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Give the gift of love this holiday season by spoiling that special someone with a present that really comes from the heart. From must-have fitness gear to nutrition tools for the kitchen, we”ve got you covered with over 200 heart-healthy gifts with finds in all price ranges.
Keep it simple with this canvas Everlane The Tote ($45), which has a snap closure to ensure everything stays in its place.
Whether she trail-runs outside or lives her days on the beach, your active outdoor friend will love EOS Lemon Drop Lip Balm ($3). SPF 15 will keep her lips protected, and the moisturizing balm will protect against wind or drying desert climates.
Ear warmers are a must have for any outdoor activity that”s got you braving the elements. And music is an essential component of many a workout. Solve both situations with the 180s Urban With Headphones ($35), which click from the back and stay put to warm lobes and keep eardrums happy.
A little rain — or even a huge storm — is probably not going to stop your friend from hitting the trail. When it comes to waterproof gear, the Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket ($100) is the best option in its price range. And with 15 colors to choose from, it”s also cute enough to wear off the trail too.
If she”s one to take her valuables to the gym floor with her, make it a simple grab-and-go routine with this cute and durable wristlet from Lilypond ($45).
This set of eight tumblers ($75) celebrates the colorful side of cycling. Hydrate postride with seven of your friends and know that cleanup will be easy — these glasses are dishwasher-safe.
No more fumbling to change songs with icy fingers; the Lucy E-Tip Run Gloves ($30) feature a smartphone-compatible index finger tip.
If MacGyver was a real-life dude, I”m pretty sure he”d always have a carabiner on him. The Black Diamond Rocklock Twistlock carabiner ($18) is a must-have tool when any sort of ropes are involved (think rock climbing, rappelling, or belaying), and, if nothing else, it also doubles as a cool key chain or bottle opener.
Before she bundles up, she”ll need a high-performing layering tank. This long, stay-put Moving Comfort Flex Tank ($25-$42) is perfect as a base for Winter and on its own once the weather warms up.
To prevent undoing that noon workout, bringing lunch from home is essential to keep portions in check. Here”s a practical gift you know they”ll use everyday — a BPA-free Goodbyn lunch container ($6, originally $9). Free of phthalates and lead, the three compartments stay separated with the leakproof lid that securely locks which means their yogurt won”t mingle with their carrots. It comes in pink, blue, or green.
A quality jump rope like this Nike Speed Jump Rope ($15) is a great gift for any gym rat. The grips are soft and easy to use, and the adjustable length makes it a perfect gift for someone who is up to 6″6″.
The right pair of running socks can make all the difference on a run. The Nike Elite Running Socks ($14) are made of sweat-wicking material and feature strategic cushioning to keep any run, long or short, comfortable.
For any girl that sleeps under the stars, The North Face Green Kazoo Sleeping Bag ($329- $349) is a dream come true. The 650-fill goose-down bag will keep her toasty — even in 0ºF conditions.Made to be easy to pack along, the bag”s exterior is made from ripstop nylon for extreme durability.
He”ll love the extra bounce in his step these Adidas Energy Boost shoes ($150) give him. The “boost” comes from a foam midsole that returns energy as he runs. The extra support and cushioning will help keep his feet happy.
This Valeo Neon Jump Rope ($7) makes an inexpensive gift for someone who wants to try something new in their cardio routine. The nine-foot rope resists stretching, and the slim handles are easy to grasp. It”s the perfect gift for the fit-minded person who travels a lot.
A runner can never have too many socks. Add to her well-worn collection with a pair of these Thorlo running socks ($15), which are made of sweat-wicking material and have strategic cushioning to keep any run comfortable.
This year”s Jawbone Up ($130) is new and improved: the waterproof, flexible band comes in three sizes and a myriad of new candy colors, and after less-than-stellar reviews of last year”s original, the app and device have both been rebuilt.
What yogi isn”t a fan of cookies? She or he will get a kick out of these Yummi Yogi cookie cutters ($9 each). Choose Warrior 1, Down Dog, Tree, Warrior 3, or Crescent Lunge.
No one likes hair in their face while working out, but those hair ties are never around when you need them! This pack of Under Armour hair ties ($10) ensures she”ll always have one in her bag; she”ll be especially inspired by the motivating message on each.
If your guy is an all-around athlete, he”ll love the Suunto Ambit 2 S ($245), which tracks his performance in several sports, including running, cycling, and swimming, and helps him stay on the right path during his weekend hikes as well.
Help hair stay put during sweaty workouts with a Double-Strap Headband from Lucy ($10). It comes in tons of colors and fun patterns.
Whether she”s strapping on her running shoes or rocking her highest heels, she”ll appreciate finding this all-natural, petroleum-free Footgloss blister blocker ($12) in her stocking.
For balanced gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes, Paleo Cooking From Elana”s Pantry ($12, originally $18) is a must-have cookbook. This book breaks down the Paleo lifestyle, and every recipe I”ve cooked from it has been absolutely delicious.
Yogis find peace in the universal sound of om, so they”re sure to love this simple om print ($15, frame not included).
The serious athlete in your life will love getting a tube of these Nuun Active Hydration Tablets ($7). Great for long training runs or post-workout recovery, all she needs to do is drop an electrolyte-rich tab in her water bottle, and presto — she”s ready for fast rehydration.
For those post-workout. muscle-soothing showers, he”ll appreciate having Aveda”s Active Composition Topical Analgesic ($30) in his bag.
For a little inspiration they can hang in their bedroom or home gym, these inspirational posters are both beautiful and effective. Click the link below to choose the one that speaks to you:
Do More of What Makes You Awesome ($7)
Work Hard Stay Humble ($9)
The Tree That Bends Doesn”t Break ($9)
Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For ($9)
Know someone who”s always talking about leaving behind the bus or their car to hop on a bike? Gift them a Marin Muir Woods Bike ($418, originally $700), perfect for anyone who wants to revamp their commute or start riding around town for extra exercise.
