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It’s safe to say that health, wellness and workouts are top of mind for everyone this holiday season and as we head into 2022, and that means gift giving might look a little different this year. Sure, the latest gadgets and gizmos will always be low-hanging fruit, but how about setting your loved ones up for success in the gym, the kitchen or during at-home workouts as we enter a new year?
We’ve compiled a collection of our current favorite products designed to enhance the mind, body and even soul of anyone on your gifting list. There’s a little something for everyone, from the latest fitness finds and nutrition support to tools for mindfulness and mental health boosts.
You may be thinking, “Everyone who works out already has headphones, so why would I get them new ones?” And the answer is that we doubt they have earbuds that are custom molded to their individual ears. Now we’re getting fancy.
No one likes earbuds that constantly move around — or worse, a pair that doesn’t actually block out background noise when you’re trying to focus during a workout. These low-profile wireless earbuds from Ultimate Ears are lightweight to begin with, and once you go through the at-home fitting process that molds the tips to your unique earprint in 60 seconds, they’re not going anywhere no matter what your workout entails. The sound quality is just as impressive as the futuristic light molding, and you can tweak to your sound preferences in the accompanying app’s sound equalizer.
$169 (for Black Friday!), ultimateears.com
Remember when teetering on balance beams at the park and skateboarding around town brought you joy? Recapture the fun side of fitness again with a Whirly Board balance board, which allows you to spin 360 degrees and engage your body’s core muscles thanks to its skateboard deck and center balance ball.
It’s the perfect training tool to improve strength, balance and agility — it also provides a nice core challenge while working at a standing desk. Plus, it’s something even the person who seems to have every fitness gadget under the sun might be missing out on.
Does the runner or lifter in your life complain about digging sports bra straps and leggings that just aren’t jog or squat-proof? The Flyout Bra and Bird Hug by women-owned Oiselle just may prove to be the best gifts ever. The Flyout Bra is designed to solve the uncomfy straps problem thanks to an extra-wide chest band and shoulder straps. There’s also a mesh lining between your shoulder blades for hands-free phone storage, and it’s made from a soft material that delivers a good amount of compression.
The reversible Bird Hug leggings are a veritable trifecta: They don’t budge during HIIT class, they’re buttery soft yet contouring and they’re essentially two pairs in one. Whether the person you’re gifting these to is into neutrals or the gorgeous floral option, these are sure to earn some compliments at the gym. And remember, you’re allowed to give yourself a few gifts, too! *wink wink*
Flyout Zip Bra: $68, Bird Hug Reversible Tight: $86, oiselle.com
If your gym buddy has been toting around the same flimsy plastic water bottle for what may or may not be years now, do them a favor and swap it for something a little more sophisticated. Double-walled Hydroflask bottles are engineered to keep cold drinks chilly for up to 24 hours and hot drinks steaming for up to 12 hours. Plus, they’re made of durable stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.
We could be here all day listing the sizes and colors these bottles come in — not to mention the different lid options. But it’s safe to say you’d get extra brownie points for snagging a custom bottle with your giftee’s name or favorite colors.
32 oz bottle starting at $45; 21 oz custom bottles starting at $38, hydroflask.com
Finally, a subscription box that understands the needs of weekend warriors and regular gym-goers. Perhaps that’s because the Lift Box is a veteran-owned and operated company that thoroughly researches and test drives all the products prior to including them — from high-quality activewear and gear to healthy snacks and supplements, your recipient will look forward to delivery day each month.
Most yogis already have blocks and straps, but few invest in a multi-purpose bolster. If you know someone who’s been making do with a rolled-up towel or throw pillow, then upgrade them to a Gaiam rectangular bolster and watch their practice transform. This plush cushion provides the ideal support for stretching and sinking deeper into poses, and the microfiber cover is machine washable.
Percussion massage has grown in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Massage guns can get deep into muscles with minimal effort (as long as they’re used properly), helping athletes loosen up and get blood flowing warmup to cool down and definitely while watching the latest binge-worth Netflix series.
The Hypervolt go is lighter than most massage guns at just 1.5 pounds but has a formidable 2.5 hours of battery life. With three speeds and two interchangeable attachments, this little tool can tackle any muscle group. Plus, the tandem app offers guided routines to help you get the most out of your sessions.
On sale for $159, hyperice.com
Rebounding is all the rage right now — probably due to such benefits as low-impact cardio, weight loss, lymphatic drainage, and stress reduction — so jump on this trend with a Jumpsport fitness trampoline. It’s has a small footprint, is quiet (unlike cardio machines), and is the perfect addition to barre, dance, circuit training, HIIT and physical therapy workouts.
Starting at $199, jumpsport.com
Whether the recipient of this gift is outdoorsy or just loves a great jacket, this one’s sure to be a hit. This sleek zip-up from NOBULL is made with Polartec Power Shield Pro, a three-layer soft shell fabric that shields from the elements but is, well, soft. That means no hiking or running to the sound of rain hitting plasticky outerwear or dealing with the crinkle of every movement in said outerwear. This shell even offers some protection against abrasive surfaces.
The fabric has a bit of stretch to keep the wearer comfy and a microporous membrane to let extra heat and moisture out during workouts, this weather-protective gear won’t get in the way of training.
If the thought of becoming vegetarian or vegan is appealing, but the shopping, chopping, cooking, and cleanup sound daunting, lean on Veestro.
