By Daina Schnese
I remember growing up, my mother would take me shopping for new clothes, and spoil me with nice things. Then, she would see a beautiful sweater or pair of pants on the sale rack, very cheap in price, but remind herself she didn’t need it. I used to think, wow…my mom just spent money on me but wouldn’t’ spend a little on herself. She did much more for me than buy me nice clothes for school, but I will always remember her ability to give a lot to others and little to herself.
Parents sacrifice a lot for their children. One of the things that often gets sacrificed is money spent on themselves. Money isn’t everything, but Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to give your mother or a mother figure in your life something she wouldn’t normally buy for herself. Last minute gift-buyers, here’s a quick Mother’s Day gift guide that will outdo the standard bouquet of flowers (though, you should probably still do flowers, just to be safe ?).
1. A quality yoga mat & towel: I know many women who show up to yoga with cheap mats. There is nothing wrong with that, but these days, there are some high-quality mats that not only help make your practice safer and more comfortable, they last for years. Manduka Eko mats are my personal favorite, as they have no smell (lulu mats tend to) and they aren’t too sticky. I have had mine for two years now and it hasn’t started showing signs of aging yet. Towel mats are great for super sweaty classes. My suggestion is to wash them as normal, but hang dry every time if you can. That helps the mat last longer and the color keep from fading. They also have a new print out that has roses on it! Perfect for Mother’s Day. You can find them at Razz Yoga or Manduka’s website.
Manduka eko yoga mat: $88-$92
Yogitoes towel mat: $50-$65
2. Yoga jewelry: Now this one tops the list for something someone normally wouldn’t buy themselves…jewelry. My personal favorite ‘yoga jewelry’ is two-fold. My number one is hands down Mala Collective mala beads. My second favorite are Mantra Bands. I have received both as gifts and I can honestly say, they were the best gifts I ever received. I would never purchase them for myself, so when I got them I rejoiced! There are a lot of cheap mala beads out there, but I can tell you from experience…. they break quickly, and the quality is not there. Mala Collective necklaces and bracelets have been featured in Vogue and are the best quality mala beads out there. Mantra Bands are perfect for a more simplistic jewelry wearer. They are smaller, subtler, and are a gentle reminder of one’s ‘mantra.’
Mala Collective: $100-$250
Mantra Bands: from $25
3. Quality essential oils: Though it’s tempting, essential oils are not a product you want to go cheap with. We often forget that our skin is our largest organ of the body. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our mouths. Not only is a quality essential oil better for applying to your skin, the smell is always much richer and more real. doTERRA essential oils are my go-to oils…quite simply, the scents they offer are my favorite! They have a wide range of scents and I don’t have to sign up for any program to buy them. You can buy blends, single oils, collections, and more. These are great for your diffuser or skin application. Stop by the studio’s testing station or shop doTERRA essential oils online.
doTERRA oils: from $22