Yogis of any level can appreciate a yoga strap. From helping newbies master basic poses to encouraging anyone to achieve deeper bends and stretches, yoga straps like this one from Prana ($15) are a simple but useful prop for any home yoga practice.
He”s got to get his stuff to and from the gym, so help him do it stylishly with the Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack ($70).
If your friend or loved one spends a lot of time exercising in the cold weather or snow, prevent dry, chapped skin with an Essential Burt”s Bees Kit ($10). It includes trial sizes of their most popular products, including Soap Bark Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm (a cold-weather must!), and Coconut Foot Cream. All products are paraben-free and made with natural ingredients.
She”ll flip over the cute colorblocking and contrasting trim, but will be even more happy when she notices how this Under Armour StudioMod Jacket ($120) performs: a slim fit for better movement, and water-resistant fabric for your outdoor run.
She”ll love keeping her hair out of her face while she Down Dogs her way through a yoga class with a cheery-colored Athleta Cheetah Headband ($12).
Is there ever a time you don”t see a can of Pepsi, Dr Pepper, or Sprite in this friend or relative”s hand? Lighten up their beverage with this SodaStream Penguin Sparkling Water Maker ($200, originally $250) from Williams-Sonoma. Simply fill the bottle with regular tap water and give a few pumps to the carbonating lever. It not only saves calories but also reduces plastic bottle waste.
There are many fitness trackers available out there, but none may be as fun as the Nike+ Fuelband ($100). It turns everyday activities into a game where the object is to rack up as many points as possible.
For the runner in your life, celebrate a race milestone with a 5K, 13.1, or 26.2 sterling silver charm ($10). It”s a simple and sweet reminder of how awesome they are.
Dreading the gym? Put a pep in your step with this happy-colored Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Mid Volume Backpack ($55). The easy-clean nylon backpack can also fit a 13-inch laptop if you”re going to or from work.
Give the gift of safety with this Strobelight by Nathan ($10). Just clip it onto a jacket or pocket, and it”s strobing or steady light will increase visibility for the person who enjoys walking, running, or biking when it”s dark. It”s water-resistant and offers 100 hours of illumination. Plus, it comes in bright, fun colors.
Even if your friend is not a yoga enthusiast, she”ll love the extra cushioning she gets when exercising on the Manduka Pro Black Mat ($100). And if you”re shopping for someone tall, check out the extra-long 85-inch version.
This delicate gold lotus bangle bracelet ($42) will look great on its own or layered with other bangles and friendship bracelets.
Crack open a cold one and celebrate her trek to the finish line.
Marathon Math bottle opener ($15)
The GapFit Motion Long-Sleeve T ($45) will become a running wardrobe staple. The shirt is light enough for layering while still providing the warmth she needs on cooler weather runs. The thumbholes are a detail that every runner appreciates.
Since drinking caffeinated tea before exercise is a great way to increase endurance and ease postexercise muscle soreness, tea drinkers will get a little chuckle from this Fred and Friends Mr. Tea Infuser ($4, originally $10). Molded from food-safe soft silicone rubber, put some loose tea in his trousers and perch Mr. Tea on the mug”s edge. Adorable and practical.
Give the gift of a healthy spine to your friend who is always lugging around a huge shoulder bag packed to the brim. The Alite Designs Hikari Pack ($84) is a waterproof and versatile backpack that will help both their shoulders share the weight stylishly.
If you know someone who is perpetually on their way to Starbucks, help them break their habit with a beautiful Numi Organic Flowering Tea Gift Set ($35). The mahogany chest is packed with a glass teapot and six organic flowering teas that blossom when steeped in hot water.
Oakley has somehow managed to make a cool-looking pair of sports shades. The Commit ($150) sunglasses stop UV rays in their tracks, keeping cyclist”s peepers safe. Designed for a woman”s face, these sunglasses have interchangeable lenses to help a rider adapt to different conditions.
These Athleta Relay Tights ($79) are made for running. The flattering, no-seam, wide-waistband design will keep her feeling confident from start to finish.
Our favorite water bottle just got better and now comes in a glass version. The CamelBak Glass Eddy Bottle ($22, originally $25) is BPA-free and doesn”t retain flavor or odors, but what we really love is the retractable straw.
Some days are tote days, others are crossbody-casual. Do it both with the Under Armour Gotta Have It Tote ($70), which features a shoulder strap so you can convert it to a messenger bag. Includes a tablet sleeve and large compartments for easy organization.
For many runners, music is as much a necessity as sneakers. A colorful and lightweight iPod shuffle ($49) holds hundreds of songs and offers 15 hours of battery life. The clip-on feature means music comes sans pockets or armbands, making it a cinch to use. For a special touch, you can even upload a workout playlist for the runner in your life — they”re sure to think of you the next time they”re out for a run.
We can”t say enough about a Kuhn Rikon paring knife ($10). It makes chopping herbs, fresh veggies, and fruits a breeze, and the protective cases make them an essential item for camping. With these knives in hand, anyone will be able to prep a week”s worth of produce in no time!
Help the gym rat in your life deter locker theft with this Wordlock ($8, originally $10) gym lock.
Any fit runner in your life will appreciate the The Runner”s World Cookbook ($21, originally $27) that offers 150 light, satisfying, and nutritious recipes that aim to boost a runner”s performance.
Learning how to cook a completely new way can be difficult when setting out on a healthy track. For your friend or relative who loves to spend time cooking up a storm in the kitchen, leave them a NutriBullet ($88, originally $120) under the tree this year. If they have this high-powered mixing appliance in the kitchen, they”ll be more likely to blend up a healthy smoothie or soup quickly — instead of dialing in takeout or defrosting a frozen meal.
Have a vegan pal who”s always complaining about the time she spends slaving away in the kitchen? Gift her Isa Does It ($30), a cookbook full of vegan-friendly recipes that often come together in 30 minutes or less!
A clever partial-fleece construction of this Under Armour Fleece Hoodie ($94, originally $125) helps him retain heat where he needs it most — while also ensuring he doesn”t overheat while he works out.
