What makes holiday time so magical? The gifts, of course! Not the ones we get, but the ones we give. Finding that perfect thing for friends and loved ones that show them not only that you thought of them, but that you really know them? Well, we think that’s pretty priceless.
Still, everyone’s got a budget, so we’ve lined up our favorite finds in every price range. All of the items on our list are meant to help make living your new healthy, happy lifestyle that much more enjoyable—whether its a pretty makeup bag for your best friend’s gym tote or a sporty chic pair of boots for the winter’s snowiest snow days—we’ve got ideas that are sure to be put to good use.
Raw Spice Bar is a subscription spice service that send fresh ground spice blends from all over the world direct to your door. It’s a great way for even your pickiest food lovers to incorporate new flavors into their cooking repertoires. The San Francisco-based company also sends recipe inspiration with their monthly spice deliveries and offers 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions starting at $26.
Uniqlo’s down-filled bomber in this rich bordeaux tone packs plenty of warmth and style for not a lot of dosh ($49.90). It pairs great with grey, black, navy, olive and even that blush tone we’ve been crushing on this season. The lucky recipient can layer this piece underneath a big overcoat for an extra bit of warmth or, weather permitting, swap it out for their tried and true hoodie to give their studio-to-street uniform an trendy upgrade.
Whether she’s navigating slippery city streets or snow-covered trails, the Sugarbush tall boot ($300) from Merrell will keep her toes toasty warm—and waterproof. The rich, premium leather and bright blue laces give the boots a sporty-chic edge, but it’s the techy lining and side zip that make it ultra-functional. She’ll want to wear them every day this winter, and think of you every time she does.
These inexpensive exercise disks ($15.99) can be used at home (or even the office) to work the core (place under the feet to amp up the burn of your mountain gliders or try a modified pike with them). They weigh next to nothing and take up very little space, making them easy to carry around in your gym bag or pack for a weekend getaway.
Make your bff’s playlist really sing with this pair of wireless bluetooth earbuds from TaoTronics ($35.99). Superior sounds means you really get to experience the full sonic effect of that new single from (insert favorite artist here!), while the superior fit means they won’t fall out on you mid-stride. A built-in mic also allows you to take and make calls while on the move.
Give your man in your life the means to light his own fire with this ultra-luxe candle from Krigler ($105), an iconic perfume house that was founded in the late 1800’s. The Lovely Patchouli Candle 55 (a house favorite) has strong bergamot, amber and leather notes and isn’t the least bit girly. Think exotic, woody and sexy. The heavy feel of the glass and classic design make it stylish addition to any decor.
Got a friend who loves a lunchtime workout? Get her this cute, compact toiletries bag ($12) from Tartan + Twine to help her keep all of her beauty products and shower essentials organized. Getting back to the office for that super-important meeting will be that much easier.
Is there anything more relaxing than a really good massage? How about one that feels good and (bonus!) does your body good. The Muscle Meltdown Massage (starting at 60 minutes for $135) at the Oasis Day Spa in New York (multiple locations) uses heat packs and cool marble stones to leave your muscles loose and unknotted and ready to take on the next leg day. If you don’t live in New York, call your local spas and see if they have any massages on the menu specifically designed for athletes.
That is, if your trainer likes funny IG memes like mine does. A novelty mug that captures your trainer’s sense of humor (wink, wink @modeltrainermarr) and fits plenty of coffee makes for a thoughtful token of your appreciation. Want to add a little something extra? Tuck in a gift card to your trainer’s favorite coffee joint.
Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures; why not help your nearest and dearest upgrade their kitchen cupboard essentials with a subscription to Try The World’s Pantry Box ($83.85 for 3 months; $161.70 for 6 months). Every month, a five edible goodies (the selection is tailored to the recipient’s tastes and preferences, which are entered online and can be adjusted anytime) will arrive at your door—think green tea from Japan, quinoa from Peru and olive oil from Greece. The company specializes in impossible-to-find finds from the world’s culinary corners.
When you love to run—I mean really love to run—it’s tattooed on your heart. This necklace, made from 18K rose gold or yellow gold-plated sterling silver, is a heck of a lot more glam (and interesting) than another pair of jogging tights or sneakers ($245). Plus, it’s designed by Deborah Warner, founder of the Mile High Run club, a boutique fitness studio with two locations in Manhattan, so it comes with plenty of running-world cred.
Send her packing for warmer climes with this sweatshirt from Milly ($155) —perfect for throwing over a bikini at sundown. Even if she’s not Bahamas-bound, this super soft number looks just as great dressed down with leggings for a Netflix-and-chill night in as it does dressed up with a cute mini and killer heels. Versatile, cozy and clever, all in one.
Blogger-turned-designer Tina Craig’s capsule collection of handbags (sold exclusively on Net-a-porter) marry top quality with of-the-moment style. Each splurge-worthy handbag, made in collaboration with luxury leather goods house, Gianfranco Lotti, takes 15 hours to construct ($2,185). Color us OBSESSED with the stripe-paneled “Otto,” which looks equally sporty-chic held by the top strap or slung across the body with the detachable strap.