Whether you’re almost done with holiday shopping or have yet to begin, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life. Grab one of these for your mom, sister, bestie, or roommate and watch her face light up when she unwraps it! If your own New Year’s Resolution is to work towards a healthier lifestyle, there’s no doubt she’ll join you if she’s got one of these awesome gifts to accompany her.
There’s a good chance she already has at least a few pairs, but lets be honest, you can never really have too many. For the outdoor runner, check out these Athleta fleece-lined bottoms that will keep her warm no matter the weather. If you’re buying for someone who loves wearing athleisure on the daily, you can’t go wrong with the classic Salar legging from Fabletics. If you're looking for a higher-end and very trendy pair, check out Hollie Watman's fun line of athleisure.
There’s no exception to needing one of these while exercising, so you might as well get her a stylish one. Low-impact bras from GapFit are some of my favorites; they’re comfortable enough for lounging around the house and have strappy designs that can be layered under open-back shirts, too. For higher intensity Higher-intensity workouts usually call for something more compressing, like this one from Champion.
RUNNING ARM BAND
Whether she’s completed marathons or is just starting out, an arm band is a great running accessory to keep her occupied with a bangin’ playlist, her favorite podcast, or even a new audiobook. This water-resistant one from Tribe is a crowd favorite.
This is the perfect gift for that friend who’s always walking around with a smoothie from the local smoothie spot. From smoothies to protein shakes, her post-workout fuel will always be fresh with a single-serving blender/travel cup like this one from Hamilton Beach, whose sleek design fits nicely in a cramped dorm room or apartment kitchen.
Because no one likes waking up too sore to move... Known for releasing muscle tension and improving workout recovery time, foam rollers come in a variety of sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your budget and her living space.
Don’t worry, I’m not talking Jane Fonda here. Sometimes it can be tough for even the most diligent gym-goer to squeeze in a workout during a busy week, and sub-zero temps only make getting to the gym more difficult in the winter. At-home workout DVDs make a great gift that won’t break the bank. Some of my personal favorites are barre and HIIT workouts from Nourish Move Love, a blogger and certified fitness instructor.
Is there anything more annoying than hair in your face while you’re going hard in a cycling class or inverted in downward-facing dog? Answer: probably not. Fun hair ties, headbands, and scrunchies are cute accessories that will help her avoid this tragic workout mishap.
If you’re shopping for an avid yogi, the little things can go a long way. This mat cleaner spray and cloth are already on my list, grippy toe socks are great for heated classes that get extra sweaty, and of course a carrying strap is a must-have if she’s going straight from class to the studio. Plus you can't go wrong with a trendy mat, like one from La Vie Boheme.
The struggle of losing socks in the laundry often results in me wearing mismatching ones to the gym, and I know someone out there must feel my pain. Socks are an easy stocking stuffer that can be cute, practical, AND inexpensive – what a winning combo!
A stylish water bottle will make it easy for her to get in at least those eight cups a day. Insulated bottles like Swell, Bobble, and certain Camelbaks will keep drinks cold longer than regular ones, so she won’t have to worry about her water getting warm during heated or over-populated group fitness classes.
Hopefully this list helps you check a few women off your holiday shopping list! And if it sparked some gift ideas for yourself, don’t forget to let Santa know so he can leave them under your tree on Christmas morning.