A box of chocolates? A tin of homemade cookies? Those are probably not the best gifts for your fitness loving friends.
As the holiday season nears, never fear. There are amazing gifts that you, the fitness lover, might want to put on your list, or use as stocking stuffers or under the tree treasures for those health conscious athletes in your life.
Here is the Ultimate Fitness Gift Guide:
BOSE QUIETCONTROL 30 WIRELESS HEADPHONES. They’re the five-star selection when it comes to earbuds, but Bose nails it with technology that creates your own concert hall without any outside noise. They’re also lightweight and engineered for Bluetooth. $299 at www.bose.com
BOMBAS SOCK TECH. Runners and gym enthusiasts agree that once you put on a pair of Bombas, regular socks just won’t do. These include a special honeycomb arch support system. Plus, for every pair purchased a pair gets donated. $45.60 for a four pack at www.bombas.com
YAMUNA BODY ROLLING FOOT WALKERS. These little gold half balls are great for runners, lifters and cyclists. Step on them daily to stimulate the feet and improve circulation. Includes an instructional DVD. $69.95 from www.amazon.com
BOWFLEX SELECTTECH 552 ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLS. Sold in a pair, each dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds, adjusting in 2. 5-pound increments up to the first 25 pounds. You can easily switch from one exercise to the next without being surrounded by multiple dumbbells. $259. bowflex.com
RESISTANCE BAND SET. Black mountain makes a set that includes a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise cart and carrying case. The bands include yellow (2-4 lbs.), blue (4 to 6 lbs.), green (10-12 lbs.), black (15-20 lbs.) and red (25-30 lbs.) $39.99. www.amazon.com
WATERPROOF IPOD SHUFFLE SWIMBUDS. For the swimmers in your life here’s a gift that brings music into the pool. These waterbuds promise that they’re designed for flip turns and those who have an Olympian stroke. They also have a short cord perfect to wrap around goggle straps. $139 at www.underwateraudio.com
PROCIZION SPIRAL SLICER. Got a raw foodist in your life or someone who just went Paleo? Goodbye flour and hello carb free veggie pasta. This is a great gift because it also includes a peeler and cleaning brush. $16.97 at www.amazon.com
NIKE THERMA-SPHERE MAX TRAINING JACKET. Baby, it’s cold outside, which is no excuse to miss your morning jog. This jacket is lightweight, water-resistant and has a special three-layer stretch created with wetsuit technology. The genius thing is it blocks cold and traps the warmth close to your body, but doesn’t promote sweat. $185 at www.Nike.com
LULUEMON T.H.E. SHORT. Created for men and women, this hugely popular brand makes shorts that are perfect for anything fitness related from Cross-Fit to a spin class. They’re amazingly durable (wash without fabric softener to make them last), comfortable and they resist sweat. $64 at www.Lululemon.com
LULULEMON RUN WITH ME GLOVES. While you’re shopping Lulu, you’ll find a great stocking stuffer for her with warm, slim-fit gloves with tech-friendly fingers to change songs. An added plus is the gloves go well past wrists for extra coverage. $28 at www.Lululemon.com
MANDUKA PRO YOGA AND PILATES MAT. If you have a yoga enthusiast in your life then they need a new mat for the new year. This mat is extra long at 85: x26” and 6 mm thick. It features closed-cell surface to keep moisture and sweat from sweeping into the mat and breeding bacteria. It also features a high-density cushion for joint protection. $88 to $163 at www.manduka.com
ZELLA “SKINNY MINNIE” HEADBANDS. Need a quick stocking stuffer for her? Zella makes thin headbands that keep long hair under control during that Zumba class, while still looking fashionable. $16 at www.Nordstrom.com
FITBIT ARIA WI-FI SMART SCALE. Because you need to know the numbers to keep on track. This scale does more than just indicate your weight, but this Wi-Fi smart scale also displays your body fat percentage and Body Mass Index (BMI) $129 at www.Dickssportinggoods.com