Instead of buying run-of-the-mill festive gifts this Christmas (we’re looking at you never worn before, light-up Santa gloves) grab some presents that you know the recipient will put to good use. Our buying guide today is all about fitness gifts and gadgets, from tops built for running in the cold and stocking filler extras to the latest fitness tracking tech and high-end accessories.
If you’ve got a big budget to spend on a special someone, then check out our recommendations for a perfect yoga kit or a running outdoor kit along the way.
1. Misfit Shine
The Misfit Shine bagged itself the Highly Commended Must-Have Fitness Helper of the Year prize in our recent ShinyShiny Awards due to the fact it’s an accurate activity tracker that looks pretty damn good too. In fact, out of all the wearables on the market at the moment the Misfit Shine probably makes the best gift because it’s colourful, it looks great, it can be worn straight away AND you can buy a bunch of extras to go with it if you’re feeling generous!
Aside from looks, the Misfit Shine is a high performer, serving up data about how much you’ve moved, how well you’ve slept and the quality of your exercise. It’s one of the few mainstream fitness trackers on the market that’ll accompany you to the pool and track your activity while you’re doing lengths (yes, we’re looking at you Fitbit Flex, why do you ignore us at the pool?!), so it’s a must-have if you’re buying for a keen swimmer.
There are some awesome bright colours to choose from, we love the Seaglass (pictured above) or the Topaz, but bear in mind this is the kind of tracker you’re meant to wear 24/7. So you could either go with a statement colour you know your recipient will love or opt for a subtle, go-with-everything shade instead.
Head on over to Argos to pick one up for £79.99, but don’t forget to check out our full review of the Misfit Shine first.