For the person on your list that loves fitness motivation quotes, healthy recipes and serious sweat sessions, how about getting them something worthy to add to their collection this holiday season? Check out a few of these gift ideas, many of which are locally made right here in LA.
For the devout hot yogi on your list, Onzie yoga gear is absolute perfection. It's made with free-flow fabric technology that works magic for yoga and equally well for other practices, including pilates, spinning, surfing, running, or simply running around town.
Venice Beach based Onzie is affordably priced so everyone can feel and look great while enjoying their active lives. These whimsically printed one-pieces and separates are 100% made with love in southern California and made to support, shape and help you feel great. Available in select local fitness studios and online at www.theonzie.com.
Yoga Tune Up
Created by Los Angeles based Jill Miller, Yoga Tune Up® is a full body health and fitness system offering restorative techniques that serve to create balance and flexibility in the body, while relieving painful injuries, improving coordination and reducing stress. Often, fitness enthusiasts emphasize exertion while neglecting the oh-so-vital restoration that is often the missing link to many fitness regimens.
The Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball System provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy by using specially designed high grip rubber balls and focused movement routines that help penetrate through layers of skin and muscle to massage deeply into your high tension areas. It helps relieve stiff neck, sciatica, tight hips, and more.
The Yoga Tune Up® Massage Therapy Kit includes a pair of the YTU Therapy Balls and an instructional DVD. It is the ultimate gift of health for any athlete, new mother, massage lover, traveler and essentially anyone looking to eradicate aches and pains for good. Her products are seen throughout Los Angeles at select retailers and can also be purchased online at www.yogatuneup.com.
If you've got a hard-to-please fitness fashionista on your list, you're going to want to listen up. Frends creates some of the most stylish headphones you'll ever lay your eyes on. Sleek design lines, luxurious materials, and intricate jewelry-making techniques go into the creation of these beauties that sound as good as they look. Every detail has been engineered for her, such as headbands that adjust internally to avoid hair snags and woven cords made of durable fabric that drape without tangling.
This ultra vogue brand has recently introduced "Frends With Benefits" collaboration launched with celebrated designer Rebecca Minkoff to present headphones with interchangeable caps, allowing its wearer to coordinate and accessorize like never before. The new collection is available online at Nordstrom. Visit www.wearefrends.com for other retail locations and to check out their complete line of knockout headphones and earphones.
No matter what activity they're into, staying hydrated is bound to be part of it, so why not give their hydration delivery system an upgrade? SIGG, the company that utilizes Swiss precision in the design and craftsmanship of their eco-friendly products is behind the SIGG Active Top water bottle.
It comes in a variety of eye-popping colors and features state-of-the-art engineering, including a pressure-relief valve and pre-ventilation system, enabling it to be filled with any liquid (even carbonated drinks). There is also no tilt or lift necessary to quench your thirst from this bottle, which means you can stay focused on the task at hand, making it a road cyclists fan favorite. It's also made of durable aluminum, rendering it virtually break-proof, and it is BPA and phthalate-free. You can find them at almost all Los Angeles Whole Foods locations throughout Los Angeles as well as online at www.mysigg.com.
YAS Skull Themed Products
Not all yoga studios are created equal. Case in point: YAS Fitness Centers, known for its fun and unpretentious classes designed for everyone from elite athletes to complete newbie's. Staying true to their irreverent roots, YAS founder and creator Kimberly Fowler has unveiled a new collection of rock and roll inspired skull-themed yoga products, meant to inspire practitioners to get in touch with their inner badass.
The skull pattern offerings include yoga mats, bra tops, tank tops and leggings and other groovy workout gear for the edgy athlete in your life. The new skull themed line is available for sale at Los Angeles area YAS Fitness studios (Venice, Silverlake, Downtown Los Angeles) and online at www.go2yas.com.
LA based designer Rebecca Michaels made a mark on the athletic wear scene with her adored Violet Love headbands. Today, women everywhere flock to her unique performance and sportswear collections, bursting with playful patterns and bold colors. The pieces exude an effortlessly cool vibe, at a price point that is completely accessible. Downtown LA's burgeoning art community inspires Rebecca Michaels upcoming spring 2014 line, giving fans something to look forward to.
Even more attractive than its appearance is the functionality of the collection, featuring fabrics that never fade or pill and require effortless care. Many pieces transition from street to studio, like the signature fold over yoga pant and open back Dolman top. Rebecca Michael's is available at local athletic boutiques, yoga studios and online at www.rebeccamichaels.com.
She'll thank you when you help her banish dry winter skin blues and keep her glowing from the inside out with hydration. BKR is the brand that has established itself as the most coveted silicone-sleeved glass water bottle on the market. They've got everyone (including A-list celebrities) toting them everywhere they go and instigating up to ten more times H20 consumption than they would without it. These bottles are BPA-free, phthalate free, 100% recyclable, lightweight and durable. They even fit in most cup holders, an added plus for commuters.
Be sure to pick one from their newest runway line, featuring crush worthy color palettes and a big heart on the front. Several top retailers throughout LA carry BKR; check out www.mybkr.com for locations and to purchase online.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase "Joie de Vivre" tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.
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