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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best for Fitness and Active

What’s the best luxury gift for the person who is extremely active and serious about fitness, whether they prefer a home workout or exercise at a gym? Our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy (who teaches kick-boxing in her free time) has the answers. Here’s our luxury gift guide of the best presents for those who love hiking and the great outdoors, yoga, and who are active and focused on fitness. And hey – you might want to buy a couple of these for yourself, too!

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Just about everyone has a fitness buff on their gift list. Or someone who is happiest when they’re hiking, kayaking or otherwise doing something active outdoors.

This is a gift guide for those friends and family members we secretly love to hate. Your best friend who’s always checking in to see if you want to join her for a run. The co-worker who swears by the yoga studio near the office and comes back from lunch glowing with endorphins. Your spouse who is turning the spare room into a personal home gym. We know you know what we mean.

We all have people in our lives who are living an active lifestyle and loving it. And if we’re honest, we actually do adore them for it. They inspire us with their energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook.

If you have a fitness fanatic in your life, this curated gift guide is for them. Beyond holidays and birthdays, you can also show them how much you care by celebrating their fitness milestones. Whether they’re an Outdoor Adventurer, Yogi, Studio Hopper, Cardio Bunny or Stay-at-Home-Exerciser, there is something here that will delight every type.

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The Luxury Gift Guide: Best for Fitness and Active

Here are our top picks of the perfect gift for those who are serious about fitness, yoga or the Great Outdoors. 

1. Luxury Gifts For the Outdoor Adventurer

What’s the best luxury gift for folks who love the great outdoors? Rain or shine, they’re always up for an adventure and never say no to a challenge. And in a highly unscientific survey of our friends, we have concluded that they also seem to be very fond of earth tones and own lots of gear that are not always the most stylish, shall we say. Here’s where you come in!

Specialized’s Women’s Sirrus Expert Carbon ($2,100) in a cool “Cali Fade” color way is categorized as a fitness bike and gets top marks for its smoothness, speed, and comfort. Its carbon fiber construction is lightweight and extremely responsive, so not only will she be able to climb up those hills, but also, be able to carry it up the stairs after her commute.

The Nathan Hydration Running Belt ($49.95) has two holsters for convenient hydration and fits a smart phone so your friend stays comfortable and safe. It’s a perfect luxury gift for someone who really loves the great outdoors.

We love this Barbour + Alexa Chung fisherman-style waterproof wax jacket ($425). It’s fashionable enough to wear out on the street too- styled with some chunky boots. And surfer girls will love Cynthia Rowley’s color-blocked and figure flattering wetsuit ($265) made from green technology.

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The best luxury gift for those who love the great outdoors. Courtesy Photos.

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2. Luxury Gifts for Yogis and Yoga Lovers

Is your loved one one of the 36 million Americans who practice yoga? Check out these luxury gift ideas in yoga. These will ensure that the special yogaholic in your life can keep going with the flow. 

Why didn’t we think of this? The “smart” Backslash Fit yoga mat ($89.99) uses an internal locking mechanism that grips firmly to the floor and also flips, clicks and rolls back into its folded position in seconds.

Make a luxury gift of of this yoga mat along with the Yoga Sak ($52), which has thoughtfully designed interior pockets to hold it all so that a second bag is no longer necessary.

For the practitioner who’s serious about her poses and her style, Beyond Yoga’s Alloy Ombre High Waisted Midi Legging ($110) has it all- flattering 5” waistband, four-way stretch and a healthy dose of glitter.

The Larq Self-Cleaning Water Bottle ($95) will replace every other water bottle they own. Why? It uses a digital UV-C LED light that purifies the water with a press of the button. Tired of hearing how sore your yogi friend is all of the time? The PowerDot 2.0 – Smart Electric Muscle Stimulator ($349) has 10+ preset electric muscle stimulation programs for muscle recovery and connects via an app to guide them on where to place the pods.

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The best luxury gifts for the Yogi and Yoga Lovers. Courtesy Photos.

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3. Luxury Gifts for Studio Hoppers 

For the friend who does a little bit of everything and always trying something new. It’s hard to keep up. Whether it’s pilates, boxing, cardio dance or strength training, these gifts will work seamlessly into their routine as they hop from studio to studio.

