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Mother's Day: Wellness gifts for women

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Give the gift of health

Looking for the perfect gift for the wellness-minded mom? Our Mother's Day gift guide features the latest fitness footwear and healthy gourmet goodies, as well as a few surprising gifts for Mom to help her sleep better at night.

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ABEO B.I.O. System Dunes Sandal

(, $100)

Does Mom love outdoor adventures that include hiking through streams or taking her daily jaunts along the ocean's edge? Surprise her with a pair of these fun and functional sports sandals designed with adjustable vamp straps, channeled rubber outsoles, and non-skid water-resistant bottoms -- no more soggy running shoes for Mom. These quick-dry, lightweight shoes also feature Aegis Microbe shield to protect against odor, staining and deterioration of the footbed. Available in four colors: sand/pink, navy/light blue, brown/light green and black/light blue.

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Adidas ClimaCool Seduction Running Shoes

(, $100)

With Mother's Day leading into hot summer weather, the ClimaCool Seduction running shoes from adidas will be an appreciated fitness gift for the mom who pounds the pavement for exercise. A fave of Katy Perry and David Beckham, this fitness footwear is built with rugged yet lightweight cushioning, and 360 degree ventilation that helps reduce foot temperature up to 20 percent and in-shoe moisture by 50 percent. How does adidas do it? They designed the ClimaCool Seduction with clover-shaped Coolever lining and mesh upper for heat and sweat management, a perforated sockliner for breathability, and an adiWEAR outsole that offers the ultimate in high-wear durability. These eye-catching running shoes are available in four color combinations: purple/white, black/orange, black/turquoise and red/white.

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Dale Fricke Holsters Ecclesiastes 3:1 Holster Purse

(, $165)

If Mom has become one of the growing number of women who have a concealed carry permit but doesn't want to carry a gun on her belt, the Ecclesiastes 3:1 Holster Purse made by Dale Fricke Holsters is a stylish solution for her to stay protected. The patent-pending Ecclesiastes 3:1 features an outer shell (with a front pocket, slip-resistant webbed straps, and a zipper top) and a liner insert that has a foam-lined pouch with magnet snap closures to keep a weapon hidden. A Kydex holster fits into the pouch to hold a gun securely in place. The liner also features several pockets to carry a wallet, keys, pepper spray or other items, as well as pouches on each end to hold a dagger dart for quick self-defense. As a fashion bonus, you can buy additional shells to match outfits or the change of seasons. After all, "to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

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Krav Maga for Women: Your Ultimate Program for Self-Defense

(, $17)

Give Mom the gift of hand-to-hand self-defense with Krav Maga for Women (Ulysses Press, February 2012), an invaluable book that teaches fighting techniques straight from the Israeli army. With more than 300 step-by-step photos, this book will give any mom (regardless of her age, size or fitness level) the skills and mindset to defend herself and her loved ones against an attacker. Go through the book with her (she'll need a workout partner) and learn how to disable strikes, effectively counterattack and make a safe escape -- all in your first workout. Krav Maga is a self-defense system every woman should learn -- it is empowering to learn how to protect yourself and it will get you in great shape.

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Pura Stainless Steel Water Bottle

(, $25)

Keep Mom hydrated with a Pura stainless steel bottle, crafted from food service-grade electro-polished stainless steel. Pura bottles are 100 percent BPA-free and recyclable, do not leach harmful chemicals (as do many plastic bottles), and don't require fragile and funky chemical coatings like aluminum bottles. Even the lids are made from stainless steel. The "chuggable" wide-mouth design makes it easy to drink from, put ice cubes in, and a breeze to clean as well. The 1.2 liter bottle is available in five colors: stainless, blue, green, orange and light purple.

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(, $120)

If your mom is a juicing queen or needs a little incentive to get more fruits and vegetables in her diet, give her a Nutribullet, a user-friendly high-tech tool that will transform her bounty from the produce aisle or farmers' market into a superfood drink. This nutrition extractor from Magic Bullet features a powerful 600-watt motor and extractor blade that bursts open seeds, cracks through stems and shreds tough skin to turn whole fruits and vegetables into nutritious powerhouse juices or smoothies. The Nutribullet system comes with a tall cup, two short cups with comfort lip rings, two resealable lids, a user guide/recipe book and a pocket nutritionist with diet and shopping tips for the healthiest foods.

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Pure Food Fish Market Smoked Salmon Sampler

(, $59)

Has Mom been slacking on her heart- and brain-healthy omega-3s? Give her an irresistible reason to eat up. The smoked salmon from Pure Food Fish Market is so over-the-top moist and delicious, you may just invite yourself over to help Mom taste-test the goods. Available in three flavors -- garlic pepper, alderwood, and teriyaki -- Pure Food's smoked salmon comes right from the smoker to the shop and ships the next day. Because it is never vacuum-sealed or compressed, this uniquely textured smoked salmon is succulent, light and flaky.

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Delectable Organic Gift Basket

(, $70) 

Is your Mom an organic food fanatic? Surprise her with a bountiful basket of organic snacks, including organic chia energy squares, organic trail mix, organic cacao cashew clusters, organic tamari-roasted sunflower seeds, organic mango, organic salted pistachios in the shell, organic raw mixed nuts, organic cranberries, organic simply strawberries and organic dark chocolate peanut butter. Don't forget to peruse the many other treats and sweets from -- you're sure to find something to get for yourself.

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Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Gift Set

(, $10)

If you can't afford to send Mom to the spa, give her a gift set so she can have a DIY spa day unwinding in a hot bubbly tub and pampering her skin with affordable spa-caliber products. Champneys, a world-class UK spa whose celeb fans include David Beckham, Kate Moss, Daniel Craig and Simon Cowell, recently brought their luxurious line stateside this spring. We love the Oriental Opulence gift set, which includes bubble bath, shower cream, body glow and body cream. Products are made with almond oil and have coconut, honey and patchouli scents.

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The SOI Company Soy Jar Candles

(, $25)

Add to the at-home spa experience with a handcrafted SOI candle, made of 100 percent all-natural soy. Not only do SOI candles exude inviting aromas without releasing toxins like benzene into the air, the melted wax can be used as a skin moisturizer to help remedy sunburns, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak. SOI candles don't get hot enough to burn skin and last 40 percent longer than paraffin wax candles. The soy jar candles come in dozens of scents, including amber and sandalwood, citrus and teak, vanilla orange, creme brulee, tea leaf and jasmine, and pumpkin spice.

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