Home gym gift guide

Home Gym Gift Guide – 32 Gifts They’ll Actually Use – 2021 Holiday Edition

In Equip Your Gym, Guides by Tim Steward

Last updated on November 11th, 2021 at 06:40 pm

Buying gifts for the garage or basement gym user in your life can be difficult at best. If they don’t already have all the gear they want, they are usually very particular when it comes to adding new stuff.

At first, it might sound like a good idea to buy them a new barbell or bench or something, but unless you know exactly what they want, you are taking a big chance. And if they know exactly what they want, then you don’t exactly need a gift guide, do you?

When I looked at all of the home, garage, and basement gym gift guides already out there, I was disappointed by how useless most of them are. They are typically filled with a bunch of stuff that has little to no chance of the gym-goer in your life actually liking or using it.

So I set out to make a list of things that I genuinely believe almost all home, garage, and basement gym enthusiasts will love and use. While I am an affiliate for some of these (I make a few pennies if you purchase them through the provided links), I make absolutely nothing on most of them. Whether or not something made income for me was not a criterion when I put this list together.

I honestly just wanted to give you a list of gifts that I think the gym rat in your life will love! I hope you find something here that brings a smile to the person you give it to.


Gifts that will make any home gym look awesome

One of the things I love most about my home gym is the ability to make it my own. Personalizing a basement or garage gym is something all home gym owners love to do. And that’s what makes the following things great gifts that will be appreciated and cherished for years to come.


Custom iron gym sign

Custom iron gym sign.

Custom iron signs have been popping up in garages, basements, and home gyms everywhere. The best place I’ve found to buy them is on Etsy.

Below I’ve linked a shop that will customize any number of cool signs with names or sayings of your choice.

These are so cool!!!


Ali Keep Going Poster

Premium motivational art.

Ikonic is a company that kept popping up in my social feeds. They have hundreds of high-quality pieces of motivational art.

They also make quite a few prints that are perfect for a garage or basement gym.

If you are looking for something to give a home gym an upscale feel and is a good deal nicer than your standard poster, check out the full selection form Ikonic.


Motivational gym poster

Motivational posters.

If you aren’t up for buying higher-end prints like the Ikonic prints I linked above, there is a huge selection of much more affordable priced motivational posters available on Amazon.

There are even a large number that are perfect for a home gim


Superhero 5 pc print

The COOLEST superhero art.

I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t wished they could be a superhero. This is especially true when training hard in the gym.

So what better decor for a garage or basement gym than superheroes? I found the absolute coolest assortment of DC and Marvel superhero art over at superheroesgears.com. These are so


weight plaet clock

Weight plate clock.

I love this thing! It comes in eight different sizes so it will fit in any garage or basement gym.

One of the things I like most is that it’s modeled after one of the very first iron weight plates I ever owned.


Home gym accessory gift ideas

It’s the little touches and extras that can make a garage or basement gym great. The right accessories enhance training, make it more effective, and for sure make it more enjoyable.

A lot of great accessories fly under the radar. They are out there waiting to make someone’s gym better, but people just don’t know they exist. Here are some of the accessories that I love and use in my own gym. They are also the things I most often give as gifts to other home gym owners.


The best barbell brush ever made!

I wrote an entire article on barbell care and maintenance that you can read here. I even filmed a YouTube video on the topic that you can see here.

The problem is that the brush I use in that video isn’t really made for barbells.

That’s where the Hybrid Athletics barbell brush comes in. Holy &$%* is this thing awesome! It’s made specifically for barbells and it does an amazing job. It wraps all the way around the bar and cleans the bar in a fraction of the time a regular brush takes.

If the person you are buying gifts for has a barbell or three, buy them this brush! I promise they’ll love it. Better yet, get the kit that comes with a towel too. It really is the perfect barbell-related gift! Tip- buy the nylon-bristled brush, not the steel.

Fat Gripz

Every barbell needs these.

I’ve been using Fat Gripz for well over ten years. They are a must-have barbell accessory. They prevent injury, train grip strength, and add variety to training.

Fat Gripz have been recommended by virtually every fitness coach and trainer that uses a barbell and have received numerous awards for product of the year.

They come in several sizes, but I’d recommend buying the middle, standard size if buying them as gifts. Oh, and don’t get fooled by the cheap imitations, it’s totally worth the few extra dollars to buy the real thing!


My favorite shaker cups.

At one point I had no less than 20 plastic shaker cups in my cabinets. Not only is that a lot of plastic, but all those cups lacked something important. They couldn’t keep anything cold!

If you’ve ever had a protein shake, BCAAs, or other workout-related powdered drink, you know they are much better cold.

