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Paige Waehner

Holiday Gift Ideas for Men and Women

By November 28, 2012

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Whenever the holidays roll around, I'm reminded of one important fact: Giving the gift of fitness, in whatever form that may be (personal training session, workout clothes, a body fat scale), is only a good idea if A) The person is already a fitness freak or B) The person specifically requests fitness-related items. I say this because I, or rather my personal training services, have been given as a 'gift' a few times over the years and not one of the receivers appreciated it. In fact, I may have been responsible for a few divorces.

That said, some people really do like fitness-related gifts, myself included and since the shopping season is upon us, I've updated my gift guides with some ideas for you:

For more ideas, check out our reader recommendations and be sure to leave your own, either here in comments or in this submission form.

November 30, 2007 at 1:09 pm
(1) hobbie says:

The best gifts I have gotten for my fitness workouts has been a pair of fluffy white hand towels with my name embroidered on them — from LL Bean. A pair of very good padded, leather workout gloves — amazing the difference a good grip makes when you are sweaty. Also a package of 12 pair of workout socks. The list is almost endless on little things that make a workout fun.

December 3, 2007 at 1:37 pm
(2) Maryellen Nugent Lee says:

My newest discovery is the Bender Ball! It’s a small, packable mini stability ball that works the core like you can’t believe…way better than standard crunches, plus you can take it with you when you travel. (It doesn’t take up much space because you can deflate it and blow it up again in minutes.) It’s inexpensive (about $20, in a kit with DVDs), and I find that because it’s always with me, I’m much more diligent about keeping to my fitness routine — no easy feat around the holidays. I’m going to give it to a couple of friends who shy away from doing crunches because of lower back pain. Makes a great stocking stuffer.

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