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2013 Gift guide: Healthy gifts for dieters and exercisers

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Do you need to buy a gift for a healthy eater, a fitness freak or for someone who is trying to lose weight? Coming up with "safe" ideas can be a little bit tricky. If you buy the wrong gift, you could easily offend your friend or family member.

How to buy a healthy gift

Before you head to the store, I suggest that you read my 4 Tips for Buying Healthy Holiday Gifts. It could save you from a Christmas day disaster and a week's worth of digging yourself out the doghouse. Some dieters don't want gifts that remind them of their struggle to shed pounds. But some fitness freaks love new gadgets and tools that help them reach their goals. So how do you know the difference? The best way to find out is simply to ask. But the guide will give you a few more strategies to make this year's holiday a happy one.

Gift ideas for 2013

If you do decide to get a healthy holiday gift, check out my list of favorite products of 2013. These are tools, books and gadgets that I've tried and can easily recommend. In addition to the lists below, I have one addition. Just yesterday, I received an ActivMotion Bar in the mail to review. You'll have to stay tuned for the full review, but I can tell you right now that this could be one of my favorite fitness tools of 2014. Check out their website to get the full details, but I can tell you that using this bar is a sure-fire way to engage your core and build strength and stability.

Here's my current list of gift ideas and last year's list too!

And if you're looking for fitness friendly gifts in the Twin Cities, don't forget to check out locally owned retailers. Marathon Sports near Lake Harriet, Gear in Edina and Gear West in Long Lake are my favorites. Need bike accessories for the cyclist in your life? Check out Flanders Bros Cycles on Lyndale.

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