The 40+ Greatest Gifts for the Fitness Lover in Your Life
These days, it seems like everyone is a health nut (or at least trying to be as they sip their $9 smoothie after a $36 bootcamp class). And while it’s been nearly two decades since Elle Woods made it known to the world that exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy, not everyone appreciates the virtues of health and wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned triathlete, golf virtuoso, athleisure addict—or whether the simple thought of a gym makes you cringe—we’ve put together the perfect gift guide to help you shop for all levels of fitness lovers on your list.
Like with most gift guides, you’ll probably find more than a few things to add to your own wish list (seriously, even if you hate everything about working out), but it’s also important to remember that the holidays are about celebrating and relaxing. So do your fitness junkie friends a favor and remind them that they should kick back and indulge once in a while. (It might be helpful to point out that the Levain Bakery founders, Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, created their super dense, melty-yet-crumbly, 6-ounce cookies as a way to fuel their intense workouts while training for an ironman triathlon.)
In sum: life is about balance. As such, we’ve highlighted everything from the most adorable athleisure sets to withstand the sweatiest of workouts, to the best non-skin-clogging beauty products, to you-never-knew-you-needed products like a nap pillow, healthy chocolate, a face mask you can work out in, and a nut milk blender.
Aviator Nation Rad Day Leggings
Let's be honest: there have been a number of days in 2020 that haven't been so rad. Turn that around with these super supportive (literally), cozy leggings from Aviator Nation. They'll bring a smile to your loved one's face, whether they're wearing them to work out or to watch movies.
Sakara Life Chocolate Trio
Glowing skin, balanced gut health, and a boost of energy—what else do you need? Oh, chocolate (duh). Gift all of the above together with this dreamy set from the healthy pros at Sakara Life. It includes a 30-count jar of Chocolate Probiotics, a jar of Beauty Chocolates for healthy skin and Nootropic Chocolates for focus and mental clarity.
APL Techloom Wave Sneakers
Other newfangled brands have tried to replicate the Nike throne-stealing success of APL (at least as far as getting their shoes on non-athlete celebrities go), but none have succeeded. Despite rising competition, APL has not only been thriving, but has been launching stellar new styles and colorways at a feverish pace. Our favorite from the brand, beloved by celebrities ranging from Jennifer Garner to Jessica Biel, is the Techloom Wave. Available in 40 swoon-worthy colors, the shoe is lightweight while being supportive, stretchy, and the laces are tucked under for a streamlined look. They also work just as well for running as they do cross-training.
SoulCycle Face Mask
This set of two extra-breathable, adjustable face masks is just the thing for the fitness fanatic in your life this year. They're made with moisture-wicking material to protect your loved one while they sweat, and they're treated with Fuze Patented Pathogen Control, which kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria. When she's done with her outdoor spin class, yoga session, or jog, she can give it a wash and wear it again for tomorrow's workout. Safety first!
Onzie Cinch Jacket
This cozy, chic coat is just the thing to get her to and from yoga, spin, the supermarket—or all of the above. It features a drawstring waist and elasticized cuffs, and its full-length front zipper can be worn all the way up for a funnel collar or leave open for a fold-down collar look. Translation? She'll never take it off.
Theragun Elite (RED)
Think of this as the ultimate gift for your fitness-loving friend. The Theragun Elite is the commercial-grade deep muscle treatment that will help reduce your loved one's muscle soreness, improve their mobility, and increase relaxation. It has an LED screen and wireless charging, works super quietly, and pairs with the Therabody app for a personalized experience to reduce tension—whether it comes from everyday life, work, or workouts. Most importantly, the just-launched RECOVE(RED) campaign with Therabody will raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts and HIV/AIDS programs.
Bring a big smile to your loved one's face this holiday season with a bouquet of fresh-picked flowers from the geniuses at Farmgirl Flowers. This set, Tea for Two, is a DIY arrangement featuring 35 drop-dead gorgeous pink, orange, and yellow ranunculus.
