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BackJoy® Posture+

BackJoyHere’s what makes BackJoy® Posture+ a good gift for the tech lover or someone who is a health/fitness buff.  Eighty percent of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. And around the holidays as a result of stress, and when we’re sitting a lot, at work in front of a computer or TV, or while traveling (think of long car rides or hours on a plane) back pain can worsen. The good news is that the majority of back pain can be prevented with good posture[i] and the Posture+ is an innovative alternative to help fight back pain.

BackJoy Posture+ automatically tilts, cups and floats the pelvis upright to help you find your most balanced and comfortable posture, while engaging core muscles to help you sit correctly. The Posture+ alleviates back pain naturally (no pain meds required) to help people avoid life-limiting back problems and back pain caused by sitting for long periods of time. It’s durable, comfortable and can be used on a hard or soft office chair, in the car or on a plane.

The BackJoy Posture+ retails for $39.99, comes in a variety of colorful styles (pictured below), and can be found at major retailers nationwide.

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Polar LoopPolar Loop

Earlier this month Polar released “Polar Loop” the first waterproof and heart rate compatible activity tracker on the market and it is currently available for pre-order ($109.95) for the holiday season. Some key features of this product include:

• Activity Guide helps you stay active all day long

• Activity Benefit gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity

• Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day

• Free guidance with the Polar Flow app and Polar Flow web service

• Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensors

• Waterproof

Learn more at the Polar website and on PolarLoop.com.

FT7 Blue : Lilac or Red : OrangePolar FT7 Blue / Lilac or Red / Orange ($119.95)

For those who want to know if they’re improving their fitness or burning fat, check out the Polar FT7 Blue / Lilac or Red / OrangeThe EnergyPointer tells you if the main effect of your training is fitness improvement or fat burning. It displays calories burned and also comes with comfortable fabric transmitter and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk.

FT2 Blue ($89.95)

For recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness:

  • Shows heart rate on large and easy-to-read display
  • Helps improve your fitness with automatic age-based heart rate target zone
  • Displays a summary of your latest workout
  • Simple one-button start and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk
  • Records average and maximum heart rate

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Solar Shield Fits Over Sunglasses

Solar Shield Fits Over Sunglasses redefine the concept of traditional fits over glasses, spreading eye-health awareness and durability with truly adorable styles!  For under $30 a pair, they make for the perfect gift for the glasses-wearer on your Holiday list!  This is a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy for person; everyone who wears glasses can use a pair of Solar Shields!

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Words to Sweat by

Words to Sweat by wants to fuel girl’s and women’s fitness passion and fashion – with necklaces that help them  go “tread to tread” while she runs with her BFF (http://www.wordstosweatby.com/details#cid=206609), keep her swinging a kettlebell (http://www.wordstosweatby.com/details#cid=209139), or provide a positive reminder to stay focused on their health and fitness goals (http://www.wordstosweatby.com/details#cid=199114).

Pieces range in price from $11.99 – $45.00 therefore they are a great option for family and friends. Each piece is packaged in a small box with a ribbon, so they are gift giving ready! Many of these hand stamped pieces offer original and exclusive Words to Sweat by designs therefore they are a truly unique and handmade gift for the fitness fans in our lives.

The Words to Sweat by mantra workout towels help keep the “can do” in a person’s curl with inspiration in the form of sassy or serious mantras in colorful appliqués on a 16 x 26, 100% cotton towel (http://www.wordstosweatby.com/#category=mantra-workout-towel). With mantras like, “Carpe Dumbbells,” “10 more reps and the cupcake is history,” and “Healthy. Strong. Happy.” there is something for everyone no matter the fitness level. Price: $10.95.

The entire line is available online at http://www.wordstosweatby.com/shop.

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Vitamints

Shopping for friends and family around the holidays can be daunting, especially when it comes to finding a variety of great, affordable stocking stuffers to fit each personality in your family.

