By Marianne Magno
Thinking of giving the gift of fitness this year to your aspiring gym buddy? Here are some weird, tacky gifts you'll want to cross off your shopping list immediately.
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Ditch the suit, your friend will thank you.
There's nothing like showing your appreciation to your loved one by telling her you think she needs to sweat more while looking like a space cadet. We'd rather get a day pass to a spa. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
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The only belt we want is a trendy faux snakeskin one.
Waist Trimmer Belt
If you wouldn't want to give (or receive) a girdle as a present, then you should cross this waist-slimming belt off your shopping list. We think belly dancing and Pilates are more fun ways to work your abs, anyway. ($12.99, Amazon.com)
Fun fact: This thing isn't even battery operated! Talk about misleading.
We still can't sit through a commercial for this free weight without feeling like we're watching something inappropriate. Avoid getting strange looks at the holiday party and give a spiffy set of dumbbells or kettlebells instead. That's fitness equipment they'll actually use. ($26.95, Amazon.com)
Perfect for ladies night, not every night.
Home Pole Dancing Kit
We had a blast when we tried S Factor, but a stripper pole for your home like this Peekaboo Party Home Pole Dancing Kit says "Bachelorette Party!" and not "Happy Holidays!" Treat your loved one to a fun fitness class by buying vouchers or paying for dance classes. ($124.99, Amazon.com)
Leave all gift meant for the girls on the shelf where you found them.
You might sing the praises of your trusted sports bra, but we suggest leaving this intimate decision between your friend and an expert bra-fitter. Go for a cute workout outfit instead.
A talking scale? Every girl's worst nightmare come true.
Digital Talking Scale
Today's gadgets can do more than tell you your weight. Some can measure body fat, BMI, and even talk to you. No matter how cool the device, however, we'd rather spend the holidays focusing on something other than actually hearing the digits on the scale. Besides, the scale doesn't pick up on social cues on when to hush up and just say, "You know what? You look great!" ($69.95, Amazon.com)
Talk about a not-so-subtle hint.
The recipient of this gift might be a dedicated runner who goes through boxes of BodyGlide, but how about something that doesn't imply you've been thinking about his or her inner thighs? A gift card to a sporting goods store will do the trick instead.
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