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Just like that, holiday season is upon us. Technically, we still have a bit of good weather to enjoy, a chance to take in some outdoor activity before winter really takes hold.
Fitness fanatics know no season. They do, of course, but it doesn't seem like it. They just adapt—moving that morning summer jog to the treadmill or that open-air yoga session to the office, preferably next to the heater. These types don't let shorter days (or anything, for that matter) get in the way of their routine.
Are we talking about you, or perhaps somebody you know? Well, with gift-giving season ahead, we've got gym lovers on the mind. We admire their dedication and tenacity and think they deserve something special in 2023. After all, it's really hard to get up while it's dark and log a new personal best.
What are the best gifts for gym lovers? Fortunately, the WH editors put the work in, finalizing a fierce list of 50 amazing fitness gifts that will enhance workouts, inspire new active hobbies, monitor health, and more. Some great examples include this functional sports bra, this do-it-all smartwatch, and these gym-friendly shoes.
Read on for the best 48 fitness gifts to shop for all your last-minute holiday gift-giving this year!
Clifton 9 Running Sneakers
Hoka has become synonymous with running, a company that excels not only at engineering a durable running shoe, but one with some much-needed color too. Jogging is far from boring and your kicks should reflect that.
Read more: Hoka Cliton 9 Review
Kinetic Adjustable Sports Bra
Plainly put, it's no fun doing anything with a poor sports bra, let along prolonged physical activity. That's not a concern here as this high-impact sports bra from ThirdLove is exceptional, boasting adjustable straps, no tag and wireless built-in cups.
Speaking of shoes, we love these trainers. Ideal for high-impact workouts like weight training and conditioning drills, these shoes are tough as steel but soft on the sole. We love the rubber outsole, which functions like a 360-degree bumper.
Women's Gripper Ankle Sock 4-Pack
A workout is only as good as the feet feel (standing workouts, at least). Pamper them with these gripper ankle socks, available in an assortment of colors. Your fitness friend will love the cushioned footbed and how they grip the ground.
Future Virtual Gym Membership
Even the most motivated need an assist sometimes. This virtual membership sets your fitness friend up with the coaching they need to reach new physical heights. The routines are backed by real data and tailored to the individual.
What makes a yoga mat better than the rest? A great color scheme, plenty of padding and zero-slip surface. It's as high-performing as her yoga regimen.
Van Cordandt Shorts
The religious runner in your life will love these shorts, perfectly cut and made with Tracksmith's special mesh. Lightweight with microbial properties, these shorts stay odor-free and are built to run.
Nova Sling Bag
Gym rats know they don't need a standard duffle. A smaller sling bag will do just fine, keeping your routine easy and efficient. There's a lot to like, from the recycled plastic exterior and phone pocket to the hand-free nature of the thing.
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Fitness fanatics need a watch as fanatical as they are. This is that watch, with all the fitness settings and health data needed to break through new barriers. Best, it wears great during prime workout time.
Sport Electrolyte Tablets
No need to lug around the Gatorade when you can pop a pill into your water and get the same electrolyte boost. They come in four flavors and are ideal for replenishing the body after a hearty and strenuous workout.
Infrared Sauna Blanket
The harder you work out, the more important good recovery becomes. This is a great gift for the most intense member of your fitness squad, a luxe sauna experience they can throw on like a blanket. Great for rejuvenation and keeping muscles loose, it improves blood flow and results in some serious and important relaxation.
Oh, what a magical stick. Your fitness buff friend will love the relief they get from this plant-based balm. Apply it to any sore areas on the body. It's like Icy Hot, only better.
Got a bonafide yogi in your life? Treat them to some top-notch stretchy pants with this pair. High-waisted with a drawstring tie, they stretch every direction and wick like nobody's business.
Lightweight Performance Hijab
Here's a great gift for the hijab-wearing fitness lover in your life. It's a sporty take on the traditional head covering, designed for running and training. There's added room in the back for her bun or ponytail too.
Women's TechLoom Pro
These shoes are great for the gym, offering a cool knit upper and some major comfort. As APL says, it's a shoe at the crossroads of luxury and performance.
