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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Fitness Junkie
Stocking stuffers for those that are into fitness are some of the most fun gifts to buy, but they also leave the widest variety of potential gifting options. If you’re in need of some high-quality, reasonable-cost stocking stuffers, this list of small gifts is sure to provide some inspiration. Pick from fancy socks, water bottles, protective phone cases and more.
Otterbox Elevation 20 Tumbler
To get yourself up and out to the gym every morning, a warm cup of joe is imperative. Fill this 20-ounce stainless steel mug, pop it in your cup holder and head out to achieve your goal. Prefer cold brew? This mug will keep your beverage cold for hours.
LifeProof FRE Case
How many times has this happened to you? You’re running on the treadmill and go to change the speed or incline, bumping your headphone wire. You watch your phone careen off the back of the tread and you immediately hit stop to go collect it and start again. While headphone wires might be a thing of the past, dropping your phone, unfortunately, isn’t. The FRE case from LifeProof can withstand drops from two meters.
If you are planning a turkey trot, half marathon or more this year, a FlipBelt running belt is ideal to hold everything you need. Stuff in tissues, chapstick, any running fuel, some cash and your license. It sits on your waistline and stretches to fit whatever you put in it, so you don’t have to worry about it bouncing around. Best of all, it’s machine washable, so there’s no stink after a couple of wears.
SAXX Kinetic 2-Pack Boxer Brief
Built for marathon training sessions, these boxer briefs have a semi-compression fit. With micromesh fabric that dries quickly and an anti-roll waistband, you can put them on and forget them. It’ll free you up to spend time calculating splits in your head as opposed to pulling and tugging on your shorts or leggings.
UA x Stance SLK Crew
Stance makes some of the most fun performance socks out there. Under Armour makes some of the best performance tech gear that you’ve likely been wearing since middle school. The two joined forces to create a sleek sock with plenty of Fusion fibers, mesh panels and targeted compression to help you power through all your upcoming workouts.
If you typically feel your form starting to drop off after mile five, Lumo Run can help. The running sensor clips to the back of your shorts or tights to evaluate your stride in real time. Both beginner and expert runners can benefit from using the corresponding app. After each run, you can monitor trends in your steps and get personalized recommendations to keep your feet moving fast and your form looking good.
Ursa Major Face Wash
With heavy workouts comes lots of sweat, meaning you should be washing all that off after every session. The Ursa Major natural face wash cleanses skin without messing with your pH balance. Ingredients like aloe, sugarcane and rice-seed will feel great on your face and leave you smelling like cedar, spearmint, lime and lemon– a pretty fantastic combo if you ask us.
Metolius Portable Power Grips
If you like to rock climb, your cross-training likely includes some pull-ups. You’ll need both powerful legs and arms to get yourself up anything from a 5.2 to 5.12 and higher. These custom-carved wooden power grips will challenge you to keep going up. The two holds can hang anywhere you want to do a little-added training.
Stay healthy and never miss a day at the gym with Nuun vitamins. You’ll find these all over Gear Patrol staffer’s desks in a variety of flavors. Try the ginger lemonade, blackberry citrus, blueberry pomegranate or tangerine lime and fill your body up with Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6, plus folic acid, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Each tab dissolves in water, so you’re also upping your hydration levels.
Headphones and earbuds are easy to slip into a stocking. These Bluetooth earbuds are sweat-proof and water-resistant for up to seven hours. If it’s notoriously hard to find earbuds that fit your ears, these come with ear tips and hooks to make that problem a thing of the past.
TriggerPoint Massage Ball
Recovery is the name of the game in sports these days. If you’re not getting enough sleep, stretching and eating right, your body might revolt. TriggerPoint’s deep tissue massage ball helps you get at any tension points in your body to release muscles and promote blood flow to tight areas. Roll out your glutes, pecs, traps and more with this little ball.
When you’re an athlete, staying injury-free can be a tricky thing to do. Sometimes we push ourselves a little too hard and end up nursing a hurt hamstring or calf for longer than we’d like. KT Tape provides support and mobility for your muscles while reducing tissue pressure to help you recover faster. Most athletic trainers or physical therapists can help teach you how to properly apply KT tape so that you can get back to normal, sooner.
While a runner’s high is a real thing, getting yourself to that point often takes a bit of effort. To give yourself an added boost of energy, Run Gum is the way to go. It has taurine and caffeine as well as B6 and B12. Chew for a few minutes to feel the effects before heading out to keep them high all day long. Nick Symmonds, a former pro-middle-distance track athlete, developed it to help up his energy levels without drinking a ton of energy drinks.
CamelBak Quick Stow Flask
This time of year, it might be worth it to mix up your fitness routine, lest you get bored lifting the same weights in the same corner of your gym. Head outside for a run, hike or bike and the fresh air will do you good. One accessory you must pack is a water bottle. The bulky non-collapsible kind might work indoors, but outside, you want something sleeker. CamelBak’s Quick Stow Flask holds 17-ounces of water, fits in hydration vests and has a self-sealing valve, so it doesn’t leak all over.
While the gym you visit now likely smells fresh and clean, your gym bag might be in sad shape. How often do you sweat through your clothes and shoes, then toss them in your pack to take home and wash later? That sweat seeps into your gym bag, and it can be hard to get rid of. This fragrance footwear freshener spray can extend the life of both your sneakers and your gym bag. A two-ounce bottle lasts up to three months even with daily use. Spritz, spray and go.
Roka R1 Goggle
If your fitness junkie is looking to expand his workouts into the pool, or is thinking about trying triathlons, a pair of goggles is a necessity. The R1 goggles have razor sharp optics so you can see your field of competition in the lake or monitor the lines on the bottom of the pool. The anti-fog coating is a huge help to keep your line of vision perfect.
Don’t know what to get the people on your list? We’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide.