If you’re buying for someone who’d rather spend an afternoon working circuits at the gym than working the remote through a “House of Cards” marathon, we’ve found some fun gifts and stocking stuffers that may make your shopping a little easier. All are available online and most can be found at local stores.
Take a hike – and then take a nap! The camper on your shopping list will no doubt love this ENO Double Deluxe camping hammock that has enough space for two people, but weighs less than 2 pounds and folds into a very portable 4 1/2-by-6-inch size for carrying. It’s great to carry to the beach – or even to use at home. It comes in four color combinations. Smaller versions are also available. $84.95. At REI stores or rei.com.
Grip socks enhance your traction for yoga, Pilates or barre workouts – or for any activity on slick floors. These grippy toe-socks from Natural Fitness, made of organic cotton with a touch of spandex, offer that extra grippiness on the toes. You can find grip socks from a number of makers at lots of retailers, but Natural Fitness plants one tree for every product sold. ($12.99, naturalfitnessinc.com)
The Ugi ball helps you do lots of exercises – knee-ups, froggies, tricep pushups, hamstring presses and on and on. Similar to – but more versatile than – an old-school medicine ball, this squishy, weighted ball is said to cut your interval workout time in half. The ball comes in a variety of weights, and you can buy them solo for $129 or in kits ranging from $169-$429. ($129, ugifit.com)
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These stylish UnderArmour Get Set Go running gloves for women use a thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain body heat, while wicking sweat away from your body. Plus, the fingertips are touchscreen compatible and the ruched wrist cuff keeps out the cold air. For men, check out the ColdGear Infrared Reflective run glove ($44.99) with the same features, plus reinforced palm patches, a reflective back-of-hand and a hidden key pocket. ($24.99, underarmour.com)
Medical ID bracelets aren’t famous for being super fashionable, but MyID has one that resembles a sporty fitness tracker. Each bracelet is customizable for any medical condition and comes with a free online medical profile that is accessible via a smartphone app. It also serves as an all-purpose ID bracelet for runners or cyclers who don’t want to carry a wallet while out on the road. There are three models in dozens of color combinations. The MyID Sleek is shown. They can be purchased online or at many Target and Kroger stores. ($39.95, endevr.com)
Keep your athlete hydrated! The Nuun hydration system, flavored tabs enhanced with vitamins and minerals, offers three formulations for your water bottle: Active Hydration, for intense workouts; U Natural Hydration, with a lower electrolyte profile; and Nuun All-Day Hydration, a good alternative to sipping sodas or juices all day. Toss a pack in someone’s stocking! Available locally at REI, Dicks, CVS, Great Outdoor Provision Co., Vitamin Shoppe, Raleigh Running Outfitters, WeTri Sports (Wake Forest) and Karma Cycle Works (Carrboro). ($23.95-$29.95 for 4 15-tab packs, nuun.com)