December is upon us and so is the festive season. If you are yet to complete your Christmas shopping or if you just want to bank some future present ideas, here is the ultimate guide to sporty gift-giving.
For the tech-obsessed
If you are looking for an extra-special Christmas present this year, there’s more exciting fitness-tech on the market then ever before! A fitness tracker can be a great all-rounder and there is one suitable for most budgets. Even the low-cost options can sync with your phone to track specific goals, monitor heart rate, activity levels and even sleep.
For the minimalists
This Christmas we are trying to limit those present that sit in their gift bags long into the new year. If you are looking to buy something that’s a little different, an experience voucher can be the perfect gift . Why not treat someone to a climbing session at an Indoor climbing centre, a stand-up paddle board tour of the Harbour or a guided walking tour. If you get a voucher for two, they’ll have to bring you too!
For a stocking filler
It’s a fact that no one ever has enough socks, so stock up someone’s stash this winter. Pick up some padded running ones or maybe their favourite footy team’s. If you are aiming for a sustainable festive period, try bamboo socks!
We like: OddBalls socks
For your Secret Santa (we won’t tell them!)
If you are trying to find that perfect £5 and under gist for a friend or colleague here are some of our favourite options;
- Sport recovery bath salts
- A selection of wacky protein bars/balls/powders for them to try out
- A new mug or some fresh coffee if their fuel of choice is caffeine
- A funky, personalised water bottle
We like: Dr. Salts Recovery Bath Salts
For the beginners
If you know someone just getting into fitness or sport, a few essentials will be much appreciated! With lots of us choosing to continue working out from home, compact equipment is the perfect present; think dumbbells, resistance bands and skipping ropes.
We like: Opti Dumbell Tree Set
For the fashion-conscious
There’s nothing like a new pair of leggings or fresh trainers to get motivated and moving. The huge range of sports-wear on offer at the moment can be a bit daunting, if you aren’t so clued up on their sport-style why not treat them to a voucher!
We like: BAM Bamboo Sportswear
For the one who likes to stretch
We all know that person who’s recently got into yoga and is still practicing on their kitchen floor; upgrade them this year with a new yoga mat or yoga blocks. Many fitness classes (including ours!) require people to bring their own mats so grab a mat with a handy holder! We’ve been seeing some very funky mats in our facilities recently and might be sneaking a new one onto our wishlist too!
We like: Yoga Matters starter kit
For the footy fans
Have a family member who is obsessed by a certain team/sport/club? You can’t go wrong with a themed present, pick out a vintage print or perhaps some merch ready for game day!
We like: Football stadium prints
For the one who rides bikes
Go for something practical for those who are always on the roads. This could be anything from a flask for long rides, a tube-free repair kit or for ultimate embarrassment; comedy bike lights.
We like: Thermos flask
Some things on our wishlists at Sport, Exercise and Health..
- A high-vis top for cycling home on dark evenings!
- Some sustainable active wear to get motivated in January!
- Some new tennis balls that haven’t been chewed by the dog
- An ab roller for a quick lunch-break workout
- New hiking boots for winter walks
- Candles and bath bubbles for post run recovery
What’s on your wishlist this year? Let us know down below or get in touch via Instagram @bristolunisport
Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022.