There’s never been easier time to get in shape. Whether it’s through various kinds of classes, mobile apps with coaching classes or just getting out there and running, there’s likely some activity that will resonate. That also means that there’s never been a better time to shop for the fitness fanatic in your life. With so much variety, it can be tough, but don’t worry — that’s why we’re here to help.
We’ve rounded up 12 of the best fitness-related gifts on the market. With quality construction and great reviews, there’s bound to be something that makes the perfect gift for every active person on your list. Below, our top picks.
1. Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic Socks
We all know about the importance of good footwear during any physical activity, but that extends to more than just your actual shoes, but socks too. A poor pair of socks can, at best, cause discomfort—but at their worst, someone could be facing painful blisters. This technical sock from Balega is a significant upgrade from standard athletic socks. By building the sock out of moisture-wicking fabric, feet will stay dry and comfortable. Meanwhile, added elastine keeps the foot glued to the interior to prevent any slipping that may occur from a misplaced step during a run. But should they misstep, the added cushioning will help soften the impact that may occur. All together, it creates a perfect partner to keep feet happy throughout every stage of a workout.
2. King Kong Junior Kong Gym Bag
We realize that spending over $40 or $50 for a gym bag might seem a little unnecessary for something that’s entire use is to just cart your stuff from one locale to another, but there’s real value in paying for premium features, which is where King Kong’s Junior Kong Bag really excels. Its defined compartments help to separate clean clothes from (inevitably) sweaty ones. Additionally, it’s a super tough bag. It has an extremely high-grade nylon that’s more akin to a heavy duty canvas than it is a mesh string bag. Designed with the needs of CrossFit athletes in mind, it might be a little more than initially bargained for (it’s got 8.7 gallons of storage space), but better to have the luxury of too much room and not need it, than need it and not have it.
3. Gaiam Sol Yoga Mat
The most important part of buying a yoga mat is trying to find something that can not only withstand repeated, constant use — but something that’s also got enough cushion and comfort to keep someone supported throughout the entirety of their practice. That’s where this mat, from Gaiam, comes in handy. Addressing both of those concerns, the Sol Dry-Grip mat has a thickness of 5mm to provide hands and feet plenty of support and grip where it’s needed. Additionally, if the mat is being used for hot yoga, the top layer of the mat actively helps to wick away moisture and actually gets a bit of stickiness to it once it starts to heat up. All in all, it’s a mat that will help deepen and expand a yoga practice so they can focus on what really matters—mindfulness during practice.
4. Under Armour Tr96 Training Sneaker
More often than not, the key to getting into—and sticking with an exercise plan—is to make sure there’s some variety. Not only is it the spice of life, it keeps things interesting and engaging, which is key to building out or building on an existing workout plan. With this in mind, it’s key to find a shoe that can keep that same energy, supporting someone in a variety of different activities. Under Armour’s Tr96 sneaker is the answer to this lingering dilemma. The Tr96 has a mesh upper and overlays to help support any kind of sideways movement, the midsole has both support and flexibility when needed and it’s all bound together in a lightweight package that won’t feel like moving in concrete. Essentially a beefed up training sneaker, this shoe will be a dependable and reliable partner for any routine.
5. Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Muscle Tank
Lululemon makes some of the best athletic gear around, full stop, so anything you gift is bound to be a winner. However, it helps to have a favorite. We like this vent tech muscle tank top for a variety of reasons: There’s less material to get in the way during a workout (it can be a hassle to adjust the sleeves of a t-shirt during a run if they aren’t draping your shoulders correctly), there’s strategically-placed mesh in high sweat areas to help keep cool and there’s built-in odor resistance to combat stink. In short: it’s bound to work as hard as whomever you gift it to.
