17 Best Holiday Gifts for Health & Fitness Nuts!

17 Best Holiday Gifts for Health & Fitness Nuts!

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Let’s face it…some of us are still working on our holiday shopping. As if finding just the right gift wasn’t hard enough, getting it done when crunched for time can be a total nightmare! There’s that friend who (literally) has everything, the girlfriend/boyfriend who wants to be “surprised”, and the in-laws who will likely need that gift receipt ASAP. But fear not my Rise peeps, we’re here to help!

Read on for our top feel good gifts for this holiday season. We’ve got suggestions for nearly everyone on your list that won’t break the bank. Whether its food, fitness or house ware related, every gift idea aims to give you loved ones a dose of health and happiness. Happy Holidays!


1.     Jawbone Up Move

This little gadget is sure to make everyone’s list this year. Consider snapping up the Jawbone Up Move ($50) as a gift. It may seem small, but it packs a lot of data, including calories burned, sleep, and steps!

2.     Fitbit Charge

For the gym rat on your list, the Fitbit Charge ($130) is similar to the Fitbit Flex but with a larger display and caller ID info from your nearby smartphone. Cool huh? Like other Fitbits, it tracks your activity (steps, distance, and calories) and sleep patterns.

3.     Michi Psyche Leggings

Ok, so these aren’t necessarily budget friendly but, you get where we’re going with this. Plain leggings just won’t make the cut for those visits to Spin. These Michi Psyche Leggings ($195) are sure to add some spunk, and practicality (!) to that workout.

4.     Custom Nikes

Um, how did we ever live without these? His/her gym bag needs some fly sneakers, right? Especially if you’ve designed them yourself!

5.     Exercise Cards

For that jetsetter on your list, a deck of Exercise Cards ($25) makes an awesome stocking stuffer. This little gift makes it easy to work out anywhere at any time sans trainer or equipment. Need we say more?

6.     Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock

This is pretty brilliant. Nearly anyone can squeeze in a little exercise and start the day off right with this dumbbell clock ($30 at gadgetsandgear.com). You read right…an alarm AND a dumbbell in one. The hitch? The motion sensor won’t allow the alarm to shut off until they’ve completed 30 curls.

7.     Classpass

Then there’s that friend that just won’t commit to a gym…How does a full month of UNLIMITED fitness classes at the best boutique fitness studios in town sound? Yeah, we thought so. Get Mr. Indecisive a gift month of ClassPass today and they’ll send YOU a $50 Visa gift card. Now how’s that for a gift that keeps on giving?


1.     Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar

Ok, enough about fitness. You didn’t think we’d leave treats off of this list did you? Gift friends with an extra sweet treat packed with antioxidants by stuffing that stocking with a bar of Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint ($4). They’ll love you. Like forever.

2.     Good Karmal Caramels

These wrappers ($12 for a Flavor Sampler Pack at goodkarmal.com) are inscribed with words of wisdom. How sweet?

3.     NatureBox

This holiday season, why not give the gift of snacking? The NatureBox team now makes it easy to keep it healthy too. Each package comes with five bags of its own carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved snacks made with wholesome ingredients. You can pick exactly which snacks to send or have NatureBox choose for you. They’ve got cranberry pepita crisps, baked sweet potato sticks and chocolate quinoa granola —just to name a few. How much you ask? $40 for two months of snacks, $100 for five months, or $200 for 10 months. You’re welcome.

4.     Bodum Tea For One

For your tea loving mother-in-law, an easy method for brewing loose tea is most definitely a winner. The Tea For One set ($20), from Bodum, is an elegant double-wall glass mug with an easy to remove strainer. The lid keeps the tea warm while brewing and doubles as a stand. Include a tin of green tea, and you’re set!

5.     SodaStream Penguin Sparkling Water Maker

“You’re killing me with the soda Dad…” Sound familiar? Lighten up your old man’s beverage with this SodaStream Penguin Sparkling Water Maker ($160, originally $250!) from Williams-Sonoma. It’s super easy to use: fill the bottle with regular tap water and give a few pumps to the cool carbonating lever. You’ll help him save calories while also reducing plastic bottle and can waste.

6.     NutriBullet

Ok, this is a must; trust me. If your friend or relative is anything like my mom (who loves to cook up a puerto-cuban storm in the kitchen), leave them a NutriBullet ($120) under the tree (or Chanukah bush) this year. This neat gadget is small enough for even an NYC apartment and can blend up a healthy smoothie or soup in no time — instead of logging on to seamless.


1.     Chalkboard Glass Mason Jars

We had you at “mason jars” right? That’s what we thought….This set of four chalkboard mason jars ($10) is the perfect household gift for sharing (and not losing!) those awesome smoothies.

2.     Honey do

Hands down, THE cutest gift. The Le Creuset Artisanal Honey Pot Gift Set ($44.95 at cutleryandmore.com) comes with a jar of Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey. Score!

3.     I’m Just Here For the Savasana Bottle

What could be cooler than drinking water from this “I’m Just Here For the Savasana” Water Bottle ($20) from Spiritual Gangster? Any new or avid yogi will love carrying around this bottle. Klean Kanteen CanistersGuess what? Our friends at Klean Kanteen now make stainless steel food canisters (aside from their awesome water bottles). Details? 8 ounces ($18) or 16 ounces ($22). They’re BPA free, eco-friendly, leakproof, airtight, and shatterproof! They’re perfect for that snacker on your list (the one who’s also getting the NatureBox gift!). From dry foods like trail mix to wet foods like yogurt.

4.     Hutzler Food Savers

These adorable airtight storage containers ($5 to $7 on hutzlerco.com) were designed to resemble lemons, limes, garlic, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and grapefruit! They keep food fresh, cut down on plastic waste, and eliminate peek-and-shriek—you’ll know in a glance what’s inside.


Written by Paola Mora, MS, RD, CDN, CDE. Paola is a Rise Coach, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and now living in New York City. In her free time, Paola loves experiencing the New York food scene and taking a variety of fitness classes at different boutique gyms. Want to work with Paola or someone like her? Get started at www.rise.us/r/PAOLAMORA.

2016-12-08T16:12:48+00:00December 19th, 2014|Habits, Nutrition Tips|Comments Off on 17 Best Holiday Gifts for Health & Fitness Nuts!