Gift Guide for the Gym Rat in Your Life

We all have that one friend who has everything. This guide is for you if that one friend also happens to make fitness a priority. Read on for the best presents to present to your fitness-loving friends or family.

Bike. Whether your intended recipient is new to cycling or has expressed interest in an alternate machine for different types of trails, you can’t go wrong with a hybrid bicycle. Here are the top 17 bikes according to Bicycling.com. Cost: $400 and up

Headphones. We all know that workouts go faster with your own personal motivation playing in the background. Wireless headphones utilize Bluetooth technology to keep the music going no matter how strenuous things get. Cost: $50 and up

Smart watch. This one is a bit trickier since you want to know which fitness band they already using – and they are already using one. Consider purchasing an upgraded version of what they have now. Cost $99 to $500

Gym membership. Gym goers spend an average of $800 per year on gym membership fees. You can go all out and foot the bill for an entire year or simply help them start their new year off on the right foot by paying January’s dues. Cost: $40 and up

Fitness equipment. If you notice your fitness-forward friend falling behind, consider making their daily workout easier by investing in a piece of personal fitness equipment. HomeAdvisor estimates it takes a professional about two hours to assemble the most common machines at a cost of less than $100. Cost: $300 and up plus installation

Portable bottle. A collapsible water bottle or hydration pouch is an excellent gift for those who like to push themselves to the extreme. After all, water is life. Cost $3 to $45

Magazine subscription. For the gift that keeps on giving, sign your loved one up for a year’s worth of health-oriented information, delivered once a month, right to the front door. Women’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Runner’s, and Shape top the list of most giveable fitness magazines. See the full top 10 list at AllYouCanRead.com. Cost: $20 and up

Personal Blender. Nutrition is an important aspect in all fitness-lovers’ lives. Help them get out the door on a healthy note with a personal blender. This $22 model from Target doubles as an on-the-go bottle, leaving no mess on the kitchen counter to clean up. Cost: $22 to $300

Gym attire. While fashion may not be a priority when he or she is covered in sweat, everyone wants to look good at the gym. Lululemon offers an expansive selection of gifts and stocking stuffers for both men and women. And with one of the most recognizable symbols in the industry, Lululemon is synonymous with workout success. Cost: $80 to $150

Fitness retreat. If you really want to make an impression under the tree this year, look no further than your local travel agent. There are a number of budget-friendly fitness retreats that combine the benefits of a daily workout with those of travel. This Zumba Cruise is the perfect girlfriends getaway (so buy two tickets and travel together!) Cost: $500 to $5,000

Martial arts belt display case. Your black-belted brethren will appreciate a customized wooden case to showcase his or her martial arts achievements. Whether they specialize in Kenpo or Krav Maga, a wooden display case says you recognize all the hard work they put into their art. Cost: $30 to $125 plus personalization.

No matter your budget, you have plenty of options to get creative and personal with your gift-giving strategy. The fact that you’ve been so thoughtful in your selection will make your gift stand out.

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