10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Fitness Enthusiast

By , SparkPeople Blogger

With the holiday just around the corner many of you may be looking for a few fitness gift ideas for your family, friends or maybe something you would like to put on your own gift wish list. Check out my list and feel free to add a few of your own ideas in the comment area below. The majority of the items are less than $50 which makes them the ideal gift for that someone special in your life.

Garmin Forerunner 110

Price range $199.99-$249.99

If you are looking for a GPS unit without all the bells and whistles that many of the other GPS devices on the market offer, then the Garmin Forerunner 110 may be just what you are looking for. It allows runners and walkers to track distance, pace and calories expended. The more expensive unit has a heart rate monitor component which allows for target heart zone training. What I like most about this simplified version of the Gamin Forerunner is the easy set-up and functionality and you can still upload your data via Garmin Connect.

The Stick

Price $55 and under

Many of us are familiar with foam rollers for myofascial release, but one tool I have found to be a lifesaver in helping release muscle adhesions, soreness and stiffness is a handy-dandy device known as 'The Stick'. This device is made of plastic with individual spindles which helps relieve muscle stiffness and soreness. This is a great gift not just for runners but for all fitness enthusiasts.

Road ID

Price $19 and up

This made my list of favorites two years ago, but carrying an ID when doing any activity is imperative, so I decided to add this item back on my list for 2010. Carrying ID when running, walking or cycling is essential especially if you are injured and require medical intervention. You can choose from a wrist, shoe, necklace or ankle version.

Mizuno Breath Thermo Gloves

Price range $19.99 and up

These gloves are amazing as I found out when I ran the Las Vegas Half-Marathon this past weekend. They contain a special material when exposed to moisture, whether perspiration or environmental, that heats up so that it keeps your hands warm and cozy, especially when waiting for your race to start. They are light-weight enough to stick in your waistband or pocket once your body temp begins to rise. Mizuno Breath can also be found in hats, arm warmers, tights and jackets.

Sportline Walking Advantage Reflective Vest

Price range $12 and up

With the winter season and shorter daylight hours upon us, many are having to do our walks, runs and cycling in the dark. The rule is, "To be safe, one must be seen." Donning a reflective vest can be the difference between being seen and not being seen. This lightweight vest fits nicely over your running attire and has a small pouch to carry money or your ID.

Toe Sox

Price $15

ToeSox are a great addition to any Pilates or Yoga enthusiast attire. They offer protection for your feet while still allowing you the freedom of moving moves your toes. A Pilates enthusiast friend of mine told me about this product when I informed her 2011 will bring me back to the Pilates studio.

Dense Foam Brick

Price $10

When visiting Cincinnati in September 2009 I had the honor of taking a private yoga class with SparkPeople's expert yoga instructor, Stepfanie Romine. One of the things I discovered during my lesson was how tight my hamstrings were due to all the running I had been doing. Because of this, I did not have the ability to touch my toes. This is where using a brick helped me have some stability when reaching over to the point where I could safely reach. The Dense Foam Brick is lightweight and comes in three different heights for all the various postures.

Timeless Running Wisdom

Price $16.95

In his book Timeless Running Wisdom, author Richard Benyo highlights the training and methods of running used by some of the sport's greatest contributors to running. It is truly an inspiring read and will allow you to develop your own appreciation to the sport.


Price $19.95

This small device is great for anyone looking at doing interval training whether utilizing a run/walk program or integrating high intensity interval training via other modalities. It allows you to set the time for repeating your intervals via a beep or vibrating mode.

Finish Line Charms and Gifts

Price varies

What a great way to celebrate a fitness goal of the past year by giving your family member or friend a charm to commemorate her accomplishment. I have done this for my friends and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Which one of these gifts would you like on your list? Which one is your favorite?

