30 Holiday Gift Ideas for Athletes

‘Tis the season for indulgence and revelry! Why not balance that out by giving healthy gifts to your loved ones this holiday season? There’s no better way to show you care than by supporting your athlete’s goals.

We’ve rounded up some of the best healthy gifts to give you a head start on your holiday shopping. From at-home fitness gear to running, cycling and walking accessories, there’s a little something for anyone working toward improved health and fitness.

FlipBelt

Figuring out where to stash your keys and phone can be a major issue for many runners and walkers. Enter FlipBelt, which secures all essentials during running, walking, cycling or whatever it is that your fitness-minded friend or family member may love. Thanks to a flat seam design and high quality micropoly fabric, it won’t bounce or retain sweat during long miles of pounding or riding on pavement. Compact but still roomy enough to fit larger phones like the iPhone6 Plus, the FlipBelt makes it easy to tote those small necessities on the go. Get 10% off until the end of 2015 by using code: UA10.


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TRX Home Gym

Whether you're on the road or in your living room, the TRX HOME Gym will transform any space into your own personal training gym in under 60 seconds. Developed by a U.S. Navy SEAL as a means to stay fit, the TRX Suspension TrainerTM enables you to use your own bodyweight to get stronger, build muscle, lose weight and improve flexibility—no weights or gym memberships required. Contents include: a TRX Suspension Trainer, two anchoring options, a workout guide and six free digital workout videos.


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Under Armour Holiday Gift Pack

Under Armour Holiday Gift Pack

Give the gift that makes all athletes better: UA’s iconic styles all boxed up and ready to go! Each pack includes a shirt, hat and fleece infused with the latest technology to guarantee warmth, comfort and performance for the holiday season.

Slackline Industries Play Line

Slackline Industries Play Line

There’s no better way to get the whole family outdoors and active than slacklining. Thanks to a simple set-up and overhead guideline, the Slackline Industries Play Line is an ideal entrance into the sport for beginners. Not only is slacklining fun for all ages, but it also promises to strengthen the core and improve balance. Perfect for backyard get-togethers, trips to the park and camping, the Play Line can be affixed easily to a couple of trees nearly anywhere. Use code HOLIDAY15 for 30% off at slacklineindustries.com.


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Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller

There are no silver bullets when it comes to injury prevention and rehabilitation, but the foam roller comes pretty close. A simple at-home maintenance tool, it is a must-have for any active person’s workout closet. Made with a dense foam material, a roller can help work out adhesions in the muscles, as well as massage and lengthen hard-to-stretch areas. While rollers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller touts extra massage features that are advantageous to anyone dealing with sore muscles and injuries related to running, walking and biking.


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Wojo Nutrition

Wojo Nutrition

Wojo Nutrition offers the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on the go. Promising energy, focus and calm in compact 1.2 ml servings, Wojo’s liquid supplements are ultra-portable and can be added to any beverage. Appealing to health-conscious individuals, Wojo is free of sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors, and is also gluten-free and vegan. Wojo’s stocking-ready custom gift boxes make giving easy. Even better, in the spirit of the season, $2 from every gift box sold is donated to the National CASA Association, which has been working to protect the rights of children since 1977.


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Giro Savant Bike Helmet

Giro Savant Bike Helmet

Even for the most safety-conscious cyclist, protecting your dome is of the utmost importance when riding a bike. Most experts will recommend that avid cyclists replace their helmets every few years. Simply dropping a helmet can ruin its integrity, and salty sweat corrodes the plastics used in a helmet’s construction. The hot sun can do a number on this vital piece of gear as well. The Giro Savant helmet is the perfect solution for road cyclists. In addition to providing great air flow on a hot day, its interior padding and five-suspension fit system makes it one of the most comfortable models on the market.


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ElliptiGo Bike

ElliptiGo Bike

The ElliptiGo bike is perfect for anyone tired of her regular old cardio routine. The world’s first elliptical bicycle, it provides a low-impact workout that protects your joints and bones from the hard pounding associated with running. ElliptiGo bikes burn 33% more calories than riding a regular bike and give you an efficient, effective cardiovascular workout that rivals running. The comfortable stand-up riding position reduces neck, back and seat pain, and provides great visibility, making it easier for you to see and be seen.


