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With the holidays upon us, we took some time to compile a list of great gift ideas for your favorite lifter, runner, and overall gym buff. You might even find a few gifts worth buying for yourself. Across training equipment and apparel, food, grooming products, and rest day recommendations, you’ll be sure to put a smile on the face of any enthusiast.
Constructed for men with an athletic build, this button-down combines sharp looks with modern technology—its fabric uses the same sweatwicking technology found in your gym shorts to keep you cool.
Toss this base layer on when training takes you outdoors. Its construction helps optimize your core temperature, and it features a zipper pocket that allows you to safely stash your phone.
Throw this on when you’re training after dark—strategically placed reflective patches ensure you’re never invisible, and a hidden hood keeps you warm if the temperature drops.
Zipper pockets prevent your keys from falling out during big movements (think cleans, jumping jacks, or sprints), while patented Climawarm tech keeps you snug no matter the conditions.
You’ll probably put this on when it’s cold—it’s good for that—but you can get more mileage from it when the sun’s beating down, too. It features UPF 30-plus coverage to keep you from getting fried.
Skinny jeans and squats don’t really work together. Enter Barbell Apparel’s new denim—jeans designed for the athletic man, with extra room through the hips, thighs, and glutes.
Sunday Tee in Carbon 6
Spend your Sundays with this aptly named yoga tee. Snug yet comfortable, YOGASMOGA tees are made from technologically-advanced fabrics that are moisture wicking and high-stretch to stand up to any workout.
Vivacity Leggings in Carbon 6
In a shade of black so dark that they trademarked it, the Vivacity Legging in Carbon 6 brings spunk to your legwear. This sleek and sexy legging keeps you cool during a vigorous workout and stylish while out on the town.
Shadow Contour Trunk
Shadow’s fabric, designed and patented in Italy, is extremely light and super-soft to the touch. Its compact and unique knit allows for unfinished edges, meaning there is no need for stitching at the hem or leg, resulting in a slim and sleek profile. The highly breathable and naturally wicking underwear will move as you do—as seamlessly and as comfortably as your own shadow.
Built for obstacle course races, these kicks are infused with Kevlar fabric that withstands rope climbs and sharp rocks. The ultragrippy sole helps you scramble over every challenge.
A great incentive to start those New Year’s resolution goals, FRIGO®, comes from Mathias Ingvarsson, the former Vice President and European Director of Tempur-Pedic and features the patented signature FRIGO ZoneTM, providing ultimate support and adjusts to give a customized fit while also offering men optimal comfort with style and practicality in mind. The line includes various T-Shirt styles made from enhanced high-tech performance fabrics as well. Derek Jeter, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Carmelo Anthony & Timbaland are all partners in the brand.
From RYU’s new, totally redesigned collection, this pack is made from a cotton-polyester blend with a durable back so it keeps its shape no matter what you put it through.
The TRX Outdoor Gym is engineered for use in the elements, with straps meant to hang off a tree, a trailhead signpost, or anything else you can anchor it to. Use it to squeeze in a workout on the go.
It’s submersible to a depth of six feet and guaranteed to survive drops from up to six feet, and it also doubles as a portable battery that’ll keep you snapping selfies long after you should’ve stopped.
Don’t have access to an axle (“fat”) bar? Don’t sweat it. You can get the same forearm blast by slapping these grips around a standard Olympic barbell.
This towel is designed to layer over your yoga mat to help avoid face-plants during downward dog, but we toss it in our bags to mop sweat off our brow (or a bench or barbell) after brutal sets.
Get accurate measures of bodyfat, lean mass, bone mass, and more. Pairs with a smartphone app so you can easily track your progress.
No fancy tech here—just strong, supple brown leather that’s handcrafted into a thick, durable lifting belt to protect your back. Strap this on when you’re bracing for a PR.
Dial in the desired weight just like with older models of SelectTech dumbbells. Unlike the older ones, these send workout stats to your phone.
$449, bowflex selecttech.com
Season your food, drop it on the grill, close the lid, and select your preferred doneness—that’s it. The grill senses your portion size and cooks it to your desired temperature (medium, rare, etc.).
