Gift Guide for Food and Fitness Lovers + Giveaway

Gift giving is a big part of the holiday fun.


Almost as fun as gift-getting.

It is December 3rd whether the weather got the memo or not.  I went on a jog yesterday in shorts and a tank top and was sweating while passing houses decked out for Christmas.   Bizarre.  My iPhone said it was 66 degrees, but I think it cleared 70.


Since it is the month of giving, I wanted to share some of my favorite things (aside from whiskers on kittens – that goes without saying).  These are tried-and-true items – I already own most of them!

Whether you are brainstorming something for your favorite food-lover or for someone whose idea of fun is working out, I hope this will give you some ideas.


2012 Holiday Gift Guide


1. Shun Knife

This is my favorite knife.  It’s a fantastic tool, but what makes it even better is that they make a left-handed version!  Santa brought me one last year and it’s basically the only knife I use.  Speaking of… I need to get mine sharpened for Christmas!

2. Magic Bullet

I used this thing religiously before I got my Vitamix.  It can take some abuse, and you can blend smoothies right in the cup for a quick breakfast or post-workout refuel.  I still use mine for small tasks like whipping cottage cheese for Apple Cupcakes or single-serving dips.  But if you really loved the giftee… you’d buy them the $450 Vitamix.

3. FitBit

My FitBit inspires me to walk 10,000 steps and 20 flights of stairs a day, something I need since I am a cube monkey.  I don’t use all the features, but it also can track sleep and calories (though it’s not entirely accurate as it can’t tell when you’re lifting weights or at a standing desk).  Warning: If you are a little OCD, this may not be the best thing for you.

4. Handful

Greatest sports bra ever… if you’re a member of the itty bitty titty committee.  It’s not a super-support bra, but if your pecs are biggest part of your chest (like mine) it’s perfect.  There’s even a little layer of padding so you don’t like like a flat-chested 12-year old when you’re at the gym.  AND they are having a $12 closeout sale on the size large.

5. Peanut Flour

I talk about it all the time.  If I were to find peanut flour in my stocking, I’d be one happy girl.  Better yet, if I could just get a year’s supply… Mom, are you reading this?  If you order through, use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!

6. Grow Your Own Wheatgrass Kit

Wheatgrass is awesome stuff.  It’s full of amino acids, chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.  It’s also expensive.  I want to grow my own!  You don’t even need a juicer to use it if you have a Vitamix!  It will blend up the grass like a champ.  The Wheatgrass Kit can be found on OpenSky at Robin McGraw‘s new Insider page (yes, it’s Dr. Phil’s wife).


Here’s the giveaway part….

To celebrate Robin’s new healthy living collection, OpenSky has offered to give one reader a $25 credit to use anywhere on the site!


OpenSky is a “social shopping site that helps people discover, buy and share unique goods that match their individual taste. Users can connect to friends and industry insiders in Food, Style, Beauty, Healthy Living, Electronics and Home Décor for exclusive information, advice and insider product recommendations.”

I’ve been a member for over a year now and have found lots of great products.  They will often have sales on my favorite vegan protein powder (Sun Warrior), and its where I found my Kombucha homebrew kit (I’m on batch 8!).   My favorite Insiders include: Robin McGraw, Bobby Flay, Dorie Greenspan, Tracy Anderson and Jackie Warner.


 Receive up to 4 entries by:

  1. Join OpenSky
  2. Tweet: You could say something like: I entered to win a $25 @OpenSky gift certificate in the @sprint2thetable #giveaway
  3. Be Social: Pinterest Follow Me and/or Pin Something of MineInstagram Follow Me, Follow Me and Open Sky on Twitter
  4. Comment: What is on your wishlist this year?


Please leave a *separate comment* for each entry!

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 6th.  The winner will be announced on Friday, December 7th.


I quit posting a workout recap on Mondays… it seems like it was getting too repetitive/boring to read.  If anyone has thoughts on that… feel free to share.  For now I’m going to do away with it. 

Is it still warm where you live?

Have you ever tried any of the things on my gift guide?



  1. says

    This year, I’m asking for an ipad touch mini =). It’s started getting pretty cold over here in Kuwait, like 65. Before moving here, I would’ve laughed at whoever said 65 degrees was cold, but since experiencing 120 degree weather.. this is freezing!

