Gift Guide for Fit Friends and Family

If you’re starting to put your holiday shopping list together, don’t forget to give your loved ones the gifts of health this holiday season.

Not only can you give someone the encouragement to try something they’ve always talked about doing, but it’s a great start to all those New Year’s resolutions as well.

And we don’t know about you, but we’re thinking we’ll be adding some of these items to our wish list too.

Jawbone UP

1.) UP by Jawbone

Out of all the daily movement and activity trackers out there, this one is our favorite.

The UP24 band has cool features such as a Smart Alarm that wakes you up with a gentle vibration on your wrist so you wake up refreshed. There’s also an “Idle Alert” function, which gives a gentle vibration at the wrist when you’ve been sitting too long.

The corresponding apps also make keeping on top of all your daily health measurements incredibly easy.


2.) FlipBelt

Going for a run should be freeing, just get up and go. But wait, how about your keys? Phone with your music? Your ID (which you should always carry while running!) with maybe a little cash?

Rather than weighing yourself down by your pockets, the FlipBelt makes it easy to tuck everything in snugly around your hips and it doesn’t resemble a fanny pack in the slightest! This belt contours to your body and it’s machine washable and dryable.

Nike Studio Wraps

3.) Nike Studio Wraps

Yoga, dance, barre and Pilates may be some of your friends’ favorite workouts, but sometimes it’s hard to love being barefoot in a workout room.

In addition to saving you from fitness floors, the Nike Studio Wraps actually help support your foot and heel with the crisscross structure of the wrap while still giving you the flexibility you need for barefoot fitness. There’s also silicone traction pattern on the bottoms of the wrap that enhances grip on to the floor (perfect for barre).

GRID Mini Foam Roller

4.) GRID Mini Foam Roller

There are too many reasons why we love this mini roller than we could possibly list here, but the main reason this is one of our favorite gifts of the guide is it’s perfect for traveling!

Between long trips in the car or plane rides, a mini foam roller is ideal for working out all the kinks and keeping your muscles in prime condition to keep from getting tight or sore.


5.) NatureBox

Snacking is by far one of the biggest problems for society when it comes to being healthy. However, it’s not the act of snacking that’s bad, it’s what we’re snacking on.

Snacking on healthful foods in between meals actually keeps your metabolism fired up and prevents you from binging due to overwhelming hunger later. NatureBox aims to make snacking a part of a well-balanced lifestyle by delivering a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods that contain wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

And don’t worry about having to commit to a whole year, NatureBox also has gift options where the receiver can pick their Nature Box selection with the amount you’ve given.

Blender Bottle Snack Stak

6.) BlenderBottle GoStak Twist N’ Lock Storage Jars

This is a must for your friend who is always on the go. Busy schedules are by far one of the biggest pitfalls in being able to keep up with our personal health practices, but these BlenderBottle GoStak Storage Jars make on-the-go snacks a no brainer.

No need for endless Ziploc bags or having various snacks and “health” bars floating around your bag. This storage jars lock together and they’re freezer and dishwasher safe.

Gaiam Yoga Mat

7.) Gaiam Yoga Mat

While most fitness facilities that offer yoga have mats for rental, it’s always nice to have your own mat that you know only your sweat has touched it (kind of icky, but it’s true).

Gaiam mats are not only some of the most long-lasting and best quality mats in terms of anti-slip and slide, but they also come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns to choose from.

Athleta Warm Up Gym Bag

8.) Athleta Warm Up Gym Bag

There’s no reason for a gym bag to be huge and clunky. This bag from Athleta is lightweight and designed in a way where you won’t be putting all your body weight in to shoving it in a locker.

Some of the features include two main zip compartments to keep clean and dirty clothes separate, a shoe compartment, an elastic yoga mat strap on top to secure your mat, an external water bottle pocket and internal pockets for your keys, phone and a fleece-lined pocket for tablets and e-readers.


9.) Sportline Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle

Most of us could use a little help in the hydration department, but for friends and family who love their sodas or other drinks other than good ‘ol water, the Sportline Hydracoach Intelligent Water Bottle  is a great way to track hydration and move off the bad beverages and on to the best one out there, H2O.

The HydraCoach calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks your real-time fluid consumption, paces you throughout the day and motivates you to achieve and maintain optimal hydration.

Polar Heart Monitor

10.)Polar FT4 Fitness and Cross Training Heart Rate Monitor

While the Jawbone UP and other wrist activity trackers analyze things like steps taken and sleep activity, they don’t track your progress on those hard-hitting cardio and weight-training workouts.

For anyone who wants to see their steady improvement in their workouts, wants to know when they are in their optimum fat-burning and muscle-building heart rate zone, and how many calories they’ve burned, the Polar monitors are the best on the market.


What are some other fit gifts you have on your wish list? Let us know in the comments!




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Elle Michels

Elle Michels

Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Michels is a contributing writer to