If you’ve got a woman in your life who’s also a mum who enjoys exercise, then find the perfect gift for them with our Christmas Gift Ideas for Active Mums list.
Under £20 Christmas Gift Ideas
SHO water bottles are simply designed and come in a wide range of sizes, colours and patterns. If you’re always on the go, and wanting to pack light, they have a 260ml insulated water bottle which is the perfect size to get you from A to B before you need a refill. Plus, they fit in the buggy’s water bottle holder unlike some of the chubbier bottles I’ve tried.
There’s fewer colours available in the smaller bottle size, but we particularly like this cheery yellow one.
Pregnancy can change the muscles you use when you walk which often results in many women losing their bum muscles, resulting in a flat bum. Glute exercises can be progressed with booty bands, e.g. when you’re doing squats, or for hip bridges, and unlike the latex ones which can easily rip or dig in, these are cute and far comfier. There’s several different patterns the Perky Booty Bands come in, but I especially like the avocados and the peaches. As well as choosing the pattern, you also have the option of light, medium and heavy resistance.
Stance Socks have made a name for themselves in the fitness industry for their odour-reducing fabric and breathable mesh. Plus, they also partner with artists to make socks which really stand out. For comfort and style, Stance Socks make a great stocking filler or Christmas present.
Stronger: The honest guide to healing and rebuilding after pregnancy and birth, Megan Vickers, from £11.99
Megan Vickers is a physio and expert in pre and postnatal fitness and she’s written a book all about recovery once you’ve had your baby. It’s an interesting and useful read with some great insights and ways to help you feel empowered in your body.
You don’t have to go heavy to build muscle, tone and improve strength with weights at home. These dumbbells from Reebok come in two weights, 3kg and 5kg, and if you want to go lighter, you can start with the 1.5kg wrist weights. Their neutral colour and easy-to-clean surface means they’re a great addition for any home.
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Written by Sarah Aspinall, founder of Breaking Ballet, this book helps women over 35 years finally find a fitness regime which they like, and more importantly stick with. This is all about finding your fitness identify and finding workouts which work for you, your environment and your lifestyle. It also explores menopause, goal-setting and body awareness in its chapters.
Baby Fitness Equipment Teething Toys, from £16
Why should mum be having all the fun with her workouts? Get the little one in training as soon as possible with these gym-themed teethers and rattles. The cutest kettlebell rattle, headband, dumbbells and of course, their post-workout protein shake!
When you’re a mum, it can be hard to get round to the small things, such as buying fruit or veg. That’s where Riverford come in – having tried several of the leading fruit and veg boxes, Riverford wins for quality and variety. I mean, you’ll get plenty of potatoes, but who doesn’t always need potatoes?! They have several different options including just fruit, or just veg, or a mix. They also have recipe kits, and some good ideas for what to do with the items you receive. You can get £15 off your first order by clicking here.
Kettlebells to make you smile! From fannies, to boobies, to lashes and custom designs, these monochrome kettlebells are super cute. Starting from 2kg all the way up to 20kg, they’ve got you covered for whatever your fitness level. Plus, they look fantastic in your home, and even work nicely as a doorstop. Our favourites are the classic boobs.
Under £50 Christmas Gift Ideas
Latched are another pre and postnatal activewear company on my radar. They’ve got a hoodie and a crewneck sweatshirt in their range, all of which look super convenient to feed in mid-exercise or after. I like this because the zips are well-concealed and it doesn’t look like a breastfeeding top. I also love their emerald and gold print leggings.
This 6 week online course helps bridge the gap between being postnatal and returning to Impact Exercise, such as running. It’s 6 weeks of short, easy to manage, home workouts, and useful information from women’s health physio, Niamh Burn. The workouts have been devised by keen runner and mum of three boys, Eliza Flynn, who also runs The Warrior Method. It’s delivered via email so there’s no faff with setting up apps and you can get started straight away.
Manta Foam Roller, from £44
Iron out aches and pains with this unique-looking foam roller. It’s been designed by an osteopath, is gentle on your spine and is fantastic for home muscle tension release. As a mum, it’s hard to get to a massage, so this is the next best thing. A must-have for athletic mums, and those who just need some self-care.
Pushing technical activewear to the limit, the Jorgen House Maternity Sports Bra features adaptive material which claims to change with your changing body. The cups looks like they would hold you in, as well as being able to mould to your breasts. If you’re a fan of stylish, innovative activewear, and muted chic colours, put this on your Christmas wish list.
Don’t be fooled, these black leopard bike shorts by Pokita aren’t just for biking – they’re for all sorts of movement. Wear them running, for yoga, or just chasing after the kids. They’ve got a handy side pocket and come up nice and high for tummy support. Plus, they’re good for the environment being made from recycled plastic that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
Under £100 Christmas Gift Ideas
Finding the perfect activewear leggings which will work for both pregnancy and after is like searching for a unicorn. But if there were ever a unicorn to be found, Natal Active have it. Their leggings are buttery soft and come up high to support your bump during pregnancy and after birth, support your tummy. Plus, unlike some leggings which promise they’ll last you through pregnancy and after, they actually do; there’s no distortion of the waistband. And when you’re a mum on the run (either on the road, or after your little one), the deep pockets are super useful for shoving your phone or keys in quickly. They also come in a great range of colours – my favourite? The sage green ones which you can find here.
Womens health physio appointment, from £75
Give the gift of health this Christmas with a women’s health physio appointment. After you’ve had a baby, getting reassurance that recovery is on track can be invaluable. Most women’s health physio appointments include an internal pelvic floor examination, plus a look at posture, balance and an idea of a roadmap for your fitness goals. Having had an appointment after my third baby, I really wish I’d had them for my previous two. They’re invaluable. If you’re based in Islington, I highly recommend Niamh Burn from Maternity Physio. Noellie Berthelot from My Wellness Centre in EC1V, is also someone I recommend.
If beautiful workout gear inspires you to do more exercise, then these Kin yoga mats are IDEAL. Produced by yogi and breathworks expert, Laura Pearce, the designs are so beautiful, it’ll be hard to choose a favourite. But you’ll be sure to find something which suits – there’s the Pro mat for the serious yoga mum which is extremely grippy yet comfy, the All-In-One which is 4mm thick yet apparently feels like 6mm due to its mid-layer air pocket and travel mat which is 2mm thick and folds to the size of an A4 piece of paper. With names such as Halcyon Sunset (a beautiful rose gold pattern) and Halycon Amethyst (exactly how you’d imagine a slice of amethyst would look on a yoga mat) they’re as good to look at as to lie on.
Over £100 Christmas Gift Ideas
Totter and Tumble make really lovely cushiony play mats. But stick with me here – they double up as a really good fitness mat! They come in several sizes – large (which is plenty big enough), medium and circular. They’re comfy on your knees, not too slippy, and your little one will love hanging about on it too. Plus, they look stylish. If you’re the type of person who needs things to be convenient and you love working out at home, this is perfect as your mat will be out and part of your decor already. No need to unroll and roll mats back up!
For the mum who likes to run, a running buggy is a must. This can be used from newborn, although it’s not recommended to run until your baby is 6 months old. It’s super cosy and baby will enjoy the gentle thrill of going over small bumps safely. It has a fixed front wheel which makes it suitable for rocky terrain and while it isn’t light (coming in just under 10kg), it’s effortless to push and folds up with a removable front wheel.
Are you a mum who enjoys being active? What would be on your Christmas Gift Ideas for Active Mums? Let us know in the comments!