Good things come to those who sweat… and the URBANSWEAT Xmas Gift Guide delivers! From yoga mats and cheeky eco totes, to home gym kits and healthy cocktails, we’ve rounded up the top pick of wellness gear for the fitness fans in your life.
FOR THE FIT FASHIONISTA
“I don’t sweat, I sparkle…”
1) Bala Bangles Arm Weights (from US$49 /AU$71 per set of 2 weights)
Who says you can’t sweat in style? These luxe-looking bracelets are “the world’s first stylish wearable weights” and come in a range of fashion colours to match your workout outfit-of-the-day. Comfortable and adjustable, Bala Bangles slip easily onto wrists or ankles allowing for more holistic freedom of movement than when using conventional dumbbells. And while they may look dainty and half a kg sounds kinda light, an hour in your arms will definitely be feeling it!
2) Beysis Personalised Water Bottle $35.90)
Bespoke hydration? Yes please! Inspired by the global trend for personalised monogrammed accessories, these minimal matte-finish water bottles come in understated fashion colours which can be personalised with your name or initials. The vacuum-insulated technology keeps liquids both cold (for up to 24 hours) and hot (for up to 12 hours). Leak-proof and BPA free, the sturdy double-walled, stainless steel design ticks both the fashion and function boxes.
FOR THE ECO WARRIOR
Building muscle while being mindful
3) LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle (US$95 / AU$138)
While they’re eco-friendly, reusable water bottles can get really germ-y with daily usage and can be tricky to clean properly. Plus who isn’t sometimes lazy about cleaning out their gym bag (GUILTY). This sleek new bottle self-sanitises using a genius built-in light. Mind. Blown. Reusable and rechargeable, it purifies itself automatically every 2 hours (or on cue at the push of a button) using a digital UV-C LED light. The perfect splurge for tech-lovers or gym-junkies.
4) Mahalo Natural Jute & Rubber Yoga Mat ($65)
Conscious yogis will love these biodegradable, recyclable mats made from sustainable plant materials – literally just jute fibres and natural rubber. Offering superb grip and traction to deepen your downward dog, these sturdy long-lasting mats have a non-slip surface which helps absorb sweat. Their earthy natural fibre texture also has an invigorating reflexology-type effect on hands and feet which increases circulation during practice. Available in 6 calming colours.
FOR THE FITNESS-LOVING FOODIE
If you love a cookie post-workout, you’re in the right place
5) Rochaix Yoga Cookie Cutters ($31.20 for a set of 4 medium-size cutters)
These adorable cookie cutters are the perfect gift for the yogi who loves to bake. Handmade to order in food-grade PLA bio plastic, the set features favourites like Corpse Pose, Easy Pose, Tree Pose and Warrior Pose. Available in a range of sizes, plus a custom design service is also available.
6) Gym And Tonic Canvas Shopping Tote Bag ($25.44)
The only kind of New Year’s gym resolution we’ll be sticking to – this thick cotton tote bag is large enough for both gym AND gin (#winning) and has long handles to conveniently sling over your shoulder. Made of 100% eco and Fairtrade cotton for all of the feel-good feels. The perfect friend pressie for guaranteed LOLs or for your long-suffering gym buddy.
FOR CHEAT DAY
All things in moderation…
7) Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Liquor Trio Pack ($139)
One of the hits of last year’s Gift Guide was this yummy non-alcoholic distilled botanical spirit – which tastes EXACTLY like gin. Enjoy guilt-free as Seedlip is tasty and sugar-free, allergen-free, sweetener-free and has no artificial flavours. This new pack features three best-selling flavours: Grove 42 (a zesty complex citrus blend); Garden 108 (a fresh herbal floral blend); and Spice 94 (a warm spicy aromatic berry mix). Best served with tonic water and themed festive garnishes, these are perfect for Xmas drinks.
8) Hey Tiger Limited Edition Christmas Packs ($28 each)
This ethical Aussie chocolate brand makes delicious bespoke bars with graphic packaging so gorgeous you don’t even need to gift wrap. Their brand ethos pairs an amazing product with giving back as a social enterprise – their CEO does not take a salary and they donate a portion of each bar sold to The Hunger Project Ghana to fund working with embattled cocoa farming communities there. Whether you love white, milk, dark or vegan chocolate, these fun holiday packs feature a full size bar, a mini bar & a Bites pack in delicious flavours like Full Oh Crumbs! (Dulcey & Gingerbread), Full Through The Trees (Nut Praline) and Mini Chrissy Sweater (Cinnamon). Available in Milky Christmas, Nostalgic Christmas and Vegan Christmas. Treat yourself or your bestie.
FOR THE HOME-WORKOUT FAN
Roll directly out of bed and into your workout
9) Unit Nine Sweat Pack ($95)
Home fitness is one of the hottest trends of the last year, and this compact workout-in-a-bag ticks all the boxes for an effective full-body sweat sesh. Zipped into a chic lightweight neoprene bag (ideal for travel), you’ll find a set of 3 mini resistance bands, a heavy duty longer resistance band, skipping rope, exercise sliders, a trigger point massage ball and 3 workout programs covering cardio, strength training and flexibility. Read our review of the Sweat Pack here.
10) CoreFit fabric Resistance Fitness Bands ($39 for set of 3)
Comfortable and durable, these premium fabric fitness bands won’t roll, slide or twist as you power through your workout. They keep constant tension on your muscles when moving to ensure a more effective workout, as well as being more eco-friendly than latex or rubber versions. With a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee, you’ll want to keep these for yourself!
Looking for some affordable stocking stuffers? Check out our Fast Five Fitness Presents!