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A fitness enthusiast isn’t just the person who hits up the gym three times a week. There are plenty of ways people are trying to get fit, whether it’s going for jogs or bike rides in the morning, joining a yoga class once a week, or simply trying to live a fitter, healthier lifestyle through walking more, eating better, and reducing stress. And there are lots of cool tech items you can get for the fitness enthusiast on your list, some of which you might not even think of.

I covered a number of great health and wellness gadgets that would make great gifts for fitness fanatics in a previous post, including everything from smartwatches and fitness trackers to full-sized workout equipment, and even pain management devices. But there’s lots more you can get for the fitness enthusiast who has everything.

fitness gifts - tapplock liteA Smart Lock, Tracker

When I first joined a gym earlier this year, my friend smirked at my high school locker-like combination lock that I used to secure my items in the gym locker. I thought about it and kicked myself for not thinking of investing in a smart lock that would make the process so much easier.

You don’t need to worry about combination codes and turning a dial back and forth to unlock it: ones like the Tapplock Lite Smart Fingerprint Scanning Bluetooth Rechargeable Padlock simply use your fingerprint via biometrics. It’s safe and secure and will help you get in and out of the gym in a jiffy.

fitness gifts - tile stickerAnother device I swear by is the Tile Bluetooth Tracker. Place one of these in your gym bag and it will track the location should you forget it at home, the office, or at the gym. Use your phone to see where it is if it’s within Bluetooth range, or even if it isn’t using the network of Tile users from around the world. The new Tile Sticker can actually affix to an item like your true wireless earbuds charging case or headphone ear cups to you can ensure you never accidentally leave them behind, or that you can find them if you do.

fitness gifts - garmin forerunner 35Sports and Fitness Tracking Devices

I’m a fan of Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers, as noted in my previous article. What I love about models like the Versa and the Ionic is the large screen that can be used not only to present your fitness stats and details like your heart rate, smartphone notifications, daily steps,  and the time, but also visual guidance for workouts. I’ve used a number of the coaching exercises, which range from short, 7-minute workouts to longer, more intense ones. They demonstrate what to do, with video instructions on how to do it, indicate how many reps, than the watch vibrates on your wrist to let you know when to start, then again when you’ve completed the necessary number of reps or the time noted has elapsed. You can also manually track exercises like swimming, running, and interval workouts.

Garmin has devices that can monitor specific workouts as well, like running. The Forerunner 35 GPS Watch adds, as the name implies, GPS so you can locate your position and follow a route. You can also get smart coaching through the app.

fitness gifts - samsung galaxy active2A Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is a great option for someone who owns a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, pairing perfectly with the mobile device to monitor everything from exercise to sleep, and walk you through guided meditations to unwind. It also offers built-in GPS, a built-in running coach, and even has an advanced accelerometer to monitor your running pace and let you know if you should speed up to reach your target heart rate or slow down. Place the Watch atop a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone and it will instantly recharge.

But it isn’t just about wrist-worn devices. Great gift options for fitness enthusiasts include devices like the QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, which helps them keep tabs on their blood pressure so they get an idea of overall health. The medical-grade device fitness gifts - qardioarm wireless blood pressure monitormeasures systolic/diastolic blood pressure and heart rate and stores the data in the cloud so you can access it on your mobile device and show details to a medical professional at your next visit if there are any questions or concerns. It can also detect things like irregular heartbeats.

The Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband is an interesting gift option for the person who’s into health and fitness but also wants to make sure they aren’t overexerting themselves. Having enough sleep and reducing stress, after all, can play a big role in improving your level of fitness, too. It provides real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body movements and helps you wind down through meditation.

fitness gifts - muse 2 brain sensing headbandTrue Wireless Earbuds for Fitness

In my previous post, I mentioned my love of true wireless earbuds for working out since you don’t have to worry about wires getting tangled in your arms as you lift weights or use gym equipment. Plus, a good pair fits nicely and securely. And true wireless earbuds really are all the rage nowadays, making them perfect gifts for not only the fitness fan, but pretty much anyone on your list.

fitness gifts - beats by dr dre powerbeats proOther options include models like the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro, which come in four colour options to match your workout gear, and are resistant to sweat and water. They also feature advanced noise isolation so you can work out in peace, totally immersing yourself in your music. And with Siri assistant built-in, you can use your voice to switch tracks or raise the volume as you run harder on the treadmill or do some serious rowing on the machine.

And then there are models like the Jaybird RUN XT, which can quickly recharge for an extra hour of power after just five minutes, making them perfect to grab and go for a quick workout session. They are waterproof and come with interchangeable tips and fins so you can find the right fit.

Other Cool Gift Ideas for Fitness Enthusiasts

Consider that a fitness enthusiast might always be working out and using their tech gear to provide entertainment through music, tracking, and more. A cool gift idea for the Apple fan might be this 3 in 1 Charging Stand that provides a single, convenient spot to charge all fitness gifts - charging standof the devices they’d use for working out, including their iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch.

If the person on your list is into outdoor adventurous sports, like hiking, snowmobiling, or skiing, consider getting them a GoPro HERO8 Waterproof 4K Sports & Helmet Camera they can use to capture point-of-view footage of their adventures as they slide down the ski slopes or zoom around in the snow.

If you know they want to get more fit but don’t have time to go to a gym or do other outdoor activities, consider something like the Nintendo Wii Sports video game (if they have the console) which can help them get a fitness gifts - beach body workout dvdbit more active from the comfort of their home. Or consider a workout DVD set, like Beach Body Tony Horton’s P90X3 DVD Workout set, which comes with a set of DVDs along with a resistance band.

Bottom Line

There are lots of gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast on your list in every price range, including gifts to help someone who has recently made a decision to get fit a priority started on their journey, to supplementary gifts for those who have been working on their health and fitness for years already and are looking for new ways to help coach, motivate, and entertain themselves as they exercise.

Christine Persaud
With 20+ years of experience in trade and consumer tech journalism, I have covered the tech space since before social media was a "thing" and the smartphone as we know it was even invented. Writing for various technology, lifestyle, and entertainment sites, I have covered and reviewed hundreds of tech products, from home appliances to wearables, fitness tech to headphones, TV entertainment products and services, and more. I'm also a passionate foodie who loves to cook and bake, a TV show fanatic (happy to give what to watch recommendations!), and proud mother to a 12-year-old son.


  1. A fitness tracker is a definite must-have if you’re a runner, just be sure to get one of the ones that has a watch face since the stop watch comes in handy (as well as the zillion other features like GPS tracking).

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