10 Fitness and Nutrition Gifts to give (and receive)

A version of this post first appeared last year on the blog Wish and Whimsy. As Christmas is a mere 6 weeks away and many of us have already started (and perhaps finished?) our gift shopping, I thought I’d update it and share with my blog readers, new and old. Enjoy!

As a healthy living blogger and fitness professional, I love to give gifts with a health and wellness theme.

Things that my friends and family could benefit from, but probably wouldn’t buy for themselves. Nothing so obvious as a gym membership 😉 or a few session with a personal trainer, but fitness and nutrition gifts that will help them make healthier choices about movement and menu on a daily basis.

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10 fitness and nutrition gifts to give and receive:

  1. tea pot with a selection of fragrant, loose leaf teas; Both green and black teas are antioxidant rich and thought to have health benefits ranging from metabolic enhancement to cancer prevention. Check out a local tea shop to find a pot that perfectly reflects the recipient’s personality and aesthetic. (I’m loving President’s Choice Chocolate Mint Black tea these days myself; hint, hint).
  2. exercise and nutrition planners; For the person who likes to keep track of their gym routines and food intake. Big chain bookstores carry beautifully bound exercise and nutrition journals, many of which include daily motivational quotes and tips (My Fitbook is just about full…)
  3. magazine subscriptions; whether your recipient is a runner, yogi or weight room junkie, there’s a magazine for them! I like to think of magazine subscriptions as the gifts that keep on giving. (Did you know that both Oxygen and Clean Eating Magazine are back in press?)
  4. fitness-inspired apparel; Those of us who exercise regularly know that just putting on our exercise clothes makes it more likely that we’ll head to the gym. Share your favorite brand with a friend who needs a bit of encouragement and don’t be surprised if she asks to join you on a walk or run!
  5. healthy living cookbooks; Goodbye Betty Crocker, hello Clean Eating! The mouth-watering photographs in the newest healthy living cookbooks never fail to get me into the kitchen. I routinely introduce my personal training clients to my favorite clean eating cookbooks and am amazed at how quickly they are able to turn their health around by just changing the way they prepare food. (Although I do love a good Jamie Oliver recipe every now and then…)
  6. home workout DVD’s; Many people just don’t have the time or inclination to get to the gym. Most, however, are happy to do a bit of exercise in the comfort of their own home. From meditation, to yoga, to kick boxing to strength training, there’s enough diversity in the home workout DVD genre to motivate even the most ardent couch potato on your list. (I haven’t done a workout DVD in forever. I’d love to hear about your favourites!)
  7. weight training gloves; A great gift for friends and family members that visit the weight room regularly or attend group strength training classes. They not only prevent the buildup of unsightly callouses, they’re also great for protecting toes; a sweaty grip is the number one reason weights get dropped in the gym! Available in men’s and women’s sizes and in lots of bright and funky colours! (I just bought myself a new purple and black pair at Target and Superstore is carrying them in pink!)
  8. hand blender; Small, portable and perfect for mixing up healthy, pre- and post -workout drinks. Add a small container of protein powder (whey, hemp or all veggie!) and a few of your favorite smoothie recipes for a personal, themed gift!
  9. foodie finds gift basket; I love to share my favorite foodie finds with friends. This is a great way to introduce your recipient to healthy foods that they might not know about or are hesitant to buy for themselves. Think quinoa, hemp hearts, chia seeds, coconut oil and steel cut oats. Including a sample or two of treats you’ve made with the ingredients is always a selling point!
  10. TRX suspension training system; My absolute favorite portable, whole body, functional training tool! Much pricier than all of the above suggestions, but a worthwhile investment for that special someone! (Thanks so much, but I’ve already got one!)

And of course, don’t forget about my about-to-be-released fitness book! The Ultimate Booty Workouts is more than just a 12-week progressive-resistance training program targeting your legs, butt and core. It’s also a great introduction to strength training for women. Jam-packed with information about;

  • the benefits of strength training
  • why you won’t get big and bulky if you lift weights
  • how to fuel your body for fat loss and muscle gain
  • the truth about cellulite
  • stretching and foam rolling for recovery

You can pre-order your copies today (one for you and one for each of your fitness-loving girlfriends) Barnes and NobleAmazon.comAmazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo.ca.
Did I help make your holiday shopping any easier?