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Amphipod Hydration Belt

Amphipod Hydration Belt

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know how important hydration is to health and fitness. This is why hydration belts have become a favorite accessory among runners and walkers alike. For long days spent pounding the pavement, a hydration belt generally holds anywhere from 1–4 bottles of varying sizes. The multi-bottle designs are particularly useful for people who like to have both water and sports drinks handy. In addition to staying in place so they don’t bounce on the run, the belts include compact pockets or pouches to hold things like a phone or keys.


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Helix Sleep Mattress

Helix Sleep Mattress

When it comes to health, getting a good night’s rest is one of the best things you can do for yourself. That’s why an individually personalized Helix Sleep custom-built mattress makes an amazing gift for an athlete (or athletic couple) who depends on great sleep for proper recovery. Each mattress is individually designed to help align your spine with optimal support and unprecedented comfort—this means better sleep at night, and in turn, increased energy levels throughout the day. The Helix mattress is made from premium quality materials and ships directly to your doorstep, at about 1/3 the price of retail.


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Bodylastics Resistance Bands

Bodylastics Resistance Bands

Know someone who cringes at the thought of going to the gym to pump iron? This is why at-home strength solutions are so popular, and it doesn’t get any more user friendly than resistance bands. Bodylastics’ resistance bands come in multi-packs, offering a wide range of resistance levels. Their Tube Clip Bands make it particularly easy to simply switch the handles from one band to another. Perfect for everything from bicep curls to tricep kickbacks, these bands are an easy way to get a quick strength workout in your living room, and they take up minimal space in a drawer.


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Endevr MyID

Endevr MyID

Keep your loved ones safe this holiday season (and beyond) with MyID by ENDEVR—it makes a great stocking stuffer for any runner, walker or cyclist. This safety ID bracelet connects to an online profile, which allows others to know specifically who you are and what you need in case of emergency. Your profile includes everything from emergency contacts to vital medical information, including medications, allergies and insurance information. A one-year premium membership and online medical ID profile are included with every MyID product purchase.


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Racing Weight Cookbook

Racing Weight Cookbook

For anyone in your life looking to get leaner, lighter and faster, the “Racing Weight Cookbook” may just be the ticket. A treasure-trove of recipes devised with both health and fitness in mind, these meals guarantee to be tasty, all while supporting racing weight goals. Emphasizing energy-dense meals that include whole grains, lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables, this books takes the guesswork out of what to cook while you’re training. It also includes a number of great options for snacks, such as bars and smoothies, for athletes who are constantly on the go.


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Stance Socks

There’s a reason Runner’s World Editor in Chief, David Willey, was quoted saying, “I think I’ve found the only socks I ever want to wear again!”

Stance socks are the gift that every runner should have on their holiday wish list. These 200 needle light cushion construction socks feature moisture wicking technical fibers, an anatomical fit with arch support, and air channel cushioning. Balancing function and fashion, Stance Socks' fun colors and designs make them perfect to wear from the office to the gym. They make the ideal stocking stuffer, whether you’re a casual gym goer or the competitive age-group runner.


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SPRI Vinyl Dumbbells

SPRI Vinyl Dumbbells

For the person in your life looking to start off the new year right, a set of hand weights can help jump start her fitness regimen. If you’re not sure which ones to choose, snag an entire set of Deluxe Vinyl Dumbbells from SPRI—they can be used for a number of different exercises. Three-pound hand weights are great for added strength training during walks, while 10- to 20-pound dumbbells are perfect for more traditional muscle-building sessions. A set of hand weights offers the opportunity to incorporate a total-body workout right at home without expensive equipment or a gym membership.


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Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash

While you’re getting together with friends and family during the holidays, why not plan to complete an athletic adventure together in 2016? The Warrior Dash is a 5K event that includes running, world-class obstacles and an epic post-race event with live music, contests and beer. If an obstacle course race sounds too intense, don’t worry—with a little training, everyone can finish the Warrior Dash, say event organizers. Besides, how else are you going to get a finisher’s medal that doubles as a bottle opener?


