The runner, swimmer, cyclist or gym rat in your life is probably the easiest to shop for, because there are so many devices and accessories to choose from — almost too many. That's why we whittled down the list of best gifts for fitness buffs across a range of prices, so you can pick the perfect present.
The runner in your life probably needs a new armband for their smartphone. Maybe they already have one, but that doesn't matter: Running armbands get gross after a while, and having a fresh one to fasten around your upper arm is refreshing. Trianium's armband fits most larger phones, including the iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Better yet, it even fits those phones with their cases on, including chunky OtterBox and LifeProof coverings.
These extremely affordable wired headphones are some of the most comfortable earbuds I've ever worn. They're perfect for anyone who doesn't want to make the leap to Bluetooth for whatever reason (usually comfort or sound quality). The audio is well-balanced for headphones at this price. Bonus: The FitClips come in a variety of colors, which makes them feel a little more personal than most sport earphones, which tend to come in a very basic black.
The hard-core runner in your life needs this catch-all neoprene belt for storing everything from water bottles and keys to a 6.1-inch smartphone. There's even a cable-sized hole to plug in a pair of wired headphones, if your loved one just can't bear to go Bluetooth. Think of this running belt like a sleeker fanny pack. It works for more scenarios than just running, such as travel and outdoor adventures, which makes it a versatile gift.
These are my favorite Bluetooth running earbuds, and not just because they're extremely cheap. Aukey's sweat-resistant Latitude earbuds come with three additional silicone ear tips and three pairs of wings to customize your fit. In my experience, they were incredibly comfortable and stayed put while I was running, even on windy days. And unlike many Bluetooth earphones, the Latitude handles bass with ease. No one would ever guess how little you spent on this truly great gift.
There's no better time like the holidays to gift someone a pair of warm gloves. But for the runner in your life, regular old wool mittens won't suffice. If you know someone who sticks to their running routine even when the temps dip below freezing, a pair of warm, smartphone-compatible running gloves is the perfect gift. These TrailHeads gloves come in women's and men's sizes for the best fit.
The Syryn waterproof MP3 player and Swimbuds wired earphones are an excellent twofer for the swimmers on your shopping list. The pair is sold as a $60 bundle, which won't break the bank but will still get you a high-quality, well-reviewed fan favorite on Amazon. Make sure the swimmer in your life owns a large music catalog, because the Syryn isn't compatible with streaming services. But if you r loved one has a vast MP3 library, the Syryn and Swimbuds will make it possible to bring those tunes underwater for a more inspired workout.
To give someone a scale for the holidays, you need to know them very, very well. This isn't a gift for an acquaintance or a co-worker. Nokia's Body Bluetooth scale, which is our favorite budget option in this category, is a gift for someone who has asked for a device like this or has told you that they are trying to find ways to get or stay in shape. With that caveat, this scale is truly excellent. It syncs to an app that documents weight and BMI trends over time, which can be helpful when you're trying to lose or maintain weight. It even records data from Nokia's fitness trackers, if your friend or relative is already using one.