Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: What to buy your best gym friend. (Plus, a #giveaway.)

Did you partake in Black Friday or Cyber Monday? If you're done with all of your Christmas shopping already, I don't even wanna hear it (she says with a smile). Kudos to you, for real. I'm knee deep in it. And here today with some ideas, because what did you buy your best gym friend? Do you exchange gifts with the people you sweat with regularly? This circle of support you've created? If you do, and if you're stumped as to what they might like, check out this list.

Note: I was not compensated by any of the following brands to write this post. I am including them because I truly like them and I think your best gym friends might, too. I did, however, receive the 2015 page-a-day free of charge. They were gracious enough to send one my way. (More on that later.)

Let's get to it.

This year's list features a selection of awesome, meaningful gifts that cost $35 or less. Because it doesn't really matter how much you spend on someone, it's more about what you choose to gift them. And because we're all on a budget. Right?

1) Delicious Snack Bars
Be honest, you carry snacks around with you. And I bet your gym buddy does, too. So pick a few different bars that they, perhaps, have never had. Or if you know what their favorite is, go with a ton of that one. Some of my favorites include:

2) Fitness, Health or Happiness Books
A few days ago, I linked to a roundup of the year's best fitness, health and happiness books. True, books can be expensive, but most of them top out around $25 give or take. And who doesn't love a good book? (And then, you know, maybe you can borrow it when they're done! #bonus)

3) A Virtual Race 
I partnered with Jost Running a few months ago to help them promote virtual racing—and I'm hooked. Race when you can, get some bling and support a great cause. That's all there is to it. At just $25 for a 5K or 10K, it's an entry fee that can't be beat. (The half and full marathons cost $35, which is also unbeatable.) Register your friend, register with them. Everyone wins! Did I mention the bling?

This is one thing I don't have yet, but I do have a nice large hook in my closet. I suggest checking out Etsy for some affordable options. Go that route and you might get to personalize it.

5) A Running Belt or Water Bottle
Sometimes you don't realize how much you need something until you have it. Such was the case for me with a good running belt and hand-held water bottle, which are both now on my "favorite running gear" list.

6) Jewelry
Alright, I know you're thinking that jewelry can't possibly be affordable unless it's cheap, but such is not the case with Momentum athletic and inspired jewelry. The stuff is awesome, and priced just right. And totally wearable while you're working out, I might add. I have a wrap bracelet ($20) and a foot note ($10), and I truly love both.

7) Gift Card to the App Store
Because, woah. All the fitness apps! You can find a lot of them for free, but the upgrades often give access to the best the app has to offer. But, you know, who really wants to spend money on apps? Enter the gift, because that's what it's for!

8) Fitness Class Passes
When you join a gym, you typically get a vast selection of free fitness classes every week.  But sometimes, the gym has to charge a small fee for whatever reason. This can often deter people from trying the class even though they really want to participate, which then makes the class a great gift idea! Or maybe you and your best workout buddy don't exercise at a gym, but have been contemplating a specific class somewhere. Great gift idea!

9) A Fancy Notebook
OK, what? Hear me out: If you don't already do this, keeping track of your health and fitness can really make a distance. And believe it or not, a cute notebook makes all the difference. I found these three at Target:

10) A Motivating 2015 Calendar
If you've been following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you know I have a sweet spot for visually pleasing quotes—seriously, I have the best calendar ever, which is where I am getting a lot of them from. It's the Today is Going To Be a Great Day! 2014 Page-A-Day Calendar.

I love this calendar so much that I contacted the company to see if they'd be willing to send over another one because #mainevent — I wanted it to be the anchor of my gift guide. So if you walk away from this list with anything on YOUR shopping list, make it the Today is Going To Be a Great Day! 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar

I bet my blog that your best gym friend would love it.

Motivation is key when it comes to achieving good fitness, health and happiness. This calendar certainly delivers it day after day. In fact, the pages are so pretty that I've kept them all. I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet, but I couldn't throw them out. It comes in a poster and mini wall size, too. Both of which offer up one awesome visual per month.

Best part? Super affordable, but super meaningful.

The other best part? I've got one to give away. Use the widget below to enter. If you win, you'll get one calendar in the format of your choice. Contest is open to those in the US only (sorry), and will stay open until next Tuesday, December 9, at Midnight EST.

No really, you gotta enter. This calendar is beautiful.

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Sarah said...

Id love the page a day calendar!

Amy Lauren Scott said...

I'd love the mini wall calendar.

Katie Cummings said...

I would love that page a day calendar!

Cianna Reider said...

Calender or the app store!

Susan said...

I love page a day calendars. They're great on my desk at work!

Rosi said...

Page-a-day! What a cool calendar. :)

Jess @hellotofit said...

A page-a-day would be great!

Renata S said...

A Page A Day would be inspiring!

Hannah said...

I'd be into the page a day

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