6. On Running Hoodie
On Running’s shoes are some of the most beloved running shoes around, so it tracks that they’d make an exercise hoodie that’s worthy of that acclaim. Swiss engineering makes this hoodie fully adaptable to whatever the weather may require throughout a run. Too hot? Open up the back vents for a little bit more of a breeze. Fingers too cold? Thumb holes will allow gloves to go over top without having the sleeves jostle around. Made from a blend of lyocell, elastane and polyester it will keep a runner warm while helping to regulate their body temperatures. A versatile piece that’s just as great to slip on after a workout as it to wear on a weekend coffee run, they may have just found their next favorite hoodie.
7. TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
We all have that one friend that has a tendency to push it a little too hard at the gym or in a workout class and then complain about being sore after. A good foam roller, like this one from TriggerPoint, can help that friend to relieve the stress and pressure exerted on their body during a workout, while also serving as a great assistant for home workout routines as well. Certified to be both durable for extended use and comfortable enough to relieve tension, it’s a must-own for any fitness fanatic you may know (including, potentially, yourself).
8. Tribe Smartphone Fitness Armband
With the rise of bluetooth headphones, there’s no reason why the exercise experience should include having to physically hold a phone in any capacity. A great armband, like this one from Tribe, is a practical solution for those that still want to keep their phone nearby, but don’t want to have it interfere with their workout. The clear, touch-enabled plastic will allows phone access—without removing it—should absolutely needed; there’s a cord holder to keep from getting tangled up and a key holder for a house key to kept safe and secure during exercise. The adjustable and comfortable armband won’t irritate the skin while you’re active either. In short: it’s the perfect companion for a device that’s most likely already an extension of one’s self.
9. Fitbit Inspire HR Fitness Tracker
More accurate and — dare we say, stylish— than they’ve ever been, fitness trackers are a great investment for anyone looking to get more detailed information and insight into not only their day-to-day activities, but their workouts too. Fitbit continues to set the bar for mid-level fitness trackers and their Inspire HR tracker has plenty of new features to get excited about. With an improved battery life (up to five days on a single charge), full 24/7 heart rate monitoring, automatic sleep tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters, it’ll cover just about every workout imaginable—with accurate, real time data. A fitness lover’s dream, it’s likely to inspire them (pun, unfortunately, intended) to push it to the limit.
10. Tangram Smart Jump Rope
Jumping rope isn’t just for those aspiring to be the next Rocky Balboa or Adonis Creed, as it’s a fantastic cardio workout that will drastically improve footwork and eye-hand coordination. And while jump ropes have been around forever, they’ve gotten, well, smarter. With its connected mobile app, this version from Tangram is made for our data-driven world; capable of giving users a whole series of information around a workout including: jump count, calories burned, and workout times. Fully adjustable, it’s a great gift for fitness buffs who are looking to add some variety to their existing routines, while still ensuring that all the information they’d get from their smart devices is accurately measured and recorded.
11. Hydro Flash Water Bottle
While high-end water bottles are a dime a dozen these days, Hydro Flask bottles are easy to recommend to those looking for a bottle that can keep up with their fitness routine. It’s the little details here that matter most: the wide mouth lid can be swapped in or out with a variety of different options (depending on personal preference) and the double-walled, vacuum insulated bottle keeps liquids cold for a shocking 24 hours. We think the most handy feature is the powder coat, which helps to keep a solid grip on the bottle, even when hands are sweaty. They’ll never want to use another water bottle ever again.
12. Jabra Elite True Wireless Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite earbuds have long been the gold standard for running earbuds and are a personal favorite of ours here at SPY. With a snug and secure fit, there’s no need to worry about them falling out during the course of physical activity, as they’ll stay totally in place while moving about in the gym or outside. Furthermore, they’re comfortable as hell—which means someone might find themselves keeping them in long after their exercise is done; which is fine, because they’ve got a long-lasting battery life (up to five hours of continuous use) so they can just keep the tunes rolling. Should the earbuds need a charge though, their charging case provides a hour and a half of listening time off of a 15 minute charge. Comfortable, durable and capable, the Jabra Elite are always ready for a good workout.