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October 31, 2023

Here’s how often you actually need to shower, according to experts

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There’s a big trend on social media at the moment called the “everything shower”.

It’s that shower you take where you wash your hair, shave your legs, do a face mask, and basically just spend fifteen minutes or more soaking under warm water.

For some that sounds like heaven, but for the few people out there who hate getting in the shower, it could be hell.

Some of us might only want to take a shower every few days – and if you don’t stink, does it really matter?

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Woman using conditioner in the shower

Over 80 per cent of Aussies take a shower every day, but according to experts, that might not be necessary for everyone.

”There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to washing skin and hair,” dermatologist Joyce Park told The New York Times in a new report.

There are a number of factors that go into determining how often you should shower: your skin and hair type, how much you sweat and how dirty you get.

And for those of you who love a morning shower and a night shower, you could be overdoing it. “Showering too frequently can definitely dry out your skin, worsening redness, itchiness and flaking, and triggering eczema flares,” says Park.

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When to shower daily

If you sweat a lot – whether due to exercise, heat, or your natural body responses – you’d benefit from taking a daily shower.

“It is important to shower to rinse away the sweat and buildup that can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts,” said Dr. Marisa Garshick.

Shampooing daily is a good idea if you have naturally oily hair or if you have dandruff.

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff isn’t caused by dry skin, but instead by a yeast-like fungus that feeds off the oil on your scalp. It inflames your skin and causes it to flake off. Daily hair washing can get rid of that fungi.

When to shower a little less

If you have a pretty sedentary lifestyle and aren’t finding yourself sweating or getting dirty throughout the day, you don’t need to shower with such frequency.

Also, if you have eczema or dry or sensitive skin, showering every two days is better for you, as soap can irritate your skin further.

For people with naturally dry scalps, you can get away with shampooing just once or twice a week. Dry shampoo is good to freshen up your hair, but it’s important that you’re washing out the buildup frequently.

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Female hands wash their hair with shampoo with foam on a blue background, front view.

Don’t make your showers too hot

Though it’s tempting to turn your hot tap on all the way, especially in winter, it could cause problems with your skin.

“[Showers that are] too hot do damage the skin by over-evaporating and drying out the skin. Especially if you have dry skin or eczema,” dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook

In fact, water doesn’t provide moisture to the skin.

“[Water] takes moisture out via evaporation, and dries out the skin,” explains Cook. “This strips out the moisture from the epidermal barrier layer and compromises its protective function.”

Avoid soap if possible

“Don’t use soap,” warns Cook.

“Soap contains surfactants – the ingredients that make a product foam,” she says.

“Foaming products ‘strip’ the skin, wearing down and damaging the epidermal barrier layer and function. This layer is imperative to protect your skin and it needs to be functioning in order to have healthy skin.”

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Cook’s favourite cleansing product is a skin bath and shower oil.

“Rub it into the skin then wash off in the shower,” she advises. “It provides protective moisture into the skin while showering, leaving a light layer of oil or hydration. Pat dry when you get out.”

She understands it can feel a little different at first, “but give it time to soak in and absorb. Your skin will feel soft, hydrated and amazing.”

If you avoid all foaming products and moisturise after a shower when your skin is still moist, Cook believes you can prevent dryness via evaporation and reap the full benefits of your shower – no matter what time of day that may be.

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A Heated Jacket Shoppers Give ’12 Out of 10 Stars’ Is $70 Off Just Before Temps Drop

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Though temperatures have been all over the place lately, cold weather is just around the corner. That means trading in baseball caps for beanies, sneakers for leather boots, and finding warm jackets in the back of the closet. But there’s one type of jacket, in particular, that’s a hot commodity for combating cold—heated jackets—and one of the best sellers on Amazon just took a generous price cut.

Right now, the Ororo Men’s Soft Shell Heated Jacket is on sale for just $128—a discount of $70 and 36% off the original price of $200. After more than 5,800 ratings, this heated jacket has a 4.6-star rating average with tons of customers giving it a perfect score. With most other heated jackets available on Amazon ranging between $125-$150, this is a great opportunity to grab a more expensive option on the lower end of the average price.

Ororo Men’s Soft Shell Heated Jacket with Detachable Hood and Battery Pack, $128 (was $200) on Amazon

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[$128 (was $200); amazon.com]

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The men’s soft shell heated jacket from Ororo features battery-powered upper body heating elements inside a windproof and water-resistant poly-spandex blend shell. The jacket, which comes in black or green, has a detachable hood, reinforced zipper, and zip pockets for convenience. Carbon fiber-made heating elements, which are located on the left and right chest as well as the upper back, can be set to three heating levels (low, medium, and high) depending on the desired temperature.

Safety is always a concern for shoppers when looking for heated jackets. This model from Ororo has taken steps to provide a stress-free wearing experience. Not only is the carbon fiber heating element ready to withstand high energy conversion, but there’s a sensor built into the jacket that prevents it from overheating. Conveniently, because of the way it’s constructed, the jacket is also machine-washable for up to 50 cycles—just make sure to remove the battery first.

Customers have been using this heated jacket for everything from attending football games to plowing the driveway in some of the coldest parts of the country. If there’s one thing most will agree on, it’s that the jacket does exactly what it says it will do—keep you warm.

A customer from Minnesota said even jackets north of $500 can’t touch this one from Ororo. “In mid-November, the temps reach the negative numbers already. While my more expensive coat allowed the wind to leak through and was not water-repellent, the Ororo blocked even 30 mph winds,” they said. “While the coat is plenty warm without the heating element, once you turn it on, the difference is very noticeable.”

Some have even found more uses for this heated jacket, like one customer who learned that the battery pack may have another purpose. “The battery pack is actually awesome. I lost my outlet charger and ended up plugging my battery pack into the wall and charging my phone through it. I was able to watch a movie on my phone and by the time my movie was done, my phone had charged up almost completely,” they said. “12 out of 10 stars. Kind of expensive. But if I went back in time, no hesitation I would buy it again.”

With colder weather inevitable in most parts of the country, a heated jacket makes a lot of sense, especially for guys who have to be outside or live in cold states. And though the drop in temperature may be guaranteed, this price drop is not. Take advantage of the $128 sale price on this top-rated Ororo heated jacket before it goes back up in price. 

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Are you drinking enough water? Here’s how to figure it out

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We’ve all heard the same recommendation that adults should drink eight glasses of water a day.

But how do you know if you’re actually drinking enough water to properly hydrate your body?

New research from Hydralyte reveals that almost half of Australians admit to not drinking enough water each day and a staggering 82 per cent fall short of the recommended 8-10 glasses.

As we head into what’s sure to be a sweltering hot summer, hydrating properly is essential.

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Close up of a woman hand filling a glass of water directly from the tap.

According to Hydralyte’s study, 40 per cent of Australians can notice signs of dehydration within their body at least a few times per week.

Being able to recognise symptoms of dehydration – before it gets worse – is something everyone should be able to do.

Feeling thirsty is the most common symptom, along with dry mouth and lips, a headache, discoloured urine, tiredness, dry skin and feeling lightheaded

Dr Brad McKay, an experienced medical practitioner with special interests in preventive health care and wellness, highlights the importance of staying hydrated.

“It’s crucial for overall health and well-being. Hydration is essential for regulating body temperature, helps us remain physically active in the heat, and maintains our brain’s ability to function on a hot day.”

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Side view of young woman drinking water from a bottle on a hot summer day.

Though drinking enough water is important no matter the season, as we move into summer, it’s even more crucial.

“Taking steps to avoid dehydration is important when you’re vigorously exercising, when you’re outside on a hot day, and whenever you’re sweating excessively. Your physical and cognitive performance can be optimised by prioritising hydration.”

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Top tips for staying hydrated:

  • Drink water: Aim to drink at least eight glasses of fluid each day. Drink more if you’re outside in the heat, exercising, or sweating excessively.
  • Rapid rehydration: Oral rehydration solutions or electrolytes, available as effervescent tablets or powders that can be dissolved in water, work even faster than water.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeinated drinks and alcohol aren’t great if you’re dehydrated. They act as diuretics and you can pee out more fluid than you’ve put in.
  • Set an alarm: It’s easy to forget to drink fluid when you’re outside having fun. Set your alarm to go off at regular intervals over the day as a gentle reminder to keep sipping fluid.
  • Reusable bottles: Carry a reusable bottle with you. It’s better for the environment than using disposable plastic bottles and gives you easy access to fluid over the day.
  • Smart Exercise: Hydrate before physical activity and rehydrate afterwards. Drink water or consider oral rehydration solutions for rapid rehydration.

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Young woman drinking water outdoors after workout.

”Record-breaking heatwaves are expected this summer, making it vital for Australians to prioritise hydration,” Dr McKay says.

“As our climate changes, we’ll need to build healthy hydration habits all year round and become increasingly aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration.”

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Majority of Australians suffering health issues and low productivity thanks to lack of sleep

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If you’re finding yourself reading this while stifling a yawn and thinking about making another cup of coffee, you’re not alone.

Australians are getting less sleep than ever before, with nearly two in five reporting that they often or always struggle to sleep the recommended eight hours.

The Real Sleep Report 2023, commissioned by Real Insurance, found that every day, millions of Aussies are suffering through their days on too little sleep. The knock-on effects are numerous: poor work performance, a decline in mental health, and deterioration of romantic relationships.

But the things which are impacting our sleep – stress, anxiety, and financial concerns – aren’t going away any time soon. So what do we do?

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Depressed senior woman lying in bed cannot sleep from insomnia

First up, let’s look at the stats – and just as a warning, they’re pretty bleak.

According to the Real Sleep Report, almost half of those surveyed experienced some form of health problem that has been caused or exacerbated by sleep issues. Over half (67 per cent) admit that a lack of sleep impacts their work performance.

One in five Aussies have also called in sick three or more times in the past year solely due to inadequate sleep.

Interestingly, 49 per cent of those surveyed could identify an exact sleep issue keeping them up – snoring, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnoea.

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The survey also looked at the link between sleep and sex, with 68 per cent of respondents experiencing improved sex quality when engaging in frequent sexual activity.

Tim Stephenson, Clinical Sleep Physiologist told 9Honey that “during sex, our bodies release endorphins, often referred to as  ‘feel-good’ hormones. These endorphins not only enhance mood but also have a calming effect,  reducing stress and anxiety – two common sleep disruptors.”

