My Complete Gift Guide For Fitness and Food Lovers


I loooove this time of year! I mean, nothing makes me more excited than the holidays, cooking, and spending some quality time with the fam. But to be honest, I’m also equally excited to start shopping for gifts after the tough year 2020 has been. Watching my family and friends open their thoughtfully chosen presents brings me soooooo much joy – I just love seeing them so happy and surprised! That saying, it’s better to give than receive, it is so true.

Anyway, I feel like every year, I always run into an issue of how to choose the best gifts. We all have those people in our lives that seem to have everything, or don’t really ask for much. So, we gotta get little creative for them!

If you have a fitness lover in your life and you’re not sure what they want, then this gift guide is for you. These are all things that I actually use and love, so you know it’s coming from a credible place! Plus, you might get some ideas for yourself too 😉

1. Nike Air Zoom SuperReps

These are THE BEST for HIIT workouts and lifting. They give the best support! I seriously love them and might even own every color… My fave part is that I love the look of the heel! It kinda feels like high heels for fitness girls (in a good way) and elongates my leg. People are alwaaaays asking about these, so that’s why they’re #1 on my list this year!

2. Asics Running Shoes

I looooove my Nikes for HIIT, training, and lifestyle but for running, I do ASICS. They support my foot really well and it doesn’t make my Achilles tendon feel achy after a run. It’s also super durable!

3. 2021 Fit Planner

We juuuust released these hot cakes a few weeks ago and they are going FAST! If you don’t know about my Fit Planners, then you need to know. This planner integrates your personal life and your fitness life into one place and helps keep all of your visions on track. It helps you look at the year from all angles – monthly, weekly, and daily, complete with challenges, recipes, and sooooo much more.

blogilates popflex 2021 calendar planner

4. Vegan Suede Yoga Mats

These are legit my favorite yoga mats in the WORLD. I’ve tried a looooot of mats and this is the only one I use. It gets grippier as your hands get sweatier.  I love designing these for POPFLEX and there’s a reason we keep on making more! They sell out so so so so fast. The colors and designs are vibrant, gorgeous, and they never fade. This is perfect for the yogi or home fitness addict in your life!

5. Nike Running Belt

I don’t know why, but I ran without a running belt for way too long. I got back into running this year and kept thinking I’d probably get bored of running… but here I am, still hitting the pavement every single morning (I’m just as surprised as you are). I was tired of holding my phone and my sister finally got me this running belt to match her! AND WOW. I know it probably sounds obvious, but this was a game-changer.

If you have a runner in your life, or someone who never knows what to do with their phone or keys when they run, this will legit make running a little less painful. It’s small and compact so it doesn’t look like a traditional fanny pack. I love the mesh material and that it’s both fashionable and functional.

6. Microsoft Surface Headphones

This is a pricier gift, but quality headphones are a MUST. And I’m not just talking sound quality. They have to be comfortable too! I like these ones specifically because the ear part is so soft like luxury pillow cushions. It stays on my head, unlike the earphones that go in your ear and the sound quality is amazing. I use them for running and for work! It’s good for the forgetful person in your life because the battery life is really long. My faves are the white ones!

7. InstantPot

If there’s one appliance every fitness junkie needs, it’s an Instant Pot. This thing does everything! It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and can even turn into an Air Fryer with the lid attachment! This kitchen tool makes meal prep a piece of cake. Some of my favorite things to make in the InstantPot are soups and stews! It seriously is a one-pot wonder and if you haven’t gotten one yet, this year is THE YEAR!

8. Ello Food Containers

Meal prep requires a lot of organization. Some quality food containers makes everything soo much easier, eco-friendly, and pretty 🙂 Gift this super cute set! Some other good options are these from Glasslock, or these divided containers from Prep Naturals.

9. 90 Day Journal

If you have someone in your life who keeps talking about change, but seems hesitant to fully commit to their dreams, the 90 Day Journal is the PERFECT gift for them. When I went on my 90 Day Journey last year, I kept a journal just like this and it changed my life.