Anything you’d like to add to my list of fitness and nutrition gifts? I’m always in need of new ideas!



    Miz recently posted…Unapologetically Myself (musings on self-confidence).My Profile

  2. Wow, this past year went quickly! The Ultimate Booty in Your Stocking sounds like the ultimate giftie! Then people get two gifts in one: The book and the booty results!
    KymberlyFunFit recently posted…Be Inspired to Age Actively: Deborah Szekely at 91My Profile

    • Tell me about it. I can’t believe that we’re already looking at Xmas shopping, baking and decorating right now!

  3. Great ideas:) I would add a Garmin, but that’s a little pricey;) It’s one of my favorite gifts ever!

  4. I wouldn’t purchase exercise DVDs for someone else unless I KNEW they wanted a particular one… unless it was exchangeable of course!

    I think your book is a good idea…

    I like to get EXPERIENCES as gifts… a golf practice pass, a hot air balloon ride, a day of horseback riding… not really FITNESS but still active.

    Great list, Tamara.
    Elle recently posted…Sneaky Secret Gym Pictures Appear on Fitness Blogs… What Do You Think?My Profile

    • Experiences are a GREAT idea Elle! Especially if it’s an experience you can share with your friend; then they also get the gift of your time and companionship!

  5. Great ideas! I’m definitely exploring new workout clothing brands these days 😉

  6. I would love a bunch of these….magazine subscriptions ~ b/c I am a little cheap some times, clothing, YOUR BOOK, foodie fun gift baskets etc…yes, great ideas!
    Kathy recently posted…Who are these cute girls??!!!My Profile

    • Oops forgot….I am curious about the FitBit I have heard so much about…have one? What do you think? Or have I missed a post already? 😉
      Kathy recently posted…Who are these cute girls??!!!My Profile

    • Kathy, have you entered the GoodReads giveaway for a copy of my book? Free is even better than cheap 😉
      And I haven’t tried the FitBit. I’ve reviewed a pedometer but have yet to give FitBit a go. I’d like to though…

  7. Thanks for featuring my LL Cool Wear post in this great idea list!

    I won the Chris Freytag HIIT Workout DVD and she kicked my butt so badly at FitSocial that I’m a little afraid to try it. I bet that it’s amazing though. I don’t normally do at home workouts but I’m thinking of incorporating more into my routine (and my budget).
    Melissa Burton recently posted…LL Cool Gear: 4 L-Named Women’s Activewear CompaniesMy Profile

  8. The apparel and teapot sound like me. Oh, and that book by some Canuckachickie who does exercise or something.
    AlexandraFunFit recently posted…Be Inspired to Age Actively: Deborah Szekely at 91My Profile

  9. LOVE them all!!!! I will take the TRX & your book please! 🙂

    OK, I will tout my own stuff, 😉 – LOVE MixMyOwn which can be ordered from the link (gift certs too) on my site & my insoles there too. You already know I love my Designer Whey! 😉

    I also like my Rubberbanditz. 🙂 I take to gym with me but great for travel OR just out & about too! 🙂
    Jody – Fit at 55 recently posted…Eating Disorders & A Cry for HelpMy Profile

  10. These are great ideas. My husband always does well picking out fitness clothes for me and he did get me a Garmin last year — he knows keeping my running happy serves his own best interests. 😉 I always appreciate spa gift certificates for a mani, pedi or massage. That’s fitness related, right? 😉

  11. Yes please!! All of it. I can’t believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Crazy business!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted…Roller Coaster RidesMy Profile

  12. THANK YOU for these ideas!!!! My whole family = FITNESS CRAZZYYYY so this definitely HELPS 🙂 Too bad my family has everything LOL!
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted…Two Truths, One LieMy Profile

  13. I’m a hardcore tea freak. That choco mint sounds intriguing!

  14. Great ideas! Thanks for including North Coast Naturals!


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