Christmas Gift Guide - 2013


SSE-Gift-Guide-2013 Looking for the perfect gift for a health and fitness fanatic this Christmas? Don't stress. I might be able to help!

I've compiled a list of some of my favorites that you can use to help guide your shopping experience:

  1. Keepin' It Cozy Ear Warmer from Lululemon ($38) - If you're shopping for a fitnessista (not to be confused with THE Fitnessista), you pretty much can't go wrong with Lululemon. Their products are both fashionable and functional, but do be sure to do an uttanasana check before you buy a pair of their leggings. Their employees are more than willing to help you with this! This cute little ear warmer helps running in the cold to be more bearable. It's also great to have when commuting to and from the gym or a yoga class.
  2. Manduka Pro Yoga Mat ($100) - This is the Cadillac of yoga mats. It's the creme de la creme. My husband bought me a Manduka Pro last Christmas, and I am completely in love! It's thicker than most mats, so it has come in handy for my arm balance and inversion practice. It's much easier to recover from a face plant if your face landed on something with cushion! Warning: it is a little on the heavy side, so if your yogi is a traveler, maybe get her the Manduka Pro Lite.
  3. The Women's Health Big Book of Yoga ($19) - What? Authored by Kathryn Budig and feature images of Tiffany Cruikshank? Need I say more? I pre-ordered this book because I was so excited about it when it came out. It's extremely useful for the home practitioner. The book contains ideas for sequences for all types of athletes: golfers, runners, cyclists, soccer players, and more. It also contains sequence ideas for particular ailments: hangover, broken heart, menstrual cramps, back pain, relaxation, and for awakening.
  4. The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises ($18) - Another great resource from Women's Health! This one is divided up by body parts. For girls who want to get into lifting or add some different exercises to their lifting routine, this would be a great gift! When I'm looking to change up my regular legs routine, I just open up this book and look through the different exercises and form my own routine. There are also pre-made sequences in the back! By using this book, a girl can go to lift weights at the gym with a plan of action. Not only that, but she will know the proper form for each exercise.
  5. Erin Condren Life Planner ($50) - I got my first Life Planner this October. This is a great planner for people who like to write stuff down. I plan out my social calendar, to-dos, blog schedule, and workout routines all in my planner. I also make a point to write down my splurge meals. This holds me accountable to only splurging once or twice a week.
  6. Harbinger Women's FlexFit Gloves ($19) - Lifting gloves are a must for girls who want to lift heavy. I don't even think about doing pull-ups if I left my gloves at home. Yes, I want to be strong, but I am also a girl. I would prefer to not tear my hands up. Not having to worry about the condition of my hands enables me to lift heavier and therefore build more muscle! These are not the gloves that I currently use, but Nike stopped making my gloves. So when I buy again, these will be the ones I choose.
  7. Nike Dri-Fit Wool Half-Zip ($110)- Long-sleeved running gear is always a good gift choice for Christmas. It's hard to stay motivated for morning runs when the temperature drops.
  8. Warrior Stack from Tiny Devotions ($127) - Tiny Devotions is a mala bead company made up of bohemian beauties and yogi fashionistas. They create beautiful, intentional pieces that serve as reminders for specific goals. Each stack, mala, scarf, or bracelet is intended to inspire certain characteristics. The Warrior Stack, for example, "urges us to be unstoppable in all that we do - from the tips of our toes to the tips of our fingers - fully embodied, peaceful warriors."
  9. Adria Running Tights from ASICS ($62) - More cold weather gear! These pants are relatively cheap, they have a cute pattern, and they're good quality for running, HIIT, and weight training.
  10. Under Armour Women's Heatgear Sonic 2.5" Shorty ($25)
  11. Tone It Up Nutrition Plan/Membership ($150) - You guys know that I love Tone It Up. They started my fitness craze. I love Karina and Katrina. They're so encouraging and well-intentioned. I would definitely say that their Nutrition Plan is worth the money. It comes with a lifetime membership to all of their updates (they do probably around 4 little updates each year). The plan includes tons of recipes, a plan on what to eat when, and so much more! It comes in regular, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan!
  12. Reebok CrossFit Spotted Sock ($12) - I like to wear these type of long songs when I wear my Under Armour Shorties. They make me feel more clothed. They're also great for rope climbs, deadlifts, and other CrossFit-type activity that may beat up your shins. This is definitely a great choice for a CrossFitter's stocking.
  13. Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation by Tarte Cosmetics ($36) - If you haven't heard of Tarte, you seriously need to check them out. Fit girls have a girly side too. And when they use makeup, they want for it to be good for their skin. Tarte makeup is not tested on animals, and it is always formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten. Give the gift of glowing skin with Tarte!
  14. Nike Free TR III ($95) - Simple, great training shoes for HIIT workouts and weight training.