Pair this with The 90 Day Meal Plans and this will be the gift that lasts forever! The 90 Day Meal Plan features over 70 recipes for meals that I actually ate on my own journey. The meals are simple but super yummy, and there’s a plan for omnivores, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans.

10. Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner from Waterless

Ooooh okay, I’m gonna be honest. I didn’t use dry shampoo and conditioner until super recently, but now I am obsessed. It’s perfect when you’re on the go but need to still keep your hair looking fresh! This one from Waterless smells nice and when paired together, it’s just a winning combo.

12. DASH Air Fryer

Okay, I am obsessed with my air fryer. I make EVERYTHING in it. This one is soooooo cute and there’s nothing that makes cooking more inspirational than dreamy kitchenware. And I know everyone talks about it, but it’s true. This air fryer legitimately makes food crispy and tasty without all the frying!

13. Apple Watch

I loveeee my Apple watch! It’s great for tracking workouts, syncing to my phone, and keeping me on top of things as I go about my day. This blush color is also soooo super dreamy.

14. High Ponytail Caps

I have always dreamed of a cap where I could keep a high ponytail!!! When I didn’t see one on the market, I decided to make one. And you guys, this has CHANGED THE GAME. High ponytails, messy buns, you name it – you can wear it all with this cap!!

Okay, that was super hard to slim down my list, but those are my top faves!!! What are yours? What fitness things can you not live without? What do you secretly wish to get this year?! Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Priya says:

    I love your each and every product
    I think I can’t buy but I will surely say that these are so gorgeous I am wishing for this beautiful product ❤️

  2. Claire says:

    Hi Cassey, will the high ponytail caps be back soon? Those are a genius idea, and I thought they would be the perfect Christmas gift for a friend, but I can’t find them on your website anymore! If you can, please bring them back 🙏

    1. blogilates says:

      YESS they’re coming back!!! Stay tuned!! They sold out so quickly!

      1. Claire says:

        This made my day, and thank you so much!

  3. Ashley says:

    I literally just discovered a high-ponytail hat today, and I can’t believe no one thought of this before! Love it!

  4. Jamie Huang says:

    Ninja foodi is an air fryer and an instapot on one! Love mine!

  5. Sofia says:

    Hi Cassey! I just wanted to say that I love your new beginner calandar, I feel so amazing with your workouts and you inspire and motivate me more than you’ll ever know! I have a problem though. My sister is 16 but out of shape. Last year she broke her femur playing field hockey and is now 100% healed. It took a long time and a lot of pain and struggle. She asked me to find her a good workout calendar for very beginners. I love her and want the best for my older sister. She doesn’t really workout and stretch so she’s very stiff. I need your help! I need to find a calendar that is made for very beginners and helps her make her leg stronger and her whole body stronger! She also needs to improve on flexibility! HELP CASSEY!!! i f you could help that would be amazing! Also she can do 10-15 min workouts! She not at 20 min yet! I’m going to be there to encourage her!!!!

  6. Serena says:

    This is a great list! I use my air fryer and instapot so often, they’re essentials. Love the color scheme on this year’s planners.

  7. I eat everything, and I made almost everything, Raw! I don’t need an air fryer, but I will say that the instant pot is fabulous especially for soup-making!

  8. Ana says:

    Can you do at some point an article about running each day? How do you structure other workouts around you, how do you make it less stressful on the body? How do you avoid injuries? Do you switch multiple pairs of shoes or use the same ones each day?
    I love running, but I always avoided doing it two days in a row, because I assumed it was to much on my body. And I also love longer runs, 8-10K. I assume for doing every day 5k or something would make more sense.

    But gift related, with the cold weather coming, gloves with tech fingers make a lot of sense. Also, I recently fell in love with training tops that have a balaclava as a turtleneck. Great for winter and they double up as a face mask when needed.

    1. Sam says:

      I would also like to see this! And maybe specific ASICS you use.

    2. Claire says:

      Hi Cassey, will the high ponytail caps be back soon? Those are a genius idea, and I really want to buy them as a gift for a friend, but I can’t find them on your website anymore!