The fitness world has never been bigger — with so many people obsessed with health, wellness and staying in shape there are a plethora of products out there designed to help you get fit and become a healthier version of yourself. From workout classes to mobile apps, wearables, and home fitness systems there are so many ways to stay fit that it can be hard to know what to choose, for yourself or for someone else. If you’ve got a gym rat fitness friend on your Christmas list and need a gift for them, look no further. There’s never been a better time to shop for the fitness fanatic in your life, and we’ve gathered the best fitness gifts out there for anyone no matter what type of exercise they prefer or area they specialize in.
We’ve rounded up 25 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. If you’ve got a meathead, pilates fan or Peloton fanatic in your life, these are the gifts to get them this season.
1. Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
Fitness trackers are all the rage these days, and while some people opt for the Apple Watch some prefer a simpler, more fitness-focused watch like this Fitbit Versa 2. It has all the perks of a smartwatch without any features you don’t need, and the exorbitant price tag. It tracks all the standard metrics you’d expect from a smartwatch like heart rate, steps, calories burned and daily activity and also keeps tabs on your sleep and how much recovery time you’re getting. It works around the clock to provide personal insights to your health and has a 6-day battery life so charging shouldn’t be too big of a burden. It’s a highly-rated fitness smartwatch and a nice indulgence for your health-motivated friend.
2. Ten Thousand Foundation Short
Gear is the entire game when it comes to training, so make sure your fitness guru best friend and/or partner has the right gear to get them where they want to go. Ten Thousand is a boutique fitness gear brand that makes some of the most comfortable, breathable and technically high-performing shorts around, and their Foundation Short is a great place to start as a gift. These versatile shorts can function just as easily on the gym’s treadmill as they can on the hiking trail or out to brunch, and the wide range in sizes as well as multiple inseam length options ensures you’ll be able to gift a great fit.
3. Men’s Project Rock 60 Bag
Is there a more infamous fitness icon than the Rock? We beg to differ. Project Rock, his line of fitness gear with Under Armour, is filled with great fitness gifts, including this awesome gym bag. It’s huge, and perfect for trekking with to and from the gym. It has a convenient side zipper entrance for easy access, adjustable padded shoulder straps for comfort and a soft-lined laptop sleeve in the back that can accommodate up to a 13″ MacBook Pro. The whole thing is water-resistant, built with a Hypalon grid for variability of attachment points and has two front pockets that securely snap closed.
4. Crossrope Weighted Jump Rope Set
Weighted jump ropes are one of the best hybrid workouts of cardio and strength out there, and are great for achieving fitness goals. The Crossrope system is a weighted jump rope that connects to an app that tracks your workout progress and has classes you can stream. The device is highly rated for its effectiveness and ease of use, and the fast-clip system allows you to switch between light and heavy ropes depending on where you are in the workout and fitness journey. The durable ropes are anti-coil and tangle making them great for beginners, and the tool connects you to a network of more than 80,000 jumpers.
5. Hyperice Hypervolt Plus Percussion Massager
If a foam roller still doesn’t manage to bring tension and relief to someone’s aching and sore muscles, the Hypervolt by Hyperice is the next step in pain relief. Essentially percussion massaging, the Hypervolt is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver around your body to relieve pressure wherever it may linger. Furthermore, a set of swappable heads makes for a customized experience that’s easy to tailor to an individual’s needs. Trusted by all kinds of sports professionals from Tennis player Naomi Osaka to Giants running back Saquon Barkley, it’s professional-grade relief right in the comfort of home.
6. Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Sweatpants
You know what’s even better than working out? The feeling of lounging after a long, hard workout is completed in comfortable lounge pants. These CloudKnit pants from Outdoor Voices are super soft and made of CloudKnit fabric that we’re guessing feels like a cloud… just taking a wild guess. They’re designed for a relaxed fit that’s not too baggy so your fitness bud can definitely wear them out of the house on a brunch date or to and from the gym in colder weather.
7. Mirror Original Home Fitness System
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Yup, Oprah likes the Mirror, too! If you’ve been on the fence about whether this smart gym system is worth the investment, then you’ve got your answer. This incredibly unique workout streaming system features a library with more than 50 types of workouts from cardio to yoga, strength, boxing and more. You and up to five members of your household will get access to unlimited classes with the purchase, as well as the award-winning slim, sleek Mirror. The Mirror has advanced camera technology as well as machine learning that gathers information about you and your body so it can give real-time feedback based on the goals you set.
