and the bustling beat of our track in NYC, baby and I are staying fit and on the go with the Thule Urban Glide 2 jogging stroller. I’m always out and about walking/jogging and this jogger looks like it can handle anything. It’s super lightweight, glides with ease and folds and stores with one hand. It sounds like a win to me!”

Check out Christina’s healthy living endeavors: here.

Revolution Pro by BOB $500

Zoom 360 Ultralight by Joovy $220

Stephanie Bruce, Hoka One One athlete and mom of two

“HOKA Smarty Pants Sweats. I recommend these pants for moms, because every mom needs a solid pair of comfy sweats to live in. After working, training, and trying to manage your household, kids, and sanity a good pair of Smarty Pants Sweats makes you feel at home. They’re lightweight, form-fitting but stretch to your comfort. I pretty much live in these sweats.”

Check out Stephanie’s coaching, camping and race recaps: here.

Cloudknit Sweats by Outdoor Voices $85

Living Easy Sweats by Beyond Yoga $100

Astrid Swan, Barry’s Bootcamp instructor and soon-to-be mom of one

“For Mother’s Day I would love a pair of new Oliver Peoples aviator sunglasses. Mine got stolen and I need a pair to drive in and take walks with the baby without squinting!”

Check out Astrid’s classes: here.

Dipseas by Sunski $55

Wilcox 41mm Polarized Bold Round Sunglasses by SALT $415

Mirinda Carfrae, IRONMAN world champion, and mom of one

“My go-to gear is centered around our new addition to the family. The Allen Sports trailer/jogger is constructed of lightweight aluminum with easy assembling, which is key when traveling solo with Izzy for racing. I use the two-child trailer because we never travel light! With so many events and people around, the bug screen sun shade has been great to be able to create some privacy for my daughter. I can’t wait to start using the trailer hitch this summer.”

Check out Mirinda’s race results and schedule: here.

City Mini GT by Baby Jogger $306

Arrow Jogging Stroller by Schwinn $220

Sarah Haskins, triathlete, Olympian, and mom of two

“Every mom on the go needs the MISSION Max Instant Cooling Towel. You simply wet it and it will keep you cool for hours. It’s super soft, machine washable and perfect to take on the summer heat.”

Check out Sarah’s races and blog: here.

The Original Chill Pal Towel by Chill Pal $12

Cooling Towel by Alfamo $8+

Amanda Nurse, Heartbreaker run coach, adidas ambassador, and mom of one

“Epsom salts are great for a relaxing bath (alone!) and for sore muscles.”

Check out Amanda’s upcoming classes: here.

Epsoak Everyday by San Francisco Salt Co. $28

Soothe & Sleep Lavender Moisturizing Body Wash by Dr. Teal’s $6

Kimmy Fasani, pro snowboarder, Lululemon elite athlete, and mom of one

“Lululemon’s Align Pant is my go-to gift. They are buttery-soft and allow me to go through my day feeling covered and secure — whether I’m hiking, rock-climbing or flowing through my practice. As a mom, I need to be able to take care of my newborn with no distractions, and these offer just that.”

Check out Kimmy’s latest travels and blog: here.

Training Power Crops by Nike $55

Zero Gravity Ankle Leggings by Sweaty Betty $135

Caitlin Landesberg, founder of Sufferfest Beer Company, mom of one

“I’ve been eyeing Ultimate Directions Mountain Belt 4.0. It’s the fanny pack for the mom on the go. Between pushing a stroller or wearing a carrier, I’m always in need of back pockets for my keys, water, a credit card or a pacifier, so I have my essentials with me. It also doubles as a mini commuter pack because I’m trying to run home from the office a couple day a week.”

Check out Caitlin’s upcoming Sufferfest Races: here.

FlipBelt by FlipBelt $29

Pulse Hydration Belt by Salomon $35

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