12 Best Holiday Gifts for Fitness Fanatics
From runners and cycling junkies to former couch potatoes turned marathoners and weight-lifting enthusiasts, chances are there’s someone on your holiday list who is a health and fitness nut. They probably have enough pairs of gym shorts (or wear that same gross pair every, single, time), so we gathered up a group of envy-worthy gifts that are as unique as they are functional. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to hit the running trails.
1. Fitbit Charge HR, $149.95
Best for the spreadsheet junkie, you know, the type who tracks all his runs and body weight via excel, this incredibly powerful band will take one’s fitness passion to next-level heights. The incredible machine keeps track of steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and more. (For more information, check out “The Best Fitbit for Your Fitness Personality.”)
2. Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse Kit, $59.99
Trust us. This is not just another juice cleanse. With invigorating flavors and unique fruit and veggie combinations, your lucky giftee will be swearing by these refreshing, antioxidant-packed elixirs. Perfect for an energy reset or to jump-start weight loss, this special assortment of 12 juices is as tasty as it is brimming with nutrition. The organic and cold-pressed juices aren’t your average run-of-the-juice-mill-flavors. Take, Renew, for instance, one of the tantalizing juices included in the cleanse which consists of mint, spinach, cucumber, watermelon, dandelion greens, pineapple, celery, lime, and Himalayan Pink Salt. Get ready for some seriously happily hydrated friends and loved ones.
3. BackJoy, $24.99
Perfect for runners or those always on the go for their next Tough Mudder or triathlon, these great travel pillows make a plane, train, or bus ride a breeze for happy, sound sleep. With patented comfort technology, the pillow works to cradle your neck and spine in proper alignment while you enjoy peaceful rest. With no clumping or flattening, the lucky recipient of this gift is gonna love the way he sleeps.
4. Spikeball Set, $56
It’ll be hard to get away from a good time with this calorie-busting, action-packed activity on hand. You’ll get everything you need for a heated match (and a backpack) of this 2 on 2 volleyball-like game. Consider it beer pong 2.0 for the health-minded crowd. Get competitive, and get excited.
5. Spotify, $9.99 a month (gift cards available at local 7-Eleven or ACE Cash Express stores)
No, you didn’t accidentally click on a story about gifts for music lovers. For the gift that keeps on streaming and calorie-torching, the music powerhouse will provide the lucky recipient with countless hours of action-packed playlists, with countless workout mixes (dance, yoga, lifting, you name it) and even Spotify Running that motivates you and matches your pace.
6. The Peloton Bike, $1995 ($39 a month unlimited class subscription)
Going in with a group for a winter wedding gift or big birthday gift for a family member? Look no further than this absolutely unbelievable monster of an indoor cycling bike. Complete with a tablet to stream live classes from the popular cycling studio (Yes, the instructors will even say, “Hey Sam at home! Let’s all kick it up a notch together!”), this bike offers everything from themed-music to live DJs to pro cyclist rides for the in-class experience without leaving home. The sport series saddle will have cycling aficionados eager to break a sweat whenever inspiration strikes.
7. Zumba Incredible Results Deluxe Kit, $79.05
Perfect for the unconventional gym fitness junkie, you won’t even notice you’re exercising with this, well, incredible set. Consider Zumba that college frat dance party in your living room (no strobe lights included). It’s high-energy, fun, and you’re bound to get more than a little sweaty. The kit comes with a collection of dance-fitness DVDs with fast-paced, lift-you-up music, a nutrition book, and a “rizer” step to help tone your glutes and legs. Cardio parties have never looked better.
8. Clairebella Yoga Mat, $52.46
Nothing says “ohm, no” like sweaty palms making it impossible to keep with the flow in yoga class. Enter: Clairebella. These non-slip yoga mats come personalized with a name or initials in a variety of colors and patterns. To clean, you’ll just have to wipe it down with a cold, damp cloth. Another happy side effect of this gift: Your yogi in training will think of it every time he or she hits the mat.
9. Herschel Supply Pop Quiz Backpack, $69.99
For the fitness style junkie, going to the gym never looked better. This sleek bag holds a towel, water bottle, and more (OK, and there’s a fully-padded and fleece lined laptop sleeve pocket if you think this handsome backpack might double as their work briefcase). It’s also got an internal media pocket with headphone port and a front pocket with internal mesh dividers and key clip. Far more classy than just another ratty, smelly, old gym bag, don’t be surprised if it starts doubling as a serious lady pick up tool for the lucky bench presser.
10. Dyson’s AM10 Humidifier, $499.99
Health aficionados, rejoice! Your favorite pal will be able to breathe easy and set the mood for a comfortable, hygienic home with this fantastic humidifier. As all athletes know, sleep is key for optimal performance, and setting yourself up with a comfortable living environments may just help you get a better night in dreamland. The new humidifier uses Air Multiplier technology for balanced distribution and Dyson’s own ultraviolet cleansing technology to kill 99.9% of bacteria in water (most humidifiers can actually be a breeding ground for bacteria).
It projects clean, hydrated air around the room evenly and quietly — helping him keep his home healthy in the winter and functioning as a fan to keep things cool in the summer. There’s also a remote that lets the giftee customize the machine’s airflow and humidity settings, as well as a sleep timer.
11. ToeSox, $15 to $49
That martial arts pal of yours will be singing your praises long after the holiday season. Available in a wide range of styles, colors, and sizes, these athletic socks are ideal for marital arts, Pilates, yoga, and more. Made from comfortable material, non-slip grip helps you hold poses deeper in yoga or go harder in kickboxing without worrying about sweaty foot syndrome leading to losing your balance. With both toe and toe-less varieties, as well as compression versions available, keeping those tootsies bundled up for the gym just got a lot more appealing.
12. S’well Water Bottle, Wood Collection, $25 to $45
Perfect for the runners or hot yogis in your life who are always hydrating, hydrating, hydrating, this handsome imitation wood collection from S’well keeps cold bevvies chilled for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12. Non-toxic and BPA-free, we love that S’well also plants a tree with American Forests for every Wood Collection bottle purchased, but if you are in the market for other water bottle gifts, check out our handy guide for “The Best Water Bottles for Every Fitness Personality.”