The holidays have a reputation for being anything but healthy. Honestly, how many candy bars can one stocking hold?
So if you’ve got a healthy foodie, exercise lover or self-care devotee on your holiday shopping list, who wants to stay healthy all season long — and straight into the New Year — what’s a holiday shopper to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here are 19 of the latest, coolest fitness, nutrition and wellness gifts sure to satisfy any health and wellness desires.
1. SKLZ HYDRO-ROLLER
With the ability to hold 28 ounces of fluid in a sturdy, dent-proof stainless-steel case, this sleek water-bottle-and-foam-roller combo lets exercisers roll out wherever, whenever. It’s perfect for any fitness lover who is short on space — or just loves efficiency.
2. NUTRIBULLET BALANCE
Way more than a blender, this Bluetooth-enabled appliance connects to a companion app that allows the user to visually tally everything from calories and proteins to carbs and sugars. The result: A Virtual Nutritionist in the form of an app that provides users real-time nutritional data as they craft their favorite smoothies. The Balance also comes with hundreds of recipes to get the inspiration flowing.
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This creative coloring book celebrates the artistry of the human body with 33 anatomical drawings — including the brain, heart, lungs and even toes — that are ready for a healthy dose of color. Facts and healthy tips accompany the drawings to help artists keep their bodies in tip-top shape.
4. YOGARAT TOWEL YOGA MAT
Any yogi would be psyched to receive this towel/yoga mat. Available in a huge array of colors, the towel is large enough to fit atop any yoga mat to absorb sweat and keep people from slipping mid-down dog. Plus, it’s machine washable because, well, germs.
With flexible cords ready to hold all of the essentials (gym pass, credits cards, keys, lip balm, etc.), this sporty, shock-proof case is the answer for fitness-lovers on the go. To make it hands-free for workouts, pair it with any UA mount.
6. HABIT NEST MORNING SIDEKICK JOURNAL
Ideal for that friend who just can’t with mornings (but seriously wants to!), this journal is all about tapping into the power of habits to wake up easier, boost productivity and make the most of every morning. The 66-day journal is filled with tips, activities and a log for tracking hours slept. Don’t worry, it only takes three minutes per day to complete.
For gym-class junkies who can’t ever seem to remember their locker combination (we all have that one friend who has to ask management to open their locker!), this easy-to-spot padlock allows users to lock up with their word of choice. Hopefully, one your friend won’t forget.
8. THERBAND PROFESSIONAL LATEX RESISTANCE BAND LOOP
These stocking-stuffer-worthy mini looped resistance bands come in four different resistance levels and can be stored in small places for people who want to work out at home or on the go — or those who simply get irked when they have to wait for equipment at the gym.
9. UNDER ARMOUR COLDGEAR REACTOR HEADBAND
Though it’s quick-drying and reflective, what makes this headband really handy is its intelligent insulation — adapting to the wearer’s activity level to provide just-right warmth. Consider this a must for any runner or cyclist who plans to hit the trail this winter.
No meal-prep routine is complete without the right container for toting those meals to work, school or wherever else. With three compartments to keep perfectly prepped foods from combining and getting gross, these BPA-free containers also help by providing built-in portion control.
11. UNDER ARMOUR THE WORKS GYM BAG
Whatever she needs, this bag has it: water-bottle storage, yoga-mat strap and even a removable laundry bag to carry sweaty gym clothes. Plus, black goes with everything.
Hikers, campers and mountain bikers all need this outdoors-friendly, Bluetooth-enabled speaker with a built-in flashlight for after the sun sets. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs enough power for 10 hours of continuous playtime.
13. UNDER ARMOUR SPORT WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Featuring JBL Signature Sound with Pure Bass performance, these Bluetooth headphones deliver the quality sound music-lovers need to power through tough workouts without those pesky cords getting in the way. Plus, they offer two different ways to wear (behind or in front of the neck) and various earpieces to help prevent mid-workout slippage.
No home gym is complete without a good set of dumbbells — and this space-saving option certainly qualifies. Adjustable in 2 1/2 pound increments, these dumbbells range from 10–55 pounds, and changing the weight on the dumbbell is fast and easy.
15. “SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT” BOOK
For the friend who can only follow recipes — or can’t even hard-boil an egg, this “how to” cooking book takes a deep, yet totally approachable dive into the fundamentals. Meanwhile, fun, easy-to-understand illustrations show how to dice an onion, the size of an actual “pinch” of salt and the difference between a sauté and pan-fry.
16. CB2 BIKE WALL HANGER
Crafted of sustainable plantation-grown sheesham wood, this bicycle rack is notched to fit any bike’s crossbar for design-savvy, space-saving storage. Plus, the built-in shelf holds keys, water bottles and cycling accessories like a champ.
17. VITA VIBE ALUMINUM MINI-PARALLETTES SET
CrossFit champs and gymnasts alike will put these mini-parallettes to work. With non-slip rubber feet, they provide the grip anyone needs to perform dips, pushups, V-sits and other gravity-defying exercises at home. Don’t worry, they won’t scratch or dent floors.
When it comes to nutrition, knowing what to do (and not to do) can be overwhelming and downright confusing. For anyone on your list who wants to make a big change in the coming year, consider this online nutrition course. Over 14 weeks, students will learn how to decipher nutrition labels, reduce the risk of disease through diet, determine their macro- and micro-nutrient needs and healthify their favorite recipes.
19. INSTANT POT LUX 6-IN-1 (8-QUART)
Doing the job of six kitchen appliances, this handy gadget works as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, steamer and warmer. Pre-programmed settings will soft-, medium- or hard-boil eggs in seconds and even bake (healthy-ish) cakes. Buy it for any health-conscious chef who’s short on space or time.
Written by K. Aleisha Fetters, a health and fitness writer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. You can read more from Aleisha at kaleishafetters.com or follow her on Twitter at @kafetters.