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Favorite Things Gift Giving Guide

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

If I had to share my wish list with you this year, I would tell you that I crave comfort, things that spark joy and experiences that make me smile or stimulate my brain. I started thinking about what I would want this holiday season way back in October and how I could capture this comfort and joy for our community.  The final product? The Pure Pilates Holiday Care Package. Our entire staff created 9 – 15 minute workouts for you to enjoy throughout December and the dreary month of January. We offer classes for all levels of fitness. Rent for yourself or give as a gift that keeps on giving into the new year.

The studio has also put together must have Pilates props that everyone would want for their virtual workouts.  Check out our website to see all of our recommendations. I am grateful for my team and how they always show up for me and the Pure Pilates community. They have great ideas to help with your holiday shopping. Now, if you can imagine Julie Andrews singing in your ear as you read this:

 “Brown paper packages tied up with string. These are a few of our favorite things!”

Holiday Shopping may just get a bit more merry!

Check out Gratitude Soapery! Julie Chan’s friend, Kristin Blomquist, left the corporate world and now owns this company. Kristin has an amazing story and we are excited to share Julie’s gift pick! Gratitude Soapery handcrafts small batch beauty and bath products designed to enhance the power of intention. They believe in providing cues that help call to mind all the intentions you want to manifest.  The candles and soaps create strong sensory connections that help you create the platform to support your intentions. 

Need a special hostess gift or something to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher? Laura Kerwick loves the hand soaps and lotions from Molton Brown. “Whether just a soap or one of their gift packages with soap and lotion, their scents never disappoint.”

Laura Harrell has a game that can be enjoyed by a wide age range. “Elementary school kids and grandma can play Qwirkle at the same time! It’s one of my favorites.”

Check off everyone on your list with Katie Huddleston’s picks for adults, children and just about anyone you can think of.  For the grown-ups, send an annual membership to Masterclass, where they can learn and be inspired all year long.  Pro Kites USA make beautiful kites for the kiddos. You may even be able to fly it on a perfect cold, crisp winter’s day!  And for a truly unique idea, grab up to 20 of your closest family and friends and rent an AMC movie theatre.

Need some stocking stuffers? Kathy Celardo has got you covered.  Just in time for the winter and those chapped lips, Dr. Lipp Sweet Potato Tint is Flavor, Fragrance, GMO, Paraben & Cruelty-Free. She also recommends keeping your hands silky smooth with L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. And for every woman, like Kathy and I, who carry these gigantic handbags and can never find our keys, The Key Purse Hanger from The Grommet. Purchase a bunch of these stylish accessories for all your favorite girlfriends.

“You can never go wrong with Toe Sox for the Pilates enthusiast.” Marcellina Mele would love to have them in her stocking!

Tiffany Mortimer receives a great gift every year from her college roommate, who is from Bermuda.  “She sends me Christmas ornaments from various places we used to visit together or just little reminders from my visit to Bermuda (a star filled with Bermuda sand, or a Bermuda cedar ornament).  These aren’t big gifts but small reminders that always make me smile.”

“Every morning I wake up to Syd and he is always smiling!” Carol Crincoli purchased Syd from Suburban Monk for herself and many people on her holiday list last year.  If you frequent the studio, you are greeted by Syd as you walk through the door. The tiny ones make for great stocking stuffers or as lovely gifts for a co-worker or teachers.

Rebecca Noerr – “I love gifts from Etsy – especially wellness packages (spa, candles, aromatherapy) they are very unique, come in a nice package or basket and you are supporting independent creators.”

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