A day’s worth of meals fits in this insulated meal bag. It comes with six containers (four different sizes), so you can hit your macronutrient goals perfectly.
A pre-workout favorite, coffee gets superbold in this machine. It features an auto-on function that’ll ensure a hot cup is ready when you wake up and regular/bold settings for your brew.
Any kitchen scale can be precise, but none are this smart. The Drop Scale pairs with an app that offers interactive recipes, cooking tips, and ingredient substitutions to take the guesswork out of your meal prep.
We’re not advocating for sugary soft drinks, but simple carbonated water has its place in an M&Fer’s diet. Toss this compact soda maker in your desk to fill your stomach and stave off hunger pangs.
Ideal for experienced home cooks who want professional, precise and quality results in all of their culinary endeavors. Each piece within the collection is as attractive as it is practical and durable. The skillets contain a scratch and stain resistant ceramic interior that withstands cooktop heat up to 570°F for perfect searing and sautéing – the pieces can even go into the oven for up to 500°F!
$149.99 (for a 12-piece set), T-falusa.com
Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ™ Compact System gives you food processing, nutrient extraction, and high performance blending all in one compact base. System includes two 24-ounce Nutri Ninja Tritan Cups with two Sip & Seal Lids, 24-ounce stainless steel Nutri Ninja Cup, 40-ounce blend & prep bowl with dough/chopping blade, 48-ounce XL multi-serve Nutri Ninja, and 30 recipe inspiration guide.
Starting at $159.99, NutriNinja.com
The Ninja Coffee Bar unlocks your coffee’s flavor and delivers classic, rich, over ice and specialty brews in your favorite size cup to carafe.
Made from our famously soft high performance microfiber fabric, these sheets are proven to promote essential sleep for optimal muscle recovery, and offer many other benefits including: wrinkle free, quick drying, treated for stain release, breathable, protective against allergens and are recommended for sensitive skin. Set includes one fitted, one flat and two pillow cases. Available in Twin- California King sizes and in various colors.
The Shark Rocket Powerhead provides incredible cleaning power without the heavy lifting at only nine pounds total and a mere one pound in hand, making it easy to maneuver around your home and clean all floor surfaces, from carpets to hard floors, with the interchangeable All Surface Brushroll and Gentle Touch Hard Floor Brushroll.
Available in 12 different colors, the stylish Bluetooth speaker offers up 10 hours of quality audio playback on one charge. Compact and water resistant, the easy-to-use speaker packs a super loud bass punch, perfect for tailgaiting, beach/pool trips, group fitness classes, and more.
This hi-def TV combines Roku’s familiar interface with a stunning display. Plus, you can cast videos of your latest PR straight to its 1080p screen (provided you have the Roku app) if you ever tire of the 2,000-plus streaming channels and nearly endless library of movies.
The S2’s modest exterior belies an impressive array of features. This smartwatch will text friends, track fitness levels, and even monitor caffeine intake while sliding between Gear-optimized apps like Twitter and Yelp.
Bluetooth connectivity means you’ll never pull buds from your ears during big, compound movements. They’re sweat- and water-resistant, too, so you won’t fry them if you’re dripping after a tough workout.
This bundle comes with Forza 6 and a full terabyte of storage for movies, TV shows, and replays of you beating your buddies to the finish line. Xbox One exclusives include Halo, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza.
Pair this steering wheel with the Xbox One to turn your living room into an arcade. It mimics conditions on the digital road, so if you whip around corners, you’ll need to exert more force to get back on track.
This exclusive line of completely wireless, noise-cancellation headphones can be found only at Best Buy this season
This ultrasleek activity tracker logs info for 10 days without a charge, providing details on sleep, calories, and more. The built-in Smart Coach guides you toward your fitness goals.
Plug this into any TV with an HDMI port for access to dozens of apps and thousands of movies, music, and TV shows. Siri will help show you the ropes.
$150 for 32GB,
$200 for 64GB, bestbuy.com
Tack the camera onto your bike, boat, or barbell (or wherever your training takes you), record 360 degrees of video, pick your favorite angle, and edit it all from your smartphone.
With 18 beard and 12 stubble settings, four grooming tools, and three combs, this powerful razor will tame anything.