It can be tricky knowing what to buy the fitness fan in your life. You could get them clothing, but you’ll have to know their size. Ditto trainers.
These gadgets, however, are bound to go down a storm with anyone who’s ever been vaguely near a treadmill. Let’s face it, they're going to need them if they're to work off all that turkey and Christmas pud.
Soul Electronics Flex
Tested at £50 / Best price £32.81 at Amazon
Sporty headphones don’t come much better than these. They combine excellent midrange, expressive vocals and thumping bass in a package that’s comfortable to wear while you're working out. Plus they won’t break the bank, making them an ideal stocking filler.
Audio Technica ATH-CKP200
Tested at £30 / Best price £14.99 at Zavvi
At £30, we thought these were an absolute bargain, so now they’re half that price, you’d be a fool not to snap them up. They might not be the prettiest pair around, but they’re comfy, decent sounding, and light enough to forget you’re wearing them. Of course, you don’t have to tell the recipient about the price cut.
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Sporteer Velocity V5
One of the joys of running is getting away from it all, but if you’d rather stay contactable, this is one of the best smartphone armbands around. It’ll take your iPhone without the need to denude it of its case, and will keep it safe from sweat and rain but still let you interact with the screen. It even has extra pockets for your ID, keys and so on. Stash some cash in there, and you could always reward yourself with a cheeky chocolate bar.
Apple Watch Nike+
Tested at £369 / Best price £369 at John Lewis
The Apple Watch Series 2 gets a colourful Nike+ edition. Extras include exclusive faces and straps, plus the Nike+ Run Club app comes as part of the setup. Just like the standard Series 2, it also has 2GB of storage that you can free up for tunes, which should help you through your workout. Plus it tracks all kinds of activity, including running, swimming, cycling and more. The perfect gift for the fitness fanatic in your life.
Tested at £100 / Best price £94.99 at Currys
If you want to spend a little less, the Fitbit Alta is a fantastic mid-range fitness tracker. You get a week’s performance before it needs recharging, plus it syncs with Fitbit’s app, which – as those in the know will tell you – is one of the best around. Who knows, it might make a gym bunny out of the most devoted couch potato.