Guest blogger Erin Kurdyla: In this crazy economic climate, gift giving is seriously stress-inducing! Why blow the bank on more useless stuff? (Do the kids really need another Power Ranger action figure?!) Instead of toys, picture frames, candles and pajamas, I'm giving presents that will inspire my loved ones to, well -- perspire! My picks:
GAME ON: Wii Fit, $90, the console is $250; Target
Your New Year's resolution: regular family game nights!
DANCE CARD: Arthur Murray dance lessons, go to Arthur Murray.com to locate a class near you and print out a free lesson coupon. Get Gram and Gramps ready for their next cruise or family wedding with a gift certificate for dance lessons.
PLAY TIME: An open play pass at a kids' play area like Boro Kid Zone is a great way to burn calories. Run around with the kids -- they'll sleep better and so will you.
COOL KICKS: Customized NIKEid sneaks start at $90.00. New sneakers are the ultimate move-it motivation, even for a picky teenager! They'll never feel faster and look cooler.
COIF CONTROL: Sweaty Bands with a stay-put velvet lining, start at $12. Check out Sweatybands.com. Hair helpers make great stocking stuffers.
BAND LEADER: Go for resistance bands such as Xertube for only $9.95. They are the ultimate tone-up tool: easy to store and super effective. Then tell them to check out a band camp workout at Self.com. You can find quality bands at Spriproducts.com.
HOME BODY: Here's a great DVD pick: 10 Minute Solutions Kettlebell Ultimate Fat Burner. Get it at Fitness Fly for $11.99. Who needs a pricey gym membership when you can tone at home?!
HOT STEPPER: Want to know what you're really burning and how fast you're going? Pedometers start at $25.00 at Rei.com. A Strollometer Wireless Stroller Speedometer will set you back $39.95 at Amazon. A healthy heart is just 10,000 steps away.
TUNE IN: Let loved ones create their own heart-pumping playlists with an iTunes gift card.