During sex, our body also releases oxytocin, which promotes relaxation and trust, helping prime your body for sleep.

“After climax, the body releases a cocktail of chemicals that contribute to relaxation and drowsiness,” Stephenson explains. “These include serotonin, prolactin, and melatonin, all of which play crucial roles in regulating sleep.”

Despite this, two in three respondents say that a lack of sleep reduces their libido, which tends to create a vicious cycle.

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Couple embracing in bed

Almost every person surveyed (90 per cent) said that they’re changing up their habits in the quest to get a better night’s sleep.

Over half have tried medication, supplements, or natural therapies, while some Aussies are spending money on bedding improvements to help improve their sleep, such as special pillows, mattresses and blankets.

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But before investing huge amounts of money in things to help you sleep, Stephenson says that it’s important to first understand what exactly is keeping you awake.

“While it’s tempting to splurge on sleep aids, focus on items that directly contribute to a comfortable sleep environment and a healthy bedtime routine,” like soft lighting, comfy pyjamas, and a dark space.

“If you are not sure what your exact sleep problem is then you can use an online tool like the free ResMed sleep assessment.”

Of course, if your symptoms keep persisting, then it’s a good idea to go see your GP to make sure there aren’t other factors at play.

Young woman sending text message as her boyfriend sleeps in the bed

Stephenson shared some of his top tips for falling asleep – and falling back to sleep – with 9Honey.

Mindful breathing: When you find yourself tossing and turning, focus on your breath. Inhale deeply for a count of four, hold for four, and exhale for four. This simple technique can calm racing thoughts and promote relaxation.

Avoid screens: The blue light from screens can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime, and don’t reach for your phone if you wake up in the middle of the night.

Create a relaxing bedtime ritual: Engage in calming activities like reading a book,  taking a warm bath, or practising gentle stretches to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. 

Manage distractions: If noise is a problem, consider using white noise machines or earplugs. For light, invest in blackout curtains to create a dark sleep environment. 

Stay cool: Maintain a comfortable bedroom temperature. Cooler rooms are generally more conducive to sleep. 

Consistent bedtime: Set a fixed bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends.  Consistency helps regulate your body’s internal clock.

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October 30, 2023

50 Christmas Gifts For Her: Ideas for Your Wife or Girlfriend

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We get it: Finding gifts for your girlfriend or wife is stressful if you haven’t been given a wishlist. Worse yet if she says she doesn’t need anything this year. 

We’ll level with you. It’s absolutely easier to buy golf gifts, gifts for new dads, and gifts for gym lovers. The items are hyper-specific with a small margin for error. For the true last-minute procrastinator, there are even clutch Amazon gifts for men that take the pressure off holiday shopping. But when it comes to gifts for her, you might feel out of your depth.

If that’s the case, fear not. We’re armed and ready with Christmas gift ideas for her. 

Our Methodology

We’re lifestyle and wellness editors with a combined 20 years of experience under our belts. We’ve spent our careers testing and reviewing products in the fitness, health, beauty, tech, culinary, gear, and home goods space. We also happen to serve as long-time advisors to brothers, dads, and friend’s boyfriends and husbands when it comes to brainstorming thoughtful gifts for her.

To make your shopping experience less harebrained this year, we’re dropping our top 50 Christmas gift ideas for her (25 gift ideas for girlfriend, 25 gifts for wife) that won’t make her ask for the gift receipt. Most of these items have been personally reviewed by us, while others come from venerated brands we’ve come to trust and love over the years. 

25 Gifts for Girlfriend

Depending on how long you’ve been together, gift ideas for girlfriends can span a pretty extensive price range. Maybe you want something affordable and sweet for the early stages of dating. Perhaps you want to gift a grand gesture of love or pop the question over the holidays. Regardless of where your relationship is at, we’ve got great Christmas gifts for girlfriends that run the gamut from fine jewelry to fitness and beauty tech we’ve individually put to the test. And yes, there are a few items on our own wish-list this year, too.

1. Hypervolt 2 Pro

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While I’ve tried several percussive massage devices, none compare to Hyperice Pro 2—a lifesaver for sore muscles and relieving tension from hunching over a laptop all day. It’s now lighter, more ergonomic, and quieter than ever (so you won’t be disturbed if she’s using it on the couch next to you), and has five powerful speeds to toggle through with the turn of a dial (older iterations moved through settings with the press of a button). She can connect it to the Hyperice app for step-by-step expert guidance on warm-up and recovery plans, making it extremely useful if she’s training for a marathon or just staying fit for life. 

$329 at Amazon
$132 (MSRP $150) at Best Buy

2. Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

3. Tata Harper Holiday Hydration Trio

4. Ember Mug 2

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As someone who used to microwave their coffee multiple times each morning, Ember Mug 2 is a godsend. Good gifts for girlfriends enhance everyday life, and this present in particular is great if she works remotely and tends to get stuck on calls before she can finish her morning brew. She can set the exact drinking temperature she prefers and the smart mug maintains her tea, matcha latte, or French press to the degree for up to 90 minutes with the 10oz and 80 minutes with the 14oz. This battery life is a 50 percent improvement from the brand’s first iteration. The newest model comes in a bunch of colorways (be mindful some are only available in 14oz) so you can choose what suits your girlfriend’s taste best. Choose among the Metallic Collection (Copper, Gold, Stainless Steel, Rose Gold); limited-edition Ember(RED), which donates a portion of profits to support global health programs with (RED); as well as Sage Green (shown here), Sandstone, Black, White, and Gray.

$148 at Amazon
$132 (MSRP $150) at Best Buy

5. AARYAH Deepa Ring

Upon meeting with Megan Kothari, founder of AARYAH, it was abundantly clear this brand is a welcome disrupter in the space. Offering bespoke jewelry, engagement rings, and fine jewelry, AARYAH offers pieces you won’t find anywhere else. The brand has an in-house diamond wholesale team with the ability to source rare, exceptionally cut diamonds that aren’t widely available on the market. Those diamonds are ethically sourced, embracing the United Nation’s strict Kimberley Process that prevents “conflict diamonds.” Kothari and her team use recycled and certified fine metals to create pieces that are consciously made and intentionally designed. If you want antique diamonds, stones with unconventional cuts, and distinctive bands and settings, come here (read: go online or to the NYC flagship store in the diamond district). The brand’s Deepa Ring—a Sanskrit name meaning “light”—is an eye-catching engagement ring. A 2.02 carat oval yellow diamond rests within a bezel setting fashioned with a rounded comfort fit 18k yellow gold band. A one-of-a-kind love deserves a unique ring. If you’re not popping the question, some other favorites include Noir Tennis Necklace and Moora Triangle Diamond Studs.

$25,000 at AARYAH

6. Nette Fete Candle

If your girlfriend’s candle obsession is as intense as mine, she’ll always love adding another to the collection—especially one as luxurious as this. The brand’s hand-poured candles are made from natural coconut soy wax without parabens, sulfates, or dyes, and the vessels are handmade. And, of course, they smell incredible. Nette Fete is a holiday scent with key notes of frozen cranberries, gingerbread, and fir balsam; it’s perfect for a cozy afternoon curled up on the couch. The candle has an approximate burn time of up to 55 hours. There’s a fun upcycle opportunity, too. Once the candle has burned all the way down, the handmade ceramic vessel can be turned into a mug or other container; it’s food-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Who doesn’t love Christmas gifts for girlfriends that are multi-purpose?

$82 at Sephora

7. ‘More Is More: Get Loose in the Kitchen’ by Molly Baz

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The best thing about next-gen chefs like Molly Baz and Laurent Dagenais is they’re making cooking a less buttoned-up affair and leading with their personalities. It’s cool to stand in the face of a ripping-hot skillet and throw convention out the window. Ditch the apron and don a sweatsuit. Baz’s maximalist ethos is the through-line of the recipes in More Is More: Get Loose in the Kitchen. They forgo convention and meticulous measuring. Restraint? Not welcome here. (When a meatball recipe calls for 12 cloves of garlic, you’ve got my attention.) If your girlfriend likes to experiment, this cookbook is loaded with bold flavor combos that reward playfulness, as seen in Crispy Rice Egg in a Hole, Sweet Cotija and Sesame Pancakes, Fried Morty-D Sando, and Last Meal Scallops.  

$24 (MSRP $35) at Amazon

8. Beast Health Blender

A gift idea for the girlfriend who’s always on her smoothie game, Beast Health Blender is a trusty steed in the kitchen. I’ve used it daily to make shakes, and it pulverizes frozen riced cauliflower, berries, and bananas with ease. Unlike other blenders, the blend mode automatically pauses at two points during the cycle for the contents to slide down and become fully blended. Aside from being incredibly powerful, sturdy, and versatile for blending (soups, dips, and juices) or pulsing (grind coffee beans and spices), it’s incredibly well-designed. It doesn’t take up too much precious counter space and practically doubles as home decor.

$165 at Amazon

9. Lunya Washable Silk Long Sleeve Pant Set

$298 at Revolve

10. Where Should We Begin—A Game of Stories by Esther Perel

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With so much of our free time going to streaming TV shows and mindlessly scrolling, it’s nice to be able to sit down with a partner (regardless of how long you’ve been dating) and play a game that lets you connect or re-connect. This card game comes from Esther Perel, world-renowned psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author. Within, there are 250 story cards with suggestions like, “Share something nobody knows,” as well as 30 prompt cards with engaging opening lines like, “A rule I secretly love to break…” It’s all about coming back to our origins as storytellers and going beyond surface-level conversations to get to know your partner on a deeper level.

$40 at Amazon
$40 at Uncommon Goods

11. Garmin Forerunner 965

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I’ve exclusively worn iterations of the Garmin Forerunner to train for triathlons. It’s the premier multi-sport watch if you’re drumming up Christmas gift ideas for her. The latest addition to the family, Garmin Forerunner 965, isn’t just an excellent pick for triathletes; it’s excellent for any endurance endeavor, especially running. The bigger, brighter OLED display gets more information on-screen and makes it much easier to see and read maps and other detailed screens in low light. The watch also records wrist-based running dynamics including ground-contact time and vertical oscillation without the need of an external sensor.

