The 2005 Holiday Gift Guide
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The 2005 Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of a healthy mind, body, and spirit this holiday season. Whether you're shopping for an exercise enthusiast, an obsessed runner, a fitness fanatic building a home gym, or a family member trying to improve his or her health, these ideas work for budgets of all sizes.

Gifts Under $30

The Ultimate New York Body Plan, $14.93

As featured in Fitness magazine's "Move of the Month," this all-in-one book offers a comprehensive diet and exercise regimen for that special fitness fanatic in your life.

Drishti Extra Thick Yoga Mat, $26.95

Chances are, your favorite yogi needs a new yoga mat. This one from Drishti is standard issue, except that it's available in six colors, and is thicker than most, providing extra cushion for knees and elbows during challenging poses.

Yoga in Bed: 20 Asanas to Do in Pajamas, $19.95

Perfect for the restless yogi in your life, this Yoga in Bed DVD will ease her into dreamland with relaxing, realigning yoga routines she can do under the covers.

Stott Pilates: Fit & Firm, $12.99

If you're shopping for something for a Pilates lover, this DVD, one in a series from Moira Merrithew, is a good choice for intermediate level Pilates. Pair it with other DVDs in the Stott series for a more substantial gift.

Basic Ab Workout for Dummies, $12.99

It's basic, but Ab Workouts for Dummies offers excellent ab-flattening moves in a straightforward and easy-to-follow fashion. Perfect for those days when getting to the gym is impossible.

Clinique All About Eyes, $28.00

A great stocking-stuffer, this eye cream from Clinique works miracles. Developed to diminish the appearance of undereye circles and puffiness, it's perfect for any post-workout beauty regimen.

Body Intelligence, $14.93

As any fitness fanatic will tell you, staying in shape is a complicated equation -- exercising often, eating right, and feeling good about your body are all easier said than done. This new book explores the connection between emotions and eating, and helps readers identify their bad habits and break them. A must-have.

FitDeck Playing Cards & Instructional DVD, $24.95

Adding variety to any exercise routine is a constant challenge, so FitDeck Cards are a perfect solution. Each card includes an illustration and step-by-step instructions for varying fitness levels. Just shuffle the deck and go!


Pedometers, Heart Monitors, and More

Polar FS1 Heart Rate Monitor (Dark Blue), $49.95

If you're looking for an inexpensive heart rate monitor, this model from Polar just might fit the bill. Designed for beginners, it tracks heart rate and exercise time. Plus the stopwatch feature and extra-large digits make this an easy-to-use gadget for any fitness activity.

Omron Wellness Kit: Pedometer, Body Fat Tracker, and Heart Rate Monitor, $50.69

This 3-in-1 kit is a great gift for the beginner exerciser turned fitness fanatic. The pedometer tracks your progress, the heart rate monitor ensures a safe and effective workout, and the body fat tracker keeps you focused on the end goal.

The Navman W300 Sport Tool for Walking, $99.95

Of all the pedometers on the market, the Navman W300 offers the sleekest design with all the right components -- it keeps track of time, distance, speed, pace, and even calories burned, so it's perfect for walking, running, and hiking.

Timex Ironman Triathlon Digital Heart Rate Monitor Watch, $69.00

This affordable monitor from Timex tracks heart rate, calories burned, and much more. The alarm feature, along with the ability to strap this monitor to your chest, make this fantastic companion for any workout.

Apple 2 GB iPod Nano, Black, $194.95

A good workout requires good music and an iPod is the best way to get it -- not to mention the most stylish. The new iPod Nano is smaller and sleeker than the original Mini, and with 2 GB of space it stores up to 500 songs -- more than enough for rockin' cardio workout.

Apple iPod Mini Armband, Gray, $24.99

What's the next best thing to a new iPod? iPod accessories. This armband, specifically designed by Apple for its immensely popular Mini iPod, is the best way to keep your tunes secure while walking, running, or even lifting weights. Plus, it's available in five colors.


For Home Gyms

The Original Health Club Step, $69.99

Whether you're buying for an aerobics enthusiast or someone who just takes fitness seriously, this step is a home fitness essential. It's lightweight and adjustable, making it easy to store and versatile to use.

KettleBells $64.95 - $74.95

Shaped like cannonballs with handles, these weights come in a range of 9 to 106 pounds and are guaranteed to pump up any strength routine by adding an element of rotation to standard exercises. A welcome change from traditional dumbbells.

Indo Board Professional Balance Trainer, Blue, $113.75

If you're looking for a balance board, the Indo Board is a perennial favorite. Great for toning and strength-building, balance boards are ideal for the more advanced fitness guru. The instructional DVD that comes with this board makes this appropriate for the adventurous, intermediate exerciser.

Foller Foam Rollers - 6" x 36" round, $16.95

Foam rollers are the hot exercise trend this year. That's probably because the simple design makes them perfect for a variety of exercises, including conditioning, balance, and strength-training. An inexpensive and unique gift for 2005.

Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells, $399.01

The choice of fitness experts far and wide, this dumbbell set from BowFlex is ideal for any home gym because of its compact and versatile design. Why buy dumbbells of varying weights when you can use this set to build from 5 pounds to 52 in moments?

Valeo Speed Jump Rope, $6.99

Jump ropes are a compact cardio workout waiting to happen. This adjustable model from Valeo is designed for speed and easily adjustable. Perfect to slip into a suitcase for on-the-road fitness.

Body Ball, Blue, 65cm, $14.95

Another essential for any at-home gym, stability balls are ideal for working out several muscle groups at once, improving posture, and improving balance and flexibility. Plus, this model comes with a pump and an exercise chart.


For Healthy Eaters

All-Clad Healthy Cooking Set, $329.99

This set from All-Clad is designed for the health-conscious cook, with essential pieces to make steaming, poaching, pureeing, and roasting easier. With a reputation for quality, All-Clad is an excellent investment for any food-lover's kitchen.

George Foreman Champ Grill, $14.99

An essential for any healthy eater, the George Foreman Grill cooks everything from chicken to vegetables with minimal oil and fat. Plus, the nonstick design makes for easy cleanup.


Originally published on, December 2005.