Wouldn’t it be easier if everyone just gave you a list of what they wanted for Christmas with the location where it could be purchased and for how much? Roomie actually does this. I go through the list deciding what I want to get, see what deals I can find and then spend accordingly. I don’t buy everything obviously, but they are the easiest gifts to buy. Unfortunately, most people are not like roomie. That is where gift guides come in handy.
City Sports asked me to put together a list of the ultimate gifts for fitness enthusiasts. In return, one you get a $100 gift card to City Sports! I thought, “How perfect for my 12 Days of Fitness Giveaway!” Below you will find my top gifts for runners, yogi’s, swimmers, cyclists and gym rats. I tried to think outside the box. Sure we all would love to have new clothes but I find clothes are difficult to buy for people. I decided to stick to ideas that you might not know exist. Some are pricey, some are not. Let me know what is on your list below to enter to win the $100 gift card to City Sports.
The ultimate gift for a runner is heart rate monitor. I asked for one a few years ago with the chest strap and it was not accurate or reliable. Now that I have one, I hate leaving home without it. A heart rate monitor is ideal for anyone that wants to improve their running for races, loves numbers, wants to know how many calories they are burning, improve level of fitness and if it’s gps equipped know their speed and distance.
My top picks are the Polar FT40 which is not GPS enabled. You can however buy a Polar chest strap that connects with a Nike plus chip in your shoe. If you have an iPhone that you run with, you do not need the GPS. I find some of the HR monitors with GPS are bulky and I’d rather run without it. For just the basics and under $100, I also like the FT4.
I wear a Polar FT60 but they don’t have it for sale at City Sports.
I fell in love with yoga last year however I found that no matter which mat I brought to class, I was always slipping. A good yoga class will build a sweat. A slippery mat will ruin your flow. Many of the seasoned yogi’s had a YogiToes Skidless Mat Towel. I didn’t want to spend my money on a mat to go over a mat I already bought. However, that makes this a perfect gift. The soft towel prevents hands and feet from slipping in downward dog position and also absorbs sweat.
Skier & Cyclist
As a vlogger, I always have a camera on hand. I tried to shoot myself skiing last year and it was a dizzy experience afterwards. The Go Pro HD Hero 2 is an 11 megapixel HD camera that people can attach to a number of equipment pieces like their helmet. The camera takes 10 images per second (if you’re not into video), is 3D capable and weather proof. If you plan to do any extreme sports in the near future, it’s a must have item. Having the experiences on film will pay for itself in no time. You also highly increase your odd of ever becoming YouTube famous.
You probably heard me talk about this last year, but the TRX Suspension Training device is a slam dunk gift for the gym rat who is always traveling or wants to workout at home or outside. Originally used by marines to stay in shape on location, it’s now coveted by New Orleans Saint Quarterback Drew Brees. It comes out to being about the price of a 2 month gym membership (if you live in Boston) but is well worth it. I love using the TRX.
Many of my readers who have knee or other joint issues want to know how to get in their cardio without running. One of the best exercises is swimming. If you know someone who loves to swim or recently started getting into it, try the Speedo Biofuse Fin to give them more of a lower body workout in the water. While you are constantly using your upper body, adding some fins is like adding some weight to your strength training.
To be entered to win the City Sports gift card, let me know down below what fitness gift is on your list this season. Did I mention City Sports also sells Uggs, North Face, and other amazing non fitness gifts?
I always write a wish list for my family and friends of what I would like for Christmas and where you can buy it at and also a range of how much it cost! 🙂 I placed on my wish list this year a gymboss from gymboss.com and also a Polar FT60 Heat Rate Monitor from amazon.com… 🙂
Tracey G says
My top fitness gift I am requesting this year is a new heart rate monitor. Mine old one died about 6 months ago and I feel so lost without it. I love using it to workout and really feel like it helps push me in my workouts.
Awesome ideas! I placed on my wish list this year are a gymboss and the FT4 heart rate monitor!
Cat Yem says
After seeing several posts of your Polar monitor, I have been EYEING the FT40 and FT4! Do you have any ideas for a $20 unisex yankee swap gift that’s fitness related? I was thinking a box full of all natural Tone It Up friendly fitness bars?
That’s a good idea. You could do a gymboss too. Or a basket of healthy yummy treats like homemade granola, bars, trail mix, new headphones, and like a head band.
Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl says
The Top fitness gift on my list is a good pair of gloves to keep my hands warm. I have Reynauds Disease and lose feeling in my hands and feet pretty fast when I go outside in winter. Because of that I don’t do much activity outside. If I had the right clothing though that would keep me warm and prevent all the feeling from going away, I would definitely try to get outside more.
For Christmas I always make a list in an email to my family/friends with direct links to exactly what I want 🙂
This year some of the fitness gifts I’m asking for are things I can use at home, like a jump rope, a yoga mat, etc. because I am leaving for the Peace Corps in February and definitely won’t have access to a gym for a while but, I want to continue working out while I’m gone. The Polar FT40 would be great to have also. Your video workouts of things you can do at home are very helpful. Thanks !
Carrie Califano says
For the holidays, Im in the market for some new footwear! I can feel when my sneakers are too worn and I know I’m ready for a new pair. I also am looking for some gloves and headbands because I like to run outside, but upstate NY can be pretty unforgiving in the winter!
On my list this year are a heart rate monitor and some more hand weights for working out at home!
Top of my list are the MotoActv mp3 player/ training awesomeness assistant and a set of weight plates for my bar or a set of skull kettle bells. I want all of them so bad! But, kids come first, so I’ll settle for them having presents instead. Hopefully we’ll have the $ to start shopping on Friday. 0.°
On my list for the gym is Fat Gripz and Valslides! I LOVE my TRX, so that’s a great one. I also have been using The Stick with myself and my clients, that’s one you might love as well.
well December for me is not only Christmas time it’s my wedding anniversary yeyyyy, so my wish list is a pair of running shoes because I’m planning to run my first 5k next year, I also want a new HRM, new workout cloths, and a Yoga mat…. so I hope everybody gets their wish list, because that means that we are gonna be compromise with our fitness goals….. happy holidays 🙂
I always tell my family I need work clothes aka gym clothes, so I always end up with gift cards to Dick’s or City Sports. Last year my Grandma put a Dick’s gift card in a Tiffany’s box…I was so excited until I opened it. Tricky Grandma.
I’m in the market for new running gear, especially for colder temps. I really could use some long sleeved wicking tops!
This year I asked for a new pair of running shoes and some workout clothes!
A heart rate monitor and a new yoga mat!
I’d love a gymboss or similar, as well as some hand weights to work out at home! I have a 10lb kettlebell but need something a little lighter for certain exercises.
Great suggestions Sarah! If you have any other ideas for what to get active guys in their 20s, I’d love to hear them!
Top on my list is actually the Gymboss from the first day of your giveaway. I do a lot of HIIT but I am using an old cell phone as my stopwatch and it definitely makes it much harder. A heartrate monitor would be a close second because I jog as well. Thank you for these ideas!
I love my Polar! But it’s about lived it’s full life. I also have the suspension system and my husband and I love using it on those days when we just don’t want to get to the gym or we have core challenges with it (we’re highly competitive).
I am giving my friend a heart rate monitor since she is a runner! And I am thinking a ski mask for the hubby since we are going to Colorado next week…I would love a trx for myself 🙂
Chana Balk says
a heart rate monitor and a new sports bra
on my wishlist are new yoga pants and new shoes for gim! 🙂
Jillian D. says
I want more workout DVD’s. I just moved to a place where my gym is not close AT ALL and I like to get in a quick workout (booty call) in the morning before work. I did Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred this morning and loved it!!
My bigg christmas wish was new running shoes!!!
I asked my parents for a gift certificate to the Yoga center near my school. They’re willing to pay for classes for a full session 🙂 Although it’s not directly fitness (but it is related to healthy living), I asked my boyfriend to get me a compact blender. Not the most romantic gift, but I can’t wait to be able to mix smoothies and shakes right up in the travel cup! The model I asked for is the Cuisinart SmartPower350W Compact Portable Blender.
#1 on my list are new running shoes, it’s definitely time for me to toss the ones I have now!
Sarah G. says
#1 thing I want is a yoga mat, ughhh. I don’t do yoga much now, but I most definitely would if I had a mat and some yoga pants! A heart rate monitor would be nice also since I run more than anything else. Sports bras also. Haha. I have none of these things! Ugh!
im hoping to get the Polar FT60 🙂 its definitely at the top of my list!! i wouldnt mind a new pair of running shoes either 🙂
Some things on my list are new running shoes (because mine are giving me blisters), a gymboss (which just recently found out that it’s called that), and one of those things that you put your iPod in and strap around your arm to go running with (very technical terms, I know).
