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Your Mother's Day Healthy Gift Guide
Mother's Day

Here's to your health mom...

Eating well and being active are not only evidence-based ways to reduce cancer risk, they also can make moms everywhere feel good and reduce risk of other chronic diseases  Because we all want our moms to be -- and stay -- healthy, we compiled a list of cancer protective-inspired gifts to get your lady of the day.


The wanna-get-fit mom

If your mom needs a little inspiration to get moving, she could enjoy counting. Tracking your steps is a great motivator and gives a concrete goal. There's plenty of options, from the simple pedometers that cost a few dollars to the more advanced $100+ gadgets that align with online diet and exercise programs.

Whatever you choose, if you find one for yourself you and your mom can check in on one another to make sure your both getting those 30 minutes of cancer-protective activity a day.

Gym bag

The workout warrior

For the mom that works out regularly, skip the gift basket and fill a stylish gym bag with workout goodies.

Throw in a water bottle, warm-up jacket, stretch band and maybe those new running shoes she's been eyeing. You know your mom best, so add items you know she will enjoy. You could even throw in a note of encouragement or music to get her through those tough workouts.


The couponer

Is your mom a coupon clipper? Spice up her deals by giving her a personal health-inspired coupon book made by you.

Ideas for redeamable items are: "Long walks through the neighborhood," "mom and daughter/son day with specified activity," "fresh fruit delivered daily" and any others healthy treats you think she may enjoy.

Get creative!

Kitchen Apron

Queen of the kitchen

Help your mom show her personality and be even more inspired to cook up a healthy dish with a stylish apron. You can find many fun and vibrant aprons in person at kitchen and houseware stores; look online and you'll find more.

You can even customize an apron - many at online retailers - that's personalized for your mom.

Coffee Gift Necklace

The coffee lover

For moms who enjoy coffee, it's been a good few years when it comes to health news. Research now suggests coffee reduces the risk of endometrial cancer, and it may offer other health benefits.

Coffee also contains a beautiful phytochemical: caffeine. You can find the caffeine molecule as a necklace or other jewelery -- like this ring -- so your mom can look especially great as she sips her daily brew.

Woman Cooking with Wok

The Master Cook

Whether your mom is a seasoned chef looking for new techniques or she's starting with the basics, there's a cooking class that fits her level and interests.

You can find classes at a range of places in your area, including kitchen stores (like Williams-Sonoma), some restaurants and culinary schools. You may even reap the benefits of tasting what she's learned!

Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in Bed

It's called "old faithful" for a reason. Breakfast in bed for Mother's Day will never get old. Since it is Mother's Day, mom shouldn't have to exert much energy except for maybe lifting a fork.

Nourish your mom through her day with a delicious brunch. Even if her only plan is to camp out in bed for the day, at least she can do so knowing she started it in a healthy way. 

Fruit basket

The fruit and veggie lover

Give the gift of fresh, local fruits and vegetables -- and all their cancer-fighting nutrients -- with no shopping required by wrapping up a CSA certificate. Community Supported Agriculture members pay for a share of the bounty from local farmers.

Split the box with your mom and you can both enjoy the bounty, along with sharing cooking ideas. USDA offers some tips on where to find a CSA near you.

vegetable earrings

The jewelry maven

Does your mom like broccoli, zuchini or other cancer-fighting produce so much that she might want to have it with her all day? Well, now she can. And opening a box with these fun health-minded earrings is sure to still put a smile on her face.


For all moms

You can't go wrong with flowers. They're beautiful.

And if you're ordering online, buy your flowers from here and you'll also be helping to support AICR.

apple with bow

For more information:

See below for more information on AICR resources, ways to cook them, and how they may reduce risk of cancer.

AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer™

Unique Gifts, Inspired by Cancer-Fighting Fruits and Veggies

Recipes from the AICR Test Kitchen

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