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Best fitness gifts for active friends or relatives who just love working out

Fitness gifts for gym bunnies, yogis, runners, or swimmers, there’s something for everyone.

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Maisie Bovingdon
Freelance Writer
Updated: 17 January 2022
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Buying a gift for the fitness friend, or gym bunny brother, may seem like a challenge, especially when they have all the gear. But there’s plenty of presents out there for them to enjoy when exercising.

Whether your active friends are seasoned sports pros, or you know someone who wants to start the new year learning a new hobby, or even get into fitness for the first time, we have found a variety of gifts for active friends that will score you major brownie points. 

While some may be buying for a birthday, others may think that special someone deserves a treat just for the sake of it - and why not?

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Theragun mini

Enjoyed a sweat session and need to relax, or even need to warm up your muscles before you hit the road running, a Theragun massager is a no brainer. 

This design in particular is smaller than its counterparts, so it is ideal to take on the go. 

theragun mini

Theragun mini, £175, Theragun 


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Sportneer Adjustable Ankle Weights Set

Whether you want to up the ante when it comes to your daily walk, or if you know a seasoned gym goer who is looking for extra resistance on their next workout, ankle weights are a great solution. 

These are designed to be worn on your ankles, but can also be worn around the wrists during a pilates session, to offer more resistance. 

The set includes two ankle weights, which are adjustable, as up to five individual bags of weights can be added or taken away from the band. 

ankle weights

Sportneer Adjustable Ankle Weights Set, £16.99 to £29.99, Amazon


Bala Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a staple, whether you enjoy an at home workout, heading to the gym or just want to stretch. 

This set of five includes different strengths so those starting out can ease their way into weights, and resistance training. They can be worn around the legs or arms, for a more intense workout. 

bala bands

Bala Resistance Bands, £21.95, John Lewis & Partners


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Bala The Power 4.5kg/10lb Weighted Ring

The Bala Weighted Ring has grown in popularity in recent months, as it works to tone your muscles in a similar way to resistance bands. 

With this 10lbs weight you can perfect 75 different movements; from a squat to arm resistance training. 

bala ring

Bala The Power 4.5kg/10lb Weighted Ring, £99.99, John Lewis & Partners 


Polar Ignite 2 Fitness Watch

This smart fitness watch doesn't just have a pretty face - it's very good at what it does too. Offering all-day heart rate tracking, stress and sleep monitoring, it keeps you focused on your mental and physical well-being daily. But it's during a workout that it really steps up; with GPS tracking, your runs or bike rides are perfectly recorded. It also pairs with a Polar with the heart rate monitor to keep track of how hard you're really trying! 

polar watch

Polar Ignite 2 Fitness Watch, £179, Wiggle


Nike Dri-FIT Rival Women's High-Support Sports Bra

There is nothing more essential than staying comfortable when you workout, which is why a supportive sports bra to keep everything in place is a must. 

nike sports bra

Nike Dri-FIT Rival Women's High-Support Sports Bra, £49.95, Nike 


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Release and Recover Ball Set

While some may be au fait with a firm roller, others may find they need something a little extra to get into those deep-rooted knots to help loosen the muscles. With three lightweight massage balls, which come in different textures, you can get into even the most hard to reach areas. 

lululemon balls

Release and Recover Ball Set, £35, Lululemon


Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 A.I.R.Nathan Bell

Before you partake in any sport, it is essential you have the correct footwear to support your feet, cushion your tread, to prevent any injury. 

These unisex trainers are ideal for running short, middle and long distances, thanks to the cushioned support from the foam sole. 

nike trainers

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 A.I.R.Nathan Bell, £112.95, Nike 


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Women's Black Swift High-Rise Leggings Gift Box

Really stumped what to get your loved ones? This gift box has it all; from leggings, to a t-shirt, as well as a beanie hat, socks and water bottle. 

gym coffee

Women's Black Swift High-Rise Leggings Gift Box, £90, Gym + Coffee


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Five Classes at triyoga

Whether your friend, or relative, are budding yogis, or would like to sample a new fitness session, a subscription, or pre-paid classes will encourage them to do so.  It’s a simple gift, and one you can even purchase last minute if you have left your shopping to the eleventh hour. 

yoga class

Five Classes at triyoga, £78, Virgin Experience Days


Fitness Dice Game

No matter what your fitness level is, it is easy for some to get a little fed up of their existing exercise regime, which is why this game is a great purchase to spice up your fitness sessions. 

The dice represents seven different areas of the body to work out, so all you have to do is roll the dice, see where it lands on and give that area your undivided attention in your next exercise session. 

fitness dice

Fitness Dice Game, £16.99, Oliver Bonas



Building home gyms has become a hugely popular trend in recent months, and whether you have transformed your garage into your very own workout sanctuary, or spare bedroom, this travel kit can help. 

This Move Suspension Trainer set is powered by your bodyweight, and includes the TRX Move System, as well as a suspension anchor, door anchor, carry bag, and much more, so you can enjoy a sweaty session wherever you are in the world.


TRX MOVE SYSTEM, £79.95, John Lewis & Partners 


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Gym jacket

Whether it's the gym they're heading to or a big, winter walk, a cosy jacket made for strolls is a must - Skechers new activewear apparel collection includes this part fashion, part fitness Sherpa fleece jacket.

Choose from this bright raspberry red or a winter white.


Winter Solstice jacket, £45, Skechers


Gym bag

Of course, you can’t head to a workout class without anything to house your kit in. 

Rains’ Gym Bag can be used for the gym, but also double up as a large weekend holdall too.  It is spacious, thanks to the large main compartment and front zip pocket for your valuables, and can be worn across the body, shoulder, or by the shorter handles. 

rains gym bag black

Gym Bag, £65, Rains


An at-home sauna

Perfect for at-home use, this infrared sauna blanket works by increasing the body’s thermal energy and blood flow, making you sweat as if you're doing a workout. In turn, your body will be better able to detoxify and leave you with a healthy glow. There's eight different level setting to experiment with - so sit back, relax and get your sweat on!

gift sauna

Infrared Sauna Blanket V3, £469, HigherDose


Acupressure mat

Relieve all those aches and pains, knots and tension, with this acupressure mat.  

You can lay on it, in a similar way to useing a foam roller, or fold it and sit on the design while you work to alleviate pain.

BON Mat & Pillow, £90, Bed of Nails 

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