The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide to Make Leading a Fit and Healthy Lifestyle Easier, Tastier, and more Fun!
I’m unbelievably excited to unveil the 2017 holiday gift guide for people into fitness, health, nutrition, and food!
We’ve scoured the web, spoken with dozens of people, and combed through our memories to compile the absolute BEST gift guide for you guys.
As the list’s title says, it’s a list featuring things designed to make leading a fit and healthy lifestyle easier, tastier, and more fun ;-)
This list started in 2013 and, every year, it gets better, and better, and better!
This year’s list is probably THE most comprehensive and awesome gift list we’ve ever put together. It’s honest too, in the sense that we’re only recommending stuff we a) already have and LOVE or b) have personally bought to give as gifts, c) things we asked Santa for ourselves.
We’ve done our best to cover all kinds of tastes, budgets, and needs to end with a monster list that hopefully ticks everyone’s boxes.
In the list, you will find a list of products with a little blurb explaining what each item is and links to places in the UK and US where you can find them! We keep adding things to this list too, so keep coming back if your well of ideas dries up at any point in the next two weeks!
Anyways, if there is anything that you love and would like to see added to this list, please get in touch! Equally, if there’s something YOU sell that you think people would like to get this holiday season, leave a comment below and we’ll be glad to add it! The point is to make this a useful list. A kind of superlist. The best list… EVER 🙌
Note FYI, Protein Pow may collect a small share of sales from some the amazon UK links on this page.
1. WISDOM + CARTOONS = ZEN PENCILS.
I like to always start my lists by recommending Gavin’s first Zen Pencils book. It is a wonderful gift to give to someone you love! It has sold millions of copies worldwide and is now in the NYT Best Seller list. It’s not surprising though because it’s an incredible book; perfect for anyone who’s into beautiful illustrations, motivational quote-sharing, and just gorgeous books in general. It’s an absolute gem of a book for people of ALL ages. It’s not about health & fitness directly but indirectly, aren’t all inspirational messages conducive to better adherence to one’s health & fitness goals? You can find it on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and the author’s own site (which ships worldwide). You can get posters and canvas prints there too! The book is brilliant. The definition of cool.
2. MORE WISDOM + MORE CARTOOONS = ZEN PENCILS 2!
If you got someone Gavin’s first book last year – or if you didn’t but want to make their present even MORE powerful, add Gavin’s second book to his first and BOOM! You got yourself a bundle of Zen Pencil glory. All in all, his books are perfect gift for everyone – from kids to adults! You can find Zen Pencil’s Dream the Impossible Dream on amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and, again, Gavins own site (which ships worldwide).
3. THE GIFT OF WARM FEET
From wisdom to warmth. Say hello to the warmest slippers on earth. If you know someone who is constantly complaining of having cold feet (either literally or figuratively, har har), get them a pair of these Sierra Design slippers. They’re unbelievably warm (700-fill powder down!), cozy, and most extremely comfortable. How do I know? Because I own them, hehe. They’re a life saver! Or shall I say foot saver? So cozy. Soooo cozy.
4. THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN PROTEIN COOKING: FROM NOVICES TO PROS
How about you get your loved one/s (or yourself!) a Protein Pow Mega Christmas Bundle? It’s perfect for anyone starting their protein cooking journey and/or wanting to make it more exciting and fun! The bundle features the *new* Protein Pow cookbook, one of our embroidered POW aprons, some silicone cups (so you can make vegan protein cups, muffins, and more) and two protein powders with which to make ALL recipes in the book! Pretty cool, ey? Get it here.
5. THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN *VEGAN* PROTEIN COOKING
Speaking of bundles, we created a second one that’s exclusively vegan featuring a tub of our pea protein, a vegan protein cooking mix, an apron, and some silicone cups so you can make vegan protein cups, muffins, and more! Get it here.
6. BLEND BLEND BLEND! AN ESSENTIAL FOR MAKING PROTEIN FLUFF
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, a standing mixer, which, yes, is amazing, but you need the counter space for it). Handheld blenders (aka immersion blenders) are also GREAT value for money. If you’re in the UK or Europe, go for this one. It’s the one I have and it’s amazing.
7. IF YOU DON’T NEED TO STOCK UP ON PROTEIN POWDER BUT DO NEED A NEW PROTEIN BIBLE, LOOK NO FURTHER!
If you’re not into bundles and just want to get a copy of the *brand new* Protein Pow cookbook, go for it! It’s available in our POW shop as well as from bookstores and bookseller’s worldwide. Email me if you want a signed copy though!!!!
