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Think activity when shopping for gifts

Health & Fitness column

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I love Christmas. My tree has been decorated; presents are wrapped; Christmas music plays throughout the house. I am in the Christmas spirit this year. Some years I wait until the last minute to buy gifts, but this year I’m ahead of the game.

Do you have that hard to buy for family member? You know who I’m talking about ... the one who buys whatever they want and leaves you with very few choices for gift ideas. My Daddy is that person in my family. I went out on a limb this year and bought him something without any input from him. I hope that he will enjoy it.

My mama and sister always say that I am hard to buy for. I don’t think so. I think I’m the easiest person in our family to buy a gift for. Buy me something that I can use at the gym or on my bike and I’m good. Do you have an athlete in your family? Are you having a hard time finding that perfect gift for them? I’d like to gift you some gift ideas for the athlete in your family. No athletes in your family? That’s OK. Some of these gift ideas are great for everyone.

  1. Filtering Water Bottles. Everyone purchases bottled water. Hydros filtering water bottles have a BPA-free bottom with built-in filters. These filters help remove excess chlorine and cut down on the cost of bottled water. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of paying for water every week at the grocery store.
  2. Smith Sunglasses. Smith makes several styles of sunglasses that are designed for sports. I have a pair that I use for cycling, and I love them. These glasses come with interchangeable lenses so you can switch them out depending on what time of day they are being worn. In addition, they have non-slip rubber nose pads so they stay in place during physical activity. They are very durable, as mine have survived a couple of bike crashes with no problems.
  3. TRX Suspension Trainer. Randy Hetrick, a former Navy SEAL and Stanford MBA graduate, developed TRX equipment and Suspension Training bodyweight exercises in the 1990s and started marketing it in 2005. This system uses your own bodyweight to get a full body workout almost anywhere. The TRX system comes with instructions for hundreds of different moves. This is a great gift for those looking for the convenience of working out at home.
  4. Garmin. These GPS devices are excellent gifts for runners, triathletes, golfers, swimmers and cyclists. Garmin has really improved their technology over the last few years. The Forerunner 910XT, an advanced GPS-enabled watch, is ideal for multisport enthusiasts. It can measure your swim distance in meters, stroke type, stroke count and efficiency as it is fully water resistant. On land it can track time, distance, pace, elevation and heart rate. I also thought this Garmin product was interesting. the Approach S1 North America. It is a golf GPS wristwatch that gives exact yardages to the front, back and middle of greens. It is preloaded with thousands of courses and measures individual shots. Wow.
  5. Foam Rollers. Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits of a sports massage, without the big price tag. These rollers are inexpensive and with a little experimentation you can target just about any muscle group. These rollers are designed to stretch muscles and tendons and break down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue.
  6. Injinji Toe Socks. These socks are perfect for runners. They help avoid blisters, reduce friction and wick moisture away with a Coolmax lining. Blisters are a runner’s worst nightmare. Socks are inexpensive yet so important. What a great stocking stuffer!
  7. Cold Weather Gear. It doesn’t matter if you are a hiker, biker, runner, walker ... nobody likes to be cold. We live in the South and barely have enough cold weather to say we have a winter. We like to be prepared when we do have those unusually cold days, but who wants to spend a lot of money on themselves for cold weather gear in south Georgia? My point is that arm warmers, knee warmers, wind stopper base layers, wool socks, neck gaiters and such make great presents. My husband bought me a couple of Craft wind stopper base layer undershirts for Christmas last year. I never would have bought them for myself but I love them on cold days.
  8. Jog Bras. Good ones. For the female athlete in your life. Active females need dependable and comfortable jog bras. I recently found a really nice Under Armour jog bra at Dick’s Sporting Goods .. high impact, wire free, super comfortable and expensive. Women have to spend enough money on decent undergarments. We can’t afford to spend fifty dollars on jog bras too. Trust me on this one…. You can’t go wrong with a really nice jog bra. Or two.

I hope my list helps you find that perfect gift for the athlete in your life ... or for yourself. Happy Shopping!!

Enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michele Moulton has been a fitness instructor for more than 21 years and is a certified Spinning instructor. She teaches at PT Gym and is an avid cyclist. She is an accountant and a mother of two boys, Austin and Harrison.