The Top 15 Fitness Gift Ideas for the 2020 Holiday Season

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The 2020 holiday season is sneaking up this year, but the thing is, we can expect a holiday season like no other. We've all seen the viral Black Friday videos over the years; hundreds of people camping out overnight, rushing the doors of retail stores in a frenzy to get the best deals, and crowding the aisles elbow-to-elbow. Maybe you've even participated. 

But, it sounds like a social distancing nightmare, right? According to new data from Google, many Americans agree. For instance, more than a third of U.S. shoppers who usually shop in-store for Black Friday say they won't this year. 

The good news is that holiday deals will likely be available much earlier in the season, but this trend also means that you can't leave your shopping to the last minute. You have to be prepared! The last thing you want is to get caught in a shipping crunch. But browsing for gift ideas online can seem like information-overload leaving you with choice paralysis. 

Well, if you have a fitness-lover on your list, we've got you covered. Don't worry! We asked our Jump Rope Community of over 90,000 fitness enthusiasts to share their best fitness wish list items. We've compiled them into our 2020 fitness gift guide. 

This holiday season, don't just guess what your fitness-minded friends want. Use this fitness gift guide to find that perfect gift.

Here are the top holiday fitness gift ideas for 2020. 

How We Picked These Fitness Gifts

This was a fun blog post to put together. 

We wanted to know the most popular gift ideas this year, so we asked our private fitness community to see what people are asking for this holiday season. 

Here's what we asked—

We also took to Instagram to poll our audience of 80,000 jumpers and learn what fitness gifts they wanted to see this year. Next, we asked everyone on the Crossrope team to share what fitness gifts they really wanted for the holiday season.

We put it all together to give you the ultimate holiday fitness gift guide.

Let's dig in.

The Top 15 Fitness Gift Ideas for 2020

1. Weighted Jump Ropes 

When we reached out to our community, we asked for gift ideas from any brand to intentionally steer them away from talking solely about Crossrope products. And while our community is a tad biased, we were shocked to learn that over 80% of our audience wanted to add more jump ropes to their collections. So naturally, we had to put weighted jump ropes at the top of our fitness gift guide. 

A weighted jump rope workout supports various fitness goals from weight loss, endurance, coordination, balance, and conditioning. The Crossrope jump rope system makes an excellent gift for the fitness-minded person on your list. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone who wants to get lean, strong, or fit anywhere. 

Top pick: The Get Fit Jump Rope Bundle

The Get Fit Jump Rope Bundle for Total Fitness | Crossrope

The Get Fit Jump Rope Bundle makes jumping easy to learn for beginners and offers a unique challenge for experienced fitness-goers. It's great for weight loss, cardio, and strength training. It's the complete jump rope workout with a combination of light and heavy ropes, including a ¼ LB, ½ LB, 1 LB, 2 LB rope, and the 2020 Slim and Power handles with patented fast clip connection. 

 

"After one month of using the Crossrope Get Fit system, I can feel a change in my endurance level and body composition," says one buyer. "I love the variety in intensity and duration of the Crossrope workouts. I can't imagine my fitness routine without them." 

2. Jump Rope Mat 

The perfect jump rope setup isn't complete without the right surface to jump on. The surface you jump on matters. Stick to softer surfaces more often and use a jump rope mat as often as you can. A jump rope mat will protect your ropes' longevity and prevent injuries like shin splints. If you're thinking of getting someone a set of weighted jump ropes this holiday season, a jump rope mat is an excellent add-on to complete their setup. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone who uses a jump rope often. 

Top pick: The Crossrope LE Mat

LE Jump Rope Mat protects your ropes & joints | Crossrope

With a unique oval design, custom material formulation, upgraded look, and a new tapered edge for improved mat stabilization, our Crossrope LE Mat is built for jumping rope anywhere.

3. Resistance Bands

Next, we have the classic resistance band. Resistance bands are great because they're light, portable, and extremely versatile. Many of our jumpers use them to improve strength, functional fitness, and flexibility. This item is something every fitness enthusiast should have in their training bag.

Who will love this gift? Functional fitness enthusiasts and frequent travelers.

Top pick: Peach Bands

Fitness Gift Guide Resistance Bands

Peach Bands' four-loop resistance bands set comes in varying weights is super useful for toning your legs and glutes. These 12-inch latex loops are flexible, durable, lightweight, and come with a travel bag so you can bring them anywhere. The four multicolored bands come in intensity levels ranging from light (10 pounds) to extra heavy (35 pounds), so you can add more resistance as you get stronger. 

 

"These are so so good and worth the money," wrote one shopper. "It's hard getting in workouts lately, but these are really good for at-home exercises! 10/10!

