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10 Healthy Gifts For Mother’s Day 2019: For Moms With An Active Lifestyle

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, May 12), there’s not much time left to come up with a thoughtful gift that your adventurous mom will truly appreciate. It’s ok though because we’ve got you covered with these 10 Healthy Gifts For Mother’s Day that have been chosen specifically to encourage a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle.

If your mum is trendy, likes to stay active, or even beginning her journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle, then you really can’t go wrong with any one of these gifts. Let’s get right to it then!

1. Vi Trainer with Vi Sense Headphones

Vi Sense Helen

We have never had a running coach before, so when we got to try the Vi Virtual Trainer app with Vi Sense headphones with an in-ear heart rate monitor, we were so excited to see how it could help improve our fitness levels, make us faster and increase our endurance capacity. Just a couple of months later and we can honestly say that Vi Trainer is one of the biggest motivators we have for getting us out the door and putting in hard training runs. Our fitness levels have both improved tremendously since using the app and Vi Sense headphones that we are excited to see the results of our training in this summers trail races. See our Instagram Stories to learn more about how the app works and how we use it – Vi Trainer Instagram Stories.

Some benefits of having Vi Trainer on your team include:

  • Accountability – Having a virtual trainer, to a certain degree, holds you accountable for not showing up to training sessions. When you show up more and put in the work, it’s inevitable that you will get fitter.
  • Motivation – Vi Trainer has many different training sessions to choose from that running will never get boring. If you’re enjoying your runs more then you’ll want to lace up your shoes more often and run. The sessions are of varying difficulty and duration too, so you can gradually reach your goal over time, rather than burning out too soon and giving up on the sport.
  • Company – Vi Trainer makes for a great running partner when your friends can’t join you. She coaches you every step of the way during your session and will give you guidance, tips, and even posture reminders in real-time.

Vi Virtual Trainer App (For 1 year) + Vi Sense headphones – $99

vi sense phone

Right now, you can get the Vi Sense headphones and 1 years worth of Vi Virtual Training for only $99. The headphones, which are wireless, sweat resistant, have an in-ear Heart-Rate sensor and offer superb sound quality, in my opinion, are worth well over $99 just by themselves, and well, having a running coach as well is just priceless, especially if you love running. This has to be the ultimate gift for any mom who loves running and wants to feel healthy, strong, and happy. Happiness comes from having good health, and feeling fit & strong by the way :).

Vi Trainer Reviews

Vi Trainer + Vi Sense Headphones- Full Review

2. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

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When it comes to water purification and the odor-neutralization process, the LARQ bottle does it all. The LARQ bottle is a purifying water bottle for those who want something a little different from all the other insulated water bottles on the market. The LARQ self-cleaning bottle can fill up from almost anywhere, even on the trails, and will purify your water at the tap of a button. The bottle itself has been designed beautifully too and is built to a very high standard. Your mum will be the most stylish hydration bottle owner on the block!

If you think your mom may take it on a hiking trip with her, I recommend getting the LARQ Limited Edition sleeve too, as it will protect the bottle and give her the means to attach it to her backpack.

LARQ water bottle reviews

LARQ Bottle – Full Review

3. Randolph USA – Amelia Women’s Sunglasses

Randolph USA Amelia Womens Sunglasses gift ideas for mothers day trail kale 2

The name of the Randolph Amelia Sunglasses pays homage to the iconic Amelia Earhart, the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. The teardrop, lightweight, fashion-forward Aviator lends an elegant, laid-back air to any look. Whether used for hiking mountain trails or just flying through life, the Amelia’s flattering shape suits many different face shapes.

Some standout features of the Amelia’s by Randolph USA.

  • They are handcrafted in the USA in 200+ steps, using only the finest components.
  • Lite Lens™ technology—15% lighter made from a hypoallergenic macromolecule that couples optical clarity with lightweight durability, and 100% UVA/UVB protection.
  • Anti-reflective and anti-glare gradient lens options smoothly transition from top to bottom, providing refuge from harsh overhead sunlight while allowing light through the bottom half of the lens.
  • 23k gold and other premium-quality finish for durability & scratch resistance.
  • Lifetime warranty on all frames when bought from

Randolph USA Review

If you want to read more about the brand and our thoughts on their other popular frames, the Aviator, read our full review here: Randolph Aviator Sunglasses Review

4. La Sportiva Bushido 2

la sportiva bushido 2 best womens trail running shoes

The women’s La Sportiva Bushido 2 is for the moms that will appreciate a high performing trail running shoe with the combination of responsiveness, stability, comfort, excellent protection, and impressive traction. I recently gave this shoe the Trail & Kale Editor’s Choice Award on our Best Women’s Trail Running Shoes Gear Guide, a well-deserved victory for La Sportiva.

The Bushido 2 provides enhanced cushioning while offering a stable, lightweight, sticky and aggressive outsole. The performance and protection on technical terrain, is impressive, to say the least! La Sportiva also added their proprietary LaSpEVA to the midsole in this latest version of the Bushido to create a more responsive and springier ride, keeping you running comfortably over long distances. If your mom is more of a hiker, this is still an excellent trail shoe choice!

Drop: 6mm / Weight: 10.5oz (g) / Support Type: Neutral.

Best Prices for the Women’s La Sportiva Bushido 2 (Updated Daily)

5. Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0

The Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 hydration pack has some excellent features and it looks great whilst on. It won the top spot in Helen’s Top Hydration Packs For Women Gear Guide too!

