However, I DO love gift giving just as much as I love gift GETTING! Call me cliché if you must, but there’s just something about watching someone you love unwrap or un-bag (hey, gift bags are easy AND eco-friendly) a creative, unique, and exciting gift that comes from the heart. It’s a healthy selfishness – that feeling of gift giving satisfaction.
My favorite gifts to give are those that have worked for me or made my life BETTER – things that have made me smarter, skinnier, stronger, longer, leaner, less lined or more defined. So, I figured I’d share some of MY gift giving ideas. These are things I’d WANT personally. Things I’ve tried or hope to try. Things I’ve loved and still do. These are things I’d want to GET this holiday season. Do for others, as you’d want done for you, right?
(1.) First on my list, A Month of Unlimited Yoga from Core Power Yoga Wilshire (or any of their other locations if Wilshire isn’t the best spot for you). When you stop by, pick up a Free Week card if you’re a new student – it’s freeeeeee yogaaaa babaaay. And I’d definitely plan it so that you can take a yoga class while there. What’s a better holiday shopping/face stuffing stress and belly busting activity than HOT YOGA! Check out the class schedule: CPY Wilshire Class Schedule.
(2.) While you’re there can you grab me a new yoga mat? Because I REALLY need one. Just ask my friend Tonya. She rolls her eyes in disgust when I plop next to her before each class slapping down the same mat I’ve had since college. Oooo or maybe one of those skidless yoga thingies is a better solution, so ol’ faithful can still remain a part of my practice. YogiToes Goddess slip-resistant towels give your yoga mat a second, water-resistant skin! I’ve seen people use them and I want one bad. So might the yogi or yogini in your life! Slip and slide is fun for a hot summer afternoon after your 3rd round of margaritas, but not so fun when you’re slinking across the room into the stinky yogi in front of you.
(3) Better yet, for the all-encompassing yogic experience, pick up a CorePower Yoga Holiday Bundle: comes with a standard yoga mat, YogiToes Goddess slip-resistant towel (they’re so cool, I just had to mention’em twice), and choose from a selection of instructional DVDs, all for $88! Visit the Wilshire studio to pick up your bundle: http://www.corepoweryoga.com/Locations/California/Wilshire.aspx I recommend this gift for any old or new Yogi! In fact, I’d love one too if you’re feeling generous
(4.) Fourth, but definitely not least: Pure Barre! Pure Barre! Pure Barre! Did I mention I love Pure Barre? Next door to CPY Wilshire, is the place where beautiful booties are made. I’ve raved about it before and I’ll rave about it now, nothing shapes the derriere like bellying up to the Barre. With that said, I recommend presenting the FitnessWhore in your life with a Pure Barre Package! If you’re in the LA area and Brentwood, my studio of choice isn’t convenient for you, here’s exciting news: NEW studios have opened just in time for the Holidays. There’s now a Beverly Hills location. There’s now a Hollywood location. Pure Barre bodies are taking over Los Angeles!!!!
(5.) Ever heard of brain games? I hadn’t either, until I stumbled upon Lumosity. These are NOT your little brother’s video games. This site has created comprehensive brain exercises that are PROVEN to improve your memory, reaction time, and ability to get home faster in traffic (Really!). Just 10 minutes a day can help your brain reach its full potential. Right now they’re running a 25% off promo. This is the perfect gift for grandmas, grad students, and grumps (healthier brains equal happier brains).
AND NOW, FitnessWhores and Gentleman, drum roll PLEASE…. I present you with #6!
(6.) Skin Owl Infused Argan Oil! This silky and luxurious Argan Oil is brought to you by your very own Skin Owl. I am honored to know the Skin Owl herself, Annie Tevelin – she’s equal parts skin expert and girl’s girl! Tired of chemical laden skin products, this Skin Owl searched the world for the highest quality infused Argan oil. From fine line smoothing to skin conditioning to split end mending, it does EVERYTHING. I’ve tried this product on my stubborn sun damaged chest lines (college in Hawaii will do that) and seen change almost overnight. The best part about Skin Owl Argan Oil is that it’s cultivated by a tribe of women in Morocco. Help support woman made products brought to you by woman entrepreneurs! Message the Skin Owl by clicking here: Annie@SkinOwl. Or go straight to the Order Form.
Happy Holidays to Everyone! Three cheers for generosity, happiness, and health in 2012 and beyond! I hope you or yours enjoy the yoga, pure barre, slip free mats, brain games and Skin Owl as much as I do!