* Shop smarter this season by getting them gifts from a tried-and-true brand
* Choose gifts that will inspire them to stay active, while feeling stylish and confident
* These gifts will last them well past the holidays and into the new year
They say the best gift is the gift of inspiration, but let’s be honest: we all want some new stuff under the tree too.
Fortunately, we’ve found gifts that work on both ends, with help from our friends at New Balance. While the brand may be known best for its amazing collection of trainers and sneakers, New Balance is making inroads with some cutting-edge accessories and cool apparel for men and women as well.
After more than 100 years in business, the company is still headquartered in Boston, where it was founded in 1906. And New Balance has been able to combine their years of experience with ongoing technical advancements, to deliver products that are among the best in quality, functionality, comfort and style.
We’ve found five unexpected gifts from New Balance that are sure to satisfy anyone on your list, whether they need some extra motivation to exercise, or just want some sartorial inspiration for the new year. (Spoiler alert: it’s not just shoes, either). The best part: New Balance is a brand that everyone is familiar with – meaning these are gifts that everyone will be thrilled to receive.
1. Fresh Foam Cruz Hoo-guh
Inspired by Nordic winter fashion and the Danish word “hygge” (which loosely translates to “a feeling of warmth and coziness”), the Fresh Foam Cruz Hoo-guh for women is exactly that: a fresh, cozy sneaker that will keep your feet wrapped in comfort and support.
These women’s sneakers feature a flexible knit upper with a rich leather saddle. New Balance’s popular Fresh Foam technology keeps things lightweight, making this a great shoe for athletes, or people who are on their feet all day.
Get these kicks in the “Thunder with Latte & Flat White” colorway for a stylish alternative to winter white.
2. NB Athletics 78 Jacket
A fresh take on the classic camo jacket, this NB Athletics jacket is inspired by the iconic “Windcheater” that New Balance first introduced in 1978. Taking cues from classic sportswear styling (see: retro chest print logo and reflective trim details), New Balance has reconstructed the lightweight jacket with a modern, athletic fit, moisture-wicking mesh lining, and a water-repellent finish.
The super breathable jacket is great for runners who need a little protection from the elements when they’re taking their training outdoors. SPY tip: we’d also wear it as a light jacket for spring and summer, or as a stylish layering piece during the chillier winter months.
3. Men’s 574 Mid
You won’t find a more iconic sneaker than the New Balance 574, which debuted in 1988 and has since been re-released in a number of styles and colorways. We like this latest version, the 574 Mid, which upgrades the familiar court sneaker in a sophisticated all-black palette and premium leather finish. Think of this as the 574 all grown up.
We like how this shoe nods to the chunky sneaker (or “dad shoe”) trend that was all the rage this year, without going over the top. And unlike the trendy, colorful sneakers other brands are debuting, this shoe feels like a classic through and through, thanks to its streamlined silhouette, and tonal textile upper and stitching. A bonus: the foam midsole and heel make this a super comfortable option, whether you’re on the court or on the street.
4. NB Heat Loft Funnel
Who says New Balance only makes shoes and athletic apparel? Friends will be asking, “This is New Balance?!” with envious stares when they see you in this chic, quilted pullover.
Finished in a contemporary boxy fit that’s ever-so-slightly cropped, the Heat Loft Funnel pullover not only functions as a stylish sweater, but also works overtime to keep you warm, thanks to its heat retention technology. The key: New Balance’s “HEAT LOFT” insertion knit fabric. The quilted polyester blend offers superior body heat retention to traditional fleece, while still remaining breathable and lightweight. The funnel neck offers extra warmth, while the subtle reflective branding offers a touch of shine.
Wear this under a jacket as you head down the slopes, or stay cozy indoors if you prefer to chalet. Available in six colors, this makes a great holiday sweater for all your upcoming parties too, and you’ll be able to wear it well into the rest of the winter months.
5. NB Heat Quarter Zip
You know those “technological advancements” we were talking about earlier? Here’s one of the best examples of how New Balance continues to innovate.
This zip-up sweatshirt features “NB Heat technology,” which offers a lightweight gridded fabric that helps retain heat – great for strolling the holiday markets or other cold weather excursions. New Balance’s sweat-wicking technology, meantime, keeps you dry and moisture-free.
For runners, or people who like to exercise outdoors, the shirt has 6% spandex, which lets you move freely and easily through your workouts. The shirt also features 360° reflectivity, which ups your visibility, to help you stay seen during early morning or nighttime runs.
This is an easy gift that anyone would appreciate. Even better: it comes in seven different colors and sizes S to 2XL to fit – literally – almost everybody on your list.