Topped on sandwiches or salads, sprouts add a healthy crunch, but they can mold quickly. Your vegan buddy can enjoy the freshest of sprouts by making their own at home. This
If there”s someone on your list who is always on their feet or dealing with back pain, a quality Inversion Table ($279) is a gift that will change their life. Flipping upside-down on one of these bad boys helps elongate your spine, release vertebrae compression, and increase your circulation.
Update her running wardrobe with something girlie that does the job: a running skirt like the C9 by Champion Premium Skort ($15), which flatters hips and thighs and is perfect for running, tennis, cycling, and any of her other exercise obsessions.
Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis is always looking fit and fabulous. Her new cookbook, Giada”s Feel Good Food ($19, originally $33), shares her favorite light recipes and the secrets to her success.
Help your friend with a serious sweet tooth give up their unhealthy ice cream or froyo obsession with a colorful Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker ($60). This way, healthier versions of their favorite homemade treats are in close reach; it takes just 20 minutes for a recipe to freeze in this appliance.
For the yogi who has everything, she”s sure to appreciate the handmade touch and humor of these painted yoga-inspired greeting cards ($5 each). These are just three examples, but the artist has tons more to choose from.
Keep the cyclist in your life stocked with spare tubes so they can handily fix flat tires — the bane of any rider. REI offers tubes in a wide variety of sizes with both Presta valves (used on most road bike tires) and Shrader valves (used on most other types of bikes) for $7-$10. With prices like this you might as well buy two: one for each wheel.
Tired feet get a well-needed rest with the help of Sure Foot Foot Rubz ($5, originally $6). Using acupressure techniques, all the user has to do is roll feet over the small massage ball for instant relief.
A little cold weather won”t stop the avid runner in your life, so give him these toasty Nike Thermal tights ($75) to shield him from the chill.
Almost any runner, from casual to serious, would love the easy-to-use Nike+ Sportswatch GPS ($140). With the click of a few buttons, she can track her route, pace, and more. If this watch isn”t her speed, try one of these GPS running watches instead.
Help her stay motivated on her next workout with this 26.2 stainless steel water bottle ($18) that reminds her just what she”s already accomplished.
This thin wrap bracelet with a stamped copper plate that proclaims Run Eat Sleep Repeat ($25) is stylish, but it will also give the hardcore runner in your life a laugh.
The simplicity of this I Am Runner Necklace ($19) keeps it minimalist and elegant — and friendly to keep on even during a short run.
No matter how you want to carry your gym essentials, the VS Sport Convertible Sling Bag ($70) is the way to do it. Multiple straps mean you can wear it as a shoulder tote, crossbody bag, or shoulder bag, so you can grab your gear and get out the door fast.
More gluten-free and vegan home baking goodness comes from BabyCakes Covers Classics ($16); this book breaks down all of them from thin mints to snickerdoodles.
If baking isn”t your friend”s thing, surprise your vegan buddy with a delivery from BabyCakes (prices start at $21 per dozen). Everyone from Anne Hathaway to Gwyneth Paltrow has raved about these sweet treats.
If the vegan in your life loves to bake, a Silpat reusable mat ($21) is a necessity. Made of fiberglass and silicone, it”s nonstick, so no need to use cooking spray. Aside from cookies, it”s also great for making your own fruit leathers and dried fruit, and can also be used for roasting veggies. It washes easily, and since it”s reusable, it creates less waste for the environment.
Hailing from SparkPeople.com, The Sparkpeople Cookbook ($16, originally $20) offers more than 150 recipes that each take less than 30 minutes to prepare. All of the offerings focus on healthy ingredients, generous portions, and stress-free adventures in the kitchen.
Gifting him a pile of basic fast-drying C9 by Champion Endurance Tees ($13 each) this holiday season will make fitting in a workout in the New Year so much easier.
Got a friend or relative with a sweet tooth for ice cream? Here”s a healthier alternative — a Zoku Single Pop Maker ($25). Instead of high calorie bowls of chocolate chip cookie dough, they can whip up their own popsicles made with healthy all natural ingredients like fruit, juice, and yogurt.
Anyone who loves stats, analytics, and all things tech-related will get a kick out of the Fitbit Flex ($100). During the day, this slim bracelet remembers your steps, distance, and calories burned, and at night, it tracks your sleep quality. Your friend will know they”re hitting their healthy goals when all four lights are lit, and when the band lights up and vibrates, it”s incredibly motivating.
From stews to casserole to stir-fries, One-Dish Vegan ($13, originally $17) offers more than 150 recipes that a quick to prepare and a pleasure to eat.
If you really want to go the distance, then enter a friend in a 5K race! Be sure to pick a race that is at least six weeks away in order to give the recipient ample time to train and get pumped. Check out local races that you can sign her up for today!
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Help the yogi in your life spruce up her (or his) home practice with a pair of cork yoga blocks ($25) from Gaiam. The texture of the cork creates great traction for tricky poses. These blocks are lightweight too, making for easy storage.
Since spices are the cornerstone to good vegan cooking, look beyond McCormick”s and splurge on a gift box from Penzey”s Spices, known for its in-demand and high-quality dried herbs, spices, and seasoning mixes. One pinch of a Penzey spice takes a good dish to great.
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Anyone craving comfort food will love Gluten-Free Makeovers ($14, originally $19). Author Beth Hillson was diagnosed with celiac disease over 30 years ago with nowhere to turn for recipe help. Ever since, she”s been developing deliciously wheat-free recipes for every time of day.
For the gym rat who doesn”t like to carry a lot to her workouts, the Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle ($9) makes a perfect gift. She can stash it in her purse and fill it up at the gym. It holds 34 ounces of water, is super lightweight, compact, and the screw top prevents spills. Choose from a variety of colors including red, purple, blue, and green.
A lightweight, compact backpack with compartments for everything is a no-nonsense way to haul your gear. Try the Puma Training Float Backpack ($70).
