The Verge's 2022 Fitness and Wellness Gift Guide

The Verge’s 2022 Fitness and Wellness Gift Guide

Headspace gift card

Let’s face it: we could all do with a little more relaxation in our lives over the past few years. Luckily, a Headspace gift card can provide your gift with access to hundreds of expert-guided meditations designed to help them relax, enhance their creativity, and sleep more peacefully. The app even features workouts aimed at improving emotional well-being, making it a great gift for meditation gurus or beginners just looking to understand the basics.

Price: $12.99

ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

Whether your gift is someone trying to control stress or an athlete looking for quick muscle relief, an acupressure mat like this inexpensive option from ProsourceFit can help with both. The Simple Recovery Tool essentially works like a bed of evenly spaced plastic spikes that apply pressure to various points on the body, which can help promote blood flow and circulation when you lie on it (no needles or of copay required).

Price: $23.86

Sleep Withings

Sleep trackers can provide useful information that can help improve your sleep and ultimately your well-being. The problem? Many of them aren’t the most comfortable to wear, which is counterproductive when trying to rest. The Withings Sleep Mat, however, is a nice, non-invasive alternative that slips easily under your mattress. It’s great for tracking your sleep cycle as well as other stats including heart rate and various breathing conditions.

Price: $129.95

Google Pixel Watch

If you’re an Android enthusiast with a non-Samsung phone, it’s hard to beat the Google Pixel Watch. The first-generation wearable sports a sleek design and a unique combination of features, including Fitbit integration and support for Google Assistant, Google Wallet and Google Maps. Oh, and did we mention that every Pixel Watch comes with six months of Fitbit Premium and three months of YouTube Music? It’s like giving three gifts for the price of one.

Price: $299.99

Peloton tread

If you have the money, why not give away what is arguably the best treadmill out there? Peloton Tread features great gear and offers everything from Bootcamp workouts and organized programs to classes covering strength training, yoga, meditation, and more. There’s even a social aspect that lets your gift connect with others while working out and receive virtual high fives from classmates when he needs some extra motivation.

Price: $3,195 and up

Gatorade Gx Bottle

The Gx bottle offers a unique hydration experience for every athlete. The flip cap design and high-flow valve let you choose a formula pod, add water, and drink without worrying about leaks or spills. With a variety of colors and patterns – and even bottles designed by your favorite athletes – there’s a design for everyone! Only customizable on Gatorade.

Price: $29.99+

PowerBlock Sport 24 Adjustable Dumbbells

Whether your loved one is looking to add some muscle or shed a few pounds, they’ll likely need to incorporate some form of strength training into their fitness regimen. PowerBlock’s space-saving adjustable dumbbells will help them do just that. The durable steel set can replace eight pairs of traditional dumbbells, allowing them to increase weight in three-pound increments without having to leave the comfort of their home.
Price: $159.99

Beats Fit Pro

AirPods, schmairpods. If your present is a runner, they deserve a pair of wireless headphones that sound great and stay in their ears as they pound the pavement. The water-resistant Beats Fit Pro offer excellent noise cancellation, exceptional audio quality and come in unique colorways like sage gray and stone purple. Their only downside is a clunky case that lacks wireless charging, but they make up for it in sound and fit.
Price: $159.95

Sunny Health and Fitness Elliptical Trainer

Getting to the gym can be tough, especially when it’s cold outside and your schedule is filling up. That’s where an under-desk elliptical comes in. This compact option offers eight levels of resistance, handles for carrying it from room to room, and comes fully assembled so your gift can start working out right away. using it to burn all those holiday treats from her neighbor without so much as leaving their chair.

Price: $120.99

Google Nest Hub (second generation)

It might seem odd to include smart display in a fitness and wellness-focused gift guide; however, Google’s latest Nest Hub comes with an incredibly useful health feature: automatic sleep tracking. The second-generation device can track your movement and breathing at night and provide a sleep report in the morning, giving you useful information about your sleep patterns. It’s a comfortable, non-invasive alternative to wearable sleep tracking devices that also makes a great digital photo frame.

Price: $49.99

Fitbit Inspire 3

If the latest smartwatches from Apple and Google are beyond your budget, you might want to check out the Fitbit Inspire 3. Although the minimalist fitness tracker lacks more advanced features like built-in GPS, it’s still a great option if all you need is some basic activity and sleep tracking features. It also comes with a few extra goodies, like an always-on OLED display, blood oxygen monitoring, solid battery life, and six months of Fitbit Premium.

