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Holiday Gift Guide: Health and Fitness

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Health and fitness: it's a gift category upon which one must tread delicately. Give the wrong person a piece of fitness equipment and you risk wreaking havoc upon a fragile self-esteem, or simply having your gift received with the silent treatment and a single, lonesome tear rolling down their cheek.

But for the appropriate giftee, a certificate to a hard-to-find local class or an addition to the home gym is the highly coveted gift that says, I know you. Here are the best classes and items for the athletically-inclined and the thrill-seekers on your list.

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For the Adrenaline Junkie: Absolution
Absolution, a beautiful gym in West Hollywood, is the ultimate destination for alt-fitness. Whether your giftee is alt-curious or already out as an alt-fanatic, Absolution offers every class they could possibly want but can't find anywhere else, from aerial arts to erotic striptease to Capoeira. "Absolution is geared towards people who have never done these things before and want to try," says Sascha Ferguson, owner and CEO of Absolution. She recommends the Spy School gift certificate for $225, which includes your choice of three different classes. Other gift certificates are available in a range of prices.