It is that time of year where we start to wrack our brains for Christmas gift ideas for our loved ones. If you are like me I hate to give pointless presents or just ‘stuff’ which will end up as clutter so I try to be as thoughtful as I can with gifts so that they will actually be used and enjoyed!
There is probably one person we know that is into their fitness, goes to the gym and likes to be active, so with no further ado this is the ultimate gift guide for the fitness lover in your life.
For someone just starting out on their yoga journey this Essential Yoga Kit from Nike would be perfect as it contains a mat, strap and block for the bargain price of £29.
Low impact bras are perfect for yoga as they are comfy and not so restrictive on the body. I love this gorgeous pastel pink dri-fit bra from Nike.
Grip socks are only something I have come across recently but they would be so ideal for the colder months to keep the toes warm! These Yoga Mad grip socks start from £11.99.
I have never tried Harem trousers for yoga, however I have heard great things. These Onzie printed pair are gorgeous.
Mesh panelled leggings are what’s missing from my yoga wardrobe. If you practise hot yoga like I do you will appreciate the cooling mesh panels in these Onzie stirrup leggings.
The environment you practice yoga in is pretty important as you want it to be in a comfortable and relaxed state. This Mio Skincare Stress-Free Space Spray made from lavender, chamomile and lemon is guaranteed to set the space for successful practice.
If you really want to spoil someone this Manduka Yogitoes yoga mat is so stunning in it’s design any yogi would love it.
The Gym Goer
A must-have for the gym is a bottle of water and it guaranteed to be used time and time again. This gorgeous Swell bottle would be perfect if you really want to spoil someone.
An affordable but practical gift would be a pack of resistance bands, and you can get them off Amazon from as little as £8.
An important part of training is the recovery afterwards and this Nike foam roller would do the trick.
A gym bag is pretty important and can get tattered after a while especially if being used numerous times a week. There are so many options nowadays so you are likely to find something to fit your style. If you want simple yet durable this black Nike gym bag is great and big enough to fit all your kit in, however if you’re looking for something more colourful and patterned this Rip Curl gym bag could suit you. If you are looking for something a bit more stylish this black Kurt Geiger croc bag could suit your needs, or this pink Fiorelli shoulder bag.
A must-have when I go running is a runner belt to keep my keys and emergency money in. This one from Nike is what I personally use and it’s perfect for small objects. Here is another one from Nike which is even smaller if you like to feel like you aren’t wearing one – just £17. Another option for you and this even has a bottle holder!
Keep your neck, ears or head warm with this versatile CRAFT neck tube which can easily be changed from a neck warmer to a headband. this would make a great stocking filler for men or women as it is unisex.
An arm pouch is also a favourite of runners as it keeps your phone from jumping up and down in a pocket and connects to your headphones with ease as it’s outside of your clothing. Nike bought out this arm pouch in a black and white striped pattern. Hama Active sports have a pouch with built in reflective strips for those darker runs.
Base layers are important for those who exercise outside in the colder months. This CRAFT Sportswear Active Intensity base layer is high performing as retails at £34. Nike have a ribbed turtle neck base layer which would definitely keep you warm.
It is important to protect your boobs when you run so supportive sports bras are a must have. This simple Shock Absorber black bra would do just the job, or if you are looking for something a little more colourful this Shock Absorber pink and purple bra may be just what you are looking for.
Swimwear company Deakin & Blue create feminine, supportive and flattering swimwear to suit everybody. They sell both one and two pieces with bust sizes ranging from AA to HH cup.
Philip Kingsley has created Swimcap which is a product to put on your hair to protect it from the harsh chemicals in swimming pool water.
I have only recently gotten into wearing swimming costumers and I love this black Nike costume from ASOS. For colour lovers Hobie have this multicoloured swimming costume or Ripcurl have this pretty blue and white pattern costume which you can pick up on ASOS.
I just had to include this Miu Miu swimming cap which is modeled on versions from the 60s and 70s.
For just £17.50 you can grab a Cycling Set from Marks & Spencer which includes a sports bottle, puncture repair kit, two bike lights and a bike multi-tool.
This Hey! Holla tote bag at £20 would suit anyone who loves to ride on two wheels. Perfect for fitting all of your gym kit in too when you spend time off the bike.
Looking to really spoil someone? This LNDR lightweight waterproof jacket would be perfect for the wet morning bike rides. Or for a more affordable option what about this Reebok blue and pink jacket on ASOS.
To my surprise there is a lot of clothing out there with bikes on…Maybe a little out there but what about this bike shirt from Paul Smith? Or more understated I found this bike tie also from Paul Smith, a bike PJ set and even bike cufflinks!
The Tech Lover
Fitness trackers/watches are very big right now, some love them, some hate them. For the lovers I have found some from different companies at different budgets. Of course I am going to start with the TomTom Spark 3 Cardio as I use this one myself! The Misfit Shine 2 is a product I have recently come across. I love the sleek design however it doesn’t have as many features as the TomTom, and this is evident from the price of £49.99. For everyday use the Fitbit Alta may be the perfect gift.
One thing I hate to leave at home when I go to the gym is my headphones. The Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones are on my Christmas list this year and it isn’t hard to see why. These Philips ActionFit hook earphones are very affordable (£19.99) and sweat/water resistant.
Subscription boxes have become a huge business this year and there are many out there of different price ranges to try: My Vitamins Snack Box (from £12.99), Fitty London (from £29.00), Active Monthly (from £11.99), Muscle Crate (from £15.00), Yogi & Bare Box (from £19.99), BodBox (from £17.50), Fuel The Crew (from £14.99), Fit For You Box (from £16.99) and The Fit Box (from £14.99.)
A sports massage voucher would be a great gift for the fitness lover in your life always talking about their aches and pains. We all know you should get regular massages if you train hard but who has the money and time? Most of us don’t. That’s why a voucher would make a great gift so they can just book themselves in whenever suits! Try looking on discount websites such as Groupon, Wowcher, Red Letter Days and Treatwell to find offers near you.
How about treating someone to a workout plan? Award winning PT Hollie Grant has created The Model Method described as a holistic exercise, nutrition and wellbeing guide. “The Model Method Online will help you learn to love your body again by targeting your physical fitness as well as your mental health.”
I hope this has helped to give you some ideas for the active person in your life! Happy shopping!
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