Running shoes & yoga gear! 🙂
On my wish list this year, #1 is a heart-rate monitor, actually. I thought I wanted the GPS-enabled kind, but the heart-strap that would come with it does sound annoying; I might take your advice and opt for the PolarFT model! #2, new sneakers! With my new running routine this fall, my old ones have taken quite a beating and are no longer comfortable. Time to upgrade =)
Great ideas for fit-gifts! Thanks!
My list’s high-end fitness gift is a Garmin watch to help me with training for my next half marathon…but since those are a little pricey I’m just hoping for a fleece ear warmer headband with build in speakers/headphones so I don’t have to choose between keeping warm or running with music!
Since i just started working out, there are so many fitness related things in my wishlist! A yoga mat, workout clothes, sports bras, good socks, water bottle, and new music are some i would love 🙂
Carlos C. says
Not much of a runner as in long distance running but I do sprints. I’d prefer a good training shoe that would be good for sprinting on different types of surfaces as my primary workout item.
Becky A says
I just signed up for my first running event ever and while it may be a stretch to have started off with a 10k, I have been working out with a trainer for a few weeks as a work challenge. I’m excited to start training to run and will definitely be asking for some new cold weather running gear as well as a new pair of running shoes. Here’s hoping come April 1st I’ll be ready!
I would love a yoga mat, workout clothes, and a water bottle!
Amy Dovidio says
There are a few workout DVDs I have my eye on and I want some kettlebells! 🙂
New running shoes, warmer running clothes and heart rate monitor!! 🙂 Hopefully i’ll run my first marathon next year!
New nike running shoes are definitely on the top of my list! Also, new sports bras and running apparel 🙂
Emmy Weiss says
I really would like a heart rate monitor. I don’t go to the gym anymore, so it’s hard to exercise and not know what my heart rate is doing (without having to stop and count) plus it helps keep me on track (am I in anaerobic or aerobic?) =D
I asked for a heart rate monitor/gps for christmas! I also asked for a crossfit gym membership…always want to try new things! 🙂
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shannonmarie (rawdorable) says
I always love some yoga apparel 🙂
For my fitness wishlist, what I want the most is the TIU lifetime membership. Next would be the tone it up DVD. I also really need some new sneakers, I don’t really have a specific brand that want but I know I need some new sneakers.
I’d love anything Lululemon!! Especially one of their gym bags… or even the Manduka Black Mat Pro.
Kristy Doyle says
Oh yeah, I’d LOVE a HRM!! I need one!
I definitely want a yoga mat! I love that my gym provides them…but I know that it’s not the most sanitary option. Maybe the mat towel will help--I haven’t thought of that!
On my christmas wish list this year is the Garmin Forerunner 305!! I have been wanting one for so long, so i am very excited to finally(hopefully) get one! I also am in dire need of some new workout clothes!!
For Christmas, I would like a heart rate monitor or a FitBit 🙂
I have a Polar heart rate monitor and a foam roller on my list for this year! 🙂
I need to update my gym clothes, new yoga pants, t’s and tanks!
One of the things definitely on my wish list this year is the heart rate monitor! I’ve wanted one for a while so hopefully one will be coming my way soon!
This is so extravagant, but since I will be visiting my parents in St. Croix (USVI) this winter, I asked if they would pay for a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga lesson while I’m there!! They’re a couple hours long, since you first have to learn how to kneel and stand on the thing before you do yoga. I can’t wait though! I can’t think of a more ideal workout…
Laura Wilson says
I always make a wish list for my family. I don’t get so detailed as to where to purchase and how much it costs unless its something I am really particular about, but we have a big family so my mom always insists on lists. plus its a great way to get all the workout accessories I want!
First of all, I totally make a list like your roomie. In fact, I usually make a Power Point fully equipped with hyperlinked photos of what I want, free shipping/promo codes, etc. Everyone is a winner: I get what I want and take the burden of finding a gift for me off of my family!
Secondly, fitness gift wise, I’ve got my eyes on some Nike running leggings (ankle crop length), lululemon sports bra, and an Under Armour elastic head band. I don’t have a heart monitor so that would be pretty awesome as well!
Katie G says
SO many things! Now that I am getting into running longer distances, definitely a fuel belt to hold water and snacks on runs! I am also in need of a new bathing suit, open water goggles, and a few things for my bike for the upcoming tri season. A brand new City Sports opened up the other day right NEXT DOOR to my gym…I have been dying to go in there but I’m afraid I will blow my entire Christmas gift budget if I do!
Christmas list is full of fitness things 😛 The one I want the most is the Foam Roller 😉 I wanted to try this for a long time !
