11 Savvy Gifts for the Gym-Goer


While some of us make holiday resolutions to get in shape, others are in the gym and pouring sweat all year-round. If you know one of these fitness fanatics, check out 11 gift suggestions to that can help take their workouts and wellness to the next level.


A Freshen Up hygiene kit from Birchbox is pictured

Reduce the post-gym stink with this hygiene kit from the beauty experts at Birchbox. The travel bag is stuffed with a facial mist, deodorant, and lip balm. 

Find It: Birchbox


A model uses a Hyperice Vyper foam roller

Help your loved one get the kinks out with this foam roller that kneads sore muscles and provides relief from a strenuous session. The vibrating motor aggressively targets problem areas. It’s even TSA-approved for travel.

Find It: Amazon


A S'well insulated water bottle is pictured

Not all water bottles are created equal: This double-wall insulated offering from S’well keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, which means no more sipping lukewarm water midway through a workout. The wide mouth also makes it easy to add ice cubes.

Find It: Nordstrom



This wristband heart rate monitor does more than just keep tabs on vitals: It’s a motivational tool, assessing workout effectiveness and offering suggestions to raise your giftee's fitness level.

Find It: Amazon


A set of Nike headbands is pictured

Gone are the days when keeping sweat out of your eyes meant giant, forehead-drowning bands. Now your favorite gym fanatic can stay dry using these sleek, elastic bands that contain silicone to keep hair in place.

Find It: Amazon


A Sweaty Betty sports backpack is pictured
Sweaty Betty

Is your loved one tired of lugging a charmless duffel to and from the gym? Sweaty Betty’s durable backpack and its sleek, scuba-style exterior is a perfect habitat for clothes and accessories. It’s also lightweight, so they won’t be forced into a second workout getting it home.

Find It: Sweaty Betty


A Nike wrist band for the Apple Watch is pictured

Does your giftee love their Apple Watch but struggle with a stinky, sweaty band? Equip them with the option to swap it out for this Nike sports version, which is perforated to allow skin to breathe and is easy to wash. (Apple Watch not included, naturally.)

Find It: Apple


A Nutri Ninja blender is pictured

We don’t always have time to snack on fruits and veggies, which is where the Nutri Ninja excels: It’ll mash most foods and ice to pulp, creating an endless array of smoothies and nourishing drinks for nutrition on the go. It’ll even shred a salad.

Find It: Amazon


A Lululemon yoga mat appears rolled up

Yoga enthusiasts will bend over backwards for this mat, which is reversible and has a polyurethane layer to absorb sweat and prevent practitioners from slipping.

Find It: Lululemon


A Fitbit Ionic fitness watch is pictured

Serious cardio buffs will find a lot to like about the Fitbit Ionic, which can measure elevation climbs, route maps, and other highly detailed data about your session. It also offers an app that can reveal sleep quality, daily fitness goals, and guided coaching from Fitbit experts.

Find It: Amazon


A set of LIFT meal prep containers are stacked vertically

No matter what your exercise regimen is like, results come from what happens in the kitchen. To make prepping healthy meals easier, these food containers from LIFT are BPA-free and sized to accommodate appropriate portions for your fitness goals. They’re also leak-resistant as well as microwave and dishwasher-safe.

Find It: Amazon

11 Patriotic Products to Celebrate the Fourth of July


Whether you’ll be lounging by the beach or grilling in your backyard this Independence Day, don’t forget to show off your all-American spirit with a little swag. Here are 11 products to help you celebrate Fourth of July—all of which would pair nicely with your collection of presidential bobbleheads.

1. Declaration Of Independence Signatures Mug; $15

Mug decorated with the signatures from the Declaration of Independence.
CafePress, Amazon

The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are on display on this ceramic coffee mug. Studying the signatures each morning might inspire you to perfect your own John Hancock.

Find it: Amazon

2. Stars And Stripes Cufflinks; $55

Cufflinks with images of stars and stripes on them

Cufflinks Inc., Nordstrom

Brighten up your wardrobe with a splash of American pride. One half of this cufflinks set is striped red and white and the other is blue and spangled with stars. Together they make a patriotic accent piece.

Find it: Nordstrom

3. Fireworks Light Show Projector; $41

Portable fireworks light projector.
Uncle Milton, Amazon

If you want a low-hazard Fourth of July that still delivers thrills, consider getting a light show projector. When it’s pointed at a wall, the device displays vibrant fireworks animations accompanied by realistic sound effects. And it works indoors, so you can count on your Independence Day party ending with a light show no matter the weather forecast. (There's also a Disney version available for just $20.)

Find it: Amazon

4. Inflatable Cooler; $14

Inflatable American flag cooler filled with ice and drinks.
Fun Express, Amazon

When preparing for a picnic or barbecue this Fourth of July, don’t bother breaking out your tiny roll-away cooler. This 54-by-28-inch inflatable trough holds enough bottles and cans to keep your party going well past sunset. Once the cooler has been drained and deflated, it folds neatly for easy storage.

