There’s one in every friendship group: the fitness fanatic. You know, the one who’s always Instagramming their 5am beach-side yoga sessions, whose shoe collection is 97 per cent trainers, who has completed more than 10 consecutive Burpees and lived to tell the tale, and who hikes for fun.
If you’re not quite so sports-inclined, it can be tricky to shop for the active friend in your group – but we’re here to help. Here are 10 presents they’ll shower in love (and by love, we mean sweat). The even better part? Most of these are available online. You’re welcome.
A great backpack
Every gym-goer needs a bag to haul their leggings/drink bottle/100 spare hairbands in, and you’ll score extra points for gifting one that’s as fetching as it is functional. This STELLASPORT print backpack from Adidas, designed by Stella McCartney, is bright and eye-catching yet not overbearing – and at the time of writing, it’s 20 per cent off. That brings it down to $56 from $70. Buy it here – go!
A unique yoga mat
Unless you're a seasoned yogi, holding a downward dog or pigeon pose can become a little... painful. These beautiful mats from Newcastle brand PRAIA are printed with glorious landscape and nature photos, which can only help distract you from your shaking legs. Even better: they're made from natural rubber, making them a unique and sustainable pressie for the yoga lover in your life. Namaste, etc. $100-$120 — buy here.
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If you really want to treat your pal, say the magic word: shoes. Right now, we've got our eye on Nike's range of bright, patterned runners. The purple, orange and red tones in the CP Max runner ($160) will complement those 5am sunrises beautifully (think: Instagram-worthy); while the pixelated pattern on the Nike Free TR 5 ($170) is scientifically proven to make your mate run faster. Maybe.
A decent water bottle
Regardless of their activity of choice, every fit person (well, every human being) needs water. A reusable water bottle is the gift that keeps on giving, plus it's better for the environment. We're particularly enamored by glass bottles this year — pictured L-R below are Lifefactory's flip-top glass bottle ($49.95), lululemon's Pure Focus glass bottle ($35), and Camelback's Eddy bottle ($39,95). Classy.
The ultimate workout playlist
Sometimes a great playlist is the only thing that can get you through a workout. They're deeply personal things, often needing to be adjusted regularly (if not on the spot). A Spotify Premium voucher provides access to more than 20 million songs without the interruption of ads. When your mate achieves all their fitness goals you can take full credit. From $11.99/1 month - $35.97/3 months (buy here).