Yoga for me 🙂 they make pretty tie-dye non-slip towels.
I make the exact same list as your roommate. So much easier for those buying! This year I have a heart rate monitor as my #1 wanted item. I’ve been working out and losing weight and I’d love to know exactly how many calories I am burning. Crossing my fingers that I get it!
Heart rate monitor would be the best thing I would want to get! I remember you saying that the ones on the machines are that accurate! And Congrats! I saw you in the Womens Fitness magazine!! 🙂
Cheurice Vegter says
This is exiting!! I’ve got quite the list, but I’ve
been a good girl all year, right?! Ha. I am wishing (and writing Santa) for a heart rate monitor, new running shoes, bic bands, a nice winter-approved running jacket, a garmin forerunner, athletic socks, compression socks, and a runner-friendly pair of earphones. Dream big! Haha
I suppose i would need a duffle bag, haha!
I was a swim team kid for 8 years of my life, and fins always changed the way you felt in the water! It makes you feel the need to move your arms faster and can help you with sprinting. 🙂
For Christmas I would love a heart rate monitor! And that towel to put over your yoga mat is pretty neat too!
Suzanne Matheny says
I would love a NorthFace jacket!
I need new workout clothes, sneakers, and an interval timer. My list is pretty simple.
As a swimmer, recently-turned runner, I really want a heart rate monitor! They’re just too dang expensive.
I’d like a new jacket! (I’d also like a new sports bra- but I might want to pick that out myself:)
A heart rate monitor was first on my list (but I also have weights and a medicine ball for cheaper options, which are great for those cold winter nights when I don’t want to leave the house!)
I want a new gymboss, sneakers, shorts and sports bras for x-mas. Too bad Santa is broke 😛
I really want an athletic sweater I can put on over my workout clothes when I wanna go for a run outside in the cool weather. One of those sweaters that zip from the top of your chest up to your neck. That would be cool!!=]
Leah Krystosek says
On my list is a good pair of fitness sneakers, a gymboss, leg bands, and a heart rate monitor.
Marina Chekhovskiy says
I would love new running shoes, socks and clothes… but i really want a gps enabled heart monitor, that is definitely #1 on my list!
Amber Bailey says
I just bought I new pair of Nike+ running shoes for ‘christmas’ but a gymboss would also be handy!
It is so frustrating buying things in New Zealand as it is all so expensive compared to australia!
A garmin heartrate monitor, winter running clothes, and a yoga mat!
I do really love your Polar heart rate monitor and I definitely need new running shoes
Top of my list is a heart rate monitor.
I would love some adjustable free weights, or some new workout gear!
I would LOVE a set of kettlebells! My idea of the perfect home gym!
I would LOOOVE a Polar FT40 or Pink Polar heart rate monitor and calorie counter of any kind!
My fitness wish list for this year is the next size in the Ultimate Sandbag. I have the smallest one which is about 35lbs. It is ASWESOME. I can get an intense workout in in my tiny living room and bring it to all my private home clients. It’s perfect for every type of workout but I’ve plateaud as far as strength gains because it is too light. I keep hinting to my boy friend! We’ll see. I already have a dip station, HR monitor, TRX, road bike that I put on an indoor trainer and fins and paddles for the pool. I’m dying for a new and heavier sandbag! LOVE your blog!
Denise Strawn says
I’m dieing to get some new dumbells with heavier weight. Oh yeah baby, I’m moving up!
I’m asking for Zumbi Wii game.
DEFINITELY the skidless mat towel!!! I didn’t even know that product existed! I am ALWAYS slipping at Bikram!
the ideas really help! i want to get a gymboss and a nice heart rate monitor
What is on my wish list this year is a reflective vest so I can run at night/dusk and still be able to keep up with my running and training schedule. Would also love some cold weather running clothes.
Edmund Mendez says
1-year membership to a gym
Janett Ceron says
I have sports bras and yoga pants on my list! 🙂
Running shoes… asics . :))
Leslie Stewart says
For my fitness gift wish this year, I’d like a kettlebell. They are pretty pricey so it would be a perfect gift for me. I would love to get my dad the TRX for Christmas for when he goes to Florida.
Jessica LeBoeuf says
I normally don’t make a christmas list, but there are some things that would enjoy receiving. Ugg winter boots, gymboss timer (for bodyrock or interval workouts), food processor (would use this a ton), winter jacket (suitable for my ski trip yay), running sneakers, raw food ingredients (chia seeds, maca powder, amaranth flour, spurilina etc) and I believe that’s it!
