From gourmet treats to at-home workouts to relaxation tools, here are some great finds for those fitness and food people on your holiday shopping list. Or maybe you can add one or two of these to your wish list…
For the foodies on your list:
The Fruit Guys Holiday Harvest (Starting at $39) — Features a selection of seasonal fruit with honey-roasted cashews, cinnamon pecans, salted pistachios, and roasted almonds. What I love about this company is that it supports small family farms. Plus it uses recycled cardboard crates printed with soy-based inks.
Garlic Gold Holiday Gift Box ($25) — These Garlic Gold Nuggets – little hand-made bits of toasted, mild, crunchy organic garlic – are so good sprinkled on veggies or pasta or whatever else needs a little kick and crunch! This holiday gift box comes with a bottle of Garlic Gold Sea Salt Nuggets, a bottle of Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, a bottle of Garlic Gold Oil, and a jar of Garlic Gold (crunchy garlic nuggets in extra virgin olive oil).
Plush Puffs ($5.99 per 4-ounce bag) — Perfect for when you need a little something sweet, these handmade Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows pack intense flavor with only 15 calories each. Eat them straight out of the package, melt them in hot drinks, or roast them on an open fire. Choose from flavors like Vanilla Bean, Luscious Lemony Meringue, or Chocolate Chipetta.
me & goji custom-designed cereal (prices vary) — How about a personalized mix for the cereal lover in your life? Choose from more than 60 ingredients, give your creation a cool name, and upload a picture straight to the label. The ingredients are unprocessed and don’t have anything artificial in them. A nutrition counter updates as you choose each mix-in so you can design whatever fits your nutritional needs.
For the cooks in your life:
Cooking From A to Zest ($59.99) — This 4-DVD series is like having your own private cooking school right in the comfort of your own home. You’ll learn techniques and skills to help you prepare and cook foods like professional chefs do – from how to dice an onion like a pro to roasting the perfect chicken. The series is hosted by Food Network veteran food stylist and contributor, Kierstin Buchner.
The Best of Clean Eating: Over 200 Mouthwatering Recipes to Keep You Lean and Healthy ($15.17) — As someone who loves Clean Eating magazine, I am so excited to have so many of its recipes all in one place. The editors of Clean Eating picked their top 200 recipes and put them in their first-ever cookbook. It’s the typical Clean Eating fare I love -tasty, quick and easy, and of course… clean.
The Green & Black’s Organic Ultimate Chocolate Recipes: The New Collection ($18.21) — You know I couldn’t leave chocolate off this list, right? This new cookbook is filled with all kinds of chocolate recipes ranging from tea-time treats to amazing dinner-party desserts and chocolate cocktails. Green & Black’s chocolate itself is organic and Fair Trade certified. And it’s sooooo good!
For those who like to move it:
EverFlex Cardio Strike Bag ($87.50) — The combination of no gym membership and cold weather means I’ll be working out at home for awhile. Thankfully, this EverFlex Cardio Strike Bag helps me mix things up so I can stay in shape without getting bored! It’s easy to set up and is a great workout to burn those winter calories away.
PowerHouse Hit the Deck ($19.99) — This card deck is perfect for workouts at home or on the road. It comes with a timer and 30 exercise cards divided into three different intensity categories. Choose a category, set the timer, draw a card, and do as many repetitions as you can. When the timer beeps, draw your next card. Repeat for 10-minutes or longer, depending on your schedule. No equipment needed.
Gaiam Calorie Coach from Oregon Scientific ($39.99) — Instead of the traditional pedometers that you have to clip to your waist, here’s one you can put in your shirt pocket, purse or wear around your neck. The Gaiam pedometer measures and stores the distance you walk and calories you burn for a whole week.
For someone who needs something cool:
SIGG lululemon Water Bottles ($25) — I first saw these bottles at lululemon this summer and wanted one right away – aren’t they cool? They’re made from pure aluminum, are 100% recyclable, and don’t leach any harmful chemicals like BPA’s. The interior lining doesn’t retain flavors so you can have lemonade one day and water the next without any lingering taste or smell. Also find other designs here.
Pelican i1015 Crush-Proof Water Resistant Case for iPhone, iPod touch and Droid ($26.90) — No need to worry about your expensive Smart Phone or iPod screen getting smashed or ruined while you get fit. The Pelican i1015 crush-proof water resistant case can protect your phone on the sidelines while you play ball, in your backpack while you hike, or near splashing water. It has an external headphone jack so you can use the microphone and adjust the volume on your phone or iPod.
For those who could use some at-home TLC:
StyleWellness Acumat ($29.99) — For the fraction of the cost of one massage or one acupuncture session, you can have your own acupressure mat. The Acumat has plastic pressure points attached to work its magic. Some of the benefits include relieving tension, deep relaxation, and better sleep.
Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls ($24) — These are great for working through knots and loosening up tight muscles – similar to a deep massage. Use the balls to do exercises that target seven main trigger points along the spine that release tension in your upper back and neck muscles. Ahhhhhhh…
[Disclosure: I received complimentary samples of some of these products; others not. Some of the product links go to my affiliate shops.]