For the Lifter in Your Life
Tis the season, right? My mind has been on gift giving for the past few weeks, so I thought I’d share some ideas. This list won’t include any Lulu or Nike gear. No reminder needed there – everyone knows those are great gifts. Here are 15 items for the lifter / crossfitter in your life:
- Fitbit, Nike+ FuelBand, or Jawbone Up – I’ve had my eye on these types of activity trackers for some time now, and know a lot of people who absolutely love them. I think the best choice depends on the person you are buying for, and the type of information they are looking to get from their device. Always good to do your homework, so here is a good review of some popular activity trackers.
- Car buffer – Recovery tools are great gifts. It’s like giving a massage gift card, but it’s something that can be used over and over again. I’d recommend the car buffer idea for someone who is open to alternative methods of recovery and mobility.
- Tape – An extra roll of tape is never a bad thing. There are a lot of options – it could be Goat Tape, some form of kinesio tape, or just plain old athletic tape. It’s a great stocking stuffer too!
- Ear Buds – This item made the list because I’m always looking for mine and can never seem to find them. There are a million different kinds and a wide range of price points, so finding the perfect pair should be a piece of cake.
- Weight Vest – A great gift for anyone with home fitness equipment. Nearly every weight vest on the market is adjustable, so it can be a great tool for a number of workouts, as well as everyone in the family.
- Bands – Resistance bands can be used for things like mobility, strength training, and scaling exercises. Voodoo bands are awesome for mobility. The Crossover Symmetry H.I.I.T System would also be a great gift idea for anyone looking to get “scap-jacked.” The wide variety of resistance options allows you to find the perfect band for anyone.
- LAX ball or Foam Roller – We all use these items at the gym, but its great to have one in your bag or at home as well. The 12” long roller gets the job done just as well as the larger 30” version, and is easier to store or toss in your bag at a competition. Lacrosse balls take releasing trigger points to the next level, and are perfect for hard to reach places, like under the scaps.
- Kettlebells – Another great home-gym addition. Equipment that comes in a variety of sizes or weights is a good gift idea since people are usually looking to expand their home fitness options.
- GoPro camera – This product has quickly become the best way to record activities – whether it be lifting, sports, travel, or anything in between. The price point is higher, but there are plenty of other accessories if the person on your list already has a GoPro. Sure to provide hours of entertainment!
- Book or ebook – Articles, blogs, and discussion boards tend to produce information overload. To me, a book means that a great deal of research and thought went into the product, and it somehow gives it more value in my opinion. Ask the person on you list what topics they are interested in, or choose something you have discussed with them in the past. Some of the most popular options are Mel Siff’s Supertraining, Kelly Starrett’s Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Run, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
- Hydro Flask – I’ve given this bottle as a gift in the past, and now wish I had kept one for myself. The Hydro Flask comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and even has options for small or wide mouth openings. Double-walled insulation means your drink remains hot or cold, and the use of stainless steel means the bottle is resistant to bacteria growth. The anti-sweat feature is my favorite – no more annoying water rings on my desk!
- French Press – A great idea for the coffee-loving athlete. This method makes a nice strong cup of joe, and its extremely easy to use. It may take a few minutes longer than the the standard pot or K-cup, but it’s worth it. You can find these pretty much everywhere, at a variety of price points. I’ve had this one for years and it works great.
- Food Delivery – This is the gift to give that person who has everything. There are plenty of products and delivery options. Things like Nature Box and Door to Door Organics can be sent regularly, while other products like PaleoKits can be a one-time purchase. Find out what they like and help them stock up on it, or maybe send them something new to try!
- Bath Salts – Give the gift of relaxation and reduced inflammation! You can go unscented, or get fancy with scented salts like lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile. I love giving this as a grab bag gift, or as a “thank you” during the holidays.
- Clinic entrance fee – I love “experience” gifts. It’s a unique way to show that you support the passion and interest of the person on your list. For a list of clinics and seminars in this area, visit Beastessathletics.com. I’ve been to a handful from Ma Strength and Oleg Kechko, and loved every one of them. I’m SO EXCITED to see Coach Ma, along with Lyu Xiaojun and Liao Hui next weekend!
I tried to find a good mix of price points with this list. Purchase them for friends and family, or add them to your own list! If all else fails, buy a funny t-shirt!