9 Stocking Stuffers for the Fitness Fanatic
All the essentials, from $15 to $330, that make exercising more fun
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We found the best pint-sized presents to make an average gym bag or trail pack feel like a tricked-out locker room—and to give that friend who’s always training yet another reason to be stoked about her workout.
Vuarnet Ice Grey Polar Blue Flashed Sunglasses ($330)
These lenses look sleek, but they’re also rugged and functional. With scratch and shock resistance, polarization, and the ability to absorb 99 percent of blue light and block 100 percent of UV rays, they’re designed to protect during long days outside. They also boast a nylon frame, temples with adjustable rubber tips, and a removable nose bridge insert and side shields for extra protection.
Zoku 16-Ounce Glass Core Bottle ($30)
Water always tastes more refreshing out of a glass. That’s one reason we like the Zoku bottle. It uses double-wall suspended glass to give you that crisp drinking experience, and it can keep hot stuff hot or cold stuff cold. The cap is designed so that a quarter-turn locks it in place, preventing spills.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes ($24)
Hands down the best all-around face wipes, these single-use organic sheets are made with moisturizing aloe vera, witch hazel, and exfoliating white willow bark extract. Lightly scented with orange, fir, or lavender, they can even be used for a quick full-body wash after a workout if you’re too rushed for a full shower.
Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless Headphones ($130)
These check all the boxes for an action-ready pair of headphones: sweat-proof, water-resistant, lightweight, long-lasting, and comfortable. The cord management system on this latest version is adjustable and slack-free. The buds hold four hours of charge, and a small wearable battery pack provides an additional four hours for major endurance efforts.
The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister ($34)
Trade in your Ziploc for something a little more durable. This burly dopp kit is made from the same rugged material as expedition duffels. The exterior easily wipes clean, so you don’t have to worry about spills or setting it down in gross places. Multiple exterior loops and an internal clip make it the perfect travel companion for hooking inside tents or gym lockers.
Teleties Hair Ties ($10)
A snapped hair tie can derail a workout, so the folks at Teleties figured out a way to make these tiny bands nearly unbreakable. The material’s gentle grip also reduces damage to your hair—a big bonus for the active person who spends a lot of time in a ponytail. Opt for the large size, which holds better during high-impact activities.
Cotopaxi Claro Headlamp ($30)
Cotopaxi managed to make the humble headlamp cool, building the Claro with bright colorways and a slick design. The white light has a range of about 150 feet, and the device runs on USB-rechargeable batteries with a 20-hour life.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Smartwatch ($300)
This activity tracker meets smartwatch is a great gym companion, preloaded with sports apps so you can track everything from yoga class and indoor rowing to swimming and biking. It has all the bells and whistles, like GPS, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, and VO2 measurements, plus text and email notifications. But the new key feature on this model—a first for Garmin—is a payment feature that allows you to connect your watch to your credit card.
Matador Droplet Wet Bag ($15)
Hook this silicone keychain onto your gym bag and you’ll always have a spot to stash dirty clothes. The compact keychain includes a three-liter waterproof bag, perfect for storing wet rags and preventing them from soaking (and stinking up) the rest of your gear.