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No matter your sport, odds are, it was somehow affected by the pandemic. Whether you were a pre-lockdown studio regular or the captain of your after-work rec league, fitness routines have done a 180 over the last 20 months.
However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. From upgraded home equipment to on-the-go classes, the pandemic has reawakened a love of fitness for many stuck at home on their couches.
To celebrate fitness lovers both new and old this holiday season, we've rounded up 16 gifts that any athlete on your list would be happy to have. With options starting from just $20, whether you're shopping for a yogi, runner, hiker, or a fitness Renaissance (wo)man, these are the gifts you're going to want to check out.
Best fitness gifts: Apparel
A perfect gift for the yogi in your life, this buttery-soft sports bra is sweat-wicking, breathable and reversible for two different looks. It's available in 10 colours, including black, pink and green, and sizes two to 12.
A step up from your regular leggings, these innovative Thinx leggings can be worn in lieu of pads or tampons during your menstrual cycle. The athletic bottoms come with side pockets and a heating pad pocket in the front and feature an absorbency of three tampons.
This top-rated sports bra has over 3,300 reviews backing it up, with Knix shoppers raving it's "everything I didn't know I was looking for." The bra is available in 18 colours, including six skin-matching nude shades. Plus, it fits sizes XXS (28A) to 4XL (44G) so that everyone can get a good workout in.
Could it be? Has a flattering zip-off pant finally been discovered? Crafted from durable, elements-resistant fabric, this woman's pant features two zip-off points so wearers can choose between full-length, knee-length and short styles. Plus, it's available in four colours to fit your wardrobe.
Available in sizes XXS to 6XL, this half-zip sweatshirt from Girlfriend Collective makes for the perfect gift, regardless of shape or size. The sweater is made from a blend of recycled and organic cotton and is available in five colours.
Best fitness gifts: Accessories
Since their debut on Shark Tank, bala Bangles have taken Instagram and the fitness world by storm. The two-pound bangles add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout and can be used in lieu of traditional dumbbells.
Whether you're hitting the pavement or the town, lululemon's Everywhere Belt Bag will keep everything you need close at hand. The bag is crafted from water-repellent fabric and is available in 15 colours.
Odds are you've come across Outdoor Voice's iconic "Doing Things" baseball cap on Instagram, and now you can pick up your own or treat someone you love to the cool, sporty style. The brand also offers a "Recreationalist" logo (shop here).
Take your fitness outside and keep warm during the winter months with these Nike running gloves. The gloves are made from a lightweight, sweat-wicking material to keep your hands warm but dry while you work out.
A unique and personalized gift, this custom yoga mat is available in a large variety of colours and texts to truly customize the look.
The perfect post-workout treat, this immersive bath experience kit contains a relaxing blend of Himalayan pink salt, rose and lavender flowers, eucalyptus leaves, a packet of incense matches, and Nordic Ritual botanical oil to help ease sore muscles.
Best fitness gifts: Luxe
The perfect gift for those craving a sauna session, this high-tech Infrared Sauna Blanket detoxifies the body, relaxes the mind, boosts your mood and promotes glowing skin. With more than 1,200 positive reviews behind it, shoppers say they "see an improvement in inflammation, skin tone and overall wellbeing."
This high-tech jump rope connects to the SmartRope mobile app to relay fitness data, including jump count, calories burned and workout statistics. With an average rating of 4.3 stars, Amazon shoppers say it "makes workouts fun!"
Get them the gift they really want this holiday season: an Apple watch. With the ability to track your workouts and monitor health stats, the Series 3 Apple Watch has collected more than 9,000 reviews from Best Buy Canada shoppers and earned an average rating of 4.8 stars. "Great for fitness, convenience and communication," raves one user.
This best-selling vibrating roller features five powerful vibration frequencies and an innovative wave texture to help with muscle soreness and reduce tension. The smart roller connects to an accompanying app and delivers guided warm-up and recovery routines specifically tailored to your needs.
Meet the ultimate luxury fitness gift this holiday season: The Mirror. This high-tech mirror has the ability to stream live and on-demand classes with more than 50 fitness genres and class times ranging from five to 60 minutes.