A Guide to Some Great Fitness Present Ideas for Women
Christmas shopping should be a competitive sport in itself. Just getting parked can be a battle, and then you need to elbow your way through the hordes just to get a glimpse of what’s on the shelves. Add to this the fact that the person you’re buying for has their own specific likes and dislikes (which you may or may not know!) and it’s no wonder Christmas shopping can be stressful.
Shopping for a woman who loves to work out (whether she's your partner, daughter, or a coworker that you picked out in the Secret Santa) can be a real challenge. Below are a few gift and stocking ideas that will support her fitness goals and make her smile as she unwraps your present.
Gather Some Information First
Doing a little bit of research is always a good idea before you do any gift shopping. Just because someone goes to the gym and is concerned about her fitness doesn't mean that she'll love just anything gym-related. Ask a few simple questions so you can narrow down your options and ensure that you get the right gift. Here are some ideas to help figure out her interests.
- Do you stick to cardiovascular exercise or prefer weights?
- Do you go to boot camp sessions? (You could integrate this into a question that you've heard about boot camps and you're wondering what they actually are.)
- Do you prefer yoga and pilates, or high intensity classes?
- Do you enjoy listening to music at the gym?
1. A Great Gift for Music Lovers and Treadmill Users
If your gym bunny loves to listen to music and hit the cardiovascular equipment (treadmill, steppers, ellipticals, and exercise bikes), she'd love a new set of state-of- the-art headphones. Most people stick with the earbuds they get with their iPod or MP3 player, but you can really enhance the sound with a headphones upgrade.
A great set of headphones offers great sound, can handle the bumps of bouncing on a treadmill, and won't slip around when she sweats. There are two options to consider:
- separate unit design headphones, known as "in-ear," with buds that sit inside the ear
- headband variety that sit over of the ear
Sennheiser and Adidas Collaborate on In-Ear Headphones
When one of the biggest and most influential fitness companies on the planet collaborates with a company renowned for their audio quality, you can expect a fantastic product and the Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones really deliver. Whether on the bus headed to work or pounding the treadmill, these headphones give fantastic sound. They can handle the heavy, dirty base of the deepest dance music and the highest vocal harmonies. The Sennheiser CX685 are ultra-rugged, with sweat- and water-resistant construction, strong para-aramid reinforced cables, and a slide-to-fit mechanism to ensure a perfect fit.
Beats Wireless Headphones
When you're at the gym and listening to music, you don't want the wires from your headphones getting in the way. Beats wireless headphones offer legendary sound quality without any cords dangling around. They're expensive, but worth it for the incredible sound quality.
Controls on the ear cups let you switch tracks without pulling out your music player, and a ten-hour battery life means that you shouldn't run out of pump mid-workout. You can even receive phone calls from the office.
2. A Gift Card to a Speciality Fitness Shop
If you'd like to choose something for your gym bunny to wear while she works out but don't have a clue about what to get her (or what size she wears), pick her up a gift card for a fitness retailer. You can't go wrong with gift cards to a quality fitness store. Lululemon, for example, offers an extensive range of women's running attire and yoga wear to help your fitness fan upgrade her workout wardrobe.
3. Books About New Fitness Methods
Fitness-minded people like to keep up on new ways to challenge themselves physically and mentally.
Nutrition books are a great place to start. Fitness isn't just about what you're doing at the gym, it's about what you put in your body. A couple of examples of books a fitness fan would enjoy:
- Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris features amazing ideas (and photos) for 100 different superfood smoothies.
- If you're looking for something for the serious athlete then look no further than Anita Bean's Sports Nutrition for Women. This is a nutrition bible for the modern athlete, with clear and concise information presented in an easy-to-follow format. It will become a long-term companion in her quest for better fitness levels. It covers everything in depth, from healthy eating to exercise and pregnancy.
4. A Combination Water Purifier/Bottle
The Bobble sport water bottle features a carbon filter that purifies your drinking water as it passes through the spout. The replaceable filter is effective for up to 300 uses—ample for a full year of workouts. The filter removes chlorine and contaminants from tap water to give her water a cleaner, crisper taste.
Every fitness fan knows that buying bottles of mineral water can get expensive, so your gym bunny probably already has a reusable water bottle. Most likely she fills the bottle with filtered water at home and then heads off to the gym. But what happens when she finishes it off? The Bobble sport water bottle will help ensure that every bottle of water she drinks is filtered water, for better health and taste. It's ideal for women who head off to bootcamps in a rush.
A great review of the Bobble waterbottle
5. For Runners: Gait Analysis and New Shoes
If your gym bunny loves to pound the treadmill every night, then her sneakers are taking a heck of a beating. Here's a creative gift idea that she'll really appreciate: a gift certificate to her local speciality running shop for a gait analysis test and new running shoes.
A gait analysis test will assess the intricacies of her running action and pay particular attention to the way her foot strikes the ground. Not all running shoes are created equal. Different shoes address different aspects of the foot strike to help improve posture while running and provide additional comfort and support. A gait analysis will help the shoe salesperson identify the right shoe designs for her feet and gait.
It will be more than just her feet that are happy as a result! Proper footwear is the most important piece of gear for anyone who runs—on a treadmill or outdoors. This gift won't be inexpensive, but it will keep her running and help ensure that she doesn't get hurt.
6. A Workout Diary
Any woman who goes to the gym regularly is on a quest for self-improvement and development. What better gift to consider as a stocking filler than a workout diary? In the age of apps, it will be refreshing for her to go back to basics and keep a physical diary of her fitness progress throughout the year.
A good workout diary will allow your gym bunny the opportunity to track her progress, whether she wants to track her weight, how many miles she runs, or how many pounds she lifts. It could even become an annual gift to help encourage her fitness goals over the long term.
6 Gift Ideas for Women Who Work Out
|Gift||What to Consider|
Wireless headphones are more expensive but there are no dangling cords to get tangled up in.
2. Gift card to a speciality fitness store
Let her pick out new workout clothes. You can't go wrong!
3. Books about nutrition and fitness
Fitness fans like to keep up on the latest ideas and information.
4. Combination water purifier/drinking bottle
Purifies water as she pours it into the bottle.
5. Gait analysis and running shoes
Runners need proper footwear. She will really appreciate this gift!
6. Workout diary
Support her fitness goals with a workout diary where she can record her progress.
What Do You Think Would Be a Great Gift for a Woman Who Works Out?
We're always on the lookout for more gift ideas! What do you think would be a great women's gift for the gym? We'd love to hear from you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Liam Hallam
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 01, 2015:
Liam, great gift ideas in this hub! There's something for everyone who's a gym bunny here who wants to have a healthy lifestyle. Congrats on HOTD!
Liam Hallam (author) from Nottingham UK on October 05, 2013:
Thanks easy exercise. Castelli produce some very nice clothing although it certainly is classed as a luxury cycling brand.
The workout diary is something every exerciser should consider from Olympic athlete to someone who just sets their target as losing a few pounds.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Kelly A Burnett from United States on October 05, 2013:
Liam Hallam CyclingFitness, You covered all my favorite items plus some new items to consider. The workout diary I will have to consider - I believe that one could be a great motivator. Recently I found Castelli for cycling clothing and while I may break my patience, I believe that will be tops on my Christmas wish list.
Where I live they just built some great new bike paths and my husband and I have found them to be a complete joy.
Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to you and your family if our paths do not happen to meet before then.