Holiday Gift Guide 2014

How is it that we’re less than two weeks away from Christmas? I don’t know about all of you, but I feel like I haven’t even had a second to think about the holidays this year, and all of a sudden we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season! Maybe it’s a product of getting older, but I guess it’s just the stereotypical “where is the time going?” feeling. Anyway, I have recently gotten a bulk of my gift shopping done, although I still have a few last minute gifts to seek out, and I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to have time to do this. If you’re in the same boat as me, and still have to figure out a few gifts for people, I wanted to throw out a bunch of gift ideas that could be great for any fitness/health minded person on your list. I’ve even thrown a few gift ideas in here that aren’t fitness related, just in case you don’t feel comfortable giving someone a gift that might suggest that they need to be more healthy. 🙂

Fitness Gear:

New Balance NB Glow 1400 -$100.  I saw these shoes on my last trip to the New Balance store, and I fell in love with them! These would make a great gift for anyone on your list who takes their workouts outside–  their glow-in-the-dark features helping to keep runners safe at night. These are available for both men and women, so they are perfect for any fitness fanatic on your list!

NB Glow 1400

NB Glow Beacon Jacket – $174.99. Yes, this is a little bit on the pricey side, but for any nighttime or early morning runners on your list, this jacket can help to keep them safe. I love the whole NB Glow line, but this is probably my favorite piece. Will has the men’s version, and if he were closer to my size I might just steal it. 🙂

product photo shoot    Camera Angles include: 3.Left 3Q,2.Back

NB Shadow Run Jacket – $115. Do you know someone who is training for a marathon (or any race) and is determined to get their training runs in rain or shine? This water resistant jacket can help them do that while still looking pretty cute. The main problem I have had with workout gear during wet weather is how jackets can cling to you and become unbreathable. According to NB, this jacket is made with technology that prevents that uncomfortable clinging. Win!


Athleta Triangular Be Free Tight – $74.  I am loving printed crops and tights for workouts lately, and Athleta has some awesome prints (combine this with their great quality, and how can you lose?) I know for some people, the price seems a little steep for workout gear. But the quality matches the price for these, and they will last through many, many workouts without showing all of your underthings to the rest of the gym.

Triangular Be Free Tight - Deep Garnet Red

Athleta Upside Vest – $118. I love vests, and although this is a little pricey, it’s a sleek fit that can be worn for workouts or as a stylish part of your outfit. If I had this, I know it would get a LOT of use. With the unpredictable weather we have in Boston, it’s nice to have some un-bulky layers to throw on when necessary.

Upside Vest - Silver Shimmer

Fitbit Charge – $129.95. I’ve been looking at fitness trackers a good amount, and reading plenty of reviews. The one that catches my attention the most is the Fitbit Charge. Still in an affordable range for many people, this will track your steps, stairs climbed, and sleep. For someone who is just looking to get in touch with how much they are moving and motivate themselves to move more, I think this is a perfect fit. For a little bit more bang for your buck, you could go with the Fitbit ChargeHR ($149.95), which also tracks heart rate along with a few other additional features. This is probably the one I would want, just to get a little bit more out of the device. It’s not available quite yet, but will be available in early 2015. Package up a cute “IOU” in the form of a picture of this bad boy, and the recipient won’t even be mad that their gift will be late!


Non-Fitness Related 

Athleta Feel Good Fur Flap Hat – $46. I mean, come on, how cute is this hat? Enough said. I think this could get me through the Boston winter with some toasty ears!


All The Light We Cannot See – I recently finished this book by Anthony Doerr, and can not rave about it enough. I fell in love with the story on page one, and probably had tears in my eyes by page 5. I am partial to novels that take place in the WWII era, but this one had my heart more than any other. Any readers on your list will love this book, it’s impossible to deny the brilliance in Doerr’s writing and the emotions he conveys so clearly.

Unbroken – Can you tell I love WWII era stories? If there is anyone on your list who hasn’t read this Laura Hillenbrand book yet, please buy it for them. It’s an incredibly moving true story, one that everyone should read and appreciate. I finished this book a year or two ago, and still think of it often. The images it leaves you with are powerful and sometimes disturbing, but the inspirational story of Louis Zamperini is one to be remembered. That, and the movie is coming out on Christmas Day — and I’m a big fan of reading the book before I see a movie!

Rosebud Salve – $6. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, look no further. This is the best lip balm out there, and you can also use it on patches of dry, chapped skin on your hands, etc. I swear by this stuff, and get irrationally upset if I misplace it. I should really have one of these in every coat pocket and purse I own, so that I always have it available!


Readers: What’s on your holiday wish list? Do you normally buy fitness related gifts for people? 


3 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide 2014

  1. Great list! Love your gear picks!

  2. Athleta pants and sneakers for me!! I need sneakers! I have been wearing the SAME ONES for 6 years, yikes!

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