Gifts For Your Workout Warrior

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2018 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! This post is about ideal gifts for your workout warrior, we’ve also put together gift recommendations for hikers & campers and travel addicts.

Sure, a little (emphasis on little) time with family is awesome! But the hardest part of the holidays by far is gift-giving! Most people suck at it, let’s be honest. You didn’t want 75% of your gifts last year, and a few haven’t made their way inside from the garage.

However, look no further! We will be your gift-shopper for you. You don’t need to spend hours in line on Black Friday. You don’t need to spend hours scrolling different online retailers. We personally own or have used every single one of these items, and hand-picked our favorites! All of these gift are tried-and-true, your loved one will absolutely adore their gift, and adore you for getting it for them.

JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Who doesn’t love music? It can set the mood for any occasion, and double the intensity of any workout. We always hike and travel with this handy dandy speaker in tow, but it is PERFECT for a workout, whether at home or on the road.

Going on a hike/jog through the woods? Bring it along! Doing an outdoor circuit workout? Perfect. Yoga in your apartment? Even better!

We also love this it is waterproof (and sweat-proof), which has come in handy when we get stuck in the rain or are relaxing in the lake or ocean after a hard workout! We have completely submerged it underwater and it still works!

Also, we are really impressed with the sound quality and battery life (up to 12 hours) from this tiny speaker. At 6 inches long and 2 inches wide, it will easily fit in any bag, or even a fanny pack! Added bonus: it has an attachable strap, so it can easily be clipped to your backpack or workout bag.

Beats by Dre Wireless Earphones

We love these headphones for working out because they are comfortable to wear, have great sound quality, and are wireless. Wireless headphones make working out 10x better, or 10x less terrible at least.

Before switching to Bluetooth headphones, the cord to our headphones would constantly be in the way, getting wrapped around weights, yanking the headphones out of our ears or sending our phones careening to the ground. If you know someone that loves listening to music, give them the gift of a good pair of Bluetooth headphones!

Body Love

Julie has been reading this book and she loves how it breaks down the science behind what we are eating. If you are looking to eat healthier without being restricted to a no fun diet, this is a great educational read. It has already changed our eating habits and we are feeling more energized every day.


Photography Equipment


We absolutely LOVE photography, and sharing pictures! These are the cameras we use on all of our adventures. The drone and GoPro help us get cool new perspectives (underwater, in the air, wide angle) and the Rebel we use on a day-to-day basis for most of our shots!


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Gatorade 32 Oz Squeeze Bottle

Our favorite water bottles we’ve ever used. They squirt out with some real power, making them great for a quick shot of water while you are working out. We have to admit these bottles are just plain fun to drink out of. Grab a quick swig or drench your head in the summer heat after a run!

Added bonus: they are super fun to have water fights with! Surprise your sweetie with a water fight while they’re brushing their teeth! Promise they won’t be mad…

Lululemon Sports Bra

We love everything Lululemon and whoever you are gift shopping for will too. Note: this product is for females. If you are shopping for a male, please scroll along.

Everything Lululemon makes is super comfortable, stylish as heck, and very high quality. They make workout clothes that are so cute, we wear them even when we aren’t working out.

Julie specifically loves their sports bras because it’s one of the items she can actually afford! If you’ve shopped at Lululemon before, their prices on some items can be up there… Plus, they are perfect for a hot yoga session or a run on a humid day where you don’t want to be wearing a bunch of layers!

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Julie’s #1 Most Used

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Julie’s #1 Favorite


6 Pc Headband (or Bandana or Scarf or Hair Tie or Face Mask)

Zach recently purchased these headbands because he is way past due for a haircut and needed something to keep his hair out of his eyes while running… Maybe just get a haircut like a normal human being? I digress.

After giving Zach a hard time, Julie ate her words because it turns out she loves these too! The thing we love is that they can be worn so many different ways. The options are nearly limitless. You can wear them like a typical headband while working out, or if it’s cold on an outdoor run you can pull it down over your face. Julie uses them as pony tail holders every other day! They are great for keeping her thick and heavy hair in a tight ponytail when she’s working out.

Brooks Running Shoes

We’ve tried many brands of running shoes and Brooks are our favorite. Brooks knocks it out of the park when it comes to comfort and quality. We ran half marathons and full marathons in these babies and they keep our feet, ankles, shins and legs happy.

However, Brooks can sometimes go a little overboard on the colors and style. They tend to make shoes that look like an Andy Warhol painting, which might float your boat, but we prefer the more neutral colored styles like this one. Any runner needs a good pair of running shoes and these are our favorite by far!

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Lululemon Wunder Under Yoga Pants

Lulu strikes again. We told you we love Lululemon, so much that it made the list twice. Julie owns at least 4 pairs of these leggings.

They are oh so comfortable and of course very high quality. You’ll never have to worry about your underwear showing through your leggings (we’ve all seen the leopard panties showing through leggings before…usually the panties we didn’t need to see). Julie wears these to workout and also to go out! And who doesn’t love going out looking good and still being comfy?

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Solid Colors

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Fun Colors


AdvoCare Spark Energy Drink

We use Spark energy to give our workouts an extra boost. It gives us the energy we need to kick butt in the gym every time we go.

We prefer Spark over other pre-workout supplements because it doesn’t make us feel jittery. Spark contains no sugar, lots of vitamins and minerals and neuroactive amino acids that help increase your mental focus and alertness!

TRX Training GO Suspension Trainer Kit – Ideal For Workouts Indoors & Out

TRX is a great workout tool for a few different reasons. The workout options are endless with this one simple tool. You can work legs, arms, core, back or chest!

The second reason this tool rocks is that it is small and easy to bring along anywhere. We’ve set it up in our hotel room, and outside under a tree! All you need is something sturdy to hook it up to. Anyone who enjoys working out or is looking to make some lifestyle changes would enjoy this TRX Suspension Kit.

Gold Standard Whey Protein

A good protein shake is a lovely treat after a good workout. Anyone that works out heavily probably partakes in a protein shake every now and then.

What makes this a great gift is that it is something you KNOW someone will use. Anyone that drinks protein shakes will go through a bucket in a month or so, and they will go ahead and buy another one. If they get one as a gift, they will be overjoyed that they don’t have to lug this big bucket home from the store next month!

Set of 2 Microfiber Towels

When working out, or even camping and hiking, a good towel is so key, and not exactly something everyone thinks about before they need it. It is important to wipe off sweat or dry off after jumping in the water.

However, you don’t want a towel that stays wet and heavy for a long time until it is smelly and stinks up your whole bag. Anyone who has been there knows a smelly bag can ruin the smell of a car or apartment.

These towels are game changers. They will dry you off and then dry themselves super quickly so they are ready for your next stink-free workout! Gift Card in a Mini Amazon Shipping Box (Birthday Icons Card Design)

Still not sure what to get someone? An Amazon gift card is a sure win! Amazon has become the easiest way to shop for literally anything under the sun. If you still aren’t sure what to get someone, get them an Amazon gift card and they can pick out their own gift.


Book Recommendations


We love to read, especially on a trip! We get our books on a Kindle so we can bring multiple books anywhere. Reading is a great way to relax and unwind while also getting caught up in a great story. We love everything from novels to self-help, business books to memoirs. Here are our favorites!

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There You Have It! Our 2018 Ideal Gifts For Your Workout Warrior!

That is every one of our gift recommendations for the 2018 holiday season! We would absolutely love any of these gifts, and we’ve tried and loved each and every one, so we know your gift recipient will love them too!

Still looking for more? We have also put together gift recommendations for hikers & campers and travel addicts!

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