8 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Fitness Lover in Your Life

12/15/2017 03:20 pm ET

Without some forethought, it can be tricky to buy a “fitness” gift for someone.  Are you inadvertently dropping a hint they need to workout more?  That's like giving a vacuum cleaner or food processor to a woman (read:  are you saying I should spend more time in the kitchen?).  Not a bright idea these days.  And no matter how many times your loved one says, they gotta drop 20 pounds, DO NOT buy them a book on “How to Lose 20 lbs in 2 Weeks,”  or 10 sessions with your private trainer (unless they specifically ask for that).

Below are gifts I would definitely give a friend or loved one and, would gladly accept as well.  These are health & fitness gift ideas that get my seal of approval:

1) Power Massager.  I love handheld massagers.  But that's like saying, I love sunsets.  Really?  Who doesn't.  Giving this as a gift says, “I know you workout hard for that bod and I’m here to help you soothe those sore, overworked muscles.” Check out the BuffEnuff®.   It's a powerful, cordless, percussion healing massager that uses percussive oscillitory motion.  You can use it on yourself for some areas.  But for your back neck and shoulders, you’ll need a partner, or your trainer, or your massage therapist to hit those can't-reach-yourself areas while you relax and feel the love.  The package includes  1 battery, 1 charger, 2 crowns and a carry bag.

Handheld cordless vibration massager
Percussion Fitness
Handheld cordless vibration massager

Price:  $189.95

2) Vibrating Foam Roller (HyperIce Vyper).  Taking the ubiquitous foam roller to the next level, Hyperice has built one that vibrates called the Vyper.  Foam rolling has become somewhat of a trend lately.  But for pros in the know, it's a necessity to get people moving better.  It's something I highly recommend to every level of fitness enthusiast.   Using the pressure from your own body weight, foam rolling releases painful trigger points, muscle tissue adhesions, helps move lymph fluid and speeds up muscle recovery.  It's basically a deep tissue massage you do on yourself.   It can be done pre-workout, post-workout or on a recovery day and, is a needed part of injury rehab.  Foam rolling works to release tight muscles with body weight pressure.  The HyperIce Vyper offers 3 vibration speeds so those trigger points don’t have a chance.

Vyper vibrating foam roller
Vyper vibrating foam roller

Price:  $179

3) Luxe by Spibelt. Fannypacks are making a modern-day comeback.  Sure, the mere word alone elicits images of your aunt Ruth on a tour bus to Vegas.  But trust me when I say all fitness minded women deep down want one… a cool and stylish one.  Check out the Luxe by Spibelt.  With a high gloss metallic buckle that adds a little shine to your athleisure look, you can comfortably wear this from the gym or your jog to brunch.  The soft, stretchy pouch is comfortable, lightweight and bounce-free. Plus there’s a headphone port because they know you need to listen to your favorite Spotify beast mode or chill time playlists. 

Stylish, stretchable fanny pack
Stylish, stretchable fanny pack

Price:  $34.99

4) Cookbooks for the diet du jour.  Surely one of the fitness lovers on your list is trying to maintain a Paleo, keto (low carb) or vegan lifestyle.  Books always make a good gift idea, if you know what your gift-ee is into.  Just remember never give an actual “diet book” if you want to remain friends or more.  A diet book screams, “hey your clothes are getting a little tight bae”  or, "I'm noticing that spread you got going on around the middle."  On the other hand, we all know, if you’re trying to stick to one of the afore-mentioned lifestyles, even the best of us run out of meal-making ideas and need some inspiration (especially with pretty pictures).

Here are some suggestions:

5 ) Under Armour Athlete Recovery Sleepwear.  Sleepwear for the athlete you care about.  I admit, I haven’t tried these yet.  But I sure am thinking about gifting this to myself if Santa doesn't get a set for me.  I always need some cozy sleepwear - don't you?  UA's Athlete Recovery Sleepwear products (for men and women) are made of soft, bioceramic print on the inside  which "absorbs natural heat and reflects Far Infrared back to the skin, helping the body sleep better and recover faster."  Far Infrared is a type of energy on the infrared spectrum that benefits the body.  By harnessing these benefits, UA says their jammies can help you recover, sleep better and rest easier.  Tom Brady is the product spokesperson and the website boasts that Ellen DeGeneres recommends it as a Christmas gift, so who am I to argue?  We all need better sleep.  The science on this is everywhere.  So I say it’s worth a try.

Athlete Recovery Sleepwear
Under Armour
Athlete Recovery Sleepwear

Price:  ranges from $79 - $99 

6)  Resistance Loop Bands travel kit.  It doesn’t seem like much of a gift, but believe me, I buy resistance loop bands for my clients all the time and they are used daily.  They're great to have in your home gym or travel bag.  Whether it’s for Pilates, Yoga, Physical Therapy, HIIT workouts or just to sculpt a sexier butt, an assortment of loop bands can be used anywhere and everywhere.  This kit here is made of new Eco-Friendly Durable TPR Latex and comes with an eBook and free online videos.

loop bands for every type of workout
Physix Gear
loop bands for every type of workout

Price:  $9.99

7) ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes.  You know how hard it is to manage your diet when you work long hours?    My advice to people is always to pack your own lunch, making it so much easier control portion sizes.  Here's a gift that says you know how hard someone is working on their fitness and their career.  The ThinkFit double insulated lunch box thought of everything.  It comes with 6 Portion Control Containers that are microwave and dishwasher safe, Reusable Ice Pack, Pill Box, Shaker Cup, Shoulder Strap and Extra Storage Pocket.   Plus you can feel good knowing $1 from each sale will be donated to providing hope in impoverished neighborhoods.

Insulated lunch box with everything you need
Insulated lunch box with everything you need

Price:  $37.00

8) Genetic Testing from 23andme.  For the curious one in your life, give them the gift of learning about themselves deep down inside… at the DNA level.  Getting my genetic test results back kept me busy and fascinated for many months.  This isn’t the kind of gift you’d want to give to a co-worker, but a close family member or kid.  They might not like all the results they see.  But there are some things that are especially good to know like and potentially life saving or at least life extending.  For example, my vitamin D levels have always been too low.  Even taking 1,000 or 2,000 I.U.s a day barely moved the needle.  It turns out I have a gene that doesn’t allow me to make vitamin D so I upped my dose and my levels are perfecto.  A study found that people who are in the range of 40 – 60 ng/dl live the longest and people with low levels age faster.  That was just one of the very helpful things I found out.  You can also find out if your body detoxifies itself well and how many longevity genes you have and so much more.  The best part is, it’s so easy.  Just spit in a plastic tube, send it in and violà!  Note:  it takes around 8 weeks to get the results back so don’t be in a rush.

Price:  $149 (new lower price - it was $199 when I did it!)

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy & Fitness-friendly Hanukkah, Christmas or anything else you’d like to celebrate!

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