$595 at Amazon
$600 at Best Buy

12. Kate McLeod The Full Body Set

$184 at Amazon

13. Tecovas The Abby

Gifts for her in the realm of fashion might scare you, but shoes are the easiest to get right. If you know her size, you’re golden. Ever since Yellowstone came onto the scene, cowboy boots have had a chokehold on style trends. And while we tend to stray from fleeting fads, cowboy boots are an investment piece that are more versatile than you’d imagine. I’ve been living in a pair from Tecovas. The Abby is a bit taller than your average boot, standing at 17”, but that knee-high silhouette pairs perfectly with dresses, shorts, and jeans. Navy, Midnight, and Snow are all crafted from bovine leather, which is durable but soft for all-day comfort; while Driftwood is available in suede. What I love about these is the detailed 10-row butterfly stitching running up the shaft of the boot and Tecovas’ signature toe bug, which has a series of horizontal lines stitched across the midfoot to help the boots break properly as she walks. The contrasting stitching stands out beautifully on each of the colorways and draws a lot of attention (and compliments). The one thing to note is, because cowboy boots have smooth leather bottoms, she should lightly scuff up the soles (not the heel!) with fine sand paper to provide traction before wearing. 

$335 at Tecovas

14. Hydro Flask Travel Tumbler

Not all gifts for her need to come with a hefty price tag or feel super extravagant. Hydro Flask Travel Tumbler goes everywhere with me. A few favorite features (beyond keeping my water cold) are the flexible straw, snug lid, and the fact it fits in my car’s cup holder. I prefer the 40oz, because it encourages me to drink more water, but the Travel Tumbler is also available in 30oz ($40). 

$45 at Amazon

15. Hatch Restore 2

As someone who typically hates mornings, swapping my iPhone for this sunrise alarm from Hatch Restore 2 has been a game-changer. It wakes me up gently with gradual light and sounds that support my natural circadian rhythm. The selection of soothing audio is pretty expansive with everything from calm ocean sounds to thunderstorms, the latter of which comes in handy if there’s a snoring partner. Unlike other similar devices, it’s not an eyesore on the nightstand. In fact, it’s a little reminiscent of a high-end speaker.

$200 at Amazon
$200 at Best Buy
$200 at Nordstrom

16. Glossier You Perfume Duo

I’ve convinced several friends to wear this scent from Glossier, which is warm and slightly sweet with top notes of pink pepper and iris. According to the brand, it’s formulated to be a personal skin-scent enhancer, which is where the name Glossier You comes from. With You Perfume Duo, a limited-edition holiday gift set, she can have one for her vanity and a travel size for on-the-go. 

$78 at Sephora

17. New York Assembly x Nimes Basket Bag Tote

18. Dusen Dusen Pocket Pot Holders

19. Catbird Baby Pearl Hoops

20. Blundstone L.L. Bean Chelsea Boots

I received my first pair of Blundstones for Christmas last year and I’m not quite sure what I did before these water-resistant, super-comfortable boots came into my life. Blundstone L.L. Bean Chelsea Boots are a limited-edition collab. The legendary shoe manufacturers have a combined 260 years of bootmaking under their belts so rest assured these are high-quality. The Chelsea boots feature red buffalo check that’s perfect for the holidays.  

$220 at L.L. Bean
$220 at Blundstone

21. Bala Weight Kit

22. Frankies 457 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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If your girlfriend loves to cook, you simply can’t go wrong with Frankies 457 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s harvested, cold-pressed, and packaged on the Frankies Farm in Sicily. It has an incredibly nutty, bright flavor that’s perfect for drizzling and finishing off any meal. Bonus points for being USDA organic.

$30 at Amazon

23. Mark and Graham Travel Jewelry Case

This vegan leather Mark and Graham Travel Jewelry Case is a must for keeping all her jewelry organized on a vanity or while traveling. It includes a removable double-sided pouch for bracelets and earrings, tabs for rings and stud earrings, and looped clips so necklaces don’t get tangled. Choose her favorite color and personalize (for an additional $12.50) with her initials.

From $69 at Mark and Graham

24. Piecework Puzzles “A Box of Bagels”

On the hunt for good gifts for a girlfriend who loves puzzles—or bagels? Look no further than. There are 12 round puzzles with varying bagel and schmear/topping combos. (You can also go with the brand’s donut collection if that’s more her speed.) 

$38 at Piecework

25. Oofos Women’s Oocoozie Low Shoe

Like all OOFOS “active recovery” products, Oocoozie Low Shoe features the brand’s signature foam technology that absorbs 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear foam materials. That means less stress on feet and joints. They’re the perfect “house shoe” so she can be on her feet without the fatigue of being barefoot. Pro tip: Select a half-size up from her usual shoe size as these run small.

$207 at Amazon
$120 at OOFOS

25 Gifts for Wife

You can be romantic or pragmatic—or strike the perfect balance of both by wowing her with a present that enhances her everyday life. What follows is a range of Christmas gifts for wife that include elevated everyday essentials and splurge-worthy handbags and jewelry (always a romantic gift for your wife no matter how long you’ve been married). You really can’t go wrong with these gifts for her.

1. Apple Watch Series 9

The new Apple Watch Series 9 has a more powerful chip, delivering a ton of new features without sacrificing the 18-hour battery life. A few new standouts: A brighter display, faster on-device Siri (requests no longer need to travel to the cloud!), and a magical new gesture feature that controls the watch by simply double tapping the thumb and pointer finger together. As with the Series 8, the watch also features a temperature sensor that tracks body temp every five seconds to provide insight into overall wellbeing and provide ovulation and cycle predictions. It also comes in a new pink color if your wife is all-in on the Barbie fashion craze.

$390 at Amazon

2. Recess Pickleball Set

Recess Pickleball Set is one of the top gifts for a wife who got swept up in the fastest-growing sport in America. Upgrade her gear with this set that comes with an embroidered canvas cover. The USA Pickleball-approved paddle has a honeycomb interior and durable fiberglass surface with the same sweat-proof, condensed-foam grip used on tennis rackets and golf clubs. The stylish designs certainly won’t hurt her game either.  

$168 (MSRP $198) at Recess Pickleball

3. UPPAbaby Vista V2

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There’s a reason UPPAbaby strollers are as ubiquitous as iPhones these days. They get top marks for safety, style, and functionality. Vista V2 has a luxurious full-grain leather handle, intuitive foot controls to lock the wheels, all-wheel suspension with independent shocks for a bump-free ride, and a massive basket capable of holding 30 pounds. If your family grows, you can convert the system to a double or triple configuration with expansion add-ons. But for your first, the bassinet is a mainstay, with thoughtful features like a UPF 50+ sunshade and a perforated mattress pad and vented base. The inner liner and boot cover are also water-repellent. My brother used this for his first child and loved the ability to recline the seat and leg rest to keep his daughter comfortable when walking or napping on the go.

$997 at Amazon

4. Fewer Finer Two Pockets Ring

5. PHLUR Missing Person Perfume Set

Perfume is so personal and admittedly hard to buy for someone else, but there’s a reason why PHLUR Missing Person is always sold out. With top notes of skin musk, bergamot nectar, and sheer jasmine; middle notes of fresh cyclamen, neroli blossom, orange flower; and base notes of sandalwood Australia oil, blonde wood, and white musk; it’s a sexy yet cozy combination. I’ve been wearing it for the past year and have never gotten more compliments from any other scent. I even bought the travel-size version so I’d never be without it. I highly recommend this gift set so she’s covered whether at home or traveling. Plus, Christmas gifts for her from you will always have that association and since scent is so evocative, she’ll think of you every time she sprays it.

$98 (MSRP $122) at Phlur
$98 at Sephora

6. Oura Ring Gen3

If your wife loves optimizing her sleep but doesn’t love the look of a typical wearable, she’ll love Oura Ring Gen3, which is available in four finishes, Silver, Black, Stealth, and Gold, and two styles, Heritage (plateau design, shown) and Horizon (sleek continuous design). Made from lightweight titanium, it’s waterproof and has a seven-day battery life, so she’ll forget she’s wearing it. Packed into the ring are research-grade sensors that track 20 biometric signals—like heart rate, body temperature, and blood oxygen—to get personalized sleep and readiness scores for the next day. Pro tip: Take a look at the type of jewelry she wears (e.g. sterling silver or gold) and choose the finish that matches. 

From $299 at Oura

7. Houdini Shelter Anorak

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Christmas gifts for the wife who loves to shred can feel tricky to buy. Boots, a snowboard, and skis are incredibly personal. But a multi-purpose shell is just the ticket. I’ve owned Houdini’s Shelter Anorak for years. The helmet-compatible hood works just as well on the slopes as it does on hiking trails, since you can snap the three buttons on the collar when snow and rain fall. It’s made of a versatile material called Loop Hardshell™ that manages to be impressively strong yet stretchy, water- and windproof yet breathable—oh and made from 70 percent recycled polyester that’s free of synthetics. The roomy fit makes it suitable for layering base- and mid-layers underneath, there’s a sizable kangaroo pocket to keep essentials handy, and a large side zipper offers easy on and off plus ventilation. What I love about Houdini is its products are circular, recycled, recyclable (return to Houdini so they can turn it into something new), and Bluesign-certified.

$550 at Houdini

8. Teva ReEmber Terrain

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If your wife is an outdoor adventure lover, Teva ReEmber Terrain quilted slip-ons are a welcome break for her feet after a long day of hiking. The brand’s ULTRA-COMF insole technology is plush and supportive. Whether worn with socks in cooler temps or barefoot, a peppermint-based antimicrobial treatment inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria to keep ’em smelling fresh. I love that there’s a loop to hook them onto a backpack with a carabiner. They’re also great for running errands on a cold, drizzly day, thanks to their water-repellent protective coating. Opt among 14 colorways (birch/chateau grey shown). Finally, Christmas gifts for wife, made easy.

$90 at Amazon
$90 at REI

9. Sixpenny Esmé Glider Chair

Sixpenny did a soft rebrand in the summer of 2020 to hone in on slipcovered upholstery (now including beds) and eco-friendly, ethically sourced tables. We both have Sixpenny pieces in our apartments and can speak to the quality and craftsmanship; I have the Cordelia Console Table and Kylie has the Neva Chaise Sectional. If you’re seeking gifts for your wife if you’re expecting your first child, consider the Esmé Glider Chair. While charming, it’s sturdy in design with a base of kiln-dried hardwood, plywood, and metal. The seat cushion comprises high-density foam sandwiched between fill layers of your choosing: ethically sourced feather down or vegan poly fill. You can also select the slip cover material and color, which comes in 32 different variations. Shop among cotton linen, cotton canvas (Quiet Sage shown), washed cotton velvet (+100), washed cotton linen (+100), thread-dyed cotton linen (+100), recycled faux fur (+200), medium-weight linen (+200), and light-weight linen (+200). I recommend ordering swatches so you feel confident in the material and color, and don’t wait til the last minute to purchase as items are made to order. Set it up in the nursery the night before Christmas for a sweet surprise come morning.