8. Deep Tissue Massage Ball Set
If your fit friend is truly an exercise enthusiast, then they know how important recovery is to a gym routine. This recovery ball set has everything one needs to take care of your body between workouts and improve mobility with time. Massage balls are sometimes more effective than foam rollers at targeting specific tissue, muscle groups or parts of the body, and the immediate benefits are plentiful. All of these tools are also excellent for self-massage, which makes recovery that much more convenient.
9. 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 non-slip 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.
10. BackEmbrace Posture Corrector
While sitting up straight is not exactly exercise, posture correctors are all the rage right now for a reason. They’re an excellent way to maintain good spinal health and relieve tension in your neck and shoulders without having to do much. This one is comfortable to wear, made of soft material and comes in a variety of sizes. The fit is also very adjustable and easy to maneuver with velcro. The material contours to your skin as it stabilizes your shoulders, supports your back and eases your body into better alignment. If you’ve got a friend who’s run out of luck with posture correctors, who hunches over a computer or struggles with back pain — this might be the gift that keeps on giving.
11. Schwinn Indoor Cycling Bike Series
Peloton as well as the rest of the indoor cycling world has exploded this year and for good reason — it’s an amazing way to get a great cardio workout with needing a ton of space or equipment. This Schwinn bike is a great, affordable Peloton alternative if you’ve got a friend who loves to bike but shies away from the hefty price tag that the luxury bikes have. It’s got everything you need to complete virtual cycling classes from home including a 40 lb flywheel, a silent belt drive and endless levels of resistance. The pedals have both toe cages and clips so your friend can pick their favorite and the oversized water bottle holder will accommodate all of their hydration needs during their workout.
12. Therabody Revive CBD Body Balm
Sweats are definitely relaxing for a post-workout routine, but CBD balm takes it to another level. This CBD body calm from Therabody (the same company that makes Theragun massage guns) is designed to soothe muscle aches through warming and easing stiffness. It’s got a high potency and therefore is highly effective and is made with 500mg of full-spectrum CBD. It’s certified organic and super high-quality, making it a great, thoughtful gift for your friend who’s always crushing it in the gym and therefore always sore.
13. Under Armour Charged Commit 2.0 Cross Trainer
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, but 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 Charge cross trainer sneaker is perfect for fulfilling this purpose, and looking good at the same time. The lightweight mesh is breathable and stylish at the same time, for style and function, and the deal-external heel provides extra stability during those rockstar lifts.
14. Blender Bottle Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker
If your fitness enthusiast frequently uses a Blender Bottle for protein powder, pre-workout, etc — snag them this insulated Blender Bottle that takes the whole experience and amps it up a notch. This double-wall vacuum insulated bottle will not only mix the blend together but will keep it cold for up to 24 hours as well. The BlenderBell whisk that comes inside is made of 316 surgical-grade stainless steel and the bottle has a large 26-ounce capacity so they’ll have no trouble fitting all of their supplements in. Also, the twist-on cap and spout both seal with Leak-Proof technology so there’s no concern about the contents spilling all over their gym bag.
15. Vitamix E310 Blender
For any protein smoothy enthusiast, a Vitamix blender is like the Rolls Royce of blenders. A professional-grade blender, no amount of chunky powder or thick ice will be left standing when subjected to the machine’s 10-speed blending power, allowing users to refine their choices as they see fit. Plus, it self-cleans, saving a lot of time and hassle.
16. NOBULL Cool Grey Knit Runners
NOBULL is known for these knit runners which make great cross-trainers or sole athletic shoe. They’re super comfortable to wear and made out of stretchy knit fabric that moves when you do. The knit sock construction is seamless so you don’t develop hot spots, and the outsole construction was designed to be used in a variety of environments. The laces are reflective for protection when working out at night, and they come with a removable midsole sock liner inside.
17. VYBE Percussion Massage Gun
You don’t have to spend a fortune to bring yourself or your fitness fanatic friend a high-quality massage gun that’ll deliver the relief they need. This VYBE deep tissue massage gun from Exerscribe has six different speeds built in ranging from 500-2400 strokes per minute. It comes with an ergonomic handle so you can reach those tough-to-reach knots by yourself and comes with three different massage heads so you can target any muscle group.
18. 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).
19. 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 still allows phone access without removing unless absolutely needed. There’s also 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.
