It’s already December and time is slipping away. Whether that person on your list has been naughty or nice, we have a few suggestions sure to please the pickiest of fitness enthusiasts.
One is practical, another fun, and the third is the perfect choice for the environmentally conscience.
The Gaiam Sol Studio Select Dry-Grip ($70) mat is 5 mm thick and designed for the hot-yoga practitioner. Its top-coat absorbs sweat and becomes sticker the hotter it gets.
Ban.do mats ($32) are soft, comfy, and its two designs either remind you why you’re there, “Think it, Want it, Get it,” or what you have to look forward to after, “After This We’re Getting Pizza.”
Buy a Jade ($75+) mat and the company will plant a tree, in conjunction with its partnership with Trees for the Future. Their high-quality, non-toxic mats are made in the U.S. from sustainable natural rubber that contains no PVC, EVA, or other synthetic rubber. The Jade Harmony Professional received a 5-star rating by OutdoorGearLab.com.
Yoga Mat Carriers
Gaiam provides two excellent choices to tote that yoga mat to and from the studio in style.
On the lighter side, is the Gaiam On-The-Go Mat Bag ($15). Streamlined, light, simple, and designed to carry mats of all sizes.
For something with a little more heft and carrying capacity, consider the Gaiam Tote Bag ($25). Fully lined, easy access, and plenty of space for keys, phone, wallet, and other accessories.
Blender and Sport Bottle Combo
Less hassle and less mess. The Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle ($25) allows you to blend your favorite drink or smoothie right in its own stylish, individual-sized sport bottle. Choose from six different colors.
With Apple losing the headphone jack on its latest iPhone, it might be time to invest in a pair of durable Bluetooth headphones.
The Jaybird X3 ($130) provides a secure fit, sweat-proof, 8 hours of playtime, and customized performance with its MySound app that creates your own sound profile.
On the pricier side ($199), you can invest in the Bose SoundSport Pulse, which can come with a built-in heart rate sensor and works with apps like MapMyRun, RunKeeper, Endomondo and Runtastic.
Okay, not earbuds and not something I would run a half marathon with, but the Beats Solo 3 Wireless ($300) is the Cadillac of portable headsets. Over 40 hours of playtime, phenomenal sound, takes calls, activates Siri, etc. Practical for workouts? Not exactly, but worth every penny nonetheless.
Not Your Typical Water Bottle
Rid the world of plastic and look cool at the same time with these stainless steel bottles from S’well ($25+). Beautiful in form and able to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, choose from multiple designs, colors, and sizes.
Mobot ($39+) is the world’s first and only foam roller water bottle. Yep, you read it correctly the first time. Made of high-grade stainless steel, and the foam roll also serves to insulate your favorite beverage.
Jewelry with a Message
Fashletics ($42+) carries a variety of fitness-inspired jewelry and apparel for the crossfitter, weightlifter, or yogi in mind. Their yoga collection has handcrafted spikes, bracelets, and charms inscribed with messages for a little extra motivation.
Gym bag with style
The Sport Duffle from Poverty Flats ($80) is stylish and functional. Made of neoprene and vegan leather, it includes a wet bag and is spacious enough for all your gear and an extra set of clothes.
Meditate in comfort
Find seated meditations and poses a bit uncomfortable on the hips? The Meditation Cushion ($68) by Manduka might do the trick. The hybrid cotton and buckwheat hull filling provides optimal support and may allow you to take your practice even further.
The ARROW Limited edition Fresh Up Kit ($34) from Birchbox provides everything you need to leave the gym fresh and looking good. Inside the bright, stylish bag are a facial mist to liven up your complexion, a lightly citrus-scented aluminum-free deodorant, and a mango seed color enhancing lip balm that adjusts to your unique pH. All ARROW products are vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
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