The Ultimate Holiday Gift List for Fitness and Food Loving People
Every year today – on ‘Cyber Monday‘ – I release a list of what I think are some of the best gifts to give to one’s fitness-and-food-loving loved ones. I have been working on putting this year’s list together for a quite while now and I think you find it useful! I’ve included a link to each product when available as well as a little blurb explaining what each item is. Please note that no one has paid me to include their products in this list. I’ve only added things that I legitimately think would make great presents.
Do feel to get in touch and suggest some of your favorite gift ideas too though, OK? Because I’m always happy to add things to the list! Plus, I’m of the mentality that the more gift requests we can bombard ‘Santa’ with, the better, hehe.
All right, without further ado, here’s this year’s Holiday Gift List for Fitness and Food Loving People:
I have teamed up with Pretty Fit and Jacked Pack to create a Protein Pow cooking bundle that anyone who’s into protein, pow, and cooking, will absolutely love to receive. It contains a bunch of ingredients – alongside the new Protein Pow cookbook – so that you (or whoever you give this to) can make delicious high protein treats this holiday season. It’s the world’s most POW!erul gift basket. You can get it from here; just remember to use code ANNA10 at checkout for $10 off!
I can seriously not recommend this book enough; it’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s into cartoons, illustrations, motivational quote-sharing, and just cool books in general. It’s an absolute gem of a book. You can find it on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and the author’s own site from where you can get it shipped worldwide. You can get posters and canvas prints there too!
If you know someone who is constantly complaining of having cold feet (either literally or figuratively, har har), get them a pari of these Sierra Design slippers. They’re unbelievably warm(700-fill powder down!), cozy, and most comfortable! How do I know? Because I own them, hehe.
If you’re into giving your loved one things that you will use yourself, get them a good quality non-stick frying pan, hehe. It’s really a must for anyone who likes making protein pancakes! You don’t know the amount of times people send me photos of broken-up pancakes, stuck-to-the pan crepes, and disastrous looking wraps while asking me “what went wrong with my batter!?” Nine times out of ten it wasn’t the batter. It was the pan. A good nonstick pan will pretty much GUARANTEE that your pancakes always turn out like they should. The difference between using a bad quality pan and a good one is astronomical and if you or someone you love is really into making pancakes but theirs always turn out either disastrously or so-so, get them a good-quality pan. You could also step it up a notch and get a pancake-specific pan.
Speaking of cooking, this is a MUST-HAVE for pretty much ALL my recipes. You can get it here. It’s really a kitchen essential, especially for making Protein Fluff and all my protein cakes and so on. It’s also fantastic because it’s really easy to store takes up no room in the kitchen (unlike, say, standing mixer which yes, is amazing, but you need the counter space for it.) Handheld blenders (aka immersion blender) are also GREAT value for money. If you and your partner don’t have one and neither of you mind the idea of getting the other person something YOU get to enjoy, go for it. If you’re in the UK or Europe, go for this one. It’s the one I have and it’s amazing.
Obviously a copy of the new Protein Pow cookbook (it wouldn’t be a Protein Pow list without it!) Here’s a list of places where you can get it, all over the world!
7. If your friend, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, or colleage who is into crossfit, powerlifting, and lifting weights, get them some of these natural grips! I originally saw them in the Shark Tank (the US version of the UK and Canadian Dragon’s Den) and they sound AWESOME. Check them out. It’s a great stocking filler. Even if they have some, getting more is always welcome.
This extra-thick yoga mat is actually one I’m adding to my own list for Santa this year. It has really good reviews and I love the idea of having a really thick mat to stretch and do some yoga on! *Cough, cough,* Santa…
I’m a big fan of Under Armour bags – great quality, design, and the perfect size for packing one’s shoes, towel, etc. This one in the US (comes in Black and a few other colors too) is pretty sweet. There isn’t the exact same one available in the UK though. But there’s this one!
If you have a woman in your life who isn’t too hot on lifting weights – who mostly runs for exercise, thinks weights make women look like Hulk, needs more confidence to enter the weight-floor, doesn’t get why weight lifting is fun or actually beneficial to women – get her this book. I actually fell seriously in love with lifting largely BECAUSE of this book. It’s really basic but really cool! And it makes you fall in love with weight lifting and understand the basics of proper nutriton. You can get it here in the UK or here if you’re in the US. It’s a fun book, it’s well written, accessible, and represents a good intro to actual lifting for women who need a push (or shove) in that direction (the title is pretty funny too so good for Christmas Day lols – a la “Reginald! What is this? Haha, ‘Lift Like a Man Look Like a Goddess’? Oh Reginald, youuuuu”).
This is one of the best books you can have in your kitchen and a perfect gift to give to a foodie loved-one, especially if that foodie loved-one is into experimental cooking and getting creative in the kitchen. This book is SERIOUSLY ridiculous. Get it here if you’re in the US and here if you’re in Europe. Your palette will thank you for this one! It’s madness.
13. This gift idea is out of left field a little but oy… this is such a great book and would make a perfect present to give to someone who likes writing – and reading ;-) The writing is wonderful and the tips it gives for not only writing but life in general are great. You’ll laugh when I tell you how I found out about this book but I’ll tell you anyways: I was pretty bored one night after watching Parks and Rec and I wanted to see if Amy Poehler did any standup. So I went to youtube and did a search. That’s how I found Amy’s ‘Ask Amy’ videos and listened to a couple of them. She’s so sweet. Anyways, in one episode (I think the one where Amy is talking about stress?), she talks about this book. And it got me curious so I bought it. And I love it! And I think you’ll love it too :-) You can get the book here if you’re in the US and here if you’re in the UK It’s a great read and pretty funny too.