8. GRIP GALORE
If your friend, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, or colleague is into crossfit, powerlifting, or 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.
9. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL YOGA MATS ON PLANET EARTH
Every fitness junkie needs a yoga mat. For yoga, pilates, or just stretching! This year, I urge you to check out my friend Cassey’s couture yoga mats from PopFex active (and, while there, check out her original activewear too!) The yoga mats are BEAUTIFUL! High quality, and completely unique in design. Check them out here and go grab one for yourself too while you’re at it!
10. FOR THOSE OF YOU INTO COMEDY
Have you ever wondered what you’d look like as a sheep? Well. Now you can find out. This gift idea is a bit more of a stuffing-filler BUT my goodness, if you’re getting a gift for someone with a good sense of humour: GET THIS THIS. Just read the reviews and look at the photos! I don’t know about you guys but I find it all so funny! Here’s a link to it in the US. I couldn’t find the same brand in the UK but found this which is similar though it looks less… fluffy?
11. ESSENTIAL FOR NEW LADY LIFTERS!
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 in love with lifting largely BECAUSE of this book. It’s really basic but really cool! 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”).
12. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY/ALL CREATIVE FOODIES
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 palate will thank you for this one! It’s a fantastic way to pair unusual flavors together.
13. ONE PULL-UP BAR TO BEAT THEM
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:
14. FINALLY! A WAY TO STAMP YOUR NAME ON ANY/ALL COOKIES
This is a really cool stocking filler: a customizable cookie stamp! For you to write whatever you like on your cookies! You can even set it up before you gift it with a private message (like… LOVE or… THANK YOU or… I LOVE YOU!) Check it out here in the UK. And here in the US.
15. AMAZING FOR REST DAYS OR AFTER WORKING OUT
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, ameliorating DOMS, and generally making your body feel at its best.
16. A FUN WAY TO LIFT UP YOUR COFFEE?
If you, like me, like drinking coffee pre-workout more than you do powdered labelled as ‘pre-workout drinks’ you probably end up drinking a lot of coffee. Which is great! But sometimes, just sometimes, it can get a bit boring. Well! No more. Because with this stuff you can turn your regular coffee into a work of self-made art! It’s a coffee foamer that comes with stencils and a cocoa shaker. A fun gift to those really into coffee? PS: It’s not that badly priced at all and looks pretty fancy so… hey hey hey?
17. WARNING: THIS IS HOT HOT HOT
If someone in your life LOVES hot sauces and claims to be able to eat through any spicy meal without flinching an eye, why not challenge them with this extremely hot spice set? It’s mean to bring even grown men to tears! Get them here.
18. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
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 a few summers, for example. It’s 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 on 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.
19. A GOOD IDEA FOR THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO LOVE MASSAGES?
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.
20. A PERSONAL FAVORITE
I love books so I actually went out and bought Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 a couple of years ago – I bought the first edition; since then he’s come out with a second edition. 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.
21. A GREAT GIFT FOR EGG-LOVERS
This thing is called an Egg Skelter. I first saw it a couple of days ago when Pete tweeted 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.
22. AN INVESTMENT INTO YOUR COFFEE FUTURE
A Nespresso! This item has CHANGED MY LIFE and I know it will change yours too, if you love coffee. It’s a bit pricier than most of the things on this list, but it’s 100% worth it. The coffee it 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!)
23. COFFEE + FACE = OPTIAT
I first tried these scrub at a trade show last year and have, since then, exclusively been using them on my face. I threw everything else out after I got this stuff! Out went all exfoliators, face wash creams, etc. This face scrub is simply amazing! Your skin ends up feeling silky smooth and gorgeous. Get it here in the US or here in the UK. Below is a (ridiculous, sorry) picture of my face with the scrub (for evidence of ownership, hehe).
24. IF YOUR BARS AREN’T FAT ENOUGH, THIS:
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.
25. FOR LEISURE-WEAR LOVERS
If any of you guys need to get the 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.
26. KNOCK KNOCK: IT’S COFFEE!
One of the best gifts you can give a coffee lover (besides an amazing espresso machine) is a three, six, or twelve 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 in the UK before – which is now called Cafe Direct (check out their Gift section here). The Kitch complied a list of other subscription coffee services too if you want to shop around for more! If you’re in the US, check out Boca Java (theirs go from one to twelve months).
27. CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS ONE?
Speaking of subscriptions, why not give your loved-one a one-year subscription to a quality fitness magazine? That way they’ll start the new year with great information at their fingertips – motivated to start 2015 not with a whimper but with a BAM! Obviously my Number 1 recommendation would be a subscription for Muscle & Fitness magazine. I write for them every month (click here to see most of the articles I’ve written for them) and I think it’s full of great content (I wrote about that here). There’s a lot of other magazines you can turn to if you’re wanting to gift someone a subscription though, particularly if what you’re looking for is a more specialized sports mag (e.g for someone who’s into running, bodybuilding, triathlons, or simply the sport of eating well!) Amazon (US and UK) offer gift subscriptions but you can obviously also get them from the magazines’ own websites.
28. A FUN WAY TO DRINK EXTRA WATER
A water infuser is perfect for people who struggle to drink enough water in the day by making water taste a bit like juice! There’s a few different models out there but this one is pretty cool. Cassey from Blogilates also sells some beautiful ‘Detox Bottles’ – check them out here!
29. PRETTY AND FUNCTIONAL
Speaking of water, a glass water bottle is a great gift for someone whose always going on about plastic. I’ve had one for years! And they’re great because they wash really easily and are fun to carry around. Only downfall is that they’re obviously heavier than plastic but drinking out of glass is great!
30. NO WORDS NEEDED… IT’S… CHOCOLATE.
This one is for those of you who LOVE chocolate. Or, rather for those who you know love chocolate (unless you’re buying this for yourself indirectly, hehe). It’s a luxury box of dark chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. Ufffffff. If you’re in the US and would like something similar, check out Lindt’s Dark Chocolate assortment set or their gift baskets. Not exactly a health food per se but health is about happiness too! And what’s chocolate if not an giver of joy? Plus, you can always just have one a day and proceed with moderation. Right?? Hehe.
30. IF YOU HAVE ANYONE A BIT WEIRD IN YOUR LIFE, THIS:
A few years ago, I hosted a workshop in Nottingham and someone there had made spherified versions of my Protein Pow jelly recipe. Yeah. Spherified. You know, jelly turned into a sphere? It was madness! Here’s evidence; it’s the link pink spheres. You basically bite into the sphere and POW! it bursts in your mouth. You can’t buy any Protein Pow spheres (unfortunately?) but you CAN make them! Using a Spherical Food Converter aka a Spherificator – a machine that turns your food to sphered. It’s a ridiculous item to add to this list but I wanted to shine light on it because can you imagine spherifying ALL your food? Like… oh yeah, here are some spherified oats for breakfast. Please, have some spherified broccoli with a side of spherified chicken. Would you like some spherified cake for dessert?
31. A PERSONAL FAVORITE! EASY TO TRANSPORT/STORE AND IT MAKES FABULOUS COFFEE
If you have someone in your life who LOVES smooth, pure, and RICH espresso, you have GOT to get them an aero-press. Seriously. They’re the holy grail of single-cup coffee making. How do they work? By using AIR PRESSURE to push the hot water through your coffee + filter. Here’s a short video showing you how (because it’s one of those things that you have to see). Where to get an aero-press in the UK? You can go with amazon here. Same with the US, check it out.
32. IF YOU WANT TO SKIP RIPE BUT DON’T HAVE MUCH ROOM AT HOME: THIS
This is a REALLY cool one. I’ve actually added it to my list for ‘Santa’ myself! It’s a ropeless jump rope. Perfect for jumping rope indoors without taking the ceiling down, hehe. It counts calories, number of jumps, and exercise time too. Pretty sweet, nah???
33. A GORGEOUS HRM!
I don’t have this one but if anyone wants to buy it for me, go for it! Hehe. I want it. *Cough cough family reading this, cough cough*. It’s Polar’s new heart rate monitor! It’s gone the direction of the fitbit which is really interesting and I think pretty awesome. Check it out!
34. SOCKS. WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY?
Running socks. These ones are pretty cool and great value for money. They’re really thin and colorful and full of POW!
35. A WONDERFUL DUFFEL BAG! THESE ONES ARE SO STURDY AND LOOK AMAZING
This new ‘duffel travel bag’ that NorthFace do is AWESOME. Have a look. It’s a waterproof, again super colorful and the quality is cuhrayze! I don’t know what else to say about it to be honest. It’s the kind of thing that you just see and fall in love with, at least I know I do!
36. A MICROFIBRE TOWEL FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO PACK A TOWEL IN YOUR BAG BUT DON’T HAVE A LOT OF ROOM
How about a microfiber extra large gym towel? Nice and compact and ridiculously quick to dry! This one has a bunch of good reviews so hey, why not?
