Friday Favorites – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s December first and the countdown to Christmas and Hanukkah is on! If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite triathlete, runner or fit friend in your life I’m here to help. While every athlete is different these are products I love and use on the regular.


Click through for my list of must haves this holiday season. 


Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer + Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo I’ve only had this for a few days and I’m obsessed! I cooked a 3 pound pork shoulder in 35 minutes last night. Nom Nom Paleo’s newest book is packed full of recipes for the pressure cooker and makes a great addition to this appliance.

Vitamix 5200 Blender, Black I use mine daily, it whips up smoothies, soups, salsa, pesto and more in a flash! Buy refurbished or the smaller version to save a few bucks. Costco also usually has a version at a great price.

SBT Extreme Suspension Trainer – A great addition to any home gym as it can be set up in just minutes and packs away easily. I’ve been using mine to improve my pistol squats, build core strength and strengthen my back and arms. There are hundreds of uses for this!

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm – I recommend going with a darker color on this one as the light colors tend to show dirt/makeup/sweat. I had my first one for 8 years before upgrading this year. One thing to note, it’s big and heavy so not the best option if you plan to tote it around a lot but it stands up well to frequent use at home and in the studio. The 3mm version may be a better option for commuters/travelers.

Under $50

YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/ MagSlider Lid, Seafoam – Why should you buy this tumbler over any other insulated coffee mug? Well because it’s pretty? I’m a sucker for anything teal, and it keeps coffee hot and smoothies cold for hours PLUS it’s dishwasher safe!

Hydro Flask 21 oz Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle, Standard Mouth with BPA Free Flex Cap, Plum – You can’t go wrong with any bottle style from Hydro Flask. I’m partial to this one because of the smaller mouth, less chance I’ll spill water all over myself and it fits in my car’s tiny cupholders.

The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond – This is my go to book when cooking for a crowd especially when that crowd involves someone who is gluten free or dairy free.

Inspiralizer Pro – Save money and make your own veggie noodles at home. I love adding cucumber noodles to salads and using zucchini noodles in place of pasta.

Under $25

Nuun Hydration: Vitamin + Electrolyte Drink Tablets – Watermelon, Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Melon are my personal favorites.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract for Sensitive Skin – 30 Count (Pack of 3) – My favorite way to freshen up after a workout when showering just isn’t an option. They’re also great for travel!

Coeur Sports Water bottle and Flash Tattoos – I love everything Coeur, but these are two fun items for any runner or triathlete friends. Use code HEART for 10% off your order.

Booty Band Set from Tone It Up – These are great for travelers as they weigh virtually nothing and fit in any bag. There are so many ways to use them and I take them with me whenever I travel.

What are you gifting this year? Or hoping to find under the Christmas Tree? Comment below and let me know what are your favorite things to gift and receive! I’m putting together some fun things for my clients and would love your input.

When you gift a session or monthly program to a friend, you’ll receive half off one for yourself through 12/24. Contact me for details.


PS. I’ve started using Amazon affiliate links, meaning if you purchase an item after clicking through a link on my site I receive a small commission of the sale of the item at no cost to you. This helps me continue to deliver free content including recipes and workouts. I appreciate your support.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s