So I donated all those old cups to GoodWill and replaced them with two Blender Bottle insulated stainless steel shakers. These things are amazing! Not only are they my go-to shaker cup, but they are my all-day, every-day water glass too.

They come in a ton of different colors and even some with Batman and Star Wars designs too!


Just as good, half as much!

I try to drink a little over a gallon of water a day. So I carry a gallon jug with me when I’m out and about. The problem is that most plastic gallon jugs are wasteful, tacky, and they don’t keep your water cold.

You could go with a stainless steel, double-walled gallon jug by someone like Hydroflask or Yeti, but those guys charge over $100!!! That’s crazy.

After a good amount of shopping around, I found RTIC. They make all the same type of gear that Yeti does but at around half the price. This gallon jug is a great example. I use mine every day and it’s held up great! Anything by RTIC would make a great gift, but I particularly like this jug!


Cooling towels

The ultimate cool down.

I didn’t even know that cooling towels existed until someone handed me one at a golf outing when it was a balmy 102℉. Ever since then, cooling towels have been in my golf bag and in my garage gym.

Just wet these down, ring them out, and apply to your head and neck. I don’t know how they work exactly, but they get almost cold and stay that way even without using cold water. It’s almost like magic!

If you know someone who trains in a hot garage gym, they will absolutely love these things!


Timing matters.

In commercial gyms and CrossFit boxes, it’s pretty common to have a large timing clock on the wall. This times everything from reps to sets to rest periods in between.

The problem with those clocks when it comes to home gyms is that they are big and expensive. They also aren’t always where you can see them.

That’s where this cool little magnetic timer comes in. You can stick this directly to any part of a squat rack or other metal surfaces. It can be set with one hand. It can be silent or loud.

I use mine every single time I train and it’s so much better than those big, ugly ones that mount on the wall!


Track their progress.

Sure, there are a lot of apps out there that let you track your workouts. But if you look around the weight room, you’ll see most of the serious lifters using good old-fashioned pen and paper.

The FitJourn is an all in one fitness journal that provides motivation, goal setting help, nutrition and water tracking, and 90 days of training/program tracking.

There are a lot of fitness journals out there, but this is one of the best.


Thunderfit silicone Ring

Whether training at home or at a commercial gym (especially at a commercial gym!), your spouse should always wear their wedding ring, right?

Put a ring on it!

The problem is that not only will a barbell ruin a wedding ring, but a metal ring can easily get caught and cause an injury. That’s where Thunderfit silicone rings come in.

Thunderfit makes a huge selection of rings, you’d be surprised at how cool some of them are! And unlike many silicone rings, they are vented to keep them from making your finger sweat.

Give your spouse a ring they don’t have to take off at the gym. It’s a great gift for both of you!


Gifts that will make anyone’s home gym training better

Building a great home gym is the easy part. Knowing what to do in it and getting the most out of it is much harder. This is also where many home gym owners refuse to spend money. It’s much more fun to buy another barbell than a quality book or program showing you what to do with that bar.

This section is for all of those people in your life that have every piece of gear, but no direction on what they should be doing with it. They program for themselves, rehab themselves, and generally just wing it when they are in the gym.


Resistance training Revolution book

THE best book for someone thinking about building a home gym for weight loss.

Too many people think that a treadmill by itself is a home gym. Especially if they are trying to lose weight.

This book is the best one ever written in describing the importance and effectiveness of resistance training for weight loss. It’s aimed directly at the people out there who think the only way to fitness is countless hours of boring cardio.

This is also the perfect gift for anyone who isn’t currently training, but you’d like them to start. I can’t speak highly enough about this book!!!


Encyclopedia of BodyBuilding

Every home gym needs this book.

If there are weights in your garage or basement and you don’t have this book, WHY NOT? This book is a must-have for anyone that trains with weights and that makes it a perfect gift for any weight lifter in your life that doesn’t have it.

The Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwartzenegger is so essential that every barbell and weight set should come with it for free. But since they don’t, click the button to get a copy today!


The little black book of workout motivation

This will keep them going!

I don’t care who you are, sometimes you just don’t want to go work out. Even when your gym is as close as your garage, you still don’t want to go.

It’s times like those when you need a massive dose of motivation. And this book has that in spades!!! I’ve got this book on Audible (get a free trial and one free book by clicking here!) and regularly listen to it while training.

If someone in your life is having trouble being consistent with their workouts, this is the perfect gift for them!


Rebuilding Milo Cover

Help them heal their pain!

If you know and love someone who trains with weights regularly, then there’s a good chance that you also know someone with nagging injuries and joint pain.

Unfortunately, people who train at home often do it the wrong way. Lifting weights should actually heal your body and prevent injury and pain, not cause it!

