Wondering what to give your health conscious or active friends and family this holiday season? Below is a lineup of 2016 top picks that fit any budget, selected by local Health & Fitness expert, Ashley Hathcock.


Lacrosse ball – but not for lacrosse. These gems are the perfect density for a deep tissue self-massage and helps to improve flexibility, enhance performance, and reduce injuries. Snag a 2-pack on Amazon from Champion Sports for around $8.

lacrosse balls

10-day Signature Detox Program – a step-by-step plan to help restore balance in the body after the indulgences of the holidays. The program will rid the body of toxins, restore normal hormone levels, brighten the skin, and ramp up your energy levels.  Includes a 22 page Success Manual (guidelines on what to eat, skincare, recipes, a mind & spirit cleanse, and supplementation guide), 10-day meal plan and grocery list, and a daily checklist. Shop local and get a Cyber Week deal ($19) from Raleigh’s own First in Flight Fitness.

First In Flight Fitness

Dry Shampoo – this is a game changer for days when you don’t have time to wash, dry, and tame the mane. Plus, skipping washing days is essential for healthy hair during winter months. Skipping workouts however, is not an option. Aveeno makes a great sulfate free dry shampoo for $5 and makes an excellent stocking stuffer. Grab it at your local drugstore or Target.

Dry Shampoo


S’well bottle – keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 10 hours, and don’t condensate. Functional with a super sleek look and lots of design options. They are available from S’well in 9, 17, and 25 ounces ($25-$45). The 15 ounce S’ip is available at Target for $25.

Swell Water Bottles

Rx bars – gluten, dairy, soy, and GMO free. Each one is pack with protein and all-natural goodness, and they have lots of flavor options. Take $5 off a box of 12 ($20.99, under $2 each) by ordering from rxbar.com.

RX bars

Tiger Tail – another awesome tool to prevent and relieve muscle soreness. The brand name can be found on Amazon for about $30, but there are other versions that work just as well and are more budget friendly.

Tiger Trail


Vinyasa Scarf – The ultimate sporty scarf with 10+ ways to wear. Available from Lululemon in the soft and stretch rulu fabric for $48.

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On the Run Tote – Stylish, water repellent, and incredibly affordable. The Under Armor On the Run Tote would make is the perfect solution for stashing all the gym goodies (even a mat for the yogis). Available in 6 colors for $54.99 from Under Armor.

fitness tote