Health and fitness gifts can be a slippery slope – you want to give your loved ones gifts that are good for them, but you don’t want to insult them by assuming they need a health-related gift. That’s why it’s so easy to buy health-related gifts for people who you know love wellness and fitness. Consider these top gifts for the health buff in your life.
• A water bottle that isn’t your basic, run-of-the-mill container. The best water bottles have built-in water filters, making it easy to fill up on-the-go or at the gym. This is an inexpensive gift to buy but a major crowd-pleaser to give.
• Yoga mats are always a great gift for the yoga lover. Take this gift one step further by having it embroidered with the recipient’s initials or even a special message. Don’t forget to give a carrying case along with the mat, especially if your friend practices yoga outside the home.
• For people who workout outdoors during the fall and winter, it’s always a nuisance to use an MP3 player or smartphone with a touchscreen when wearing gloves. Solve this problem by gifting them with a pair of gloves that can be used on touch screens.
• Does your sibling ride around the city on a bike instead of depending on public transportation? Help save space by giving a lightweight, foldable bike for the holidays.
• Sitting behind a desk all day isn’t great for fitness. Sitting on an exercise ball all day is, though – unfortunately, it’s not a convenient way to work. With a balance ball chair, employees can engage their core while the hours pass and the ball won’t drift away every time they get up and down.
• If you know someone who heads to the gym every day, they probably have to carry a few different bags with all the essentials for work and working out. Get them a larger, more chic gym bag that they can throw all of their daily necessities into. This will make getting through their daily schedule more streamlined.
• Anyone who exercises outside has endured the plight of ugly sunglasses intended for sports. Buy your sports-minded friend a pair of Oakley sunglasses that are both attractive and intended for exercise. Find a pair that has no-slip nose and ear pads.
• A lot of people use foam rollers to help stretch at the gym, but you can take this equipment home with Nordic Track foam rollers. Pick up two rollers of different sizes as well as a massage stick.
• The dumbbell alarm clock sounds like a torture device at first, but it’s actually very clever. If you know someone who simply can’t drag themselves out of bed in the morning, this alarm clock requires a certain amount of biceps curls before it turns off. Not only will they get up on time, but they’ll fit a workout in within the first few minutes of their day.
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Naomi Esterly balances writing freelance for 1800wheelchair.com