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October 3, 2022

41 Fitness Gifts That Will Surprise and Delight Avid Exercisers

Since we’re always testing the latest in fitness and wellness at SELF, it should come as no surprise that we get a certain thrill from curating the best fitness gifts every year. On our list this holiday season (which is almost here), you’ll find lots of SELF Certified, editor-approved products and services, as well as plenty of other wellness devices and fitness favorites we’ve charted throughout the years. These can help everyone on your list keep up their routines and round out their home gyms—from under-the-desk exercisers to supremely soft yoga mats and even some reading material for tennis players and athletes. 

Ahead, we’ve selected a wide array of delightful and useful fitness gift ideas for every kind of workout devotee, including hard-core runners, fitness lovers who live in tiny apartments, outdoor recreationalists, and new moms who love to move. You’ll find easy-to-wear exercise dresses, soothing massagers for post-workout recovery (and a little self-care), and fitness trackers that help them meet their goals. Remember: The sooner you order, the less you have to stress ahead of the holidays.

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  • Madewell

    Madewell Bala Resistance Band Set

    The simple but ever-versatile resistance band would be one of the best fitness gifts for anyone looking to strengthen their entire body. “If you only ever purchase one piece of exercise equipment in your life, it should be a pack of resistance bands,” our former fitness editor says. This pack in particular comes in Bala’s aesthetic color scheme, complete with encouraging expressions printed on them.

  • Outdoor Voices

    Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress

    Outdoor Voices’ wildly popular (and SELF-tested) exercise dress is a delightful, throw-it-on-and-go piece of activewear. Its built-in shorts, adjustable straps, and quick-drying fabric make it a functional option for hiking, walking, or running errands.

    Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

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