ACTIVE Women Holiday Gift Guide
Finding the right holiday gift for a female fitness junkie can be tricky, and no—those same compression shorts you've gotten her the past three years just won't do. Pick the perfect gift for the active woman in your life with our annual guide, and avoid a lump of coal in your stocking this year.
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Lululemon Sweat It Out Racer1 of 15
Tight spandex may be on trend in fitness apparel, but it's still nice to have a lightweight tee in your arsenal. The relaxed fit of the Sweat it Out Racer belies a serious piece of technical apparel; made with Silverscent technology, it can stand up to even the sweatiest workout sessions without giving off any post-workout stank.
REI Traverse 28 Pack$119 2 of 15
All backpacks are not created equal. In fact, it can be quite difficult to find a backpack as a woman that has all the room you need without being bulky and overwhelming. Made to fit the female frame, the Traverse 28 pack has a suspension system that contours around the hip belt and shoulder straps, meaning weight is evenly distributed—essential when carrying a heavy load on a long hike.
Ibex Shak Traverse$165 3 of 15
A quality zip jacket is a must during winter, and the lightweight Ibex Shak Traverse packs some serious warmth. Made from New Zealand Merino wool, the Shak Traverse provides quality temperature control while being sensationally soft. Worried the wool will be hard to care for? Fret not, as this full-zip jacket is machine washable.
Cory Vines Path Long Sleeve$35 4 of 15
The ideal long-sleeve tee for cold weather workouts, the Cory Vines Path shirt can be worn on its own or as a warm base layer. The smooth, silky material, feminine fit and versatile style make this a staple for any wardrobe, both in and out of the gym.
Ugi 8-Pound At Home Kit$169 5 of 15
Turn any living room into a home gym with this kit featuring an 8-pound Ugi ball, workout DVD and nutrition guide. Pair it with Ugi's free iPhone interval timer for quick 15 or 30-minute full body workouts focused on stability, strength and endurance training.
Lole Balance Short$50 6 of 15
The perfect length between booty and Bermuda short, the Lol? balance short is made from four-way stretch, moisture-wicking fabric. With a midrise fit and silicon grips, these shorts won't slip during a workout. Plus, they come in plenty of bold prints and colors.
Polar A300 with Heart Rate Monitor$200 7 of 15
The Polar A300 watch tracks around the clock activity and sleep, and, when paired with the Polar H7 heart rate sensor, monitors heart rate and gives a summary after workouts. Not only does the watch show steps, distance and calories burned, it also lets you know when you've been still too long and how you can reach your activity goal for the day.
Anhu Women's Yoga Flex$110 8 of 15
Sometimes you just need a shoe that can do it all. Made for hybrid-style workouts, the Yoga Flex can take you from a quick run to Crossfit, and everything in between. Made with dual layered mesh and a memory foam foot bed, these shoes provide maximum comfort and breathability.
Lucy Perfect Core Legging$108 9 of 15
Made a little thicker than the usual compression pant, the Perfect Core Legging works for outdoor runs in chilly weather or indoor gym workouts where temperature is controlled. The high waist makes it flattering on most body types and won't slip down during more intense workouts.
Lululemon Energy Bra$48 10 of 15
This medium support bra has a wide band to support bigger chests, but enough front coverage to prevents overexposure. Made from Luxtreme fabric, this bra is light, breathable and sweat-wicking, making dreaded boob sweat a non-issue. It also comes with removable cups for less or more coverage.
Onnit Harpy Legend Bell$65 11 of 15
A boring black kettlebell doesn't make a great gift, but a kettlebell carved to look like a harpy? Now that's a gift any gym rat can get excited about. Weighing 12 kilograms (27 pounds), Onnit's line of legend kettlebells designed to look like mythical creatures are perfect for doing goblet squats or kettlebell swings. Plus, they look pretty awesome just sitting on a shelf.
Flipbelt$29 12 of 15
A waist pack you can take to the gym or the trails, the Flipbelt can house all your essentials without adding bulk. Made of moisture-wicking micropoly and Lycra fabric, the Flipbelt is lightweight, super stretchy and can comfortably fit an iPhone 6 Plus along with keys, ID and credit cards. Bonus: It doesn't bounce during workouts, a major issue with most running belts.
Eddie Bauer Women's Fell Swoop Vest$80 13 of 15
The more uses you can get out of an item in your closet, the better. Made with StormRepel and Thermafill, the Swoop vest sheds moisture and provides warmth even in the wettest conditions. It's a go-anywhere, do-anything piece of apparel designed for whatever your active lifestyle might bring you.
Lucy Crossback Tank$59 14 of 15
Workout tops with built-in bras can sometimes lack the support needed for athletic performance. Lucy's Crossback Tank is by far one of the best workout tanks on the market. Made with wider straps that cross into an interesting back detail, the top provides plenty of support to get your "girls" through a grueling workout. Plus, the small back pocket is a great place to store your keys.