Hi Sarah, I would love to get some new workout gear and sunglasses! 🙂
Corey Duysen says
Anything to do with running! I signed up for my first half-marathon in March!
rachel moreno says
I am just starting to run and i think all these items are great gift ideas as well as great gifts me a person like is larning and working out! 🙂 I alway make a Christmas and birthday wish list for all my family and friends! 😉
new workout clothes and a gift card to my favorite cycle shop so I can upgrade my road bike. 🙂
I need a new waterbottle! I’ve been bringing Aquafina bottles to the gym = what a waste of bottled water!
A pretty pricey wishlist gift, but I would love a bike rack for my car. I have an SUV so it can fit inside but it doesn’t allow for many more people to ride in the car, and who wants to ride alone?
yes I agree, but I wanted to showcase some cool products 🙂
Turbo Jam is on my list.
Cara E Bednar says
I love the shades…they make me want sunshine on this gross day!
Nicole F. says
Now that I’ve gotten more into running and am looking into races for the spring, I asked for a heart rate monitor. I know Garmin’s are supposed to be great, but they are definitely an investment!
New shoes, and a yoga mat top my Christmas wish list this year!
I really should make a more detailed christmas list, it would probably help everyone out, but I can never decide what I want! However, after seeing this list I know I would love a heart rate monitor, I love running and numbers so this would just be perfect, and its not to late to suggest it to my family!
I would LOVE the Asics GT 2160 shoes -- they are all black and super cute! They are under $80 which is a great price -- and between me and you i havent had a new pair of shoes since I was pregnant with my son (and he will be 5 in January!) Plus City Sports carries my giant foot size (10.5 lol)!!
Here are the shoes: http://www.citysports.com/ASICS-GT-2160—Womens/194233/Product
Then with the leftover $20 I would get this cute winter hat (Bula Fishbone Beanie in Sage): http://www.citysports.com/Bula-Fishbone-Beanie/207468/Product
Holly E. says
The fitness gift(s) on my wish list is a gym boss and new running shoes! A gym boss would be so awesome to have and i am in need of some good running shoes lol (=
I pretty much need some swimming lessons and it would be a dream to get a treadmill!
*runs in* YAY, I didn’t miss it!! I actually asked for a Heart Rate monitor also! I need new workout shoes too!!
this year im asking for warm running gear. Im training for the boston marathon (Which is april) and we just moved to colorado sooooo its gonna be chilly!!! so i definitely need warm gear!
Oh and the gymboss timer too!
My wishlist include new workout clothes, new dvds, a new yoga mat…Oh, and some motivation would be helpful!
hmm lets see, a new yoga mat, treadmill, running shoes, more weights, swiss ball or medicine ball. I think the treadmill is like my number one thing though!!
Paul M. says
I think that the thing I want most is a GPS watch with a heart rate monitor. OK, and a new pair of running shoes.
Erin Macdonald says
The Yoga Skidless Towel Mat has been on my gift list for A LONG TIME! I do yoga 3-4 times a week and know that it’s a great investment but, like you, I can’t bring myself to pay $60 for one! No matter which brand you look at, they’re all expensive. A GC to CitySports would definitely solve this problem!
Hi Honey!~ On my wishlist I want to get some of those cool sunglasses like in your video and some sunscreen tops for walking my pups * weenie dogs*. Also, I want to get lots of knogs for the humane society *Just haven’t figured out where to get those donations from. If anyone can help I would appreciate any and all help I can get for the SPCA and Humane Society here in Oklahoma.
I do like the idea of the suspension system, too. I just happen to have dizzy spells often and I don’t want to know what my tile tastes like when mixed with my teeth and blood. 0.o lol
I’ve been meaning to get a BOSU trainer for a few years so maybe I’ll get one for Christmas this year (or enough gift cards to get one for myself!).
Caroline Quan says
I’d love to get my sister the Heart Rate Monitor, she’s really into living a healthy lifestyle after following Tone It Up and has me into it too! But I’m a broke College Student, so a City Sports gift card would REALLY help!!!
I’m dying for a HRM!! Now that I’m doing more HIIT and weight lifting I worry that I’m not in the target range and am really not doing enough for my body.
All i want for christmas is…. A heart rate monitor 🙂
On my wishlist I would like to get is some new yoga and workout clothes. It make me so happy if I got this gift card.
I am asking for a Nike+ chip 🙂
katherine d. says
I need a need pair of hand weights and a vitamix for sure
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