The Breathe, Bind, and Align Package ($136) has every prop your yogi needs: a cork block, cotton yoga strap, bolster, and wool blanket. The perfect kit to complete any home practice.
Anyone kicking off a Paleo plan needs to have Well Fed ($24, originally $30) in their kitchen. From the Czech-spiced meatballs to the zucchini noodles aglio et olio, every recipe I”ve cooked from this book has been a huge hit.
Every time she calls, texts, or snaps a pic, she”ll be reminded about her race.
26.2 iPhone case ($18)
The Pear Mobile Training System ($99) is a one-stop shop for your fit-committed friend. The system includes an iPhone coaching app, workout earphones, and a heart rate monitor, and features audio coaching and stat tracking for many types of workouts.
A roman numeral silver bracelet lets her celebrate her race subtly.
Roman numeral bracelet ($36)
Help her celebrate her accomplishment with a tasteful, retro-inspired print.
T. S. Eliot marathon poster ($15)
Yoga fanatic or not, everyone can use a little bit of Savasana. Give the gift of peace of mind with the Manduka Eye Pillow ($27).
For your Paleo pal who loves to entertain, snag a copy of Paleo Happy Hour ($20, originally $30). This book is full of Paleo-friendly recipes for all different events and parties. I”m particularly partial to this book”s inventive dessert collection that includes Paleo pecan pie bars.
Hair stays put no matter how long her recovery run.
26.2 marathon headband ($11)
Celebrated NYTimes columnist Martha Rose Shulman put her favorite recipes together in an aptly titled cookbook, The Very Best Recipes For Health ($26, originally $35). All of her health-conscious, no-fuss recipes teach you how to make the most out of fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Your friend”s workout will never be the same thanks to Twistband Hair Ties (starting at $5.50). Aside from being a cute way to hold hair back during a workout, Twistbands avoid leaving the dreaded ponytail dent, keeping hair smooth and undamaged.
All the details of her momentous event are right there on her keychain.
Marathon keychain ($24)
Say it loud, say it proud; help her wear her pride on her shoulder.
Twenty-Six Point Freaking Two tote ($14, originally $18)
Among a few of the POPSUGAR Fitness editors, Power Foods ($20, originally $25) is the cookbook canon we could never give up. From healthy, warming breakfasts to quick suppers, this book is full of natural recipes full of whole foods — a perfect pick for anyone who wants to clean up their diet.
Perhaps the tastiest recovery meal ever, FlapJacked Protein Pancakes ($11) are a must have in the kitchen. Each serving contains at least 15 grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and only 200 calories. It”s a meal that will make taste buds and sore muscles happy!
Moving Comfort knows how to help a runner move comfortably. The Endurance Running Tight ($58) is cut to flatter all shapes and sizes of running legs, and the thick waistband keeps these tights from digging into a runner”s midsection. Plus, reflective detail helps to keep your runner gal safe.
Perk your fitness buddy right up with this warming blend of Republic of Tea: Get Burning ($12). This blend of cinnamon, rooibos, and other herbs are prized in Chinese medicine to boost energy and metabolism.
A fashionable accessory that doubles as a reflector is perfect for biking about town. Made of reflective materials, the Cinch Belt ($36 ) from the NYC-based design firm Vespertine keeps your cycling fashionista visible and stylish — even in the rain.
A simple, sweet, yet significant Jonathan Swift Quote ($8): “May You Live Everyday of Your Life.”
Hanukkah can be about upcycling. Make the festival of lights green with a menorah made from a recycled bike chain ($27).
Reformers aren”t exactly affordable, but this simple home solution Gaiam created with Pilates guru Mari Winsor sure is: the CorePlus Reformer ($30). Made from lightweight resistance bands joined in an X, the contraption has the perfect amount of tension for both upper and lower body exercises. Plus it”s great for ab work.
Family or friends on a vegan and gluten-free diet will fall for Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats ($15, originally $22). Author Allyson Kramer recognizes that these two dietary restrictions paired together can be challenging but offers over 100 delicious and satisfying recipes.
Get your gaming friends off the couch and onto their feet with the Xbox Kinect Sensor ($110). Every time I play a game on a Kinect, I”m constantly amazed at this technology that detects your motion. Plenty of our favorite brands have created games to help get you fit, but we”re partial to the Nike+ Kinect Training Game ($30) that assesses your fitness level and creates workouts perfect for your needs.
The Kinect only works with the Xbox console, so maybe the whole bundle of the Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect ($300) would be an appropriate gift choice, so you”re not only giving half a gift!
Made from recycled bicycle inner tubes, this cuff bracelet ($20) has the look of leather. Stylish, eco friendly, and durable this piece of jewelry makes many statements. All of them good.
Gluten-free doesn”t have to mean free of deliciousness. Treats from Mariposa Baking are decadent, and unless told, you probably wouldn”t realize they”re missing anything. The brownies ($3) are always a big hit, and the cream-filled cupcakes ($9) aren”t too shabby either.
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Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude ($12) by Neal Pollack is perfect for those times spent off the mat. Stretch chronicles Pollack”s journey through the yoga world while also dealing with a pretty humorous midlife crisis.
Brad”s Raw Kale Chips (starting at $7) are a tasty and healthy alternative to potato chips. Your giftee will especially love Brad”s Kale Chips because, unlike other kale chips, they aren”t frail and crumbly and are made using all-natural, local ingredients. Flavors include Naked, Nasty Hot, and Nacho “Cheese.”
From its magazine to website, and its annual in-demand conference, Yoga Journal is the be all and end all of yoga publications. Surprise the special someone in your life with a subscription to the magazine — not to get all cheesy on you, but it really is the gift that keeps on giving.
She”s going to need a bag to tote her mat around town. Splurge a little and buy her the Plank Mat Carrier ($150). This canvas bag with leather straps has extra pockets and enough room to fit other essentials like a towel, water bottle, and keys.
He”ll love slipping on this supersoft, excellently wicking long-sleeved tee ($35) from Cory Vines all Winter.
