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Women's Health

12 Gifts to Wow the Fitness Lover in Your Life

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about choosing the perfect gifts for family and friends. 

If you have a loved one in your life who’s always at the gym or have heard a friend talking about how she plans to get fit come the new year, a fitness-themed gift might be just the thing to make her smile. But, it can be hard to know where to begin with so many options on the market.

We rounded up 12 items that are sure to be the highlight of the holidays for any fitness guru or beginner—suitable for all sorts of budgets, lifestyles, and activities.

Smartwatch

Smartwatches have always been a hot consumer product—and for good reason. There are tons of features to help track your daily steps, calories burned, calorie intake, and even time spent on specific exercises, all with a swipe of a finger. You can also send a quick text or queue up your music when you’re on the go. There are many styles available, so you’re sure to find one that will best fit her needs.

Roller

At the end of any good workout, joints in her back and calves may need relief from stiffness and soreness. A roller helps soothe and restore burned-out muscles. Rollers are typically inexpensive and easy to store, making them the perfect she-didn’t-know-she-needed-it gift!

Fitness Log or Workout Planner

We can do nearly everything digitally these days, but sometimes it can be nice to physically write down a list to help stay on track. Fitness goals are no exception. Most varieties of this type of journal have the same things she would find in a digital fitness tracker, with space to write planned workouts for specific days and food and nutrition records.

Slides

There’s something simply unsatisfying about leaving running shoes or trainers on after a workout. Treat her feet to a nice pair of cushiony slides or foam sandles for some much-needed relief.

Blender

Allow your fitness fiend to whip up a delicious pre- or post-workout smoothie with a durable blender. Try an individually sized blender that comes with a built-in personal cup for added convenience and ease of use. 

Epsom Salt

Though a package of Epsom salt may sound like a strange choice for a gift, the relief for hard-working muscles your recipient will experience from taking a warm Epsom salt bath will speak for itself. She can also use it as a holistic remedy for headaches.

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Gym Bag

Gym bags are notorious for getting smelly and worn out in little time, so chances are she’s due for a new one. The many styles and colours mean there’s one out there that is sure to meet her needs for ease of use and include just the right amount of space for gear.

Protein Powder

Nutritionary supplements can play an important role in building and restoring muscle. Gift one of the many tasty flavours on the market to add a (healthy) taste of joy to the holiday season.

Bars, Snacks, Supplements

For a super affordable (though no less desirable) option, grab a handful of protein bars, drink mixes, or vitamins from the grocery store for the perfect stocking stuffer. You might just help her find a new favourite.

Yoga Mat

Useful for yoga and more, mats can turn any floor into a clean surface to stretch or perform basic exercises like push-ups or sit-ups. Choose her favourite colour for a personal touch.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are the perfect gift for the woman in your life who does lots of strength training in her workouts, regardless of how new she may be to it. They typically come in packs of multiple bands, so you can even gift yourself one.

Accessories

If you’re in a pinch or even if you see something that catches your eye, gifts like socks, shoelaces, headbands, and hair ties are things you can never have too many of and come in fun patterns to personalize her workout look.

Whether she’s a beginner or fitness fanatic, our list of gifts is an excellent place to start if you’re unsure what to get her. Happy present hunting!

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The Entertainer

Creative Stocking Stuffers That Won’t Break the Bank

The stocking hung by the fireplace stuffed to the brim with goodies is an iconic symbol of Christmas. They sit there just waiting to be dumped out all over the floor. And, be honest: Who wants a pair of white socks or a bag of candy coal? 

These stocking stuffers are sure to bring out a “ho ho ho!” from young and old alike! From tech to coffee to fun and games for kids of all ages, these little packages snuggled deep in a knitted stocking may end up being the most-loved gifts of them all. Plus, they are all around $10, so they won’t break your holiday bank. These trinkets prove that good things still do come in small packages!

Tech Talk

A cell phone stand keeps texts and videos in clear view and them hands-free. Most options are compatible with any smartphone. Plus, the stand keeps cables organized on their desk, kitchen counter, or bedroom nightstand. 

Are they tired of messy fingerprints on their tech gear? A screen cleaning pad is a reusable faux suede cloth sized for home or office use and is perfect for all their touch screen devices. 

Ensure they never misplace their AirPods or headphones again with a carrying case that protects their investment in regular or wireless earphones. Many come in all different shapes, colours, and sizes—so check your local retailer for options and get creative!

Time to Relax

Do they need some relaxation after the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations? A reusable pouch filled with skincare products like facemask and lotions is great for your on-the-go loved one.

Who wouldn’t love luxury soaps? They make for a beautifully packaged gift and come in all sorts of fragrances—lavender, carrot, cucumber, fig, peach, cherry blossom, tangerine, you name it! These are sure to pretty up everyone’s guest bathrooms!

