Holiday Gift Guide

Gift ideas for the fitness fanatic in your life or for yourself!

Jamie Staley, NASM-CPT, Pn1

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Can you believe it’s time to start Christmas shopping already?

Somehow the longest year on record has gone by so fast, yes?

Well, let me help by giving you some ideas for that person in your life that loves the gym and all things fitness.

Also, look through this list for yourself and add some of these things to your own Christmas list!

Some general tips before we get started:

  • Do not attempt to buy leggings for the woman in your life unless you have been given very clear instructions on brand, size, and fabric. All leggings are not created equal and most of us have very clear preferences. However, I will list some brands and suggestions for the woman who has not yet found her perfect legging match.
  • Clothing in general can be tricky, but a gift card for a good brand is always appreciated. Women like shopping. This is not breaking news.
  • Keep receipts and check return protocols.
  • Fitness-related gifts for someone who does not currently workout regularly can send the wrong message (let us all learn from Peloton® last year). However, if someone has told you they want to make it a priority in the coming year, has recently purchased a gym membership, signed up for a race, etc., you are probably safe.
  • Check Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Alright, let’s get started!


As mentioned above, clothing can be a tricky business. The safest option is a gift card. To where? If shopping for a spouse or partner, look at which brands they wear the most. Start with the pieces you see them in all the time. Not the random tank they wear when you are behind on laundry.

Some of my favorites:

  • Under Armour®
  • Fabletics® (you cannot go wrong with Powerhold)
  • Athleta®
  • Lululemon®

As far as Amazon® goes, I like TSLA, CRZ yoga, and 90 Degrees by Reflex for leggings.

Do not attempt to buy sports bras or underwear. Just safe yourself the hassle.

You can also reference my “What Should I Wear to the Gym?” blog post for more ideas.


A few things to keep in mind here, fit can be hard! Additionally, buy the correct shoe for the exercise that they will be doing. Do not buy your loved one running shoes for HIIT class. Please. I beg.

Cross trainers are pretty much a good idea for everyone, besides runners.

For runners: Brooks® are raved about by basically every runner I know. I’ve also heard good things about the No Bull®  running shoes. Safest option? Go to your local running store and get suggestions or a gift card. Let the professionals help you, because I am not a running expert. Obviously.

For lifting: No Bull®  trainers. I cannot recommend them enough. So many cute colors and patterns, durable, and comfortable. Second choice would probably be the Reebok® Nanos.

Home Workout Equipment

First of all, you can thank COVID for what you are about to pay for a set of dumbbells. The availability and pricing of home workout equipment right now is not the norm.

Here’s a list of some basic workout equipment (in list of importance, most important at the top):

  • Adjustable dumbbells are the best of the best. (PowerBlock website here.)
  • Regular dumbbells. Get a few different sizes and at least one heavy option.
  • Stability ball.
  • Long resistance bands (one big loop).
  • Mini resistance bands (small loops).
  • Resistance bands with handles.
  • TRX system. (Website here.)
  • Medicine ball.
  • Bench or box.

Cardio options: obviously these will be more expensive, but my top three (in order) would be a bike, treadmill, or rower.

(Personally, we bought our treadmill off of Wayfair and it hasn’t aged well. Our spin bike came from the Facebook Marketplace and it was the best $50 I have ever spent. Our rower came from our neighbor for free when she upgraded. Our recumbent bike we bought practically new from a former client of mine.)

Bikes are the best option for a few reasons. They cater to a wide array of physical abilities, are great for injury rehab (knees, back, etc.), and you can use a wide range of intensity (easy pedal all the way to a spin-class intensity).

An upright bike is going to serve the widest range of people. A spin bike may not be the best option for anyone with back issues. A recumbent bike is usually best for the older population.

Treadmills are the most expensive option and once they break, it is very hard to get service or parts. Most inexpensive treadmills are for walking only and can’t hold up to running. Treadmills that are built to handle running get real pricey, real fast.

I would only buy a rower for someone who has experience with them and knows that they like them.

  • Apple® Watch. Yes, they are that good. Make sure the person you are buying it for has an iPhone. (If someone already has an Apple® watch, new bands or a screen protector are good ideas.)
  • FitBit®. Lots of different options here and pretty easy to use. Make sure the recipient has a smart phone to use the app.
  • Wireless headphones. (Mine linked here. Spoiler alert: only $30!)
  • Wireless speaker. There are a ton of options on Amazon® in many different price ranges!
  • Blender bottle. Link here.
  • Water bottle. Link here.
  • Extra-large yoga mat. Link here. (I’ve had this one for years and it works great for a home gym. Another flooring option? Horse stall mats. Yes, I’m serious. When I do burpees, I need something that can withstand a Clydesdale.)
  • Gym bag. Link here for mine.
  • Healthy eating cookbook. My favorite here.
  • Meal prep supplies (silicone bags, vacuum sealer, etc.)
  • Personal training sessions (hey, I know a gal…)
  • Workout log book. Link here.
  • Skincare for sweaty skin (I like Fré. Use my referral code: Gillster_9939)

Stocking stuffers: epsom salt or bath bombs, hair ties, headbands, protein bars, electrolyte packs, individual protein powder packs, etc.

And that’s a wrap! I hoped this list was helpful and you feel more empowered to support the wellness habits of your friends and family through your gift-giving!

If you liked any of these ideas for your own list, but have questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them!

How Can I Help?

If tackling your nutrition or fitness on your own feels too intimidating and confusing, I can help! I am a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Nutrition Coach and I work with clients who have a wide array of goals.

I will coach you through individualized action steps to meet your goals and help you formulate a plan for change that fits your life, instead of trying to make your life fit a plan. I’ll give you the accountability, real information, and guidance to make lasting change.

Send me an email at and let’s chat about your goals!

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