Finding a good-for-you gift that says "I chose this with love" isn't an easy thing.
There's always a fine line between naughty and nice, between "I think you need" and "I thought you'd like." For example:
A Nutrisystem Jumpstart Weight Loss Kit, though thoughtful, could come across as a not-so-subtle nudge for a spouse who's already anxious about packing on a few pounds. (Even if he asked for it, proceed at your own peril.) But a fitness tracker that synchs with friends and family members can make getting healthy a fun, non-shaming group effort.
A big tub of moisturizing cream might seem appropriate for a friend who has been whining about wrinkles, but unless it's La Mer ($1,080 for 8.5 ounces), better to stick with a do-it-yourself beauty treatment you can share during a commiserative girls' night in.
You get the idea. The holidays are about making merry, not sending a message.
Here's a list of fitness and beauty gifts that fit the bill:
Fitbit wearable health and fitness tracker
Fitbit keeps improving its trackers, yet its prices remain reasonable. The new Fitbit Charge 2, above (• $149.95 at fitbit.com), offers more and better health and fitness tools with a larger display, and the Fitbit Flex 2 (• $99.95) is the brand's first swim-proof band. The Alta (• $129.95) is a great compromise between the two. If you've been looking for a workout buddy, Fitbit is there when you need it; it will push you to get up and move throughout the day, celebrate with you when you meet your goals and spark a healthy competition among friends who share their stats.
Boscia "Mask It All" skin-care kit
This Boscia box offers masks for intense hydration, minimizing the appearance of pores and more, for all skin types. The four tubes aren't big (just 1 or 2 ounces each), but there's plenty there to share. Secondary benefit: There's nothing more relaxing than slathering on a mask and pouring a nice glass of wine. (A healthy red, of course.)
• $49.95 at sephora.com
ShotTracker Individual Package
Got a baller in your life who's ready to take it to the next level? ShotTracker is wearable tech that tracks shot attempts, makes and misses. You just slide a sensor inside the wristband, attach another sensor to the net, launch the app and start shooting. It works with most smartphones.
• $119 at shottracker.com
Tory Burch Holiday Ornament Eau de Parfum Rollerball
Psst … guys. Ladies love all things Tory Burch, and here's your chance to give her the designer's brand in a holiday package with an everyman price. To smell good is to feel good, right? And this pretty ornament hides a rollerball filled with a yummy blend of floral peony and tuberose with notes of grapefruit and neroli, anchored by earthy vetiver. Never mind. She'll love it.
• $29, only at Macy's
BOB Stroller Strides Fitness Kit
Turn your stroller into an exercise machine with a kit that includes a handlebar console, a Stroller Strides exercise manual, exercise tubing and a coupon for a free week of Stroller Strides classes by Fit4Mom. (For information about classes, go to fit4mom.com.) The kits are compatible with BOB individual and dual strollers.
• Prices vary by size and vendor but start at $24. Check the BOB website, bobgear.com, for local stores or go to amazon.com.
Swimbuds SPORT Waterproof Headphones
Swimming laps can get boring pretty quickly without something to listen to. These well-reviewed earbuds were built to stay put during a rigorous water workout, but they're also designed to be comfortable and provide good sound (even for listening to audiobooks). The short cord means less wrapping and tucking to keep it out of your way, and the interchangeable earbud tip system was designed to make it easier to find the right fit for any activity.
• $70 at underwateraudio.com and amazon.com
Clarisonic Mia FIT
You'll find less expensive face-cleansing brushes out there, but Clarisonic is the bestselling brand and the one most recommended by dermatologists. There's a great gift finder on its website (clarisonic.com) that can help you choose the right device for your favorite girl or guy. (If it's a family member, talk to your dermatologist for a recommendation.) The compact Mia FIT has delicate and power cleanse settings. It has two heads and comes in three colors.
• $219 at a variety of retailers, from Ulta to Dillard's, and through the website
321 Strong CrossFit Jump Rope
Remember when you used to jump rope FOR FUN? Who knew it was such a good full-body workout? This aluminum-handled rope is 11 feet long, but it's designed to be easily shortened. It has a nonslip grip and a 90-degree handle design that makes for less tangling and smoother skipping.
• $21.99 at 321strong.com
Pro-Tec Athletics Toe Caps
Looking for an interesting stocking stuffer? These silicone toe covers are meant to cushion and absorb stress. Runners who have lost nails, walkers with nasty calluses and dancers who wear high heels will thank you.
• $12.95 for a four-pack at rei.com and walmart.com
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