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Fitness Gifts: The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide!

By: Holly Smith, M.D. - Osteopathic Medicine, B.S. - Dietetics, NASM-PES Certified Trainer,

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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Looking for a present for someone who has everything? Why not give them the gift of good health with some awesome fitness gifts?!

Gift cards, while useful, don't require much thought or effort.

Homebaked goodies do, but they also bring a lot of extra fat and calories.

None of us need that this time of year!

So, if you need to find that perfect present — or if you want to reward yourself for all your hard work (or just simply getting through) this crazy year — try one of these great fitness gifts!

Planning on having some Nike, Alo, Athleta, or Lululemon stuffed in your stocking this year? Make your gear last by reading our guide to properly cleaning workout clothes!

Fitness Gifts: The Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide!


There’s nothing like a nutrition-packed protein smoothie or shake early in the morning or after a killer workout.

A high-quality blender is a great way to encourage anyone to whip up a meal any time of day.

But let’s face it, no one wants to make a whole blender full of smoothie for just one workout.

A great gift idea is a blender that makes individual smoothies.

One cup blenders can fit in all the wholesome ingredients for a protein smoothie in a convenient, single-serve container.

Even though these are smaller blenders, they pack enough power to break down whole fruits, nuts, leafy greens, and even ice.

Another great option for your fitness friend around the holidays is a shaker bottle.

These are great options for a quick protein shake after a workout for someone that doesn’t have the time to go home and prepare a meal. Simply add in some protein powder, water, and shake until blended!

How much protein do we need per day? Calculate your daily protein intake!


Instant Pot/Pressure Cookers

Pressure cookers are awesome gadgets that allow you to whip up healthy home-cooked meals in a fraction of the time.

Instant Pot is actually a brand name and is just one of a number of electrical multi cookers.

While the Instant Pot name has seemingly become interchangeable with all electrical pressure cookers, they aren’t the only product out there when it comes to meal prep.

There are some great affordable instant cookers out there that can aid you in your fitness journey.

There is no excuse not to eat healthy when you can simply throw some nutritious ingredients into a pot and let the pressure cooker do the work!

They will be able to make anything from oatmeal to chicken, to a whole pot of turkey chili. These pressure cookers can even prepare yogurt!

All of your loved ones' favorite healthy dishes will be as easy as pressing a button!

Food Scales

A food scale is a perfect gift for the nutrition junkie on your shopping list.

These instruments allow the perfect portion sizes to be measured out at every meal.

This is especially important if someone is counting macros and wants to ensure that they are getting the right proportion of nutrients throughout the day.

Body Weight Scales

Speaking of scales, it’s hard to talk about health and fitness without mentioning weighing ourselves.

A lot of people start on a fitness journey with the hopes of dropping some pounds.

But it is important for them to remember that health isn’t simply about body weight, but also about body composition.

Fortunately, there are tons of different scales on the market today, and a number of them have functions that will display much more than just body weight.

These scales use bioelectrical impedance to estimate body fat and composition.

While these scales aren’t 100% accurate, they are a convenient way to monitor body composition trends conveniently.

If you are looking for something with all the bells and whistles, there are scales like this that measure weight, body fat percentage, and body water percentage along with muscle and bone mass.

These scales can even sync with a phone app to help monitor progress over time.

If you have that special someone that wants to get even more accurate about tracking their body fat, you could throw in some skinfold calipers.

These quickly provide an exact measurement of body fat thickness and display values digitally so they can get numbers down to the decimal point.

Crock Pots

On the opposite side of the spectrum from fast cooking pressure cookers are slow cookers, or as many people know them, Crock-Pots.

Like Instant Pot, Crock-Pot is a brand name, but there are several other players out there when it comes to high-quality slow cookers.

The advantage of a slow cooker is that you can put your ingredients in the pot before work or running errands, and come home to a fully cooked meal.

On top of that, you can make large portions of food to save and meal prep for the week.

This is great for the fitness conscious person on your list that wants to keep their nutrition on track throughout the week.

The best slow cookers, like this 6 quart Crock-Pot, make cooking fun and easy with digital countdown controls so that cook times can be programmed anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours.

These cookers will also change to a warm setting automatically once cook time completes so that there won’t ever be concerns about overcooking meals.

Air Fryers

Cooking healthy doesn’t mean missing out on the taste of some favorite comfort foods.

Air fryers are an awesome way to cook some old favorites, like crispy potatoes or even “fried” chicken, without all of the fat, grease, or added calories.

Air fryers, like this one found here, can cook crispy, evenly cooked food every time.

The 6-quart capacity is the same as many slow cookers and is large enough to hold a whole pound of chicken!

Plus, you can also roast, bake, and reheat food with this awesome kitchen appliance.

This is a must-have for anyone looking to cook up healthy meals.

Improve your lifestyle and nutrition by incorporating healthy meals you can eat every day.


Grilling Gear

Another way to cook a healthy meal is by grilling.

While grilling is often thought of as a summer activity, grilling can take place all year round.

Stovetop grills are one option for healthy grilling in the winter.

Plus, cast iron grills like this one don’t have any type of toxic coating that can leach into food, making it a great gift for your fitness conscious friends.

Small portable grills are also great and can be used indoors.

There are even awesome products, like this indoor electric countertop grill that serves double duty as an air fryer!

Plus, it is Teflon free and has a PTFE/PFOA-free, nonstick, ceramic-coated grill.

If you are buying for someone that already has a full-size grill that they absolutely love, they can still use this year-round too!

If you are shopping for someone who is still planning to brave the cold to grill outdoors, how about buying them this awesome spice set?

These flavors are a great substitute for salt for those that are looking to lower their sodium intake. Plus, they are certified organic with no artificial flavors.

At-Home Fitness Gear

You can’t go wrong with home fitness gear, especially with many gyms still shut down.

These TRX suspension bands are a favorite among fitness enthusiasts and will let your loved one train anywhere and get a killer full-body workout.

The TRX bands anchor to almost any stationary object, such as a door, rafter, beam, or even a tree!

And don’t forget the recovery gear.

If you want to become renowned as one of the best gift-givers around, the Theragun Mini is the way to go.

This top-quality, pocket-sized percussion massager will give top-notch muscle treatment, but is small enough to take anywhere!

Fitness Gifts That Everyone Will Love

It can be daunting to try to pick out the perfect gift for your health and fitness conscious friends and family.

But there’s no doubt that they will love any of these gifts that will aid in their fitness journey.

From high-quality cooking products to fitness gear to keep them motivated to stay in shape all winter long, you will be the top gift-giver this holiday season if you give any of these fitness gifts!

Holly Smith

Writer, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Holly is an osteopathic physician, runner, triathlete, and fitness and nutrition enthusiast.

She is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine, has a bachelors degree in dietetics and is a certified personal trainer with NASM-PES certification.

Holly has completed four full ironmans, twelve marathons, countless half ironmans, olympic distance triathlons, half marathons and numerous other road races.

Holly joined the Fit Father Project in May 2019 as a regular writer, contributing articles on health, wellness, exercise, and nutrition.

She has also recently qualified for the 2020 World Championships for Ironman 70.3, in New Zealand!

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