Logitech POWERED 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock
This brand new, beautifully crafted wireless charging dock is the perfect gift for anyone on the go. Why? Because it'll let your loved one juice up his or her iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once. Designed to be intuitive and compact, the dock will fit perfectly onto any nightstand or desk, meaning they can drop-and-charge their devices when they go to bed at night, when they're showering post-workout, or in between calls (it's that fast).
The Wonderful Wine Co. Starter Pack
The wine experts at Winc just released this new collection of vegan, low-sugar, low-carb, low-sulfite organic wines and we couldn't be more excited. The starter pack comes with three bottles: red, white, and orange (a must-try).
Honey Mama's Honey Cocoa Truffle Bars
One taste of a Honey Mama's truffle bar and you'll be converted. Seriously—they're decadent, rich, and fudgy with the most creamy, velvet-like texture (think thick brownie batter). Flavors range from Dutch Cacao to Oregon Peppermint, Lavender Red Rose, Ginger Cardamom, and more. My personal favorite, the Coconut Cocoa Truffle Bar, is made from just six simple ingredients: Single origin alkalized cocoa, raw local honey, medium shred coconut, unrefined coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, and vanilla. For a paleo chocolate bar with no refined sugar, gluten, dairy, or soy, these are beyond.
Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Marshall Heaphones’ Kilburn II Portable Speaker is the loudest speaker of its class and offers over 20 hours of portable playtime, making it the perfect gift for your favorite workout music-loving friend. Thanks to its bluetooth capability, they can also use it to play the audio from any YouTube exercise class or app. Plus, weighing only five pounds with a carrying strap, he or she will be able to take the Kilburn II along with them anywhere they choose to exercise—the beach, pool, park, or just the front porch.
Deckers KO-Z SNPR Slippers
There has never been a better time for this slipper. Seriously: in the current work-from-home era, many of us are sitting at our at home desks, transitioning to the couch, and not moving around as we normally did at an office—our posture and circulation are bearing the brunt, as are our incessantly freezing feet. The best thing we can do? Take breaks to move around the muscles that have been tensed in the same position for too long. This shoe seeks to do exactly that. Part slipper, part marathon midsole, the KO-Z SNPR is built for that home comfort but capable of going beyond the living room.
Bev Glitz Canned Sparkling Wine
Did you know that most canned wines on the market contain half an entire bottle? Not that there's anything wrong with polishing off a few glasses at once, but it's definitely a bit misleading to think you're knocking back a single serving of vino and you actually had closer to three. Enter Glitz, a new clean canned sparkling wine that actually contains just one glass (yay, transparency). Sparkling is just the style she'll want to sip when sending off 2020 this New Year's eve, but rosé and white options are available, too.
Google Pixel 5
The Pixel 5, Google's most premium cellular device, is coming this fall, and we're thrilled. Talk about incredible new features: this phone has a stunning design, super responsive display, an excellent camera for day or night (no joke), faster wireless and reverse wireless charging, a huge and powerful 48-hour battery (!), super-fast 5G connectivity, and an easy-to-hold, compact design. Perhaps the most genius capability for your fitness-loving friend, though, is the fact that the Pixel 5 is waterproof, which means they'll no longer need to sweat bullets about sweating bullets, accidentally dropping it in a puddle, or getting caught in the rain on a run (we've all been there).
Terez Leopardess BundleUp Fleece Jacket
Terez makes athletic wear that's as stylish as it is comfortable. This leopard-printed jacket is the prime example: it's made from super soft fleece that's moisture-wicking, making it ideal for any weather. And thanks to the relaxed shape and thoughtful touches like pink trim, it goes with everything in your closet from printed leggings to jeans.
Urban Savage Ruffle Leggings
Any boutique fitness lover will tell you that ruffles are all the rage in the athleisure scene this year—and how sweet are these festive ruby red-colored, so-stylish Urban Savage leggings? Count on the buttery soft fabric to move with you as you power through a pilates or yoga class; the leggings also offer light compression and comes with a smooth high-waisted waistband.
