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Little pleasures

Good things really do come in small packages with these gift items

Little pleasures

Duluth briefcases are made from premium grade cowhide leather with a main compartment that includes a document sleeve, various pockets and room for laptops up to 15 inches across.
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If good things come in small packages, items such as fitness bands make for great stocking stuffers because of the valuable usages they provide.

A good example is the Mio Fuse with features that include Bluetooth Smart (4.0) heart rate monitoring and all-day tracking of activities such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and hours slept. And you don’t have to worry about discomfort or concealing it because it can also be considered a fashion statement.

“Fitness bands have become an all-day wearable,” said Liz Dickinson, founder and CEO of Mio Global. “Men now want something stylish yet durable and functional. Breathability is a desired feature in wristbands, especially for sports and fitness activities. The range of choices in fitness wearables is broader than ever.”

Some of the leading manufacturers such as Garmin, Mio, Fitbit and Samsung are producing an array of colorful designs and bold patterns, but at their core people still mostly want to get to the heart of the matter with their fitness bands.

“Consumers demand accuracy and cutting-edge technology as a tool to help them achieve their fitness goals. Heart rate tracking is the most important metric for users who want to measure the intensity of their activities,” Dickinson said. “Heart rate monitors were once used only by competitive athletes for training and conditioning or for medical purposes, but now even casual fitness seekers are seeing the benefits of using heart rate based fitness trackers to get the most out of their workouts.”

For those who prefer that Santa deliver them something multi-functional and practical, consider dropping something in their stocking that will keep some of their favorite high-quality items looking shiny and new all year long.

“If you’re a golfer, you likely enjoy the finer things in life. If you enjoy the finer things in life, then you likely own some leather goods,” said Aaron Snow, director of sales and marketing for Leather Milk, a provider of leather restoration kits. “Be it a nice leather wallet, pair of shoes, briefcase, sofa or the leather in your vehicle, there’s no doubt leather exists in your life to some degree. Not only is this kit packaged in a branded gift box, nestled on a bed of burlap, it contains everything one might need to lovingly care for their prized leather.”

For golfers, Snow says his company’s kits are perfect for keeping bags and shoes looking sharp because of the water protection formula.

Water protection is also important when it comes to quality toiletry kits, and Allen Edmonds has a nice line that is roomy on the inside yet not too bulky to take up too much of your travel space. Handcrafted with full-grain leather, the kits are also outfitted with rubber and lined with water-repellant, stain-resistant nylon.

Another fun gift idea for the sports fan on your list is a coaster that can be both artistic and personalized.

“It’s easy to find practical coasters but much more difficult to find a unique set that complements and adds to your home’s overall aesthetic,” said Colin Hall, CMO for Allen Edmonds. “(Our) Churchill Downs Paddock Wood Coasters are crafted from the authentic wooden beams and trusses of the 1903–1923 paddock at Churchill Downs. They are officially licensed by the Churchill Downs racetrack and, like all Allen Edmonds products, are carefully handcrafted. Due to the age of the wood and uniqueness of each piece, no two sets are the same.”



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