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 Hydration Vest front 5 Best hydration vests for women

Big thumbs up for the adjustable fit, many zipped pockets, and tidy pole-carrying solution. It’s a great all-round running or hiking hydration vest for long days out on the trails.

This pack includes 2x 500ml Body Bottle collapsible soft flasks (UD own branded bottles) that sit in the front holsters.

For shorter trail excursions where less water and accessory storage may be needed, have a read of Helen’s review of the Nathan Speedster 2l, which is designed for shorter outings, and it also comes in at a more pocket-friendly price point.

Best Prices for the Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 4.0 (Updated Daily)

6. On Cloudswift – Road Running Shoes

on cloudswift road running shoes gift ideas for mothers day trail kale 2

Does your mom like to train on the roads too? The On Cloudswift is an impressive new addition to the On running shoes line up, we love it so much that it sits at the top of our Best On Running Shoes List and also our Best Road Running Shoes List. The extra breathable upper has a 1 piece construction, with no traditional ‘tongue’ so to speak which allows the shoe to wrap around your feet comfortably without any chaff points.

The Cloudswift also has a flexible ‘rocker’ outsole made from On’s new Helion superfoam. This new foam is very lightweight with excellent energy return, making long or fast runs on asphalt a real pleasure. The mid-foot cage support also has a cleverly hidden pocket to hide your laces too. Your mom will love you for introducing her to the On brand! Drop: 7mm / Weight: 240g (8.4 oz).

On Cloudswift Review

On Cloudswift – Full Review

7. Athletic Greens – A Daily Organic, Vegan Dietary Supplement

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We wouldn’t be Trail & Kale if we didn’t talk about the benefits of plant-based living too.

You can buy Athletic Greens from their website, as a one-off pouch or on a monthly subscription basis (that can be canceled at any time). The bags provide 30 servings and cost $77/month on a subscription, or $97 as a one-off.

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At first glance, $77/month seems like a lot to pay every month. However, if you compare it to the price of a green superfood smoothie/shake from a store or a daily coffee, the Athletic Greens price is pretty good – around $2.57 per day. A green smoothie from my local smoothie place is more than $8, and a coffee is $4, so this is a great deal – and probably much better for me than a coffee from a coffee shop every day.

We noticed that our digestion is much better than normal and our energy levels are boosted since taking the supplement. Buy her a one-month trial pack to try and just wait for her to tell you how switched on and great she feels!

Athletic Greens Full Review

Athletic Greens Full Review: A Daily Organic, Vegan Dietary Supplement

8. Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks Womens gift ideas for mothers day trail kale 2

The Women’s Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks has earned a hallowed place in the hearts of many a through-hiker who demand more from a sock. Comfort, durability, and fit that never rests. They have a performance fit the has no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters. The material is fast action wicking to so it pulls moisture away from the skin and is fast drying, should they get wet. Oh and because they are made with Merino Wool they are also naturally antimicrobial, so bacteria and odors are repelled! 🙂

If you think your mom will prefer running socks, I recommend going for the Balega Silver No-Show Socks available at REI. They are comfortable, breathable, moisture wicking and have anti-stink properties in the fabric.

9. Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Inspire HR gift ideas for mothers day trail kale 2

The Fitbit Inspire HR Activity Tracker makes it easy to build healthy habits. It tracks daily activity such as your hard-earned steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes and calories burned, and even sleep quality. Sometimes motivation is all it takes to hit your goals! If you really want to help motivate her, get one for yourself too so you can challenge her to hit daily goals with the fun Fitbit App that comes with their trackers.

This is a pure activity and sleep tracker and therefore won’t be the best option for logging accurate distance while running. If you think your mom will be wanting a proper GPS watch for running, take a look at our best GPS watches for trail running guide.

Best Prices for the Fitbit Inspire HR (Updated Daily)

10. YETI Rambler Tumbler

YETI Rambler Tumbler with MagSlider Lid 30 fl oz

The YETI Rambler Tumbler is one of REI’s best selling products, and for good reason! It’s one of those products that actually does what the marketing proclaims, yet still amazes people when it does it. This BPA-free tumbler will keep mom’s cold drinks cold, all day long, no matter how hot it is outside. The same goes for keeping hot drinks hot when it’s cold out.

The Rambler Tumbler uses magnets in the lid to keep your drink contained while on the move; they also make it easy to open and close, and the double-wall vacuum insulation is made from kitchen-grade stainless steel making it easy to clean, rust-resistant and dishwasher safe. If all those features weren’t enough for a drinks tumbler, it also has a tapered design so it can fit in most car cup holders, bonus! It’s one of those simple gifts that should brighten up her day every time it gets used.

Best Prices for the YETI Rambler Tumbler (Updated Daily)

BONUS GIFT – The Gift of Inspiration!

Best Womens Adventure Books Trail and Kale

If your mom loves to read AND she loves adventure or trail running, then why not choose a couple of books from our list of Best Women’s Adventure Books, you can’t go wrong with books! We’ve been compiling this list based on books we have read and also books that our trusted community of adventure lovers rate very highly.

These female adventurers write about their experiences in a way that will inspire her to explore more and become a stronger adventurer because of it.

As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.


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With Mother's Day just around the corner (Sunday, May 12), there's not much time left to come up with a thoughtful gift that your adventurous mom will truly appreciate. It's ok though because we've got you covered with these 10 Healthy Gifts For Mother's...10 Healthy Gifts For Mother's Day 2019: For Moms With An Active Lifestyle