- A 5k Run Training Program at Fleet Feet; the gift of fitness is a gift that keeps on giving! This super cool running store has a few locations in the Sacramento area (Downtown, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Davis) and offers several training programs for different levels (5k, half marathon, marathon, triathlon, etc). Their store locations offer a huge variety of fitness apparel too like shoes, synthetic socks, nutrition, etc. Estimated cost: $89+
- A membership to with the American River Parkway Foundation; another gift that keeps on giving! The parkway is one of the jewels of our Sacramento area, and the Foundation keeps it beautiful. A great cause! Estimated cost: $35/"Seed" annual membership.
- A new bike from Carmichael Cycles; they have everything from road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, and all the gear to make you a great rider! The staff is knowledgeable and they do on-site repairs too. Estimated cost: $500+.
- A subscription to Freeplay Magazine; it's the only Sacramento endurance sport magazine! They profile local athletes and give great fitness tips. Estimated cost: $3.50/month
- A California State University, Sacramento sweatshirt; My alma mater! Stay warm this winter while supporting our local CSUS Hornets! My CSUS sweatshirt was a Christmas gift from my mother during my freshman year...I still wear that thing even though it is totally faded and worn out...Estimated cost: $36 - $75.
- A new or used camera from Action Camera; This boutique camera store offers everything from new and refurbished camera, lenses, and more! They also do cool swap-meets for folks to sell their gear, photo contests, and "meet-up" events for photographers to take photos of neat stuff! Estimated cost: varies.
- Dinner at Mulvaney's; one of my favorite Midtown Sacramento restaurants! Neat setting, great ambiance, and amazing food. The menu is constantly evolving, so call ahead or check their website. Estimated cost per person: $50.
- A Growler of beer from Track 7 Brewing Co; If you like craft brewed beer, and haven't discovered this place -- you need to go. Tucked away in an industrial warehouse space just south of Curtis Park at Sutterville Road and West Pacific Avenue, they brew their beer on-site...and have a tap room open to the public. They don't serve food, but there is almost always a mobile food truck in the parking lot. My personal favorite is the "Soulman Stout." Estimated cost per pint: $6.
- Massage from Elite Massage Therapy; Katie at Elite Massage Therapy in East Sacramento whips me back into shape after a long run, and she gives one heck of a theraputic massage too. Estimated cost/treatment: $75/ one hour.
- A copy of the book "NKOTB and Us", the authorized biography of the New Kids on the Block by Sacramento author Nikki Van Noy. Oh c'mon - someone you know was a New Kids on the Block fan in the 80's!? Estimated cost: $20.
- Tickets to a Sacramento Rivercats game; See the Oakland A's affiliate play at Raley Field. I'm a SF Giants fan, but I do really enjoy these games (especially when they play the SF Giant's affiliate team, the Fresno Grizzlies)...many of these players are a phone call away from the major leagues! Estimated cost/ticket: $6-30.
- A new home; Sure, I saved the best for last. Nothing says happy holidays like closing escrow on a Sacramento home...sorry if that was a little cheesy! Estimated cost: Priceless. =)
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