The Wishlist: Athlete’s Holiday Gift Guide

There’s those who workout three times a week, grinding away on the treadmill so that their heart doesn’t explode out of their chest and they don’t become a horrifying bag of Cheeto-stained goo. Then there are the people who are addicted to the endorphin buzz they get from hours on the treadmill, miles on the cycle, or reps in the gym. These die-hard athletes are a unique breed that inspire, and often annoy the rest of us with their gorgeous cores and stunning quadriceps. While they might shame our bodies, they’re also extremely easy to shop for.

In crafting a gift guide for the athlete in your life, we assumed they had most of the staples of a real gym rat and started looking for ways that you could help them perfect their pump and maximize their workout. From nutrition to equipment, we’ve got everything your athlete could want this holiday season.

BlenderBottle GoStak Twist n' Lock Storage Jars

BlenderBottle GoStak Twist n’ Lock Storage Jars

The BlenderBottle Storage Jars are the answers to keeping workout supplements, snacks, or shake powders easily separated and organized. They’re light enough to travel easily with just enough space for dietary basics packed into stackable, lockable perfection.

Purchase: $11

Perfect Basic Pushup

Perfect Basic Pushup

Besides just sitting or standing, the pushup is probably the most basic exercise you can do, but it’s still easy to do it wrong. For simple, streamlined pushups that enhance build and will really sculpt the upper body, these aren’t just paddles with handles, they’re a whole new image.

Purchase: $17

Muscle Roller Stick

Muscle Roller Stick

A necessity when it comes to sore backs, legs, and shoulders. You don’t even need to be an athlete to appreciate how the Roller Stick will knock out kinks and knots to keep sore muscles loose and pliable when kicking ass or just taking down names.

Purchase: $23

Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle

Double-walled insulation will keep icy beverages refreshingly cold for a full day. The simple screw and snap on cap can attach to a bag’s carabiner or fit into any standard water belt for easy drinking action. Loads of colors are sure to impress.

Purchase: $23

SKLZ Quick Flat Rung Agility Ladder

SKLZ Quick Flat Rung Agility Ladder

Even professional athletes can’t travel with a whole array of tires to hop through for increasing their foot speed and quick first step. The Agility Ladder is a packable option for carrying around training equipment that will keep your knees high and make you quicker off the blocks, all in an easily storable form.

Purchase: $24

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Almost completely natural and non-toxic, the Essential Face Wipes clean off dirt, grime, oil, and sweat without removing all natural moisture from skin. They refresh without overdrying and clean without stripping away skin’s natural defenses.

Purchase: $24

SKLZ Speed Resistance Training Parachute

SKLZ Speed Resistance Training Parachute

When running alone has lost its luster, then it’s time to step up your game and reinvent the way running is meant to be done. 360 degree movement and able to work with distance running as well as sprints, this ‘chute’s as portable as it is ingenious.

Purchase: $30

Adidas Adilette Slide Sanda

Adidas Adilette Slide Sandal

Not just any shower shoe, the Adilette Slide is a refined piece of gymwear that uses a molded footbed to keep feet in the lap of luxury as the synthetic body fights off germs, bacteria, and microbes so the wet floor doesn’t spread infection.

Purchase: $30

Onnit Zombie Kettlebells

Onnit Zombie Kettlebells

Buy them individually or get the whole set, these distinctive kettlebells bring all the brain-eating zombie action and imaginative versatility right into any home gym. Ranging from 18 to 72 pounds, there’s a size for any workout level.

Purchase: $35+

SKLZ Core Wheels

SKLZ Core Wheels

An exercise innovation that harkens back to man’s fire invention, the wheel, these are simple but provide a heavy-duty core workout that is bound only by the imagination and the skill of the user. Light and easy to pack for hotel workouts that truly push boundaries.

Purchase: $36

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

Beginning with a space-saving hollow core and targeted, variable foam densities on the exterior for working different muscle groups, the GRID helps hard-working athletes soothe their savage muscles whether at home or on the move. Medically proven to prevent cramps and reduce soreness.

Purchase: $58

Olivers All Over Shorts

Olivers All Over Shorts

Stretch fabric that moves with the body and ballistic mesh pockets that won’t encumber movement or inhibit fast action, with full military paracord as part of the package, these are indoor / outdoor, go-anywhere gear for every workout routine. And they’re handmade right here in California.

Purchase: $68

Magic Bullet NutriBullet

Magic Bullet NutriBullet

For both blending fresh fruits for a little light snacking or slamming down serious protein shakes, the NutriBullet is the one stop chop, blend, mix, and shred machine for nutrition hounds and impatient eaters alike.

Purchase: $70

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

Waking or sleeping, the Activity Wristband is the latest in monitoring day-to-day activities. It will add a little spring in your step to help the fitness guru reach athletic Nirvana or get any average layabout to burn a couple extra calories to lose those holiday pounds.

Purchase: $119

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport

JayBird BlueBuds X Sport

Easy controls and a tight inner-ear fit that will hold in place through hours of calisthenics and punishing cardio, few headphones fit as tightly or produce better sound while running wirelessly than the BlueBuds. As good for taking business calls as playing gym jams.

Purchase: $125+

Rhone Hano Full-Zip Hoodie

Rhone Hano Full-Zip Hoodie

It feels like fine cashmere but fits like it was made for tackling trail runs, mountain hikes, and winter roadwork. The lines are classic without looking like just another grimy sweatshirt from the bottom of the hamper.

Purchase: $129

Aer Duffle Pack

Aer Duffle Pack

Made with an urban commando vibe using 1680 Denier ballistic nylon with a specialized laptop compartment that is accompanied by a front / top loading frame capable of keeping sweaty clothes separate from important briefs and vice versa. Goes from work to play in a snap.

Purchase: $150

TRX Suspension Trainer

TRX Suspension Trainer

Good home gyms are costly and have a huge footprint that get in the way of kegerators and workbenches. Using the Suspension Trainer, it’s possible to get a solid workout using just a door, the anchor, and the elastic bands for resistance training that works the whole body.

Purchase: $189

Titin Force Shirt System

Titin Force Shirt System

Combination weighted vest and compression shirt, the Force adds stress to a workout or just a walkabout while also giving the body the enhanced blood flow it needs to meet challenges while growing stronger. Weighted with soft hydro-gel it’s comfortable with any outfit.

Purchase: $250

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

More than just a bland fitness tracker, the Forerunner 920XT behaves like a coach and personal assistant when it comes to planning workouts. By measuring your body’s recovery time it optimizes a runner or cycler’s peak performance times so every move counts.

Purchase: $500

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