  2. says

    Nice list, Laura! I’ve decided to stop biking now that the salt came out. Today is probably the only day I *could* go biking but decided to risk rusting my bike… because that would be NO FUN. So jealous of your tropical weather. :)

  3. says

    This is amazing….mostly because less than twelve hours ago I said to Mama Smart: “I need to wait until the bloggers start talking about what THEY want for Christmas, because that always gives me ideas for what I want on mine.” :)

    Peanut flour is a GREAT idea…of course, I might just cross off everything and write: Vitamix.

    [Except don’t tell Vitamix, but I think I’d prefer just to have another food processor…better for Nutty Butter.]

  4. says

    These are some GREAT IDEAS!!! AHH thank you so much for posting these. I’ve been stumped with gifts for my dad and I think he would love that Fit Bit thing….maybe not the bra though hahaha 😉
    Have an awesome day friend!

  5. says

    I’ve been dying to try out the fit bit too! I just think it seems like such a cool thing to have and anything that makes me takes extra steps is totally worth it!

  6. says

    I LOVE the Shun chefs knife… and there is a place locally (because they are made here locally, maybe?) that I can get mine sharpened for free. not at all why I chose it, but it’s nice 😉

    I think Jason and I both would love a wheatgrass kit!

  7. says

    If I got a stocking full of peanut flour…Yup, I’d be happy. Other than that, my wishlist is all books and a vacuum cleaner. I’m one wild child these days.

  8. Emily says

    One thing on my wishlist is a glass straw! I keep seeing the big Dharma glass straws used for green juices/smoothies and I really want one!

  9. says

    My mom is really into the health and fitness thing so I’m always looking for good gift ideas for her. She already has a fit bit, but maybe I’ll get her a magic bullet, those things look awesome! I asked for a Garmin running watch from her and I cant wait to get it on Christmas morning.

  10. Shari says

    It is soooo warm here! 62 degrees in WI is AMAZING! Went for a walk at lunch without a coat or jacket of any kind. I was very very happy.

  11. Caitlin D says

    Just got a magic bullet for my birthda, and love it. :) As far as Christmas goes I’m crossing my fingers for a new pair of running shoes!

  12. says

    You and I must be on the same wave length because my gift guide posts tomorrow morning. 😉 BUT as a preview, one thing on my wish list is a SpiBelt and after I lost my key on my run yesterday (and thankfully found it!), proves it has a major need in my life.

  13. kolya says

    Wish list this year is practical foodie gift not stuff that ends up in a drawer/closet or regifted though that is sometimes helpful for hostess gifts. Oh and to lose 10 pounds!

  14. Melissa says

    Wish list:

    -vitamix (It’s been on the list for about 4 Christmas’s now)
    -new long johns…. its below zero here right now..
    -new camera
    -a puppy friend for my puppers… this just really came to mind because I just got done reading about Gina’s (Fitnessista) new addition.

    -A trip home… I didn’t think I’d make it home to ATL for Christmas but thanks to the loving parents… I got a round trip from Anchorage to be with them for the holidays!! Wish granted!

  15. Nicole F. says

    I asked for a new pair of sunglasses since I broke mine in October and an awesome Reebok sneaker that I have been lusting after : )

  16. says

    “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar”
    A Kombucha Starter Kit
    Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lotions

    That’s pretty much my entire Christmas List – I haven’t found myself in want of anything else reasonable (Like I would get a Canon EOS 5D for Christmas, haha) and our family is more about bonding than being obligated to give each other presents.

  17. says

    How cool is this!! I love this list of things. Peanut flour is definitely on my wish list. As is some yummy non-chalky protein powder and growing my own herbs (basil, sage, rosemary, etc)

    Its 75 here now! What is happening?! Are we going to have another Christmas where we can lay out? I’d be OK with that…

    I’ve never tried Open Sky before even though I actually think I’m a member! I had no idea they sold healthy living things! I need to check it out again.

  18. says

    I love the handful bras I have the pink and nude. Gave me the curves and shape I lost! I was thrilled when I received this bra earlier this year. And I also have that same brand of pb flour. Probably even more thrilled with that than bra, haha.

    On my wish list this year is – cooking classes with my fav vegan food truck – the cinnamon snail, wool socks (every year), and old man sweaters. I would really loooove kitchen stuff like the shun knife and tofu press, but most of it I don’t have room for right now :( Otherwise I would be asking for a kombucha kit, slow cooker, dutch oven.

  19. Laura L says

    i’m interested in a new pair of good boots, or a nice piece of jewelry. it’s been awhile since i invested in any. what i’d really love is to take a vacation, any vacation, but that’s less likely to happen now.


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