The gift of a sweet teapot is definitely a gift that keeps on giving. The 15-ounce Beehouse Teapots ($25) come in a wide variety of colors, from apple green to cherry red, and contain inset infusers making loose tea brewing a breeze.
A must read for anyone first taking on — or considering a vegan diet — Main Street Vegan ($11) is an accessible read that doesn”t get too preachy. On top of the delicious recipe ideas, author Victoria Moran shows how truly anyone can go vegan if they have the desire.
Is your friend always fumbling with her yoga mat? A simple yoga strap will help your yoga buddy carry it to and from the studio with ease. We like the Lululemon No-Brainer Yoga Strap ($16).
When a dessert craving hits, Hail Merry Macaroons ($4) make a perfect treat. Raw, vegan, and gluten-free — this satisfies just about every dietary limitation.
Between all the different poses, it”s a given that the yogi in your life will need help keeping her ponytail in place. We love the Yogitoes Seaburst hBand ($4) because it”s wide enough to keep your hair tame for the whole class and large enough to double as an eye cover during Savasana.
No need to decide between a large and small bag; the Lululemon Carry Me Om Tote ($128) can be both, depending on your needs. Fold in the sides to collapse the bag or open wide to carry lots more.
The American Council on Exercise has a four-piece exercise kit ($99) that”s perfect for a beginner. It comes with a stability ball (in two sizes; click here for how to find the right exercise ball size), resistance band, mat, and medicine ball. These essentials are all she”ll need for hundreds of exercises that will work her entire body and keep her from getting bored.
Babycakes: Anne Hathaway loves them and Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart, and Rachel Ray just can”t get enough. The New York-founded bakery Babycakes proves there is such a thing as a damn good vegan dessert. Lucky for those of us not in New York, Babycakes delivers. From cookies to cupcakes, loaves and muffins, surprise your vegan buddy with a delivery from Babycakes (prices start at $21 per dozen).
Say goodbye to boring, basic black arm warmers! Give the runner or cyclist in your life Seamless Arm Warmers ($25) from Smartwool. Cute, comfy, and stylish, a pair make the perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts in cooler climates.
Celebrate the romance of two-wheeling with a vintage poster featuring bicycles. We love the look of this Etsy find ($3.50). Not only is a deal, but déesse means goddess in French.
I love a little jerky as an afternoon snack because it”s full of protein and low in fat. The problem is that most traditional jerky is full of salt and preservatives. Not Black Forest Bison jerky ($13): the lean bison is all-natural and grass fed and free of gluten, MSG, nitrates, preservatives, and chemicals.
When you”re looking for cute and functional, not just any old pair of sweatpants will do. The Urban Gym Capri ($60) from Moving Comfort is chafe-free, stay-put, and slimming, and features stylish adjustable rucking at the leg.
Bringing your own lunch is an easy way to save on calories and money. And LunchSkins reusable bags ($8-$11) are so good-looking that they encourage their owners to pack something on the daily. Each bag is hand sewn, dishwasher-safe, and BPA-free.
This year, give the gift of foam-rolling to your loved one training for an endurance race. This is the perfect tool for massaging kinks and pains; regular foam-rolling can help prevent agonizing overuse injuries. This GoFit Foam Roller ($20) comes in cheery holiday red.
Fitness gear can be expensive, so help her protect her investment. Roux Maison Sport Laundry Detergent ($17) helps keep the technical material on her workout duds performing at its peak.
Living a gluten-free life doesn”t have to cost an arm and a leg. In Gluten-Free on a Shoestring ($15, originally $19), there 125 recipes to help you save your hard-earned dough, steer clear of the gluten-free food aisle (whenever possible!), and enjoy food again.
Whether he”s lounging on the couch or fitting in a few reps, he”ll look pulled together, not sloppy, in these Club Monaco Essential Shorts ($70).
For the ultimate roominess, give her the Athleta Spring Tote ($79), a large bag with multiple compartments to separate clean and dirty items and a removable shoe bag to further keep germs away.
Riding your bike to the gym on misty mornings just got a little bit better; the Adidas Climacool 2 Backpack ($65) is water-resistant to keep valuables dry, and roomy enough for work and workout essentials.
OK, giving a scale as a present may not be the best idea depending on who it”s for, but if your friend has requested one, why not give the gift of high tech? The FitBit Aria ($130) and the Wahoo Fitness Smartphone scale ($100; available for preorder) both wirelessly upload weight and BMI data (the Aria also tracks body fat percentage) to your friend”s online account and smartphone so she can track her weight-loss progress easily and accurately.
If your friend is a food nut, chances are they”re already a part of coffee”s third wave movement. Award-winning Intelligentsia Coffee ($14-$18) tops our list of artisan roasters. Besides putting out world-class coffee, we love its use of organic beans and sustainable and fair trade practices. Each batch is roasted to order and ships within 24 hours. And while we don”t encourage rampant caffeine use, a little bit of coffee has its benefits.
Busy people who enjoy cooking with love having the Gluten-Free Girl Every Day ($20, originally $30) cookbook in their collection. Author Shauna Ahern is married to professional chef Daniel Ahern, and together they”ve created more than 120 recipes for easy weeknight dinners and desserts.
No runner wants to be bogged down by a heavy wet sock — enter the Ultra Light Micro ($14) from Point Six. These thin merino wool socks are designed to ride inside a minimalist shoe and to not interfere with a runner”s feel for the road. They”re also designed to stay in place, wick moisture away, and prevent blisters. Win, win, and win!
Hydration is key to sports performance and recovery, and Nuun tablets quickly dissolve in water to create an electrolyte drink with only eight calories per serving. Easily transportable, each tubes contains 12 tablets, and each tablet flavors 16-ounces of water. The Nuun four pack ($22) offers tastes of orange, lemon lime, citrus, and tri-berry.
Help the fitness fanatic in your life create quick workouts he or she can do anywhere with FitDeck ($15). The deck is comprised of 50 cards, each with illustrations and instructions describing 50 exercises that require not extra equipment.
