20 Gifts for Fitness Lovers to Shop This Year
2020 was the year our fitness routines were turned on their heads. We traded in our Classpass and gym memberships for fancy workout mirrors and at-home workout apps. We finally threw away decades-old sports bras and started shopping for stylish new workout clothes (even if no one else could appreciate them but us). And we stopped going for massages, and instead turned to tools to deal with tech neck at home.
In other words, for those lucky enough to have more disposable income and time stuck at home (goodbye, all travel and social plans!), the pandemic provided a chance to invest in products to benefit our health and fitness. And now that the holiday shopping season is fully underway and resolution season is upon us, we see no reason to stop the trend of prioritizing our wellness, even when we start regularly leaving our homes again.
If you're looking to treat yourself, or shopping for another fitness-lover, these are the best gifts to add to your online carts this holiday season.
1. Apple Watch Series 6
The new Apple Watch Series 6 is a fitness lover's dream: Not only can it track 80 different types of exercises, from walking to swimming to strength training (it can automatically detect eight), but it also comes with a slew of new health features, like a Blood Oxygen sensor. As a bonus, proceeds from the new (PRODUCT)RED watch will be donated to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response to help provide services and treatment to vulnerable communities.
Shop now: from $399; apple.com
2. Hyperice Vyper 2.0 Foam Roller
Just like sleeping eight hours every night and drinking eight glasses of water every day, foam rolling is one of those things that doesn't happen as much as it should. But with a vibrating version like Hyperice's Vyper 2.0 (which happens to be a must-have product for three-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka), it will feel like far less of a chore. Not only does the vibration simply feel good, but it also amplifies the benefits you'd get from using a regular foam roller, like improving your range of motion and reducing muscle soreness.
$199 $159; hyperice.com
3. Bombas Running Ankle Socks
Bad socks can ruin a good workout, but expensive socks aren't exactly the most exciting thing to buy yourself. That's why this cushiony, moisture-wicking pair from Bombas would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to work out.
Shop now: $16; bombas.com
4. Tangram Factory Smart Rope LED Jump Rope
If a pricey cardio machine isn't in the cards this holiday season, consider this Bluetooth jump rope, a high-tech version of one of the most effective, old school workout tools out there. This rope has 23 LEDs connected to magnetic sensors so you can monitor your calories burned through the corresponding app. As a bonus for those obsessed with tracking their every step, you can also sync it with Apple HealthKit or Google Fit.
Shop now: $80; amazon.com
5. Lululemon On the Go Sweat Kit
Lululemon's travel-sized kit comes with all of your post-workout essentials: an amazing smelling deodorant, dry shampoo to absorb excess sweat, a body lotion that absorbs on impact and cools your skin post-workout, and a lip balm. It's perfectly sized for your gym bag – and carry-on approved.
Shop now: $58; lululemon.com
6. MiHIGH Infrared Sauna Blanket
Infrared saunas or 'sweat lodges' became all the rage a few years back among celebs. The touted benefits are impressive, including everything from calming the mind and body to burning calories to rejuvenating your skin. The downside: Sessions are pricey and leave you drenched in sweat afterward. Enter: this portable, at-home infrared sauna blanket from MiHIGH, which brings the spa to you at a fraction of the cost. As a bonus, J.Lo's trainer, David Kirsch is partnered with the brand, which means there's a good chance the singer is on board with the wellness trend.
Shop now: $499; getmihigh.com
7. Sky Ting Beginner Bundle
Complete with a yoga strap, 3rd Ritual Earth Body Cream, SKY TING rainbow hat, Soothe Fitness Workshop (a gentle class for beginners) and 1-month of SKY TING TV, this gift set is a great option for someone who is new to yoga or trying to focus more on self-care in the new year.
Shop now: $75; skyting.com
8. Bala Bangles Classic 1lb
These fashion-forward weights were so popular during quarantine (thanks in part to fitness influencers like Hannah Bronfman and Melissa Wood), they were sold out for months. Now you can finally scoop up a pair of the wrist and ankle weights (available in four colors) for the yoga or barre-lover who wants to kick things up a notch.