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Riva Turbo Bluetooth Speakers

From a bootcamp workout in the park to weights in the garage to miles on your basement treadmill, music makes working out feel easier and more fun. Portable bluetooth speakers can be paired with your smartphone to allow you to control music from afar without interrupting your workout. While there are a number of these types of speakers on the market, the Riva Turbo X premium wireless bluetooth speakers will provide 26 hours of great sound no matter where you are.


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Grokker Premium Membership

Grokker Premium Membership

Whether you’re looking to encourage a loved one to get in shape or simply enhance their fitness routine, a Grokker Premium Membership makes for a unique and functional gift. Featuring thousands of at-home workout videos from handpicked trainers who offer advice, motivation and innovative workouts, Grokker offers the perks of a fancy gym membership right in the comfort or your own home. Grokker is also available on the mobile app, Roku, AppleTV and Chromecast so you can access their impressive fitness database and resources from just about anywhere.


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Nathan Halo Fire Runner’s Headlamp

Nathan Halo Fire Runner’s Headlamp

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, more and more runners find themselves logging miles in the dark. Whether it’s early in the morning or at dusk, being able to see and be seen is vital. The Nathan Halo Fire Runner’s Headlamp should be a part of every runner’s kit. Thanks to 288 lumens, five lighting modes and a combination spotlight and floodlight, it makes it easier for vehicles to see you and illuminates your path underfoot to prevent tripping over rocks, ruts and uneven pavement.


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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

The Trekz Titanium is a game changer for athletes who like to listen to music on the move. Relying on AfterShokz’s suite of proprietary audio technology, these open-ear design headphones offer premium sound quality through bone conduction. This makes for better situational awareness and increased safety when you’re running, walking or biking on trails and roads. These lightweight, flexible headphones wrap comfortably around the head and curl over the ears, all while standing up to sweat, dust and whatever else Mother Nature may throw your way.


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Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis

Give the gift of faster running! A gait analysis can not only help a runner improve his performance, but it can also assist him in identifying the root causes of persistent injuries. Sports medicine doctors and physical therapists are the most likely clinicians to offer this service, and many of them do so in conjunction with a running specialty store. A runner usually walks away from a gait analysis with information on how to develop more economical movement patterns that can improve efficiency and speed, and prevent some injuries. What’s more, the test can also help an athlete identify the most ideal shoe for his particular foot type and gait. To locate a sports injury clinic in your area, simply click the link below, click “Find a Clinic,” and type in your zip code.


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IRONMAN Triathlon X-Class 510 Smart Technology Indoor Training Cycle

For avid cyclists and anyone else looking to get in shape this winter, the IRONMAN Triathlon X-Class 510 training cycle offers the perfect opportunity. An upright stationary bike, it includes free clipless pedals—standard-sized pedals can also be used. The 44-pound flywheel makes for an ultra-smooth ride and a fully adjustable seat perfectly distributes the rider’s weight for unmatched comfort. Outfitted with an LCD computer that transmits data to the IronStrong Fitness App, a rider can keep track of rides and chart progress over days, weeks and months of training. Accompanied by a free chest belt and high quality sweat-proof storable exercise mat, this is a complete at-home indoor training package.


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Crossrope

Crossrope

Jump ropes aren’t just for kids. Offering a total-body cardio session, jumping rope is a cheap and easy way to get a great cardio workout. While a more basic jump rope can provide a heart-pounding cardio session, weighted ropes, like the Crossrope, offer the additional challenge of strength work. Thanks to an interchangeable system, the Crossrope allows you to adjust weights and workouts. For anyone focusing on gaining strength, this is a great way to achieve a natural progression.


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Kryptonite Evolution LITE Mini-6

Kryptonite Evolution LITE Mini-6

Every cyclist knows the importance of securing their ride. With an Evolution LITE Mini-6 lock, you can ensure your two-wheeled investment is protected. Kryptonite’s lightest U-lock ever, it weighs just 747 grams and is small enough to stick in your back pocket while commuting. The Evolution LITE Mini-6 comes with three stainless steel keys—one with a handy light. When you register the lock through the Kryptonite Keysafe program, it’s easy to order free replacement keys in a pinch. Backed by a $2,000 Anti-Theft Protection Offer, the company stands behind this lock, promising to keep your bike safe and secure.