Even little girls and boys need a chance to relax! Crayola Bath Dropz are fragrance-free, non-toxic water-colouring tablets that will magically change your tub to blue, yellow, or red. 

Why should kids have all the bath time fun? Create rich bubbles and vibrant colours while treating your skin with beneficial ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and essential oils. Bath bombs are the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who is already a fan or as an introduction for newbies. They often come in fun shapes like cupcakes, hearts, and donuts, too!

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For the Coffee Lovers

A package of coffee paired with a trio of mini syrups makes a great stocking stuffer for every coffee lover in your life or your favourite at-home barista! 

For Kids of All Ages

Have a budding astronomer in your midst? A mini star projector beams the constellations of the astrological zodiac onto the walls of your home. Fun and educational, a mini star projector is the perfect way to bring the planetarium home!

Does your family love games? Codenames Board Game is a spy game for multiple players ages 10 and up. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents, and teammates know the agents only by their code names given on the cards. Add this unique game to your holiday fun!

Or, keep them laughing all day long with a holiday joke book for boys and girls. 

For Anyone and Everyone

Save the planet with easy-clean reusable straws. Most are dishwasher safe, and some even come with a linen carrying case! They’re perfect for a greener lifestyle. 

You can also consider getting them a personalized key chain. Many retailers offer options with common names, or surf the web for a way to make a truly customized gift in their favourite colour or style. It’s just the thing to let them know how special they are!

Are they ready to travel? Get them prepared with a universal power wall charger with a power plug adapter. Look for an option that will work in many countries.

Ready, set? Shop! Time to shop to fill those stockings with fun and affordable gifts for everyone.

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Women's Health

Practical Skincare Gifts She’s Sure to Love

When it comes to gifting, we often think along the lines of gift cards, flowers, candies, and chocolates. While those items are classic crowd-pleasers, skincare can also make a great gift. 

Here are practical gifts for every skincare fanatic on your list, from mask lovers to eye cream connoisseurs. 

Facial Cleanser

One of the most essential needs for a woman’s skincare routine is a quality facial cleanser. Gift her with something she’ll appreciate long-term. Look for options that have minimal chemicals and are affordable (so she can rebuy when she’s sure to love it). 

Gifts of cleansing sets that include moisturizers, masks, and pore extractors are also an excellent way to take your gift to the next level.

Face Rollers

Are you looking for a chic stocking stuffer to complete your gift list? Consider a face roller! Face rollers help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and alleviate puffy, tired-looking skin. 

For the best results, experts recommend pairing rollers with skin oils and active serums. 

Cleansing Pads

At the end of a long day, women love a quick way to wipe away the day’s makeup ahead of cleansing and hopping into bed. Cleansing pads exfoliate the skin and regulate oil production, making them just the thing to help them keep their complexion clear with ease. A 2-pack or more makes for a great skincare-themed gift.

Revitalizing Serum

Designed to help a woman’s skin glow, revitalizing serum is packed with vitamins and other essential oils that infuse skin cells with immediate hydration. The effect? An anti-ageing look that will have her skin feeling immediately softer and smoother.

Clay Masks

Clay masks are great for pulling oil out of her skin and possibly preventing pimples that form when pores are clogged with excessive oil and dirt. Something to tell her when gifting: Experts recommend women wear clay masks for 15 minutes or less and use them no more than three times a week. When shopping, look for a mask that has hyaluronic acid or alpha hydroxy acid for best results.

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Brush Set

Beautiful makeup and face design start with quality brushes. A quality set will help her apply foundation, powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, and blush sans mess. Plus, brushes make blending and application more seamless and will give her a smoother, cleaner look. 

Eye Cream

If you’ve ever had to pull an all-nighter, then you’re probably well aware of the mystical powers of eye cream—it’s a lifesaver if you buy the right brand. 

Eye cream is made with vitamins and other ingredients proven to target puffiness, fine lines, dark circles, and dryness. A solid product will rejuvenate skin and give it a glow that will have her feeling (and looking!) her most energetic! 

Exfoliating Treatment

During the day, our body is simply protecting itself—at night, it switches into repair mode. (They don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing!) Why not help your giftee put their skin repair into overdrive with an overnight exfoliating treatment?

Exfoliating treatments remove dead skin cells from the outer skin layer. One thing to note: Exfoliating treatment should be done correctly to ensure she doesn’t damage her skin. The American Academy of Dermatology Association offers a guide here.

Sleep Mask

Speaking of sleep, a sleep mask makes for an excellent stocking stuffer. Many options are breathable, lightweight, and affordable. Plus, some can be refrigerated for an “extra cooling effect”​​—which could be a game-changer for hot sleepers. It’s also super chic in an Audrey Hepburn kind of way. 

This holiday season, gift her with a skincare product (or two!) that will help boost her confidence and keep her face looking fresh and fair.