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I like the Gym boss, I have been thinking about how would I know when to switch intervals? It seems that this would so it. Report
I would love the Road ID. I think I might buy it for myself. Report
I would love the yoga brick. I never needed anything like that, when I was younger, but now with knee problems, I could use it. I use towels and pillows. Report
My fingers freeze for the first half of my walk. I've layer 2 pairs of gloves and still get cold fingers. The breath gloves sound like the perfect gift for me :) Report
Road ID is a gift to me since I am out in the wee morning hours w/my dogs (EVERYDAY) yeah that is a good thing! Report
I would like to try the Thremo Gloves? Maybe I will help Santa along ..... Report
I'd like Santa to bring me a new pair of weight training gloves !! Report
My husband bought me The Spark, a fitness mat and bag, pedometer, Cardio Blast dvd, and a fitted Sparkpeople shirt!!! I'm so excited! Report
My favorite gift from my hubby was a trip to Victoria's Secret, and he bought all the stuff I could finally fit into now, Very Motivating!!! Also, write down all this stuff we want now, and look at the list in 10 years, see if we still agree or just chuckle...............hey, life is alot of ups and down folks!! Report
lots of great ideas. would like to see a site to buy charms for weight loss too not just fitness ones. Report
That reflecting vest sounds good. I need one of those, as my son took my old one and he left it some place where he had went to the beach. Report
wow....I have almost ALL of these things. And I use them all the time! Great gift ideas! Report
I have a RoadID. I used to wear it EVERYwhere until some of the info changed. I really need to get a new one. Report
Garmin would be VERY nice.......and the gymn boss looks interesting too.........are ya listening Santa??? Report
I keep threatening to get Road ID because I walk during dark hours as well as daylight hours. I guess this will be a present to myself for Christmas. Thanks for the information !! Report
I would definitley get the road ID. Report
Thanks! GREAT GIFT IDEAS! XO Wishing all of you a glorious holiday season.
XO MaryAnn Report
I also ordered 2 Road ID's for my cycling friends. NBC can say what they want - I KNOW my friends and they will love them. Maybe they'll do the same for me when my birthday gets here. Thanks to other members for posting your experience with the Musani gloves. They will be great for my horseback riding lessons on these chilly evenings. Report
The gym boss sounds so cool! I'm constantly doing intervals. Report
I just ordered the GymBoss after seeing it here. Sounds perfect for intervals! Report
Great ideas... I will be checking out the Road ID. Report
I want the Gymboss. I have a Garmin, but the Gymboss would allow me to concentrate on my run/walk intervals without looking at my watch all the time. Report
great ideas! Report
Forwarding this list to Santa right now! Report
I have a heart rate monitor on my list! Report
oooooh I want: Garmin Forerunner 110, Road ID, and the Mizuno Breath Thermo Gloves (have the socks- they are awesome!) Report
The vest, gloves & Road ID look the most practical & tempting. The charms would probably be my last choice. I've seen excellent reviews for the shoe mount Road ID on about.com's Walking site. It's going to the top of my list to tell Santa. Report
The Mizuno gloves are FABULOUS and worth every penny! I have used them in multiple cold weather runs and my hands stayed toasty warm! Report
I have charms for my marathons and others, but still looking for a HTC charm. If you find one, let me know!! Report
Thanks for this article and for mentioning 'The Stick. I've been looking for a product that would help me massage my tight leg muscles and my lower back and thought there was no such product. I'll definitely order this! Report
Thanks for the ideas. I ordered two road IDs!! Report
I don't agree with NBC's advice. I have 'put it out there' that I only want fitness/healthy living items for Christmas this year. One of the things I put on my list was a Healthy Eating cooking lesson. I don't even know if such a thing exists in my community but there's always hoping & it would be a great surprise Christmas morning. Perhaps it's something that my family could do together even. We don't have small children & the whole family are quite Health conscious so getting fitness/weight loss (or gain in some cases) gifts is completely acceptable & desired by all of us.
Just say No to the candy canes, toffees, Christmas cake, trifle etc. I'd rather have a set of kettlebells, 30Day Shred or P90X dvd's. Report
The mizuno gloves sounds awesome. Also interested in The Stick. Report
I suppose if you're gifting yourself, then go for it but the Christmas politically correct folks at NBC advise that one of the big gifting no-no's on any occasion are items related to weight-loss and physical workout! They also noted that it was best to ask those you plan to gift first what it is they'd like. Report
Nancy, these are all great gift ideas. My favorites are the reflective vest and the RoadID. Noone who does outdoor activities should do so without being visible, and the RoadID is a MUST for indoor (gym etc) and outdoor activities. It can be worn (unobtrusive) as a ankle bracelet or a wrist bracelet ... when swimming, riding, or running - I always have my RoadID on including when in the gym. You just never know. Report
all great ideas thank you for the suggestions keep them in mind . Report
I would have to say " I love my Garmin Forerunner 110" best investment I made!

The gift on my list would be the reflective gear! Report
I have that exact yoga block and don't like it. The foam is too light to balance on properly. At the studio that I go to, they have cork blocks that are much better. Report
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