Everyone deserves a little chocolate, and since no one should be left out, The Chakra Box ($30) is made from all-natural, dairy-free, vegan ingredients. The different flavors of each truffle corresponds to the body”s seven energy centers. Flavors include chai, ginger-lemongrass, and honey-vanilla.
An effective workout should include some form of strength training, which is why this ToneFitness 20 lbs. Hourglass Dumbbell Set ($38, originally $45) is the perfect complement to any home gym. Weights and a way to store them — that”s two gifts in one.
If your friend constantly complains of her standard-issue iPod earbuds falling out on the treadmill, she”ll love these Fanny Wang Wangbuds ($80). They feature a crisp sound and silicone earbuds that are made to stay put while she”s burning calories.
Diane Sanfillipo brings all of her expertise and knowledge to Practical Paleo ($24, originally $40), a go-to guide for a healthy Paleo lifestyle and recipes for every occasion.
Being vegan isn”t always about green smoothies and kale chips. When cookie cravings strike, arm your vegan with this Liz Lovely Oh-M-G Gift Sampler ($30). Packed in the company”s exclusive “eco-chic” gift box with biodegradable ribbon, it contains one tub each of chocolate-covered Lovely Oh”s, Cinnamon Lovely Oh”s, and Vanilla Lovely Oh”s — enough that she might even share.
We love jerky as an afternoon snack because it”s full of protein and low in fat. The problem is that most traditional jerky is full of salt and preservatives. Not Krave Jerky ($7); all the unique and tasty flavors are made from lean proteins and are free of gluten, MSG, nitrates, preservatives, and chemicals.
Step class or spin class, working out is the ultimate sweat fest; help the person on your list stay hydrated with a Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle ($23 to $28, depending on size). The double-walled, vacuum insulation keeps ice water cold up to 24 hours (I tested it and it”s true!), and the best part is there”s no messy condensation on the outside of the bottle. It”s BPA-free, and the wide mouth makes it easy to clean and easy to drink from.
A celeb favorite, the FreeCity Zip Hoodie ($148) is a cool option to rock in and out of the gym.
The Jade Travel Mat ($51) is perfect for the girl who”s always on the go. It”s 1/8 of an inch thick yet still folds up for easy travel. It weighs 3.5 pounds and is available in two lengths — 68 and 74 inches — and a variety of colors. And like all Jade mats, it”s eco-friendly, giving her even more reason to love toting it around.
We all know someone suffering from a tight or sore back due to tension and stress. They”ll welcome this Yoga For Back Care Kit ($28) with open arms. The kit features Rodney Yee”s Yoga for Back Care DVD and the Yoga Ball Body Therapy System (three stress-relieving massage balls). What better present than the gift of alleviating stress?
Because of their high nutritional content — most especially protein — beans are a vegan”s best friend. Do your loved one right by buying them a Rancho Gordo Great Beans gift box ($39). Rancho Gordo heirloom beans have a cult-like following among food lovers and professional chefs — they elevate the most ordinary dish into something special, and are the best I”ve ever eaten.
A SPRI Ultra Toner Medium Resistance ($17) helps to tone the entire upper body. It”s great for opening the shoulders and chest too. With so much versatility, it makes a great gift for yogis and gym rats.
Yoga can be an expensive hobby, so help a newly enthused studio rat out by supplying her with all the essentials with Manduka”s Beginner”s Luck Package ($149). It includes a quality mat, hand towel, yoga straps, and a spacious mat bag for keeping everything close at hand.
Know someone who”s constantly slathering on the hand sanitizer or using their sleeve to open doors? They”re sure to appreciate a gift to help rid their toothbrush of germs as well with this UV Toothbrush Sanitizer ($35). Just insert the toothbrush, press the button, and within seven minutes, 99 percent of germs and bacteria are gone.
For an inexpensive gift, any vegan would love to cup their hands around a hot cup of cocoa — Mug O” Love ($9) is vegan and so are these Dandies marshmallows ($5). Throw in a vegan-inspired mug ($13, originally $15) to offer a little warmth this holiday season.
This Believe You Can Do Anything ($16) print would be a positive addition to any apartment.
Give the gift of yoga! Your inflexible friend might be resistant, but the people who say they can”t do yoga are the ones who need it the most. Consider giving an introductory package at a local studio — these are typically less expensive than normal sessions — and put this cute Danskin Now Yoga Kit ($20) under the tree. It comes with a sticky, mat, and more.
This Namaste leather bracelet ($38) acts as a visual reminder to stay connected and respect the people around you. This leather cuff would be equally lovely on the men and women in your life.
For your gourmand friend who”s a junk food junkie, offer one of these awesome KIND Bar Cubes ($43). Curated by Arianna Huffington, Bobbi Brown, and Grace Potter, each box offers an assortment of tasty KIND Bar treats and helps support a charity of their choice.
A stainless steel, BPA-free ECOlunchbox Oval ($22) is a perfect container for packing a pre- or post-workout snack. This is a great gift for almost everyone on your shopping list.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz”s cookbooks have become cornerstones of vegan cooking. Her plant-based recipes rely on natural ingredients and never leave you wanting; whether you”re looking for brunch, desserts, comfort food, or simple recipes, Isa has you covered. Appetite For Reduction ($13) is a presentation of 125 low-fat vegan recipes that don”t skimp on taste. Inside you”ll find lasagna, tacos, barbecue, curries, stews, and desserts that all fall under 400 calories per serving.
The Zobha Ruched Capris ($78) are formfitting without being too tight and will never lose their shape. Besides making a stylish statement, the leggings are functional, durable, and can handle any sweaty yoga session thrown at them. They also come in 15 different color combos!
The theme of Vegan Cooking For Carnivores ($20) is that you can enjoy the foods you love — you”ve just got to get creative with substitutions. Roberto Martin is the chef who helped Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres go vegan, so we know he”s in good company!