Vitamints do the duty of your daily vitamin but look and taste like a mint. They fit in a stocking, purse or even a back pocket and can be taken anytime, anywhere, even without food or water.

Variants: Immune, Energy, Calm, Focus, Multi for Women

Dose: Four tablets per day helps provide the RDA of several vitamins and minerals

Where to Buy: Walgreens nationwide, as of spring 2013

SRP: $4.99 for a pack of 60 Vitamints

Goodbye horse pill, hello minty fresh breath. New, first-of-their-kind Vitamints do the duty of your morning vitamin but look and taste like a mint. The new line features five different Vitamints ranging from a multivitamin for women to vitamins that address specific needs such as increased energy or enhanced focus. Vitamints come in portable, easy-to-carry 60-count tins so they can be taken anytime, anywhere.

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Dose: Four tablets per day 

Where to Buy: Walgreens nationwide, as of spring 2013

SRP: $4.99 for a pack of 60 Vitamints

Visit www.vitamints.com for more information.

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Back Up!

This new card game might be a bit off the beaten path and a fun addition. The object in Back Up! is to get rid of your back pain, by collecting HEALTH cards and getting rid of PAIN cards.  A humorous diversion for anyone experiencing back issues—65 million Americans suffer from some sort of back pain.

Each card is related to back issues and illustrated with clever art.  Some example cards:

  • The PAIN card “Pick up a box that you thought was linens but turns out to be books,” increases your pain level by 3 points.
  • The HEALTH card “Walk instead of taking the car”, decreases your pain level by 2 points.
  • The ACTION card “Prescription runs out” allows you to steal a card from another player.

While the game is non-therapeutic, players have reported feeling better after playing. For a brief overview see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffJ0UpQsbLI

The game will be for sale for $11.99 on the company’s website: http://www.getwellgames.biz/index.html.

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Pearl.com

Pearl.com’s “Peace of Mind” package (https://www.pearl.com/offer/peaceofmind) is a great gift for the worrier in your family. Whether he or she is constantly bombarding you with questions about the dog, their kids, a broken car or health concerns, now there’s a team of dedicated experts to answer all of those questions—any time of day or night even from their mobile phone.

Pearl.com has more than 10,000 experts in more than 700 categories – from medical and veterinary to dream interpretation and antique appraisal. The new “Peace of Mind” package I’d love for you to review connects you with 3 different experts for just for $59.

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Dot Girl

The Dot Girl First Period Kit (www.dotgirlproducts.com)is a perfect tool for grandparents raising their granddaughters. It is a kit that contains what a girl needs to be ready her first time and every time. Packaged in bright colors the kit is immediately attractive to girls worrying about their first periods.

Included is The Dot Girl Period Answer Book—all the information about periods a girl needs to know in one readable booklet.

Some more information about The Dot Girl First Period Kit:

Retail Price is $14.95

Available at dotgirlproducts.com and Amazon.com

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EpsomSalt_At-Home SpaEpsom Salt

Some people may remember it only as something their grandparents kept in the medicine cabinet, but Epsom Salt can help people create their own at-home spa treatments, soothe achy muscles, and doctors say it will even boost their body’s levels of magnesium. The Epsom Salt Council who has Epsom Salt products (such as the ones they sent me for review), offer many great suggestions to try.

Epsom Salt—actually magnesium sulfate—is easy to use and easy to find in your local pharmacy or supermarket and it costs just a few dollars. If you’d like to learn more, please visit either www.epsomsaltcouncil.org or www.facebook.com/epsomsalt.

For pampering

After exercising

For health

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I AM

Picking out healthier gifts is now easier with I AM enlightened creation’s liquid herbal supplements. Their portable 2.5 oz. bottles of herbal supplements provide fast, effective solutions to everyday problems that all of your readers face. With formulas that assist with lack of sleep, focus, energy, and happiness, you will have plenty of options to pick from to gift during the holidays.

