Today was predicted to be one of the top ten busiest holiday shopping days of the year. If you’ve run out of gift ideas, here are some great buys for that on-the-go person in your life. I went shopping yesterday at the Sports Basement in San Ramon and was excited to find these 10 novel and practical products — all for $30 and less!
1. Double Layer Home Socks by Woolrich- $15
Love, love, love these cushy socks! They’ll keep your feet warm and comfy with their double outer layer and super soft inner layer. The inner layer is treated with aloe vera (yes, aloe vera!) to soothe your active feet. Not sure how long the aloe will last after repeated machine washings, but nevertheless, the fabric is silky soft.
Outer layer: 51% nylon, 39% acrylic, 7% polyester, 3% spandex. Inner layer: 97% microfiber nylon, 3% spandex.
2. Freezable Lunch Bag by Packit® – $20
It’s important to keep cold foods cold, but ice packs get wet and messy as they start to unfreeze. No ice packs needed with this bag as the freezable gel is sewn into the walls of the bag. This lunch bag fits a meal, snack, and a 12-oz bottle. It compactly folds up for easy storage, and the buckle handle can attach to backpacks and other bags.
3. Inflatable Solar Light by Luci® – $20
This lightweight little light collapses to just one inch. Great for backpacking, travel, pool/patio, home, and emergencies. Light lasts for 24 hours on the lowest setting. Charges in 7 hours in direct sunlight. Four modes: low medium, high, and one-second flashing. These inflatable lights come in a variety of sizes and colors (for soft ambient lighting).
4. Hyperlite™ All Weather Gloves – $25
These ultra-thin gloves are wind/waterproof and can activate any touchscreen with their SoundTouch™ technology in the thumbs and index fingers. No need to remove your gloves in the freezing cold to answer your phone! Comes in men’s and women’s sizes.
5. Flip™ 10 Phone Charger by GoalZero – $25
I love the incredibly small size of this stylish phone charger and the USB flip tip for tangle-free charging. It’s as small as a lighter and can easily slip into your purse or pocket. (This charger has solar capabilities too, but you will need a Nomad Solar Panel to do that.) Takes 3 hours to recharge. Bigger sizes and colors are available.
*The mini connector that comes with the Flip 10 is not compatible with an iPhone, but you can purchase a pair on Amazon.com for $7.99.
6. Polar Roller by GoFit®- $30
This roller is like a rolling ice pack. You can place the roller in the freezer and roll out your tight, sore muscles while getting cold therapy at the same time.
7. Black Diamond® Spot Headlamp – $30 (reg. $40)
It’s getting darker earlier, but don’t let that hinder you from jogging, hiking, walking your pup, or seeing your way around camp. This high-powered headlight keeps your hands free to hold a leash, trekking poles, etc. instead of a flashlight. This headlamp has 4 modes: dimming, strobe, red (for night vision), and proximity.
Burn time: 125 hours (low setting) and 30 hours (max setting). No worries if it’s raining as this headlamp is waterproof and can be immersed up to 3.3 ft for 30 minutes.
8. Treat Pouch by Ruffwear® – $30.00
Here’s a gift for your dog on the go! Comes with an adjustable belt and belt clip. Since you’re holding a leash in one hand, this sturdy pouch was designed with a quick-access, one-handed operation and a magnetic closure. Great pouch for treats and other pooch essentials.
9. Yeti Rambler® 20-oz Tumbler – $30
If you’re not familiar with Yeti, they’re known for their premium ice chests. This stainless steel tumbler keeps your drinks ice-cube cold even after sitting in a hot car. Love the “No Sweat Design” as it keeps your hands dry and un-frostbit. I like the clear lid, so you can see how much you have left in your cup. Be careful if you put scalding hot coffee in the tumbler thinking it’ll be “gulp-able” in an hour or so. The Yeti will keep your drinks steamy HOT for hours!
NOTE: Be sure you buy a Yeti from an authorized dealer, so you don’t end up with a knock-off.
10. AeroPress® Coffee and Espresso Maker – $32
AeroPress coffee comes out rich and smooth without any bitterness due to its total immersion and rapid filtering. Makes 1-3 cups in about a minute. Comes with a zippered nylon tote bag, so you can easily brew away from home — at the office, camping or traveling. According to the Sports Basement team, they say this coffee and espresso maker yields remarkably great American and espresso style coffee! They love it and will swear by it even if you’re a “coffee snob”.
Includes 350 filters, filter cap, filter holder, stirrer, and scoop. Created by Alan Adler, a Stanford University lecturer and inventor who holds over 40 patents.
Fit Tip: Ask store employees for help when trying to find a gift in your price range. I sought out several Sports Basement team members to help me. They know the hot items and where to find them!