The Spa at Travaasa
There's a lot to love about Mom, namely that she put you on the planet. So show her your gratitude this Mother's Day with a gift that empowers -- or at least says "Thanks, Mom, for all those times I've made you crazy over the years." There's no better gift than one that says "Go away...for a long, relaxing weekend." During the month of May at this re-energizing Texas Hill Country spa, moms get the ultimate workup and wind down with classes like "Reshape Your Motherly Midsection," pre- and post-natal yoga, and specially designed meditation classes. Depending on the nature of that relationship, she might want to book a signature spa treatment afterward. Two-night packages from $275 per person, per night.
Inspired by the urban bike fiends of Holland, the Fiets (which means "bicycle" in Dutch) has a seat that opens up for storage, a front basket with a removable shopping bag, a dual kickstand, three-speed internal gearing for easy pedaling on inclines, and alloy linear pull brakes for intuitive stopping power. It's the perfect urban ride. $300 at Schwinnbikes.com.
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Ensure Mom never gets stuck with her two wheels with a starter-kit from Specialized that includes a saddle bag, pump, tire lever, a water bottle cage. $55 at Specialized.com.
Chocoveda Goddess Chocolates
Take mom to a higher plane (without inducing a sugar high) with this box of dark chocolate vegan "Goddess" truffles. The chocolates incorporate organic "Indian Ginseng," an ancient Indian healing herbal tonic. $35 ad Chocoveda.com
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National Ski Patrol Cookbook
Every year the National Ski Patrol saves, on average, more than 400 lives. Who knew that these patrollers can also whip up wicked-tasty meals like "Boot Up Casserole" and "Ziploc Omelets"? In celebration of the organization's upcoming 75th anniversary, patrollers from across the US created this mouth-watering collection of recipes. $18 from NSP.org.
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An entire yacht may be overkill. But this roomy tote that comes in at least 20 styles is hand-made in Maine from 100 percent recycled sailcloth. Also check out the collection's board shorts for Father's Day. $165 at Seabags.com.
Dad, give the mother of your children the gift of sanity in the form of this Transformer-like child carrier: This miraculous carrier starts with a chassis that can quickly transform from a stroller, to a jogger, to a bike trailer, to a hiking trailer and even to a ski pulk. Starting at $425 from Thule.com.
Saucony Kinvara 3
Now that she has a Chariot to push around, inspire mom to kick it into high gear with the Kinarva 3, lightweight trainer. Weighing only 7.7 ounces (based on a men's size 9), this lightweight performance training shoe with a breathable mesh upper has a 4mm heel-to-toe offset that positions the runner's foot during impact in a way that creates a greater range of motion than traditional running shoes, allowing for a more powerful stride. Next up: The Boston Marathon. $100 at Saucony.com.
Arc'Teryx Cita Vest
This lightweight, weather resistant, highly breathable nylon-and-mesh vest for hiking, running, or walking is the perfect segue into summer. The trim-fitting vest, which comes in chartreuse and sky, is also fun to wear -- always a bonus when trying to motivate for a workout. $99; arcteryx.com.
Smith Rosewood Shades
The sleek Rosewood is a timeless classic that, with its carbonic TLT lenses, kills glare, keeps out the sun, and gives Mom the ultimate eye protection. The updated aviator frame will also make her look like an incognito Hollywood actress. Frame comes in matte black, gold, silver, matte desert, or gunmetal. Lens comes in polarized gray green, brown, or gray. $139 at Smithoptics.com.
Slippery Seal App
Centered on a seal named "Slippery," this gaming app is almost as addicting Angry Birds, but not quite as deadly. Inspired by Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and designed by Rock Out Apps, Slippery Seal begins its journey swimming up the Northern Pacific coast, from San Francisco to Alaska. Along the way, "Slippery" dodges sharks, dines on clams and cautiously interacts with other denizens of the sea, maintaining key elements of marine wildlife as realistic as possible. Download the game for free using this promo code: LM3N6LPTT7YL at iTunes.com.
Every Mother Counts T-Shirt
Empower Mom with a T or scarf imprinted with the lyrics to Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up" handwritten by Christy Turlington and Marley's daughter, Cedella. Twenty percent of the sale of each limited-edition scarf ($45) and tee ($45) will be donated to Every Mother Counts, Turlington's organization that supports global maternal health and education. Get one at Lyricculture.com.
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