What not to give to a fitness fanatic

If you’ve already put the name of a fitness fanatic on the gift tag to something on this list, allow us to save you some embarrassment. Workout enthusiasts and health nuts will not appreciate the presents found on this list, so it’s time to rethink your strategy!

Mattel Classic Baseball Game

Handheld video games

Fitness fanatics want to be in the action, not observing it. Nobody would blame you for thinking the Mattel Classic Baseball Game would be right in their ballpark. It’s a sport! It’s nostalgic! But it still relegates the participant to the sidelines. Even when your heart is in the right place, this is the wrong gift.

Cheese of the Month Club

Cheese of the Month Club

Everything tastes better with cheese. You’re all in on that one, right? The fitness fanatic might disagree. Cheese has a lot of calories and is a bit decadent. He or she might even be a vegan, so walk away from Dean & Deluca. Do your homework before buying a gift that you’re probably giving because you’re wishing somebody would get it for you.

Mop shoes

Mop shoes

To the average Joe, these seem like the greatest invention since sliced bread. You’re comfortable, you’re cleaning and you’re making a mop look like the most stylish thing in the world. But the fitness fanatics on your list would be appalled to think that cleaning is anything more than another opportunity to get their sweat on. Do not insult them with the miracle of mop shoes.


Online media subscriptions

A fitness fanatic is not going to want to binge-watch TV series. Even though Netflix and Hulu stream to handheld devices for people on the go, they’re impossible to watch when you’re busy jogging, spinning, boxing or silently maintaining a yoga pose. Plenty of other people on your list will love receiving these.


Board games

Good luck getting a fitness fanatic to sit still long enough to finish a game of Risk, Chess or Monopoly. Board games are not their bag, baby (yeah)! A fitness fanatic might make one attempt on the day of delivery — just to appease you — and perhaps he’d dust it off every other time you visited. But it would otherwise sit unused in a closet. Choose another gift.

Tower of Sweet Treats

Tower of Sweet Treats

Oh, how Harry & David do love to treat people well via a gift basket! This one is a tiered, towering tree of boxes filled with cookies, popcorn, pretzels, mints and truffles — all decadently covered in chocolate! This is an absolutely horrible gift for fitness fanatics, but it’s a wonderful gift if you want them to share it with you. Tsk-tsk if you had to think about that for a moment.

A Snuggie

It’s a toss-up as to whether a Snuggie is a good gift for anyone, really, but a fitness fanatic is in such good shape that she probably maintains body heat in such a way that she’d laugh at the thought of even needing to cover up for extra warmth. To add insult to injury, Snuggies now come in faux bathing-suit patterns for men and women. Absolutely do not attempt to give one of those to the workout enthusiast in your life. Holidays should be a peaceful time.

A Snuggie

Tell us:

What gift did you regret giving to a fitness fanatic? Sound off in the comments section below!

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