The Wishlist: 15 Best Gifts for the Athlete

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Getting into shape is always on someone’s list of New Years’ resolutions, but why wait until the ball drops to get started? If there’s anything people should jump the gun on, it’s getting on top of their health, and the constant morning runner, (home) gym goer, or smart bike user is sure to tell you the same thing; that said, we’ve compiled a gift guide fit for all three and then some, as we’ve scoured the best presents for the athlete in your life.

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lululemon All Day Essentials Large Duffle Bag 32L

What’s a trip to the gym without a bag to go with it? lululemon’s new All Day Essentials Duffle Bag boasts a hefty 32L capacity, a water-repellent composition, and a streamlined design that makes carrying it around an absolute walk in the park — or, in this case, a jog.

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Rogue kettlebells

Not all kettlebells are the same, and material sourcing can make all the difference. Rogue makes theirs from the highest quality first run iron ore available, and are designed to take a beating.

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lululemon metal vent tech shirt 2.0

Built with a slim fit, and lululemon’s “skip-the-chafe, seamless construction,” you’d be hard pressed to find a technical shirt that performs better during your next workout.

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Crossrope Starter set

Few workouts are better than jumping rope, and Crossrope’s 1/4-pound option is designed with cardio and HIIT workouts in mind. And thanks to the brand’s patented fast clip system, you can easily swap for lighter or heavier ropes in an instant.

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bosu sport balance trainer

Made in the USA, this travel-sized Bosu ball lets you work on your balance, strength and flexibility all year round, no matter where the road takes you.

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Beats Fit Pro

Whether trying to tune out the world on trips to the gym using ANC mode or want to keep tabs on the oncoming track when walking down the block using Transparency mode, the sweat-resistant Beats Fit Pro buds cover every base.

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Salomon XT-6 gtx

Is there any shoe hotter than the Salomon XT-6 right now? You’d be hard-pressed to pin one down, and this newly-introduced GORE-TEX iteration is practically built for winter weather.

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lululemon precipitation jacket

A windbreaker is great to have on hand year-round, but lululemon’s Precipitation Jacket is no common option. Its seam-sealed composition locks in warmth while staying breathable throughout, making it the perfect choice for a morning run.

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District vision koharu eclipse sunglasses

A good pair of performance glasses aren’t hard to find, but the best one can be hard to pin down. Gift the runner in your life this futuristic silhouette courtesy of District Vision.

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Oura smart ring gen 3

Odds are your giftee is not going to have the best workout after a long night of holiday hors d’oeuvres and a poor night of sleep. Luckily, Oura’s rounded Smart Ring features the same sleep-tracking technology that made its original model so notable.

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Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

With a range of 5 to 52.5 pounds, these adjustable dumbbells are perfect for beginners and consistent lifters alike, making it one of the more versatile fitness gadgets you can pick during the holidays.

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Theragun pro

We had no choice but to acknowledge Therabody one more time for its flagship product. The SoCal wellness manufacturer’s revamped massage gun just hit the scene a couple of months ago and is quieter than ever before, which says a whole lot.

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Apple watch ultra

Apple’s latest smartwatch is rugged, sturdy, and ready to keep track of any workout. From precise data tracking to a variety of activity-specific bands, the Apple Watch Ultra can be tailored to any athlete’s needs.

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lululemon studio mirror

lululemon Studio’s state-of-the-art Mirror home gym is one of the market’s finest, and its sleek design will refrain from causing an eyesore in your giftee’s home, unlike the typical smart bike.

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The Huupe

Gift your basketball-loving buddy the most innovative hoop known to man. While they might not shoot like Steph Curry just yet, the Huupe can assist in getting them there (no guarantees, though).

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