20. Peloton Bike+ Essentials Package
Peloton made a splash this year in the home fitness space, and for good reason. Their product is fantastic and brings boutique fitness home in an incredible way. They recently released an updated version of their classic bike that gives you the option to turn the screen and take fitness classes alongside your bike. It also has an upgrade sound bar and subwoofer system. It’s an impressive machine, and would make a great gift for anyone you’re willing to drop a sizable chunk of change for. This Essentials Package also includes a protective mat for the floor, cycling shoes and small weights for the back of the bike.
21. 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. Socks might seem like a boring gift, but these comfortable performance socks are a game-changer and will make a difference in your friend’s routine.
22. BalanceFrom Wide Grip 3-Piece Kettlebell Set
Kettlebells make for a fantastic workout and a great gift for someone’s home fitness collection. You can do a wide range of strength and cardio movements with them, and this set’s weight variety opens up many doors for your friend’s routine. They have ergonomic handles making them comfortable to hold and are made of durable vinyl and cement so they won’t rust over time.
23. 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.
24. Hydro Flask 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.
25. Jabra Elite Active 75t Wireless Earbuds
Jabra’s Elite earbuds have long been the gold standard for running earbuds and are a personal favorite of ours. 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 heck — 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 7.5 hours of continuous use on a single charge). Comfortable, durable and capable, the Jabra Elite Active 75t are always ready for a good workout.
26. Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Dog Leash
If you’ve ever tried to run alongside a dog, then you know it’s easier in your head than it is out on the trail. Holding a leash while running loses its novelty after a mile or two, leaving most runners to wish for a more elegant solution. Which is why this leash from Stunt Puppy has become such a beloved product. The adjustable belt actually wraps around the waist of a runner and extends out from there to clip on as a leash for your dog, letting the runner go hands-free to focus on just running. Should the runner need to bring their pup in closer for whatever reason, there is a loop near the clip that does just that. The runner and dog lover in your life will never know what running was like before this excellent and practical gift.
27. Lock Laces Replacement Elastic Shoe Laces
While exercise shoes are made and crafted to handle the wear and tear of constant use, sometimes the laces on those shoes aren’t. Regardless of whether the fitness buff in your life actively needs new laces or not, they’ll become quickly obsessed with Lock Laces. The elastic, no tie laces help transform any shoe into a secure slip-on, eliminating the need to tie them, while also providing the strength and comfort of normal laces. Totally customizable and easy to install; they’re a no-brainer for any active person. Another perfect stocking stuffer, this is one of the best under-the-radar fitness gifts for the year.
28. Tempo Studio
The fitness mirror trend also took off this year for obvious reasons. It brings boutique fitness classes home with the option to watch yourself on a mirror alongside the instructor so you can keep track of form, pace and quality of reps. This Tempo Studio is a big screen that can fit anywhere and comes with premium equipment like dumbbells, a barbell, a workout mat, recovery roller and collars. Your friend’s home workout routine will be taken care of and they’ll have you to thank.
29. Nike Fury Exercise Headband
A good moisture-wicking headband is both practical and fashionable, helping to keep hair and sweat off one’s face. Snap up one in the color of your loved one’s choice and they’ll thank you next time they get their sweat on, we promise.
30. SPIbelt Running Belt
If using an armband isn’t someone’s style — or they’d like to have access to a number of essentials at any given time — this running belt from the aptly named SPIbelt has more than enough room for all sorts of goodies. Designed so that the pack itself won’t bounce around during exercise, it’s discreet as to not draw attention to itself, while also being waterproof and lightweight.
31. Rhone Reign Tech Short Sleeve
Rhone makes some of the best athletic gear around, so if you’re thinking a technical tee might be just what your friend needs this holiday season, look no further. This Reign short sleeve comes in six different colors and five different sizes. It has a body map mesh construction that’s built to last through tough training sessions with lightweight sweat-wicking technology. Also, if you workout together, the added anti-odor technology will keep B.O. at a minimum just in case that’s a concern.
32. TheFitLife Resistance Bands Set
Resistance bands are another great tool to have in your home fitness arsenal, and if your friend hasn’t discovered them yet now’s your chance to change their routine instantly. This set has five different resistance levels for boosting muscle and burning fat, and can also help with coordination, toning, stamina, range of motion and warming up as well as cooling down. There are so many options with resistance bands it’s difficult for them to not work in some way for someone, so they’re a super safe bet as a fitness gift. They’re lightweight, portable, easy to travel with and the premium materials in this set ensure they’ll last a long time.
