Buying gifts is never an easy task. However, it gets a lot easier if you know something about the person you’re shipping for—such as their love for fitness.
If this year, you’re buying a gift for a fitness lover, then there are plenty of options you can go for. Whether you’re splurging on a high-tech piece of exercise equipment or keeping things simple with small workout accessories, we’re sure that your gift will be more than appreciated.
To give you some ideas, check out our list of 15 fitness gifts for people who love exercising, along with our tips for buying the perfect gift this holiday season.
How To Buy the Perfect Fitness Gift
When buying a holiday gift for someone, we want it to be something they love and appreciate for years to come. To make sure this happens, here are our top three tips for buying the perfect present this year.
1. Buy a Gift They’ll Actually Use
Of course, this is the most important factor in buying a present. The last thing we want is for our gift to end up in the back of somebody’s closet because they can’t figure out what to do with it. However, this is exactly what happens with generic gifts that don’t serve any purpose in an individual’s life.
For this reason, it’s important to ask yourself if the person you’re buying the gift for will actually use it. The most practical gifts for fitness lovers will be those that enhance their workout routines—especially if it’s something they didn’t even know they needed.
2. Put Some Thought Into It
We don’t 100 percent buy into the “it’s the thought that counts” adage. That said, buying something incredibly thoughtful can go a long way towards showing someone that you care about them, which can elevate even the most simple gift.
For example, if you notice that the fitness lover in your life often complains about their headphones falling out during workouts, then you can provide a thoughtful solution to their problems with an over-the-ear headphone accessory (or better yet, a new pair of headphones!).
So, this holiday season, think about what they’re missing in their life and which gift can make it better. This will make your gift not only something they actually need, but it will show them how thoughtful you are when it comes to buying a gift for them.
3. Be Appropriate!
Last but not least, it’s important to pick a gift that’s appropriate, which means not getting too personal and spending just the right amount on it.
It’s easy to get super personal when buying a fitness gift. For example, gifts such as scales and slimming body creams can be misinterpreted. While some of these products can be seriously high quality and significantly improve someone’s fitness goals, it’s still a bad idea to give this type of gift to someone you’re not that close with.
In addition, you want to make sure you’re spending the right amount of money on the fitness gift. A high-tech exercise machine is a perfect way to spoil your significant other, but it can be too much for someone who wasn’t planning on getting you a similar gift.
On the other hand, it might be slightly insulting to get your loved ones gifts that are too small, especially if they went all-out for you. So, try to find the right balance between too simple and too extravagant when buying gifts.
15 Fitness Gifts for People Who Love Exercising
While our tips for buying the perfect fitness gift should be great to get you started, sometimes you need some concrete ideas for what to buy. Here are 15 of our favorite fitness gifts for people who love exercising:
1. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
The benefits of music during a workout cannot be understated. In the first place, music is just fun, which can improve your mood, increase your effort, and encourage you to move to the beat. Aside from that, listening to music has increased endurance, power, and strength during workouts.
While it’s likely that the fitness enthusiast in your life already has a pair of headphones, it’s less likely that they’re optimized for exercise, which can impede their workout performance. For this reason, the ideal gift would be a pair of workout headphones that are water-resistant, over-the-ear, and noise-canceling, so they can really tune into their playlist while working out.
2. Music Streaming Service Subscription
A subscription to a music streaming service means not having to listen to annoying ads in the middle of your workout. Plus, they allow you to make a workout playlist (or several) and save it on your phone for easy access.
Getting a fitness lover an annual music subscription will keep their hearts pumping all year long while increasing their exercise performance—all things that they’ll surely appreciate.
3. Rowing Machine
If you want to go all-out for a loved one this year, then the best way to do it is with a high-tech exercise machine. A rowing machine is one of the best ways to strengthen back and leg muscles while burning some serious calories. Plus, they can comfortably fit into any home because of their compact size.
As a bonus, EnergyFit’s version also doubles as a ski trainer, making it a versatile exercise machine perfect for high-intensity interval training.
4. Yoga Mat
We get that not everyone’s into yoga. Fortunately, a yoga mat can be used for so much more than that. That’s because any workout that requires you to get on the floor needs some type of cushioning underneath to avoid discomfort. Plus, it’s the perfect way to make your floors (almost) soundproof so that you can work out at any time of day or night.
A yoga mat is not only a practical gift, but it can also look stunning. Getting the fitness lover in your life a yoga mat that’s slip-proof, fully cushioned, and has a beautiful pattern will seriously impress them.
5. All-Inclusive Ski Holiday
We think that experiences make some of the best gifts. And what’s a better experience for a fitness lover than an opportunity to ski for several days?