All I AM products are vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and free of artificial sweeteners, perfect for any healthy diet. I AM is also B Corporation certified, using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

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Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles

Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles are NOT your grandmother’s hot water bottle.  Its luxurious, colorful, whimsical, elegant, soft and cozy designs make it the perfect  holiday/winter gifts for everyone on your list—men, women, teens, children and even pets.

Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles are  used to soothe aches and pains, melt away tension, warm hand and feet, soothe children, provide menstrual cramp comfort, ease back aches, relieve stress, warm the bed, diminish arthritis pain, help with a restful night of sleep, keep warm and cozy and so much more—something for everyone!  All you need is access to hot water—no electricity, no microwave.

Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles are made of eco-friendly thermoplastic, making it odorless, safe and fully recyclable.  It is BPA and phtalate free making it safe to use and worry free.  Thermoplastic is designed to allow the heat to last for hours—an average of 6 hours, in fact!   Warm Tradition has a choice of 100′s of different covers in many styles, colors, designs and fabric choices – luxurious velour, cozy fleece, soft flannel, cuddly minky fur, soft knit…to name only a few.

To view the entire collection – go to www.WarmTradition.com

Some important information about Warm Tradition Hot Water Bottles:

Average Price – $19.95

Available at www.WarmTradition.com

Link to PDF of Winter/Holiday Collection – Warm Tradition Winter/Holiday Catalog

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HearingAid1hi HealthInnvations Hearing Aids

hi HealthInnvations hearing aids are a unique and customizable gift that promotes health among the 48 million Americans with hearing loss.

Hearing health plays a critical role in people’s overall health and well-being, so there is no better gift for a loved one. What’s more, hearing loss affects one in five Americans aged 12 and older, but fewer than 20 percent of those people currently use hearing aids – often due to the high cost or lack of awareness of the available options.

With that in mind, people should consider giving a hearing aid from hi HealthInnvations, which sells hearing aids for far less than historical prices. The high-tech, custom-programmed hearing aids retail for $749 or $949 per device, which represents as much as a 60 percent discount compared to most competitor prices that can exceed several thousand dollars per device.

Giving a hearing aid as a gift is easy—simply call hi HealthInnovations at 1-855-523-9355 to order a gift certificate in any dollar amount.  The gift giver will receive an email with a gift certificate code, which can be redeemed by the gift recipient following a hearing test performed by a health care professional.  The hearing device will then be shipped directly to the gift recipient’s home.

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VTech CareLine ™

Want the senior in your life to stay socially connected?  Seniors are empowered to maintain active lifestyles and close relationships with this home telephone and personal communication system.  This product was designed to answer seniors’ daily communications needs and support hearing, dexterity or vision challenges. Features include large displays, photo speed dial, reminder capabilities, volume boost and a wearable pendant with one-button dialing that directly calls those pre-selected people who seniors communicate with most or for emergencies.

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BriteBeatz Jingle Bells BrushBrush Buddies

This year, why not give the gift of a healthy smile?

For the kids, a great stocking stuffer idea is a musical toothbrush.  Brush Buddies has three cool, inexpensive ideas.   Two new BriteBeatz toothbrushes play music and light up to the beat of the music.  One model plays Jingle Bells and festively lights up in red and green.  The other model plays PSY’s latest hit “Gentleman”.  If you just want the music and no lights, there is also the new Justin Bieber singing brush that plays “Beauty and the Beat” and “As Long as You Love Me”.

For a great gift idea for the entire family, there is the new Soniclean Pro 5000 from Brush Buddies.  It comes equipped with a UV sanitizer to effectively remove bacteria from all four included brush heads. Three unique modes adjust the speed of the bristles from sensitive to standard to whitening.

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image001Too Many Rocks in Your Pocket

People allow stresses to build-up and affect their business, family-life and personal performance. “Too Many Rocks in Your Pocket” are a new set of products that offer a unique twist to the stress ball. The painted stress rocks work by forcing people to confront their stresses, visually and physically, instead of suppressing them and letting them fester.  The products come in three different packages – general stress, business, stress and student stress. Each set includes 10 hand painted rocks with different stress words.