4. Kettlebells

One of the most popular items on the list was the mighty kettlebell. Kettlebells are incredible for building functional strength and endurance and are a great addition to any fitness collection. You can never go wrong with adding a kettlebell to someone's training kit. 

Who will love this gift? Kettlebell enthusiasts or anyone looking to expand their fitness equipment collection.

 

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5. Punching Bag

This one surprised us a bit. A few of our members had a punching bag at the top of their fitness wish list. Punching bags are great for improving strength and endurance while also relieving stress. They can be hanging or freestanding, but either way—good luck wrapping and hiding this one away!

Who will love this gift? Anyone who needs to relieve some serious stress. 

 

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6. Slam Ball 

Here's another popular pick from our fitness gift guide polls. Slam balls are both simple to train with and can significantly improve muscle mass. Plus, a slam ball fits perfectly into most fitness routines, including jump rope workouts. 

Who will love this gift? The CrossFit enthusiasts in your life or people looking to expand their fitness equipment collection. 

Top Pick: TRX Slam Ball

 

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TRX Slam Balls were designed to survive your most challenging workout. TRX Slam Balls range in weight from 8 LBs to 50 LBs, so you increase your workout load at your own pace. These are not your average medicine balls, so jump high and slam 'em to the ground! Again, have fun wrapping this one up and hauling it under the tree! 

7. Dip Station/Pull-up Bar

Next up on our list is a dip station or a pull-up bar. We've put them together here because they're both great additions to any home gym. For pull-up bars, look for the ones that can hook to your door. For dip stations, look for Parallettes.

Who will love this gift? Anyone who is looking to expand their fitness equipment collection. 

Top Pick(s): ProSource for pull-up bars and Lebert EQualizer for parallettes.

 

Muscular man doing a pull-up on an orange pull-up bar

Fitness Subscriptions & Trackers

8. Meditation Subscription

Regular exercise and meditation are both proven mood boosters but done together, they're extra effective for improving mental health. More than anything, meditation focuses your attention and energy. It also can help you stay motivated to exercise and inspire you to be as effective as possible for every workout. Meditation can be a great way to focus on being present during a workout, but it also serves as a great cool-down method for a post-workout brain. 

There are plenty of meditation apps available today, and a subscription makes an incredibly thoughtful gift for any fitness enthusiast. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone looking to take their workouts to a higher level. 

Top pick: Core Meditation

Fitness Gift Guide Core Meditation device and mobile app

 

Core Meditation could be the best device yet for meditation, breath training, and keeping an eye on your heart health. The handheld device delivers vibration patterns that sync with audio through its app. This guides you through breath-training routines aimed at recentering and helping maintain focus. Electrocardiogram sensors measure how stressed or calm you are feeling as you hone your meditation practice.

9. Sleep Tracker

When it comes to overall health and fitness performance, sleep is often overlooked. In fact, you must sleep for exercise to actually work. Sleep gives your body time to recover, conserve energy, and repair the muscles used during training. 

The problem is, many Americans have a significant issue when it comes to sleep. More than 30 percent of us are sleep-deprived, which means we're not getting the recommended seven to eight hours a night required for adults. As a result, approximately 108 million people in the U.S. are sabotaging their own fitness goals, making a sleep tracker an excellent gift for fitness lovers. 

Who will love this gift? Any health-conscious individual, but sleep trackers are particularly useful gifts for someone who's hit a fitness plateau.

Top Pick: Oura Ring

Fitness Gift Guide Oura sleep rings

 

While a smart ring might not be the first device you think of, the Oura Ring is a powerful and discreet sleep tracker that's well worth serious consideration. Oura tracks sleep activity while providing specific scores based on the quality of sleep and overall readiness, including the previous night's sleep effectiveness and balance, among other indicators. With an app that links to your phone's health app, you can get a more wholesome picture of your overall health status. The Oura ring is also a fantastic substitute for anyone who objects to wear a smartwatch. 

10. Metabolism Tracker

Here's a gadget you may not have heard of before, but metabolism trackers are hitting the consumer market, and they're creating some notable buzz. Metabolism trackers are designed to increase your mindfulness about health and eating habits. Specifically, these devices aim to give people more information about how they process food to achieve fitness and weight loss goals. A metabolism tracker is sure to be a surprise few people will expect under the tree. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone looking to adjust their eating habits to fit their fitness goals. 

Top pick: Lumen

Fitness Gift Guide Lumen metabolism tracker device and mobile app

 

It starts with a breath. Lumen is the World's first handheld, portable device to accurately measure metabolism. Once available only to top athletes, hospitals, and clinics, metabolic testing is now available to everyone. With Lumen's daily insights, you will improve your metabolism by improving metabolic flexibility: your body's ability to shift efficiently between using fats or carbs as a source of energy. 