Shop now: $49; shopbop.com
9. Under Armour Sportsmask
Available in five different sizes, Under Armour's face mask would make a great stocking stuffer for any athlete looking to upgrade their basic cloth version. Stand-out features include an anti-microbial inner layer and a water-resistant outer shell, plus UPF 50+ sun protection built-in.
Shop now: $30; underarmour.com
10. Peloton Bike+
For someone you really love (or yourself), now might just be the right time to finally pull the trigger on a Peloton. Not only does the new bike have improved features cyclists will love like automatic digital resistance, but the larger, rotating screen and one-tap Apple Watch syncing also make it easier to take Peloton's strength, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes. (And if you're looking to spend a bit less, the original bike is now offered at a lowered price.)
Shop now: $2,495; onepeloton.com
11. Dagne Dover Ace Neoprene Fanny Pack
If walks and hikes have come a regular part of your routine during quarantine, then it's time to finally invest in a cute fanny pack to carry your essentials (keys, mask, hand sanitizer). This neoprene version from Dagne Dover has a ton of convenient pockets to keep you organized.
Shop now: $85; nordstrom.com
12. Fitbit Sense
Fitbit's smartwatches have always been great at tracking your workouts, but health fanatics will love the wide range of sensing capabilities (motion, 02, heart rate, and temperature) that makes their latest device one of the best sleep trackers around. Bonus: The battery lasts six days and it has Amazon Alexa built-in so you can check the weather or set alerts with your voice alone.
Shop now: $330; amazon.com
13. LARQ Self-Sanitizing Water Bottle
If you need a stylish new water bottle (or want to gift one to that friend or family member who never remembers to drink water) then look no further. The first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system, LARQ uses UV-C LED technology to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses (and we love this chic new colorway).
Shop now: $78; saksfifthavenue.com
14. MOBOT Foam Roller Water Bottle
Or, opt for this 2-in-1 bottle, made from stainless steel with a convenient sip straw and foam exterior. Designed by a sports therapist. It will remind you to drink water and foam roll in 2021 — two resolutions everyone should have on their list.
Shop now: $50; anthropologie.com
15. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Chill Balm
This soothing CBD balm is made with moisturizing ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and shea butter — with an added bonus of 200mg of CBD. While you can use it all over, it's ideal for massaging into sore muscles post-workout.
Shop now: $52; sephora.com
16. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
These lightweight Bluetooth headphones boast super-secure ear hooks (that are also comfortable) and sweat and water-resistant design — a runner's dream. If you're someone who always forgets to charge your devices (guilty), there's this: Throwing them in their charging case for five minutes gives you 1.5 hours of listening time.
Shop now: $200; amazon.com
17. Theragun Mini Percussive Therapy Device
I've written about my love for this deep-tissue massage tool before and stand by it. It won't replace a massage therapist or chiropractor, but for a mild case of tech neck or general achiness, this device (now available in a new mini version) is the perfect solution.
Shop now: $199; amazon.com
18. Girlfriend Collective High-Waist Leggings and Paloma Sports Bra
If you're unfamiliar with Girlfriend Collective, then prepare to be wowed. Not only are the workout clothes known for being eco-friendly, ethically made, and size-inclusive, but they also just feel amazing on and come in a variety of on-trend colors.
19. Lululemon The Reversible Mat 3mm
Lululemon's yoga mats are consistently rated as some of the best by serious yogis due to their grip, cushioning, and antimicrobial finish. Even if you're just taking up a yoga practice for the first time, you might as well spring for one that will look pretty when you inevitably forget to put it away.
Shop now: $58; lululemon.com
20. Made Of Protein Powder
Workout fanatics love to geek out on protein powders and Made Of, created by Nike trainer Kirsty Godso, is one of the best out there. The clean whey protein powder has almost no sugar, which makes it perfect for adding to your cold brew or smoothie to fuel your workouts and recovery.
Shop now: $65; madeof.international