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Kathleen’s “12 Days of FitMas Gifts” Sneak Preview

by Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

Every year, I kick off December with my “12 Days of FitMas Gifts” list — which is always a huge hit with our members!  So, with the gift shopping season quickly approaching, I thought I’d give you a “sneak preview” of some of my favorite items. Here are 3 of my “must-gives” — come find out the remaining 9 at classes with me in December!

1. MPOWERD Luci Aura Inflatable Solar Lantern


Okay, this is the coolest gift for anyone!
It is an inflatable solar lantern that has so many different uses.  It is available at REI and on Amazon, where you can find a cool video about it.

Product description:

“At home indoors and out, this solar-powered LED lantern casts light in 8 different hues (including white) for playful easy-to-use illumination without burning kerosene or spillable wax.”

Why I love this gift:

  • It is great for ANYONE!
  • Campers will love them
  • Kids will love them for outside play
  • They look amazing floating in the pool for a party or lining your walkway to the front door for a party!
  • They are great stuck on your Stand Up Paddle board in the evening!
  • Great for evening Kayaking
  • They deflate to nothing and are easily packable
  • They come in different colors
  • Only $24.95 for 2

2. Tom’s Nepal Boots

Nepal BootsI love these and actually have two pair!
One is black with fur and the other is black and grey and white–you will see the 5 options on the Toms site.

Product Description:
“Suede upper with faux hair shaft; Redesigned rubber outsole for increased traction and comfort; Faux shearling lining; TOMS tonal heel patch”

Why I love this gift:

  • It’s simply the cutest boot ever!
  • They’re not as hot as Uggs — they’re lined with a thinner, very soft fur
  • They’re perfect for Texas Winters
  • Very packable! I took them on my recent trip to Chile
  • Half the price of Uggs
  • They come in so many colors! They’re also available on Amazon in many more colors than the Toms website
  • They’re the most comfortable boot ever, for both inside and outside
  • Great to throw on for yoga and after any workout with leggings

3. POWERCAP LED Light Beanie

winterLEDbeanieProduct Description:
“POWERCAP LED Lighted Beanie Hats combine Patent Pending Ultra Bright LED technology with a premium Compression Fleece beanie style hat to provide you with the perfect hands free flashlight. The soft, moisture wicking lining will pull moisture away from your head and keep you warm and dry. ”

Why I love this gift:

  • I love this beanie for runs in the dark!
  • It will be a great gift for women, but it also comes in black and many other masculine colors in mens sizes.
  • It’s perfect for anyone who takes their dog for a walk after work, or for keeping in the car if you get stranded!

Happy gift giving 🙂

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Fun Ideas for Gift Season

‘Tis the season of celebratory events, and whether you’re attending a wedding, shower, graduation or house warming, you’ll probably find yourself hunting for that “perfect gift” — which can be daunting!   To make the process a little easier, we’ve asked our leaders to share their go-to gifts for this event-happy time of year.  Check them out for inspiration for what to get the next time you’re on the hunt:

polarbear cooler



One of my favorite gifts for almost anyone is the Polar Bear Cooler – a personalized, soft-sided cooler that is light-weight and easy to take on road trips, picnics, to sporting events and more. It’s great to fill it with other gifts, depending on the occasion. For a wedding shower, fill it with a bottle of champagne and personalized cocktail napkins. For graduation, fill it with collegiate koozies or cups. For a baby shower, fill it with a picnic blanket and personalized bib or water bottle for the baby. You can buy them at polarbearcoolers.com or locally at 3 Threads.



My favorite gift to give to graduates is a small and basic tool kit. Screams boring, yes — it’s utilitarian, let’s just say it — but guys!!  Hammers come in flowers now! And whose day is not brightened by a flowered hammer, or a polka-dotted tape measure?? Toolkit: for those freshman-year days when the sun won’t shine, but your socket wrench will.




For wedding/graduation/shower gift ideas, I took my lead from iGnite member Lisa Hildebrand who works at the Silver Papery in Westbank Market. It is a super fun store to shop, and they also have personalized John Hart gifts, which make great graduation gifts. Here were her suggestions — I am going to check out the personalized cutting board for some of my upcoming wedding gifts!

  • Maple Leaf Personalized Wood Cutting Boards
  • Monogrammed styrofoam or frost flex plastic cups with their new married monogram
  • Personalized Note Pads with their new married names or monogram
  • Monogrammed guest towels for guest bath


A gift that I think is super practical is a personalized address stamp for letter writing. After all, a newlywed couple is going to be writing tons of thank you notes, so being able to conveniently stamp their address is helpful. Plus, I personally love them!
For college graduation gifts, I give a bundle of three books that helped me when I was a struggling twenty-something college graduate trying to figure out who I was and my purpose in life. The books are: The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr Suess. These three books are chock-full of wisdom and for me: They gave me great direction, perspective and guidance during the “tumultuous twenties”.