Price: $69.95

Nutribullet Pro

When life is busy, healthy eating habits can definitely be abandoned. Luckily, the Nutribullet Pro makes whipping up a 32-ounce smoothie with all the fruits and veggies you need a relatively painless experience. The 900-watt personal blender can mix just about anything you can throw at it, comes in a range of fun colors and, unlike many options, is backed by a one-year warranty that ensures you can pretty much do your best without worrying about the engine.

Price: $79.99

Just dance 2022
(PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch)

With Just dance 2022, your gift can burn calories while listening to the tracks of ELO and Dua Lipa. Depending on the platform, the throwback rhythm game lets you mimic choreography with your smartphone or a Joy-Con controller, giving you a way to dance the calories without embarrassing yourself in front of everyone outside. The game is also compatible with a wide variety of consoles, so you can buy a copy for your friend whether they have a Nintendo Switch or a PS5.
Price: $19.99

Apple Watch Ultra

The Apple Watch Series 8 is a fantastic wearable, but it’s not as rugged or feature-packed as the Apple Watch Ultra. The latter has physical controls and a host of advanced features aimed at hikers, divers and the Ironman crowd, including sensors to measure dive metrics and a siren to call attention if you ever get lost. It also offers multi-day battery life and increased durability, so your gift won’t have to worry about accidentally damaging it on the trail.

Price: $779.99

Passion Moleskine Notebook

Writing down and tracking your health goals is one of the best ways to get results. Luckily, Moleskine’s Passion Journal will make it easy, with templates for planning your daily training goals, recording recipes and jotting down a range of other information. The pages are also filled with useful information, so you can stay up to date with training terms, dietary requirements, nutritional information, and other fitness-related information. The stickers included are just the kicker.

Price: $28.12

Custom Yankee Candle

It might sound a bit cliche, but you can’t go wrong offering a candle, especially one that should burn for over 100 hours. Yankee Candles are also particularly thoughtful gifts, as you can personalize them with your own message and choose the scents and designs you prefer. They’re popular gifts for a reason, the kind that can help your loved one relax after a hard day at work or the gym.
Price: $36

Theragun Mini

It doesn’t matter if your gift needs self-care or is an athlete looking for muscle relief, the Theragun Mini is the kind of gift that can come in clutch. The three-speed massage gun is small and quiet enough to take just about anywhere. And although it’s Theragun’s entry-level model, it’s still powerful enough to relieve unwanted muscle tension and get rid of those pesky post-game knots.

Price: $149.99

Smile Cult Personal Care Stickers

Do you have a friend who is going through a tough time or just needs a little encouragement? These stickers are perfect for stocking stuffers and feature positive affirmations that will remind them of their worth and put self-care first. If they don’t like stickers, Smile Cult also sells these affirmations as tote bags they can take to the gym, as well as sweaters, shirts and art prints.

Price: $20

Class Pass Gift Card

Not sure what to get your loved ones this year? A ClassPass gift card is an easy alternative, which will grant your gift access to a wide range of gyms and fitness studios so they can try everything from boxing to hot yoga. ClassPass credits also grant access to a network of salons and spas across the country, so they can pamper themselves if barre and cryotherapy really aren’t their thing.

Price: $15 or more

Polar H10 heart rate sensor

Smartwatches can be great for monitoring your heart rate, sure, but not everyone likes wearing a wrist tracker or needs all the features it offers. Polar’s comfortable heart rate sensor is a nice alternative, however, one that your gift can strap to their chest while running or even swimming given that it’s waterproof up to 30 meters.

Price: $89.95

Your Real Home: The Daily Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

For those unknown, Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and one of the most renowned Zen masters on the planet before his death earlier this year. Your real homea beautiful collection of some of his most inspiring teachings, serves as a beautiful introduction to his work which explores how to overcome negative emotions, improve relationships and cultivate inner peace through mindfulness.
Price: $13.99

Apple Fitness Plus Membership

With an iPhone 8 or newer, your loved one can access over 3,000 video and audio workouts covering 11 different topics, including HIIT, strength training, dance, and even meditation, which they can further customize to suit their level of experience. Apple is also constantly adding new workouts every week, which should keep things fresh and fun, even if your loved one doesn’t have an Apple Watch.

Price: $9.99 per month

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