33. InsightTimer Meditation App
If someone you know has already nailed their physical health but is in search of a good option to further sharpen their mental health, a dedicated meditation app is a great solution to help that person get in touch even further with themselves. InsightTimer has tons of guided meditations (seriously they boast over 30,000 titles) that can be synced for offline use, as well as exclusive premium meditations. And with new courses each week, your giftee will have more than enough sessions at their fingertips to help them relax and find a sense of inner peace.
34. Ab Roller
An ab roller is another great home gym essential that’s awesome for core workouts. You roll in and out of a plank on it, stabilizing your core the whole time, for a great workout. This one is designed to help you build the core you want and need, and is made of stainless steel and non-slip rubber for safety and effectiveness. The handles are also made of comfortable EVA foam so you can get a secure grip during your workout.
35. Adjustable Ankle Weights
Ankle weights are a great way to add intensity to any workout — whether you’re on the bike, tread, or doing a bodyweight workout. They add a few pounds and can magnify the strengthening of any workout when used properly. This set of ankle weights is adjustable between 1-10 pounds and comes with velcro to secure the weight onto your ankle or wrist easily. The comfortable cotton material on the outside won’t irritate your skin and the elongated design of the weights ensures comfort even during longer workout sessions.
36. Yoga Blocks
Yoga blocks are an essential tool for any dedicated at-home yogi but are also useful for all athletes for core work and other exercise movements. These are made of supportive, high-density EVA foam and have beveled edges with a non-slip surface so they’re easy to grip. Yoga blocks are also great for supporting your bottom during meditation in order to achieve proper alignment, and can be great for increasing your range of motion as well as sinking deeper into stretches.
37. NordicTrack Commercial X22i Treadmill
This is the Peloton of treadmills, and is a lavish but worthwhile gift for someone who loves to spend all their time on a treadmill at the gym. NordicTrack makes high-quality running machines that come with a membership for streaming their running classes that feel like you’re in a boutique fitness studio. This treadmill comes with a 22-inch HD touchscreen, a SMART-response motor and trainer live control so you don’t have to change the dials during your workout unless you want to. You get immediate access to their extensive training library that includes a variety of fitness beyond running including yoga, strength training and HIIT.
38. Yoga Blanket
A yoga blanket is another great tool to gift to your dedicated yogi pal, or someone who enjoys a little cushioning under their knees when doing floor work. This type of blanket is also great for keeping in the car as an outdoor blanket or using as cushioning when working out on grass or sand. It’s thick, durable and comes in a variety of color combinations. They’re also made of recycled materials, machine-washable, and get softer each time you use them.
39. Pull-Up Bar
A pull-up bar is another great fitness gift because it’s a convenient home gym essential that our bicep- and tricep-motivated friends will love. This one installs into any door frame up to 35.4″ wide in seconds and can be used for pull-ups, crunches, chin-ups and more. You have three different grip positions to choose from — wide, narrow and neutral — and the bar uses leverage to position itself in the doorway so your friend will not have to screw anything in or risk damage.
40. Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily Supplement
Nutrition is just as important as exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and Athletic Greens is one of the most nutrition-packed greens-based supplements out there. It’s a superfood powder that you mix into liquid that comes with 75 different vitamins, minerals and whole food-sourced ingredients that help your body’s vitality across multiple areas from neurological support to immunity, gut health and even digestion. It contains no junk and is available in packs of 30 so you can easily dump, mix and sip each morning to get your dose of greens for the day.
41. Project Rock UA SPORTSMASK
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a mask while you’re working out, especially outside, might be the safest option for you and those around you. Gift this mask to someone who loves to run, hike or walk outside and has been looking for a mask that compliments all of those activities. This mask from Project Rock was made with athletes in mind, it’s made of high-performance materials and is designed to be worn while playing sports. The design is structured so it sits on top of the face and lips for breathability, and it has an anti-microbial layer on the inside to keep the mask fresh.
42. Muscle Butter USA
This is another balm similar to TheraOne that’s all about giving those tired muscles some relief. This one is made from all-natural ingredients and helps to ease pain through reducing inflammation. It has 60% concentration of Arnica, Vitamin E and other fair-trade oils and comes in a sleek small package that’s very portable. I tried out this butter and loved how the sensation on my skin wasn’t too intense and more soothing than Icy Hot or similar pain relief solutions. It has a nice texture very similar to oily lotion, and doesn’t have a strong smell which I prefer. Would highly recommend it as a stocking stuffer for any gym rat in your life!