2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Lover’s Edition
2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Lover’s Edition
Not sure what to get the workout fanatic in your life? Don’t worry; our 2016 holiday fitness gift guide has got you covered! Discover gift options for all activities to fit every budget.
I have a confession. This is my favorite gift guide to write. It’s like I’m writing a gift guide just for me!
If you’re a fitness lover or you love a fitness lover, you’ll know…it’s basically all we talk about. We live and breathe fitness and fitness gadgets.
Our wish lists typically include things like Lululemon running skirts and the latest fitness tracker – things “normal” people would call “crazy” or “obsessive”, not that anyone’s ever said that about me before…
Okay, enough about me. We’re here for you – to give you your all-in-one guide to shopping for the sweataholic you love.
Related content –> 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Fitness Lovers
Holiday Gifts for Home Workouts
Know someone who can’t make it to the gym or can’t fit one in the budget? Many people love getting their sweat sesh on in the comfort of their own home. This way, they control exactly when their workout happens and it’s easier to squeeze in for busy parents or people with hectic work schedules.
Here’s a list of things you can surprise your busy loved ones with:
$85.99 per mat
The first thing you need for working out at home is a dedicated space and protection for you and your floor. A fitness mat is a perfect noninvasive solution. These gym mats give you a more comfortable place to do floor exercises and protect your floor from any weights or equipment you’re using. I especially love how easy they are to put away after a workout.
$29.98 for two 10 pound dumbbells
Dumbbells are one of the most versatile workout tools out there. You can use them for just about any exercise and they are much more difficult to use than a machine or barbell.
I prefer these rubber-coated dumbbells because they are easier on the floor if you drop them and they’re way less likely to scratch up your other equipment. Also, these have a great textured grip so even once your hands start to get sweaty, you don’t need to chalk up. But if you like chalk, it’s okay.
But if you like chalk, it’s okay. Chalk away.
The whole enchilada. That’s such a weird phrase. When do you ever eat half an enchilada? Anyway…
For those people that don’t want half an enchilada or half of the necessary fitness equipment, this home gym has it all with adjustable weights to target every muscle group. Your sweat-loving friend can save space with this one compact piece of equipment that offers 40+ exercise options.
Also, you’ll feel great knowing you’re giving them a piece of equipment backed by an impressive 10 year warranty. This way if anything does happen to it, you know they’ll be covered.
This one is for if they’re a little more hardcore and want to practice pull-ups, toes to bar, dips, muscle-ups, that kind of thing. It’s a great tool for someone who is fit and wants to give some extra push to their home workouts. It’s also great for any CrossFit lover with their own home gym setup.
$1.00/square foot –> about $100 for a 10’x10′ home gym
These tiles are great for someone just getting into the home workout routine. They are super affordable, soft and come in lots of fun colors to make your space pop. I know I get more excited to go into a room when I like the way it looks.
These aren’t for your heavy lifting friends. These tiles are great for all bodyweight workouts and anything with light dumbbells.
$2.53/square foot –> about $250 for a 10’x10′ home gym
Okay, so this is for the person who wants to commit and create a full on home gym. This gives them the option to start their home gym without any heavy installation. Rubber tiles are the go-to home gym flooring and that is because they are easy and convenient. They are thick enough to protect you and your floor from almost any exercise you’ll do in your home gym.
One of my favorite toys! I have wanted one of these babies for years, but they have always been a little outside of my price range considering I don’t actually workout at home.
You can use both sides of these trainers for core, stability, squats, almost anything! It can up the anty on any movement adding in balance and stability. If you know someone who does, in fact, workout at home doing lots of bodyweight and core movements, they will love this!
A treadmill is a big ticket item and, if you’re going to go big, you want to do it right. This treadmill folds up for easy storage so they don’t have to leave it out all of the time and it includes 15 incline levels going up to 12mph (a 5 min/mile pace).
This baby comes with an audio center and even Bluetooth connectivity. It is really your do-it-all treadmill and when you take all that into account, the price is really great.
Have you tried jump roping as an adult? It is no joke! A jump rope is an easy tool to get a killer cardio workout without owning a single cardio machine or leaving the house.
This is the one I use. It’s designed for CrossFit and I absolutely love it. If you don’t want one this heavy, they have tons of options on their site. I love how you can customize every part of the rope – weight, color and handles. Mine is pink with black and white checkered handles. It is so cute.
This is a beast of a rower. It is lightweight, folds up, comes on wheels and has 16 resistance levels! Normal rowers have just 10.
I’ve used a lot of rowing machines in my day and let me tell you – you can totally tell the cheap ones. Imagine being in the middle of your workout and feeling like the seat might fall off at any time. That’s what a poorly constructed rower feels like.
The BodyCraft is sturdy and strong without weighing a million pounds. It is the way to go if you want to give someone a rowing machine.
