I hate the gym. Hate is, perhaps, a strong word, but I certainly and adamantly prefer not to be inside one. Unless a person is a fan of group fitness classes, they’re basically misery caves, especially in the winter— sweaty, air saturated with aspirated moisture from the pores of other humans, exertion sounds, exertion farts. Because of that, people like me, athletes who are actually just adults who want to play outside (but not ski; I grew up in Wisconsin, and thus consider skiing a form of falling), have a very special sort of holiday wish list. Bundle up.
For the biking enthusiast
Zackees turn signal light gloves
Urban bicycling scares the shit out of me because it seems very dangerous. Nobody in New York City knows how to drive, people open their car doors into bike lanes like inconsiderate morons, pedestrians are inconsiderate morons. People just don’t see bicyclists! Turn signal light gloves are a way to at least the problem of visibility for bikers who travel at night, and they’re sleek and night enough that they’re not cumbersome. Bonus: great for raves. (Amazon, $94.95)
Ocean Front Walk bicycle
Urban bicycling scares the shit out of me, but tooling around on a pretty bicycle would make it much less scary. If you get somebody a bike this cute, though, you better urge them to invest in a good lock. (Fab, $399)