This plant-based meal delivery feeds your body and soul through a customized meal plan (such as gluten-fee, kosher, low-calorie, high-protein, and soy-free) made with organic ingredients. Simply heat them up and enjoy your new plant-powered lifestyle.
We all have that one friend who takes thrill-seeking to the extreme, whether it’s on dirt bikes, scuba diving, or skiing. Help the daredevil in your life document the pursuit of their most jaw-dropping passions with the Akaso Brave 8 action camera.
This tiny, waterproof camera will allow them to capture all of their action-packed adventures thanks to its advanced image stabilization that shoots movement with gimbal-like steadiness. It can shoot 4K video at 60 fps, which stacks up well against other popular action cameras — especially given its more affordable price point. It also offers voice control in seven languages and handles slo-mo and time lapse footage like a champ.
If you’re taping your ankles to reach peak performance, you’re missing out on a much easier solution. Lasso compression socks give you immediate ankle and arch support, and reduce muscle fatigue and soreness with 15-20mmHg of compression. The moisture-wicking material means you won’t be swearing soggy socks while enjoying the joint stability and circulation improvement benefits.
Are you intrigued by the name of this product? It’s a clever way to say that your workouts will never be the same after receiving this bundle of goodies. It includes three booty bands of varying intensity, a Pilates ball and sliders (a simple piece of equipment for adding instability to bodyweight training) to elevate any fitness routine.
This is the perfect gift for someone who’s been wanting to amp up their home workouts but doesn’t have the space for a full-on home gym.
This bag is pretty much all a fit chick needs to head from the gym to the office and everywhere in between — even to the airport.
It’s got all the sportiness of any Under Armour gym duffel: water repellence, zipper compartments, a shoe and laundry pocket, interior water bottle pocket and a vented main body. But it’s also optimized for travel with a sleeve that fits over a roller suitcase handle, a valuables pocket with a hair tie zipper, hidden top slip pocket for a passport, a durable bottom panel and a hidden wristlet.
There’s no need to join a gym when you have one at the touch of your fingertips. Consider the Tone Sculpt app unlimited access to on-demand workout classes with world-class trainers, meal plans, and healthy recipes — plus an active community forum where users can find accountability partners, ask questions, and motivate one another.
That friend who’s always saying they don’t know where to start with a fitness plan or has been doing the same workouts forever will thank you for this one.
Black Friday deals starting at $6.07/month, toneandsculpt.app
If the person you’re shopping for is more of an at-home or outdoor workout type, the small but mighty UE Wonderboom 2 can certainly cover them on the music front. This wireless speaker is down for anything, from blasting bass-heavy jams in a basement gym to providing the soundtrack for an outdoor workout with its specialized “Outdoor Boost” feature.
It boasts surprisingly deep sound for a small speaker, plus 13 hours of battery to keep you going all day long — literally. At about 4 inches tall and wide and with a convenient hang loop, it can also go virtually anywhere. Plus, it can be paired with another Wonderboom 2 for even more party potential. Did we mention that it’s dust-proof, shock-proof, waterproof and floats?
Instead of giving a physical gift that may get used once and forgotten about, you can give the gift of making memories that will last a lifetime with Tinggly. Your recipient will receive an experience box in the mail with a description of how the service works and a QR code to redeem your gift. They’ll then have their choice of hundreds of experiences in up to 100 countries to use whenever and wherever they want — options include everything from an aerial yoga class in Savannah, Georgia to a winery biking tour in Austria.
Gifts range from quick outings to full-on getaways, so this gift is super customizable to your budget and location.
Prices vary, tinggly.com
Nothing feels better after a hard day than a long soak in a relaxing bath. Give your loved one the tools to soothe their mind and melt away tension with the ultra-moisturizing Zum Chakra shea butter bath salts — there’s one designed to open and balance each of your seven chakras, with a distinctive scent to match.
We’re especially loving the Peppermint Heart Chakra and Eucalyptus Throat Chakra formulations.
You do pushups for your shoulders, squats for your glutes, and planks for core strength — but how are you training your brain? Tap into the benefits of brain fitness with BrainTap, a subscription-based app that uses neuro-algorithms to gently guide your brain through a range of brainwave patterns.
Kick things up a notch with the corresponding Bluetooth headset, which uses frequencies of light and sound for brain wave entrainment. The guided meditations allow users to reach deeper meditative states, get a better night’s sleep, experience higher energy, and reduce stress.
App starting at $9.99/month; headset $647, braintap.com
You know what the world needs right now above all else? More compassion. A lot more. Thankfully, The Kindness Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Creating Compassion in Yourself and the World can help anyone find more kindness toward themselves and their loved ones through a series of introspective activities.
Whether you’re gifting this to yourself or someone else (a spouse, perhaps?) a little extra kindness is never a bad thing.
Friends don’t let friends eat boring meals — but with seasoning often comes added salt. Skip the sodium with Skordo’s Around the (Salt-Free) World, a collection of nine globally inspired spice blends including Malay Curry Powder, Thai Seasoning, and Herbs de Provence. We promise these spice infusions will jazz up even the most boring of proteins, giving the fit foodie in your life something to look forward to come mealtime.
The future of foam rolling is here, and it’s called Rolflex Pro. Whether the person you’re shopping for is into running, cycling, tennis, mixed martial arts, obstacle course training, climbing or hard-core lifting, this device will change the way they recover. Its ergonomic design allows the user to self-massage nearly every muscle in the body — including hard-to-reach areas — by utilizing leverage instead of gravity. Brilliant!