If you’re on the hunt for gifts for the fitness lovers in your life, you’re in the right place. The items below are practical and may give your friends and family the motivation to freshen up their game or start a new routine.
From water bottles and yoga props to free weights and high tech gear, we’ve hand-selected items that are useful, durable, and stylish. And if you’re looking to splurge a little on a gift for a loved one (or for yourself), we’ve got you covered.
Continue reading to see our top fitness gift picks for this holiday season.
To make our selections, we considered the following:
- Price: This list includes quality products at several price points, offering value for the cost and suiting different budgets.
- Usefulness: People can easily use these items to add to their existing fitness routine or kick-start something brand-new.
- Great gifts: Not only are these products useful, but they also make excellent gifts for various occasions. Many are items that recipients might not buy for themselves.
- Positive feedback: We selected products that have mostly positive reviews, and we reached out to our Healthline colleagues and writers for their top picks.
- Vetting: The products on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.
Best under $25
The Radian Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker Bottle features a steel blender ball, a wide-mouth lid for easy cleaning, and a drinking cap that’s easy to twist open and closed. It’s available in seven colors and has a detachable loop so you can attach it to a bag strap.
The inner marks include both milliliters and ounces, and the tapered, insulated cup fits easily in most cupholders, making this a great option if you’re buying for someone who likes to whip up a shake before heading out the door.
A yoga strap and a pair of blocks are versatile tools for supporting a home yoga or stretching practice. You can use them to encourage alignment, lengthen your body, and make certain poses more accessible.
The strap and blocks are excellent for supporting deep openings and longer holds during Yin and restorative poses. They’re also lightweight and portable, which is handy for travel.
Yoga blocks are a favorite workout accessory of Healthline Associate Editor Cat Staskawicz: “I love using them for stretching and mobility work. They’re a great way to add a little extra height under my hands when I need it.”
Best under $50
This mat is a favorite among yoga teachers and practitioners alike. It’s available in an array of beautiful two-sided designs that add aesthetic appeal to its functional benefits.
The lightweight mat is thick enough to provide gentle support during seated and supine postures. The nontoxic PVC material provides grip and prevents slippage during standing and balancing poses.
Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, says, “The Gaiam Premium mat has been my go-to for years. The extra padding is super helpful during certain yoga poses, and it provides great grip even during hot yoga classes. Plus, the designs are beautiful, making it a great gift.”
If you’re shopping for someone who likes to track their workout data, you may want to consider the CooSpo H808S. With its comfortable strap and reliable heart rate readings, this chest strap heart rate monitor is popular among runners, cyclists, and gym-goers alike.
It features both Bluetooth and ANT+ capabilities, so it’s compatible with a wide variety of third-party apps like Peloton and Strava and can connect to fitness trackers, watches, and gym equipment.
It also boasts up to 300 hours of battery life and has a replaceable battery, so you don’t have to worry about charging it.
Best workout clothing
prAna offers a range of Fair Trade Certified clothing for men and women in sustainable materials, including hemp, recycled wool, and organic cotton. The company has attire for workouts and outdoor activities like hiking and climbing, plus lots of options for casual, comfortable everyday wear.
You can also buy a gift card online, which prAna emails to the recipient. They can use the card online or at prAna’s two physical stores in the United States.
“I love prAna’s Caslelo shorts — they’re comfortable enough to work out in and still stylish enough to wear all day,” says McGrane. “The moisture-wicking fabric is super stretchy and soft, plus they have roomy pockets and UPF 50+ sun protection.”
The Stretch Zion II Pants are another one of McGrane’s favorites, especially for hiking, thanks to their lightweight yet durable fabric.
Best home gym equipment
Give the gift of versatility with the Whatafit Resistance Bands Set. This set also includes a door anchor, handles, and a carrying bag, making it a good choice for people who have limited space or travel often.
Resistance bands are an efficient tool for building strength, stability, and mobility. You can use these bands individually or combine them for up to 150 pounds (lb), or 68 kilograms (kg), of resistance, so it’s easy to increase the challenge of your workouts as you get stronger.
Several customers remark that this set offers a lot of value for the cost.
The Starter Kit is a set of steel weights covered in silicone for a sleek, easy-to-clean addition to your home gym. It includes a power ring, which Bala says is a blend of a kettlebell and a dumbbell; two bars; and two bangles for your wrists or ankles.
Available in a range of subdued colors, these weights can freshen up your workouts and take up very little space.
Healthline Copy Editor Anne Arntson recommends the Bala Bangles, saying, “I’ve been using Bala Bangles to add a little more resistance to my Pilates and barre classes, and I love that they aren’t scratchy like some other wearable weights. In fact, they’re so comfortable that sometimes I forget I’m wearing them.”
The Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell uses a dial mechanism to quickly adjust from 8 to 40 lb (3.6–18.1 kg). It takes the place of six kettlebells, so it’s an incredibly useful gift for anyone who has limited workout space or is looking to build a home gym.
The handle is wide enough to accommodate two-handed exercises, and the compact design makes it easy to store. Plus, the weight attaches to a flat base that protects your floors from scratches, scuffs, and dents.
Many customers say the Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell is sturdy, durable, and worth the price, noting that it’s a budget-friendly option when compared to a full set of traditional kettlebells.
Best fitness tracker
If you have someone on your list who’s interested in learning more about their health or looking for a way to track their activity throughout the day, consider the Fitbit Charge 5.
The Charge 5 is the most advanced Fitbit fitness and health tracker, featuring built-in GPS, stress management, and heart rate tracking. It can also track your mood, breathing rate, and sleep patterns.
The sleek, minimal design is available in three colors and comfortable enough for all-day wear.
Healthline Editor II Alice Porter appreciates the durability and easy-to-use interface of the Charge 5, noting that “it’s a good option for people who are new to using a fitness tracker or who want a really versatile device.”
Sennheiser headphones are a favorite of many DJs, musicians, and sound engineers, and the company makes several models of earbuds as well. A great choice for workouts, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds are splash-resistant and have silicone fins for a secure fit.
These wireless earbuds feature active noise cancellation to block background noise during calls and a transparency mode that lets you hear what’s going on around you while you’re out for a run or at the gym.
What’s more, the earbuds offer up to 7 hours of playback time plus 28 hours of operating time for the charging case.
Reviewers frequently mention that the sound quality of these earbuds is outstanding.
Best for recovery
You can incorporate the TriggerPoint GRID 1.0 Foam Roller into a stretching routine or use it as a massager to help you recover from a strenuous workout.
The multi-density foam surface of the hollow core roller delivers therapeutic pressure and can help boost blood flow to sore, tight muscles.
The GRID 1.0 Foam Roller is another accessory Staskawicz likes to keep on hand.
“I’ve definitely appreciated having this foam roller around on days when my calves have been a little extra sore, and I’ve also used it as a prop during mobility work,” she says.
Weighing just 1.4 lb (0.6 kg), the super-portable Theragun Mini runs quietly across its 3 speed settings and boasts 150 minutes of battery life. The compact device can be helpful for relieving muscle knots, tension, and soreness.
The Theragun Mini comes with a standard ball attachment and is compatible with all fourth-generation attachments if you want to mix up your usual massage and target different muscle groups.
“The Theragun Mini is a great alternative to some of Theragun’s other bigger, more expensive massage guns,” explains Healthline writer Jamey Powell. “It runs quietly, and it’s super easy to take with you on road trips or to the gym.”
A subscription to the Peloton App is a nice gift for someone who’s interested in trying a variety of fitness styles such as indoor cycling and treadmill workouts, Pilates and yoga classes, strength training, and more. You can choose from live and on-demand classes, many of which don’t require any equipment.
The Peloton App is available for use on your phone, tablet, computer, and TV, making it easy to stream classes from anywhere. Plus, it’s compatible with other devices such as heart rate monitors, fitness equipment, and smartwatches.
Healthline Senior Associate Sydney Hanan appreciates the wide variety of classes available and how easy it is to filter classes by duration, difficulty level, instructor, music, and more.
She notes, “The instructors are engaging, plus they do a great job demonstrating each exercise and providing modifications. I also really like that I can take a class whenever it fits my schedule.”
While it’s on the pricier side, the NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike is a top-of-the-line model that boasts a -10% decline to a 20% incline. It also has Automatic Trainer Control, a feature that can automatically adjust your resistance and incline to match your trainer’s settings.
The bike is equipped with a 22-inch (56-centimeter) touch screen that rotates, so you can view live and on-demand classes through the iFit app even if you’re not on the bike. Plus, the bike comes with a set of 3-lb (1.4-kg) dumbbells to help you mix up your workout routine.
Additionally, the dual-sided pedals mean you have the option of wearing ordinary sneakers or SPD-compatible bike cleats.
To learn more about the NordicTrack S22i, check out our in-depth review.
Like the SelectTech 840 Kettlebell, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells feature a dial mechanism that allows you to easily adjust the weight in 2.5- and 5-lb (1.1- and 2.3-kg) increments from 5 to 52.5 lb (2.3–23.8 kg).
This dumbbell set replaces 15 pairs of dumbbells, saving space and increasing your workout options.
“While it took me a little while to get used to the shape and size of the SelectTech 552 dumbbells, I really appreciated how little space they took up compared to traditional dumbbell sets,” says Healthline writer Jessica Timmons. “They’re also a lot quieter, which makes them a great option for people living in shared spaces or apartments.”
You can read more about the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells in our full review.