Christmas. My favourite time of year! Cosy evenings, beautiful lights and decorations, time spent with family, and the giving of gifts – all bringing a sense of comfort and happiness. If you need a little helping hand in your decision of what to buy your loved ones, this gift guide may just be the thing you need… well, if your loved one is into CrossFit, running or yoga, that is!
I put this list together with the hope of helping you find a little something for your fitness friends/family, and also to showcase a few of my favourite items, or those I’m coveting myself. Products marked with an asterisk (*) are tried and tested. Everything else is based on personal opinions of style and/or usefulness!
I’ve included a range of products, from stocking fillers and more affordable gifts, right the way up to luxury/high-end items, to help you choose something appropriate for your budget. But enough chat… let’s get shopping!
Christmas Gift Guide – What to Buy CrossFitters, Runners and Yogis
For the yogi… Liforme Yoga Mat. £100. This is on my “to-buy” list… as soon as I can justify the £100 to get it! The markings on the mat help you to achieve perfect alignment in each of the postures, meaning you can focus more on getting the most out of your practice and less on whether your hands and feet are level in downward dog.
For the CrossFitter… Reebok CrossFit Fleece. £110. This may seem a lot for a fleece, but the design of this baby has taken WODs into consideration meaning you can train in it without compromising performance. Reebok also spent a long time working out the shape of CrossFit athletes in order to get the best fit possible. No more shoulder or lat constriction!
For the runner… adidas Ultra Boost Trainers.* £130. These are just a fantastic running shoe. adidas’s Boost technology has been around for a few years now and their shoe design seems to be going from strength to strength. The Ultra Boost shoes are their greatest shoe yet, with bouncy cushioning, stretchweb outsole and a knitted upper for the perfect fit.
For the yogi… Lululemon Bring It Om Tote. £68. Firstly, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the name! This bag has room for all your yoga bits – strap, blocks, water, cover-up and yes, even your mat. Though the bag is super-sleek in black, I would love if they had a choice of colours, but there’s no denying how functional it is. A great gift for yoga class regulars.
For the CrossFitter… inov-8 Fastlift Shoes.* £69.99. I am in love with my fastlifts. Having tried Reebok lifters I thought my luck was out getting a comfortable lifting shoe (sorry Reebok, I just wasn’t a fan), but inov-8 certainly lived up to their usual standard of delivering the most comfortable fit, complete with an extremely sturdy heel and sole. These shoes have been an absolute godsend for my lifting, and the new AW15 colourway is just lush.
For the runner… Pace Run Leggings.* £75. Give your loved ones cosy legs for their winter runs. These leggings are not only beautiful to look at, but also toasty with a thermal fabric. Sweaty Betty can be known for their great fitting clothing and these leggings are no exception. Plus, they make the wearer’s bum look uber-peachy… surely a benefit to the buyer too?!
For the yogi… Yogasphere Yoga at the Shard.* £40. Not a material gift, but one your yoga-loving loved one will remember forever. Imagine doing yoga at the dizzying heights of over 1,000 feet! This is an experience not to be missed, and… yogasphere plant 10 trees for every class booked so you can feel nice and smug for saving the planet at the same time.
For the CrossFitter… RX Smartgear Jump Rope.* Approx. £35. These jump ropes are brilliant – the cable rotates freely and the handles are comfortable to hold. You can also get varying weight cables for a faster or more controlled rotation. They are custom made and from America, but if you order now you should expect delivery with time to spare before Christmas. You can even pre-pay the taxes to save more time!
For the runner… Redbear Sports Christmas Jumper Running Top.* £28. I don’t think this running top even needs a justification… it’s a technical running top, that looks like a Christmas jumper. Oh, and did I mention it’s technical? What more can you want?! You may have seen a very similar item on my Christmas wish list last year – clearly this idea will never get old to me! Make sure you size up though – they come up small and you won’t want your loved one thinking they’ve just eaten too many mince pies.
For the yogi… Yoga Gym: The Revolutionary 28 Day Bodyweight Plan for Strength, Flexibility and Fat Loss.* £12. A must have for yoga lovers who want to take their yoga to the next level, or equally for newbie yogis who want to learn how to supplement their yoga practice with postures and techniques that will make them stronger and more flexible. I was lucky to receive an advance copy and I’m loving it already. Released on 17th December… just in time for Christmas.
For the CrossFitter… Be Better Athletic Wrist Wraps.* £11.99. When strength work gets heavy, the front rack position or snatch grip can get painful on the old wrists. These wrist wraps are little gems, helping to hold your wrist in a safer position and limited the stress on this complicated joint. Ideal for any CrossFitter looking to move onto heavier lifts.
For the runner… Led Lenser Neo Headlight.* £20. When the evenings get dark at this time of year, visibility is essential. You want your loved one to see and be seen, right? This headlight is superb… no doubt about it. The rectangular shape of the light casts a widescreen beam, meaning you can see the full width of the pavement ahead. It’s also light and comfortable, so your loved one is less likely to care that they look like a miner.
For the yogi… Yummi Yoga Cookie Cutters. £6.50. How adorable are these?! Available in a range of shapes, your yoga lover can enjoy making cookies (healthy or not!) in their favourite yoga postures. A great novelty gift for that Christmas stocking or Secret Santa.
For the yogi… Activbod Mind Over Matter Balm.* £7. Perfect for helping focus and calm, this little balm is great for a pre-workout sharpener, or to pop on before laying down in savasana. Oh and it smells AMAZING.
For the CrossFitter… Goat Tape. £9.99. WTF is goat tape? Well I can’t explain the name, but I can explain the purpose! CrossFit can get a little tough on the old hands – this tape can be used to protect problem areas on the hand where the bar or rig might cause tears, or even to hold grips in place. Still confused about the name? Me too.
For the CrossFitter… Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-on Lotion. £5. This stuff helps loosen tight spots which, let’s face it – us CrossFitters have a-plenty. A handy little roll on makes it easier than ever to apply deep heat right where you need it for that muscle soothing action.
For the runner… NATHAN StrobeLight. £9. You may have seen my post on the range of Nathan Sports goodies to help #fireupyourrun. This baby is perfect for a Christmas Stocking filler that will help keep your loved one safe this winter.
For the runner… Feetures Elite Cushion No Show Socks. £10. I can’t be the only one who used to routinely get socks in my Christmas stocking? Keep a shoe in (get it?!) with tradition by popping these comfy little socks in your favourite runner’s stocking this Christmas. They’ll thank you with cosy feet!
What’s on your Christmas list this year? Why not share this list with your friends or family if there’s something on here that you want… there’s nothing like a subtle hint in the form of a Tweet or Facebook comment!
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