There are many ways to work out, such as playing team sports like soccer, individual activities such as hiking, or mindful yoga routines. No matter which way you decide to exercise, weightlifting can improve your performance. It can build arm strength for more powerful hits, improve core strength to support body weight, and build leg muscles for uphill hikes. It also builds muscle which speeds up your metabolism. This in turn can help burn that extra fat from eating all those Christmas cookies or Halloween candy.
These weightlifting gifts are not just for professionals. They are for anyone who wants to build muscle, improve performance, or improve general health. While they may not need a home gym if they are just starting out, you may find simple weights, healthy cookbooks, or a new gym bag right up their alley.
1. Smith Machine
Best gifts for weightlifters
For serious weightlifters home gym equipment makes working out easier. If you have ever known a bodybuilder, you know they spend numerous hours working out. Sometimes a trip to the gym isn’t practical. If they have the space, a Smith machine allows them to work out at home. These machines are self spotting so they can work out without a partner.
If you are looking for something more affordable a power cage is another option. The main difference between this and a Smith machine is that these don’t limit the range of motion. This means they will need someone to spot them to avoid injury.
If they already have a set of weights, a workout bench will be a useful addition to the home gym.
2. Bodybuilding Cookbook
Best weightlifting gifts for health
They can’t build up muscle without fueling up first. These books discuss the best foods to increase energy and muscle, along with healthy recipes.
Give them some meal prep containers so they can plan ahead with the correct portion size and have some ready made meals for the work week.
They will also need a digital food scale to measure ingredients and portions properly to control caloric intake.
If they drink a lot of health drinks, a smoothie maker can come in handy. My mom isn’t a weightlifter, but she mixes up batches of health drinks full of fruits, nuts, and veggies, and then freezes them. When she wakes up, she grabs a portion out of the freezer. It thaws out by the time she and my dad are ready for breakfast.
3. Pull-Up Bar
Best weightlifting gifts for homes with limited space
What do you get someone who likes weightlifting? Equipment, of course. These are great for at home workouts when space is limited. My son used one of these all throughout highschool. They easily attach to a doorway, and can be stored in the closet when not in use.
For leg muscles you can get them a thigh master. These can even be used while watching TV. Great way to multitask! Again, this can easily be stored, when not in use. These also double as arm strengtheners so it is like getting two gifts in one.
You can also get an ab roller. For this, they just need enough floor space for their body to move comfortably. Even if they don’t have closet space, this can be stored under the bed.
4. New Gym Bag
Useful gift ideas for weightlifters
If they go to the gym a lot, their gym bag is getting a workout as well. Maybe it’s time for a new one. Why not get them one with a separate section for their gym shoes and a handy pocket for their water bottle?
They will also need a workout towel for wiping up sweat.
You can also get them a fruit infuser water bottle to pack in some extra vitamins after a workout.
Weightlifting gifts for novices
For someone who is just beginning to add weightlifting to their fitness routine, you can get some lightweight dumbbells. However, I recommend either getting a set of different size weights or adjustable weights so they can continue using the gift as their strength increases. My son has had an adjustable set for about six years and he is still able to use them.
Or you can get them a kettlebell. These are supposed to give a more thorough cardio workout due the extra movement involved.
For those who want to add weight training while continuing their usual workouts, wrist and ankle weights make good gifts. These can be worn while walking, jogging, or riding a bike among other exercises, to increase the workout. I used to use these while doing basic calisthenics.
You might want to take a look at gifts for lovers of other sports too!
6. Dumbbell Drink Glass
Funny gifts for weightlifters
For after the workout, give them these novelty dumbbell beer glasses or some smaller ones for shots.
You can even get them a weight plate coaster set to place drinks on.
For those who like jewelry, give them a pair of weightlifting earrings. My favorites are the dangling dumbbells.
7. Workout Gloves
Accessory presents for weightlifters
Workout gloves provide some protection against calluses when lifting weights and improve grip.
A weight belt will provide back support to help prevent injuries.
Serious weightlifters will also benefit from using grip hooks. These provide wrist support when lifting heavier weights.
8. Power Lift Shoes
Weightlifting gifts for him
Power lift shoes will help keep his feet from slipping and thereby causing possible injury.
For any kind of exercise, he will need workout clothes. Depending on how many times a week he works out, and how often he does laundry, he will need a lot. Get him a few pairs of workout shorts. Some come with zipper pockets for keys or phone.
Of course breathable shirts and socks are a must too.
9. Weighted Jump Rope
More great weightlifting gifts
A weighted jump rope will provide an excellent cardio workout to balance out their fitness routine.
If they don’t already have one, a fitness tracker will help them monitor blood pressure and pulse after a workout.
For those times when they overdo it, foam rollers will help ease sore muscles.
10. Smart Measuring Tape
Christmas gifts for weightlifters
They may want to keep track of how much muscle they are gaining. A smart measuring tape makes it easier to get an exact measurement. They can track their progress over time with an app on their phone.
Wireless earbuds will help them tune out distractions at the gym, while allowing them to listen to their favorite tunes.
You can also give them a weightlifting Christmas ornament to hang on their tree. These are cute keepsakes to slip into a Christmas stocking.
A fitness journal will help them plan workouts, set goals, and keep track of progress for the upcoming year.
11. Sports Bra
Weightlifting gifts for her
Loose shirts are ok for running, but you don’t want that extra fabric getting caught up somewhere, making her drop the weights. Get her some fitted sports bras for her workout.
Grab her some workout shorts too, for complete gym attire.
You can also give her some absorbent headbands to keep her hair off her face. Although, if she has long hair, she will also need hair ties so that her hair is secured and won’t get in the way of her workout.