 

"Lumen is one of the best purchases I've made in a long time," one shopper says. "I'm thrilled with my Lumen. It's changed the way I think about food and nutrition.

11. Fitness Tracker

Next on our list is a classic fitness tracker. This one wasn't as popular this year as last year, but it's still a pretty sweet gift idea. Fitness trackers are great for keeping tabs on your activity levels, monitoring sleep, and much more.

Who will love this gift? Data nerds and anyone interested in a broad understanding of their health.

 

Fitness Gift Guide Fitbit generation devices

Fitness Gear & Accessories

12. Water Bottles

Overall health and wellness start with what you put into your body. A water bottle might be an anti-climactic gift to unwrap, but technology is definitely leveling up the water bottle game this year. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone (seriously).

Top pick: LARQ

Woman rolling up a yoga mat behind a LARQ water bottle

 

LARQ is the World's first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. The LARQ Bottle uses PureVis™ UV-C light to eradicate harmful bacteria and viruses from the water and bottle. It also intelligently activates every 2 hours to maintain cleanliness, stopping bacteria before they have the chance to grow–one less thing to worry about! The self-cleaning mode triggers a glowing blue light on the bottle's exterior, which serves as a neat reminder for you to hydrate.

13. Sweatproof Headphones

We all know the powerful effects music can have on motivation and training - good tunes can make or break a workout. Well, sweatproof headphones are one accessory that came up a lot in our fitness gift guide polls. As many of us know, there's nothing worse than your headphones slipping out of your ears when you're working up a sweat. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone who loves an intense, go-all-in workout. 

Top Pick: Jaybird Vista

Fitness Gift Guide Black Jaybird Vista Sweatproof headphones

 

Runner's World puts it best when it says, "go ahead, try to kill these with sweat. We haven't been able to." The Jaybird Vista headphones are the lightest, most compact, and most advanced headphones the company has ever made. The headphones feature industry-leading battery life and #EARTHPROOF shock, dust, water, and sweatproof IPX7 construction. Vista wire-free earbuds definitely expand the horizon of active audio experience.

14. An Effective Sports Bra

Many women agree that a durable sports bra is essential, which is why the fitness queens in your life would love to find one under the tree this year. Also, if you're planning on gifting your girl a set of jump ropes this year, a sports bra is the perfect companion gift. If you're worried about sizing, most brands will include reliable sizing charts on their websites. 

Who will love this gift? Any female fitness enthusiast.  

Top Pick: Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra

 

Shefit's Ultimate Sports Bra is the first and only fully-adjustable sports bra that lets women completely personalize their fit and control based on their desired level of support. Plus, it's made for women of all shapes and sizes, ranging from cups A to I. As an added bonus, Shefit donates a portion of every Ultimate Sports Bra (in the color Confident Pink) purchase to the Previvor Foundation for breast cancer awareness throughout the entire month of October. This amazing gift supports women both literally and figuratively. 

15. Recovery Gear

Giving your body sufficient time to recover helps replenish energy, repair damaged muscle tissues, treat inflammation, and increase your strength and endurance. This is why rest and recovery are an indispensable part of an effective fitness routine. It's no surprise that recovery gear is another gift our fitness community is after this year. 

Who will love this gift? Anyone who likes to stay active or is recovering from pain, discomfort, or an injury. 

Top pick(s): Hyperice and Incrediwear

Fitness Gift Guide Hypervolt massager

 

The Hyperice Hypervolt delivers a powerful percussion massage to provide relief and support for any activity or daily maintenance. The Hypervolt was built to reinvent the massage experience, giving everyone the ability to move better. With the lightweight durable ergonomic design, you can activate, soothe or loosen muscles on-the-go.

 

Fitness Gift Guide Incrediwear

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Incrediwear products are not only amazingly effective at decreasing inflammation and pain, but they're also a wonderful - and healthy - alternative to traditional pain medication. From sleeves to wraps—Incrediwear fabric is infused with circulation enhancing semiconductors, Germanium, and Carbon. These elements are activated by your body heat and increase blood flow, delivering more oxygen to the affected area, promoting faster healing while reducing inflammation.

Incrediwear products take a different approach by utilizing your body's natural ability to heal—in comparison to traditional pain meds, physical therapy, and rest. They are also antimicrobial and odor resistant, perfect for athletes, demanding activities, and long-time wearing (they can be worn 24/7). Additionally, they work as soon as they're put on - you'll notice relief in under a few minutes.  

What's on Your Fitness Wish List?

With the holiday season coming up fast, we hope this fitness gift guide will help your shopping journey for your fitness-minded friends.

Got other fitness gift ideas?

Share them in the comments below!

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