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Holiday Gift Guide 2023

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 2023. 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.

Kathy’s Gifts

Wellow Compression Socks

Compression socks are great for proper blood circulation. Wear them while traveling, after a good workout or whenever you want your legs to feel great!  These socks are incredibly soft, breathable and moisture-wicking because they’re made out of viscose from bamboo.

Earlywood Salt Cup

Perfect little round cups made from hard maple with a cork top. They are great to keep next to the stove for a salt cellar or a clean, simple way to store your commonly used spices.

Nylon Chopper Tool

Brilliant cooking tool that breaks up meat, vegetables or beans while protecting the surface of the pan.

Riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder

This travel cup holder attaches to your luggage so you can have a free hand while keeping a coffee or water bottle at the ready.


Cadence capsules are leakproof, TSA-compliant and magnetic containers designed to help you maintain your routines – home and away. They come in many colors and also have customizable labels for each capsule. It is the perfect way to carry various creams, medicines, jewelry, etc. Comes in various sizes.

Tiffany’s Gifts:

Cashmere Baseball Hat 

For the hat lover, this 100% cashmere hat elevates and adds warmth to the usual baseball hat. Comes in two sizes and several colors for men or women.

Screen Cleaner

A small touch screen cleaner with spray and wipe built into one reusable container. Great to keep in the car for touch screens and at home for computers, phones and ipads. The microfibre cloth can be washed and won’t scratch the screen.

Face Mister

Perfect for travel or on the go to keep skin hydrated. I take this with me on planes when the air is dry and my face feels dry and tight. The mister is refillable and rechargeable and holds enough liquid to be used multiple times. You can add any hydrating liquid or make your own. I use a mixture of 50ml distilled water, 50ml rose water and 30ml glycerin.

Watch Band

These watch bands are a great way to add personality to your Apple or Samsung watch. They come in a variety of colors and styles which can be customized with pins. Choose from silicone, acrylic or stainless steels bands which will fit most watch sizes.

Neck Roller

If you suffer from neck tension or headaches this neck roller can help relieve the pain. It’s small size fits perfectly on your neck with two different sized nodes to provide occipital pressure. It’s like getting a neck massage at home.

Katie’s Gift Ideas:

Yeti Koozi

We love having these for outdoor parties and on the go. Different sizes for your beverage preference- and keeps it nice and cool.

Whiskey Glasses

Beautiful, classic glasses that are perfect for tastings, a flight, or a night cap.

Green Pan

Best Frying pans that have no chemicals, cook evenly and clean so easily. A great addition or replacement for any kitchen.

Lip Treatment

A must for the winter months. Perfect stocking stuffer or treat for yourself.

French Sea Salt

The best salt! It is super fine and delicious on everything- I love pairing this with a favorite cookbook as a gift.

Carol’s Gift Ideas:

Snoop on a Stoop Christmas Elf

Didn’t grow up with an Elf on my shelf, but in the early 1990’s I loved Snoop and Dr. Dre and I am still a fan of Snoop Dogg so I had to add this to my holiday decorations. This gift will be a hit for the Gen Xer on your list.

Lightbeam Digital Candy Thermometer

I am enrolled in an online French pastry class and ordered this amazing baking tool for anyone who is like me – can’t keep the proper temperature of chocolate or caramel on the stove and stir at the same time! Voila! Get yourself or your favorite baker Instant Read Spatula Thermometer.

Essie Nail and Cuticle Oil

Perfect little stocking stuffer. I use Essie Cuticle Oil in the morning and before bedtime. Keeps my cuticles hydrated and healthy.

Soundcore Noise Canceling Earbuds  

If you are unhappy with your latest earbuds, I highly recommend Soundcore. They are super comfortable and cancel out so much noise that my husband complains I talk too loud when wearing them. Great for air travel because they have 50 hours of playtime!

Cocktail Napkins 

These are not your ordinary cocktail napkins. When you touch them, they feel like cloth. They are absorbent, disposable and have fun drinking quotes.

Shop local when it comes to gift cards

Blende Beauty is located in Westfield. The owner, Keira is a talented makeup artist who also makes custom makeup, with no crappy ingredients.  I’ve had my makeup done for special events and for my birthday splurged on a makeup lesson and all new products.

Remede Skin Care Center is located in downtown Summit. I trust my skin health with Asia, the owner of the salon where I get facials and purchase all of my face products. The boutique salon is clean and peaceful – just like Pure Pilates. Other services include manicures and pedicures by Jenny and Sylvia, who have been working there for many, many years.

Wool and Grace is also located in Downtown Summit and right next to Remede. The knitting and needlepoint shop holds classes and has anything you need for your next project. We also love them because one of our favorite Pure Pilates’ clients, Alex, happens to work there.

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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.