As the holidays approach, snacks and cookies pile up and sometimes healthy habits get lost in the shuffle. While you’re doing your holiday shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, think outside the box of typical presents like sweaters, candles and alcohol. Instead, give the gift of health, wellness and happiness! If you have a fitness-loving friend or a family member who is trying to get healthier, these creative gift ideas are the perfect present to help them reach their goals. Keep reading for some fun, healthy fitness and weight loss holiday gift ideas for you to bestow on some loved ones this holiday season!
1. Fitness Tracker
This is really one of the best gifts you can give someone on their journey toward a healthier lifestyle! Fitness trackers can perform a range of functions such as track your steps, calories burned, heart rate and sleep, as well as send you reminders throughout the day to get up and move. The other great thing about fitness trackers is that there is a slew of options to accommodate any budget. From the Fitbit and Garmin styles to the Suunto 9 and Apple Watch, there is a range of prices and features, all of which are guaranteed to make a fitness lovers holiday a little brighter and a lot healthier!
2. Bluetooth Headphones
Sometimes all you need is the right playlist to get you moving! Bluetooth headphones are a great option for someone looking to improve their workouts. With no wires getting in the way, noise-canceling technology and both phone and headphone controls, they offer a lot of options for people seeking to up the ante in their exercise routine. There is a plethora of options on the market—Apple AirPods, Samsung Buds, Google Pixel Buds, Beats, Bose and more. So, no matter what kind of phone the gift-receiver has, there is a pair to match!
3. Best Gift for Walkers: Puffer Jacket
As the cold weather sets in, outdoor exercisers must get creative with keeping up with their routines. Despite their name, a lot of puffer jackets offer the comfort and warmth of thick, heavy-duty jackets with the slim fit of something that looks a lot less warm. With down technology on the inside and wind-resistant material on the outside, a puffer jacket is guaranteed to keep you warm on any brisk walk or run outside. From sports brands like Adidas and Nike, to made-for-the-outdoors brands like Colombia and Patagonia, to more affordable options like Old Navy and ASOS, it isn’t hard to find the price and style that works for your gift recipient!
4. Online Workout Subscription
Sometimes getting to a gym can be tough. Some people may feel anxious about going to a gym or taking classes with other people. The wonderful world of technology is doing its part in alleviating that anxiety. Welcome to online workout classes! There are subscriptions for everything from Pilates to spin. Many people don’t know this, but you can even buy a Peloton subscription without having the expensive bike. The app offers a ton of options, some are even live and can take you on guided runs or work your whole body through a sculpting class. Different subscriptions that you can gift someone include Barre3, The Boxx Method and Daily Burn—just to name a few!
5. Workout Gifts: Foam Roller
If you are trying to think of gift ideas for an avid exerciser, a foam roller is one of the best workout gifts to give! According to Healthline, “Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique. It can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion.” This makes it an amazing tool for pre- and post-workouts. If you gift an extra-long roller, it can also be a great tool for posture correction.
6. Heavy Duty Blender
Two words: protein shakes. Anyone on a fitness journey has probably heard the benefits of adding protein into their diets. According to Medical News Today, “Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. Using protein powder may also aid weight loss and help people tone their muscles.” Sometimes incorporating more protein into a diet can be a struggle, which is why so many people reach for protein powder to throw in smoothies and shakes. A NutriBullet or Vitamix are some of the strongest blenders on the market, making smoothie and shake blending a dream.
7. Best Gift for Runners: High-Quality/Specialty Shoes
No matter where they are at in their fitness journey, people don’t always splurge on top-notch shoes for themselves, overlooking a simple thing that can completely change the value of their workouts. Brands like On, Diadora and Hoka are not as well-known as Nike, Adidas and Asics but they offer specialized focus on running and athletic shoes.
8. Handheld Weights
Dumbbells and handheld weights are a great budget-friendly workout gift ideas. Sometimes it’s the little things, like handheld weights, that people overlook and don’t buy for themselves. Gifting someone a pair of two, three, five, or ten-pound weights can really help them avoid remaining stagnant in these cold winter months. They can do some arm curls while watching a Hallmark movie or walk around the neighborhood carrying some weights in their gloved hands. They offer versatility, which is sometimes just what people need.
9. A Workout Buddy!
Motivation. This can be one of the biggest struggles. If you’re looking for a very thoughtful, low-cost gift ideas for a loved one, offer them your time and energy. Offer yourself as a walking buddy, a running mate, an exercise partner—hold them and yourself accountable! Improve your physical and mental health, as well as theirs. Sometimes all you need is someone to give you a little push!