Look no further than this guide filled with the coolest new products, because as every fitness buff knows, you’re only as good as your best gear.
Whether your loved one prefers logging endless miles every Saturday, holing up in the gym after work or hitting up a few studio classes throughout the week, they need quality equipment and attire that never lets them down.
Choose from our favorite gift-friendly gear below, and you’re bound to find something that will land you on the nice list.
Vi — AI Personal Trainer Earphones$199 1 of 25
If you're shopping for a runner, what investment could be more worthwhile than a personal running coach? Vi is an artificial intelligence trainer who lives in your earphones, where she learns about your strengths, weakness and tendencies and adjusts accordingly, in order to maximize performance and efficiency.
Equipped with aerospace-grade bio-sensors, Vi measures heart rate, elevation, cadence, speed, time and location in real time with peak accuracy. There's no need to leave her behind once the run is done, either. Vi can be worn as an all-day tracker, similar to a FitBit—talk about the perfect investment. Read our full review here.
Compatible with iOS and Android. Use coupon code ACTIVE2017 to receive 20% off.
Brooks Juno Bra$65 2 of 25
A longtime cult favorite of women runners everywhere, the Juno Bra from Brooks deserves its status as one of the most supportive high-impact sports bras on the market. Unlike other bras that are molded with individual cups, the Juno comes with one lightweight, perforated "unicup" that locks female runners into place.
Brooks' DriLayer sweat-wicking fabric works wonders as the miles wear on, but this bra's best feature is its construction in the back. Your loved one can say goodbye to struggling with a sticky, sweaty sports bra; the Juno has adjustable straps and a back closure. Simply unlatch, and you're free!
The bra is best suited for women sizes B through E.
Under Armour Recovery Sleepwear$99.99 to $200 3 of 25
Marketed as the secret to recovery for New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, it makes sense that these pajamas will set you back a bit, but trust us when we say this gift is a touchdown.
Under Armour combines all the benefits of a good night's sleep, when your body releases more human growth hormone during your deepest cycles, with the power of Far Infrared technology to help muscles rebuild faster. Know what that means? More gains. Plus, even without the fancy technology, this is one of the most comfortable sleep sets ever. The fabric is soft, light and sweat-wicking, and will keep your special someone cool all night long.
New Balance Highrise Transform Printed Tight$94.99 4 of 25
The New Balance Transform Tight is well-suited for numerous activities—from a yoga practice to a quick trip to the gym to even Sunday meal prep (that counts as exercise, right?). The contoured waistband is flattering for all wearers, and the NB Dry Technology stays dry and cuts down on pesky stains for those working up a serious sweat. And, with fun color options, you're sure to impress even the most stylish gift receiver.
Lululemon T.H.E. Short Linerless 9"$58 5 of 25
Lululemon's T.H.E. Short goes by that name for a reason. This is seriously the pair of shorts every guy wants. Extremely lightweight, they're a favorite among runners. They also have an adjustable drawstring, as well as zippered and unzipped pockets, so no matter what activity they're doing, they're ready to roll in style.
Rollga Dynasty$39.97 6 of 25
While we may not focus on it as often as we should, recovery is crucial to training, and Rollga's Dynasty foam roller will take your loved one's recovery to the next level. With a unique design featuring grooves to better fit your body, the Dynasty comes in a number of densities to help achieve just the right pressure.
But what really sets Rollga apart are its accessories. The Dynasty comes with a handy carrying strap to make it easily portable. Plus, there's a free app available for download that houses various exercises and uses for the roller, ensuring the lucky recipient can really maximize this gift. Even better, if they find the density to be too hard or too soft, they have a full 60 days to return or exchange.
PowerBlock Dumbbells, U33 Set$298 7 of 25
These innovative dumbbells from PowerBlock are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to work out at home. The U33 set, which contains three to 33 pounds of weight, replaces—are you ready for this—25 pairs of dumbbells and 866 pounds of free weights. That's a lot of floor space you're freeing up with one product.
Here's how it works: The dumbbells come with a selector pin in each set, which you slide in and out to select the weight you want. It's a quick and easy way to move from one weight to the next, and because the product comes with two one-pound "adder" weights in the handle, you can customize the weight to your needs. The square construction also makes the dumbbells ideal for push-ups with an added row (you won't risk rolling!), and you have a choice between holding it with one hand or two—perfect for tricep extensions. The weights go up to 125 pounds for anyone seeking more resistance.
Brooks Glycerin 15$150 8 of 25
Devoted pavement pounders have long praised the Brooks Glycerin, and for good reason. It's a classic, neutral trainer that can help just about any runner go the distance, thanks to its ample support and cushioning (the most of any Brooks shoe).
