Perfect for walking, trekking, running, cycling, skiing. These are warm, extremely comfortable, and you can even buy the ones that have individual toes..... Per pair they range from £12-29 and are worth every penny. Not a sexy present I know but would definately be a well-appreciated one.
3. Beanie/running gloves
NIKE do a perfect pressie combo of hat & gloves (see piccie below) and the hat has a hole in the back for ladies to put their poneytail through - ideal!
Has that special person been suffering from niggles or tight muscles - you cant seem to get them for a massage? Let them help themselves with a foam roller. These are really effective, and can help ease tight muscles on a daily basis - with discipline. I find the GRID ROLLER is very effective. £30 upwards.
5. Pedometer/fitness trackers & gadgets
These don't necessarily just count your steps these days. You can get ones that track your workout, calories burnt, measure time and speed, you name it. The price goes up the more information you get. The most accurate is an accelerometer, but off course you can get apps on your phone that will also do the same.
There are now a number of fitness tracking bands such as the Nike Fuelband (£129) and the Jawbone, which have grown in popularity. We haven't used either so best to get online and do some research. The Telegraph has a good review of some of these here.
1. Medicine Balls
Great for a wide range of different exercises, pushing, pulling, throwing, rolling, pressing, squatting. These range from £20-62. The heavier ones are at the top end of the scale. Try Powerhouse Fitness for the best price (or Ebay).
2. Thermal Layers
We love Icebreaker and these merino wool thermal baselayers are amazing. So warm, soft and comfortable. Great for outdoor sports where you need just that little bit extra warmth on chilly days. You can get these from Cotswold Outdoor or Snow & Rock. Just check prices as the latter do a price check guarantee if you find it cheaper elsewhere. Long sleeved 150 merino are approx £55 each.
Alternatively try Helly Hansen baselayers. Their short-sleeved more inexpensive versions are good for layering underneath long sleeve breathable tops in the winter. The shops above will also sell these.
3. Girls gym/yoga clothing
Sweaty Betty are pretty good here. They are good quality although a bit ubiquitous.
Try their website HERE for inspiration though. You're bound to find something to suit the fit females in your life.
More more pricy and less widley-worn option is Lululemon.
This brand is very special if you are looking to treat someone. Similar to Sweaty Betty, they do yoga, running, cooldown and winter gear.
The quality is outstanding and the attention to detail second to none. However the prices do reflect that and a long-sleeved top would set you back in excess of £62.
4. Visibilty jackets
Windproof, waterproof, visible. everything you want in an outdoor active jacket. Ronhill do some good lightweight jackets for running.
There is a vast range to chose from. Decide on how much reflection you want, if you want one with lights built in (very useful), how many pockets (and where), if you want a hood or not (we dont see the point for running), or do you want detachable sleeves?
Also decide your budget as the price can easily rocket.
The other option is to get a similar jacket but without the sleeves, ie a gilet. Useful for the runner, or any sport where arms need to be free. These can be a cheaper alternative to the jacket, but just as useful.
Now we are talking big money.
Difficult to recommend, as everyone has their favourites and most know what fits them well.
Current fads include the minimalist shoe. Beware the risk of injury for the first-timer. These need to be worn in gradually. We prefer VIVOBAREFOOT to other brands.
These come in from £90 upwards.
Nike and others are now getting into the trend, so do shop around and perhaps ask your friend/partner/relative what their preferred brand is before you go spending.
If you're looking for some outdoor waterproof shoes for hiking, walking, running you've got to get the Salmon XA Pro.
At £120 they aren't cheap but they are comfortable, waterproof and really warm.
Remember to always buy trainers in a size larger than your usual shoes.
THE suspension trainer, which is invaluable for core exercises, strength & CV work. Can be used anywhere as they have a doorframe attachment.
Great if you want a bit of variety in your workout. For approx £120 this is an excellent present for the fitness fan.
3. Proper outdoor hiking/walking jacket
If you really want to splash out on the best outdoor wear you can't go wrong with Arc'teryx.
Their jackets start at around £140 and go up to £500 depending on how much insulation & technical stuff you want. They also do an awesome lightweight but warm Gilet called Atom LT. It comes in at around £100 but guaranteed to keep you warm where you want it.
I hope this has given you some ideas for gifts.
Most are readily available online from the following main stores: Cotswold Outdoor, Snow & Rock, Runnersneed, Sweatshop, Wiggle.