Gaiam Zone Trainer from Oregon Scientific
Let a lucky gift recipient get and stay in the zone with this heart-rate monitor that I’m a touch in love with. I say “touch” because this cool gizmo allows you to tap on the screen to toggle between your heart rate, time, calories burned and fat grams burned. It’s awesome and super easy to use. Not to mention that the silicone band is breathable and totally soft and comfortable. The watch comes with a chest strap to measure your heart rate, which is accurate and pretty darn comfortable.
Best for: It’s a little pricey for a stocking stuffer, but it’s truly the perfect gift for the workoutaholic who has been more nice than naughty!
Nike LIVESTRONG Running Shorts
If you have a Lance Armstrong fan in your life or someone who’s into cycling or is way competitive, you gotta get them something from the new Nike LIVESTRONG line. First, you can never go wrong with Nike. Second, LIVESTRONG stuff rocks, as a portion of its proceeds go to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to benefit the 28 million people in the world living with cancer. Third, it’s cute (for women) and cool (for dudes). ‘Nuff said.
Best for: The bad ass in your life who has been touched by cancer in one way, shape or form (and isn’t that all of us these days unfortunately?).
Skins A400 Arm Sleeves
I know what you’re thinking—sleeves in your stocking, really? But believe me, the athlete in your life will thank you for this splurge item. These compression sleeves can give you quite the competitive advantage by accelerating blood flow to deliver more oxygen to your biceps, triceps and forearm muscles for more power and endurance. Remember the Michael Phelps’ suit from the last summer Olympics? Kinda like that but for your guns. The sleeves also promise less post-exercise muscle soreness and boast antimicrobial properties and an SPF of 50+.
Best for: An athlete—male or female—in your life who is always looking to, like Ricky Bobby says, “go fast!”
SIGG lululemon Water Bottles
Every fitness friend can use a BPA-free water bottle, right? Hide one of these eco-friendly reusable bottles in your loved one’s stocking and help them go green fashionably. Made from pure aluminum and 100 percent recyclable, this SIGG lululemon bottle has a baked on, non-porous interior lining that is “taste-neutral,” which means that you’ll never taste yesterday’s lemonade.
Best for: Your gal pal who is always decked out in lululemon. This just completes (and hydrates) the look!
Fit Bottomed Girl Undies
These hip-hugger underwear for women are 95 percent cotton, 5 percent spandex and 100 percent fun and sassy. Pick up a pair for a girlfriend today and let her put her Fit Bottomed Girl status right where it belongs—on her booty! And remember, fit bottoms come in all shapes and sizes! (And these come in a variety of colors and sayings!)
Best for: The girl who has everything, including a fun sense of humor.
i360 Music Infused Apparel
Who doesn’t like to live wirelessly, especially when running outside? These new beanies combine head-warmth (keep that noggin’ warm!) with a spot to hold an MP3 player. The funky beanies also feature an internal, washable wiring system with detachable speakers, buttonhole speaker and iPod touch openings making it easy to plug in and tune in without wires messing up your music mojo. It’s the perfect goodie to stuff in any music lover’s stocking!
Best for: The music fiend in your life who needs tunes no matter the weather indoors or out!
What do you want to find in your stocking Christmas morning? —Jenn