Find it: Amazon

5. American Trivia Cards; $15

Even players who paid attention in American history class might find this game challenging. Each box comes with 150 cards of United States trivia. Some questions—like what was the first state to grant women the right to vote—highlight important moments in our nation’s history. Others—like how many columns the Lincoln Memorial features—are a little more random.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. U.S. Navy Blanket; $200

The U.S. military has been going to Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for its blankets for over 100 years. This one is crafted from 100 percent wool and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design is inspired by the blankets supplied on Navy ships—and if it’s tough enough for the Navy, you can bet it will withstand a Fourth of July picnic. We like the gray version, but it comes in several different styles and colors.

Find it: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

7. American Flag Cornhole; $90

Two American flag cornhole boards with bean bags.
GoSports, Amazon

Baseball faces some stiff competition from cornhole for the title of No. 1 American pastime. This lawn set includes four blue bean bags, four red bean bags, and two boards decorated to resemble the American flag.

Find it: Amazon

8. U.S. Map Cutting Board; $20

Wooden cutting board in the shape of the U.S. map.
Totally Bamboo, Amazon

This 100 percent bamboo board eschews the traditional rectangle shape in favor of the outline of the American mainland. You can either keep it in the kitchen and use it as a cutting board or bring it out to the party as a serving platter for fruits, cheeses, and other hors d'oeuvres.

Find it: Amazon

9. Boston Tea Party Tea Sampler; $15

Six piles of loose-leaf tea.
Solstice Tea Traders, Amazon

A sip of one of the teas in this sampler will put you in touch with your inner revolutionary. Each of the six loose-leaf varieties—bohea black tea, oolong, congou black tea, souchong, singlo, and hyson—was among those tossed over the sides of British ships during the Boston Party. Whether you drink the tea or chuck it into the nearest harbor is up to you. (If you're looking for something to put on display, UncommonGoods also sells a slightly pricier, more elegant option with five teas.)

Find it: Amazon

10. State Map Prints; $27 and Up

A poster featuring a colorful map of Wisconsin
Bri Buckley, Society6

These unique prints by Bri Buckley highlight the beauty of each U.S. state in vibrant color. Each state map is available in both a modern and a vintage style, and like most Society6 art, the design is also available on tapestries, shirts, pillows, tote bags, and more.

Find it: Society6

11. Bald Eagle Pool Float; $15

A man and a woman ride a bald eagle pool float
Swimline, Amazon

Cool down the patriotic way this Fourth of July. This massive 8-foot-by-6-foot bald eagle pool float can fit up to two people comfortably, and will look great floating around your pool during your backyard barbecue.

Find it: Amazon

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated for 2019.

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Turn Your Phone Into an Instant Camera With KODAK's New Handheld Printer


Instant cameras are all the rage, but when you're already carrying a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of your smartphone, the idea of carrying around an extra gadget might seem like more work than it's worth. You don't have to choose between the convenience of your phone's camera and the fun of having a tangible memento. KODAK's new SMILE digital printer combines all the fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo.

Blue, green, black, red, and white KODAK SMILE printers printing photos
The KODAK SMILE line of instant digital printers

The handheld Bluetooth printer—which is roughly the same size as KODAK's SMILE instant digital camera—lets you edit photos on your phone, then print your image instantly on 2-inch-by-3-inch sticker paper. Using the KODAK SMILE app, you can add Instagram-esque filters; rotate images and change contrast, brightness, and other characteristics; and add stickers, text, doodles, and borders.

Most uniquely, you can add augmented reality elements to your photos, so that when you (or someone else with the KODAK SMILE app) point the app at the physical print, the image is replaced by a short video clip. The effect is something like the moving photographs in Harry Potter—you can surprise your friends by asking them to view a photo through the app's AR function, then watch their delight as the still image begins to move.


KODAK sent Mental Floss both the SMILE instant camera and the SMILE printer to test, and while there's a lot of fun in snapping photos on an instant camera and accepting whatever weird flaws that photo might have (though you can do some light editing on the SMILE camera before printing), in our opinion, the breadth of image-editing features and convenience of being able to print photos you've already taken on your smartphone makes the digital printer the better option if you're trying to choose between the two.

This is especially true if you're going on vacation or trying to capture a night out on camera; it's just easier to whip out your phone rather than break out another camera, and it's easier to edit photos on your phone than to manipulate photos on the SMILE instant camera's small screen.

Blue, black, green, white, and red KODAK SMILE instant-print cameras
The KODAK SMILE line of instant-print digital cameras

The SMILE printer is available on Amazon and Walmart for $100 and comes in five different colors: white, black, blue, green, and red. The SMILE instant-print digital camera is also $100 on Amazon and Walmart and is available in the same colors.

While the camera and the printer both come with a starter pack of sticker-backed ZINK photo paper, you can get 50 refill sheets for $24 when you run out.

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