Rich food, late nights, guests who never leave–it’s amazing any of us survives the holidays in one piece! So we’ve curated a collection of health-focused gifts to help the women you know ring in the New Year feeling (and looking) their best.
Yoga Class or Series of Classes
What It Is: A gift certificate for one or more sessions at a yoga studio, or a one-on-one with a private instructor at home.
What It Does: Serves as an introduction for the yoga-curious or a fix for the diehard yogi.
Where to Find It: If she’s new to the activity or doesn’t have a regular studio or instructor, visit yogalliance.org for a list of local teachers and studios that meet rigorous certification standards.
Cost: $12 to $16 for a single class; $75+ for a one-on-one hourly session with a pro
Light & Healthy 2012: The Year’s Best Recipes Lightened Up
What It Is: A compendium of “lighter” versions of fat and calorie-laden recipes like Chicken Cordon Bleu and Spicy Spaghetti Pie from the beloved TV show “America’s Test Kitchen.”
What It Does: Substitutes healthier ingredients for saturated fat and high-calorie sweeteners in favorite recipes.
Where to Find It: amazon.com
Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Kit
What It Is: A no-fuss, low-muss indoor garden kit designed to provide the ideal conditions for growing edible herbs year round.
What It Does: Creates a “living” spice rack for your gourmet friends who love to cook.
Where to Find It: herbkits.com
What It Is: Consider it armor for her MP3 player or smartphone. This durable case is impact-resistant and weatherproof, with a waterproof jack that fits any standard (3.5 mm) headset. Waterproof ECOXBUDS ear buds included.
What It Does: Protects her media device from almost any mishap during outdoor athletic adventures. It even floats!
Where to Find It: ecoxgear.com
Massage Envy Membership
What It Is: Privileges to a club she’ll certainly want to join. This national spa chain offers massages and facials at deeply discounted rates to its members. The monthly fee includes a $10 facial or massage, additional massages and facials at reduced rates, the ability to earn free massages or facials and upgrades, unused massage rollovers, plus family and retail discounts.
What It Does: Makes getting a monthly massage or facial a forgone conclusion.
Where to find it: massageenvy.com
Cost: $59 per month
What They Are: Metal teeth that slip onto almost any shoe or boot.
What They Do: Provide traction on icy walks or runs so she can maintain her regimen in any kind of weather.
Where to Find Them: kahtoola.com
Arc’teryx Kapta Workout Dress
What It Is: A cute, stretchy, comfy capped-sleeve dress made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabric.
What It Does: Streamlines packing and keeps her cool and stylish on warm-weather beach and trail runs with just one garment. Great for tennis, too.
Where to Find It: arcteryx.com
Icebreaker Sprite Leggings and Siren Long Sleeve Sweetheart
What They Are: Sleek, breathable, ultra-light, itch-free merino wool underwear.
What They Do: Provide a cozy, warm base layer for cold weather sports without the bulk and heft of traditional thermals.
Where to Find Them: icebreaker.com
Cost: $70 (each)
Yogitoes Yoga Skidless Towel
What It Is: A bright, fast-drying towel with silicone nibs to make yoga a less sweaty and slippery experience.
What It Does: Provides an absorbent layer over a personal yoga mat to prevent skidding, or a “hygienic” layer of protection between her and a mat borrowed from the studio.
Where to Find It: yogitoes.com
Down Tech Gloves
What They Are: Waterproof, down-filled gloves with built-in QuantumTouch™, a technology inside the glove that provides conductivity to most touch-screen devices.
What They Do: Lets her fast-forward, rewind, and switch playlists while running or walking outdoors without freezing her fingers off.
Where to Find Them: 180s.com
What It Is: A monthly delivery of two different varieties of premium teas (20 servings each).
What It Does: Tea lovers can imbibe from a selection of exotic and specialty greens, blacks, oolongs, and custom blends, courtesy of boutique suppliers nationwide.
Where to Find It: gifts.com
Cost: $75 for three months
Brooks Vapor-Dry 3D Hoodie
What It Is: A smart, stylish hoodie made from breathable, reflective, moisture- moving fabric with thumbholes, flip wrist mitts to keep hands cozy during outdoor sports, and an invisible zip pocket for keys, I.D., and cash.
What It Does: Works as a mid-layer on a freezing run or an outer layer when it’s less frigid.
Where to Find It: tworoadsfitness.com
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership
What It Is: Monthly or weekly deliveries of seasonal produce grown by local organic farmers.
What It Does: Supports community agriculture and provides easy access to fresh fruits and veggies that are free of pesticides and growth hormones.
Where to Find It: localharvest.org
Cost: $98 per month for a small box; $126 for a large box
Fit Bit: The One
What it is: A thumb-sized fitness monitor that snaps onto your pants or slips in a pocket by day and slides onto a wristband when you wear it at night.
What It Does: Tracks steps taken and calories burned, plus how well and how long you sleep.
Where to Find It: fitbit.com
Lululemon Take Me with You Tote
What It Is: A fabulous carryall with padded straps, hidden ties for a yoga mat, a removable wet pouch for sweaty gear, and pockets for a phone, laptop, and toiletries.
What It Does: Lets your favorite gym rat travel to and from the club or over a weekend with all of her essentials neatly organized and easy to find.
Where to Find It: lululemon.com
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