Stumped for the perfect Christmas gift for your workout buddy? Here are a few healthy gifts and gadgets that are sure to please:
Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge: These nifty wristbands track movement as well as sleep – and sync wirelessly to your computer or smartphone. The Charge also functions as a watch and a caller I.D. The free Fitbit app functions as a handy calorie calculator and allows you to earn badges, taunt (or cheer) your Fitbit “friends,” and track your hydration. At $99.95 and $129.95, these activity trackers are reasonably priced and far more affordable than the Apple Watch, which is scheduled for release in early 2015 and will likely boast a price tag of over $300.
Bling Your Fitbit: If your friend or honey already sports a Fitbit Flex, how about helping her add a little bling with a Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet or Pendant? A perfect gift for the fitness fashionista.
Balancing Act: It’s still our favorite home gym tool for working the core and improving balance and agility. Dome up or down, the BOSU is the perfect training device at only $119.95.
Better with a Beat: How about some ear buds that are both sporty and sleek? Let’s face it, working out to some snappy tunes helps a body go longer, harder and faster. Skullcandy ear buds are both durable and affordable, from $19.99 to $49.99.
Chip Away: Does your special somebody always seem to succumb to the crunchy temptation of salty and oily chips? Problem solved. Mastrad’s TopChips Chips Maker with Mandolin allows one to indulge in the crunch without the fat and calories.
H2O on the Go: Reusable water bottles are at once thoughtful and practical. Not only do they remind us to hydrate often, which is critical to good health, but they’re also green, unlike the plastic water bottles that are so harmful to the environment. We like the Klean Kanteen because it’s “free everything” (BPA, lead, and other toxins) and also constructed with the germaphobe in mind. And you can’t go wrong with Earthlust’s whimsical stainless steel bottles.
Deck the Bikes with Bells and Baskets: What healthier way to romp about town than pedal power? Whether commuting to work or running errands, these accessories will make the ride fanciful, fun, and secure.
Thule Bike Basket – $59.99
OnGuard K-9 Folding Bike Lock – $89.95
Cabelas Trapper Hat – $17.49
Ugg Double U Sheepskin Earmuff – $65.00
Sorel Tivoli II Suede Boot – $120.00
A Walk Back in Time: We love snowshoeing – and the rugged, retro look of LL Bean’s Green Mountain Snowshoes will make the winter wonderland all the more compelling.