Holiday Gift Ideas for Fitness Buffs from $10 to $100

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/9/2008 10:00 AM   :  67 comments

Why not give the gift of fitness this year? Here are my top 10 picks for every budget. Whether you need ideas for friends and loved ones or want to add to your own wish list, there is something for every exercise enthusiast!

Go Wallet by Shoewallet ($9.99)
Ever go out walking, running or hiking but don't want to carry a purse or gym bag? A shoe wallet is the answer! Large enough to hold your keys, ID, and even a little cash (in case of emergency), it's a must-have for outdoor exercisers and people who enjoy an active lifestyle. Look for them in a variety of sizes, colors and styles online and in specialty running stores.

Pilates by Rael Isacowitz ($13.57)
This is by far my favorite book on Pilates exercise. It contains everything you need to know to get the Pilates practice, whether you follow DVDs at home, take classes at the gym, or just want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method. This book has it all�over 200 exercise demonstrations for mat, Reformer and other apparatus. You cannot beat this price for the quality and quantity of information!

Sony Active Style Headphones with Soft Loop Hangers ($15.26)
Do your headphones ever slip or fall off while you work out? Annoying, isn't it? Well, these headphones are perfect for exercisers. Unlike standard headphones and ear buds that can fall out while you exercise with your iPod, these ones have lightweight loops that keep the ear buds in place while you work out.

Foam Roller by Perform Better ($24.95)
Foam rollers are a growing fitness trend, but they are here to stay. You can perform a variety of exercises using a foam roller, and similarly to a stability ball, they help you engage more muscle fibers and improve your balance during the exercises. Sit, stand, or lie on the roller for hundreds of exercise options, or squeeze it between your feet, hands, legs or arms to add another element of challenge to a standard workout. But perhaps the greatest thing about foam rollers is that you can use them for self-massage. I use a foam roller when I'm sore from exercising. You can "roll" any part of your body on the roller for a feel-good massage. Most come with instructions, but you can also buy DVDs and books for massage and exercise ideas. I recommend this 6-inch diameter, 3-foot long roller for the most versatility.

SparkPeople Fitness Starter Kit ($24.95)
OK, I may sound like a broken record for always talking about this Kit, but it really is great! It's the best deal around for the equipment it contains (stability ball, pedometer, resistance band and workout DVD), making it a perfect gift for anyone who is ready to start a fitness routine in 2009. Plus you can support SparkPeople and Spread the Spark at the same time when you buy from our online store.

Gaiam Travel Yoga Mat ($30)
Why did no one think of this sooner? Yoga mats have to be rolled up, and their obscure shape makes them hard enough to tote, let alone travel. Gaiam's travel yoga mat can be folded up and stashed in a suitcase. Plus it only weighs one pound! As a bonus, you can use it to absorb sweat and enhance grip by laying it on top of your regular mat in a hot yoga class.

Wii Fit All Star Cheer Squad game ($36.99)
Call me geeky, but I must admit that I can't wait to try this game! Designed to appeal to girls and teens, you can cheer, dance and jump along with these fun and heart-pumping routines. It looks like a blast for anyone who loves the Wii Fit, young or old�including me!

Perfect Pushup ($39.95)
Perfect Pushups are a hot item among men and women alike. We have a set here at the office and it is getting constant usage. Not only do the handles help you keep your wrists in a neutral position, but the height of the handles also allows you to lower even further to the ground, increasing the intensity of the exercise. You can do several different exercises with these, too, and this $40 set comes with an instructional poster of moves.

Nike Women's Gym Club Bag ($55)
For many, a gym bag is an afterthought�they just throw their sneakers into any old bag. But for serious gym rats, a good gym bag is a luxury, a motivator, and a style statement. I think this Nike gym bag is chic and functional at the same time. It's the kind of item that I'd love to have, but probably wouldn't splurge on for myself, and that makes a great gift for your favorite fitness buff.

Nike Imara Heart Rate Monitor ($99)
There are many different brands, styles and types of heart rate monitors, but I personally use Nike's Imara Heart Rate Monitor. It's specially designed for women, it's sleek and aesthetically pleasing, and the watch looks good enough to wear even when you're not exercising. Plus, it's got all the major features that most people want in a heart rate monitor: heart rate display (in both beats per minute and percentage), calories burned calculator, alarm, timer, a backlight and more. For true fitness buffs, a heart rate monitor is a necessity! Once you use one, you'll never go back.

See anything you like? What's on your fitness wish list this year?


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Comments

  • 67
    I have asked for a heart rate monitor. Keep your fingers crossed! - 12/17/2011   9:51:53 PM
  • 66
    I'm aiming more for fitness DVDs &some work out clothes in a smaller size. I keep suggesting that Santa bring a treadmill but I think he's waiting for a winning lottery ticket first.

    One thing on heart rate monitors, if you have high blood pressure, a talk test works better! Beta-blockers especially won't let your heart rate by an accurate guide. See Sparkpeople's articles on exercising with high blood pressure before you invest in one. - 12/11/2010   6:18:41 PM
  • PHILLYEXPAT
    65
    I got the Wii Fit Plus for Hannukah and I love it. Definitely a step up from the already good Wii Fit program.

