Holiday Gift Guide 2018

2018 has been the year of self-care for me. I spent 12 months being coached by a wonderful mentor, and really up-leveled my own fitness and nutrition. Not only has the experience enriched my life, but I truly believe it has made me a better coach for my clients.

Many of the gifts in the guide this year have stood the test of time and I am including them again. I hope you’ll enjoy the guide!

Whether you’re looking for a gifts for friends, family members or for ideas to add to YOUR holiday wish list, you’ll find something here for the fitness lover in your life.

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1. Fitbit Alta HR

The Alta HR continues to be on my wrist most days, going on 2 years, which says a lot. It’s got a low profile, counts steps and measures my heart rate. It’s the first monitor I’ve worn consistently for over a year and a good reminder to get moving every day.

2. Blue Sky Mini Journal

How many times have I started a journal only to let it slide after a short while? Now each morning I write down ‘3 things I’m grateful for’ and it has truly helped me be more present, more grateful each and every day. This tiny 4x6 journal can be bought for less than 2 dollars. So pick up a dozen, some nice pens and wrap them in a beautiful bow as stocking stuffers.

3. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Last year I started a lovely ritual for those dark, cold winter mornings: a strong cup of coffee by the wood stove, a cat on my lap and a few poems from Mary Oliver in the dark of dawn to start my day. This year another Mary Oliver has been added to my pile of poems to read. As someone who is used to checking email and news before coffee, this has really changed how I face the day.

4. OPTP Soft Foam Roller

Foam rollers aren’t news to anyone. But a softer roller is great for those who find traditional rollers painfully hard. In previous years I’ve recommended the MELT roller, but it’s skyrocketing cost had me looking for an alternative. This roller fits the bill for gentler foam rolling.

5. Lole Lily Tote Bag

I saw this bag in a Lole store and thought about it for a long time before finally taking the plunge. I couldn’t be happier. In my opinion it’s the perfect gym bag with room for a yoga mat, phone, keys, water, tons of clothes, gym shoes, computer…it goes on forever! And transforms to a backpack too.

6. Xizozu Honor Medals

Created by my dear friend and artist, Christine Glade, XIZOZU™ Medals of Honor let you recognize all of the unique experiences of your life. I have several and wear them to remind myself of my hopes and dreams and to remember the strength I have to overcome adversity. They are MAGIC.

7. Hurricane Blend Coffee (reg. and decaf)

I’m picky about my morning cuppa and finally found this great blend at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market in Woodstock, VT. We hike near Woodstock and stop in for lunch on the weekends and I can easily stock up. And now, YOU can buy it online!

8. Instant Pot

I’m still in love with my Instant Pot. It has helped me become a much healthier eater by cutting down the prep time and the amount of cleanup involved. Here’s a link to one of my favorite dishes: Whole 30 Instant Pot Chicken Curry

Let me know how you like this gift guide by commenting below! And my best wishes to you for a peaceful holiday season.


p.s.  I am an affiliate of a few of the companies listed in the gift guide and receive a small commission if you purchase from my links. But even without that, these are products I would recommend in a heartbeat!