’Tis almost the season for gift-giving! Here are some suggestions for the fitness-focused cuties in your life. Many of the items listed here come in multiple colors and styles to suit your gifting needs. They’re organized by price range (shipping costs not included) with a note about which sports they match best. For stocking stuffers, think elastic headbands, trial-size protein powder, or an iTunes gift card for updating a favorite workout playlist. Happy shopping, and enjoy the benefit of all those post-exercise endorphins!
$5 – $10 RangeLet’s start with some small-but-mighty items. A workout journal is perfect for anyone who tracks their progress and personal records. This one has waterproof paper, which will help it stand up to sweat and last longer in a gym bag. For someone who’s into contact sports — boxing, rugby, derby and more — consider a mouthguard case. (True story: When I got my first mouthguard for boxing, I carried it around in a plastic sandwich bag. It was gross. Don’t let your favorite athlete go the sandwich-bag route.) This ventilated case will keep a mouthguard clean, and it has a carabiner clip to easily attach to a workout bag. A jump rope is a portable, affordable workout staple. This brand can be adjusted to work with heights from 4’9” to 6’6”, and would suit CrossFit athletes, boxers, and general fitness fans. Wrist wraps are another winner for boxers and MMA fighters: they provide hand and wrist protection and support. Everlast is a well-known brand with a basic array of colors, but if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching, other brands offer a more adventurous selection. (There are also 120” wraps, but the 180” ones create more padding and therefore more protection.)
$10 – $20 RangeKicking off this category is one of my personal favorites: Beasty Chalk. This liquid chalk keeps grip strong even when palms get sweaty. Bonus: It can be used in gyms that don’t allow loose chalk. The Gorilla formula is best for powerlifters and Olympic lifters, and the Monkey formula is best for CrossFit athletes. Give the gift of warmth and protected shins with these super cute Queer Pride knee-highs from Sock Dreams! They’ll be loved by powerlifters, Olympic lifters, soccer and derby players, bikers … probably everyone, honestly. Resistance bands are great for exercise on the go, whether that’s a quick morning bodyweight routine at home or getting workouts in while traveling. These bands fold up into an included carrying pouch so they’re easy to pack. For the hot yogi in your life, consider this yoga mat towel. It fits on top of a yoga mat, helping absorb sweat and prevent slipping. (Pair it with a 5-visit studio pass for an even fancier gift.) A valve-top water bottle is most excellent for exercising because you don’t have to touch the lid to open it, so whatever is on your hands mid-workout—sweat, dirt, chalk, general gym funk—doesn’t end up on your mouth. Finally, the Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar from LUSH is specially made for post-workout relaxation. It’s scented with warming cinnamon and peppermint oils, and has whole adzuki beans embedded in the bar to give it a pleasing texture. And it’s vegan and cruelty-free! Give it to someone you’d like to massage.