37. WE HAVE THIS IN THE OFFICE AND IT’S REALLY COOL FOR MAKING BARS OF CHOCOLATE THAT LOOK STORE-BOUGHT!
I’ve recently been making a lot of protein chocolate lately! Which is awesome. Making protein chocolate is super easy, quick, and delicious! You only need a few ingredients and POW you end up with your own bar of awesomeness. The ONLY thing you need, well… you don’t NEED but it’s great to have if you want to end up with pretty bars, is a chocolate mold. I have and use this one. It comes with a book that’s kind of funny that I have never really used BUT the mold, oh, I use the mold every time! So I recommend buying the whole thing. Even if you don’t use the book. Though you might want to? The book makes the mold a nicer gift too though so if you’re giving this to someone else (e.g. to your significant other because you want them to make you chocolate) and want it to look fancier than just a plastic tray, get it.
38. A GOOD WAY TO ENSURE YOU ALWAYS GET ENOUGH WATER?
Galloon water bottle (2.2L). I have one from Bodybuilding.com and the stuff if an amazing way to stay hydrated throughout the day! I fill mine up every morning and then have a personal target or drinking it ALL by the end of day. It’s a very effective way to visualize your level of hydration and ensure you get enough water in the way! There are a bunch of places that sell them. Like I said, mine came from bodybuiling.com. Amazon has a ton as well though, e.g. here.
39. BECAUSE PANCAKES ARE GREAT BUT WAFFLES ARE BETTER ;-)
If you’ve never made protein waffles but have been salivating for them for a while now, get yourself (or your significant other) a waffle machine. To make the present even more awesome you can print him/her a bunch of waffle recipes! And couple that with two of our Protein Pow cooking mixes which are AMAZING for making waffles (you just add two ingredients and presto: waffles). In fact, you can give them the printed out waffle recipes FIRST. So they’ll be like what the hell is this, I don’t have a machine and them POW!!!! You bring out the machine!!!!!! Protein waffles are AWESOME. Seriously. They’re like a pancake but more fun! And a great way to start the year with healthy yet delicious bites of nomnomnoms. This one by Andrew James the one I have and it’s great! (See it in action here). If you’re in the US though, I’d go for this crazy number? Solid reviews, looks fun, and nice waffle shapes ;-)
40. THIS IS A BIT GOOFY BUT FUN AS A STUFFING-FILLER FOR ANYONE WHO’S REALLY INTO THEIR PIZZA!
So this is bike. A bike that cuts pizza (available here if you’re in the US). It’s fun if you know someone who’s into a) biking and b) eating pizza? A bit of a random one in the context of this list HOWEVER it gives me the chance to remind you to make protein pizza! Guys, make protein pizza. It’s like regular pizza but a fraction of the calories. Here are a ton of recipes to inspire the ninja turtle within :-)
41. SURE, YOU CAN SLICE YOUR VEGGIES BUT WHY NOT SPIRAL THEM TOO?
A spiralizer! I actually have one of these and it’s handy for making veg look exciting! You can ‘spiralize’ carrots to put on salad or even some zuchini (aka courgette) to turn into low-carb “pasta”! If you’re in the US, this is the one to get. If you’re in the UK, go for this one (it’s not idential but it does the same job).
42. A SOLID CITY MAN BAG.
If you want to get a great-quality gym bag that’ll last you (or the person you’re shopping for) a long and look stylish, then consider a Herschel Supply Co bag! It’s the perfect size to take to the gym. I actually bought this one for my dad a few years ago and he loves it! You can find it here in the US, and here in the UK. it’s available in different colors and designs too!
43. ACTIVE BOX!
Why not sign up your friend/loved one (or hey, yourself?!) to receive a monthly box of amazingness? Check out Active Monthly – it’s a company that hand-picks select fitness goodie items and mails them to you on a monthly basis! A crazy new product we’ve been working on here at Protein Pow will soon be sold through these guys so *cough cough* sign up to receive a box and you’ll be one of the first people to try it!
44. BIRD BY BIRD!
Finally, since we started with a book, let me end with another: this book isn’t about fitness. It’s not about nutrition and it’s not about food either. It’s about… writing. “But… I’m not a writer,” you may be thinking. “Why should I get myself (or someone else who’s also not a writer) a book about writing?!” Well, because this book is about more than writing. It’s about life, perspective, and much much more. It teaches you a lot about dealing with life’s ups and downs and maintaining a healthy mindset (which at the end of the day is an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle, don’t you think?) But don’t take just my word for it. Read some of the comments here! It’s a truly beautiful read and affordable too so why not get a copy for yourself or someone you love?