$1,700 at Sixpenny

10. Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay HX Over-Ear Headphones

If you both work remotely and constantly struggle to concentrate during competing Zoom calls, treat her to Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay HX. Not all over-ear headphones are designed equally—not even close—but Bang & Olufsen’s designs are like the Rolls Royce of noise-canceling headphones. If you like to geek out on audio specs, BeoPlay HX boast custom 40mm drivers that have neodymium magnets, which  produce greater sensitivity, power, and nuanced sound output. She can select adaptive active noise cancellation or transparency mode if she wants ambient noise to filter through—like if she’s in the office and needs to hear if someone’s trying to speak to her—and toggle through Optimal, Commute, Clear, Workout, and Podcast sound modes in the app. She can even create her own by adjusting low and high bass and treble for a sound experience that’s brighter, warmer, more relaxed, and/or more energetic. Ears are cocooned by lambskin leather-covered memory foam cushions, while a pressure-relieving headband offers five different adjustment positions. She can keep these suckers on through an entire work day or long-haul flight; the battery lends up to 35 hours of play.

From $441 at Amazon

11. Anastasio Home The Chain Tray

Anastasio Home’s upcycled luxury home goods make for beautiful gifts, while preserving and expanding the livelihoods of craftspeople around the world. The Chain Tray is a limited-edition, 12-inch catch-all. It’s a beautiful statement piece for a coffee table, nightstand, or bathroom counter. Each tray is cut from a single piece of solid marble or stone and is hand-sculpted by artisans in Rajasthan, India.

$695 at Anastasio Home

12. Joey Healy Face Renovation Device

There are a lot of pricey at-home microcurrent devices out there (they use small pulses of electricty to stimulate the muscles in the face for lifting and tightening). Joey Healy Face Renovation Device, from celebrity eyebrow specialist Joey Healy, offers a ton of bang for your buck. It has five different strength settings and is perfectly sized for lifting the eye and brow area. 

$299 at Amazon

13. The Rowley Ripple (Two Pint)

14. Dyson Airstrait Straightener

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Looking for a gift for the wife who loves a high-tech beauty tool? Dyson (yes, the folks behind the best vacuum cleaners) entered the hair game with a hair dryer and styling tool that I’ve used weekly for the past five years. The brand’s latest innovation is Airstrait Straightener and it can take hair from wet to dry with less heat and half the damage of other straighteners. It’s thanks to manganese copper alloy plates that automatically regulate temperature 100 times per second. The cherry on top: It’s cord-free and fully recharges in just 70 minutes. Choose between Prussian Blue/Rich Copper and Nickel/Copper.

$500 at Dyson
$500 at Ulta

15. Great Jones Great Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle

16. Jenni Kayne x Staub Round Cocotte

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Staub, a premium French cookware and bakeware brand, and Jenni Kayne, a California lifestyle brand, partnered up to create this super-chic Round Cocotte, or Dutch oven. Made in France, the cast iron is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and works on any stovetop. The heavy weight, tight-fitting lid also helps retain moisture for more tender dishes. If your wife loves cooking, it’s a timeless kitchen essential for soups, stews, you name it—and the neutral color and brass knob will complement just about any kitchen. 

$545 at Jenni Kayne

17. Papier Recipe Journal

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If your wife is a foodie who loves trying new dishes, one of Papier’s Recipe Journals is a super thoughtful add-on gift to a kitchen appliance or piece of cookware. The hardcover book has 96 pages so she can jot down all her old and new favorite recipes. There’s even space to note ratings and tips for each one. At the back, she can even note all the restaurants she’s been wanting to try.

$38 at Papier

18. Flamingo Estate The Garden Tour

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Hand soap and candles from Flamingo Estate, a lifestyle company set on seven acres of lush gardens in Los Angeles, are always in my apartment and they make perfect gifts. If you want to splurge and give your wife a taste of the best-sellers, The Garden Tour set has it all: hand soap, body wash, and a candle, plus wildflower honey and olive oil made from hand-picked, organic olives grow in California. 

$175 With Membership (MSRP $219) at Flamingo Estate

19. Kinn Ynez Pavé Huggies

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If you’re at a loss for a Christmas gift for her, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. In fact, my partner knows to go straight to Kinn when the holidays roll around. The brand’s classic 14k gold pieces—like these vintage-inspired Ynez Pavé Huggies with 10 round diamonds in each earring—make for a special gift that looks just as good paired with a black-tie gown as it does with jeans and a tee.

$1,280 at Kinn

20. Prada PR 17WS

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Straight on, Prada PR 17WS sunglasses have a traditional rectangle shape, but when she turns to the side, it reveals geometric corners and temples that add a bit of edginess. Cool yet classic, the acetate frames are best suited to round and oval face shapes. They’re the easiest way to elevate any outfit.

From $355 (MSRP $433) at Amazon
$433 at Sunglass Hut
$303 (MSRP $433) at Nordstrom
$368 (MSRP $433) at Macy's

21. Shibumi Shade

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Future beach trips will be made 10 times better by replacing your clunky beach umbrella with a lightweight (only four pounds!) Shibumi Shade. One person can set it up in a few minutes and the wind-powered canopy provides both shade and UPF 50+ sun protection. You’ll never have to worry about your umbrella getting carried away again, so this gift for your wife is really a gift for you, too.

$270 at Amazon
$270 at Shibumi Shade

22. lululemon Chargefeel 2 Mid Workout Shoes

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If your wife loves lululemon leggings, it’s time to get her into a pair of the brand’s sneakers. They’re anatomically designed for the female foot based on four years of research. If you can’t decide between a running or training shoe for her, the new Chargefeel 2 is designed to be versatile enough for both. It features dual-density cushioning that fits both needs and a pressure-mapped outsole that delivers both flexibility and agility. The sock-like fit provides extra stability and feels super comfortable, too.

$148 at lululemon

23. Colville Striped Wool Blanket

Colville Striped Wool Blanket, made in Italy, is a colorful and luxurious accent to a couch or bed. When she gets complimented, she can share a pretty cool backstory, too. Colville works with the family-run Paoletti Mills that was founded in 1795 and still uses traditional materials and techniques first introduced to Northern Italy by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages. 

$555 at Colville

24. Lake Jane Sweater

Lake’s pajamas are a consistent go-to for just about everyone on my shopping list. Now the brand has super-soft 100 percent cotton knitwear in the core lineup, too. Lake Jane Sweater has a classic cropped roll neck that can be worn with jeans, or—my personal preference—paired with loungewear for a day spent at home.

$160 at Lake

25. Dorsey Clarette Link Necklace

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If your wife’s taste in jewelry skews a bit bolder, try Dorsey’s Clarette Link Necklace. The 18k gold-coated brass necklace is a gorgeous, vintage-inspired statement piece that makes any outfit feel cool. The direct-to-consumer brand has a strong fanbase of celebs, including Hailey Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Bella Hadid. 

$570 at Dorsey

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The Macallan’s New Fine & Rare 1997 Is Star-Studded—and Expensive

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The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection is the world’s most expensive whiskey series and includes the world’s most expensive single malt—the 1926 bottling—which auctions for a million-plus dollars each time it finds its way into Sotheby’s white-gloved paws. So whenever the Speyside whiskey maker unveils a new Fine & Rare whiskey, the rich and famous line up for a bidding war. Enter the newest edition: The Macallan Fine & Rare 1997.

Coming in at a comparatively accessible $14,000, The Macallan Fine & Rare 1997 features basically all of the same facets as the bottles that came before it in the series. It’s from an exceptional year; it’s aged exclusively in Sherry barrels from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; and only a few hundred bottles will ever be available. In this case, just 538 bottles will hit shelves. Thanks to its scarcity, the Fine & Rare 1997’s current price point isn’t likely to last—such bottles skyrocket on the secondary market years later.

The Macallan Fine & Rare 1997 celebrates one of Hollywood’s finest years. From classics like Titanic and L.A. Confidential to Jackie Brown and Men in Black—not to mention Con Air, Good Will Hunting, and Air Force One—1997 went down in movie history as a year to be remembered. To commemorate the annum, The Macallan hired Tim Walker to photograph Fine & Rare 1997, who used the neon lights of his hometown cinema as inspiration for promotional images. 

The Maccallan Fine & Rare 1997 is Hollywood themed.

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A resplendent red walnut in color, the whiskey offers a rich, fruity aroma of dark cherries, Medjool dates, and raisins alongside warm cinnamon, sticky toffee pudding, and aged oak. The sweet palate tastes of vanilla, apple, and nutmeg and gives way to rich oak and notes of aniseed and clove. The finish is long and luxurious, adding more oak, spice, and sweetness.

Keeping with the tradition of the Fine & Rare collection, age, strength, and volume are handwritten on each bottle. The label also includes the cask number, distillation year, and bottling year. The Macallan presents each bottle in a European oak box, which contains information on how to record a Vintage Macallan Fine & Rare bottle in The Macallan Vintage Bottle Register, kept in the spiritual home of the brand, the Easter Elchies House, located on The Macallan Estate in Scotland.

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October 28, 2023

Cycle syncing is the best way to manage menstrual symptoms, all month long

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Everyone out there who menstruates knows that your body goes through a lot of changes depending on where you are in your cycle.

It’s why you’re crying and moody the week before your period, and full of energy a week later.

But instead of letting these changes dictate your life, a lot of people who menstruate are flipping the script. Enter: cycle syncing.

It’s about changing your dietary choices and exercise routines each week, based on the natural rhythms of your menstrual cycle.

Research shows that 60 per cent of Australians with a period admitted to having limited or no knowledge about the hormonal fluctuations that occur during each menstrual cycle phase, and how these fluctuations can directly affect their metabolism, energy levels, and mood.

READ MORE: Gin and tonics aren’t the ‘diet cocktail’ you think they are

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We caught up with Rebecca Bell, Senior Executive of Medibank Health Ventures, which founded Find Your Rhythm – the first app in Australia to use hormonal phases to build personalised health and wellbeing programs – to grab their top tips for living life in sync with your cycle.