14. Here’s an item that I think EVERY household should have: a pullup bar. I use this one which sticks onto a door frame and I really like it. You can get it here if you’re in the US and here if you’re in the UK (but make sure you have a sturdy door frame first!) If you can’t do a single pullup though (because I know a lot of people can’t, especially women), I still suggest you get a bar. Heck, I urge you even more strongly to get one! Read on to the next gift idea to find out why:
Pullups are one of the best exercises out there. And it is only by doing pullups that your pullups actually improve. I know that sounds like ‘duh’ but it’s worth mentioning because some people think pullups just happen ‘naturally’ as one gets fitter. They don’t, not necessarily. To do pullups you have to DO pullups. And the best place to get started (I think so at least) is to use resistance bands. They help you get stronger until you can do proper pullups. I have the ones by MP – these ones – and use them if I ever want to bust out more reps than I can do without them. They’re fantastic! Check these out in the US. You can obviously change the bands’ resistance level and so on to ensure you get the strength you need :-) Check out this guy’s blog post on resistance bands to find out more about them.
Trigger Point Foam Rollers are a bit more expensive than regular smooth-surface-plain-foam rollers but they’re amazing. You can get one here in the US and here in the UK. Check this out this video if you want to see an example of how foam rollers are used. They’re amazing for releasing tension, assuaging DOMS, and generally making your body feel at its tip-top best :-)
I’ve uploaded some Protein Pow T-shirts and Aprons here where you can also customize them if you want to get one.
I found this website a couple of years ago and it soon became one of my favorite. It’s dedicated to food and drawing! And every year they release a new cookbook. This is a really cool gift if you have someone in your family or friends’ circle who is really artsy and into food. They make a wonderful addition to one’s library and kids love to leaf through them! You can get their main book here if you’re in the UK or here if you’re in the US. They do a few other cookbooks too so make sure you check out their site. They’re all really creative and beautiful!
I bought a TRX earlier this year and it’s great. I use it at home and take it with me when I travel and know I won’t have access to the gym. Here’s my TRX in the New Mexico mountains this summer, for example. It’s a bit of a more expensive gift but if you’re willing to spend an extra buck – or quid – it makes for a really cool present. I got mine of off Amazon, here. And if you want to learn a bit more about how the TRX is used or what suspension training is all about, check out this video.
Get someone a massage voucher. I know it’s not the most original thing in the world but if someone were to ask ME what I’d like for Christmas, I’d probably say a massage voucher. I say that every year (I’m just a sucker for massages, what can I say?) To get someone a voucher, all you have to do is find out what massage businesses are near their house (or accessible by car at least, you wouldn’t want to give someone a gnarly massage voucher for a place that’s thousands of miles away – unless, of course, it was accompanied by a plane ticket, hehehe). Then, just check out a few of them to pick out the best one and boom! get them a voucher.
I love books so I actually went out and bought Wendler’s 5/3/1 last year – I bought the first edition; since then he’s come up with a second. I bought it and followed the program for a few months at the gym. I loved it. Now, you don’t NEED to get the book, there are plenty of 5/3/1 templates out there and a ridiculous amount of free information online. But I got the book to go through it, take some notes on it, and to generally have a physical resource to consult and have around the house. I really liked it. The book is very straight-forward and the program is amazing! So if you want to introduce someone to a new lifting program, get them the book.
This thing is called an Egg Skelter. I first saw it a couple of days ago when Pete tweeter me this photo! It certainly makes someone’s eggs – and kitchen – look stylish so I thought to add it to this list. Here’s the US amazon link and here’s the link to get one in the UK. Note: it fits 20 eggs.
A Nespresso! This item has CHANGED MY LIFE and I know it will yours too, if you love coffee. It’s a bit pricier than most of the things here but it’s 100% worth it. The coffee is makes is just… madness! Get it here if you’re in the UK or here if you’re in the US. Seriously, whoever you give this to as a gift will love you forever (and remember you every day as they drink this smooth, creamy, and superb espresso!)
I’m adding Fat Gripz to this list because a lot of people have been telling me they’ve added it to theirs! Here’s a link to get some ‘gripz’ in the UK and one for the US. Oh and here’s a link to their main site in case you want to learn more about them (bear in mind that a pretty I won’t say annoying but definitely loud video automatically loads when you get on their website).
If any of you guys need to get a woman in your life a gift and have no idea what to get them, get them a Lulu gift card. If they’re into fitness and trendy workout gear especially, they’ll love you for it. Lululemon is VERY expensive and their clothes are pretty awesome so they’ll definitely approach your gift with appreciation :-) Here’s a link to get a gift card if you want to go down this route. Note: Feel free to send me one too, hehehe.
One of the best gifts you can give a coffee lover (besides an amazing espresso machine) is a three or six-month subscription to a REALLY good coffee delivery service. There’s a lot of them out there these days. They’re great. The way they work is this: you set up a subscription for yourself or someone else and, every month, you get a different type of delicious coffee delivered to your door. It’s kind of like an exotic wine delivery service but… for coffee :-) I’ve used Kopi because but there are a lot of other places like it out there, just do a google search and you will find one!
Ok. This one’s for babies but… hey, we all know or have babies in our lives, right? So check this out: there’s a company called Hazel Village (here’s their site) that creates what I’m convinced are THE sweetest stuffed animals. They’re all organic cotton and just so soft and sweet! You can change their clothes too and even buy an outfit for the animal and the same outfit for the little person you’re giving the animal to so they match. Cute, nah?