I am sucker for anything monogrammed!  Waffle robes with either the letter of your first name or your full monogram make a cute and extremely comfortable piece to wear around the house. I’ve also given a colorfully designed jewelry plate with a friend’s name on it as a gift. You can find both of these gift ideas at Personally Yours. My sister gifted me a very cozy Pottery Barn blanket with my new monogram embroidered in one corner as a wedding shower gift. I use it daily and love it so much that I’ve given it to friends for their wedding!

Make up towel



My new high school grad gift will be the little black wash clothes embroidered with “make up” on them.  I plan on putting the cute wash cloth into a cute clear plastic monogrammed make-up case from Personally Yours!!  Inexpensive and very useful! For boys I always give a monogrammed Texas Flag from Personally Yours. The perfect wall decor for the dude! I have had great responses from young men loving this idea — in state or out of state.

College Grad gifts are always a gift card. They are usually setting up an apartment, so I get a gift card to Crate and Barrel, Target or Ikea. They have already received all of the monogrammed items they need from HS graduation!

Happy gift buying!

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Struggling with inspiration for what to give others for the holidays? The iGnite team shares our 11 go-to’s this year…


CEmask My favorite gift to give is a facial masque. I feel like it is one area that we all neglect or wish we could do more…of course I would love to be able to hand out a facial, but I go to the masque as an affordable alternative that just makes anyone feel good. My favorite line is Eminence Organics and here is a new one that I am going to give a try, but all are great!


socksThis year I’m finding I want to give lululemon running socks! I love wearing them because they feel good on my feet, I don’t ever have to tug at them while working out, they fit perfectly in my shoes, and all the designs are cute.   amazon-gift-cardAnother one of my favorite gifts to give is an Amazon gift card. Now that everyone in my family is getting older, we each bring a $25 gift card to our Christmas celebration and play the White Elephant gift exchange only with gift cards. I love bringing the Amazon card because it is gender-neutral, and you can buy ANYTHING off Amazon!


nestholiday_classic_hi300The Nest Holiday Candle – Wonderful scent, not too much and brings on the Christmas Spirit   cd

Betty’s Rockin’ Holiday CD – I love to make a playlist of upbeat Christmas music for my friends to have in their car while they are driving kids around or running errands.


or_708A_300   I love giving this “Peace of Mind” lotion, $10 from Origins! It has a light peppermint scent, and I just dab a little behind my ears when I need a pick-me-up!


IMG_4570-2Black monogrammed hand towels/wash cloths are my new favorite gift! I use one every day after taking make-up off. You NEVER have a dirty hand towel because the mascara, etc. does not show!  I have all white towels in all of my bathrooms in my home, but have a monogrammed make-up towel on the top of them for my daughters and guests to use. “Make Up” is monogrammed on them. You ALWAYS have white towels then! These are also perfect high school and college graduation gifts if you just need a gift and don’t want to spend a fortune on them.  I am having some monogrammed for my daughters to use in their apartments and putting them in their stockings!  You can get black hand towels/wash cloths at Bed Bath and Beyond for $2 to $4 and have them monogrammed and get them back pronto!


unnamed-50Right now I am loving the Nike Sport hair bands They come in many different and fun colors and the best part, which is why I like them so much and want to give them, is they do not lose their elasticity. The other fun hair ties I have used are super cute, but I can’t run, jump or do anything active without my ponytail coming loose and my hair getting in my face, which is a total drag. Thankfully, Nike has solved my “active lifestyle ponytail dilemma” , and when wrapped around your hair you can’t see the Nike or swoosh sign. (four pack = $10 or a bit cheaper on Amazon)


jacketSomething I’m going to get everyone on my Christmas list this year are the Ultra Light down jackets from Uniqlo.  $60.00 bucks and they come with a tiny pouch that you can stuff them into & carry them everywhere. GAP may carry them too, or target etc.


quarterlyI ran across the packages from Quarterly.co recently and love the idea of giving these this year!  You select a package personally curated and created by an artist/expert/designer/celebrity that your receiver loves, and they receive a specially curated surprise package in the mail, either one time or quarterly. So fun!


photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Every year I like to give small, homemade gifts to teachers and friends. Since there are so many decadent sweets at this time of the year, I like to give a healthy gift that teachers especially seem to appreciate. For gift giving, I wrap them in a festive holiday bag with ribbon or put them in cute holiday canisters.  For myself, I like to divide the nuts up into snack bag size servings so I don’t eat too many, and they become a convenient on-the-go snack.

I especially love this spiced nuts recipe from Martha Stewart.


judypaulartMy “go-to” and favorite gift to give is a Judy Paul “mini-print,” a 4x6in or 5x5in print mounted on wood, just the right size for a bookshelf, dresser, side-table, or special niche. Judy signs and dates each and every one of these little works of art, and they make great “personal” Christmas presents or special gifts for any occasion. You can order through her website and pick any of her images to be printed in this size. And/or you can find her at the East Side Studio Tour this weekend and next, and/or at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, and pick up your Judy Paul minis there. They are $20 each or “buy 3 get the 4th free” ($15 each).   Shop Local! 🙂