TRX BANDIT® PRO KIT
Fitness folks know the benefit of resistance training. Set them up with a proper set of bands with this handy kit. Created by a Navy SEAL, they're the response to many critiques of more traditional training devices, offering a great handle for maximum control and grip.
The Jump Rope
The ultimate cross-training exercise, jump roping is great for the body and mind. It requires focus and stamina and fitness fanatics can't get enough of it. Well, here's a great rope fit for some sweaty hopping sessions.
Some in the fitness camp like to take it to the next level, early and often. We can't imagine a better or more comfortable way to do so than with this weighted vest. It fits wonderfully and makes the entire workout that might more challenging (er, rewarding).
The Get Moving Pleated Skort, 14"
We love a good skort, the love child of shorts and a skirt. This one is the chosen child, sculpting nicely and wicking away moisture. It even offers SPF 50+ protection.
Pack Away Jacket
The eco-minded jacket is as cool as it is sustainable. Made with recycled polyester and treated to a waterproof coating, the jacket has a zip-up neck, reflective sleeves and soft jersey lining inside the collar.
There's a reason this small duffel boasts over 4,000 positive reviews. They are soft, washable, water-resistant, and wrinkle-free and can store all of your gym and travel essentials.
Fast And Free Run Belt
Belt bags are all the rage right now. They can store their phone, keys, and wallet in this waterproof, uber lightweight, and minimalist pouch that can go with them from their run to brunch and errands afterwards.
Protein + Pre-Workout Bundle
Gift them with the full pre and post-workout package with this protein bundle subscription. It comes with green samples, a free bottle, hydration samplers. To make it even more personalized they can choose which flavors and proteins they want in the mix.
Oura Ring Horizon
Our editor-in-chief Liz Plosser, executive health and fitness director Jacqueline Andriakos, and senior commerce editor Neha Tandon are all obsessed with their stylish Oura rings. The new tracker design, called Horizon, is water resistant, ultra lightweight, and even tracks sleep with a battery life that lasts up to seven days. It also now comes in rose gold. Cute!
Perfect for throwing on post-workout, this stylish puffer jacket offers ample warmth without a ton of bulk. You can also choose from seven other bold colors.
Women's Recovery Slide Sandals
If they're always complaining about how sore they are, they will *love* these recovery sandals as much as us editors here at Women's Health do. I wish there was touch-o-vision so you could feel how incredibly soft and supportive they are.
Water Bottle Holder
Sometimes all you want is a bag that properly fits even a large water bottle on all those mental health walks. This one is adorable, yes, but also features additional pockets for essentials like keys, your wallet, and more. You'll wanna buy one for yourself too, trust.
Made of silicone and stainless steel, smash this editor-loved, BPA-free silver bottle to half its size for them to wedge it in their gym bag with ease. It's perfect for the friend who’s always on-the-go but wants to pack light. And, duh—its spiral design looks cool, too. It's the perfect add-on gift or stocking stuffer.
Walito Resistance Bands
Stuff these in someone's stocking and they're sure to be pleased: These fabric bands score rave reviews thanks to the fact that they never roll up and always stay put on calves and thighs.
Black Naomi Workout Dress
This stretchy exercise dress is made from recycled water bottles and offers more inclusive sizing than most fashion brands, from XXS to 6X. Any fashionable workout lover will adore this comfy, trendy exercise dress loved by WH editors.
The Night Owl Sweatshirt
Yes, us WH editors love our mornings, but that doesn't mean a few of us rebels aren't also clocking in our workouts right before bedtime sometimes, too. Tons of staffers are obsessed with how cozy this Night Owl sweatshirt is.
Mini Massage Gun
With its super portable size, ergonomic grip, and 150 minutes of charge time, the Theragun Mini is the ideal gift for that person who's always traveling around the world to run marathons (or just makes really good use of the hotel gym). I got this for a few family members last year and it was a total hit.
Pleated Tennis Skirt With Shorts
If you've got a tennis player on your hands, they probably can't have too many tennis skirts. This skirt/shorts combo provides coverage and style. Plus, it comes in 29 neutral and fun colors.
