These are just a few things I love that would make perfect presents (for you or a friend) this holiday season.
1.) GET MOVING! I have a pair of these LLBean Winter Walker Snowshoes ($109; llbean.com) and absolutely love them. They make their way through deep snow with ease, making them perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors or just wants to get fit.
DEAL: FREE shipping plus FREE $10 gift card with any $50 purchase
2.) STAY SMOOTH My hands have been SO dry lately from parched indoor air and frequent washing, I couldn’t wait for Santa to bring me a tube of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($26; usa.loccitane.com). I bought one myself. It contains shea butter (of course!), honey and sweet almond extract, and vitamin E along with jasmine and ylang-ylang. (Works on tired feet too!) Makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
DEAL: Free shipping on orders over $25
3.) BE INSPIRED This Mother’s Hands Birthstone Necklace ($68; the-silver-diva.com) is actually on my Christmas list this year. Love the fact that you can have any motivating phrase you want stamped on this sterling silver necklace, although I’m going to keep the one that’s here (“A mother holds a child’s hands for awhile & their hearts forever.”). In the center: a Swarovski crystal birthstone.
DEAL: Use code MSLDEC for 15 percent off
4.) FEEL GOOD I have one of these Imprint Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats (on sale now for $54.99 for 20” x 36”; imprintmats.com) in front of my kitchen sink as it makes standing less of a chore, particularly after a tough workout. Also love that they’re eco-friendly and made from non-toxic materials, important in a home of three kids! Makes the perfect gift for a cook and an athlete.
DEAL: $5 shipping on all orders
5.) GET FIT How cool is this Striiv Pedometer ($99; striiv.com)! It highlights the typical pedometer stuff (in a sleek design): steps, stairs, calories, distance. But the more you walk, the more you can donate to a charity of your choice, achieve goals with every step you take, and even play games. Anyone who is looking to get fit will LOVE this!
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6.) STAY STRONG This is a one fabulous deal! Get a Polar CS500 or Polar CS500 Tour de France Bike Mount Heart Rate Monitor for 44 percent! off the original price (was $319; now $179 for a limited time; heartmonitors.com). A perfect gift for a triathlete—or yourself!
DEAL: Enter code POLAR500 to get the special rate and FREE shipping.
7.) BE WARM I love going out for a run on a brisk, sunny winter’s day—as long as I’m layered up. These Under Armour Coldgear Colorblock Compression chafe-free Leggings ($59.99; underarmour.com) are the perfect way to keep legs warm. Plus I love the addition of some neon color!
DEAL: Free shipping; enter code UAGIFT
8.) EAT RIGHT Add Avocado of the Month Club to your Christmas list and you’ll get three (or more, depending on what you select) months of avocados (full of good-for-you fat) plus a bottle of avocado oil ($194.95 for 3-month membership; avocadoofthemonthclub.com).
DEAL: FREE SHIPPING, but if you join Oprah’s Avocado of the Month Club on avocadoofthemonthclub.com, you’ll get a 3-month membership for $110.
9.) STAY SAFE I have one of these Soft Touch Pong Cell Phone Cases ($49.99 each; pongresearch.com) and am buying some for my friends for the holidays. Why? It’s the only cell phone case proven in numerous studies to reduce cell phone radiation. Comes in a variety of colors and styles; I have the hot pink one!
DEAL: There’s no deal on this one; but I feel so strongly about it that I included it anyway.
10.) DO GOOD I have one of these Countertop Bag Dryers ($20; gaiam.com)—and love it! I can re-use my Ziploc snack bags (saving them from the landfill)—and even use it to dry my water bottles (although you have to make sure the weight is balanced on two sides so it doesn’t topple over). Everyone should have one in his/her kitchen!
DEAL: 20 percent off and free shipping; use code FESTIVE or FRIENDS11.