Christmas is closing in and it’s time to think about the presents. Personally I always lack ideas – not only when it comes to buying gifts but also what I truly wish for. I remember giving away a gym membership last year but it was rarely used and I want to avoid a similar misstake this year.
To figure out the perfect christmas present I reached out to 28 personal trainers and asked them what they consider to be the ideal gift if they weren’t allowed to say; a personal trainer. It would be the obvious answer and I truly believe everyone would benefit from one.
In the end, we ended up with 19 awesome gifts and I want to thank everyone involved. Right below every quote you’ll find a link to their Twitter so click through and check them out!
This is expected to be the gift of the year in Sweden and I concur. If companies are able to increase the accuracy and ability to track other activities such as cycling, I’m expecting everyone to be wearing one within a few years. At the moment though, it mostly acts as a tremendous motivational device and gives an estimate on how active your day was.
Now I just wish someone would come up with a method to track your food automatically…
Probably the best alternative to getting a personal trainer, I first thought. However, even if you’ve got a personal trainer you should educate yourself. Get yourself a marker and highlight important sections so you quickly can go back and find the answers while you make progress.
Which book to recommend then? Well, Eat Stop Eat comes highly recommended from people such as Martin Berkhan and I enjoyed reading it as well. Luke Johnson recommended Lyle McDonalds books and even though I haven’t read any of them, I’ve been following Lyle for a long time and I’m sure it’s worth a reading. If you’re thinking about giving away a cookbooks, make sure it’s at the right level so it doesn’t end up on the shelf the first day.
A shoutout to Siobhan Byrne for also recommending books as a christmas gift.
Points for really thinking outside the box and I remember climbing on absolutely everything as a kid even though I had the hight against me. My parents wasn’t to thrilled though when I decided to use the chandelier to swing myself. When I grew somewhat older my friend had an old limestone quarry right besides his house and it was fantastic for climbing.
It would be great to get some real lessons and aim for higher altitudes. If you don’t think climbing is the way to go – consider other experiences such as a yoga lecture or training camp.
You can never get to much clothes. I posted my running outfit for 2013 a few weeks ago and maybe you could get some ideas from there. It’s usually a safe bet to go for a t-shirt or underwear since that’s the kind of clothing most people tend to replace regularly.
I’ve never – ever – heard anyone complain about having to much clothes to choose from.
I haven’t done much reading about the use of foam rollers so I can’t really comment on this as a gift. My physiotherapist gave me one with some exercises roughly 7 years ago when I had back problems and they disappeared after a few weeks. I can’t be sure it was the exercises but since then, I always keep a foam roller at home and use it whenever my back hurts.
I like the idea of being able to massage yourself though so I’ll give my foam roller a new try.
This is closely related to fitness apparels since it can be difficult to buy clothes for someone when you don’t know their size or what they like. Consider getting the Amazon gift cards.
I mainly use dumbbells in my home gym so I exercise barefoot. I’ve been told Arnold Schwarzenegger preferred the same while Colin recommended Adidas Adipure above and a friend of mine vouches for Vibram FiveFingers. It seems to be a winning concept.
Heart rate monitor
This x100. I always saw myself as a soccer player and during the rehabilitating, after my two knee injuries, I had a hard time motivating myself running without a ball. Eventually I bought a Garmin Forerunner 405 and it’s most certainly the best purchase I’ve done when it comes to fitness.
Forerunner 405 seems to be discontinued now and I’m not really sure about the differences in new versions so ask in your local shop. If you’ve got way to much money, the Garmin Forerunner 620 looks great. Don’t forget the heart rate monitor to make the most of it.
I believe $100 to be a bit on the low side if you want to build a complete home gym. However, the advantages of adjustable dumbbells is that you can give them the start and then they can continue to expand it with heavier weights as they make progress in their gym.
I’ve previously written an in-depth post about building a home gym on a budget. Check it out.
iTunes gift card
I’m not a big user of iTunes thanks to Spotify but I agree with the importance of right music and several studies has shown the advantages of picking your own playlist. Both iTunes and Spotify offer gift cards but try to figure out what they prefer before buying a gift card to someone.
Truth to be told, I haven’t used kettlebells much – I just like my dumbbells. Many of my friends really like it though and I’m sure it’s useful. Here’s a link to a 16 kg version.
My sister made our grandparents a calendar with photos of the family every year and they really appreciated it. If you’re not sure about which photos or quotes to pick, consider just getting the board and let the “christmas (birthday) boy” fill it with content he or she gets inspired by.
I’ve previously written a post on the importance of eating healthy and if you’re not interested in seeing a personal trainer – consider getting a nutritional consultation and a healthy diet.
I gave Tanja credit for thinking outside the box with climbing lessons and I have to give Harry credit as well. I’ve previously discussed the important of finding your passion for cooking and I believe a spice rack filled with interesting spices to be a perfect start.
Consider saving some of the budget for a basic cookbook with beautiful photos. Please note, if you don’t know how to clean the pan – there’s nothing worse than getting a book with food taking a whole day to cook. Get a book appropriate for his or her current cooking level.
Plenty of the people replying mentioned supplements as an alternative. Protein powder is always a safe bet and consider getting a new flavor they haven’t tried. I’ve written an in-depth post on the supplements I recommend if you’re not sure. Vitamin D is another great option.
Tickets to an event
So true. Tickets to a Man Utd game is on the top of my christmas list with things I’ll never get.
A trap bar is supposed to put less stress on the back and be more beginner friendly. Looking at the design, I can understand why beginners would like it. However, I’ve never used a trap bar myself.
TRX Suspension Trainer
I discovered a somewhat cheaper alternative produced by GoFit only for doorways. I’m not sure about the differences but it could be worth checking out before ordering TRX.
This is a massive post and once again I want to thank everyone for taking the time and participating by giving their recommendations for the perfect christmas gift. Don’t forget to check out their Twitter – I’m sure you’ll find many of them interesting to follow.
If you’re considering buying a christmas gift online – make sure to do it long before christmas eve to be sure you get the items in time. It’s difficult to predict the weather and we wouldn’t want our presents being stuck in the middle of nowhere on christmas eve due to the snow.
Did we miss anything? What’s the best fitness gift 2013 in your view?