Holiday Gifts for Endurance Athletes
We all know an endurance athlete. They post all their races and long run photos on Facebook. They’ve probably tried to get you to join Strava or DailyMile. And they’re in bed every Friday by 9pm so they can wake up at the crack of dawn do their long run/ride.
Endurance athletes eat, sleep and breathe their sport and, chances are, extra tools and gadgets are pretty high up on their wish list. Here’s what we suggest.
If you’re a serious runner or even someone just getting into the running world, the second thing you need (the first is a good pair of shoes) is a good running watch. The 235 has everything you could ever really need in a running watch – GPS tracking, wrist-based heart rate monitor (goodbye annoying heart rate straps!), smart notifications and a sleek design.
If I were in the market for a new running watch, this is what I would get. There are more expensive models with more bells and whistles, but most people really don’t need them. This guy does almost everything you could ever want it to do.
Now this baby is what I would choose if I was in the market for a new triathlon watch. I currently use the older version (the 910XT), but this newer version has a ton of cool new features.
It can measure your swim, bike and run distances and even includes a multi-sport option to track an entire triathlon or brick workout. It gives you an estimated V02 Max (something people typically pay a couple hundred dollars for each time they want that information), and even includes live tracking, which is great for your friends who want to catch you on the course on race day.
This bottle is great for cycling or track workouts where you can leave it to come drink from it during the workout. It’s not something you’d want to carry for a 12 mile run. I love how easy it is to store and sip from this water bottle and your water really does stay cold for a good, long time.
This is definitely the way to go for the long distance cyclist, track runner or spin enthusiast. It’s also great to take to the gym for other workouts as well.
Okay so imagine you have a 2 hour run ahead of you. It’s dark out so you want to make sure you have your phone on you. You definitely need your keys to get back inside. You probably packed some running fuel because 2 hours is a long time to run on an empty stomach. Suddenly that tiny little pocket in your running shorts isn’t looking so good.
The SPIbelt is every runner’s favorite solution. They’re light, discreet and they stretch to fit all your things. This is an easy, affordable gift that is sure to be a hit. There’s also lots of fun colors and patterns if they’re into that sort of thing.
If you’ve ever known the struggle of headphone cords while running, you will know just how amazing these would be to receive as a gift! I’ve been tangled, strangled and almost lost an iPod by wires gone haywire. They just never stay where you want them to.
These Bluetooth headphones are comfortable in the ears and give you great sound without the annoyance of traditional ear bud cords. They’re one of those things most people wouldn’t buy for themselves but would love to have.
Because what good is running if you don’t get to show off all your medals? Seriously, every endurance athlete loves a place to display all those race medals. I have one for my race bibs and a separate one for my medals, but I love how this one has both. I also love the Forrest Gump quote – so cute!
These are super customizable and there are even ones where you can include their racing personal records. Although, they are probably going to beat those, so I wouldn’t suggest doing that. This is a super thoughtful gift that your favorite endurance junkie will love and look at every single day.
The things you can do with compiled footage over a long run or ride are so cool! I’ve always wished I had the time (and, ya know, the GoPro) to make some of those cool videos you see out in the desert or along a race.
Endurance athletes love anything that reminds them of their favorite runs/rides/races and a video is the best reminder you can get. Plus, just about anyone would be stoked to get a GoPro, let’s be honest.
Holiday Fitness Gifts for Her
If you really know the woman you’re shopping for, you may want to make the gift a bit more personal. When you buy clothes for someone, the gift automatically becomes a little more personal. It’s a big risk picking out the right items, but I think this will make it a whole lot easier.
To be honest, Fitbits really are a fairly gender neutral gift. I just happen to know more women that have/want them. Anyway, I absolutely love my Fitbit! I have the Charge 1 and I have a crazy wrist tan line because I literally never take the thing off.
If you don’t know what it is, a Fitbit keeps track of your steps throughout the day. This one also tracks your heart rate and gives you your resting heart rate each day. It tracks your workouts and you can see which heart rate zones you used during each workout. It’s a really great tool and definitely a great aid in staying healthy and active throughout the entire day.
I know, I know. $68 seems like a lot to spend on a running skirt, but they’re worth it. They have an adjustable thick waistband so they work for many different body types, the shorts underneath don’t ride up while you run, and they are just so darn cute.
I’m pretty sure I’ve received a Lululemon running skirt almost every year for Christmas, and it is basically the only piece of workout clothing I will spend that kind of money on. Also, they run very true-to-size, so if you find a pair of her favorite jeans, you should be able to pick the skirt out for her, rather than sending her with a gift card.
If there’s an active girl out there that doesn’t already know about Fabletics, trust me, she wants to. When you sign up for the VIP program, you get an outfit for $50 – a whole outfit. Like, bottoms, top and (sometimes) a sports bra.
Then, they don’t even have to stick with it. Every month you can either shop and get (usually) a really great deal on a cute new workout outfit or skip that month for no charge. It’s a pretty sweet deal for you – you can sign her up and get her first outfit, then let her decide what she wants to do from there.
