11 Savvy Gifts for the Gym-Goer

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While some of us make holiday resolutions to get in shape, others are in the gym and pouring sweat all year-round. If you know one of these fitness fanatics, check out 11 gift suggestions to that can help take their workouts and wellness to the next level.

1. ARROW LIMITED EDITION FRESHEN UP KIT; $30

A Freshen Up hygiene kit from Birchbox is pictured
Birchbox

Reduce the post-gym stink with this hygiene kit from the beauty experts at Birchbox. The travel bag is stuffed with a facial mist, deodorant, and lip balm. 

Find It: Birchbox

2. HYPERICE VYPER VIBRATING FOAM ROLLER; $169

A model uses a Hyperice Vyper foam roller
Amazon

Help your loved one get the kinks out with this foam roller that kneads sore muscles and provides relief from a strenuous session. The vibrating motor aggressively targets problem areas. It’s even TSA-approved for travel.

Find It: Amazon

3. S’WELL INFRARED INSULATED STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE; $27

A S'well insulated water bottle is pictured
Nordstrom

Not all water bottles are created equal: This double-wall insulated offering from S’well keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, which means no more sipping lukewarm water midway through a workout. The wide mouth also makes it easy to add ice cubes.

Find It: Nordstrom

4. TOMTOM SPARK 3 CARDIO; $145


Amazon

This wristband heart rate monitor does more than just keep tabs on vitals: It’s a motivational tool, assessing workout effectiveness and offering suggestions to raise your giftee's fitness level.

Find It: Amazon

5. NIKE SWOOSH SPORT HEADBANDS 6-PACK; $14

A set of Nike headbands is pictured
Amazon

Gone are the days when keeping sweat out of your eyes meant giant, forehead-drowning bands. Now your favorite gym fanatic can stay dry using these sleek, elastic bands that contain silicone to keep hair in place.

Find It: Amazon

6. SWEATY BETTY ALL SPORT BACKPACK; $115

A Sweaty Betty sports backpack is pictured
Sweaty Betty

Is your loved one tired of lugging a charmless duffel to and from the gym? Sweaty Betty’s durable backpack and its sleek, scuba-style exterior is a perfect habitat for clothes and accessories. It’s also lightweight, so they won’t be forced into a second workout getting it home.

Find It: Sweaty Betty

7. APPLE WATCH NIKE SPORT BAND; $49

A Nike wrist band for the Apple Watch is pictured
Apple

Does your giftee love their Apple Watch but struggle with a stinky, sweaty band? Equip them with the option to swap it out for this Nike sports version, which is perforated to allow skin to breathe and is easy to wash. (Apple Watch not included, naturally.)

Find It: Apple

8. NUTRI NINJA NUTRI BOWL DUO; $75

A Nutri Ninja blender is pictured
Amazon

We don’t always have time to snack on fruits and veggies, which is where the Nutri Ninja excels: It’ll mash most foods and ice to pulp, creating an endless array of smoothies and nourishing drinks for nutrition on the go. It’ll even shred a salad.

Find It: Amazon

9. REVERSIBLE YOGA MAT; $58

A Lululemon yoga mat appears rolled up
Lululemon

Yoga enthusiasts will bend over backwards for this mat, which is reversible and has a polyurethane layer to absorb sweat and prevent practitioners from slipping.

Find It: Lululemon

10. FITBIT IONIC SMARTWATCH; $299

A Fitbit Ionic fitness watch is pictured
Amazon

Serious cardio buffs will find a lot to like about the Fitbit Ionic, which can measure elevation climbs, route maps, and other highly detailed data about your session. It also offers an app that can reveal sleep quality, daily fitness goals, and guided coaching from Fitbit experts.

Find It: Amazon

11. LIFT MEAL PREP CONTAINERS; $11

A set of LIFT meal prep containers are stacked vertically
Amazon

No matter what your exercise regimen is like, results come from what happens in the kitchen. To make prepping healthy meals easier, these food containers from LIFT are BPA-free and sized to accommodate appropriate portions for your fitness goals. They’re also leak-resistant as well as microwave and dishwasher-safe.

Find It: Amazon

Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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