Holiday Gift Round Up

by Megan

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Or are you one of those overachieves who have been done for months? I have about half of my list crossed off but still have some shopping to do. If you’re at a loss for what to get some hard to please people I’ve come up with some ideas. Whether you’re shopping for a fitness lover or a foodie you’re bound to find something someone will love. The best part, they’re all around $20 dollars!

Smart Wool socks. If you haven’t tried these yet you’re probably wondering why the heck someone would spend that much on a pair of socks. Well, I was just like you before my Smart Wool experience, but once I slipped one foot into a sock there was no going back - I became a sock snob. Imagine slipping your feet into a cloud while riding a unicorn over a rainbow – yeah, they’re that good. And I have not gotten any blisters while wearing these wool socks!

Foam roller. While I would love to have a personal masseuse at my beck and call, I don’t think it’s going to happen… and cue the foam roller. After a hard workout I can come home and roll out my aches and pains – it’s wonderful!

A belt, a wrist “wallet”, or a wallet for your shoe can be a good alternative to the fanny pack. It doesn’t matter - something for your favorite exerciser to carry money, an ID, keys or whatever else in while on the go. You may be asking yourself, “why not just use a fanny pack? I’ve had that neon nylon pack for years and it would be perfect! Best re-gift idea ever!” Well, they may work really well for biking but they are a little bulky and heavy for running - in my opinion. And honestly, I just can’t bring myself to wear them. I don’t consider myself a fashionista by any means, but according to Wikipedia they were big in the 1980s and 90s. You know what else was popular then? Shoulder pads and acid washed denim - I rest my case!

Vanilla Bean Paste. I just recently received this from my mom and I’m not going back to plain old imitation vanilla extract ever again. It looks like it sounds, like a paste, but you use the same amount of extract required in a recipe and I swear everything just tastes better.

Olive oil sprayer. I add olive oil to a lot of dishes but I don’t want to add too much. I got one of these misters and I use much less than when I’d pour it on and it distribute the oil much better. I love using it for my roasted broccoli!

Tea. Tea is great because there are so many varieties to choose from. Black, green, herbal – there is a flavor for everyone. I prefer loose tea leaves and if you give those, you may want to include a tea infuser. And that doesn’t need to be fancy, I bought a cheap ball infuser a few years ago and that has worked just fine.

These are just a few suggestions that I hope gives you some ideas! Do you have anything in mind to satisfy the hard to shop for or one who has everything? Just remember, keep calm and stay on budget!

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