My name is Ari and I have a workout tank problem. I must have over a dozen specialized workout tanks, but this one is my very favorite. Like, I save it and try to only wear it for special occasions so I don’t ruin it. Not because it seems like it would be easy to ruin, but because that’s how I behave with things I really love.
In case you didn’t notice…she is riding a unicorn while carrying a barbell overhead and riding into the rainbow. ‘Nuff said.
Holiday Fitness Gifts for Him
So…I’m not a man. I know, the name Ari is kind of gender ambiguous, but it’s true. I’m a gal.
That makes the task of suggesting holiday fitness gifts for men perplexing. Obviously, I am not the expert. And you guys deserve the expert advice.
That’s why I implored all the gym rat guys in my life to give you an inside look to all of their favorite things. Some of these are great for both men and women (Santa, please get me the Nike Metcons and some Gangsta Wraps?), but each of them are male athlete approved.
$139.99 per mat
These beastly mats are the very best for heavy lifting or a dedicated Olympic and power lifting area. This is for the man (or woman!) in your life that trains hard in the weight department. These mats are the very best there is for heavy deadlifts, clean and jerks, kettlebell swings and more.
You can drop heavy weights from overhead and these mats can take it. They are by far the best protection there is for both your floor and your joints when lifting heavy weights.
For weightlifting and CrossFit enthusiast, the Nike Metcons are where it’s at. This versatile show is stable enough for heavy lifting and flexible enough for running and jumping. It’s your full workout shoe.
$9-$29, depending on size
When I asked the guys I workout with to describe why they love this stuff, it literally sounded like it should be illegal. Talking about adrenaline bursts and endless workout stamina…I started to wonder if it was actually ‘roids in disguise. Don’t worry; it isn’t.
That being said, it’s definitely not a “beginner’s” pre workout. This baby is loaded with caffeine and energy boosting supplements and if you’re a decaf drinker by nature, it’s going to be a shock to your system and it could leave you feeling a little sick. However, if you know a guy that is all about those pre and post workout gainz, they will love it.
There are lots of great fitness tees out there, but Ape Athletics offers a great selection of fun tees that guys love. It’s almost a guarantee that you’ll be getting them something new and fun that they haven’t seen yet.
The shirts fit great and are comfortable with moisture wicking material. Trust me, anyone who works hard at the gym wants moisture wicking material.
I mean…the name alone. Any lifter needs a good pair of wrist wraps. Lifts like bench press and the clean and jerk can be tough on those wrists and it’s the worst when you know you’re strong enough to nail the lift, but your wrists are being little jerks.
These are definitely on the pricier side as far as wrist wraps go, but it’s well worth it. I’ve spent $25 on wraps that weren’t made well and didn’t last. These babies will protect your wrist and last the long haul. Plus, there are lots of fun color options!
I love to make fun of the guys who chalk up before every lift. Deadlift? Lemme chalk up. Back squat? Need my chalk, bro. It just cracks me up! But the truth is, chalk really is a useful tool and guys especially seem to love it.
If you don’t workout at a gym that provides chalk, you have to provide your own. It makes a great stocking stuffer or low budget gift for just about any athletic guy in your life.
Holiday Gifts for Recovery
Fitness isn’t just about tough workouts. In fact, what you do outside of the gym is even more important than what you do inside the gym.
These are the things people don’t often buy for themselves because they’re more concerned with getting fancy new gadgets, myself included. These recovery favorites they will love and their bodies will thank you!
Yes, really. You do not have to spend an arm and a leg on a yoga mat. I remember looking for one at Target and not being able to find anything under $25 and then I tried this one. It’s awesome and half the price of most yoga mats!
Of course, this is not for the Lululemon obsessed yogi with their $200 specialty mat. This is for someone who wants an easy, affordable mat to practice yoga and stretch on. It’s a great gift that won’t break the bank.
Yes, foam rolling is the worst, but the GRID is the best! It’s the best of both worlds – it’s not as easy on your muscles as one of those cheaper all foam rollers, but it’s not as cruel as that one that has spikes on it and basically looks like a medieval torture device.
Many athletes will pick up the first (and cheapest) foam roller they find, but they will love this upgrade that really works through those trigger points, keeping you healthy and happy.
The stick is like a foam roller to go. I might even have more than one (one for the office and one at home). The stick is especially good on calves and IT bands in a way you can’t always get them with a traditional foam roller.
The stick will help keep the person you love injury-free. It will also help you from having to listen to them whine about how sore they are all the time. Win, win.
OMG the wheel! This thing…like, I recommend it to literally everyone I know. It’s designed to work out the knots in your shoulders and neck and, boy, does it work wonders!
A really amazing gift would be giving someone the wheel then offering to use it on them for the next hour.
Anything we missed? We’d love to add it to our list!