Gym shower time gets a lot more sanitary (and cuter) with these Havaianas Slim Animals Sandals ($26).
The Tara Stiles: This Is Yoga DVD Set ($20) offers wonderful instruction for yoga students of all levels. Tara”s sequences will challenge the body while still offering easy-to-follow instructions.
A roomy tote that can stash all your gym needs — and then some — is exactly what you need to convince you to go to the gym. The Puma Radiant Tote ($40) is roomy, practical, and just as stylish as bags twice its price.
Make cycling feel like kid”s play again with a Wheel Writer ($23) from Fuze. This playful addition, for the back wheel of any commuter bike, helps the cyclist in your life be seen while making a bold and bright statement. Talk about flair.
When cooking with a really good olive oil, you”ll immediately be taken by its distinct flavor. We find that the better the olive oil, the less you need. Apollo olive oils ($15-$20) are organic, raw, and brimming with antioxidants. Even better, the methods used to farm the olives are completely sustainable.
Bestselling author and wellness guru Kris Carr teamed up with Chef Chad Sarno to create Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution ($22). In this “Veggie Manifesto,” Kris breaks down her vegan philosophy and how both resident vegans and those tinkering with a vegan plan can benefit from a healthy plant-based diet.
Skip those yoga socks and gloves and keep your friend from slipping off the mat with a Yogitoes Skidless mat towel ($64-$68). Made of highly absorbent microfiber with comfortable nubs that provide traction and grip, you can be sure that there will be no slipping out of Downward Dog.
The closed-loop design of Versa-Loops ($4) fits comfortably around the upper or lower legs, taking an everyday workout routine from ordinary to intense.
Give friends a boost of antioxidants by adding a Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar ($4) in their stocking.
Every girl who cares about fitness is secretly in love with the Lululemon Scuba Hoodie ($108); it is a splurge, but sure to become a wardrobe staple.
Give the man on the go (or the gym rat) the Keyport Slide V.01 ($39). Just take a picture of up to six keys, and Keyport will send back this sleek lightweight pod that houses all of his unlockables. And with optional features like a bar-code keeper and USB flash drives, he”ll never need to carry around a bulky key ring again.
Cheese is such a treat, but in vegan cooking it”s often lackluster — think grainy, slimy, and just generally fake tasting. Dr. Cow artisan tree nut cheeses are a game changer for vegans looking for a cheese tray worthy of fancy crackers, wine, and fruit. The Tree Nut Cheese Box ($85) comes with five aged cheeses and one cream cheese: gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free. It”s also 100 percent organic.
Cold weather and long hours require easy but comforting preparation in the kitchen. Traditional slow cooker recipes may have you thinking of something meaty, but Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker ($12) keeps it fresh, simple, and animal-free.
Ask any vegan foodie and they”ll tell you — all they want for Christmas is a Vitamix 5200 ($450). From frozen smoothies to perfect soup purees, having a Vitamix on hand makes life so much easier and more delicious.
Chances are the healthy gourmand in your life has cooked with coconut oil, but perhaps not one as superior as Maison Orphee Virgin Coconut Oil ($13). Organic, virgin, and cold-pressed, there”s no foul odors when you cook with this brand.
Yoga, especially of the hot variety, can make a gal sweat. Give a super absorbent, yet plush eQua towel ($16) to the yogi in your life. Designed for both wiping brows and mopping slick mats, this towel is great for the gym and the studio.
Help your fitness fanatic keep her hair in check while on the move with a mini headband from Under Armour ($10 for six). They”re made of soft and comfy elastic with silicone UA logos, which keep the band in place. The moisture-wicking fabric helps manage sweat, too. Choose between two color sets shown featuring either pastel pink or hot pink.
If you frequently need motivation to make it to a gym session, say hello to this encouraging Off to the Gym tote ($27). Not your style? Check out more motivational quotes on totes.
For a retro feel without the complete “80s sweatband look, give your friend this cute Athleta Run With It Cuff ($12), which stores cash and keys conveniently on her arm.
Rich chocolate, sea salt, shaved coconut, and vanilla all go into making these Organic Raw Coconut Chocolate Truffles ($14) the sweet treat that will disappear in minutes!
A gentle reminder to be present is always appreciated, and this wooden breathe sign ($59) would be perfect in a home studio, in the bedroom, or anywhere a yogi could use a little serenity.
Does she always start her day with an energizing protein shake? This 20-ounce Blender Bottle Mini ($13) will be her favorite to-go cup; the buit-in blending ball ensures her shakes stay lump-free and delicious.
If your friend is a gym rat, she can never have enough face wipes for her bag. We love Yes to Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes ($6) because they cleanse and moisturize with natural ingredients. The cucumber leaves our faces feeling cool and refreshed — perfect for after-cardio clean up.
For people struggling with weight loss, it”s important to get portions under control. This collapsible measuring cup set ($20) makes for easy storage in a kitchen drawer and a holiday stocking!
You might be surprised to find out that all wine is not vegan — heck, some of your vegan friends might even be surprised! Many wines use animal products like gelatin or milk proteins to clarify wine after the fermentation process. A great holiday gift for your vegan foodie is the vegan wine sampler ($45 on sale) from The Organic Wine Company. Your giftee will enjoy a Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes du Rhône, and an Entre-Deux-Mers.
I love all the different fonts in this simple but powerful Your Future Is Created by Today Print ($19).
Your vegan friend will get giddy once a month with this tasty special delivery. Vegan Cuts Snack Box ($20 per month) includes seven to 10 vegan goodies delivered straight to her door from chips to dried fruit to energy bars — all vegan, of course.
To make fruits and veggies even more appetizing, try cutting them into different shapes and sizes. This de Buyer Mandoline ($100) will allow the vegan you love to make waffle, straight, or julienne cuts — the possibilities are as endless as their creativity. It”s dishwasher-safe, folds for compact storage, and if they”re not into red, it also comes in black and green.
