We may not be in the heat of the holiday shopping season at this time of year, but there’s never a bad time to consider all your nearest and dearest’s niche interests, passions and obsessions to nail down the perfect gifts. And we’ve all got that friend (or, if you think you don’t, you are that friend) obsessed with their workout and fitness routines. Our beloved gym junkies — whether they are runners, cyclers, lifters or barre fanatics — deserve only the very best and there’s plenty of ways to channel their sporty, cardio, love into some awesome gifts that won’t (fail to) land like the weird Peloton wife ad.
After all, what says “I see you, I know you and, no, I do not want to do a Tough Mudder, Turkey Trot, Summer Solstice Triathlon or Candy Cane 5K with you” better than a thoughtful gift delivered at the finish line?
If you’re breaking a sweat shopping for your fitness-focused friends and family members, here’s a guide to some cool presents they’re sure to love. Whether they’re likely to geek out over some fit-tech, enjoy some attire or accessories for athleisure or hardcore gym days, need some post-workout self-care for their over-worked bod or furnish their home gym or post-game recovery kit, we’ve got a wealth of fun and functional ideas to knock their gift out of the park.
A version of this story was published December 2019.
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