Written by: Holly Mosack, Executive Contributor
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It’s that time of year again when you’re either asking others what gifts they would like for the holidays or people are asking you, and you’re just drawing a blank. So, I thought I would make it a little bit easier for you and give you some ideas of what to get the “woman who loves CrossFit.”
I polled 100 women, and they gave me some great ideas: gift cards for healthy restaurants or nutrition stores (don’t pick out any random supplement or protein powder, though), and pain relief stocking stuffers such as ibuprofen, Epsom salt, or creams like RockSauce Fire Relief Cream (which comes with a roller ball applicator). Services like manicures/pedicures, massages, or one month of meal prep are sure to be splurges she would appreciate. One unique idea was a fitness photoshoot so she can be proud of the gains she has made. And, of course, anyone would appreciate you paying for her gym membership for a month or two.
But if you’re looking for a specific idea that you can buy online, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of 10 gift ideas for you, ranging in price.
1. Ring Bandit
Lifting weights and doing pull-ups can wreak havoc on rings, but women don’t want to take them off and lose them either. Ring bandits are cloth bracelets and watch bands with a hidden zipper pocket in them to protect your ring. They’re thin and stylish and come in a variety of colors.
2. Jump Rope
After a few months of CrossFit, one of the first investments an athlete typically makes is a jump rope. Having to sort through the ropes at the gym and find one the right length can be frustrating. Double Under Wonder offers custom ropes. You pick out the colors of the rope and the handles and can either enter your height or choose an adjustable rope.
Not your average socks, socks with some pizazz! Many lifts involve rubbing the barbell up the shins, so socks provide a little added protection. I love the socks at The Sox Box. They have holiday socks, hero socks and will even customize the socks. Plus, they have donated nearly $100,000 to charities this year.
Women who lift weights or do CrossFit are usually proud of it, too (check their social media feeds). A tattoo is a great option, but if you don’t want to go that permanent, jewelry might be the next best thing. There are plenty of cute options on Etsy, including this “Strong is Beautiful” pendant for $20.
5. Leakproof Apparel
Did you know 1 in 3 women leak when they are exercising? And if they’re not a part of that percentage, there is a high probability that they would prefer not to have sweat soaking through in that region of their body or could use some added protection on their heavy period days. Moxie Fitness Apparel has a patent-pending liner that wicks moisture into a center, absorbent layer, trapping it from the outer shell. Wear, wash, repeat.
It can get hard to do many pull-ups or other hanging repetitions when your hands are constantly either getting torn up from the friction or just too damp from sweat. Bear Komplex offers a variety of grips to fit different sizes of hands. So, if you’re sick of her showing you all of her callouses or blood blisters, do her a favor and buy her some grips.
7. Tank tops
You can never have too many tank tops. These days they come in all sorts of styles (crop, muscle, etc.) and have too many funny or inspiring sayings to count. Again, plenty of Etsy stores out there for you to support small businesses. FitMissLifestyles has some cute holiday-inspired tanks that she probably won’t buy for herself but would love as a gift.
8. Knee Sleeves
These have been a blessing for me. They give me support when I’m doing squats and a little added protection when I’m doing burpees, slamming my knees onto the gym floor. There are many knee sleeves out there, but I definitely recommend paying a little more for higher quality like Rehband. And while I’m talking about knee sleeves, I’ll mention wrist wraps. The Rogue Fitness wrist wraps are my favorite, providing great stability. I won’t work-out without them, and they last a long time.
9. Massage Gun
I don’t think any CrossFitter would be mad at receiving one of these this year! Like the ones offered through Theragun, these handy-dandy tools are great at deep muscle treatment without having to get a professional massage. These are the most expensive of all the gifts on this list, but you can always make a DIY drill massager out of a jigsaw, too, if you want to save a few bucks.
10. Stocked Gym Bag
If you think the woman in your life already has all of the above, why not get her a new gym bag with some staples like natural deodorant from the women-owned small business, The WholeSoul Company, hygienic liquid chalk, ShowerPill’s individually wrapped wipes, and Gym Hair’s sweaty hair solution (for when there’s no time to shower). Throw in some 100% natural Rockin’ Green detergent to get the funk out, a new blender bottle, and some rip fix, and you’ll have her set for months with no worries of any returns!
Holly Mosack, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
When Holly ended her career in the United States Army, she struggled to find her purpose in the civilian world (outside of being a mom) until she and her husband started a CrossFit gym. She quickly found a new passion in helping women become stronger, both physically and emotionally. She wants to empower women to stay active by removing barriers, which is why she founded a line of leak-proof apparel, Moxie Fitness Apparel, to help the 1 in 3 women who experience stress incontinence. Holly is an executive-level communicator with 15 years of manufacturing experience in talent acquisition strategy, service quality, and continuous improvement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and is a CrossFit Level I Trainer.