This punk rock- and pop culture-inspired recipe book called Bake and Destroy: Good Food For Bad Vegans ($15, originally $20) by blogger and Food Network judge Natalie Slater is a refreshing and quirky vegan cookbook unlike any other. Your vegan friend will love jumping in the kitchen to whip up foods like Pinterest Pie, Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes, and Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli. The amazing photos of each recipe and the tips for how to turn any recipe vegan are sure to inspire.
Eating cheese is not as bad as you think, especially when it”s chevre (goat milk cheese). Compared to cow milk cheese, goat milk cheese contains less fat, less cholesterol, and fewer calories. Also, a little goes a long way. Cypress Grove cheese ($7 and up) is the gold standard when it comes to chevre — there”s a reason its walls continue to fill with awards.
Hike on with the Smart Wool Hiking socks ($19). Made from itch-free merino wool blended with a small amount of nylon and spandex, these comfy wicking socks hold their shape mile after mile, and wash after wash.
The runner in your life will love Polar”s RC3 GPS heart rate monitor ($350). The easy-to-use and surprisingly slim watch uses built-in GPS technology to track speed and distance while recording important stats like heart rate, training intensity, and calories burned. The watch even provides personalized coaching after the user takes a fitness test and enters her goals. The instant feedback may just help your runner to her personal record.
The heart rate monitor easily syncs with a computer via a USB cord, making it easy to track stats and routes. This watch is the perfect gift for runners who like to geek out on their training.
For someone who is on the move a lot, Chia Shots ($13) provide an instant health boost. Sprinkle the packets onto yogurt, smoothies, or salads!
Dating back to eighth century BC, singing bowls have been used for centuries in Buddhist practice as a way to begin and end meditation. In yoga, it”s not uncommon for teachers to employ this practice during Svanasana. This particular brass singing bowl ($100) is handcrafted in Nepal; it includes a wood striker with cotton cover.
Lindsay Nixon has made a name for herself in the vegan community with her Happy Herbivore books, and the newest installation for her collection does not disappoint. Luckily, Happy Herbivore Abroad ($14) was released just in time for the holidays.
Armed with a SteriPEN Water Purifier ($90), your friend will never have to worry about not having clean water during her next backpacking trip. In less than one minute, the device”s UV light rays destroy 99.99% of protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidia ), bacteria, and even viruses that are present in water. It also doubles as a flashlight for late-night trips to the river to stock up on water supplies.
For modifications or to deepen the stretch in poses, a yoga strap is essential. This Gaiam yoga strap ($10) is made with 100 percent eco-friendly hemp and has an uplifting sunshiny citrus color. The Gaiam strap makes a great gift for beginners and advanced yogis alike.
Made from recycled polyester woven into a subtle and stylish herringbone texture, this roll-top messenger bag ($240) is designed to transition from pannier to back with ease. The shoulder straps, padded with wool felt, tuck into the pack for a quick attachment onto a bike rack. The pack also has a padded laptop pocket.
At POPSUGAR HQ, nuts are the gold standard when it comes to snacking; they”re a good source of protein, fiber, and the good-for-you fats. Gary & Kit”s Gourmet nuts and mixes ($8) up the ante of California almonds by the addition of seasonings and fruits like smoked paprika and bing cherries.
Girlie vegan foodies love the cute and quirky sisters behind the Spork-Fed ($15) cookbook. We”ve already shared the girls” vegan apple pie milkshake that truly satisfies any sweet tooth. This tasty treat is a testament to the recipes in this book — easy to follow and absolutely delish.
Choose Happiness ($16) when you choose this pretty poster with bluesy clouds.
On those days where there”s just not enough time to wash your hair after a sweaty gym session, there”s Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Spray ($5). The small bottle will fit snugly into any bag, and because it sprays on clear, it”s the perfect stocking stuffer for almost everyone in your life.
Sometimes when working out with a Nano, all that extra cord gets in the way; CordShrink ($13) is the solution. The accessory attaches to the clip of a Nano, and allows the user to wrap any excess cord around it like a coil.
Skip mass-produced gifts and give the marathoner in your life something personal and handmade. Made from an antique silver-plated spoon, this silver plated running keyring ($8) is a medal that your runner can carry everywhere.
Vegan food not sounding that sexy to your guy? The Sexy Vegan Cookbook ($13) from Brian Patton may change the game. This cookbook doesn”t only offer delicious vegan grub; it”s pretty hysterical.
After a sweaty session at the gym, the last thing anyone wants is frizzy hair. The Ouidad Fizz Fighting trio ($22) is a travel set featuring shampoo, conditioner, and gel. It won”t take up much room in a gym bag and promises smoother, sleeker, and softer hair — a post-workout treat for any gym rat on your holiday list.
A good backpack is essential when you”re hitting the trail or ascending up a mountain; I love the lightweight Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack ($140) because of its durability, comfortable fit, and storage options.
Did you ever imagine that a Cupcake Wars winner would specialize in vegan cuisine? Chef Chloe Coscarelli broke the mold. In her cookbook Chloe”s Kitchen ($14), she cooks up both sweet and savory offerings.
Doctors, teachers, waitresses — they all could use a little foot love. This Massaging Foot Warmer ($40) surrounds your feet in snuggly comfort and offers instant relief to achy, tired tootsies.
If you”re not able to make a batch of vegan fudge yourself, treat friends and loved ones to Alison”s Gourmet Vegan Apple Pie Fudge ($29 for one tray) instead. Rest assured that all the ingredients are organic and have names you can pronounce.
Inspired by the World War II-era posters bearing the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” the Keep Calm and Carry Om ($12) print belongs in the house of every yoga enthusiast.
Snow doesn”t stop him? Give him the gift of warmth: the lightweight, incredibly insulated Patagonia Down Sweater Full-Zip Hoody ($269) is perfect for many outdoor Winter sports.
If you”re looking for a vegan recipe bible that offers loads of instruction. One of the authors of Skinny Bitch put together the perfect text. I”ve made a ton of the recipes in Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook ($22), and I”m never disappointed. Every vegan cook needs this cookbook in their collection.