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9 Gift Ideas for Your Athletic Friend This Holiday Season

December 16, 2019

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Fitness is such a personal choice that it can be difficult to buy a gift for someone who’s all-in on athletics. If you’re stumped on what to get for the work-out freak in your life, here are some suggestions we love from across the fitness world that will please even the most hardcore athlete on your list.

Hoka One One Carbon X

Sitting at the top of many “best shoes of 2019” lists is the Hoka One One Carbon X. Hoka’s shoes are known for being highly cushioned without being feeling squishy. The Carbon X adds a carbon plate to give runners a firm and bouncy step that is designed for maximum propulsiveness.

There are real results behind the Carbon X: American long-distance runner Jim Walmsley set a world record for the 50-mile marathon wearing a pair of Carbon X shoes in May.


Swell Water Bottle

We all pretend we don’t care, but it sure is nice having a pretty water bottle. Luckily, Swell provides plenty of options for clean, simple, effective water bottles in a kaleidoscope of colors and stylish patterns. From tall, thin bottles to thick, squat tumblers, there’s a bottle for every size, but we love the 17oz bottle in Teakwood ($35).

Swell’s bottles are made with insulated stainless steel that keeps water cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12!) They’re BPA-free, reusable – and did we mention the colors? 


Manduka PRO Yoga Mat

It can be tough to find the right yoga mat–so much of the search is up to personal preference. What is ideal for one person might be too thin for another. A mat that is more than ¼ thick can leave you feeling unconnected to the earth or even unbalance you in tree pose. Portability matters too: how easily can you roll it up, and how small is it when you do?

The Manduka PRO Yoga Mat ($120) is the Cadillac of yoga mats: grippy and dense, with moisture preventing construction to keep it from getting too funky. It even rolls up nice and tight for easy carry to and from the studio.


Jabra Elite 65t Active wireless headphones

Nobody wants to work out to the generic EDM that thumps through most gyms, and nothing is more motivating on an outdoor run than your running mixtape. The days of untangling headphone cables and accidentally ripping your earbuds out while running are over, thanks to the Jabra Elite 65t Active ($249.99) wireless earbuds.

The reason these are specifically handy for exercise is their 2-year warranty against dust and sweat. They boast an impressive 5-hour battery life but their most intriguing feature is the staggering amount of customization available in the companion app: control everything from music, phone calls, and preferred voice assistant (Siri, Alexa, Google, etc.) to the amount of noise canceling allowed through their “hearthrough” system.

Muse 2 Headband

Meditation has proven health and wellness benefits but it can be tough to measure your success with it. Muse 2 ($299.99), the brain-sensing headband, uses a sophisticated series of sensors to track your brainwaves and give you real-time feedback on how calm or busy your mind is as you meditate.

The headband itself is great, but it’s only half the story. The Muse Guided Meditation Bundle ($424.98) comes with a 1-year subscription that includes a wealth of guided meditation practices by top meditation experts, as well as dynamic soundscapes that react to your brainwaves to help you focus and find calm.

Perfect for someone in your life who’s interested in meditation but doesn’t know where to start.

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Hair Elastics & Bobby Pins!

There’s no link here for a fancy, space-age, sweat-wicking hair elastic or anything, but every single person we spoke to in researching this article included a plentiful supply of hair elastics and bobby pins in their gym bag must-haves.

If you are looking to upgrade your hair-control situation, you can’t go wrong with Invisibobble’s traceless hair rings ($7.85).


 LARQ Bottle

The LARQ Bottle is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. It uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle.

It comes in a whole range of colors, from black/graphite to lavender/rose gold, so there’s one for everyone on your list who wants to take charge of their fitness tracking. In addition, it will keep cold water chilled for up to 24 hours.Larq water bottle

Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

It’s easy to overlook the importance of a good gym towel. Not any old bath towel will do–a gym towel has specific needs like odor control, quick-drying, and portability.

The Rainleaf microfiber towel ($7.99) checks all the boxes and comes in a variety of vibrant colors. It even includes a handy carrying bag to keep it separate from the rest of your gym bag.



Theragun G3 Pro

Great for the athlete in your life who is constantly asking you for a massage after their workouts, the Theragun G3 Pro ($399.00) is a deep muscle treatment device that uses rapid, repetitive strokes to stimulate blood flow to tired, aching muscles.

The Theragun claims it can speed up recovery after a workout and improves muscle strength and flexibility.

It’s not just for arms and legs – the adjustable neck can reach all the way to the lower back for muscle relief and stimulation in hard-to-reach places. Relieve knots, cramps, and spasms without paying for a massage or straining your own hands.




Need more ideas? Here are some other gift guides we found for the fitness lover in your life!

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See our other Gift Guides:

  1. Biohacker Gift Guide
  2. For the Athlete in Your Life
  3. Wellness Enthusiast’s Gift Guide
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