Gift Guide: Do It Yourselver

fitnessYou know your friend who likes to work out at home? The Fitness Do It Yourselfer? What on earth do you buy for her? We've done the work for you--or at least tried our best to help. Here is our guide to fun, inexpensive gifts for the mom who likes to exercise on her own.

Yesterday, I posted gifts for the Zen Queen. And I'm still jonesing for a few things on that list. But I remind myself that this week, it's all about what to give.


yoga matThe Product: Gaiam Flower of Life Yoga Mat

Cost: $21.99

Where to Buy: Sports Authority

Extras: My friend, a total Do It Yourselfer who would never spring for a gym membership--of course because they are so darn expensive--is still using a towel to do yoga at home in front of FitTV. She'd never buy this pretty mat for herself, but I bet she'd love it.

Why I Love It: Even if you already have a yoga mat, it's inspiring to have a pretty one.

Dirty DancingThe Product: Dirty Dancing Official Dance Workout (2008)

Cost: $10.99

Where to Buy: Amazon

Extras: Really fun, brand new dancing workout from our favorite, now-classic movie. Pre-order it now for Dec. 16 release so it arrives in time.

Why I Love It: I have a secret wish to dance like Baby.

tennis shoeThe Product: Gift certificate from Zappos

Cost: $50

Where to Buy: Zappos

Extras: A Do It Yourselfer doesn't like to spend her hard-earned cash on new shoes, but on Zappos, there are some super cute, comfy fitness choices for just $50. Print out a photo of these Saucony running shoes or these Nike T-lite crosstrainers

Why I Love It: Zappos lets you return shoes with free shipping until you get the right fit.

The Product: Omron Digital Pedometer


Where to Buy:

Extras: This advanced design lets you wear it on your belt or carry it in your pocket, clip it to your bra, or wear it anywhere it is perpendicular to the ground. The Omron HJ-112 counts steps, calculates distance and calories burned.

Why I Love It: I have a bunch of pedometers that are super cheap at home. And none of them work. I'm guessing a Do It Yourselfer might have done the same. This one gets the highest raitings and recommendations from About and Consumer Research.

Are you a Do It Yourselfer Yourself? Definitely check out tips from fitness moms in the group Exercise at Home.

Check in tomorrow for gifts for the Eternal Dieter.

What is a fitness or workout item you'd love to have, but you never want to spend the money on it?

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