Like all Glycerins before it, the focus of this shoe is still on one thing—comfort. New features include a "plush transition zone" on the outsole to optimize heel-to-toe transitions, and a tad more cushioning in the midsole to better support long-distance efforts. Coupled with the high-performance features that made it so popular (we're looking at you, Super DNA foam), it's still the coziest ride around and well worth the investment.
CALIA Mesh Bomber Jacket$89 9 of 25
Who says you have to choose between fashion and function when gift-giving this season? This bomber jacket from CALIA, the activewear line designed by country superstar Carrie Underwood, is just as great for out-and-about as it is for workouts in chilly weather. It's fully perforated, which is a fancy way of saying it breathes like you wouldn't believe, but it's the bomber-style construction that keeps it looking good while you're running errands.
It also comes with front hand pockets for storage, plus a ribbed collar, cuffs and hems to keep the material from riding up. Last but not least, this jacket's even sealed with antimicrobial technology to prevent odor.
Oakley Frogskins Lite PRIZM$143 10 of 25
Oakley's Frogskins Lite PRIZM is just about the most comfortable pair of sports-geared sunglasses anyone could receive. They're lightweight, with Three-Point Fit to keep them in just the right position while eliminating pressure points and the Unobtainium nose pads are so soft you forget they're even there.
But the real kicker is the unbelievably clear lenses. Aside from the slight tint—depending on the color you choose—it's almost as if you aren't wearing sunglasses at all; they're that clear. These shades also come with a microfiber carrying case that doubles as a cleaning cloth.
Reebok 2-in-1 Reflective Shorts$45 11 of 25
If it stays a little warmer where you live, even come holiday season, then a certain someone on your list probably still needs a trusty pair of shorts for workouts and runs. Well, look no further than this do-it-all version from Reebok.
These shorts feature a two-in-one construction, meaning they have a compression layer for extra support and chafing prevention, plus a stretch-woven exterior layer that provides ample coverage. Their Speedwick technology helps keep your skin dry, and the reflective details make you visible in nighttime conditions. Complete with a wide elastic waistband for extra comfort and a great fit, these shorts will make any fitness buff happy.
XTERRA Premium 10' Inflatable Black SUP Package$549 (Regularly $1,200) 12 of 25
If your favorite athlete loves the water, XTERRA BOARDS has a variety of products to keep them busy. The premium 10-foot black paddleboard package includes a board, paddle, pump, backpack and leash—everything they need to get into the water hassle-free. The convenience of an inflatable board (this one inflates in only four minutes!) means you can transport it by car trunk or just carry it on your back.
Stand up paddleboards can be used for paddling pleasure or even a safety measure if you're swimming laps in open water. And with XTERRA's holiday special on their best-selling SUP package, you can pick one up for more than 50 percent off.
Saucony Liberty ISO$160 13 of 25
Even with the high price tag, Saucony's new Liberty model is well worth the investment for high-mileage runners. Featuring a full-length EVERUN midsole and a medial guidance frame to increase overall stability, this shoe is perfect for achieving new year's mileage goals.
The fit is excellent, thanks to Saucony's ISOFIT, an upper system that morphs to the shape of an individual's foot. Pair that with a layer of plush cushioning, and it's a powerhouse combo for long-distance runners. Note: Saucony does run a bit smaller than most brands, so make sure to size up a half size from your loved one's normal running shoe size.
Fitbit Ionic Watch$299.95 14 of 25
No fitness tracker debut in recent memory has been as anticipated as Fitbit's new Ionic Watch. Coming in at smidge less than $300, this is definitely an investment gift, but it's the perfect gadget for the fitness lover in your life.
This watch comes chock-full of features. It still has all the standard Fitbit offerings we've come to know and love—technology to track workouts, steps, sleep and heart rate—plus a new array of capabilities. From personalized coaching, with on-screen guidance right on your wrist, to storage space for 300-plus songs, built-in GPS and the ability to pay with your watch (no, we're not kidding), you literally don't need to carry anything else with you.
Under Armour Mirror BreatheLux Asym Hi-Rise$149.99 15 of 25
Looking for a legging that screams comfort? You're in luck. After sliding Under Armour's Mirror BreatheLux leggings on, it's almost as if they disappear. Feeling like a second skin without the overdone compression, your loved one will never want to take these off.
And they get even better. With sweat-wicking material and advanced seam placement, these pants also eliminate chafing, and the hi-rise waistband is perfect for anyone who favors HIIT workouts because they stay in place. That's right—no more pulling and tugging after box jumps.
