The clock is ticking down to Mother's Day, and you've barely managed to find the right card. Your mom has always cared for your health and well-being, so why not do the same for her this year?
Here are 10 ideas to help your mom in the pursuit of health and happiness:
Italian Herb Garden for Home – Does your mom love cooking? Help her grow her own spices, including basil, oregano, and chives, with her very own indoor Italian herb garden. Herbs are a great way to add flavor to low-fat dishes! Seeds, soil and instructions are included. Gifts.com $29.
Spa Day – Treat mom to a detoxifying treatment or a massage with a gift certificate to a local spa. If you really want to treat the woman who brought you into this world, try a full or half-day package where she can pick the treatments she wants. $50 and up.
Yoga/Exercise Classes – Give mom a gift for her mind, body and soul with a certificate for yoga or traditional exercise classes. Check the yellow pages for local gyms or yoga studios, or try Cloudnineliving.com, which lists yoga classes and their costs in various regions and major cities across the U.S. Packages start at $45.
Cooking Classes – Give the woman who loves to cook a gift certificate for local culinary classes. Try a sushi rolling class, where she can learn how to roll fish packed with omega-3s into works of art. Check local listings. Prices vary.
The Body Shop Feet Treat – Mom can revive her winter-worn feet in time for summer with this full-service, do-it-yourself Peppermint Cooling spa treatment. www.thebodyshop.com $34. To really help mom get ready for summer, throw in an at-home manicure and pedicure kit. This way she can treat herself anytime and avoid the unsavory threat of nail fungus at an unsterilized nail salon. Sephora.com $42.
Jewelry – Calorie free and moms love it. Visit your local jeweler for Mother’s Day specials. Prices vary.
Puppy/Kitten – Pets give unconditional love and lower both blood pressure and stress hormones in the body. Visit a local animal shelter or breeder. First make sure mom’s not allergic and has the time and room for a pet.
Healthy Gift Baskets – If you choose to give the gift of food, why not try a “healthy basket” stacked with dried fruits, nuts, sugar-free jams and other items. Gourmetgiftbaskets.com. Prices range from $17.99 to $139.99.
Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Nebulizer – Help mom relax with the fragrances of essential oils. Digitally controlled with auto-shutoff when the water level is too low. www.aviva.ca. On sale for $59.99.
Pedometer – For the mom who loves to walk, or a mom who is looking to boost her metabolism. Check a local sporting good store or try Pedometer.com. $20 and up.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny's work, visit AskDrManny.com.