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Gift Giving Guide 2022

written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director

It’s that wonderful time of the year again and the teachers have compiled recommendations for unique and interesting gifts for 2022. For your convenience, many of the suggestions link directly to our Amazon store or directly to the merchant’s site. Don’t forget that Pure Pilates gift cards are available year-round and this season we are offering 2 Holiday Promotions, discounting our services.


My son, Robert has just moved into his first apartment after college and loves to cook when he can find the time. These gifts are great for any of the cooks in your life. 


The hydroponics garden allows you to have fresh herbs year round without a lot of fuss or a window with adequate light.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat is the perfect cookbook to grab new ideas and teach the important basics for cooking. It’s also a great documentary on Netflix.

Dario Cecchini Herb Salt Blend is one of my favorites. It’s great on meat or mixed in olive oil as a dip for bread or vegetables.


The Oxo Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer is the perfect gift for someone who loves avocado toast! The plastic blade smoothly cuts through avocado skin but isn’t sharp to the touch. The pitting tool quickly removes pits with a simple twist. The fan blade cuts fruit into perfect slices and scoops them out for serving.

The Universal in Flight Airplane Phone Holder Mount is a pocket size phone holder that is an essential accessory for flying. The strong clamp mounts your phone to a table, luggage handle or any object up to 1.5 inch wide. It has dual joints with 360 degrees of rotation that gives you flexibility for the best viewing angle — vertically or horizontally.

Auric Plush Ritual Ceramide Lip Treatment is a luxurious treatment for lips that delivers intense moisture night or day. The formula is enhanced with rich ceramides and French lupin seed, which helps to stimulate synthesis of collagen, working to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness.  Includes a jade spatula.


Wake up tired eyes with Bliss Eye Masks. I pack them on long flights and pop them on before I sleep or just before I land.

I’ve been following Jesse and his candle company Virgins on Fire on social media.  When Roe vs Wade was overturned, he was selling a candle where a $5 donation for each candle purchase went to Planned Parenthood.  I bought a dozen and shared them with women in my life.  Jesse is from New Jersey,  I love his humor and the quality candles have interesting scents.

I received a creativity kit from The Blossom Bar this year and I think this is a perfect gift if you are looking for something unique for the creative person in your life. It includes aromatherapy and other items to spark your creativity.

I am all about Neuro-movement and I encourage my clients to play brain games outside of the studio.  My mentor and friend, Trent McEntire has created 3 levels of games with his letterball.  If you have a child, senior, or athlete on your holiday list, Fire Up your Brain gives you a letter ball and appropriate games to play at all levels.

As the weather turns cold, I enjoy the classic Manhattan cocktail. Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries are the perfect garnish for most bourbon, rye or whiskey cocktails.


This shower mist from European Spa Source is an amazing present for someone or for yourself. A couple of sprays and it transforms your whole shower experience into a spa. Nice way to wake up or even finish your day!

These are our favorite wine glasses- a beautiful gift for any wine drinker. The Schott Zwiesel glasses are heavy and beautiful but are reasonable enough to easily add more glasses to your collection or replace if needed.

If you need a Holiday gift for a child, I love this story of Red and Lulu, two birds who live in the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A beautiful holiday book, especially for any little one who lives in the tri-state area and has the tradition of going to see “the tree”.

Gift Card Promotions

Holiday Initial Private Consultation

Introduce someone to our studio with an Initial Private Consultation Gift Card. Purchase this $60 gift by December 24th and save $15.00 off the $75 introductory service. Initial Private Consultations are for new clients only. Gift cards are delivered via email and can be printed for gifting.

Pop-Up 4-Pack 2023

Do you love Katie’s Saturday Pop-Up Classes? Are you looking for a gift that can be enjoyed into the new year? Purchase a Pop-Up 4-Pack Gift Card, good for any 4 Pop-Up Classes that are scheduled through April 2023.

Purchase this $80 gift by December 24th and save $20. Our pop-up classes are $25 each and this package will discount each class by $5.00. Gift cards are delivered via email and can be printed for gifting.

On-Demand Library Giftcard

Our On-Demand Library is the perfect gift! We offer workouts for every fitness level in as little as 15 minutes up to a full-hour session. Purchase this unique gift for a busy friend on the go.

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.