Hands-Free Dog Leash
They can easily slip this belt around their waist to enjoy a hands-free hike or jog with their furry accountability partner—er, dog—without feeling like they're tripping over each other. Our pet parents at WH love these leashes.
These anti-grip basketball gloves are weighted and ultra smooth to make it so players can't use those helpful grips on the ball. Translation? It'll make the game all the more challenging for them, increasing how challenging their workout will be and helping to refine their form.
Baselayer Long Sleeve
The merino wool material on this long-sleeve base layer shirt makes it both moisture-wicking and odor-resistant. They'll love sporting the super-soft, cozy shirt on the slopes (or just at home) all day.
Cross Training Handwrap Gloves
If they regularly go boxing or weight training, a dependable set of hand wraps are a must. Thanks to its wetsuit-like material and gel padding, hands stay dry for a more solid grip.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Add to their bookshelf of running memoirs with this book in which Haruki Murakami pens his experience training for the New York City Marathon. Things get philosophical—page after page will lead your fitness fiends to reflect on the role of movement and adventure in the intimate spaces of their lives.
Melody Sensor Gloves
Pair the previous gift with these tech-ready gloves that are both warm and will allow them to text and use their phone easily. What better way to show your support for the snow-or-shine runner in your life?
No, this treadmill isn't exactly *cheap*, but when it comes to home gym equipment, this is definitely way more affordable than options out there. The minimalist treadmill has thousands of five-star reviews and is even foldable for easy storage—the power walker in your life will love stashing this under their couch for mid-movie workouts.
NTT Sonority Wireless On-Ear Speakers (Earbuds)
When you need go-anywhere audio that can survive your toughest workouts, you need nwm's NTT MBE001 wireless. The open design lets you listen to music while keeping an ear toward outside noise like cars, traffic, and other people, so they're great for outdoor activity.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
If the fitness lover in your life doesn't already have AirPods, they're definitely on their list. And yes, they're totally worth the hype—don't trust me? Trust the hundreds of thousands of five-star reviews. The second generation model of these AirPod Pros features even more impressive noise cancellation to totally escape during a gym workout.
Hey, not every gift has to be directly related to their fitness. This gym-themed bracelet is a super cute gift for your trainer or gym buddy (at just $15, get yourself a matching one!).
Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
For anyone training *hard* or running for distance, a quality magnesium bath soak is a must. This blend from Naturopathica soothes muscles while smelling great and looks beautiful on a bathroom countertop.
Massager With Heat
Sure, it'd be great if you could snag them a spa day, but with this portable shiatsu back, shoulder, and neck massager, they can give themself a massage in their PJs or at their WFH desk while responding to e-mails. Hey, for how hard they work out, they deserve a little TLC!
Your workout buddy knows the perks of a good pre or post-sweat sesh juice. This juicer means they can customize their own blends blends.
Zephyr Flare Pants
Inspired by the bright colors and prints from the founder's South Asian heritage, Wolven's yoga pants are for the dedicated yoga fan who has enough black leggings or just likes to stand out. Made out of recycled materials, reviewers and WH editors are obsessed with these.
Gone Hiking Candle
Your loved one is sure to appreciate this candle that's specifically designed to smell like hiking (yup, that's a thing). It'll be their favorite thing to burn in the middle of winter while they're stuck indoors or at work.
Epic Athletes: Serena Williams
When you think of the greatest athletes of all time, it's likely that Serena Williams comes to mind. This biography of her is sure to inspire them even more.
Full Face Sculpt Kit
Those who take their fitness *very* seriously won't be able to ignore working out their face muscles, but they might need some tools to get there. FaceGym's full face sculpt kit comes with a 14-day challenge that our editors have said really lifted, sculpted, and transformed their faces in just two weeks.
For the eco-minded lady in your life, these sneakers are a perfect fit. They're made with recycled plastic and bamboo, making them lightweight, durable, and perfect for short hikes or long outdoor walks.
Better still, when they get dirty, you can easily toss them in the washing machine for a refresh.
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