With the holidays really and truly within touching distance, we at Healthy Living Central are getting giddy. Not so much about what we might find nestled under our own tissue paper and glitter, but about what we can give others to start or enhance their love of fitness.
This year, we've narrowed down the choices to gifts under $50, including a couple of items that'll make you feel especially good with a charitable element. We also popped in some for under $10 – stocking stuffers, perhaps, or one of those gifts you can pull out with a flourish when someone you weren't expecting anything from surprises you.
OK, here we go:
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More precisely, the EatSmart Precision Digital Bodyfat Scale.
Cost: Retail price is $79.97, but I've never seen it more than $50.
Why I like it: I'm a nonscale person, one who dutifully stands on one at the doctor's office every year, then steps off and that's it till next time. But this one is mesmerizing. Not only does it tell your weight, when you stand there a few more seconds, you'll also find out your body composition: percentage of weight that's water and fat; percentage of bone mass and muscle mass.
One more thing: Skip this if you intend the gift as a hint to someone you think needs to lose weight; that's not your call. Instead, choose it for people on your list who are interested in the metrics of their own body.
A yoga mat
More precisely, this Voyager Mat from Jadeyoga.com
Why I like it: Aside from my firm belief that yoga could benefit everyone, and the fact that this folds up into a yoga-block size, it has an altruistic element. For every mat purchased, the company plants a tree for trees.org
One more thing: There are other pricier mats, including ones that are a little thicker. But we wanted to stick with the under-$50 choice.
More precisely, Victory Coffees.
Cost: $30 for a one-month supply.
Why I like it: In addition to all the health benefits coming out about coffee, this company was started by a Navy SEAL, who found calm in a cup of coffee, even when in places more hazardous than most of us can imagine. A portion of profits benefits fellow vets. Plus, every month, the company founder selects a different veteran's hospital and donates coffee for veterans waiting to see their doctors.
One more thing: For more on why drinking coffee is a good thing (other than mere flavor), check out the many articles about it.
More precisely, this from One Love Foundation
Why I like it: Sure there are flashier, more colorful beanies around. But this one touches me because proceeds from it and everything else on this site benefit One Love Foundation. The nonprofit was founded in 2010 in memory of Yeardley Love, a college student who was beaten to death by her former boyfriend. The foundation educates young people on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
One more thing: The website also offers T-shirts, socks, water bottles and totes. Plus, of course, hope.
A two-way radio
More precisely, Midland T10-2Way Radio, which I saw on a recent jaunt to REI.
Cost: $29.95 for the pair
Why I like it: Because sometimes cellphones, for all their techno charm, just don't cut it in the wilderness. Reception is iffy, plus, they brand you as a city slicker. You'll look like more of an outdoorsy type carrying a two-way radio and talking into it with your buddy, even if all you're doing is griping about how much you want a shower.
One more thing: It'll also give you important announcements about weather, landslides or fires.
A water bottle
More precisely, d.stil Pinch + Carry
Why we like it: Ah, altruism again (though the colors come in a close second). A portion of sales goes to help water.org. The nonprofit helps bring safe water and sanitation to the world.
One more thing: You can find these and slightly pricier ones at Target as well as on the website.
A few stocking stuffers
–Zorpads shoe inserts a.k.a. "Interstellar Shoe Odor Destruction." One pair will set you back $5, but that's a small price to pay for de-stinking your shoes.
–Hydra Aromatherapy Shower Burst. These little gems run about $6 each and make your shower an aromatherapy comfort zone. Pure essential oils like lavender and grapefruit each serve a purpose, whether to rejuvenate or restore. We found them at KidBiz in Preston Center Plaza, but they're sold other places, too.