You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is a-coming. If you didn’t realise by simply looking at the calendar, then TV adverts and the media pretty much have you covered, with their competition over who’s Christmas ad is the best.
But what do you do if the person you’re buying a gift for’s interests are a little less mainstream? I can’t really help if their hobby is Warhammer, planespotting, or backgammon.. but I CAN help if they are into CrossFit, as so am I, and I, too, want stuff for Christmas. Read on to find out the best gifts you can buy your CrossFitting loved one this Christmas!
What To Buy An Avid CrossFitter For Christmas…
A short disclaimer before we begin – none of these items are product placements or ads, just stuff that is genuinely off MY Christmas list, so you’re hearing the unbiased wants and desires of a real-life CFer here..! Any other CrossFitters who want other stuff, help our readers out and comment with other Christmas ideas you may have. You might just save somebody’s Christmas.
Training & Recovery Kit
You all know by now that I’m big on recovery, which should be as big a part of your CrossFit life as your training. For that reason, Activ7 Recovery Oil is firmly on my Christmas list. A blend of moisturisers and essential oils help to recover your muscles fast after strenuous training. (If you’re reading this last minute, then magnesium salts would be an excellent supermarket-bought gift!)
You’ve probably seen your CrossFit friend’s trashed hands after a tough gymnastics workout – Inbitz have a sweet hand care kit that is packaged up like a proper Christmas pressie and can be easily chucked in your giftee’s training bag as-is, for use when needed.
Another for the hands – Triplextension are a newly-launched, Manchester-based weightlifting brand who create custom-made gymnastic grips. Now, the trouble with them being custom is that they need to be measured to fit the individual’s hands – the wraps are based on ring size, palm length and wrist circumference – but not to worry. You can still give them as a gift this Christmas by wrapping up their Gift Kit, which contains a sizing swatch (for finding the right finger size for you), a tape measure as well as clear instructions on how to measure your hands. The cost of the kit (£30) includes postage of the kit and finished product to the lucky liftert.
The main book on my list this year is Barbell Buddha: the Collected Writings of Chris Moore. Chris was a member of Barbell Shrugged, host and writer of the Barbell Buddha podcast and blog, and had a successful professional career as a medical writer – until he very sadly passed away this summer. The book is set to be an eye-opening read filled with Chris’s published and unpublished work, related to spiritual, mental and physical health – something we can all learn from.
If they don’t already own Becoming A Supple Leopard – which I got for Christmas last year and would recommend to anyone wanting to improve their movement and mobility – this is another must-read!
Finally on the reading front, if you’d like a gift that keeps on giving then a subscription to Chalk Magazine, the UK’s only CrossFit magazine, will drop knowledge bombs on their doorstep quarterly.
Yeah, duh. Everyone wants socks for Christmas, right? Or at least everyone I know does, as they can’t be bothered to buy them throughout the year. But socks are kind of a big deal in CrossFit. We all have a couple of spare longer pairs in our bags to wear to ropeclimb to avoid getting rope burns, and they’re a fashion statement along with it.
Stance are the trendiest brand in CrossFit socks, and the pink Slay Ride pair are festive, though there’s a time and a place for them – and that’s not any time after December 26th. Maybe choosing something from the wider collection would make a better investment.
Uneccessary, But Brilliant, Stocking Fillers
A magnetic smartphone mount can attach to a rig for recording Olympic lifts. Whether that’s to check lifting form or to post on Instagram, that’s totally up to the receiver (I usually feign the former but actually do the latter).
Stuck for a workout? Not with WODDice! Just roll the dice to create a WOD.
Every CrossFitter needs to get a mobility ball in their butt* occasionally, so it might as well be a brightly coloured 66fit massage ball. *By butt, I of course mean sacroiliac joint, where CrossFitters can hold a lot of tension. Not actually in the butt. Ahem.
This list has mainly covered stocking fillers and smaller presents, but if you want to go bigger budget, then a Compex device is amazing for recovery (I got one for my birthday) and any CrossFitter or weightlifter will appreciate having an Olympic bar at home to practice their snatch! If they’re a coach, they may appreciate a contribution towards further CrossFit training.
And What Not To Buy Them…
Too cushioned, too wobbly, too high a heel. Running shoes have their place, but it’s not at CrossFit.
Speed Skipping Rope
Unless you know exactly how long they want it, steer clear of buying a speedrope – it has to be the right length for the user.
A Plane Ticket To Carson, California
After 7 years in Carson, in 2017 the Games will be held in Madison, Wisconsin. If you really want to make your CrossFit friend’s day, then this is the place to send them.
Hopefully this list will cover any budget for pretty much any friend or family member who is a CrossFit addict.
Are YOU a CrossFitter with a Christmas list? What are you hoping Santa brings in his big ol’ saggy sack for you?