Holiday Gift Guide For The Busy Athlete

Holiday Gift Guide For The Busy Athlete

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Needing gift ideas for your favorite fitness enthusiast, foodie, or athlete?? Here’s a list of 15 gifts they’re sure to love! These are just a few of my personal favorite kitchen staples, travel essentials, and at-home gym equipment. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season from Eleat Nutrition!

Instant Pot (6 Qt. 7-in-1 Multi-Use)

It’s amazing how many different recipes you can throw together in an instant pot – we’ve got a collection of 33 of them for you right here. I love that you can saute and slow cook all in one pot. For athletes living in dorm-style apartments or extended-stay hotels with limited appliances, they will love the versatility of an instant pot.

Classic Chef’s Knife (Wusthof, 6-inch)

I firmly believe every home cook should have one good quality chef’s knife. This makes slicing and dicing for your meal prep 10000x better. I’m personally a fan of Wusthof knives and use this exact knife daily! The one shown here is available at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Williams Sonoma, and on Amazon. ZWILLING is another excellent brand.


Whether you’re constantly busy with practice, work, or class, nothing is more useful when it comes to meal prepping than a crockpot. Crockpots are also so handy for athletes living in hotels without full kitchens, or living in dorm-style apartments without ovens or stoves. Here’s a collection of over 25+ recipes you can make in a crockpot.

Blender such as Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja

The perfect solution for getting in your daily dose of fruits and veggies! But really, these heavy duty blenders such as Vitamix, Blendtec, and Ninja are a must-have for every athlete. From daily smoothies and blending soups to making sauces and dressings, there’s so many different ways to use it. They can also double as a food processor. While Vitamix is the priciest of the three, it’s well worth the money. I’ve had the same Vitamix blender for nearly 10 years now, and still use it at least once a day everyday!


Cookbooks make the perfect gift! Adding variety to your daily meals can be tough, but cookbooks like Fuel Your Body make it easy. You can find my cookbook online at Amazon, shown below, Target, or Barnes & Noble.

Travel Meal Prep Lunch Box

This is the ultimate way to make sure the athlete in your life always has a healthy meal ready to eat. Traveling can create food nightmares and hangry travelers. This cooler solves all of those problems!

Meal Prep Containers

These containers make meal prep a breeze. They’re microwavable, dishwasher safe, and store nicely – so you don’t have to worry about them cluttering up your cabinets!

32 oz. Hydro Flask

Hydro flasks and Swell have vacuum insulation that keep drinks cold for over 24 hours, and hot for over 6 hours. Cool colors and sleek designs make these a great stocking stuffer!

Travel Yoga Mat

This is the perfect gift for the fitness enthusiast who’s always on the road. This yoga mat folds up small enough to fit in your backpack or carry-on, and is perfect for airports or small hotel rooms.

Their Favorite Coffee or Tea – great stocking stuffers!

For the coffee/tea fanatics – these make the perfect stocking stuffer! I love the Holiday flavors Republic of Tea has come out with which are available on Amazon and at Whole Foods. Other ideas are Yogi tea, these travel packets of Matcha, a bag of ground coffee beans, or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.

TRX All in One Suspension Training System

The TRX is probably the most dynamic piece of training equipment you can find that will also fit in a suitcase. With a door anchor that works over any door, TRX makes it possible to get a solid workout in virtually anywhere. This is one of my favorite pieces of exercise equipment to use!

Resistance Bands

Because these bands are so small and portable, they are perfect for fitting in a workout while on the road. I always have one of these rolled up in my carry-on. There are several band exercises that can easily be done in the small space of a hotel room.

Wireless Speaker

Perfect for transforming any room into your own personal fitness studio! This wireless speaker is easily portable, waterproof, and has up to 6 hours of play time from a rechargeable battery.

Foam Roller

Foam rolling helps to ease soreness and keep you performing at your best. I love this small foam roller from TriggerPoint, making it so much easier to travel with! Hyperice also makes great recovery products!

Exercise Sliders

Such a versatile piece of equipment, these sliders are a must-have for the at-home gym or on-the-go athletes! It’s amazing just how many exercises you can do with a set of sliders!

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Angie Asche

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