5 holiday gift ideas for the health nut in your life

It’s time to get your holiday shopping finished. If you still have a few more relatives or friends on your list who love to hit the trail or work up a sweat in the gym, here are 5 healthier gift ideas your athlete may love. 1) GARMIN Vívoactive® 3 The design of this watch is much … Continue reading “5 holiday gift ideas for the health nut in your life”

It’s time to get your holiday shopping finished. If you still have a few more relatives or friends on your list who love to hit the trail or work up a sweat in the gym, here are 5 healthier gift ideas your athlete may love.

1) GARMIN Vívoactive® 3

The design of this watch is much sleeker than your average fitness tracker.

With so many different fitness watches on the market, it could be difficult to pick out the right one for that special someone on your list, but the GARMIN Vívoactive 3 combines all you’d want in a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.

It’s loaded with all the health and fitness essentials like the ability to map your run while also measuring steps and stairs, and it can monitor sleep and continuous heart rate, but in this new version, it also tracks your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2), fitness age, and real-time stress levels.

Turning this health tracker into a smartwatch allows users to leave their phones behind to keep up on any incoming calls and texts (although you can’t answer them or text back). Vívoactive 3 also has a music component with storage for up to 500 songs. Connect it to Bluetooth-enabled headphones and you can workout without having your phone by your side. The smart device even comes with a Garmin pay feature that lets you store credit card information so you can leave your wallet behind too.

The design of this watch is much sleeker than your average fitness tracker. The touchscreen watch face is subtle and stylish, much like its competitors, Apple Watch and Fitbit Versa.

Another feature worth mentioning is that compared to other smartwatches, Garmin says Vivoactive 3 can keep going for up to a week on a single charge and 13 hours with GPS turned on.

Price: $299.99, available at Garmin.com

2) TRX Home2 System 

The TRX Home2 System comes with one suspension trainer, a year subscription to the TRX app and a door and suspension anchor to easily set up your workout anywhere you want.

The fitness fanatic on your list will thank you for their new at-home TRX system, which will make them feel like they are at a fancy studio class right their own living room.

TRX, which stands for "total body resistance exercise," uses gravity and your own bodyweight to make exercises more challenging. A study done with 16 healthy men and women found users who performed three 60-minute TRX sessions per week saw a significant decrease in waist circumference, body-fat percentage, resting systolic blood pressure and resting diastolic blood pressure.

The TRX Home2 System comes with one suspension trainer, a year subscription to the TRX app and a door and suspension anchor to easily set up your workout anywhere you want.

The company says the setup is easy and can be done in just under a minute. For example, you can mount the anchor right over any door but you will need a workout space that is flat, non-slip and gives you approximately eight feet long and six feet wide of space, according to the company.

The TRX app acts as a mini trainer in your pocket. It includes over 80 workouts with some yoga and high intensity-interval training (HITT) type methods. You can select from an array of different lengths of guided workouts like a 10-minute core strength or a 45-minute endurance challenge.

Price: $199.95, available at TRXtraining.com

3) Gaiam’s Ultimate Balance Ball Chair

Move over standing desks, it's time to sit comfortably and still reap the benefits. Gaiam’s latest version of a balance ball chair is designed to relieve stress on the spine, strengthen the core and improve posture. In fact, a study done by the Department of Communication at Stanford University found people who sat on the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair instead of a regular office chair had significantly better posture, engaged their core muscles more often and reported higher levels of energy.

All of the health benefits come from simply sitting on the ball- and trying to keep your balance. When you sit on top of the round surface, your body is constantly making adjustments with small micro-movements to stay stable, thus remaining active the entire time you’re sitting.

If you're using the chair for a home office, you can even take the ball off the base of the chair so you can use it for exercises and stretches.

The chair also comes equipped with a 5-wheel base to allow smooth movements and a lock function if you want stability.

Price: $99.98, available at Gaiam.com

4) Hammacher’s Germ and Mold Destroying Air Purifier

Hammacher’s Air Purifier is a filter-free device that uses natural convection to draw in contaminated air to destroy the germs and other impurities with 400 degrees of heat.

Help your loved ones stay healthy this year with an air purifier that reportedly eliminates up to 99.9 percent of airborne bacteria, viruses, pet dander, dust mite allergens, pollen, and mold.

Mold can grow inside the home at any time of the year, but when you’re inside more often during the winter months, humidity and moisture are likely to increase, leading to the growth of mold. Even if you don’t have a mold allergy, exposure to molds can cause irritation to the eyes, lungs, nose, skin, and throat, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Hammacher’s Air Purifier is a filter-free device that uses natural convection to draw in contaminated air to destroy the germs and other impurities with 400 degrees of heat. It then sends the new clean air back into the environment without any significant change in room temperature or humidity.

