What to get your health-nut friends
For the truly devoted fitness fanatic on your list, pick up gifts that will add new energy and interest to her admirable healthy lifestyle habits.
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Run with It
DEKA, the superstylish workout boutique that opened on the Mag Mile earlier this year, is the largest retailer of Newton Running shoes outside Boulder, the brand’s hometown. Impress your race-addicted friends by equipping them with a pair of the eye-catching neon kicks (about $160), which have taken the sport by storm, thanks to their lightweight approach to “natural” running.
5047 N. Clark St.
Andersonville kitchenware shop the Wooden Spoon is offering a cooking class that can help the calorie-conscious stick to their guns. Vow to stay the course with a health-minded friend by signing her (and yourself) up for Resolution Solution, on January 2 ($75), in which you’ll master new recipes that are light and high in fiber and nutrients.
Nikon's D3200 HD-SLR is available in Black and Red for a standard retail price (SRP) of $699.99. In other words, it's yours to make your own.
3556 N. Southport Ave.
It’s the best winter basic: This cozy, long-sleeved wool top--new from Lululemon for winter--is called the “Fireplace Jersey” ($138) for a reason. Loose enough to pull on over another layer, soft enough to be worn by itself and dressy enough to go from workout to just about anywhere, this shirt is how we like our clothing to be: indispensable.
1444 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The studio workout fan on your list won’t want to miss the Mercury Method, just opened in Wicker Park by fitness expert and Pilates DVD star Lara Hudson. Classes ($16 a session; $160 for an unlimited month) are held in a narrow, red-lit room with the temperature holding at a steady 98.6 degrees to help you detox; it’s a killer combo of strength training, Pilates, yoga and endurance conditioning.