This weekend is Mother’s Day, y’all! If you’re less than thrilled with the idea of having to shop for a gift, you have something in common with Mother’s Day founder, Anna Jarvis. Did you know she ended up boycotting the holiday because she felt it became too commercialized? Regardless of whether you agree, over 100 years later we’re all expected to do something sweet for Mom. The team here at 35 West’s Moore apartments is all about making your life easier, so we thought we’d offer up some gift ideas even Anna Jarvis might like. All of these gifts support an active lifestyle to help Mom live a healthy and happy life. And even though we picked our top seven gifts, be sure to check out In Style Magazine’s 17 Gift Ideas Sporty Moms Will Really Want for Mother’s Day
But before we roll out our top 7, the team at 35 West’s Moore Apartments wants to share a little Mother’s Day History. According to Wikipedia , it all began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis, a resident of West Virginia, wanted to set aside a day to honor all mothers. As she put it, a Mom is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” The first Mothers day was a memorial for Anna’s Mom, Ann Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and devoted her life to public health. The tradition grew and 1914, President Woodrow Wilson designated Mother’s Day as a national holiday. But by the early 1920s, companies like Hallmark had started selling Mother’s Day cards and gift giving became the norm. Jarvis felt this placed profit over sentiment, twisting the purpose of Mother’s Day. As a result, she organized boycotts. By that time, however, Mothers Day was being celebrated around the world and the holiday had taken its place in popular culture.
So let’s make the best of this tradition and encourage Mom’s best health with these 7 Sporty Gifts for Active Moms from the team at 35 West’s Moore apartments, courtesy of In Style Magazine.
Dry shampoo is a beauty essential, no matter what. This sustainably made product won’t leave any powdery residue, which is especially great for ladies with dark hair. $22, nordstrom.com
The unique fabric on these leggings—super stretchy jersey—makes them great for any kind of workout, from yoga to chasing after toddlers. We extend extra kudos to the waistband, which offers plenty of support. $210, net-a-porter.com
3. MOVER ZIP UP
This versatile merino-wool jacket reacts to changes in body temperature, so Mom can wear it year-round. This one’s a team favorite around 35’s Moore apartments– perfect for walking the grounds or working in the office. $240, net-a-porter.com
A zipper helps corral things like lipsticks and ear buds that would otherwise get lost inside a gym bag, and because it’s mesh, everything can be spotted in a snap. Plus, at this price, you can spring for a few colors (and some for yourself)! $12, baggu.com
Because this sunscreen is on a stick, Mom can apply it to her face without worrying about how clean her hands are after a morning of playing with the kids. $25, sephora.com
This eye-catching neoprene gym bag can be used as a small or large tote to carry gym clothes or diapers. $240, bandier.com
We’ve all suffered from red-face after a seriously successful workout. This paraben-free cooling stick instantly moisturizes the skin while also giving it a dose of caffeine for that energized glow. $24; sephora.com
These are all fine gift ideas, but if you agree with Anne Jarvis and want to skip the gift giving for something more sentimental, why not take advantage of the spacious kitchens that make 35 West’s Moore apartments perfect for cooking Mother’s Day brunch? Dining at home is doubly smart because Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. So skip the crowds and treat Mom to one of these scrumptious brunch recipes from Martha Stewart: Either way, you’ll be doing something sentimental for “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”