FITmas Gift For Your Fit Friends

clients_Jamie_Kristin2018You don’t need to stress or worry about what to buy for your friends who are fitness freaks. They are super easy to buy for. Here’s a list of the Top ideas that any hard-core exerciser would love and appreciate!


If you want to make your fit friends really happy, schedule them for a massage. There is nothing better after a tough workout than getting a full body rub down.  You can pick up a gift certificate at most local spas and most offer special holiday packages. One local massage therapist, Ryan Cotton from Elite Recovery is offering Buy 3 Massages, Get 1 Free so you can give to three of your loved ones and treat yourself to the free one! Each massage is only $50 so that’s 4 massages for $150 now that’s a sweet deal and a win:win for all!

Muscle Release and Mobility Tools

I’ve written a lot this year about the importance of muscle and tissue release. The more you workout, the tighter you can get. Athletes need to spend more time releasing those tight areas so the gift of a Foam Rollers, Mobility sticks, and Massage balls is a gift that your athlete’s muscles will appreciate. View products.

Wearable Activity Tracking Device

This was popular last year and the trend is not going away. Athletes are obsessed with tracking their workouts and their performance. Depending on your budget, you might go for an entry level FitBit, an Apple Watch, a Polar Monitor or a Garmin. Be sure to fully understand what your fitness enthusiast currently uses or values. If they are already using a tracking monitor, perhaps they are ready for an upgrade but if they’re not currently using one, you probably don’t need to the most advanced model; even a simple pedometer for some people can help to increase their daily activity.

Meal Prep Gift Certificate

Athletes are busy working out but they also want to eat healthy so a gift certificate to a Meal Prep company like Hello Fresh that delivers healthy meals would be a much appreciated gift.

Sports and Fitness Books

A really popular book among runners right now is “Run Fast, Eat Slow”. A book on fitness, health and nutrition, motivation or your athlete’s favorite sport can be a welcomed gift that they can enjoy while sitting by the fire.

Friends that Race Together, Stay Together

If you want to jump-start your New Year’s Resolutions and spend some quality time training and finishing a race together, register you and your loved one for an upcoming run or triathlon. You will create memories that will last forever! Local races can be found at and

Sweat it Out

Maybe your loved one has expressed that they’ve wanted to join a running clinic, try a Yoga program or a Barre class or learn ballroom dancing?  Maybe they’re interested in a ski or snowboarding camp, a kayaking trek or stand-up paddle board outing?  What a nice surprise and how thoughtful if you pick up the cost of registration or enroll both of you in the program and show them how much you want to spend time with them.

Athletic Gear

Any avid athlete is in need of new workout clothing and gear but quality is important. Most exercisers would rather have one really good piece of gear than a number of poor-quality items. A new shop Foot Traffic just opened in Vancouver or check out some other local favorites like Sweet Spot Skirts, and they will provide you with high-quality options.  If money’s no object, buy a large gym bag and stock it full with some great items. Safer than buying clothing or footwear is to give a certificate to your loved one’s favorite sporting-goods store – that way they can choose what they need and you won’t risk buying the wrong size, style or color.

Personal Training

Any exerciser would appreciate a little expert coaching to help them achieve their goals. Most health clubs and trainers offer gift certificates during the holidays. Call us at 360.574.7292 if you would like us to prepare a Gift Package for your loved one. All Columbian subscribers receive an Introductory Fitness & Training package which includes 2 weeks of Group Fitness classes and 1 Initial Private Training session ($150 value)

Hydroflask Insulated Water Bottle

Every athlete needs to drink more water so purchase them a Hydroflask water bottle which will keep their water ice cold and assure they stay fully hydrated throughout the day. It can also act as a great backdrop to stuff with a gift certificate or other fun fitness gadgets. Happy shopping and enjoy a Happy & Healthy Holiday! Sherri McMillan Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.  [divider][/divider]
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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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