If you want to spoil a loved one this year, then give them the gift of an all-inclusive ski vacation
abound with a cozy ski cabin, ski lift tickets, and all the delicious food they could eat to fuel their workouts.
6. Adjustable Dumbbells
After the pandemic, we’ve grown to love at-home workouts. Not only are they safer, but they tend to be much more quick and efficient than going to the gym.
For the perfect at-home strength training routine, dumbbells are a must. With a set of adjustable dumbbells, anyone can gradually build up the resistance they’re working with (the main way to build muscle). Plus, the adjustable feature keeps you from having a bunch of different dumbbells in your home in place of one clean and simple set.
7. Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas heat the body from within, promoting a healing response in the body. People swear by its benefits, including detoxification, relief from muscle soreness, and a healthy and glowing complexion.
If you want to get the fitness lover in your life something to enhance their health while helping with workout recovery, then we can’t think of anything more luxurious than an at-home infrared sauna. But if you want to keep it more low-key, then an infrared sauna blanket will do the trick (almost) as well.
8. Foam Roller
Although it’s a simple roll of foam, its benefits are plentiful. In the first place, it’s great for soothing sore muscles after a strenuous workout. In addition to that, it can be used to warm up your muscles before a workout without having to break a sweat. Last but not least, foam rolling just feels good—and we want as much of that as we can get these days.
Foam rollers come in all shapes and sizes, which means that you can pick the perfect one to match your gift recipient’s taste. Plus, some foam rollers come with added features such as a vibration function. Regardless of which you’ll go for, this is an incredibly economical option that’s sure to please anyone on your gift list.
9. Personalized Boxing Gloves
It’s hard not to want to box with a pair of boxing gloves made just for you. And even if the person you’re buying these for isn’t into this sport, it’s still a nice thing to display in your home gym (or wherever you do your workouts).
This gift is all about options. You can either go for a luxury brand or stick to a more economical choice. Plus, you can go beyond engraving their name by writing a personalized message or an inspirational quote. Whichever option you go with, a pair of personalized boxing gloves will be sure to impress.
10. Weighted Jump Rope
If the person you’re buying a gift for is always on the road, then getting a workout in can be challenging. To make it easier, this is where a weighted jump rope comes in. Not only is jumping rope a great cardio workout, but it can also seriously challenge all of the main muscle groups, making it the perfect quick workout while traveling.
11. Fitness Subscription Box
If you want your gift to include a little bit of everything, then a subscription box that’s all about fitness will be sure to please. A fitness subscription box can include everything from exercise equipment to skincare products to healthy snacks wrapped up in beautiful packaging.
As for the best part? You won’t have to think about what goes into it at all since they’ll be curated by fitness experts. You can choose to gift a subscription box for one month or a full year—it’s completely up to you!
12. Ankle Weights
If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys taking daily walks, then they’ll certainly appreciate being able to add a bit of a challenge to it.
Ankle weights can range from one to ten pounds, making them perfect for adding a bit (or a lot) of resistance to walks. This can make walking a great cardio workout for the person you’re shopping for. As a plus, these come in all types of colors, so you can choose the perfect one to match their taste.
13. Polarized Sunglasses
If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys working out outdoors, then sunglasses are a must. Of course, a plain ol’ pair won’t always do the trick, which is why we prefer polarized sunglasses to reduce light glare as much as possible. Plus, their reflective surface makes them look super cool.
Of course, we get that buying sunglasses for someone else isn’t an easy task. After all, there are so many styles to choose from. But sticking to classic styles such as wayfarer sunglasses is sure to be appreciated by basically anyone.
14. Treadmill Desk
Many negative health effects are associated with sitting for long periods—even if you get in a workout every day. But it’s hard for those of us with desk jobs to get the recommended number of daily steps. Thankfully, this is where a treadmill desk comes in, which allows you to (slowly) walk while working.
While this is definitely a luxurious present, it’s something that will pay off dividends in the end and be appreciated for years to come. But if you want to go for something more low-key, then a simple standing desk attachment can have similar benefits.
15. Active Face Mask
As much as we’d like to put the entire pandemic behind us, some things are here to say. Case in point: Wearing masks in the gym. As much as this is an important way to keep yourself safe, it can be incredibly unpleasant to do intense workouts with a cloth mask on your face.
Face masks made especially for exercise are the perfect solution to this. Some innovative face masks use an advanced filtration system that prevents anything from getting in except for clean air. As a bonus, this is a modest (but incredibly useful) gift that you can give to anyone, including your co-workers, family, and friends.
The Gift of Fitness
Buying the right fitness gift for people who love exercising can go a long way in elevating their workouts. Whether you’re going for a piece of new exercise equipment, an expertly-curated fitness gift box, or a simple (but practical) fitness face mask, we’re sure your gift will be appreciated for years to come.