So let’s just say that you have NO idea what to buy for that specific person who adores fitness like it’s noone’s business! What if the person you are dating is a runner, and you like lifting things up and putting them down? You’re gonna wanna check out this Wish List 🙂
Race Entries – if you are looking to buy a runner a gift, or even someone who has shown the slightest interest in participating in a run.. this would be a pretty legit gift! Maybe pair it with another item on the list and you’re good to go – that person is going to love you forever! There are a ton of different runs and obstacle courses of different length and difficulty. I would suggest a Graffiti Run, Foam Run, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Electric Run, etc. Like I said there are plenty of events to choose from – Google is your best friend!
Headphones – anyone can always use a new pair of headphones, even if they just bought a pair.. no one complains about having a backup, because let’s just face it – we all tend to lose headphones… at least I know I lose headphones alot! Here are the ones that I am currently rocking, I love them because they don’t fall out when I run or workout! Yurbuds, for the win – http://yurbuds.com/products/behind-the-ear/focus-pro/
Itunes Giftcard – I know gift cards are frowned upon, but whether you are a gym fanatic, runner, Zumba-er, Crossfit-er, swimmer, etc.. we all listen to music every now and again. Honestly, music is what tends to keep me going when I’m exhausted from a major gym workout, and still need to knock out a few miles. Any increment will do, but keep in mind that some songs are about $1.29!
Shoes – This is more for the couples or friendships that have stood the test of time and know shoe sizes and brands that your Christmas gift receiver enjoys wearing. Not to mention, shoes are difficult to purchase because everyone has a different arch. If you know all of the above for whoever you are buying for, then get on out there and pick them up some new shoes! If you don’t know those things, but would still like to purchase new shoes for someone – I would go with Brooks for running and Reebok for weightlifting. Vibrams have also been an “in” kind of thing for a while, and they would be a fun kind of minimalist shoe to have in the closet! Brooks has a nifty tool called the Brooks Advisor which helps you pick out a pair of shoes that best fits your lifestyle – http://www.brooksrunning.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-BrooksRunning-Site/Sites-BrooksRunning-Library/default/brooks_shoe_advisor/Default.htm. Here is the Reebok weightlifting line that I recommend – http://shop.reebok.com/us/crossfit/_/N-1z12xfw?cm_mmc=RbkSEM_bing_ecom-_-CrossFit+-+TSF-_-Branded+CrossFit-_-Reebok&cm_mmca1=US&cm_mmca2=e.
New Water Bottle/Hydration Belt – Hydration is totally important for any type of workout. Just like headphones, I lose water bottles left and right… so you really can’t have too many water bottles or hydration belts. If you want to add a little something along with this gift, you can always pair it with electrolyte tablets. Nuun Tablets are my first choice. Check out FuelBelt – http://www.fuelbelt.com/
Starbucks Gift Card – We all try to live a healthy lifestyle, but if you were to tell me that you never ever eeeever go to Starbucks… I’d want your autograph! We all have cheat days, and what better way than to cheat with a frapp or hot drink and a pastry from Starbucks.
Running Jacket with Pockets – This is a staple item for any runner. Even if you have seen your runner with a couple of running jackets, another one is not going to hurt that person. Plus, what happens when we forget to wash the jackets that we already own? Well… gross or not – we end up wearing the jacket over and over again. Please add to our wardrobe collection. 🙂
Gym Bag – I own two gym bags which I received within a month of each other and they both work out great for different purposes and trips. Gym bags that have a shoe compartment is what you are looking for – it keeps the stink and nastiness of a running or workout shoe confined to one area and in doing so… your clothes won’t stink up! Score!
GPS Running Watch – This is a pricier item, which can probably stand alone as a Christmas gift. I know there are a ton of different GPS watches available, but I have provided a link to the Garmin 620 which has outstanding reviews! If you aren’t purchasing a watch for a runner, why not check out the FitBit or Nike Fuel. These two are great for the fitness junkie who spends their time sweating it up at the local Box or community gym. http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/04/garmin-forerunner-610-in-depth-review.html
Compression Sleeves – Most definitely are geared towards runners. I don’t personally wear sleeves, but I do hear that they work wonders for for legs and calves during a run. If you are going to purchase sleeves for anyone, I would definitely purchase a black pair because black is extremely universal. No zebra prints, unless the person you are buying for is in love with zebras!
Two Month Entry to a Fitness Bootcamp – What better way to start the New Year then to start off living a healthy lifestyle. I highly suggest this gift, because you can buy one for someone else and also buy it for you. It makes for a great date, I would think! I’ve never turned it into a date before, but I would imagine that this would be a great experience for two people. It would also make for a perfect hangout between gym buddies or girlfriends! After you complete your bootcamp, why not grab a drink from Starbucks with that gift card?
I hope this list helped someone out there. 🙂 Happy Shopping and Merry Almost Christmas!