* You don’t need to be a gym rat to get fit
* Choose gifts that let your recipients work out on their own time — and to their own beat
* Stay away from generic knock-offs and choose proven, well-reviewed brands
It’s never been easier to get fit, and we’re not just saying it either. Whether you’re trying to get in a light run in the morning, or looking to up your at-home workout, we’ve found nine gifts for the fitness fans in your life.
Just remember: these are the holidays after all, so don’t be caught gifting generic jump ropes or cheap knock-off products. These nine gifts are well-reviewed, solidly made, easy to gift and easy to incorporate into anyone’s daily routine.
1. Merino Wool Cushioned Socks
Socks make a great stocking stuffer but ditch the white socks for these merino wool marvels. They’ll feel like the softest socks you’ve ever owned, with lightweight premium merino wool and reinforced cushion zones for durability and comfort. They’re quick wicking to keep feet dry, and anti-microbial to keep feet fresh. Super cozy and stretchy, these socks are ideal for running, hiking and cycling, or just worn as an everyday pair. Comes in seven color combos.
2. Run Fast, Eat Slow
Shalane Flanagan, winner of the recent 2017 New York City Marathon (and the first American woman to win in 40 years), teams up with longtime friend and chef, Elyse Kopecky, for a book filled with nutritious recipes for everyone — whether you’re training for a race or not. All of the meals, snacks, drinks and wholesome treats are made without refined sugar and flour. Our favorites: the bison meatballs and the double chocolate cookies. Yum.
Get this book for the fitness fan who’s always obsessing over healthy eating, and show them that food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time.
3. Light-Up Frisbee
The Flashlight Light Up Flying Disc features a micro-chip controlled LED light that cycles through the color spectrum, illuminating any game of toss or Ultimate. Designed by a professional Ultimate Frisbee player, the disc is made of lightweight, durable and water-resistant materials with true balance and long, straight flight. Get this as a cool conversation starter and gift idea for both serious competitions and casual days at the park.
4. URBN Fit Balance Board
The exercise ball is so 2016. Upgrade their workout this year with this solid wood balance board. Originally created for surfers, the balance training board is a complete fitness studio of its own, designed to strengthen your back and posture, tighten your core, enhance your butt and improve coordination. You can even take this into the kitchen or to the office and get a workout in while doing your dishes or at your standing desk. Best of all, this URBN Fit Balance Board comes in a box, ready for gift wrapping and is backed by an unconditional money back guarantee.
5. Kenox Duffle Gym Bag
It’s time to upgrade your gym bag to something a little more thoughtfully-made. This duffle bag is ideal for going to the gym or for weekend trips. The material is super durable and easy to clean with a simple wipe. The best part: the bag features a side access shoe compartment, separating shoes or dirty gym clothes from the main compartment. An exterior zipped pocket is great for your phone, wallet, keys and other valuables. The neutral gray color makes the bag work for all ages and genders.
6. Prana ECO Yoga Mat
For all the yoga lovers in your life, get them something that’ll hold up to regular use, while being thoughtful to the surrounding environment. This one, from yoga brand, Prana, is made from non-toxic materials that are lightweight, durable and UV resistant (i.e. it won’t fade in the sun if you accidentally leave the mat in your car). The two sided textured surface provides superior cushioning and excellent grip on hard surfaces, while a unique closed cell construction prevents germs from absorbing into the mat.
7. Fitbit Flex 2
Not sure where to start with a fitness tracker? Track steps, calories, sleep and get notifications with this ultra-slim swim-proof wristband. An LED display lights up when you get calls, texts and also sends reminders for you to get moving. Tap the device to see how close you are to your daily goals. Sync to your devices and get color-coded notifications when your phone is nearby: blue for calls, purple for texts.
The removable tracker fits in band, bangle and pendant accessories. Battery life lasts up to 5 days on a single charge. This is a great starter fitness tracker that’s easy to use and easy to wear.
8. ASICS FuzeX Lyte 2
Everyone says their New Year’s resolution is to take up running. Help kick-start their running routine by getting them one of the best pairs of running shoes on the market.
These unisex sneakers are from ASICS and feature a comfortable foam footbed, breathable mesh and super lightweight materials. A rubber outsole delivers reliable grip and traction. The shoes are ideal for running, whether you’re hitting the treadmill or pounding the pavement. For specialty athletic shoes, they look pretty great, too.
9. Fitbit Flyer Wireless Fitness Headphones
Sure, your friends might already own a pair of headphones, but they don’t own Fitbit Flyers. Designed by a company that’s known for their high-end fitness wearables, these headphones are made for working out in style.
You’ll get crisp audio and powerful bass, while a dual microphone lets you take calls while suppressing external noise like wind. A water-resistant design uses hydrophobic nano coating to keep the Flyer rain, splash and sweatproof.
A single charge gets you up to six hours of playtime. Plus get an extra hour of playtime fast with a 15-minute quick charge. Finally, the Flyer comes with interchangeable ear tips, wings and fins in different sizes so you can adjust the headphones to fit comfortably and securely.
Note: we’ve spotted these headphones elsewhere, but we recommend getting them directly from FitBit to get their 45-day money back guarantee and one-year limited warranty.