Phase 1: Menstruation – nourishment and renewal

This is the phase when your body sheds its uterine lining, often accompanied by fatigue and cramps. All you want to do is lie on the couch with a hot water bottle and hibernate.

But even in this phase, you can make progress towards your wellness goals.

Food: This week, focus on getting as much iron back into your body as possible. Build your plate with with iron-rich leafy greens, beans, and lean meats to replenish lost iron. For your sweet tooth, go for magnesium-laden dark chocolate to soothe cramps.

Exercise: This is probably the last thing you want to do, so skip the heavy weights and extreme cardio sessions. Embrace gentle activities like yoga or serene walks, acknowledging your body’s need for rest and restoration.

Phase 2: Follicular – energising your ascent

As you move into the follicular phase, your energy surges, signalling your body’s preparation for ovulation. It’s the perfect time to fuel your progress towards wellness.

READ MORE: The Aussie men set on changing our attitudes to alcohol

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Food: Embrace a balanced diet teeming with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Amplify your protein intake with eggs and lean poultry to support muscle growth.

Exercise: Make the most of your natural boost of energy. Dive into aerobic activities like running or cycling, and toss in some strength training to elevate your fitness journey.

Phase 3: Ovulation – The zenith of performance

Ovulation marks your peak physical period, as your body releases an egg. Here’s where you can shine with food and fitness choices that complement this phase.

Food: Bolster your diet with protein-rich marvels like fish, tofu, and legumes. Embrace a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for antioxidants.

Exercise: Step up your fitness regimen with high-intensity workouts like HIIT, or step out of your comfort zone with daring activities like hiking or dancing.

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Phase 4: Luteal – The art of self-care and equilibrium

In the luteal phase, hormonal fluctuations may lead to mood swings and cravings the week before you begin menstruating. This is where the art of balance and self-care comes into play.

Food: Navigate your cravings with complex carbohydrates like whole grains and fibre-rich foods for blood sugar stability. Indulge in nuts and seeds for healthy fats. Don’t deprive yourself, just follow cravings in moderation.

Exercise: Find your equilibrium through moderate-intensity exercises such as swimming or Pilates. Immerse yourself in mindfulness practices like yoga to navigate mood swings.

READ MORE: Aussie chef shares go-to healthy lunch ideas

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Your menstrual cycle is not a roadblock; it’s a roadmap towards your wellness goals. By synchronising your dietary choices and exercise routines with your body’s innate rhythms, you can harness your cycle’s power to make seamless progress towards a healthier, more vibrant life.

Need a hand figuring out what part of your cycle you’re in? Using advanced hormonal science and a clever algorithm, the Find Your Rhythm app introduces users to the concept of cycle syncing.

This approach empowers you to understand your menstrual cycle better, providing guidance on what to eat and how to exercise for your overall well-being.

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The 40 Best Gifts for Gym Lovers and Health Nuts from Nobull, NordicTrack, and More

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As the holiday season quickly approaches, people are once again trying to find 2023’s best gifts for gym lovers to give to the man in their lives. It can be difficult to find something he doesn’t already have that he’ll be psyched to unwrap and start using right away, especially if he’s the type of guy who buys himself gifts on Amazon throughout the week.

Thankfully, Men’s Journal has put together a complete list of the very best gym gifts for men who love personal fitness and being active. We’ve considered all things fitness-related here: workout equipment, apparel, high-end water bottles, recovery tools, and so much more that make excellent gifts or stocking stuffers for guys who run to gym rats.

Most importantly, we considered the heavy price tag that can sometimes come with buying fitness gear and made sure to recommend a variety of products that are reasonably priced, many being gifts under $50, so that your holiday shopping doesn’t break the bank this year. However, we doubt anybody would hate to receive a luxury multi-person sauna or a complete home gym as a gift.

Even after the holidays are over, keep this list handy. Not only is it full of great Christmas gifts for fitness lovers, but these are also perfect Father’s Day or birthday gift ideas for gym guys.

The Best Fitness Gifts for Men of 2023 

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It’s tough to get a good chest workout without a reliable weight bench, and this adjustable one by Flybird goes from 90 degrees down to -30 with an easy-click system to allow for flat, incline, decline, and shoulder presses. You can also use it for countless other exercises like one-arm rows for the back and seated dumbbell curls. It’s the perfect gift for gym lovers who aren’t always able to get to the gym. We like this particular bench because it’s more affordable than most of its competitors, has an 880-pound load capacity, and is easy to fold up and store at home when not in use.

[$170 (was $200); amazon.com]

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Nike makes workout shoes for every kind of athlete—including serious lifters. The brand’s Metcon line is marketed to CrossFitters, but it will work wonderfully for anyone who does big lifts like squats and deadlifts or dynamic exercises like box jumps and agility drills. The Metcon 9 sports a Hyperlift plate for a solid heel to push off when squatting and a rubber wrap around the mid-foot for durability and lateral support. Of all the gifts for gym bros, this is one they’ll love.

[$150; nike.com]

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Cold tubs are all the rage these days among fitness diehards and runners for their recovery and sleep-enhancing benefits. This best-selling cold plunge tub on Amazon is compact (34-by-30 inches), with a 320-liter capacity and a six-layer insulation system to strike the ideal temperature for maximum cryotherapy effects. It assembles quickly and has a convenient drainage system for emptying. It’s also portable—fold it up and take it anywhere you want.

[$130 (was $190); amazon.com]

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The best fitness gifts for men are those that the recipient will be stoked about the first time he opens it up and will use it over and over for many years. Exhibit A: The kettlebell. Anyone who loves training but gets bored of standard dumbbells and barbells will love one (or two, or a set of five). This cast iron bell from Amazon is your standard fare, and that’s the whole point. This should be your gift of choice for something that looks badass and manly in a home gym, is cost-effective, and will last an actual lifetime. Sure, you could get a kettlebell that’s colorful and rubber-coated, but cast iron looks so much cooler. We recommend the 35-pound bell for most guys.

[From $19 on Amazon; amazon.com]

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The best t-shirts for the gym these days are being made by Nobull, a fitness brand that currently has partnerships with the CrossFit Games and the NFL. Guys who work out are picky about their t-shirts—more want one that’s great to train in and highlights the hard-earned muscle in the arms and shoulders. The Nobull Tee delivers a flattering cut, a lightweight performance material, and flatlock seams to minimize chafing during workouts.

[$38; nobullproject.com]

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It’s an accepted fact that having your favorite music blaring in your ears makes for better workouts and running sessions. These Skullcandy noise-canceling headphones are wireless, comfortable, and perfect to wear while exercising. The 22-hour battery life can get you through weeks of grueling cardio workouts on a single charge, and you can hook it up to an iPhone or Android device to access your gym playlist.

[$100 (was $135); amazon.com]

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A blender is a no-brainer gift for health nuts who love their smoothies or protein shakes for breakfast, after workouts, or whenever. Full-size blenders can be a pain for daily use since they require cleaning both the blending container and the cup you pour it into. However, with a personal blender, the container is the cup, which means minimal clean-up. This Ninja blender offers great bang for the buck with a robust 1,100-peak-watt motor that rivals many higher-priced, full-size blenders. Use the Auto-iQ programming feature to take the guesswork out of blending time, then remove the cup, attach the spout lid, and take your shake anywhere you want.

[$80 (was $100); amazon.com]

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Feet that are screaming after a long day of working out, running, or both need a pair of recovery sandals. Oofos is a leading brand in this new category, and their slides feature a patented footbed with arch support that reduces exertion to give your dogs a break and help your lower body recover faster. They come in a ton of colors and sizes and feel amazing on the feet. Run-of-the-mill slides by big box brands aren’t backed by podiatric science—these are.

[$60; amazon.com]

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This Gatorade water bottle is the perfect fitness gift for any gym bro, runner, hiker, or recreational athlete on your list. It’s got double-wall vacuum insulation, a non-slip Gator-Skin grip that feels great in hand, an easy-open and close drink-thru cap, and a carrying loop you can clip to your bag. It’s available in four colors (black, green, red, and white) and features the iconic Gatorade Thunderbolt logo.

[$35; amazon.com]

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A great gift for guys who work out, the Oakley Corridor tops our list of the best sunglasses for fitness in terms of both performance and value. The Corridor was engineered for runners but is also well-suited for intense outdoor fitness routines. Its semi-rimless design is so light you hardly notice you’re wearing glasses, and the sport nose pad and ear socks minimize bobbing and slippage.

[$194; amazon.com]

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An old-school medicine ball is the perfect piece of equipment for the guy who likes to do whole-body, functional exercises and has some room at home or outside to do explosive moves like wall ball squats and rotational throws. TRX puts a new-school twist on the med ball with premium moisture- and scuff-resistance textile material and a grip-enhancing “hex node” pattern that will hold up after years of serious use. Choose from five different sizes—8 to 20 pounds.

[From $100; ]

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A pull-up bar is one of the best gifts for fitness lovers, especially those who want to add muscle and strength to the upper back and biceps without having to drive to the gym to do it. This wall-mounted option beats other at-home pull-up bars because it doesn’t attach to a door frame, which can cause damage and end up being too short for taller guys. It also doesn’t take up any floor space like standing pull-up stations while offering more gripping options—wide, narrow, and neutral—than most other wall-mounted pieces. It’s also very strong, with a solid 6-hole mount design on a triangular base plate that can handle over 400 pounds with no wobble.

[$55 (was $60); amazon.com]

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a runner or cyclist (or any other endurance athlete, for that matter) you can’t go wrong with a heart rate monitor—the classic training tool for tracking intensity. This model by longtime category leader Polar works for virtually all sports and cardio activities, including swimming because it’s fully waterproof. Aside from being super-accurate, the H10 is also comfortable, thanks to a buckle system in the back that minimizes irritation along with silicone dots that keep the strap from slipping during workouts.

[From $80 (was $90); amazon.com]

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Any gym rat or runner who gets sore, fatigued, or achy muscles should have a massage device handy at all times. The Power Plate Mini+ is one of the best post-workout gifts because it offers comparable recovery-boosting stimulation to soft tissue as larger, more expensive models. The Mini+ has four intensity settings, two different massage attachments to relieve muscle tension in all areas, and is quiet enough to let you multitask with TV and self-care. Its small size makes it perfect for traveling, even if you forget the charger—the battery life is an impressive five hours.

