9 Gift Ideas for Health-Conscious Coloradans

Give the gift of health this season with these products.

December 4 2015, 10:38 AM

—Photo courtesy of Manduka

Your fitness fanatic and eco-friendly friends seem to always be up on the latest sustainable gadgets—but so are we. Find the perfect gift for those trendsetters, or treat yourself and commit to being a healthier you this holiday season.

(Find the perfect present for everyone your list in 5280's gift guide)


—Photo courtesy of Juan Fernando Ayora

Modern Ōm’s M­odern Vitality Beverage Tote
$37, available at Pura Vida Fitness and Spa, 2955 E. First Ave., 303-321-7872

Who needs a water bottle when you have this versatile canvas vessel? Roll it up and stick it in your carry-on; clip its aluminum carabiner to your backpack on hikes; or fill it up with wine (its 25 ounces is approximately equal to your standard 750-milliliter bottle of vino) for a mess-free picnic.


—Photo courtesy of Polar Bottle

Polar Bottle's Thermaluxe Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle
$39.99

...But if you do prefer to carry your beverages in an actual bottle, choose this thermos-like one (made in Boulder), which keeps your liquids hot or cold for hours at a time.


—Photo courtesy of Manduka

The Black Mat Pro
$108

Yoga’s supposed to be calming, but sliding off your sweaty mat is the opposite of relaxation. Never fear: Eco-conscious yoga gear company Manduka uses sustainable materials to make thick, non-slip mats that prevent your skin from sticking to their surfaces—and offers a lifetime guarantee. Look for the limited edition metallic versions from the Manduka Pro line. 


—Photo courtesy of Clarisonic

Alpha Fit Men’s Cleansing System
$189

Clarisonic has been producing skin care products and cleansing systems for almost 15 years, but it released its first male-targeted device just last month. The compact tool is designed specifically for men’s skin, which tends to be thicker and more oily than women’s, and features one setting for bearded faces and one for those who prefer a clean, stubble-free look. 


—Photo courtesy of Rick Caudill

Classic High Top Extreme Mile High Edition
$60

Ski to your heart’s content, then ditch the clunky boots après for these packable, lightweight boots that pay tribute to your favorite football team. Bonus: They’re made by Lone Tree­–based Pakems


—Photo courtesy of Sore No More USA

Sore No More Warm and Cool Therapy Natural Pain Relieving Gels
$6–$20, depending on size; available at local Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Natural Grocers stores

All that swooping down the slopes may leave you with as much pain as exhilaration. This non-greasy gel will ease your aches and leave behind a citrusy scent. 


—Photo courtesy of Fred Studio

Sauced Measuring Wine Glass
$16

The Centennial State’s penchant for alcohol may make for some delicious flavors, but it’s also led to one of the highest binge drinking rates in the nation. Curb your enthusiasm with the markers on this crystal wine glass, which show you how many two-ounce sips you’ve gulped. 


—Photo courtesy of Queen Bee Organic Skin Care

Healing Heal Crack Cream
$17.55

Licensed esthetician Lynne Killey created Queen Bee Organic Skin Care in 2004 after she moved to Pagosa Springs to spend more time outdoors. Her homemade line includes everything from sunscreen to lip plumper, but our favorite is her salve for dry, cracked skin, made with shea butter and jojoba, coconut, and soybean oils. 


—Photo courtesy of Gaiam/Jason Innes

Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag
$60

Swap the cumbersome gym bag for this compact carry-all that comes with a separate pocket for sweaty clothes or dirty shoes and adjustable straps to attach your yoga mat to the bottom. 


—Photo courtesy of Hello

Sense Sleep Tracker
$129

Altitude sickness and insomnia often go hand in hand, but sometimes sleeplessness sticks around even after you adjust to Colorado’s elevation. Buy this futuristic-looking sleep tracker to find out what’s keeping you up at night (temperature, light, moisture, etc.), then use its “smart alarm” to wake up during the lightest part of your sleep cycle.