    My treat to myself was a new yoga outfit - I went to a store that has free tailoring and finally have a pair of full length yoga pants that I won't trip over! - 12/20/2009   7:17:58 PM
  • TYLERKNOTT
    64
    Great Post! It can be tricky to find great fitness related gifts! We linked to this over at the Humana, Crumple It Up Blog!! - 12/14/2009   2:21:37 PM
  • 63
    I am in need of a new HRM. I had a Polar F4, but it died. I know you have heard this before, but when I got my 2nd pup, she was just a pup and she sorta chewed it to death. No warrenty for that. The first and last thing she ever chewed on, that wasn't a chew toy. I think I am going to go pick up a new one tomorrow. I am hoping to get the Polar F4 or F6 in Berry. - 3/25/2009   12:44:51 AM
  • 62
    I have a HRM, but it's a Polar brand. It, like my tivo, is something that I don't know what I ever did before I had it and couldn't imagine being without it. It's deffinitely worth it, just make sure you get a good brand and one that has the features you want. - 12/21/2008   8:40:36 PM
  • NICOLESCHMITZ
    61
    In response to the Courtney521 who asked if the Nike heart rate monitor is worth it: for the money I would go with a brand that has a track record of being more reliable and accurate, like Polar or Suunto. You can get some great deals on these right now on Amazon. I've had both a Nike and a Suunto HRM and the Suunto is by far better and the one I use for myself and my clients (I'm a personal trainer). - 12/17/2008   2:09:46 PM
  • DEANRD7
    60
    My daughters got me the Outdoor Adventure Challenge for the Wii and we had a BLAST playing. I currently own the Wii Fit but THIS will be my new exercise game. I had to take a shower after playing this game and it was so much fun! And the best part is you can compete with a friend at the same time without additional equipment. Also this game is a franchise so there will be additional games for it in the future so it will never get old. woohoo!

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    - 12/17/2008   11:31:06 AM
  • 59
    I have been wanting to buy the heart rate monitor for a long time but i can break down and spend $100 on it . Is it worth the money?? - 12/16/2008   10:26:00 AM
  • 58
    These are great ideas! Thanks! - 12/15/2008   4:52:55 PM
  • JAZZERCISEGENIE
    57
    I got the wii fit so think I am very fortunate and I am very happy - 12/12/2008   12:38:45 PM
  • 56
    I love that shoe wallet! I'm getting it for my workout buddy who never knows what to do with her keys! She also cleans houses for a living and this will proove very handy! Thanks for the idea! - 12/11/2008   5:48:03 PM
  • 55
    I like the gifts idea. About Victoria Secret models... Do they eat? - 12/11/2008   10:59:19 AM
  • 54
    I just want a pedometer that counts accurately! - 12/11/2008   10:36:30 AM
  • CRACKERMOM
    53
    I would definitely like the heart rate monitor that shows calories burned. I'm tired of just guessing and thinking I'm really working out and burning calories only to NOT lose weight! - 12/10/2008   11:46:21 PM
  • 52
    GREAT IDEAS!! - 12/10/2008   11:37:29 PM
  • 51
    Hubby took me to the hiking store, rented snowshoes for the afternoon, then we went back and he bought me a new pair of hiking boots (my seams were splitting and the re-stiching made the Gortex leak) and snowshoes and poles for both of us. Ahhhhh but what can I get for him???? He is a golf addict and despises all those 'cute' golf gifts. I am broke broke this year too. - 12/10/2008   5:06:37 PM
  • 50
    These are great ideas for Xmas! - 12/10/2008   2:52:46 PM
  • 49
    I like those gift ideas. I'll be adding 1 or 2 items to my wish list.
    Thanks - 12/10/2008   2:44:17 PM
  • SEMARKS71
    48
    Go wallet for my son and headphones for both of us!! WooHoo! - 12/10/2008   2:03:01 PM
  • 47
    With the exception of the ladies gym bag, I want everything on that list. LOL gimmie gimmie gimmie. LOL But I think I will get my brother the shoe wallet - 12/10/2008   12:49:25 PM
  • 46
    Those headphones are exactly what I've been looking for! I'm tired of my earbuds falling out of my ears or getting wrapped up in my winter hats. Thanks for this great list! - 12/10/2008   12:49:06 PM
  • 45
    I love this list!

    I purchased the Wii-Cheer and All-Star Cheer for my daughter (ahem, well, mostly for me, considering she is only 3... but she dances along!) They are both awesome games. :-)

    The shoe-wallet is a great idea. I had a pair of Roo sneakers when i was in high school, with the zippered pocket to keep money in, I thought those were pretty slick.

