Shopping for all the meaningful people in your life is joyful, but exhausting. When you actually finish buying gifts for everyone on your list, you deserve a treat. Granted, it’s hard to justify pricey purchases after depleting your bank account, so an investment in your health and wellness is a solid compromise. Below, we’ve outlined five gifts that make a perfect gift to yourself this year.
1. A Warm Layer
In case hearing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” in stores and coffee shops wasn’t enough of a hint, temperatures plummet this time of year. Yes, you could be stubborn and head out for a run in your usual t-shirt or tank, but your body (and mind) would be happier if you just threw on a warm layer. These half-zip pullovers for women and men are just the thing for a run on a chilly day: they’re easy to pull on and off if you’re warming up on your way to or from the gym, and they’re slim enough while exercising.
Whether you’re channeling your inner channel or trying to get in fighting shape, jumping rope can increase the elasticity and resiliency of lower-leg muscles, improve coordination, and burn about 10-16 calories per minute. Plus, you can jump rope practically anywhere that you can clear a small space. When it comes to jumping rope, do yourself a favor and make a small investment in a rope that feels good on your hands and moves easily. This Buddy Lee model, $34.95, has comfortable grips and an easily adjustable PVC rope to make jumping more efficient and fun.
Strength bands can shake up your workout or maximize your down time. Use them for anything from rehabilitation, stretching, mobility and resistance training, to power-lifting, weightlifting and pull-up assistance. At home, it’s easy to anchor a strength band under a heavy piece of furniture, like a sofa leg, to work your abductors while binge-watching Netflix. (Who isn’t looking for justification for spending hours on the couch?)
The TRX Suspension Trainer is one of the most popular exercise tools in the world because anyone can use it anywhere. It’s an all-in-one fitness solution for a full-body workout, perfect for home, the gym, and travel, and it doesn’t require any special equipment for set-up. And if you need help getting started with workouts—or you just need fresh ideas— the TRX Home2 System comes with a full year’s access to the TRX App, featuring specially-programmed workouts from the world’s top trainers.
A stability ball is one of the more useful fitness tools to keep in your home. You can use it for lots of ab exercises and glute bridges, but it also has less obvious functions. When carefully lying back on a stability ball with your feet firmly planted on the floor, it’s a core-challenging base for upper body weighted exercises like chest presses and skull crushers. You can also deploy it as additional seating in a pinch in your living room, dining room, or office.
Holidays elicit different reactions from different people. Whether you love exchanging presents or dread it, don’t forget to take care of yourself this holiday season. And if that means a little treat—or five—make it one that will keep the self-care vibes going for the year to come.