Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Is your holiday gift list stumping you? The holidays are quickly approaching and it seems like each year they creep up with little warning, leaving me stressed about gift ideas (and often at the eleventh hour)! If you have a busy schedule, thinking about what to get your family and friends this holiday season can sometimes seem less joyous and more hectic, which is not what these gifts (or the holidays) should be about!! I rounded up some of my favorite go-to gift ideas to make the holidays a little less stressful. I added homemade gifts from the heart, as well as options for a larger budget so you can find that perfect gift that fits your lifestyle and shows your loved ones how much you care, no matter your financial situation. Plus, each gift idea keeps health and wellness in mind, because really, what better gift is there than the gift of health?

A class pack for their favorite fitness studio

A lot of fitness studios run specials this time of year, allowing this often pricey gift to be more budget-friendly. Some of my favorites include Pure Barre, Soul Cycle and Exhale! This can fit a range of budgets depending on the studio and the amount of classes you choose to purchase.

A new workout outfit

Sometimes motivation comes from within, and sometimes it comes from extrinsic factors, like being able to wear a new workout outfit! Also, for your fitness-minded friend, there’s a good chance s/he lives in activewear (athleisure, anyone??) and would love an extra outfit as a gift! Make this gift big (a whole ensemble, or a few!) or small (a headband, barre socks, a simple tank, etc.) based on your budget.

A gift card for their favorite activewear store (or any store, for that matter)

If you are unsure of their size or style, simply giving a gift card to their favorite store is an easy way to brighten their spirits, so they have some spending money to put toward something they love. Also, if your friend is a fitness instructor, they may receive a discount at some activewear stores, so they would probably prefer to utilize their discount and pick out an outfit that’s perfect for them! Even if they aren’t a fitness fanatic, this gift works well for those beginning on their fitness or health journey, so they can pick out a fun outfit for them to begin to reach their goals.

 A homemade treat

I believe that food is love, and what better way to show someone you love them than to cook or bake a treat from the heart? One of my favorite baked goods to gift is my goji berry chocolate bark with roasted walnuts and white chocolate drizzle– for a sweet holiday treat with some health benefits (and it’s delicious, colorful, and so easy to package either in a mason jar or with a bag and a ribbon)!  

A cookbook

For your friend who is also a chef (or is at least trying to navigate the kitchen better), a cookbook is always a heartfelt gift. It’s one of my favorite gifts to give, because it often adds to someone’s home decor (on a coffee table or in a kitchen hutch) and is so useful. Plus, your foodie friend will find it so thoughtful, and it can be personalized by choosing a book that matches their goals or interests.

A Fitbit

This popular fashion accessory is also a great tool for fitness motivation and is perfect for your tech savvy friend (or even your not-so-tech-savvy friend, since it’s so user friendly)! Plus, there are so many cute styles since the first generation, so there’s sure to be one that fits your friend’s style.

 A gift card to their favorite restaurant or a wine tasting event

I love this idea because it focuses on an experience rather than a material item and it also gives this person something to look forward to after the holiday season. This can be budget-friendly or pricey depending on your gifting needs, but it’s always a thoughtful gift!

 Fun headphones

There are so many fun headphones on the market now, and this gadget is a fitness lovers’ best friend, especially if they enjoy running or hitting the gym over studio classes. This is a gift they will utilize everyday and there are so many great options within a reasonable price range. My favorite are the beats wireless headphones – they stay in my ears throughout a tough sweat sesh, they don’t get tangled or hinder my running – plus, there are so many fun colors!

A spa treatment

The holidays are stressful – a massage, a mani/pedi or a facial helps to combat holiday (or post-holiday) stress and give your friend/family member some quality “me time” to enjoy at their leisure. You can usually purchase a gift card for either a specific service, or a specified amount – just be sure to include gratuity in your total!

An at-home spa gift basket

This is probably one of my personal favorite gifts to receive, because there is nothing I love more than lotions, scrubs, face masks and other beauty goodies! I like to pick and choose each item and put together my own gift basket to fit the person best. Lush is one of my favorite stores for this type of gift, and I’ve also been known to shop at local farmer’s markets and pick up body lotions made with essential oils and other feel-good beauty products. For a pricier item, Diptyque also has some amazing skin products and their famous candles are the perfect addition to round out any gift!

A kitchen gadget

Whether you gift a Nutribullet, another high-quality blender, an immersion blender, a juicer, a coffee gadget, or a gift basket that combines a few of these ideas, your foodie loving friend will likely be so excited to use their new kitchen gadget. This gift can also fit budgets large and small depending on what you choose. One of my favorite recent gifts is my Nespresso milk frother – its about $100 and allows me to make latte-style coffee and tea drinks in about 30 seconds, so I use it every morning! Plus, you only need to use about 1/4 C milk or milk substitute to create a creamy coffee.


Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year!







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