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6 Perfect Gifts for the Fitness Freak

Most of us know at least one person who is obsessed with fitness. While you deal with stress by downing pints of ice cream or beer (or both), the Fitness Freak combats it by going for long runs or spending extra time in the gym. “It helps me clear my head,” she says. Ben & Jerry’s helps you do the same, but we’re all different people, right?

You’re actually a little jealous that her go-to coping mechanism involves doing something healthy (rather than ingesting, you know, sugar and booze). And while your New Years’ Resolution will likely be centered around making a promise to yourself to get it together and exercise regularly, only to break it around mid-January, the Fitness Freak is resolving to do two-a-day workouts at least three times a week. Spoiler alert: that’s a promise she’ll keep. 

Your fit friend is going to need more workout gear as she continues to amp up her insane exercise schedule, so help her reach her goals in style with these awesome fitness gifts. Read it on Parade


25 Awesome Gifts for Outdoorsy People

During the winter months, it's easy to forget how much fun being outside can be. And if you have someone in your life who's always throwing BBQs, pool parties, or arranging camping trips, she's likely spending her winter checking off the days on her calendar, waiting for warmer months to arrive. Help her amp up her al fresco entertaining arsenal with any of the items on this list, and make that first outing of the season even more special. Read it on The Kitchn


25 Giftable Small Kitchen Electronics 

Some people want video game consoles or televisions for the holidays. The people we know and love? Well, they mostly want the latest and greatest in new small electric appliances for their kitchen. Here are 24 gifts — in addition to the Instant Pot, of course — that can be plugged in and are sure to become a workhorse in any kitchen. Read it on The Kitchn


6 Gifts for Hip Kids & Their Semi-Hip Parents 

It’s a huge responsibility to have kids, not just because they require a ton of work, but also because the choices you make determine the type of person your kid is going to turn out to become. Mission critical for parents: raise someone who turns out to be a decent human being. The world needs it. More than that, you also want to raise a kid who’s intelligent and aware, or “woke”, as people say nowadays, a citizen of the world. Sure, this can veer towards precociousness when a five-year-old asks the server whether the chicken fingers on the kids’ menu were humanely raised, or has an opinion on which of the jazz greats was the best, but we’ll let it slide. Some of us were obnoxious kids at one point, too.

For the hip kid in your life (and their semi-hip parents, who are trying very hard and are very, very tired), here are 6 awesome gifts to help them stay woke. Read it on Parade.


6 Gifts for the Discerning Foodie 

A decade or so ago, nobody really cared about food.  At least, not in the way that we do now.  They loved to eat since the dawn of time, of course, but nobody was asking questions about whether their steak was humanely raise or what kind of minerals were in the soil that their turnip was grown in. Nowadays, everyone’s got a little bit of a foodie in them, just by virtue of being conscious.  Don’t think this is true?  Picture your mother 15 years ago. Would that woman have even touched sushi back then?  Exactly.  Now she’s got a favorite roll and everything. Can’t get enough of edamame either. 

But in the ever-evolving hierarchy of foodies, there are some subtle distinctions worth noting, and The Discerning Foodie ain’t your mom’s type of foodie.  She’s not just picking up edamame hummus at her local grocery store or making a date with her friend to try Pad Thai for the first time.  This girl taking trips out to local farms to buy cheese.  She’s taking a class to learn how to make that exotic dish she ate when she went on that trip to Morocco.  She’s been known to blow a paycheck or two at one of the trendiest restaurants in her city, and she also regularly drops a ton of cash on high-quality ingredients at her local specialty market.  

Some might say she’s a bit of a snob, but when you’ve had the freshest, best version of a bland food you’ve been eating all your life—brussel sprouts, for example—you a.) never want to go back to eating the other version and b.) you want to shout it from the rooftops that there’s a better way. 

So, for The Discerning Foodie, we’ve rounded up six awesome gifts that’ll make her endless quest for the perfect bite a little more fun.  Read it on Parade.