Stockings are funny and many families have various traditions regarding them. In my family, we open our stockings first, then eat breakfast – which is always a homemade coffee cake and now a healthier quiche, then open presents one at a time, taking turns and then shower – workout – whatever until family comes over for a late lunch. Our stockings were usually filled with toiletries like cotton balls or travel sized toothpaste, gum or candy, hair holders, and other essentials that I didn’t necessarily ask for but inevitably will use. Today, I’m sharing my favorite stocking stuffer ideas for 2014 gym rats. This isn’t Goop and they are all affordable. If you haven’t gotten someone a gift yet, it might be fun to get these all together and make a gift box.
My sister-in-law grew up having her stocking filled with gift cards and CDs. Roomie grew up getting things like batteries that went with other big gifts as well as small toys and candy. When I first spent Christmas with his family, I don’t think he even looked at what was inside until dinner time!
Bobble Sport Bottle $11.99
Ever since I started drinking Essentia, I’ve become a water freak. I want to know where it came from, what is in it and is it free of contaminants. I love the Bobble Sport Bottle for when I’m at the gym and don’t feel like spending $3 for bottled water. The spot top is attached to a carbon filter that removes chemicals and impurities from your water. It’s easy to refill at any water fountain or sink.
This is great to carry with you at school to stay hydrated and then to use for practice afterwards – or for my peers, work and then later to use at the gym. It’s also great for someone who travels a ton! From personal experience, drinking water out of the sink in hotels rooms always sketches me out. I know tap in Boston is ranked pretty good but I have no idea about the rest of the cities I frequently visit. I know I’ll be fine and survive, but I drink 16 ounces of water every day first thing in the morning and I’d like to know that I’m not getting remnants of old prescription drugs. Get 20% off through Dec 31st using promo code GIVEFUN. <- Not an affiliate link
The bottle holds 22 ounces of water and is BPA free. It conveniently fits in your treadmill water bottle holder and comes with a handle. The filter lasts about 2 months and costs $5 to replace – which beats buying a bottle of water each time you go to the gym! They are offering a bottle at 20% off
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Goody Quick Style Paddle $11.99
If you shower at the gym, you probably dread doing your hair at the crowded blow dry areas. This new brush by Goody promises to remove excess water and speeding up drying time. I’ve been using it for a few months and do notice a slight difference – slight! But hey, I can use every extra minute I can get. I can never seem to find my favorite brush, Goody Ouchless. Google says they sell it at WalMart online for $5! Best brush ever if you have hair that tangles easily.
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant , $14
Twenty thousand people can’t be wrong. That’s how many people have “favorited” this stuff on Sephora’s website. Lavanila, The Healthy Deodorant deodorant rocks and is a must in every gym bag. My mom bought a mini one for my stocking last year at Sephora and I have been using it religiously ever since. Aluminum and paraben free, you can wear this stuff without stress. It smells nice, goes on smooth and keeps you smelling fresh even after the most rigorous workouts.
Affordable Cute Hair Ties – Etsy $0.50 each
Ok, so no longer are these hair ties, the OMG all the rage but they are still pretty expensive to buy, something you don’t want to spend on yourself but know you need. Not only do they look cuter than regular hair ties but they are more gentle on your precious hair. I’ve seen them for sale for as much as $5 an elastic!!!! Simply visit Etsy, type in elastic hair ties and up pop up a variety of vendors offering their ties for much less. This gal is charging $13.99 for 30. Snag a few for yourself and add one or two to your others gifts as a fun addition.
Guru Sandals – $30
The shower sandal that looks cute and can be worn outside the locker room too! I know – these cost more than your average stocking stuffer so maybe they aren’t great to include here but I wanted to because they are so cute and got their start on Kickstarter. Gurus are made from natural fibers and were inspired by the ancient Indian wooden sandal, worn by Mahatma Gahndi. They come in a variety of cute colors. In addition to being eco-friendly, for every pair you buy, Gurus plants a tree.
Well, this would end up being a very expensive stocking, wouldn’t it? Maybe grab one or two for the stocking and then head to CVS for the rest. You can never go wrong with a pack of travel tissues, mints, gum, and floss.