The stress of holiday shopping can often overshadow what should be one of the most joyous times of the year. Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list may seem impossible, especially with so many similar options to choose from. We pulled together our team of FHIT fanatics and tech wizards to create a condensed list of the top FHITness gifts for the 2013 holiday season.
When shopping for FHITness gifts, there’s no escaping the dominant presence of daily activity trackers. The difficulty isn’t in locating one of these savvy devices, but rather finding the best device to meet the needs of the specific recipient.
Fitbit vs. Nike+ FuelBand SE
Those who enjoy long runs outdoors can accurately measure activity using various apps such as Runkeeper, which tracks a run using GPS and creates data that can be easily shared with friends and other users. For other FHIXers and HIT-enthusiasts, the top two contenders for daily activity trackers are the Nike+ Fuelband and the FitBit, which involve a bit more than simply downloading an app. Here’s a brief comparison of the two gadgets and the different versions and accessories available with each brand.
The Fitbit device has a full range of models with basic to advanced capabilities. The Zip offers the least expensive, most basic functions, while the Force contains the most advanced settings a Fitbit device allows.
Zip - “Fun, simple tracker for everyone” $59.95
The most basic FitBit model, which tracks “steps, distance, and calories burned – and syncs those stats to your computer and select smartphones.”
One - “Advanced activity & sleep tracker” $99.95
Flex - “Stylish wristband that fits your lifestyle” $99.95
Force - “Advanced activity & sleep wristband” $129.95
The most advanced FitBit model provides “real-time stats right on your wrist. Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm.”
Aria - WiFi Smart scale $129.95
The Aria™ smart scale is an additional FitBit accessory which tracks “weight, body fat percentage, and BMI, painting a picture of your long-term progress. It wirelessly syncs your stats with online graph and mobile tools that help you stay motivated and on track.”
Fitbit Premium - “24/7 digital personal trainer, nutritionist and sleep consultant” $49.99/year
Nike+ FuelBand SE
Rose Gold Edition $169
The newest design of the Nike+ FuelBand SE is a prime example of FHITness fashion that makes the perfect transition from studio swag to street style. This Bluetooth-powered sport watch provides customizable, instant data on speed, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned, while also mapping the route and elevation. The Nike+ program helps you locate new routes, create personal goals and utilize online training programs. You can then connect with friends using Nike+ groups to share results and monitor competition. The device also records sleeping patterns.
Basic Edition $149
This is the same exact design except instead of the rose gold, it is offered in volt, pink foil, total crimson and black.
Other FHIT items we love:
GymBoss Interval Timer $19.95
If you’re looking for a way to record and measure your workouts without spending more than $20, the GymBoss Interval Timer is a great FHIT. This tool can measure 2 intervals at once, functions as a stopwatch and alarm, secures with a simple belt clip, and is water and shock resistant. This allows you to focus on your workout rather than your watch or Smartphone to keep track of time.
Weider Adjustable-Weight Kettlebell $99
For those who want to practice kettlebell exercises at home but don’t want to waste precious living space on a full set of weights, this is a great piece of equipment. The Weider Adjustable-Weight Kettlebell is like having seven kettlebells in one (ranging from 5 to 20 pounds).
Due North Foot Rubz Massage Ball $5.69
This massage ball is cheap, portable and extremely effective in easing tension and releasing stress in sore muscles. Great for post-FHIX relaxation and recovery!
Glove.ly Gloves $25
Cold weather can’t stop us from texting anymore! These gloves keep hands warm during outdoor exercise, while also enabling texting and song selection.
Lifefactory Water Bottle $26.99
Even though it’s cold outside, hydration is still an essential part of living FHIT. One of our New Year’s Resolutions at TFR is to be more green (yes, it’s possible!) in 2014. We’ll start encouraging FHIXers to bring their own water bottles to reduce the amount of trash and recycling we produce every week. The Lifefactory water bottle is a great option for an everyday, reusable bottle. It’s made from non-toxic materials, is BPA free and has a straw cap composed of medical-grade silicone. The spill-proof and dishwasher safe water bottles are made of glass so your water will taste fresh wherever you are!
Gifts to guide FHIT food choices:
Fred and Friends Sauced Measuring Wineglass $15
Get your wine FHIX without overdoing it!
Aladdin Collapsible Salad Set $20
If you’re committed to eating healthy lunches even when you’re on the move, you shouldn’t be punished with soggy lettuce. The Aladdin Collapsible Salad set keeps all the ingredients separate, so you can reward your discipline with the fresh, tasty lunch you deserve!
Mastrad Topchips Chip Maker $30
Healthy snacking doesn’t have to break the bank or come at the expense of taste. Transform fruits and veggies into chips without oil and without guilt! All you need is the Mastrad Chip Maker and a microwave and the possibilities are endless!
Tanita KD-400 Digital Lithium Kitchen Scale $59.95
This digital scale is accurate down to 1/8th of an ounce, so portion control is more attainable. After use, the scale folds up nicely for easy storage.
Juiceman Jr. JM 400 $69.99
The 700-watt Juiceman Jr. requires only a fraction of the counter space of leading juicers on the market. Though it may not be as powerful as the more expensive models, it can juice rinds and skins, where most nutrients are stored.
BONUS! TFR INSTRUCTOR PICKS:
Jason Tran swears by these two products which he “uses on the daily!”
The Grid $40
This revolutionary foam roller is environmentally friendly and easy to travel with!
Yurbuds Inspire Headphones $30 - 120
Designed specifically for athletes by athletes, Yurbuds are extremely comfortable headphones that won’t budge during a tough workout. They come in different sizes and multiple colors as well!
The ideal holiday gift for Julia Avery?
Compression Socks $50
The FHIT fashionista says, “They're great for recovery or while working out to keep the blood flowing in your shins/calves. Also great for instructors who are on their feet for long periods of time!”
Lastly, Eric’s suggestion is specifically for our male FHIXers who brave the cold weather to train outdoors. He can be seen sporting his own pair around TFR on extra cold days. of
2XU Compression Tights $100
According to Eric, not only do they “make your ass look amazing,” these compression tights “increase blood circulation and can be worn during exercise and over prolonged periods of time for recovery." Guys, if Eric wears tights, you can too!
Happy holidays and happy gift-giving!