Tomorrow I'll post the final installment, gifts over $50, for those special people you want to splurge on a bit.
You can also check out the gift guides from 2014 and 2016 for more ideas.
(Note: I DO NOT receive any kind of compensation or kick-back for recommending these products and services --- except for my own, of course --- I just want to share some of my favorites and a few new ones with you!)
Gifts Under $50
1. Girls Gone Strong Strong Women Lift Each Other Up Racerback Tank
This soft tank makes a great gym top or layering piece and sends an empowering message of strong sisterhood. There are also tanks with other sayings available: Own Your Space & Do Your Thing, Deadlift, Squat, You Can Squat With Us, and Girls Gone Strong.
2. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace
What does a necklace have to do health and fitness? Nothing really, but it's really pretty, so I had to include it. And this is my list, so my rules. ;-P A dainty stone and delicate metallic chain combine to create the Elisa Pendant Necklace, a wear-anywhere accessory. There are 29 stone and 4 chain options to come up with a necklace as special as the recipient (sorry, that got a bit cheesy, lol).
3. WOD Dice® Mere Mortal
From the Amazon description:
This set of 12-sided dice are specifically programmed around the same methodology taught during Level 1 CrossFit® certification courses. Everything from the allotted time, reps, and type of movement is determined by what you roll, creating over 2 million possible WOD combinations for endless new challenges.
Dice 1 - Task or Time
Dice 2 - Number & Type of Movements
Dice 3 - 1 of 12 Bodyweight Movements
Dice 4 - 1 of 12 Weighted Movements
Dice 5 - 1 of 12 Cardio Modalities
Dice 6 - Number of Reps
It also includes downloadable instructions that will show you alternatives and substitutions to complete the tasks if you don't have the necessary equipment or ability, so this versatile tool can inject some fun and variety into your workouts. Other sets available.
My gorgeous friend Lena Hanson of Lenalytics (in the pic to the right) swears by these luxurious, long-wearing eye shadows. Again, nothing to do with nutrition or fitness, but oh so pretty, so on the list they go! There are 13 shimmery shadows and 12 matte shadows to choose from.
5. Younique Moodstruck Esteem Lash Serum
You build your muscles, why not build your lashes? Give your lashes some special treatment while you sleep! Pump up the volume with this lash serum. With daily use, it increases lash volume by up to 39% with just 28 days of use for thicker, fuller, longer-looking lashes. This is another top pick from my friend (aka the lipstick and lash queen) Lena.
6. Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett
From the Amazon description:
Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur. In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Dr. Kelly Starrett—founder of MobilityWOD.com—shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.
7. Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
This is my French press of choice, and the size is just right for 1-4 coffee connoisseurs, making four 8-ounce cups of coffee. Why use a French press vs a Keurig or regular old coffee pot? Mainly to extract the maximum flavor from the beans. It also allows you to really individualize your cup of coffee, varying the type and size grounds use, the temperature, and the amount of steeping time. Dishwasher safe --- bonus!
8. YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler
Love these tumblers! Headquartered in Austin, TX, YETI created these amazing double-wall stainless steel insulated tumblers to actually keep your drink hot or cold for hooooooours, even overnight. No joke. They're BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and are designed to not get that annoying condensation on the outside. Available in stainless and DuraCoat™ colors.
9. The Desire Map Planner by Danielle LaPorte
Based on The Desire Map book, also by Danielle LaPorte, this spiral-bound booklet is so much more than just a planner. Along with weekly or daily options, there are a few different cover options. It measures 8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches, so it will fit in most large purses and tote bags.
The daily pages have space for notes, prompts for positive declarations & actions, your intentions & goals for that day, or the year. Each daily page has a #truthbomb, a thought-provoking soul prompt question, and space for your schedule, to-do’s, and a super condensed to-do list called 3 Things --- your top priorities. Each month begins with a list of suggested Core Desired Feeling to help you create clarity on how you most want to feel, as you set goals with soul.
Stay Tuned for Part 4: Gifts Over $50!