The clean air device also comes with a built-in nightlight with ten different adjustable colors, making it a nice addition to any room or nursery.

Price: $299.95, available at Hammacher.com

5) Packed with Purpose’s ‘Good for You Goodies’ Box 

For your health concise friend or family member, send them the "Good for You Goodies" box.

Give a healthy gift that gives back with a Packed with Purpose gift box.

These packages are created with products made from non-profits and social enterprises that have an ethical, fair trade and eco-friendly impact on local communities.

For your health concise friend or family member, send them the "Good for You Goodies" box. They'll receive an array of healthy treats like a tea infused energy snack made by Tea Squares, a company that employs young adults from underserved communities throughout Chicago. Trail mix from Together We Bake, a bakery in Virginia that also offers workforce training and personal development to women who have histories of trauma, abuse, or addiction. And a Lola Granola Bar, made from a company that supports anti-hunger and food education programs.

Price: $50, available at Packedwithpurpose.gifts

Lindsay Carlton is a Senior video producer and writer for Fox Digital Originals. Follow her on Twitter @LCCARLTON

Give the gift of travel with these not-so-obvious ideas

Need a gift for a frequent traveler? Here are some great (and not too obvious) ideas they're sure to love. A few I’ve even mentioned in the past, so they've continued to stand the test of time!

It's worth mentioning that I don’t endorse specific products or brands, but I do have my favorites at different price points:

Under $150

Plane tickets: Yes, you can get round-trip airfare for less than $150; sometimes a lot less. Here are a few examples for flights in January and early February; I picked this time period because it’s the cheapest time of the year to fly to many destinations. Most of these flights are non-stop, which we love, but most are also weekday flights, which we aren’t crazy about, but look at those prices. All of these fares were found last using FareCompare's deal-finding tool — the internet offers other, simlar airfare comparison tools too — but be warned: Prices can and do change with little notice.

Boston to Las Vegas, $143Charlotte to Orlando, $83Dallas to Denver, $74Indianapolis to Ft. Myers, $76San Diego to Albuquerque, $97

How to buy: Don’t give a gift card for a particular airline (unless the recipient’s airport only has a single carrier). No airline always has the best fare, so you must compare prices on an airfare comparison search site; it’s the only way of being sure of getting the best deal. Instead, fill out a card telling your loved one what you intend to buy, then make your purchase in their presence so you don’t make any errors. In fact, these fares are so cheap, might as well buy another ticket for yourself, too — it’ll double the fun.

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Under $100

PreCheck: Still only $85 for a five-year membership, which is dirt cheap. Just imagine going to the airport and heading to your own designated fast-lane at security and keeping your shoes and jacket on, while your shampoos and lotions stay in the carry-on and your laptop remains in its case. I don’t know about you, but I really dislike walking through security checkpoints without shoes on.

Your loved one will remember you every time their feet refrain from getting super gross. (iStock)

How to buy: Go to TSA.gov/precheck; that’ll tell you everything you need to know. The recipient will have to visit one of the agency’s many offices for a brief in-person interview (which takes about five minutes) so again, this gift can’t be a surprise. But add a note to a card explaining how great this is, and include cash or a check for $85. If you don’t have PreCheck yet, the two of you could do this at the same time.

Under $50

Baggage: You can spend hundreds of dollars on a bag, or just a few bucks. It all depends on personal taste and budget. Many younger travelers are happy to have any sort of inexpensive duffle or backpack as long as it’s sturdy, and cheap bags can be sturdy: A friend of mine swears by a $27 carry-on she got from Ross; she’s been shoving it into overhead bins around the world for five years now and says it’s none the worse for wear.

How to buy: Get a bag at a store you know your recipient likes, maybe a place with lots of different styles so they can return it if your choice isn’t exactly what they want. Or just give a gift card or money, both of which are always in style.

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Under $25

Little comforts: Neck pillows; eye-catching luggage tags; thermos-type mugs to keep coffee warm; gift cards for online books or movies or TV; or compression socks, which many folks love (I’ve seen them for under $25 on Amazon).

I also love giving out a little travel diary and pen. You should get one yourself, too. As digital as our world has become, there’s nothing quite like having a quiet drink at the end of the day while writing a few lines in a notebook about the wonderful things you saw and heard that day. And you’ll love re-reading these musings in the years to come, too.

Rick Seaney is an airline travel expert and the co-founder of FareCompare.com, an airfare comparison shopping site