    Also, those headphones would be great for anyone, regardless of the fitness aspect... I think my brother would love them for just walking around campus! - 12/10/2008   11:44:33 AM
  • 44
    My sister has offered to give me a session with her trainer for Christmas! - 12/10/2008   10:39:07 AM
  • 43
    My BF and I decided to each go in half and get a Wii for Christmas. We're still looking for the Wii Fit. - 12/10/2008   10:01:57 AM
  • 42
    Thanks for posting. I'll send some friends the link to this.
    I wouln't mind the Wii Fit All Star Cheer Squad game. - 12/10/2008   9:44:41 AM
  • 41
    These are great ideas. I actually got a fitness-related gift for my guy. A "relaxing after strength training theme" - I got one of those neck massagers that just lay around your neck, bath crystals for sore muscles(long shot but he may use them ha ha), and a box of heat patches. Could be great for anyone who works out and only cost about $30! - 12/10/2008   9:44:36 AM
  • 40
    I have asked for a heart rate monitor and Leslie Sansone DVDs. I am thinking about getting my hubby the bosu ball. Something that I think is missing from your list is Road ID. I think they are a must have for people who exercise outdoors, especially biking. - 12/10/2008   9:17:40 AM
  • 39
    I'm interested in the heart rate monitor for Christmas. My husband's heard that suggestion more than once this month. hehe Amazon has this one on sale big time right now.
    Honey, if you're reading... - 12/10/2008   9:13:17 AM
  • 38
    I want to build a dvd collection of fitness videos. - 12/10/2008   8:53:42 AM
  • 37
    The shoe wallet and headphones look great! I would also like a bosu ball. - 12/10/2008   8:46:01 AM
  • TENNESSEAN
    36
    Great gift ideas! - 12/10/2008   8:03:19 AM
  • 35
    Great gift ideas, thanks. - 12/10/2008   8:02:05 AM
  • 34
    I am looking into a HRM for Christmas and i wasn't sure which one to buy, this one looks like it has all the bells and whistles that I'm looking for-I like that it gives you a percentage too. - 12/10/2008   7:47:41 AM
  • 33
    I'm getting a new gym membership! The gym we used to go to was at the high school. It was only open 2 hours 4 days a week and 2 hours Sat. morning. This new gym is within a 8 minute walk from my house and hopefully a part time job at the front desk!
    patty - 12/10/2008   7:38:50 AM
  • 32
    New Cross country ski boots is on my list along with new xc skis. went cajoling with Smokey and wrecked up my skis because there was not enough snow. But they are over 20 years old and will use them when there is not enough snow. But my ski boots are ripped and have to wear plastic bags inside to keep my right foot warm! Time for a new pair. Bought a pair on ebay last year and they don't fit my skis, I think they are for telemark skis.
    My favorite gift I ever received was my polar heart rate monitor and my ipod. Also my stepper and my rebounder! Happy Holidays to all!
    Carol - 12/10/2008   6:19:49 AM
  • 31
    I'm hoping for a Manduka Black yoga mat this year. - 12/10/2008   6:17:37 AM
  • 30
    Thanks for the article.
    I asked for some free weights and a new pedometer. - 12/10/2008   5:56:07 AM
  • 29
    Kettlebells. I have 2 ten pound KBs but I need MORE. - 12/10/2008   1:57:11 AM
  • SHERI1969
    28
    Great ideas if you have the money for them, but for me, I get $20 per week, so I'd give them a gift of an invitation to SparkPeople! ;)
    - 12/10/2008   12:56:31 AM
  • 27
    These are awesome ideas for fitness buffs and people like us. I especially want the shoe wallet, that would be great for out doors. Also the foam roller, the starter kit, the gym bag, and the heart monitor sounds good. I also would like to try the game it sounds fun plus its Wii it can't go wrong. - 12/9/2008   10:36:18 PM
  • 26
    I love that shoe wallet, thats a great idea for a bit of cash and ID. Put that on my list. Nice gift for anyone that is active and inexpensive to boot. - 12/9/2008   6:39:14 PM
  • 25
    a new computer so I can stay on my spark page:-( - 12/9/2008   6:37:27 PM
  • IMAGIN8
    24
    an iPod nano and Nike + sport kit - 12/9/2008   4:16:38 PM
  • 23
    I'd love a new pair of goggles and a pullbuoy for the pool - 12/9/2008   3:21:57 PM
  • 22
    Dude, I'm 31 and I want to try that Cheer Squad game! Most of this list is going on my own Christmas wishlist! :) - 12/9/2008   3:08:52 PM
  • 21
    I have a hard time waiting for things I want or need. I just ordered myself an f6 polar heart rate monitor, which was on my Christmas list. I also have on my list: a kitchen scale, pedometer, and good headphones that won't fall off. I think I can wait for these things. I have one of those hubbys that gets me everything on my list, which is usually nothing but since I started sparkpeople I want things! - 12/9/2008   2:54:50 PM
  • 20
    I like all of these ideas, I wish I picked my name in the Christmas grab. - 12/9/2008   2:06:08 PM
  • BOBBI97
    19
    I would love these gifts to give but this year are only for the lil ones this year were having it hard but we have our life and we have food on the table God is watching over us. - 12/9/2008   1:42:46 PM
  • 18
    I can't afford to give this year. We are just buying for the kids in the family and even then, I can not give much. - 12/9/2008   1:36:08 PM

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