We get it: You want to honor the mama Mudders in your life with the perfect present—but what to choose when there are So. Many. Options out there?
That’s why we’ve curated this no-fail Mother’s Day gift guide, full of cool gear that’s sure to please the mud-lovin’ mamas in your life—and not collect dust on a shelf. (Scented candles and decorative tchotchkes, we’re looking at you.) You’re welcome.
Fashion meets function in Under Armour’s chic, strappy UA Beltway Gym Bag, available in black or Metallic Victory Gold. This bag is water-resistant, super-durable, and has tons of storage, including an exterior drop pocket that’s perfect for your phone, a fleece-lined valuables pocket, an interior water bottle pocket, and a full-length internal mesh zippered pocket. And after Mom has sweated her way through a Tough Mudder Bootcamp class or WOD, she can toss her dirty workout wear into the removable laundry bag.
Under Armour, $91
If mama needs new kicks, you can't go wrong with the Merrell All Out Crush Shoe 2.0. Tough Mudder-approved, they have a great tread, which is especially useful when you get to obstacles like Mud Mile. Plus, the mesh and TPU upper drains really well, so Mom won’t feel like her feet are weighing her down. And the BOA lacing system makes getting them on quick and secure. Pro tip: Order a half-size down, unless Mom has a wide foot.
Tough Mudder, $100
Bath + Body Gift Set
Nothing (and we mean nothing) feels better after a Tough Mudder than a long, hot shower. Make Mom's even better with Soap & Glory's Clean Getaway mini bath and body gift set, featuring a quartet of travel-sized "soaprises" including body butter lotion, shower gel, hydrating hand cream, and shampoo.
Soap & Glory, $16
Hydration Run Vest
High-performance sports bra meets hydration pack in this innovative new Enlite Hydraffinity running vest from Lululemon. Yes, it's a splurge, but Mudder mamas will appreciate the vest's non-bulky support, as well as its ability to stash a 1.5 liter water resevoir in the back poscket.
Sure, you could get her a massage—but for about the same price as a spa visit, why not give your mom a self-massage tool for some serious at-home muscle kneading? The GRID Vibe Foam Roller is next-level awesome—combining foam rolling and vibration for faster, more effective recovery. This cordless roller has up to 2 hours of power, and will help her roll through every tight muscle, tough knot, and kink that crops up after a race or workout. Bonus: at 12 inches long and 3.5 inches in diameter, the GRID Vibe foam roller is travel-friendly.
For moms who just can’t get enough mud, we suggest this Dirty Detox™ Skin Glowing and Refining face mask from bareMinerals. Smooth on a scoop, leave it on for about 10 minutes, and let the four mineral-rich clays, purifying charcoal, and papaya enzyme do their thing. The result: healthy, glow-y skin. Plus, the light bergamot/eucalyptus scent is soothing and spa-like. Trust us: This is mud she’ll actually want on her face.
Breakfast in bed is a good plan for Mother’s Day. But help her out on the other 364 days of the year with a powerful blender that can handle even the nuttiest, kale-iest smoothie recipe. We like this NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, not least because it comes with one tall and two short cups for smoothie-drinking on the run. And frozen fruit chunks are no match for the 600-watt motor and patented extractor blades.
Want to give a memorable gift she'll use on the daily? Corkcicle's Aurora Canteen, available in 16- and 25-ounce sizes, may just be the prettiest water bottle on the planet. The high-gloss, hand-marbled finish is designed to resemble the Northern Lights, while triple-insulated stainless steel keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours or cold for 25—way longer than she'll need to complete her next Mudder.
Corkcicle, $33 – $38
Let Mom wear her love of the mud proudly with this Sportiqe Heather I Heart Mud tank top from Tough Mudder's gear shop. Perfect for training during the warm days ahead, this comfy tank is made of a super-soft tri-blend of cotton, rayon, and polyester.
Tough Mudder, $32
Moms who work out a lot—and run in the mud a lot—shower a lot, too. (At least, we're betting on it...) So help a busy mom speed up her hair-drying time with Aquis' Lisse Luxe Hair Turban. Perfect for tossing in her gym bag (see above) for post-workout shampooing, the lightweight towel cuts drying time by 50 percent—while being gentle on hair and reducing frizz.
Sporty moms who spend time outdoors need to protect their skin from the sun's damaging rays, and this Coola Sport Essentials Classic Sport Travel Kit makes it easy to stay protected on the go. Four travel-friendly-sized, high-performance products—White Tea Classic Sport Face Moisturizer SPF 30, Guava Mango Sport Spray SPF 50, Original Liplux SPF 30, and Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion—come in a cute, travel-friendly, reusable pouch that's perfect for tossing in a gym bag.
Tough Mudder, $10 and up
Gabrielle Kassel is a New York-based fitness and wellness writer and CrossFit Level 1 trainer. When she's not lifting heavy sh*t, playing rugby, or getting downright dirty, she can be found reading memoirs and guzzling cold brew. Follow her on Instagram.