So your girlfriend guzzles green juice, spends her mornings at yoga or spin class, and works hard to take care of herself. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, she's probably hinted that flowers and a box of chocolates are nice, but she’d rather you give her something she could put to good use (or at least feel good about eating).
Enter these alternative V-day gifts that have gotten the thumbs-up from real, fit-minded women.
Bear in mind that this is not an opportunity for you to hint to your lady that she needs to lose a little weight, but rather a time for you to give her something that acknowledges all her hard work. And who knows, she might be so impressed by these fantastic gifts that she’ll make time for a little extra one-on-one cardio with you.
ASICS Thermopolis(R) LT 1/2 Zip
Give this ridiculously soft pullover to your girl, and you won’t be able to keep your hands off her. The workout shirt features thumbholes, pockets for her to stash her smartphone, and a high mock neck to keep her warm during the winter months. If you’re nervous about getting the right size, just take a quick peek at the long-sleeve shirts she’s got already. They should give you a good idea of what’s appropriate.
Arthur George Socks
These socks are the perfect way to charm her without chocolate or candy hearts. And at $15 a pair, you won’t have to empty your wallet to give her something she'll love. From “I Love You” to “Sexy Sexy,” “Kiss Me,” and “Classy Bitch,” each pair has a different message on the soles of the feet--so gift accordingly.
bkr Water Bottle
If there were ever a chic water bottle, this is it. Inside a silicone sleeve sits a glass bottle that won’t leach chemicals into your water, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Not to mention the bottle's been spotted in the hands of sexy female celebs like Jessica Alba and Reese Witherspoon. Stay within the V-day theme and get her a red, pink, or heart-drawn bottle.
Workout Class Package
Boutique fitness classes can be expensive, but it's likely your girl makes room in her budget for her daily barre or boot camp fix. Help her out by giving her a class package or gift card to her favorite fitness studio. If you're in the New York City area and want to surprise her with something she's never tried before, get her a gift card to one of the hottest new cardio workouts on the market—305 Fitness. This Miami-inspired workout combines aerobic and anaerobic training, all disguised as one giant dance party. Strobe lights and a live DJ serving up custom-mixed beats at every class will most definitely put a smile on her face.
Nina B. Roze 'Heart Butt Leggings'
Score yourself extra points by getting a little creative with these kick-ass leggings.“The Heart Butt Legging has an effective design feature that elevates the booty by creating an enticing heart-stitched shape that beautifies every woman's assets," says Nina Berenboym, founder of Nina B. Roze. "This design also has a powerful impact on women who are constantly wanting to improve their workouts. The fabric we chose feels like you're wearing nothing and is great for low- or high-impact activities." Essentially, these leggings are made to look good on everyone and are super practical (oh, and stylish).
SOL REPUBLIC Relays
You're familiar with the struggle all too well. Whether you're logging miles on the treadmill or the pavement, your earbuds fall out over and over again. A good pair of in-ear headphones can really enhance your workout or even just day-to-day listening, which is why these in-ear headphones by Sol Republic are so great. They're easy to put in and won’t fall out and come with multiple-size options for the in-ear piece so it custom fits to your ear. A three-button mic and music control make it easy to bump up the volume, shuffle between songs, and answer your phone.
Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug
This gift is perfect for both of you. It's inexpensive and widely available, making it an easy purchase for you, and the monogram gives it a personal touch that she'll appreciate. Girls just love tea mugs. It's a fact. Now every time she brews a cup of tea she'll think of you.
Some new fitness tech is sure to get her fired up. FitBit’s latest device, the FitBit Force is one of the top trackers on the market. The gadget measures personal metrics, including steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes throughout the day. What makes this model so great is that the small screen displays the data right on your wrist. For a more detailed account of your day's activity, sync the device with its corresponding smartphone app. Get one for her and one for you and start up a little friendly competition.
It wouldn't be Valetine's Day without a little chocolate. But pass on the junky drugstore boxes and get her the good stuff. NibMor's chocolate is created using organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade, and gluten-free ingredients. If she's really gung-ho for superfoods, the Extreme bar is the way to go. With 80% cacao and raw cacao nibs, it tastes as good as it is good for you. The bars are sold in more than 4,000 stores nationwide, but an inside source tells us that they'll be having a sale on abesmarket.com just in time for Valentine's Day.