11 Holiday Gift Ideas For Women Who Love To Sweat
Whether you’re looking for a little present for yourself to sneak under the Christmas tree or the perfect gift for your Sweat Community BFF, you’ve come to the right place.
After all, the end of the year is quickly approaching (can you believe there are only six Mondays until Santa shows up?) and there’s no time like the present to tick holiday gift shopping off of your ever-growing to-do list.
But what do women who love to Sweat want this festive season? We’ve rounded up the best gift ideas we know she’ll love.
When buying activewear for someone else, keep form, function and their personal style and preferences in mind. Do they exclusively wear shorts? In that case, a pair of leggings might not be the best choice. Do they love high-intensity movements (burpees, anyone?) that leave them sweating? Opt for fabrics that will keep them feeling (and looking!) dry when they work out. Are they more into floaty silhouettes? A tight-fitting crop top is probably the last thing you’ll find in their workout wardrobe.
Still stumped? Well, you can never go wrong with a voucher! Pick their go-to brand, decide how much you want to spend and tick it off your list.
A fitness watch
Wearables have been having a moment for a while, but the humble fitness watch has gotten savvier than ever lately, with models hitting the market that measure everything from your sleep quality to blood oxygenation and ovulation.
Remember when a fitness watch just tracked your steps? Yep, us too. With features and prices varying across different brands and devices, opt for one with functionality and features that will best suit her and how she chooses to Sweat.
Home gym equipment
If you know someone who has traded in the gym for at-home training, think about how you can help them level up their home workout space before the new year begins. And who better to ask where to start than the Sweat Community?
We asked them for their best home gym tips and there’s more than one sneaky gift suggestion in there. If they’re in the early stages of setting up a space at home, resistance bands, a good quality yoga mat, skipping rope and free weights all make great gift ideas.
Another item you might not have thought of that multiple Sweat members swear by? A full-body mirror to help them watch their form. An added bonus - it will come in handy when it comes to snapping those post-workout #SweatSwelfies.
Looking for something a bit bigger? Although it will take quite a bit of wrapping paper to get it under the tree, a piece of Kayla Itsines-approved NordicTrack equipment, such as her go-to treadmill, is sure to go down a treat.
A gym membership
At-home workouts aren’t for everyone! If your loved one still loves to get sweaty in the gym (or you know someone who has had their eyes on joining a gym in 2023) a three, six or 12-month membership is sure to be a popular gift idea!
A word from the wise - just make sure you know this is a gift they would actually appreciate. The last thing you want is for your friend, partner or family member to take what is intended to be a thoughtful gesture as a suggestion they need to exercise more (we’ve all heard those stories!).
After something a little less pricey for your gym–going pal? A good gym bag that can fit all of her workout essentials is a great choice.
A pair of headphones or a speaker
While headphones with a cord might be having a recent revival (thanks, TikTok) if you’re looking to listen to your favourite workout playlist or a podcast while working out, cordless is definitely the way to go. After all, who wants to get tangled up in their headphones mid-burpee?
If you’re buying for someone who loves to get sweaty while running, walking or cycling outdoors, bone conduction headphones are a great option as the technology allows your ear canal to hear other sounds so you can remain aware of your surroundings.
While headphones are great for working out at the gym, in public spaces or when you’re on the move, if the person you’re buying for works out at home but doesn’t have a quality speaker, a Bluetooth speaker is also a great gift idea that they’ll be able to enjoy for long after their workout ends.
A gratitude journal
Gratitude is a huge part of Sweat Trainer Kelsey Wells’ approach to fitness and a pillar of her Redefine Fitness program, which includes intention-setting, affirmations and moments of gratitude in each guided workout. If you know someone who is looking for more ways to express gratitude every day, a gratitude journal can be a thoughtful gift!
A great book
What you get up to on your rest days is just as important as consistent training, and for the Sweat Community and our trainers, unwinding with a great read is a good place to start.
Sweat’s resident bookworm, trainer Britany Williams, recently went from not reading at all to finishing one to two books a week! Check out Brit's favourite reads for a Sweat Trainer-approved gift idea.
A massage voucher
A surefire way to make their next rest day the most restful and relaxing yet? A massage voucher is an ideal gift if you know someone who would appreciate some time to unwind, de-stress and indulge themselves.
We all love to Sweat in different ways, so think about your loved ones' go-to training style when looking for gift inspiration. If they love kickboxing, a new pair of gloves or hand wraps would make an awesome present. If they’re all about the benefits of strength training, wrist straps are a great choice while ankle or wrist weights are perfect for the Pilates fan in your life.
If you know someone who is all about maximising their recovery (or struggles with tight muscles!), consider buying them some recovery gear to add to their at-home gym setup. Handheld massage guns can improve blood flow to an area of the body, promoting recovery after intense activity or injury, while foam rollers and massage balls can help alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness and give you a similar self-myofascial release, without the hefty price tag.
An insulated drink bottle
Is there anything worse than finishing a particularly challenging circuit or workout than reaching for your drink bottle, taking a big gulp, only to find your water is warm? Yuck. Enter the insulated bottle (or, as it’s known to some, the emotional support water bottle) that will maintain the temperature of your drink, keeping it cooler for longer. A crisp sip of water after a tough Cass Olholm workout? There’s nothing better.
Remember: the best present is your presence
While we wanted to take this opportunity to round up some great gift ideas for the Sweat Community, we also know that for many, this festive season is a tough one due to the cost of living crisis.
If you’re under financial stress this holiday season, remember the best present you can give is your presence and there are still plenty of low-cost and free ways to spread the joy this time of year.
For many, a workout buddy is the best way to stay motivated or accountable, so consider scheduling an active catch-up with your loved one or make them a playlist with all your go-to tunes to fire them up for their next workout.
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.