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Kinetic Road Machine Bike Trainer

Kinetic Road Machine Bike Trainer

Every cyclist mourns those bad weather days when they can’t get on their two-wheeled machine out on the open road. The Kinetic Road Machine bike trainer solves that problem. Instead of a full stationary bike, this fluid trainer allows you to ride your regular bike indoors. Giving the rider the chance to work on form, cadence and power without the distraction of cycling out on streets and trails, it still offers road-like conditions and a comparable workout to an outdoor ride.


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Polar A360 Fitness Tracker

Polar A360 Fitness Tracker

The new A360, Polar's first wrist-based heart rate monitor, is a great gift for fitness-minded folks. Featuring a sleek, waterproof design, you can run, walk, bike and even swim with the A360. It offers data on everything from steps to distance to sleep; it also gives a 360-degree view of daily activity. A color touchscreen and vibrating smart notifications make it a fitness watch that is a step above the rest.


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Rogue Kettlebells

Rogue Kettlebells

Kettlebells are currently all the rage in fitness circles because they allow you to combine a tough cardiovascular workout with traditional dumbbell training all in one session. In addition to providing greater strength and power, kettlebell training will also get your heart rate up and help you build endurance. The muscle activation required by typical kettlebell moves mean you’ll burn more calories than a regular workout in the weight room. From single kettlebells to entire sets, Rogue has 9-pound kettlebells all the way up to 203-pound models to accommodate just about any fitness enthusiast.


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Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes

Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes

Making the perfect healthy stocking stuffers, Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes offers a variety of options, including individually wrapped prunes and dark chocolate covered diced prunes. They’re a tasty alternative to sports nutrition products, and provide a great pre-workout carb boost. One serving of 4–5 prunes is a good source of fiber and only 100 calories. Research shows that this fat-free snack can even help maintain bone mineral density in women. Visit sunsweet.com for nutrition information, healthy living tips and recipes using prunes. Get a coupon.


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Leslie Sansone Just Walk 5 Mega Miles

Leslie Sansone Just Walk 5 Mega Miles

When the weather is too messy and frigid or you’re short on time to walk during daylight hours, Leslie Sansone’s indoor walking workouts can be just what you need to stay fit year-round. Now you can get Leslie’s “Just Walk 5 Mega Miles” video on your kindle, iPhone or iPad. The video features five separate 1-mile intervals, some with strength training and some with stretch band routines at the end of the walking intervals. Pick and choose the intervals you want to complete depending on how much time and energy you have.


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Blender Bottle

Blender Bottle

Nutrition experts recommend taking in protein after a workout to aid in muscle recovery. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of protein powders and drink options on the market. These drinks, however, aren’t easily mixed in a regular old water bottle or glass. The Blender Bottle’s Blender Ball wire whisk will break up those powdery chunks and ensure the drink is blended properly and ready to consume after a few shakes. An easy and inexpensive accessory, it makes for the ideal stocking stuffer for fitness lovers.


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Gaiam Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat

Gaiam Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat

Every yogi needs a good yoga mat. In fact, even if yoga is only one part of someone’s workout regimen, a durable mat works great for other exercises like core moves, bodyweight exercises and flexiblity work. While yoga mats are available in varying thicknesses, designs and colors, those made with a moisture-wicking material, like the Gaiam Sol Dry Grip yoga mat, are the most versatile. For a complete gift, consider also including a mat strap or mat bag for easy transport and storage.


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Mackenzie Lobby
Mackenzie Lobby

Mackenzie Lobby Havey is a freelance journalist and coach based in Minneapolis. She contributes to a variety of magazines and websites including TheAtlantic.com, OutsideOnline.com, espnW.com, Runner’s World and Triathlete Magazine. She holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, and is a USA Track and Field certified coach. When she’s not writing, she’s out biking, running, and cross-country skiing around the city lakes with her dog.