A Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
- Editors of FitBump
- Dec 01 2014
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From a speedy stroller to a sporty stocking stuffer to a nutritious treat, our holiday gift guide offers presents that are sure to be a hit with everyone on your list.
Orla Kiely Yoga Mats
Dedicated yogis and newbies alike will love these simple but cheerful yoga mats ($25 each), by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely. Produced exclusively for Target, they come in two prints and four soothing colors. target.com.
Bia Sport Watch
The Bia ($280), a super-slim, ergonomic sport watch, is billed as the first of its kind created by female athletes for female athletes. Built in two pieces—the touch-screen watch, which sits at an angle on the wrist, and the GPS-enabled GoStick, which clips anywhere—it has specific settings for runs, bike rides or swims, is compatible with all ANT+ heart rate monitors and can upload data automatically to (currently) the fitness-tracking apps Strava and MapMyFitness. We love the ultra-light construction and accuracy, but one of the best features? Safety. If you get into trouble, hold the single button down for three seconds and the Bia will send a text message to one of your predetermined emergency contacts. Available in six colors. bia-sport.com.
Stendig Oversized Calendar, MoMA Design Store
The large-scale Stendig calendar ($35) is the only one in the Museum of Modern Art Design Store’s collection and is the handiwork of designer Massimo Vignelli, who produced it to test the interplay between negative and positive space and small and large types. (It’s been in production for 40 years.) Measuring three-feet-by-four-feet, the calendar is plenty big enough to keep even the most complex of schedules straight. momastore.org.
Pour le Monde Fragrances
Finding a fragrance that isn’t loaded with chemicals isn’t easy, which is why Pour le Monde, the first certified 100-percent natural fine-fragrance label, is such a find. Using natural essential oils (and no phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or dyes), the three fragrances ($82 each) in the collection are lovely: Empower, a sporty unisex citrus blending notes of lemon, Persian lime, Brazilian orange, Florida grapefruit and basil; exotic Envision, with Egyptian geranium rose and Indonesian patchouli; and woodsy Together, which blends the likes of jasmine, violet and balsam. plmparfums.com.
Oh She Glows Cookbook
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out (Avery Trade), by Angela Liddon, came out earlier this year and quickly became a well-worn favorite in our kitchens. Liddon, a new mom (she had her first child in September), who based the book on her engaging Oh She Glows recipe blog, offers up instructions for making items like her Glo Bakery Glo bars and a creamy avocado pasta. Gluten-free recipes are available, too. amazon.com; ohsheglows.com.
Ecocentric Mom Holiday Box
Ecocentric Mom, which ships samples of organic, natural products for baby and mother on a subscription basis ($24 every other month), is spreading seasonal cheer with a limited-edition holiday box ($50) flush with more than $90 of goodies, including Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer from Vapour Organic Beauty and Heaven Tea Company tea. Buy a regular subscription and get $10 off the special bundle with the code HOLIDAYGIFT10. ecocentricmom.com.
Shine Wind Mitt, Pearl Izumi
Freezing fingers are the last things you want cutting a run or a bike ride short. Pearl Izumi’s sleek Shine Wind Mitt ($35) keeps hands warm with a super-soft Pro Thermal Lite material and an optional wind mitt that slips over digits to keep gusts at bay. Bonus? The index finger and thumb are responsive, so smartphone use is a go. pearlizumi.com.
3-D Shape Cutting Boards, MoMA Design Store
From the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Store, these 3-D cutting boards (large, $185; small, $100), designed by Brooklyn-based designers Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi, are constructed of solid cherry wood and serve two purposes: chop away on the wooden side and use the opposite painted surface as a tray. Inspired by noted graffiti artist Barry McGee, they are bound to give any kitchen a revitalizing dose of cool. momastore.org.
Photo: MoMA Design Store
Castile Soaps, Acure Organics
Acure Organics, a family owned company that uses fair-trade, organic ingredients in its products for skin, body and hair, offers argan-oil-based castile soap in three scents: fragrance-free, peppermint and tropical citrus ($10 each). Vegan, untouched by sulfates or parabens and made with certified-organic oils, the soaps are moisturizing and ultra-versatile. Use them as shampoo, body wash and shave gel, or even laundry detergent and dish soap. The packaging is pretty to boot. acureorganics.com.
Talking toys don’t always thrill parents. But Bluebee Pals—Bluetooth-enabled plush toys that are as educational as they are entertaining—could be an exception to the rule. Each of the five characters ($65 each) is compatible with a variety of kid-friendly apps, such as iStory Time. Innovative lip-synch technology allows the Bluebee to read or sing along in perfect time; you can chat with your child through one of the cushy creatures via a phone call. Giving kids a new way to engage with apps, these cuddly buddies bring story time and more to life in a whole new way. bluebeepals.com.
Urban Glide Sports Stroller, Thule
Brands that one wouldn’t ordinarily associate with strollers are getting into the game, including Thule—known best for its bike carriers and racks—whose new Active with Kids Sport Series has the athletic parent in mind. The Thule Urban Glide ($400) goes from city sidewalk strolls to park runs with ease. Look for an easy-swivel front wheel (a godsend when navigating tight quarters), rear suspension, ergonomic handlebars, a foot brake and a laid-back, nearly horizontal sleeping position for naps. After your outing, fold it up with one hand in a snap. thule.com.
Delivered-to-Your-Door Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Packs, Daily Harvest
Convenience is king when it comes to nutrition. Daily Harvest knows that, which makes its ready-to-blend packs of organic fruit and vegetable smoothies ($6 each)—delivered right to its customers’ homes—such a treat. Choose from ten blends like Cardio Cacao (cacao powder, blueberries, spinach, kale, banana, almond butter, dates, vanilla), B Berry (blueberries, kale, spinach, figs, walnuts, ginger) and the seasonal MerryTeaBerry. The real upshot? You can see exactly what goes into your daily drink. daily-harvest.com.
Voyage Diaper Bag, 7 A.M. Enfant
The Voyage diaper bag (from $100), by 7 A.M. Enfant, comes in six colors, including the on-trend neon pink pictured here, and opens wide—very wide. (A zipper running along the top of the bag and down the sides allows for the extra root-around space.) Multiple pockets, an insulated lunch bag, a changing pad, a water-repellant outer shell and a standalone zippered pouch help out even more. 7amenfant.com.