It's tough to shop for fitness buffs because they tend to buy new gear when they need it. I tried to gather up some fun items that your sporty peeps may not have seen before. And if you're looking for a little fitspiration yourself, I won't tell if you snap these up for yourself!
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1. Hips Sister, Left Coast Pink, $24.99, hipssister.com:
Ever head out for a run or to the gym, just to realize that you barely have enough pockets to hold your essentials (keys, money, phone, lip gloss)? The Hips-Sister is a stretchy band that sits comfortably on your hips and has 2 roomy zippered pockets that hold even super big phones, as well as all your other essentials. It also passes the jumping jack test and won't budge even when you're doing intense activity. Machine washable.
2. Bayou Booty Crop: $88, tascperformance.com:
I have a lot of crops in my fitness arsenal--they're the perfect length for most sports and don't ripe up or bunch. These soft and supple crops from Tasc are a step up from your average model. I wore them to a very sweaty barre class recently and they wicked like a champ. Two hidden side pockets help stash your stuff and they are slightly cinched at the bottom for added style. When summer rolls back around, you'll appreciate that they have UPF 50+ protection. Made from 51% organic cotton, 43% viscose from from bamboo and 15% lycra.
3. FitVine Cabernet sauvignon, $15.99, fitvinewine.com:
My husband and I are wine lovers, so when I first spotted FitVine, I was intrigued by the science behind it, but I didn't plan to be blown away by the taste. Just as delicious as any other well made bottle of fermented grape juice, FitVine, created by three fitness enthusiasts, also boasts zero residual sugar, lower levels of carbohydrates and fewer sulfites than most wines on the market. They're also non-GMO and pesticide-free. The grapes that go into their wines are grown in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in California. The FitVine makers claim the cooler temps in that area help create grapes with higher levels of health-boosting resveratrol and proanthocyanidins. Either way, it's at a great price point and worth every calorie.
4. Kind: Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spice, limited edition (available through end of year), $1.79, at select retailers nationwide, kindsnacks.com:
Fueling up before and after a tough workout is almost as important as exercising in the first place. One of my favorite on-the-go fuel sources is Kind's Nuts & Spices line. This season they've taken hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, and almonds, drizzled them with dark chocolate and spiced up the whole 200-calorie caboodle with the flavors of the season--nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Grab a case now and play sporty elf as you hand them out to all your fit and fabulous friends.
5. 4id Pink PowerSpurz, $19.95, 4id.com (available in four other colors):
With days this short, it's tough to motivate for an early morning or evening sweat session outsidemo. Stay seen and safe with these light up heel spurs that fit on any running show. They're powered by LED lights (choose pulse or continuous light) with up to 100 hours burn time and a weatherproof outer frame. Only one spur is included in each package, so double up if you want to gift a full set. Batteries included.