The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. You’re in charge of seemingly everything: the guest list, the multi-course lunch, the decorations and the present buying. We know how you feel. When you’re busy juggling all that quotidian life throws at you - deadlines, family responsibilities, holiday planning - it’s easy to fall-back on socks and book vouchers to placate the crowd.
While we all love to replenish our hosiery draws and line our bookshelves with new tomes, it can begin to feel a little repetitive receiving - and giving - the same gifts, albeit in various guises, year after year.
We have taken it upon ourselves to lighten your holiday load. Over the course of four weeks we’re publishing our pick of the best luxury gifts that you and yours are guaranteed to love. We’ve looked beyond the obvious knick-knacks and stocking fillers to bring you suggestions of gifts to uplift, inspire and indulge even the most discerning of family members.
This week, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best gifts for fitness lovers, be that gadgets, workout tools, luxury memberships or stylish wearables guaranteed to thrill the gym goer or fitness fanatic in your life:
1. Best fitness gift for 2021: The Dry Backpack
Last Christmas we were all unwrapping Peloton bikes , then over the summer we went loco for paddle boarding but the biggest fitness trend for 2022 is set to be hiking. After being on lockdown for so long, it seems we’re all hankering for the great outdoors and the wild is most definitely calling. Hiking has excellent potential for gifting ideas, all of which can fall under the guise of utility chic and the Filson Dry Backpack won’t disappoint. Rollable, dunkable, rain-proof and lightweight enough to make it to the summit, or even just the station.
Filson Dry Backpack, £195. Available from here.
2. Best gift for runners: Apple AirPods Pro
The latest development in noise cancelling technology for a fully immersive running experience, these pods have both inward and outward facing microphones for surround sound and blocking out external hubbub. However, if that’s a tad too isolating, switching to Transparency mode allows some ambient noise in, so you can connect to your surroundings. The ultimate hi-tech Christmas gift for the running obsessive in your life.
Apple AirPods Pro, £239. Available from here.
3. Best fitness gift for a speedy workout recovery: The LYMA Supplement
The fitness fanatic in your life can forget about skipping the gym next time they're feeling sore. It can be frustrating for them when they have to factor in too many ‘rest days’, but LYMA can change all that. LYMA’s patented formula contains unrivalled, peer-reviewed, ingredients to provide their body with everything it needs to get back in the gym as soon as possible:
K2VITAL® DELTA offers unrivalled stability, efficacy and bioavailability and supports both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems in recovering more quickly after a workout. Likewise, Vita-algae D3™ is clinically dosed at 2,000 i.u. in LYMA for ultimate immune support and improved muscle function; the hero nutraceutical has been formulated and optimised to support musculoskeletal, bone and cardiovascular health. Finally, HydroCurc®, which is the world’s first 100% water and fat-absorbable form of curcumin, is completely indispensable for the gym bunny looking to speed up their muscle recovery and reduce inflammation in the process. The perfect Christmas gift to combat all that sanctioned indulgence.
The LYMA Supplement, Starter Kits from £199. Available from here.
4. Best fitness gift for yoga lovers: Liforme Rainbow Hope Yoga Mat
The ultimate gift for the yogi in your life, the Liforme Rainbow Hope Yoga Mat features the brand’s signature alignment system to help the user remain in balance and prevent injury. The intelligent markers printed on the mat provide as much or as little navigational help as you need and are specifically designed to prevent injuries and provide balance in your practice. The system works perfectly for Yogis of all shapes and sizes. The mat has a non-slip surface to support to enhance safety, and is guaranteed to stay grippy even when 'sweaty-wet' for a stable practice.
All Liforme’s mats are planet-friendly, PVC-free, biodegradable in 1-5 years in normal landfill conditions, durable and painted in non-toxic, eco-friendly ink. Their mats also come with a complimentary yoga mat bag and they eschew any plastic in their products and packaging.
Liforme Rainbow Hope Yoga Mat from £135, available to buy here.
5. Best gift for gym lovers: Subscription to Equinox Fitness Clubs
The membership to trump all others: when it comes to fitness it doesn’t get any better than Equinox. An Equinox membership will allow the fitness freak in your life to workout in total luxury. Every branch features state of the art facilities, a spa that offers luxury facials and massage, gym, unlimited classes, personal training, exclusive access to Equinox at-home via their groundbreaking app. It really is the gym goer’s gift of dreams. As if that weren’t enough, when you subscribe on their behalf, your giftee will also receive a complimentary fitness assessment, a complimentary personal training session, a one-on-one studio pilates or virtual mat pilates class of their choosing, and a discounted stay at the Equinox hotel.
From £220 p/m plus £400 initiation fee. Enquire here.
6. Best fitness gift for sore muscles: Theragun Elite Massage Tool
The world-leading percussive therapy massage tool as featured in Forbes, Vogue and GQ, this rechargeable massage ‘gun’ works deep into the muscle and fascia, relieving tightness and restoring flexibility. It’s a tool designed to help you recover faster and more fully from workouts and injury, and have you raring to go once again. The Theragun Elite is the perfect Christmas gift for those who work out regularly or who routinely experience tight muscles, niggles and nerve trouble. Backed by over a decade of research and development, the Theragun travels 60% deeper into muscle than its nearest massage rival for more effective results, meaning that the fitness fiend in your life can get back into the gym, doing what they love.
Theragun Elite Massage Tool from £375. Available from here.
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Originally published Nov 24, 2020.
Updated Oct 22, 2021.
Written by Jess Lacey.