ACTIVE Fitness Holiday Gift Guide
Some stay up-to-date with the latest gear trends. Some stick to "old reliable" when it comes to fashion and accessories. Regardless of what category your friend or family member falls into, it's hard to believe they wouldn't love unwrapping a present and finding a fitness-related item.
With the variety of products in the 2015 edition of ACTIVE's annual fitness holiday gift guide, you're bound to find something your loved ones will enjoy.
Black Mountain Products Stackable Resistance Band Set$32.99 1 of 21
If you know someone who's one of the millions aspiring to improve their health and well-being, a gym membership is a given. But having some at-home fitness items is an essential piece of the puzzle, too.
These tubed resistance bands from Black Mountain Products come at a low price—especially when you consider the set's versatility. With a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, carrying case and five stackable bands of varying resistance, it's quite the bargain.
No need for tubing? Check out the other fitness accessories BMP offers: stability balls, medicine balls, battle ropes, and much more.
Related: Full-Body Resistance Band Workout
Thera-Band Multi-Band Pack$17.49 2 of 21
Forget about rehab. That word implies you've been injured. It's time to start practicing "pre-hab."
Thera-Band is a leader in rehabilitation fitness accessories, and has more products than you probably knew existed. Fitness junkies should consider adding several of this company's products to their home fitness inventory, and this multi-band pack is a great place to start. The bands come in varying levels of resistance and are perfect for a variety of injury prevention exercises for ankles, shoulders and hips.
Dharma Yoga Wheel$99 3 of 21
The Dharma Yoga Wheel is a large prop that can help you seriously open your body. Used to draping your back over a bolster? Take it up a notch and lie over this instead.
There are different ways you can use the Dharma Wheel to assist you in poses, but we found the best way was just laying our back over it, arms falling to the side and head back. Of course, you can use it for that, or impress your friends by doing balance poses on it.
Related: Full-Body Resistance Band Workout
TriggerPoint Performance FoamRoller$64.99 4 of 21
Recovery is just as important as the time you put in at the gym, and TriggerPoint has the products to help you do it the right way. The Performance FoamRoller is one of the top rollers on the market, as its three-dimensional surface allows tissue to aerate while you roll, promoting the flow of blood and oxygen—the nutrients needed to repair muscles.
Want to step up your recovery game even more? Try some additional products from TriggerPoint, such as smaller rollers convenient for traveling, the GRID STK handheld roller and massage balls.
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KT Tape$19.99 5 of 21
If you've watched pretty much any sporting events lately, there's a good chance you've seen athletes donning some oddly-placed, vibrantly-colored tape on various parts of their bodies. If the pros are doing it, it must work in some capacity, right?
Kinesiology tape is applied along muscles, ligaments and tendons to provide lightweight, external support and help you stay active while dealing with nagging injuries. It creates neuromuscular feedback (proprioception) that facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons without the bulk and restriction of common wraps and braces.
Fitbit Surge$249.99 6 of 21
According to Fitbit, the Surge isn't a smart watch—it's a super watch.
Wearing this fashionable GPS device on your wrist helps you easily keep track of your heart rate (without the need of an additional strap or accessory), daily steps, exercise results, sleep patterns and more. The elastomer material used on the wristband provides a comfortable, unrestrictive feel, and the watch is water resistant up to 5 ATM.
As an added bonus, you can link the watch to your phone via Bluetooth to read text messages on the fly and control your music. In short, there isn't much you can't do with the Surge on your wrist.
Not interested in such a complex product? Check out some of the other less-advanced activity trackers Fitbit has to offer, such as the Charge HR, Flex and Zip.
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MisFit Speedo Shine$79.99 7 of 21
Activity trackers have exploded onto the fitness scene as of late, but among all options, one common flaw has been present—the inability to track swimming. Don't worry, swimmers, MisFit is on top of it.
Made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, this device is the world's first tracker designed with swimmers in mind. The device is waterproof up to 50 meters and has special swim-tracking capabilities, as it tracks a swimmer's lap count and distance with industry-leading accuracy that works for all stroke types.
Arbonne Essentials Nutrition ProductsPrices Vary 8 of 21
Whatever nutrition needs you have, Arbonne has you covered.
The pre- and post-workout powders, ready-to-drink protein products and hunger-controlling snacks were favorites among our team of editors, and these are just some of the dozens of products with botanically-based ingredients this earth-friendly company offers.
Exercising is just half the battle. Stay on top of your nutrition and invest in products that have the nutrients needed to replenish your body and repair your muscles.
Play Again Now Recovery Drink$49.95 9 of 21
The ingredients of this recovery drink are a little complex, but the results aren't.
The product is comprised of a liquid form of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is produced naturally in the fluid that protects the body's joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. The HA acts as a shock absorber and lubricant for the entire body, giving you a premium sports nutrition supplement to combat body stiffness and soreness.
Play Again Now also contains methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), an organic form of sulfur. The MSM is in the form in which sulfur appears in nature in biologically active living organisms, and it's commonly used for lower back soreness, muscle aches and connective tissue support.