Lululemon Surge Light Tight 27"$98 16 of 25
The Lululemon Surge Light Tight is the perfect, go-to bottom layer for men. These pants are incredibly soft and sweat-wicking. Made from a thick and stretchy spandex, their waistband stays tightly in place during both long runs and plyometric moves. They also feature reflective dots down the back of the lower leg to keep your loved one safe at night.
New Balance Heat En Route Jacket$119.99 17 of 25
Looking to give a good-looking jacket that your special someone can throw on over their workout gear to get from home to the gym? New Balance's Heat En Route jacket is up to the task. With NB Heat Technology so they'll stay warm on the way, plus fabric-wicking features to keep them sweat-free, this will be a go-to gym jacket in no time.
But it's not just functional. The Heat En Route earns style points too, with an asymmetrical design and draped collar that are on-trend this season.
Adidas PureBOOST X All Terrain Shoes$150 18 of 25
This shoe is called a boost for a reason—it has the most responsive cushioning in the Adidas arsenal, and your favorite runner will feel it in the first step. Made with a special design that allows the arch to extend and flex naturally, it won't be long before they're on their way to a new PR.
The all-terrain outsole, which features rubber flexes for better grip, means they can even take these shoes off-road—because who doesn't want to run the trails? Finally, these kicks are finished with a knit upper for extra comfort.
Manduka eko Cotton High Rise$78 19 of 25
If your loved one needs a tight that's a little on the cozier side, these cotton bottoms from yoga brand Manduka are sure to please. Made from a high-count, four-way stretch jersey knit blend, they feel like a warm second skin. With a high waistband, they also stay in place on runs and even through intricate yoga poses. The best part? The cotton was ethically sourced, so this is a purchase you can feel extra-good about.
Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest$110 20 of 25
If you're struggling to find the perfect fall layer to keep that special runner warm, but not sweaty, the Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest fits the bill. While on the pricier side, it's well worth the cost due to the multitude of features packed into one very lightweight design.
The fit is snug enough that excess fabric won't hinder movement while out on a run. The stretchy fabric on the sides gives a little leeway as pace increases, and the hidden phone pouch inside the pocket means your runner can finally say goodbye to a bulky armband. Plus, for any wired headphones wearers, the zipper actually has a little notch to keep the wire tethered so it doesn't annoyingly whip around throughout your run. Lastly, with its simple and stylish design, this vest is so comfortable that the lucky recipient will wear it even when they're not breaking a sweat.
UA Threadborne Fortis 3$109.99 21 of 25
If you're shopping for a new gym shoe, it's hard to beat the fit of the Threadborne Fortis 3 from Under Armour. Now made with an embroidered upper construction, this shoe is soft—really soft. Thanks to the internal ankle bootie and a Molded Charged Cushioning sockliner, you don't even have to break them in. The foam midsole gives great energy return, and the shoe flexes well, so it can keep up with quick feet during any high-intensity workout.
Garmin Forerunner 935$499 22 of 25
The latest watch in Garmin's Forerunner line is targeted toward a higher tier of athletes who aren't satisfied with merely tracking their workouts–they're also looking for intelligent analysis of their entire training cycle.
The Forerunner 935 is especially suited to high-performing runners, due to its ability to pair with Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod which takes the place of a chest strap and provides runners with a number of metrics. It also connects to Strava and TrainingPeaks, feeding scheduled workouts directly to the watch. Read the full review here.
247 New Balance Grey$119.99 23 of 25
New Balance is quickly becoming the new go-to for lifestyle shoes, and this 247 Grey is a great example of the 'why' behind the trend. A special-edition sneaker, these kicks feature embellished copper accents, embossed trim in a stingray print, copper tips for the laces, sheepskin lining and full-grain leather throughout. Yeah, they're pretty fancy.
But because this is a running brand we're talking about, they're not skimping on performance. The 247 Grey is made with New Balance's REVlite midsole, which offers similar performance to other foams on the marketplace, but is 30 percent lighter. Plus, an EVA heel offers extra cushioning.
TRX Home2 System$199.95 24 of 25
If you're ready to take your bodyweight workouts to the next level, the TRX Home2 System is the ultimate tool kit to work out harder and more effectively. TRX exercises incorporate your whole body to increase your strength and mobility, and the Home2 system is ultra-portable, so you can do your workouts in your living room or on the go.
The system includes suspension straps with foam handles and adjustable foot cradles, a suspension anchor and a door anchor for in-home use. It also comes with the TRX app, which has an extensive library of workouts and even personalized coaching based on your real-time biometric data.