If you missed yesterday’s gift guide, I showed you six of my favorite kitchen items. Today, I’m talking about fitness. All of these items will be perfect for the fitness junkie in your life, or perhaps a friend or family member just getting into exercise.
1. Koss FitBuds and FitClips ($19.99)
I had the opportunity to try these earbuds through Koss and FitFluential. They are made specifically for active women, by women (Gold Medalist Dara Torres helped create the design!), and I could tell I was going to love them immediately upon trying them. The earbuds are 33% smaller than any other earbud Koss has ever created, and the package comes with three different sizes of ear cushions, so you can choose the size that works for you. After a little trial and error, I found that the smallest ear cushion was perfect for me, and I couldn’t believe that it didn’t slip at all while I was running! I prefer the FitClips, since they have extra support with a clip that wraps around the ear, but the FitBuds fit just as snug, and while they’re made for working out, I also think they’d be perfect for an airplane ride or walk around a busy college campus — it’s amazing how much sound they block out! Plus, they come in a bunch of fun colors, so they’re cute! You can find Koss FitBuds and FitClips online, as well as in stores at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart and Sears. They retail for $29.99, but if you buy them in stores during the holidays, you will get them for $19.99!
2. Under Armour Charge RC 2 Running Shoe ($119.99)
I received these shoes as part of the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign, but I never really had a chance to talk about them. Although they are considered running shoes, they have quickly become my favorite training shoe. I wear them to most of my fitness classes at the gym, and I love how lightweight, flexible and breathable that they are. Prior to this year, I wasn’t very familiar with Under Armour products, but my fitness wardrobe is quickly becoming Under Armour heavy (I’m not paid to say this stuff — I really like the brand). If the receiver of your gift already has a very favorite brand of shoes, buy those! Jordan likes his Brooks, and I may or may not have gotten him a new pair for Christmas .
3. Under Armour Compression Capris ($37.99)
Speaking of Under Armour, I love their compression capris. I received this pair as part of a What’s Beautiful giveaway earlier this year, and having never tried compression pants before, I was so impressed at how they soothed by sore muscles. They are perfect for wearing during long runs and spin classes, and they’re also great for recovery and travel!
4. Garmin Forerunner 10 ($129.99)
I’ve had my Garmin watch for a year now, and it’s still going strong. It’s perfect for runners or walkers who want to track their distance, pace and calories burned. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor.
5. iPod Shuffle ($49.99)
I wouldn’t enjoy cardio as nearly as much as I do without my iPod. I have an iPod Nano from a couple of years ago, but they keep making changes to the models, so the nanos don’t have the convenient clip-on option anymore. The shuffles, however, do. Instead of lugging around a heavy iPhone at the gym, the iPod shuffle is perfect for clipping onto workout clothes. Pair this gift with an iTunes gift card, or a pair of Koss earbuds!
6. Jawbone UP ($129 – $149)
I don’t own a Jawbone UP, but I am so intrigued by it. It is a band that tracks everything from sleep patterns, to steps, to calories burned and calories consumed. The newest model even has wireless syncing! This one is on my wishlist.
7. Moji Knee Ice Wrap ($99.95)
This is another item that’s on my wishlist. It is a knee wrap that has built in ice packs and compression. I love that the wrap can be placed directly on your skin — you don’t have to worry about wrapping a bag of ice in towels and hoping that your skin doesn’t burn.
8. Zensah Compression Socks ($49.99)
These knee high compression socks are perfect to wear during or after a high impact workout. In the winter, I even wear mine under jeans!
Stay tuned for a gift guide for the “girly girl” tomorrow!
Do you have anything fitness-related on your list?