One of the joys in gift-giving is selecting something the recipient will actually use and enjoy. That process begins with thinking about the woman you're shopping for. What does she like? What does she need? What types of products or experiences will she use? For active women, gifting is not limited to expensive exercise classes and Lululemon gift cards. Here are seven ideas to inspire you as you shop for fitness gifts for women.
Fact: fitness gifts can be super cheap. Case in point: exercise bands. They’re great for toning glutes and abductors—the Victoria’s Secret models regularly use exercise bands in their pre-fashion show workouts—and they usually cost less than $5. This set of four bands ranging from extra-light to heavy resistance is only $14.95, but it’s a present the fitness-minded females in your life will use all the time.
In the under-$20 category, consider a great pair of socks. Traditionally, socks may not have been the most exciting gift, but Stance will make you reconsider your position on athletic hosiery. Made of a durable, wicking performance fiber, Stance socks have just enough cushioning throughout the sock for a secure, comfortable fit with greater impact protection. (Plus they come in lots of fun colors and patterns.) Shape calls this brand “the Cadillac or workout socks,” but the $12 price tag won’t break the bank.
The Perfect Layer
A good workout layer is hard to find, but this $49.95 half-zip pullover checks all the right boxes. The stand collar provides extra coverage and warmth without the jostling and flopping of a hoodie. The fabric is soft, moves easily, and has anti-odor technology that wards off the sweat stench that can set into gym clothes. Plus, the color is versatile enough to go with a wide range of workout clothes. (Is there anything heathered gray doesn’t go with?) This was made as a performance layer, but it’s flattering enough to wear beyond workouts.
Want to improve a woman’s wellness? Help her sleep better. There are a number of useful sleep tracking apps and wearables on the market, depending on your preference, but SleepScore ($6/month or $50/year) hits the sweet spot of both scientifically-sound and affordable. Wirecutter raves, “It’s the only app that both allows you to set sleep goals and gives actionable advice for reaching them. It also provides more-detailed sleep-stage data than most other apps, and its smart alarm did a pretty good job of helping us feel less groggy.“
A home gym doesn’t have to be a dedicated room or makeshift hangar. It can actually be an all-in-one solution, like the TRX Suspension Trainer. The Suspension Trainer offers a full-body workout with a single piece of easily-packable equipment. It’s one go the more expensive options on the list, but this gift is something any woman can use, whether she’s a world-class athlete, or recently recovering from pregnancy or an injury.
Sports Therapy Massage
A healthy body needs more than exercise; it also needs recovery. Many women work out daily without taking sufficient time to stretch. That, in turn, leads to tight muscles. A sports therapy massage can address that muscle tension, in addition to improving circulation and flexibility. Massage therapists recommend weekly or monthly treatments, depending on a client's activity level, but even a one-time sports therapy massage is an excellent start.
For a mega-splurge, why not give her a wellness retreat? From yoga in Bali to Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, there are healthy vacation options around the world. More than just an intense exercise program, a wellness getaway will give her an opportunity to unplug and restore her mind, body, and spirit with healthy food, spa treatments, and a tranquil setting. These trips can be pricey, so be sure to check her schedule and travel preferences before you make a non-refundable purchase.
There are literally thousands of options when it comes to choosing among fitness gifts for women, and you don't have to spend a fortune to show someone you care. Simply think about the woman you're shopping for, and do a little sleuthing if your gift idea is size or date specific. Whether you go with a simple surprise like socks or a multipurpose tool like the TRX Suspension Trainer, she'll appreciate the effort you put into making her feel appreciated.