Nicki Anderson: Stuff she loves to run with

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only two weeks away! If you have a fitness buff in your life and you’re still looking for the perfect gift, perhaps I can help.

It’s that time of year when I share my favorite fitness gift ideas — stuff I know they’ll love. Following are my top 10 gift suggestions appropriate for the beginner or seasoned athlete.

Action Wipes

This may seem like an odd gift, but discovering these all natural body wipes has changed my life. A little dramatic, but true.

For those times when you just have to get your workout in but a bath or shower is not an option, these are perfect. These post workout wipes have a really nice, clean, fresh smell that is natural and not “perfumey.”

These wipes remove sweat, dirt and, most important, smell! Best of all, these wipes are great for all ages and even those with sensitive skin. Price: $24.99

Yurbuds

I had a terrible time finding earphones that would stay in while I was running or doing yard work. My favorite choice is Yurbuds. The creators of Yurbuds are athletes, so they get it. They understand how important it is to find earphones that are comfortable, have great sound quality and don’t fall out. These buds do all of that. They are designed to hold tight while you play hard. And, yes, the sound is great, too. Price: $29.99 and more

Gym Boss Interval Timer

I love the Gym Boss. When I’m working out on my own and want to do some interval training, the Gym Boss serves as my trainer. This multi-use timer is small enough to fit in your pocket. The timer can be set to specific intervals or can function as a stopwatch to help power you through a great workout. Price: $19.95

Jawbone

It seems like every week there is a new-and-improved fitness tracker entering the marketplace. I have written about a number of them; however, Jawbone is one of the newer kids on the block (launched in 2011) and is recognized as one of the most popular fitness trackers. The Jawbone’s UP allows users to plug in the wristband to sync data with phone apps. Their updated version, UP24 even makes syncing easier by offering Bluetooth-powered wireless syncing. Price $149.99

Socks

A runner can never have too many pairs of socks. My favorite brands are Balega and Feetures. Both of these brands make my feet happy. Happy feet mean a happy athlete. You can pick up a pair at any sports store or your local running store. Price: $10 to $12

Trigger Point roller

As a runner, Trigger Point Therapy saved me. I’m susceptible to plantar fasciitis, and using the Trigger Point system has kept my body healthy and running consistent. The way the system works is by using a roller to massage the muscles enabling them to move more freely and efficiently, while improving overall performance. Great for runners, soccer players, basketball players, or any sport that is lower-body dominant. The system isn’t cheap, but it’s far less expensive than physical therapy post injury. The Trigger Point Total Body Kit is $150.

Travel yoga mat

If you have a yogi in your life, a travel yoga mat is a great gift idea. The eKO SuperLite Travel Mat has received great reviews. It’s perfect for yogis on the go because it’s light (about 2 pounds), and can easily fold up and fit into a suitcase or yoga mat carrier. These eco yoga mats are made of biodegradable rubber that won’t fade or flake. Whether your yogi travels a lot or has a great local practice, eKO is the perfect gift.

Gaiam Everything Fits Fitness Bag

This bag is fantastic. It really does hold everything you need for gym visits. It has a vented compartment for sneakers, holders for water bottle and cellphone, and bottom straps for a yoga mat. Inside the bag there is plenty of room for workout clothes and towels with pockets for small stuff (wallet) and a tether to keep your keys accessible. The handy outside vented compartment not only holds shoes but is ideal for sweaty clothes and moist towels. Price: $50

Bib coasters

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for the runner in your life, you have to check out Goneforarun.com. They’re gift ideas are creative and fun. For example, if you’ve been looking for a cool way to preserve bib numbers, you can get coasters, coffee mugs and more made from bibs that are likely stuffed in a drawer somewhere. This site also has jewelry, decals and other inspired gift ideas. If you don’t know what to get for the runner in your life, you’ll find something here.

Gift certificates

It might seem obvious, but spa gift certificates are always winners. Whether it’s a massage or facial, there’s nothing that’s more appreciated than an opportunity to relax after the stress of the season or an athletic event. Check out www.spafinder.com. You can purchase a gift certificate that can be used at several spas. Just type in your location, and it will tell you what spas honor the gift card. Can one ever have too many massages? I don’t think so.

Most of these gifts can be found at your local sports or running shops. Happy shopping!

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