We all know someone who owns more workout clothes than work clothes, and prefers protein bars to candy bars. (Maybe that even describes you and your swolemate!) But with the sea of sneakers and fitness trackers out there, how the heck do you holiday shop for the workout kings and queens in your life? Here, we’ve rounded up some of the finest gear and grub to stuff their stockings with.
1. Optimum Nutrition Watermelon Amino Energy
The perfect double-whammy, Amino Energy combines two super popular fitness supplements: branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and caffeine. The watermelon flavor tastes like a Jolly Rancher (score!) and provides a smooth boost of energy for a gym session or run.
2. Blender Bottle Aqua Classic Water Bottle
If you’re going to take powdered supplements like BCAAs or protein, a Blender Bottle is a must-have. No one digs a clumpy drink.
3. Trigger Point Core Foam Roller
Anyone working to improve their fitness knows: Recovery is crucial. The ridges in this Trigger Point roller make for the ultimate hurts-so-good self-massage after a tough workout.
4. True Athlete Chocolate Natural Whey Protein Isolate
Protein powders come in more flavors than we can count these days, but this one’s a classic. The chocolate flavor is so rich you won’t mind drinking it straight with water—though it’s truly delish and creamy with milk. Oh, and did we mention it’s free of artificial sweeteners?
5. Lenny and Larry’s Birthday Cake Complete Cookie
We love that this guilt-free sweet treat packs eight grams of protein. What other cookie also feeds your muscles? The Snickerdoodle and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors are definitely Santa-worthy, too.
6. BodyTech ZMA Tech Supplement
Containing zinc and magnesium, this supplement canhelp support recovery and relaxation, two crucial parts of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
7. FlapJacked Chocolate Peanut Butter Mighty Muffin
Bakery cravings, be gone! The Mighty Muffin makes for a great grab-and-go breakfast, with much friendlier nutritionals than your average coffee shop muffin. At 240 calories, it contains 22 grams carbs and 20 grams protein, with only 10 grams sugar and eight grams fat.
8. Cellucor Fruit Punch C4 On The Go Pre-Workout Drink
When you’re running to the gym during your lunch hour or taking a weekend trip, these ready-to-drink preworkouts are clutch.
9. Quest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Protein Bar
This bar is the ultimate post-workout snack. It’s full of classic oatmeal cookie flavor, complete with cinnamon, giant chocolate chunks, and 21 grams of protein.
10. Spri Expertube Light Resistance Band
Who needs the gym? Stash a resistance band in your suitcase and you can work out anywhere—even in Aunt Jill’s guest room.
11. Triple Strength Turmeric with Curcumin
Turmeric may help support a healthy inflammatory response after exercising. This supplement provides antioxidant and cellular health support to the active individual.
12. Barnana Organic Chewy Banana Bites
The only ingredients in this sweet, portable snack are bananas and banana powder. The bites make a great pre-workout snack when you’re on the go and need a quick pick-me-up.
13. Life-Flo Pure Magnesium Flakes
Magnesium plays a role in protein synthesis, muscle function, and blood sugar control, according to the National Institutes of Health. Why not enjoy it along with a nice warm bath on your day off from the gym?
14. Buff Bake Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter
PB butter lovers will drool over this spread. Made with peanuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and whey protein, it packs 13 grams of protein in two tablespoons! It tastes like a treat but won’t sabotage healthy eating.