Everyone has those people on their list that are so freakin' hard to buy for.
Maybe they already have everything they could possibly want (because they just go out and buy it, even though you've repeatedly told them to not buy the stuff that they have on the wish list they give you. This is my dad.)
Or they keep saying, "I don't know" or "I don't need anything." (Okaaaay, Mom.)
Or maybe the only things on their wish list are waaaay out of your price range (cough, hubby's electric drumset, cough).
Soooo, I'm sharing my 3rd annual fit gift guide this week, with tons of stocking stuffers and gifts under $25, under $50, and over $50 (splurge). I'm starting with the stocking stuffers for Part 1, with the others to follow soon after.
I hope that this gives you some ideas for at least a few people on your list. You can also check out the gift guides from 2014 and 2016.
(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 with you!)
1. My Absolute Favorite Coffees from Summer Moon and Groundwork
$12.95 (12 oz.)
My favorite coffees are medium roasts (and some dark) that aren't too acidic, heavy, or smoky. Bonus points for a fun name. ;-)
Summer Moon (based in Austin, TX - where I recently lived for 2 years) offers some delicious Texas Oak woodfire-roasted coffees that I can't get enough of. Glowing Ember is my current fave. They also carry some really cool handmade mugs (I use mine nearly everyday!). It makes me so so happy that they have a location here in north Dallas not far from where I now live. #happydance
Their coffee beans are 90% Fair Trade and 100% Organic. All orders are custom roasted and shipped. Free shipping when you buy 3 or more bags!
I first discovered Groundwork through the magic of social media and immediately had my brother in SoCal go try it out and bring some home the next time we were all together. Now it's a must-stop any time I'm in LA. Their Venice Beach location is a teeny-tiny space run by the most engaging barista I've ever come across. The kind of guy who's kind, charming, and gets your day off to a great start. :-)
My faves are the Venice blend and Bitches Brew. Thankfully, you can order these online and even sign up for a subscription. These coffees are also Organic and Fair Trade.
2. Perform Better Mini-Bands
$17.95 (pack of 4)
These mini resistance bands measure 10"x 2" and can be used anywhere and are great for travel. The Amazon link below is a set of 4 bands: Yellow (light resistance), Green (medium resistance), Blue (heavy resistance), and Black (extra heavy resistance) and a small exercise manual. I love using these with body weight exercises (like squats, lateral walks, and fire hydrants) and weighted hip thrusts.
3. Rogue Lacrosse Ball
If there’s one thing you should implement to increase mobility, it’s a lacrosse ball. It’s great for breaking up muscle knots and hard to reach trigger points. You can use this pretty much on any area of your body, but my faves are my glutes, my back, and feet. I also use regular old tennis balls, but lacrosse balls are harder and apply more pressure.
4. Rogue MobilityWOD Foot Roller
This recovery tool is made from a durable, ultra-grippy urethane material with a nylon core. Regular use before or after a workout can help mobilize, lengthen, and stretch the muscles and fascia in the foot, potentially improving circulation and reducing common soreness and/or the onset of plantar fasciitis. The MobilityWOD Foot Roller measures less than 5 inches across and weighs just a quarter of a pound, making it easy to have on hand --- at home, at the gym, at work, and travel. It's latex free, hypo-allergenic, and easy to clean.
5. You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss by Rebekah Borucki
From the Amazon description:
“I don’t have time to meditate!”
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki has heard this a lot. A certified yoga and meditation teacher, she’s taught hundreds of thousands of people how to create simple yet powerful meditation practices. In this book, she guides you through 27 different meditation practices, and shares personal stories that demonstrate how meditation has helped her overcome various challenges.
She also answers commonly asked questions like “Do my eyes have to stay closed?” and“What do I do if my body starts to hurt?”; provides technical information about props, postures, and mantras; and offers tools to cope with complex issues such as grief, body acceptance, and relationships.
6. ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm
This nourishing lip balm is formulated to adjust to your unique pH, enhancing your natural lip color to create a just-for-you hue. Ingredients like mango seed butter hydrate and protect, and it has a lovely minty scent. It’s vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. It comes in two shades, Blush Hour and Berry Busy.
7. Lip Bonbons
This one's a bit of a splurge, but my friend Lena (the lipstick queen if there ever was one!) swears by it. It's an extra-nourishing lip balm with a light pop of color and available in 5 shades/flavors.
8. Lekue Microwave Popcorn Popper
This BPA-free 100% silicone popcorn popper is easy to clean (dishwasher safe!). Sooo simple to use and it's collapsible, allowing for compact storage. You can truly customize your popcorn --- use olive oil, coconut oil, or butter (or no oils), add dried herbs like rosemary or a sprinkle of sugar (like a small packet's worth).
9. The Dead Wedge
The Dead Wedge is a really cool way to unload your barbell, which can feel like a workout in itself sometimes! Made from a durable natural rubber with a non-slip design and works with hexagonal, polygonal, and standard sized bumper plates (no matter the weight).
10. Journal and Multicolor Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
$5.00 (journal) and $17.93 (20 pack of pens)
Journaling, Bullet Journals, and gratitude journals have really become popular in the last few years. And I can't count how many women I know who have a secret journal/notebook obsession (count me in!). With so many cute options out there, it can be hard to choose the right one --- one that you'll actually use!
For me, there are a couple of factors I take into consideration with journals (and pens). The size is a biggie. Do I want to be able to carry with me at all times in my purse? Do I want to keep it at home and have a lot of empty space to work with? Do I need lined, dotted, grids, or blank pages? And the paper itself has to be just right --- the amount of ink showing through the other side (known as ghosting), the feel of it, the amount of ink it soaks up, etc. etc. And another big consideration for me is does it lie completely flat when you're writing in it? Spiral edge or bound?
But I'm going to simplify this for our purposes here with a dirt cheap but still quality option from Michaels, the Artist's Loft Journal. It's 6" x 8", 249 pages, with 2 ribbon bookmarks and a band to hold it closed. It comes in blank, dot, lined, and grid pages, as well as a few cover colors. You can't beat a hardcover journal for $5, and Michaels always has sales and coupons floating around, so you can grab it for even less!
Staedtler pens are a must-have for BuJos (aka Bullet Journals). These pens are an ergonomic triangular shape for relaxed and easy writing, and contain a water-based ink and a fine tip for writing and more precision sketching (or coloring). They can even be left uncapped for days without drying up.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Gifts Under $25!