LAST MINUTE AFFORDABLE MOTHERS DAY GIFTS FOR RUNNERS. Have you waited to find something for that special person in your life that you want to honor on Mother’s Day? Likely you did not forget, but were waiting for inspiration to find a unique and thoughtful gift. Flowers, chocolates, pajamas, and jewelry may not be gifts that she desires. “It’s the thought that counts”. Right? Gifting the usual stuff that’s advertised for this holiday may not demonstrate how much thought and love you put into the effort, and your budget may not allow the purchase of some items. A runner mom might get totally excited about simple items you can readily find and afford at sporting goods and drug stores, which acknowledge her love of running. Shopping can be a fun activity for kids if they can make some of the choices and help at the checkout.
Suggestions (some are in the image above):
Sport “slides” (with built-in arch support, that swimmers and soccer players wear)
Running socks (thinner light wool blends) or after-run socks (soft cotton blend)
Neon/fun colored replacement shoelaces
Gel or gummy packets for fueling
Friction blocking wax stick to prevent foot blisters
Tennis balls for massaging feet
Drinking water bottle, BPA free, that has a fruit infuser
Hot water bottle (for spot icing of acute aches/pains) + bottle of isopropyl alcohol*
Heating pad (for chronic aches)
Soothing bath salts
Moisturizer (try the new type that can be applied in the shower)
Barrier sunscreen for sensitive skin (travel size might be nice)
Low fat chocolate milk for re-fueling after long runs
Dove Dark Chocolates
Put in a running shoe box decorated with pictures of lady runners her age.
Enjoy seeing the surprise and joy as she opens your gift!
This can work for Father’s Day too!
* Fill the water bottle with ice cubes; adding a few ounces of isopropyl alcohol to the bag will create a soft cold slurry, after a short time, that is more comfortable to hold against the skin than hard-edged ice cubes, and that stays icy cold for a longer time. It can be put in the freezer to re-freeze and will remain soft.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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