RumHaven Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur
This delicious coconut rum liqueur is made with real coconut water—which is packed with health benefits—and it's free of artificial preservatives and flavors. RumHaven has a clean, crisp toasted coconut flavor with hints of tropical pineapple, banana, and citrus fruit. Why not? After all, balance is key—even fitness fanatics need to kick back, relax, and sip a drink that tastes like tropical sunshine.
One Love Organics Botanical C Facial Serum
Give the gift of glowing, radiant skin. This one-of-a-kind moisturizing vitamin C serum takes a triple action approach to help boost skin that's been dulled by stress and environmental elements—two things runners know all too well—plus it's dermatologist tested for sensitive skin and is non-phototoxic for daytime use.
Enzo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This certified organic olive oil is just the thing she'll need to the most delicious roasted veggies, homemade hummus, salad dressing, grilled chicken, pesto, and more. Enzo's extra-virgin olive oil is perfectly balanced, featuring grassy, nutty green notes and a spicy, peppery finish.
Sticky Be Socks Holiday Gift Box
If your friend loves barre class, chances are, she needs more grippy socks. These three sweet holiday socks are made from natural fine cotton yarn for sweat absorption and breathability, and each pair has extra elastic arch support for compression and functionality. They're padded on the bottom, too, for extra cushion and comfort. Best part? The cute sayings on top of the socks will keep her motivated through all those clamshells.
Hollifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Cleanser
Stocking stuffer alert! Designed specifically by founder Emily Parr to “de-gunk” skin after an intense workout, Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash is made with 5 percent AHA acid along with key cleansing oils to remove dirt, sweat, grime, and dead skin. Expect to get double the glow if you use this post-workout. Note: the cleanser works best if you let it sit on your skin for about 30 seconds before rinsing off.
SkinnyDipped Dark Chocolate Cocoa Covered Almonds
These insanely delicious, dark chocolate-dipped almonds are made with non-GMO ingredients, ethically-sourced chocolate, and no artificial colors or flavors. With more nut and less chocolate in every bite, this snack packs 5 grams of plant protein per serving, keeping your health-minded loved one satisfied (and their sweet tooth happy). Gift them as a delightful little stocking stuffer—just make sure to buy a bag for yourself, too.
Lululemon Crush the Flush Set
Lululemon has launched a set made for those who have a flushed face after hot, sweaty workouts (hello). The travel-size cleanser and moisturizer make a complete cooling, cleansing, and hydrating team that will reduce facial redness.
Adult Baja Wave Yoga Mat
Abstract tropical designs adorn these vibrant, latex-free mats.
Alala Matching Athleisure Set
Alala's sets might look too pretty to work out in, but they're not. Not only do they withstand the sweatiest HIIT classes, they endure countless washes. It’s also worth mentioning that the brand is women-founded and run.
Bare Snacks Simply Pineapple Chips
Just because your friend is a health fanatic doesn't mean she can't indulge in (naturally) sweet treats, too. The newest addition to bare’s fruit chip portfolio, Simply Pineapple Chips, are the ideal stocking stuffer for anyone hoping to avoid added sugars. They're made from real pineapples baked into crave-ably crunchy chips with no added oil, sugar, or preservatives. Remaining true to its philosophy of “less is more,” bare’s new Simply Pineapple Chips are made with just one simple ingredient: pineapple. They'll definitely remind her of sunny days, summertime, and tropical tiki drinks.
S’well Portable Food Containers
You probably know S’well for its bottles that keep beverages hot or cold for hours, now the brand is doing the same thing for on-the-go snacks. It just launched a line of lovely (avocado print! Pretzel print!) two-in-one bowls for when users are on the move. Keep everything from fruit or chia pudding to quinoa salad or soup in the microwavable interior prep bowl, which is nested in a leak-proof container.
Casper Nap Pillow
Sleeping is not only key for mental clarity and general well-being, but it’s also key for weight management and proper immune function. Unfortunately, as we love to sleep, most of us don’t actually get the amount we need. Help a loved one catch some Zs wherever they can with the help of this pillow. It’s also worth mentioning than an informal scan reveals that many men prefer to sleep with a small and relatively flat pillow, just like this Casper one, on the regular.