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10 Awesome Gifts from REI for your Fitness-Obsessed Friends

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Last week while in Denver I got a chance to visit the REI Flagship store and fell in love. Jen and I wandered around touching all the fabrics and fantasizing we were independently wealthy so we could afford all these amazing things! Note: I’m notoriously cheap when it comes to workout gear and only buy things on clearance.

That being said, I thought it would be fun to do a list of my top pics. Some of these I own, some of them I want to own but they’d all make great gifts for your fitness obsessed friends or wanna-be fitness obsessed friends. ;)

1. SmartWool Running Socks

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I wouldn’t have believed it until I tried them myself, but smart wool socks RULE! I have one pair that was given to me as a gift but I haven’t splurged on additional pairs. Told you, cheap. Regardless, they make a great gift for any runner regardless of level.

2. Flashing LED Reflectors 

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These are on my list this year. I’ve been running a lot more at night, especially now in the winter when it gets dark at 5 p.m. Great stocking stuffer for any of your runner friends

3. The Fitbit One

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I have now owned The One, The Flex and The Force and I can honestly say the One was my favorite of the three. I miss it. :(

4. GoPro Hero3

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I LOVE my GoPro and it makes a great gift for anyone who wants to capture their adventures, whatever they are. Click here to see the ColorRun the 8-year-old captured with it this summer. 

5. Buff

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I picked one of these up because it was so darn cold in Denver and I’ve worn it on every run since! Such a great, versatile piece. Great gift!

6. Smart Wool Running Gloves

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Once you discover SmartWool there’s no going back. I tried these out when I was in Denver and I fell in love! I ended up getting a different SmartWool glove for everyday use but these are on my list for cold weather running. Best part: SmartPhone finger tip for all those pics I take on my runs!

7. REI Sport Capri Pants

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The price is right on these workout capris, you really can’t have enough. Only $20 and makes a great gift for anyone who works out!

8. REI Balance Gym Bag

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Have I confessed my bag-whore tendencies to you yet? Well, here it is: I’m a bag whore. I LOVE a good bag and this one is awesome! I checked it out while at REI and it’s on my list for Christmas this year.

9. The North Face Cypress Half-Zip Hoodie

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I bought my first North Face jacket a few months ago and fell in LOVE! This is a closeout deal and has limited sizes, but almost any North Face fleece or sweatshirt would make a great gift. It’s one of those things I want but never splurge on for myself.

10. Armpocket i-30 Extreme Armband

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As someone who is always running with phone in hand and keys in bra, this is on my list this year. It works with the iPhone or Galaxy and has extra pockets for keys, ID and cash. Why hasn’t someone thought of this before?!


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    December 10, 2013

    I have the ArmPocket and LOVE it! Holds what I need and never moves around on my arm…great gift idea!


    December 10, 2013

    I feel in love with the bag too. Like you am a bag whore. Much prefer the older colors this bag was carried it. The had black, purples and grey with teal accents. The new colors are just to loud for my liking. Hopefully the next generation of this bag will be a bit different in color selection as my favorite Dakine gym bag is no longer available. Just got my Fitbit One in the mail. Excited to have tracking back. Use to own a bodybugg and kind of outgrew wearing it but loved the knowledge. Can’t wait to see if I can finally get off this plateau! Thanks for all you do Roni.


    December 11, 2013

    I’m a bag whore!!! I totally get that! Also love smartwool. Whoever invented it is a GENIUS.


    December 11, 2013

    Will you please give a buff review/show and tell please


    December 13, 2013

    Why do you like the fit bit one best? I am thinking of buying one of the fit bits but can’t make up my mind which to get.