The 13 Best Fitness and Wellness Gifts You'll Want to Steal for Yourself
As special as it is to spend the holidays surrounded by loved ones (if you're even able to do that this year), it can still be a stressful time, whether you're cooking for a large group, dealing with tricky family dynamics, or shopping for the perfect gift. The good news? If your mom, sister, bestie, or partner are into fitness or wellness, the below guide should be the first place you look for inspiration.
Whether you need something for a runner, cyclist, yogi, or simply a trendy self-care item for that friend who's obsessed with TikTok, keep scrolling for the presents they're bound to love.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Under Armour Adult Sports Mask
Masks aren't going anywhere, so it's important to find an option that you're not only comfortable wearing every day, but also won't feel stifling during your workouts — makign this a perfect fitness gift idea for 2020. This one from Under Armour is soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, and sits away from your face. The inner fabric lining has an anti-microbial treatment to maintain freshness, as well as technology to help it feel cool to the touch for as long as you wear it, which is crucial for sweaty runs or HIIT sessions. Plus, the outer shell is water-resistant, so it won't feel wet or soggy even if you get caught in a light snowfall.
For the Gym Goer: Dagne Dover Medium Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffle Bag
Okay hear us out: While you and your friends may not be going to the gym or your fitness studio right now — thanks to closures from COVID — this neoprene duffle will come in handy when they do reopen, as well as for weekend getaways, or even toting your workout stuff to a nearby park. It boasts a 13-inch padded laptop sleeve, a removable laundry/shoe bag, two interior pouches for water bottles, and one exterior pocket perfect for stashing your phone or passport while traveling.
Buy It: Dagne Dover Medium Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffle Bag, $155, nordstrom.com
For the Athlete: Theragun Mini
This compact massage gun may be mini in size but that doesn't mean it's not mighty. It's the ideal post-workout recovery tool, since it relieves cramps, knots, tightness and tension with the help of three speeds that offer 1,750, 2,100, and 2,400 percussions per minute. Bonus: The portable design and quiet motor make it convenient to take and use anywhere. Give this to a loved one, and you're essentially handing them a lifetime of sports massages — making this one of the best fitness gifts out there. (Related: The Best Massage Gun for Post-Workout Recovery, According to Trainers, Athletes, and Medical Professionals)
For the Yogi: Manduka Pro Yoga and Pilates Mat
For the yogi in your life, consider giving them a fitness gift that will seriously benefit their practice. One of Amazon's top-selling exercise mats, this Manduka pick has logged over 3,700 five-star ratings. It has super plush cushioning that offers support, stability, and joint protection as you flow, while the closed-cell construction prevents moisture from absorbing into the mat, which keeps bacteria buildup at bay. (Related: This Lululemon Yoga Mat Got Me Through 200 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training)
For the Music Lover: Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones
Toss these noise-canceling, wireless headphones in your gym bag, purse, or carry-on when you're on the go — or wear them to listen to music at home while your S.O., roommate, or family members are WFH. They have up to 30 hours of battery life with quick charging (just 10 minutes of charge time gives you five hours of playback), touch sensor controls to easily pause, play, skip tracks, and answer phone calls, and speak-to-chat technology, which automatically reduces volume during conversations. Your BFF who loves to jam out to their favorite playlists will adore this headset.
For the Cardio Fan: Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity High Waisted Glitter Running Leggings
From celeb-loved brand Sweaty Betty, these leggings are made of ultra-lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric with a compressive fit and high waistband, making them great for everything from running and cycling to kickboxing and Pilates. They also have a nifty zip pocket at the back for your keys or credit card and a side pocket that will actually fit your smartphone. Not to mention, the glittery, festive fabric is totally on point as a fitness gift for the holiday season.
For the Techie: Apple Watch Series 6
The latest Apple Watch Series 6 has all of the features you love — it can track your activity, heart rate, and 80 different types of exercises, from running to swimming to strength training — plus a slew of new ones, including a blood oxygen sensor. The always-on display allows you to view your metrics easily, and the GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts right from your wrist. Plus, you can sync your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks and have them at the ready whenever you need to sneak in a workout. Not to mention, Apple is about to drop their new streaming service, Fitness+, and you'll need an Apple Watch to take advantage.
For the Runner: Hoka One One Clifton 7
Hoka One One has a reputation in the running world for being one of the best brands, and this everyday running shoe certainly delivers for both beginners and marathoners. (Not to mention, Britney Spears is a fan, too!) It has a soft, lightweight design, a breathable mesh upper, a plush collar that takes pressure off your Achilles, and a convenient pull tab at the heel to make slipping them on and off a breeze. Even if you're not a runner, this is still a great pick for walking, errands, and studio classes.
For the Cyclist: Roka x Machines GP-1 In Palerma
Cyclists will love these lightweight performance frames, since they're made to stay put on your face and boast fingerprint-resistant lenses. Machines for Freedom's Palerma print is combined with rose gold mirrored lenses — great for sunny and slightly overcast conditions — and the frameless upper allows an unrestricted view for commuters and mountain bikers.
For the Germaphobe: LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle
Germaphobes (who isn't one these days?) will love this stainless steel flask. It's reusable, rechargeable, and self-cleaning — yep, it uses a digital UV-C LED light to purify the water every two hours (or whenever you press the button). The sleek, durable design ensures you can take it to your workout classes and also leave it out on your desk without it being an eyesore. Another perk: A portion of the proceeds are donated to 1% For The Planet, so you can feel good about your purchase, too.
For the Zen Friend: Ora Advanced Acupressure Kit
Need a wellness gift for a friend into more holistic practices? Snap up these ear seeds and magnets, which can help her reap the therapeutic benefits of acupressure at home. ICYDK, acupressure is an alternative medicine, similar to acupuncture, in which physical pressure is applied to specific points on the body with the aim to clear blockages (i.e. different points in your ear may help relieve pain in other parts of your body like your tonsils, arms, or even gallbladder). You'll meet with an acupuncturist in a virtual session, who will guide you through application and treatment, so even beginners can feel comfortable giving it a try.
For the Trend Follower: Bala Bangles
If you want wearable weights for your ankles or wrists, but still want to keep fashion in mind, these cult-favorite, lightweight bangles (they're loved by celebs and are all over TikTok!) deliver on both style and function. Each weighs one pound, and reviewers love that they help add a little extra burn during yoga, aerobics, Pilates, core training, or even while doing errands.
For the Feminist: Awe Inspired Woman Power Goddess Charm Necklace
Whether for your mom, sister, best friend, or partner, this 14k gold necklace is perfect for anyone that likes a bit of bling, even while meditating or working out at home. This charm combines the Venus symbol with a protesting fist, and is adorned with a protective purple amethyst stone, associated with abundance and enlightenment. And if you need more gift ideas for your feminist friends, look to Awe Inspired's collection of charm necklaces, featuring powerful women, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Harriet Tubman, and Greek goddesses like Athena.