A monthly Class Pass membership ($79) grants access to hundreds of fitness studios and includes 45 credits for members to use. Depending on how many credits a studio requires, this allows the user to take anywhere between 10-20 classes a month.

In between classes, help them refuel with a gift box of 30 of our favorite energy and protein bars, RX bars ($59.99). Unlike other brands, they are only made with ingredients you can pronounce and get their sweetness from dates, not strange fillers. One bar has 12 grams of protein and is under 220 calories. Our favorite flavors are Peanut Butter Chocolate and Maple Sea Salt!

Help her standout from the crowd with Style Reform’s monogrammed leggings ($75). The leggings themselves have maximum compression and 4-way stretch and you can choose from gold or silver foil for their initials. Even if she’s serious about her fitness goals, Ban.do’s cheeky duffle bag ($35) will help her not take it all so seriously. After all, if you can’t have tacos after sweating it out, what’s the point?

The best luxury fitness gifts for Studio Hoppers. Courtesy Photos.

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4. Luxury Gifts for the Cardio Crew

If you need a gift for someone born to run, here are some stellar choices to make sure that they’re never running on empty.

The latest Apple Watch Series 4 ($399) is a must-have for runners. It comes with GPS, cellular service and heart rate monitoring capabilities . And it features the attractive design and interface that Apple is known for.

Just because the runner in your life has a little one, doesn’t mean they need to stop pounding the pavement. The Thule Urban Glide Jogging Stroller ($449.95) has rear suspension wheels for a smooth ride and ergonomic, adjustable handlebars for comfort. And the babe better catch some z’s to your rhythm as the seat can recline nearly flat.

Jabra’s Elite 65T True Wireless Earbud Headphones ($169.99) offers excellent audio quality and four-microphone technology delivers best-in-class call performance. Trigger Point’s Mini 4” foam rollers ($23.97) are heaven for the feet and anywhere else that needs special attention. Trusted by physical and massage therapists, the high multi density foam and hollow core design provides muscle recovery, pain relief and improved flexibility.

For inspiration when the going gets tough, Four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi’s book, 26 Marathons ($16.50) recalls his most memorable races and the setbacks and triumphs that filled all those legendary miles.

The best luxury fitness gifts for cardio workouts. Courtesy Photos.

5. Luxury Gifts for Home Workouts

The home workout is making a comeback, so why not a luxury gift in that arena? It’s never been easier with so much great content online. Plus easy to follow apps. But if your loved one is a stay-at-home exerciser, they might need a boost and some novelty more than anyone to keep them from getting bored.

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If you ask us, the best home workout to be had is from Peloton (full disclosure – our CEO is on the board of Peloton Interactive). A Peloton bike ($2,245) gives your gift recipient access to a library of on-demand fitness content from some of the best instructors in the world. Plus, they’ll join a vibrant community of fellow riders who can cheer them on!

The best luxury gift for home workouts: the Peloton bike. Courtesy Photo.

This beautifully designed WaterRower Rowing Machine ($1,095) would be a wonderful luxury gift for a home workout. It’s handcrafted in solid ash wood and features a Honey Oak stain finished in Danish oil. All WaterRowers have patented technology to replicate the resistance felt in water rowing.

weights and devices

Kettlebells are a useful addition to any home gym. We love the GoFit Vinyl Dipped Kettle Bells ($24.99-$99.99). They come in weights from 7-45 pounds. Their bright, candy-like colors and the rubberized coating which go easy on the floors make these a great gift. And when the weather is fine, your gift recipient might even take their new luxury home workout gift out to the backyard.

The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker ($129) is easy to pick up and go and provides bold sound in a waterproof design that lasts up to 8hrs. Another unobtrusive addition to a home gym is the Revolution Balance Board ($129.95). It’s a versatile training tool that improves balance and stabliltiy- so necessary for proper form in any exercise- and fires up the core and legs.

When apps become repetitive or those fitness personalities too cloying, home exercisers can easily create their own routines with a set of exercise dice ($25). 15 Jumping Lunges, 20 Burpees, 25 Bicycles…go!

Luxury Gifts for Home Workouts.

The best luxury gifts for home workouts. Courtesy Photos.

The Luxury Gift Guide: Best for Fitness and Active

There you have it- some of our top picks for luxury gifts for the person on your list who’s serious about fitness, yoga, or the Great Outdoors.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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