Ethical Gifts for Fitness Freaks
Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be tricky. Nobody wants to end up with extra junk they aren't going to use. That's why the JUGs often go for experiential gifts. But another safe bet is to give something health and fitness related. After all, January is when everyone tends to reboot their exercise routines, so the the ladies in your life are sure to love something to make their 2017 resolutions a little more fun. And of course, it is fun to give gifts that also support small, local, ethical businesses!
1. Vered Muscle Soothing Body Oil
This body oil has two major powers: 1) it is the perfect body moisturizer for another long Boston winter, 2) it helps recover muscles after a workout. The oil contains arnica extract - a homeopathic remedy for athletes since the 1500's! Tried and true, Vered Muscle Soothing Body Oil is the perfect gift for long distance runners, cross-fitters, or anyone that is whipping their muscles back into shape after an indulgent holiday. The oil is completely nontoxic and is available at Follain.
2. True Moringa Calming Bath Soak
Another great way to get blissed out after a big workout is with True Moringa's Calming Bath Soak. This soak makes a beautiful, affordable gift for any of your stressed out friends - but is particularly good for post-workout because of the anti-inflammatory rose petals and soothing chamomile. Sage promotes circulation which is key in combatting cellulite. Plus, this gift also has a positive impact across the globe because True Moringa (Boston-based) works directly with a network of 1600 smallholder farmers in Ghana, providing sustainable livelihoods through access to credit, agricultural training, nutrition programs, and fair wages.
3. EcoTools Hair Brush
Every gal needs a hairbrush in her gym bag. Unfortunately, ethically-made beauty tools are few and far between. That's why we love EcoTools - they keep it simple and effective. It features cruelty-free bristles on a recycled plastic bed with a bamboo handle. And at $11, it makes a great stocking stuffer!
4. Haven Collective Two Tone Leggings
The yogi or boutique gym-lover will adore these two-tone leggings. Haven Collective is an NYC-based yoga apparel brand that uses "eco sensitive materials" and manufactures in the U.S. The company also recognizes a responsibility to take care of the communities, so they take a local approach to philanthropy, providing support to a variety of organizations. The leggings are completely opaque (thank G), sweat-wicking, and super flattering on all body types (yay for high wasted workout gear!).
5. Janji Boda Windbreaker
We love Janji because they are a Boston-based ethical company that gives back and also provides some great programming (workout classes!) around town. The Boda Windbreaker from their newly-launched Kenya collection is perfect for any cold weather workout. It is water resistant and has pockets for stashing keys, phone, and those weird workout goo things.
6. Janji Weave Longsleeve
Another fav from Janji's Kenya Collection is the super-cute Weave Longsleeve - it is the perfect layer to go from spin to brunch-appropriate in 2 seconds flat. We love the sporty design and thumbholes. The sweat-wicking material makes it great for outdoor runs. Plus, at $48 it is both amazing and affordable workout gear for any lady in your life.