Related: 17 Proven Ways to Speed Muscle Recovery
RefresH2Go Filtered Water Bottles$6.99-$10.99 10 of 21
Hydration is often overlooked, but its importance is never doubted.
With RefresH2Go products, you don't have to shell out cash for bottled water at the gym or resort to water fountains. All bottles are leak-proof and BPA Free, and while you'll have to eventually replace the filters, each one lasts for up to 40 gallons.
Related: 14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration
BlenderBottle ProStak$13.99 11 of 21
Shaker? Check. Mini-tub of protein or pre-workout powder? Check. Bag of supplements? Check.
Tired of bringing these items to the gym separately? BlenderBottle has solved that problem. This company's innovative and budget-friendly products make things convenient for gym-goers who focus intensely on their nutrition.
The ProStak was a top choice for us, as it has customizable options you can screw on or off to fit your needs.
Active EDGE Shirt$64.99 12 of 21
Shopping for clothing gifts can be difficult when you're unsure about someone's taste in fashion. With this shirt, though, you're shopping based on performance, not appearance.
The Active EDGE shirt is embedded with a mix of frequencies geared to improve performance, among other benefits. Clinical trials showed when the shirt is worn, 90 percent of people see improvement in flexibility, grip strength, balance and endurance.
Whether it was the placebo effect or not, the shirt helped our editors at the gym. Find out if it works for you.
Falco Kaizen 1.0 Shorts$44.99 13 of 21
Ever sit down or get up from a bench and your phone or iPod slides out of your pocket? Or maybe you've placed a pair of dumbbells on your thighs and crushed your device, changing the song, or even worse, causing damage?
Initially we thought these training shorts were just great for running—which they are—but they're extremely effective in the gym, too. The Secure-Stretch pockets, located on each hip, make a variety of gym movements convenient, leaving you worry-free throughout your workout. The stretch band along the top also makes products easily accessible, so you don't have to worry about struggling to get your device out of your pocket each time you reach for it.
Adidas Ultra Boost$180 14 of 21
The self-proclaimed title of "Greatest Running Shoe Ever" is a little excessive, but the Ultra Boost is a quick, dependable shoe durable enough for runs on city streets and frequent trips to the gym. The price is a bit steep, but this shoe was one of the favorites in our triathlon shoe guide for a reason.
The Primeknit fabric and the boost soles combine for a fluid and responsive ride. Even though it's technically a neutral shoe, the Torsion System in the midfoot provides the necessary support for the average runner, and makes for a comfortable gym shoe, too.
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Nike Vision SunglassesPrices Vary 15 of 21
The Nike Vision line has something for every kind of athlete. Whether you're looking for sunglasses tailored to snowboarders, skiers, skateboarders, runners, cyclists or other athletes who train outdoors, this collection has what they need.
Glasses come in a variety of fits, styles and colors, and boast features such as 100 percent UVA and UVB Protection, lightweight nylon frames and Nike Max Optics Lens technology.
X Train-2 Gym Bag$89.99 16 of 21
That decade-old backpack might get the job done, but the zippers get stuck every other day, it's fading in color, and you can smell it from inside a closed locker.
If it's time for a friend or family member to upgrade their gym bag, help them do it the right way. Turn to OGIO, a leader in bags and backpacks.
The X Train-2 Gym Bag has features you can't even imagine—side cinch straps that can hold a towel or mat, a tube port for your hydration needs, an internal hanger and a crush-resistant valuables pocket.
Related: How to Minimize Gym Distractions and Have an Awesome Workout
Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag$17.99 17 of 21
Looking for a simpler (and cheaper) gym bag with a more portable feel?
This product is designed for swimmers, but convenient for all. It features open weave mesh, which provides breathability while allowing gym clothes and accessories to dry quickly. The bag maintains a smaller feel while still providing multiple pockets, allowing you to separate your gear and accessories before and after workouts.
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags$10.95 18 of 21
Smelly gym bag? Stinky gym shoes? Unpleasant car smell? Moso Natural has a solution for you.
The bags, filled with non-toxic, chemical-free and fragrance-free moso bamboo charcoal, remove odors, allergens and harmful pollutants. They also absorb excess moisture to prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from forming.
What's more, the bags are reusable for up two years with simple maintenance tactics. With different sizes available, you can keep your shoes, gym bags, car and even rooms fresh, dry and odor-free.
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Master Lock Combination Padlock$10.95 19 of 21
Help your favorite fitness enthusiast keep their valuables safe at the gym with a colorful Master Lock Precision Padlock. The lock will stand out and your friend or family member won't have to worry about remembering a factory-set combination. The lock lets users set their own combination and comes with a tool to easily reset it.
Taylor Bathroom Scales$19.99-$59.99 20 of 21
Taylor Bath Scales feature easy-to-read displays, compact bodies, appealing designs and helpful tracking features.
Whether you want something simple, like the Glass Mini Bath Scale, or something complex, like the Smart Scale, which is compatible with popular fitness apps and wirelessly transmits body fat, body water and muscle mass information to your smartphone via Bluetooth technology, Taylor has the scale for you. If you're more into aesthetics, check out the bath scales with realistic photo finishes, such as the Barn Wood edition pictured above.
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