[$180; amazon.com]

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The tried and true Casio G-Shock isn’t just a great gift for watch nerds—it can also be one of the best gifts for people who work out. The G-Shock “Move” series caters specifically to those who exercise, with running features like an accelerometer and distance measurement as well as a step counter to track your daily activity level. The GBD-200 model is more affordable than other Move versions, yet it delivers the same impact protection that defines the brand. For a running watch you can knock around in the gym or on the trail, a G-Shock can’t be beaten.

[$115 (was $150); amazon.com]

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Any guy who works out will want a comfortable and flattering pair of quick-drying swim trunks for hanging out at the pool or beach and for any water-based exercise. These board shorts by Vuori have a scalloped leg for maximum mobility and what they describe as a “high-performance fit.” At 90% polyester and 10% stretchy elastane, these 7.5-inch inseam shorts provide all-day comfort and an athletic feel.

[$74; vuoriclothing.com]

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A weighted vest is a great gift for the diehard fitness type who loves to make ordinary bodyweight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, walking lunges, and running extra challenging by adding resistance. This vest by Runmax comes with a minimum of 20 pounds of removable weight that fits into strategically placed pockets for equal distribution to add comfort and keep undue strain off the shoulders and lower back. Bonus features include a phone pocket and water bottle holder.

[$37 (was $60); amazon.com]

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Health nuts and fitness diehards often don’t want to rely on convenience stores and restaurants for their food when traveling or running around town for the day, and the Hydro Flask Carry Out Soft Cooler is the perfect companion for these people. It’s a big enough cooler at 20 liters to hold a day’s worth of food, drinks, and supplements, keeping it all cold for up to 24 hours, but light enough to carry along to the gym or a social gathering. With Hydro Flask, you’re getting a much lower price tag than some other brands while sacrificing nothing in terms of quality and functionality.

[$90; amazon.com]

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These adjustable dumbbells are the best choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, affordable set of free weights from a trusted brand (NordicTrack doesn’t just do cardio anymore). They feature a smooth weight selection system that lets you quickly change resistance in 2.5- or 5-pound increments from 5 to 55 pounds with a simple pull of a plastic tab. The set also includes molded storage trays with printed weight markings to keep your home gym organized.

[$350; amazon.com]

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These make the perfect fitness gift for the guy who wants something he can wear at the gym and then leave on for pure comfort at home or around town. These aren’t just fashion track sweats—Adidas equipped them for serious workouts, with a breathable material to wick sweat and zip pockets to securely hold a phone or keys during a training session or run.

[$63 (was $70); adidas.com]

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If the fitness lover on your shopping list does any amount of running, this is the running shoe to get him. The Asics Gel-Kayano is specifically designed for runners with neutral and overpronating foot types, but even if you don’t have the first clue how your giftee’s foot strikes the pavement, this is a great all-around runner that guys go nuts about. It’s packed with performance technology like the OrthoLite sock liner (for comfort), Asics’ gel (shock absorption), and the brand’s Litetruss (medial support), and the 29 model is a great value that’s been discounted a lot lately.

[From $88 (was $160); amazon.com]

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Attention fitness lovers (and those seeking gifts for fitness lovers): One of the best ways to develop functional muscle and grip strength is through sandbag training. This sandbag from Yes4All will provide years of dynamic workouts with its heavy-duty nylon cordura construction and reinforced handles on all sides that allow for multiple grip placements. It comes in four sizes (small, medium, large, and extra-large) that hold between 25 and 200 pounds of sand. This particular bag gets favorable reviews (an average of 4.4 stars) from over 2,000 Amazon customers.

[From $35; amazon.com]

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Most modern backpacks are designed for the typical professional lugging a laptop and little else to the office. The Wolfpak backpack, on the other hand, is specifically intended for working out and makes one of the best gifts for guys who go to the gym or play sports. Created for bodybuilders, this 35L model has two side holders for shaker cups, plenty of room for workout gear and shoes, and is made of tough waterproof polyester. It’s a great gym bag but works for just about any excursion. 

[$125; amazon.com]

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Preconceived notions be damned: Lululemon isn’t just for women, or yoga. The Warp Light Packable Jacket was made expressly for men who train. It’s water-repellent and is made of a stretchy, breathable fabric that makes it perfect for outdoor workouts or running in cool weather. With zip pockets, a hidden phone sleeve, a just-incase hood, and its ability to fold down and pack into itself, this utility jacket lends itself to convenience. The fit guy on your shopping list may not buy this for himself, but he sure would love to unwrap one.

[$148; lululemon.com]

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If the guy on your shopping list doesn’t already have pushup handles in his home gym, he needs some. With this pair, he’ll get a great upper body workout with less strain on the shoulder joints, elbows, and wrists than standard hands-on-floor pushups thanks to the rotating ergonomic grips that provide a smooth motion via a steel ball-bearing system. Rubber tread on the bottom keeps the handles stable on all floor surfaces.

[$32; amazon.com]

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A high-end jump rope is a must for anyone doing high-intensity cardio workouts at home, and Elitessrs is a top brand in the category. What makes this one better than a standard jump rope is its ball bearings and tapered grip that make for smooth, effortless (and fast) revolutions. The “rope” part is made of PVC with a special core for durability. Also fully adjustable, it’s a great option whether he’s doing high-rep double-unders or not.

[$25; amazon.com]

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Any kitchen appliance that helps a guy eat cleaner is a great gift for a health nut. Air fryers have become wildly popular in recent years for just that purpose. This cost-effective model by Ninja has a temperature range of around 100-400 degrees and a 4-in-1 feature set for air-frying, roasting, reheating, and dehydrating foods. It’s ideal for making healthier versions of chicken wings, fries, tater tots, and even pizza. The basket is even dishwasher safe.

[$135; amazon.com]

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Utterly simple and highly versatile, a plyometric, or plyo, box is a great gift for gym lovers. Each Yes4All box can be used at three different heights, from 12 to 30 inches, for leg exercises like box jumps, step-ups, and box dips simply by rotating the cube to a different side. The key feature of this one is that it’s padded on the outside (with a wooden core inside) to keep the shins safe from painful scraping on the edges.

[From $63; amazon.com]

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Knowledge is power, and nobody drops health and fitness knowledge these days more intelligently than Dr. Peter Attia. In his New York Times #1 Bestseller, Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, Attia delivers a masterclass on how to live a longer, healthier life without relying on prescription medications. The book focuses on exercise, food, and emotional health to enhance longevity with actionable advice from start to finish. This is a must-read for health nuts and fitness lovers. It’s available as a hardcover, paperback, spiral-bound, audiobook, or digitally for Kindle.

[$17; amazon.com]

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The Gorilla Mat is perfect for the guy who works out at home but wants a gym-caliber floor beneath him when doing squats, jumps, or any other full-body exercise. The durable ProFoam mat provides a non-slip, shock-absorbing surface that can go over the top carpet, hardwoods, laminate, or tile. At 6 feet by 4 feet by 1/4-inch, it rolls up for easy storage yet stays flat while in use. This mat will help save your floors as well as your joints (ankles, knees, hips).

[$130; amazon.com]

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The name says it all here: Designed For Training Shorts. Adidas delivers a great gym gift for men with these lightweight, stretchy workout shorts. Our favorite features include the Aeroready material that stays dry, zip pockets to keep a phone or keys secure, and split sides to allow for a full range of motion during workouts and recreational sports.

[$36 (was $40); adidas.com]

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This warm outer layer by The North Face is the perfect gift for runners and fitness lovers who brave the outdoors in the cold weather months. It’s made of a waterproof and windproof fabric, and the fit is designed for mobility through the chest and shoulders, which will come in handy during runs and HIIT workouts. It also has extra ventilation in the armpits, because there’s nothing worse than getting sweaty out in the cold.

[$149; amazon.com]

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Combine a high-end stainless steel insulated water bottle with the functionality of a shaker cup and you get the Ice Shaker. This is the perfect gift for a gym guy who mixes protein shakes, pre-workouts, and/or amino acid drinks on the daily. The Ice Shaker has a high-tech agitator to deliver a perfect blend every time, insulated walls that keep liquids cold for over 30 hours, and a travel-friendly design that fits in cup holders.

[$35; amazon.com]

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Every home gym should contain a set of resistance bands because they offer a variety of uses, like standard dumbbell and barbell exercises, are easy on the joints, and the variable resistance they provide (where the force increases the more the band is stretched) places a unique stimulus on the muscles to build strength. This loop-style set by Sunpow includes five different resistance weights and offers more exercise options than bands with handles on either end. The heavier bands can also be used for assisted pull-ups and dips for those who have difficulty doing bodyweight-only sets.

[$40; amazon.com]

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Guys who go hard in the gym or on the running trails need quick relief from muscle pain and tightness, and foam rollers are the simplest, most affordable recovery tools you can find. We like this 13-inch TriggerPoint roller because its grooves and nubs are great at hitting hard-to-reach areas in the muscles to provide a thorough soft-tissue massage. It’s the next best thing to having an actual massage therapist do the work and a must-have in any fit guy’s mobility toolbox.

[$32 (was $37); amazon.com]

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Bathroom scales have come a long way from just measuring weight. The fitness lover on your shopping list can measure his progress daily with this Withings Smart Scale. It does way more than just body weight—it also records body fat percentage, water weight, and a handful of other key health metrics. It’s easy to use and syncs with Apple Health and Google Fit apps for long-term tracking.

[$100; amazon.com]

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Whether as a stocking stuffer or white elephant gift, Feetures makes some of the best socks for runners. These no-shows with tabs offer a super comfortable, snug fit that won’t slide down in the back at all (this coming from an MJ writer who’s been wearing a pair for years). At 92% nylon and 8% spandex, the feet stay cool and dry whether you’re on a long run or sweating it out in the gym.

[$15; amazon.com]

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This is the perfect gift for the gym bro who travels a lot. ClassPass is a membership-based app that gives the user access to gyms, boutique fitness studios, and spas in whatever city he finds himself at any given time. Gift ClassPass credits in whatever amount you want (say, $30 or $100), and the recipient can use it like cash to book a class or appointment on the road or even to try a new gym near home.

[From $39/month; ]

What to Know When Buying Gifts for Gym Lovers

What fitness gifts for men are the most useful?

This may sound obvious, but the most useful fitness gifts for men are the ones they’ll actually use. Multipurpose gear like resistance bands and dumbbells will probably get used more than, say, a pair of ankle weights.

Also, take inventory of what fitness gear the recipient already has. If he has a nice personal blender in his kitchen, skip that gift idea. If he already has a good set of adjustable dumbbells, he doesn’t need another. But if he has a 25-pound kettlebell and no others, gifting a 40-pound kettlebell would make sense because it helps him complete his setup.

What gift ideas for gym lovers should you not entertain?

What you don’t want to do when giving a fitness-related gift is offend the recipient. If, for example, they think you’re trying to send a message that they need to lose weight and/or get in shape because you gifted them a gym membership or fat loss supplement, that was probably not a great gift idea.

If the person specifically told you they had these goals and would like a gift to address them, then you’re in the clear. Otherwise, try to select a gift that adds to something they’re already doing; for instance, a weight-lifting belt for a guy you know who does heavy squats and deadlifts every week, or a new pair of running shoes for an avid runner who has a road race coming up.

What are the best home workout gifts?

The best workout gifts for the home are portable and versatile—things that will fit easily into a small space, like a spare bedroom or dedicated section of an office or garage, especially if they’re able to be stowed in a drawer, storage box, or hung on wall hooks. 

Gifts that fit this criteria, for example, are a medicine ball, a kettlebell, a foldable exercise/yoga mat, and a set of resistance bands. However, if you know the recipient has generous floor space and is just getting started building his home gym, consider a large, foundational piece of equipment like a power rack, pull-up/dip station, or a barbell set with weight plates. 

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October 27, 2023

Chris Bumstead Trains Shoulders Two Weeks Out From Trying to Capture Fifth Consecutive Mr. Olympia Title

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For the last four years, no Classic Physique competitor has been able to outperform Chris Bumstead at the Mr. Olympia contest. The titleholder since 2019, he remains firmly in the driver’s seat heading into the most anticipated bodybuilding competition of the year.

With Bumstead and his peers making their final preparations for the 2023 Mr. Olympia show, the pressure is squarely on the four-time champion’s shoulders to fend off a crowded field headlined by 2023 Arnold Classic winner, and last year’s Olympia runner-up, Ramon Rocha Quiroz and Urs Kalecinski, who finished third at the 2022 Classic Physique Olympia. Luckily, though, Bumstead looks more than capable of delivering another first-place performance when he hits the stage for the Nov. 3-5 weekend in Orlando, FL.

Showcasing the size and symmetry needed to reach the top of the Classic Physique mountain, Bumstead gave fans an intimate look at his intense training style in a shoulder day workout vlog posted on his YouTube channel on Oct. 26, 2023.

YouTube Video

Before embarking on his workout, Bumstead showed his preferred method for promoting a great pump, energy, and focus. He mixed his signature blue raspberry pre-workout supplement from Raw Nutrition with Pump, a stimulant-free pre-training supplement designed to increase blood flow and improve muscle fullness. That formula provided Bumstead with 200 milligrams of caffeine plus 10 grams of L-citrulline and an unspecified amount of beta alanine — two non-essential aminos acid found in many bodybuilding supplements.

Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Coming off a high-carb day that reinvigorated his brain and replenished his muscle glycogen stores, the determined bodybuilder hit the gym with a full tank and excellent focus. The intense workout begins at the 8:55 mark of the video.

Bumstead and his training partner started out with a classic shoulder day exercise: the dumbbell lateral raise. A time-tested deltoid-building movement, Bumstead used a pair of 45-pound (20.4-kilogram) dumbbells for his first set. He dropped down by five pounds (2.2 kilograms) on each of his next two sets, completing 12 reps on each one.

Plate-Loaded Shoulder Press Machine

Next, Bumstead showed off his strength on the plate-loaded shoulder press machine by working with five 45-pound plates per side on his first set. He removed one plate for his next set of this seated overhead press variation, making sure to control the weight throughout the movement.

Bumstead’s training partner provided plenty of verbal motivation (and a little bit of assistance) to help the reigning Mr. Olympia squeeze out the final few reps on his second and third sets. This push-based exercise directly targeted the front delts while also recruiting the triceps during the lockout phase.

Reverse Pec-Deck Machine

After hitting his shoulders from the frontal plane, Bumstead switched up his angle of attack by working on the reverse pec-deck machine. Making sure to keep his arms extended and his chest firmly against the pad, he retracted his shoulder blades and squeezed his rear delts and rhomboids at the top of every rep.

An exercise primarily aimed at increasing thickness and overall muscular development in the posterior shoulders, this adduction-based movement provided Bumstead with a terrific pump, bringing out the championship-level definition in his upper back.

Rope Cable Front Raise

After giving his anterior delts a break with the last exercise, Bumstead directly targeted them via the rope cable front raise. Setting up with a slight forward lean and a pronated (palms down) grip, he recruited his front delts to lift the rope from knee height to shoulder-level so his arms were parallel with the floor.

Using an unspecified amount of weight, it took every bit of effort for Bumstead to push through sets of 12 repetitions of the isolation movement. In addition to working all three deltoid heads (anterior, lateral, and posterior), this front raise variation also required his serratus anterior to act as a stabilizer during the exercise.

Standing Shoulder Press Machine

Despite having already performed an overhead press variation earlier, that didn’t stop Bumstead from going back to another push-based movement. This time, though, he utilized a standing shoulder press machine — and a much lighter load.

Bumstead started out with 95 pounds (43 kilograms) worth of plates per side, making sure to keep a neutral wrist position and his core engaged. After two sets that included partial reps at the end, he performed a drop set with a single 45-pound plate per side.

Cable Lateral Raise

For his final shoulder exercise, Bumstead performed a lateral raise variation. Rather than going the single-arm route, he worked both arms simultaneously by crossing the cables in front of him.

Undoubtedly feeling the effects of his muscle-building efforts, Bumstead made sure to keep his palms down and head neutral as he spread his arms apart and raised them to shoulder-level. The four-time Mr. Olympia only showed one set of this exercise.

Seated Calf Raise/Tibialis Raise

Even though it was labeled a shoulder workout, Bumstead worked on his lower body for a brief time by alternating seated calf raises with a unique tibialis raise to work the muscles along the front of his lower leg.

Beginning with the seated calf machine, he utilized a technique in which he flexed his calves halfway up before completing a full rep, Bumstead worked with a pair of 45-pound plates. Again, he only showed one set of this exercise before moving to a specialized seated machine that provided resistance as he raised he toes upward, working one leg at a time.

Classic Bodybuilding Shoulder Workout

Bumstead’s approach to working his deltoid so near to a major contest may not be typical of his standard muscle-building session but, as a whole, it may provide a high-intensity change of pace for your next upper body workout. If you were tempted to follow in the footsteps of the winningest champion Classic Physique has ever seen, here’s a recap of his pre-contest session.

  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise
  • Plate-Loaded Shoulder Press Machine
  • Reverse Pec-Deck Machine
  • Rope Cable Front Raise
  • Standing Shoulder Press Machine
  • Cable Lateral Raise
  • Seated Calf Raise

As the 2023 Mr. Olympia contest nears, other Classic Physique competitors can look forward to trying to take down a champion who just keeps getting better. With a winning mindset and the body to match, Chris Bumstead couldn’t be in a better position heading into the most important weekend of the year. And if he remains on the same path he’s been on for nearly half a decade, who knows how many more titles he’ll have a few years from now.

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Trust Us, You Need These Boots

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Moc toe boots have been essential equipment for sportsmen, tradesmen, loggers, and factory workers since the 1950s. Then, somewhere along the line, these heritage boots also became prized purely for their rugged aesthetics. They’re named for the Native American moccasins that inspired their style of construction, and recognizable by their separate U-shaped piece of leather on the top that is sewn to the walls of the toe. 

Related: The Cowboy Boots Guide: 16 Pairs to Add Some Twang to Your Wardrobe

While the design is ancient, Red Wing was the first company to create a moc toe boot, in 1952. The original version had a rubber sole that made them particularly useful for sportsmen, and the moccasin design left more room for toe movement while the stitching made them more flexible for walking. The higher toe walls also made them more protective than traditional boots, so they soon became popular with factory workers who preferred to keep all of their toes. Not coincidently, the was the overall best moc toe boot out of our test—because they’re the perfect combination of value, heritage, and versatility. 

Why Should You Have a Pair of Moc Toe Boots?

Originating in the timberlands of Minnesota, moc toe boots are a uniquely American invention born out of the necessities of American industry and terrain. Borrowing in their construction something tried and true for Native Americans for thousands of years, they’re rugged, sporting, and suitable for everything from hunting to welding to barhopping. Every man needs a pair of moc toe boots in his closet. 

What are Moc Toe Boots Good For?

Depending on the design and construction, moc toe boots can be rugged enough for hunting, or factory work and construction (with reinforced toes for added protection). Some use modern materials to be ultra-light and as comfortable as a sneaker, while others are made of the finest leathers in the world and are better suited for wearing with a sport coat. When choosing a moc toe boot, you should decide first if it’s for function, fashion, or a mix of both. 

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Rugged options can require much more break-in before they’re comfortable, but will hold up to serious abuse for years to come. If you don’t need that kind of durability, you may want an option that will be instantly comfortable without any break-in period. Work-focused moc toe boots can be quite heavy, while others are designed for nimble hiking and travel that doesn’t involve chopping down trees. 

Many are even recraftable, meaning that they can be fixed up to look near-new after many years of use. There are weatherproof options, value options, and hand-made investment-grade boots that will require some care but will last you a lifetime. In short, there’s a moc toe boot for everyone.

How We Tested Them

I started with the best moc toe boots available, and then narrowed them down even further to the ones that would cover the greatest range of wearers, uses, and budgets. Then I tested them all out. I took one pair across Scotland. Another pair joined me on a Montana dude ranch. Breaking them in, walking and hiking in them, obsessing over their details, and talking to some of the people who produce them were all part of the process. 

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Why You Should Trust Me

I’ve been covering gear and style from a home base in Los Angeles and now Charleston since 2006, for outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Maxim, Gear Patrol, Fatherly, and Men’s Journal. Whether it’s testing out gear, bags, clothing, and accessories on my own adventures, or profiling designers and craftspeople who make them, it’s been one continuous process of discovery, and an ongoing search for the essentials that bring joy, serve a purpose, and add value to our experiences.

Boots are my most beloved and obsessed over clothing item of all. They’re not just footwear, functionality, or fashion, but a combination of all three that also makes a statement of intent. They tell strangers how hard you work—or play. They can convey your sense of style, your attitude, and even your priorities. I can look back and remember big trips I’ve taken and entire phases of my life based on the boots I was wearing at the time. 

Over the course of my continued education about the materials and craft that make for truly great boots, I’ve visited tanneries, met cutters and sewers on factory floors, and been schooled by second and third-generation shoe makers on the ins and outs of Goodyear welts and gusset tongues, of lug soles and wedges, of heel stacks and steel shanks. What we love the most, we learn about with both joy and a purpose to share that knowledge.

Related: The Best Men’s Pull-on Boots of 2023

The Best Moc Toe Boots of 2023

Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc

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Best Overall Boot: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc

While other boots on the list surpass it in comfort, style, and features, the Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc is the perfect combination of value, heritage, and versatility. Therefore, it’s the boot with which most people should begin their search. We tested it out in the new Alpine Portage color—a warm grey that works well with any jeans or trousers. 

They have recraftable rubber soles, the interior is unlined and decidedly utilitarian, and they have a gusseted tongue—meaning a tongue sewn to the sides of the upper to prevent water or dirt from getting in. The leather is durable, but also very rigid on first wear, so these will take some serious breaking in. They’re rugged enough for manual labor or hunting, but in terms of style, they could also be worn with a nice pair of jeans, to work in an office, or even out to dinner.

Pros Cons

👍 Recraftable

👎 Require significant break-in

👍 Solid value

👎 No lining

👍 The original moc toe boot

👎 No extra padding

[$310; zappos.com]

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Alden 403

Stinson Carter

Best Splurge Boot: Alden 403

Because the toe isn’t made of two separate pieces of leather, the Alden 403 isn’t technically a true moc toe—but it’s certainly the most iconic. Beloved film character Indiana Jones famously wore these because actor Harrison Ford loved them so much that he nixed the script-suggested Red Wings and insisted on the Aldens.

The 403 is the same style as Indy’s boot, but uses a dark brown Horween Chromexcel leather. We found the 403 to be instantly comfortable with zero break-in needed—more comfortable on the first wear than every other boot on the list. They do fit wide, so Alden suggests ordering a half-size down. They don’t have a gusseted tongue, so there’s not as much protection from the elements. But for the price, they’re unlikely to be your go-to boots for getting dirty.

They are the most expensive boots on the list at $655, but through our conversations with both Alden and Horween, it’s clear that they’re still not overpriced considering the workmanship and materials that go into them. It’s worth signing up for notices on theshoemart.com for a chance to score factory rejects at a solid discount. Seconds inventory is limited, so you’d have to luck out on sizing.

Pros Cons

👍 No break-in needed

👎 Leather creases faster than calfskin version

👍 Recraftable

👎 Pricey

👍 Indiana Jones wore them

[$655; nordstrom.com]

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Nick’s Boots Moc Toe Lug

Stinson Carter

Best Rugged Boot: Nick’s Boots Moc Toe Lug

is based in Spokane, WA—the heart of logging country, where they’ve been making boots since the 1960s. They’re the most durable handmade moc toe boots you can buy. With thick leather, a beefy heel stack, lug sole with steel screws, and serious stitching, they’re an extremely heavy duty work boot made with an incredible attention to detail. Included in the box is a carbon slip from the factory floor, where every step of the process is signed by the craftsperson who handled it. 

Nick’s Boots owner, Shuyler Mowe, says that they sell “a ton of these as work boots to tradespeople and those who appreciate that chunkier aesthetic.” They are heavy and need some serious breaking in, but these are lifetime boots. The toe box is pretty rigid out of the box, so order a wider size if there’s any concern for width. They have a gusseted tongue, and they also come with false tongues, which are additional pieces of leather that help prevent any pinching from the laces. The soles, with their gleaming steel screwheads in the treads, are a standout detail. They have quick ship options, but if you have time to wait, they can be fully made-to-order, customized by color, sole type, height, and more.

Pros Cons

👍 Handmade

👎 Heavy

👍 Made-to-order and quick-ship options

👎 Require breaking in

👍 Recraftable

👎 Longer wait for made-to-order

[$580;]

Rancourt Harrison Redux

Stinson Carter

Best Boots for Travel: Rancourt Harrison Redux

After testing these on a trip to Scotland, we can say that as an everyday (and night) travel boot, Rancourt’s Harrison boots strike the perfect balance between durability, comfort, and dress code versatility. They’re handmade in Maine out of Horween Chromexcel leather, which naturally has some water resistance and will develop an aesthetically pleasing patina over time. They don’t need much breaking in and the rubber sole is soft enough to stand on for hours. You can wear them tromping across the cobblestones of Edinburgh with a backpack or out to dinner with a sportscoat. 

Another bonus is that they’re flexible enough to drive in comfortably over long distances, unlike the Harrison’s rugged competitors. It’s a camp moc style of boot, meaning it bears more moccasin DNA than any other boot on the list. With more stitching comes more chance for the threads to fray over time, but Rancourt can resole or restitch your boots if needed.

Pros Cons

👍 Comfortable straight out of the box

👎 Not as durable as other options

👍 Versatile

👍 Recraftable

[$358; rancourtandcompany.com]

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Danner Logger Moc 917 GTX

Stinson Carter

Best Boots for Hiking: Danner Logger Moc 917 GTX

Danner’s new is a modern interpretation of a moc toe boot, optimized for lightness, comfort, and all-weather/terrain use. Not only are they lightweight, they’re waterproof and breathable, thanks to the Gore-Tex lining and durable nubuck leather. Because they have the multi-layer cushioning of a sneaker—including a removable OrthoLite footbed, a Vibram midsole, and a Vibram outsole—these boots are perfect for hiking or travel. But unlike a sneaker, they can be resoled after years of wear-and-tear through Danner’s Recrafting Center.

While Danner says they run true to size, we found them to be slightly on the narrow side—and as of now, they don’t come in wide sizes. But if comfort for hiking or travel to more casual destinations is your priority, these are hard to beat for the price and features. In short, for moc toe looks with a trail sneaker feel, these are the ones for you.

Pros Cons

👍 Weatherproof

👎 Casual style is less versatile

👍 Comfortable straight out of the box

👎 No wide sizes

👍 Lightweight

👍 Recraftable

[$240;]

Grant Stone Brass

Stinson Carter

Best Dressy Boot: Grant Stone Brass

Made of Horween Chromexcel leather, the black version of Grant Stone’s Brass boot are bestsellers for the company. In this rich black, they are a perfect choice for anyone who wants to dress up their moc toe, whether for the office or out on the town. That said, there are a dozen different colors of the Brass boot—and it can also be also ordered with a wedge sole—so there’s a style to fit anyone’s mood, taste, or use case. 

Grant Stone CEO Wyatt Gilmore has boot pedigree in his blood: his grandfather worked at Alden for 60 years and his father worked there for 15 years. The attention to detail is evident in the meticulous hand sewing of the moc toe itself, which Gilmore says is difficult to produce because only the best craftspeople are skilled enough to do the prominent hand sewing required. We found them to be comfortable without a break-in period, though they are on the heavier side. Grant Stone is known to carry a wide range of sizes and widths in stock for most of their boots, so even if you have an odd size, chances are they’ve got it ready to ship.

Pros Cons

👍 Exceptional quality

👎 Heavy

👍 Good value

👍 Comfortable straight out of the box

[$380; grantstone.com]

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Thursday Boot Co. Diplomat

Stinson Carter

Best Value Boot: Thursday Boot Co. Diplomat

At just under $200, the Thursday Boot Co. Diplomat boots offer a lot for the price. They look great and don’t feel the least bit budget-minded in construction. They have a Vibram wedge outsole, a steel shank for stability, corkbed midsoles for comfort that adapts to your foot over time, antimicrobial insoles, and the laces are Kevlar-infused for durability. They are lined with glove leather, and they’re built on a Goodyear welt sole, so they can be resoled. Thursday says that they’re handmade in small batches, though the hand-finishes are not as apparent here as they are on the likes of Alden and Nick’s—nor would we expect it for the price. 

While the leather isn’t as nice as some options on this list, these boots punch above their weight in every category. We found them to be comfortable without much break-in, and they fit true to size. They don’t show up with a fancy box, felt shoe bags, and extra laces, but they deliver on the features that are important. They would be a great entry-level Goodyear welt boot to begin a collection, or to add to your stable as knock-around boots.

[$199; thursdayboots.com]

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Allen Edmonds Carter

Stinson Carter

Best All-Weather Boot: Allen Edmonds Carter

The were a favorite from testing. They’re extremely comfortable with zero breaking in, and despite the commando soles, they’re also surprisingly light. The Horween Chromexcel leather will only get better with age and feels as good to touch as it does on your feet. The leather lining is supple, and the padding on the tongue and insole are surprisingly plush. 

Weather-wise, these could go on in early fall and stay on until spring. Style-wise, they’re just as versatile. You could travel with them, commute with them, or wear them with a suit. Aesthetically, the Carter strikes the balance between dressy and rugged better than any other boot we tested. They fit true to size, and while they’re pricey, they do go on sale for significantly less than MSRP. The same cannot be said for the other top-tier moc toe boots on this list.

Pros Cons

 👍 Weatherproof

👎 Expensive when not on sale

👍 Comfortable right out of the box

👍 Recraftable

[$495;]

Lucchese Ranger II

Stinson Carter

Best Boot for Comfort: Lucchese Ranger II 

You probably know Lucchese for their cowboy boots, and they do make some of the best. As such, their bring a Western vibe to the moc toe boot. Handmade like Lucchese’s cowboy boots and ropers, the Ranger II combines the moc-toe style with a beefy rubber sole offering excellent traction and cushion, and the tread is spaced to not hold on to mud and muck. Testing these out on a ranch in Montana was no problem. The soles gripped the terrain like hiking boots, and you could still wear these to dinner or a honky-tonk with a nice pair of pants and a button-down. 

The suede upper on the version we tested looks rugged but is deceptively soft, so no breaking in was needed. The glove leather lining is smooth as butter—no other boot lining comes close to its suppleness. An amply padded interior and velvety glove-leather lining make these the most instantly comfortable moc toe boots we tested.

Pros Cons

👍 Very comfortable

👎 Non-uniform stitching, since they’re handmade

👍 Rugged soles

👎 Pricey

[$425;]

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