This book takes the reader through the right way to use weight training to heal their body, eliminate pain, and prevent future injury. It’s laid out body part by body part and is exceptionally useful.


Maps Prime Logo

Make their training better.

I’m a firm believer that everyone should be using a professionally designed training program that is specific to their goals. But buying someone a program as a gift is risky as it’s hard to really know what their goals are and what program they might like.

MAPS Prime isn’t a program (see my full review here). It’s a system that you layer over any other program to make it better. It will prevent injury and enable the user to lift more than they would be able to without it. And that makes it a perfect gift for anyone. Not to mention, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee!

I’ve used MAPS Prime in conjunction with every program I’ve worked for the last several years and wouldn’t go without it ever. I can’t recommend it highly enough.


maps prime pro logo

Improve their mobility and stability.

While MAPS Prime layers on top of other training programs, Prime Pro is a system unto itself. This is a complete diagnostic mobility and stability program.

Virtually anyone who trains at home should be spending time daily improving their ability to move. Just a few minutes a day focused on the right areas, can work miracles.

I wrote an entire review on MAPS Prime Pro here. I continue to use it daily and wouldn’t consider training without it.


Prime and Prime Pro Bundle Logo

The complete injury prevention and body maintenance system.

Combine the above two programs of MAPS Prime and Prime Pro and you have a complete system that will keep the people you love injury and pain-free for their entire lifting career.

I firmly believe that everyone that trains with weights should have and use both of these programs (to see the differences and why you’d want both, check out my article here).

This is one of those things that people typically won’t buy for themselves, but once they have it they don’t know how they lived without it. It’s a really great gift!


Give the gift of recovery

While it’s important to be smart and work hard in the gym, it’s more important to recover properly. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and not pushing too hard are all important here. But there are also some tools that push recovery to the next level.

These gift ideas are all things that I own and use regularly. They are also things that few people buy for themselves. And that makes them excellent gift ideas for anyone in your life that trains hard.


The Ready State Logo

The BEST recovery, mobility, and pain relief program available.

I’ve been using Kelly Starrett’s The Ready State app almost since it launched and it’s an invaluable part of my day. It’s far too in-depth to fully describe here (but I do have a full review of it posted here), but the short version is that it’s as close as you can come to having a physical therapist, mobility coach, and personal trainer in your pocket.

It’s a subscription model, but they do offer a 14-day free trial. It’s a perfect gift for the fitness addict in your life that already has everything else.


Power Plate Pulse

A massage gun that actually works.

After the third $60 massage gun I’d bought on Amazon failed, I decided maybe it was time to buy something higher quality. After a lot of research, I decided on the Pule by Power Plate. And wow, am I happy I did!

Not only is this far more durable than those cheap alternatives, it works soooooo much better! The travel of the head is longer which gives a much deeper massage. It’s also smoother and doesn’t bog down when pressure is applied.

This is not only a great gift for someone you love, but if you live with them, you’ll get the benefit of being able to use it yourself too!


Recoup Cryosphere

Instant pain relief.

The Cryosphere by Recoup Fitness is one of those little gems that once you have you tell everyone you know about. It’s absolutely the best way to ice down an injury, strained muscle, or sore joint.

Mine lives in my freezer. I don’t need to pull it out often, but boy am I glad it’s there when I do. If you know someone who not only trains often but also plays any kind of sport, they’ll love this!


Tens Unit

Immediate relief of chronic pain.

I’ve had to go to physical therapy more times than I’d like to remember. But every single time, my favorite part was when they would hook up the TENS unit.

The pain relief is almost instant and after just 20-30 minutes you are feeling like a new person. So I asked my PT one day if I could take the machine home. She said no, but that home units were available on Amazon for very reasonable prices.

I bought this TENS7000 many years ago and it’s served me well ever since. I use it for low back pain as well as any time I strain a muscle. This little thing is amazing and would make a very welcome gift for anyone with chronic pain in any area of their body!


Foam Roller

A high-quality foam roller.

Is your loved one rolling around on one of those black or white basic foam rollers you can get at Walmart for like $10? If so, it’s time for an upgrade!

I’ve owned at least ten different kinds of foam rollers and the Trigger Point is by far my favorite. I own it in two sizes and use them daily.

A great foam roller is something anyone will use and love and the Trigger Point is a great one!


Yoga Tune Up Alpha Ball

Upgrade their lacrosse ball.

Lacrosse balls have been used for mobility and recovery work for many, many years. While they work, they are also very painful to use. Enter the Alpha ball by Yoga Tune-up.

I own no less than 10 different Yoga Tune Up balls, but the Alpha is the one I use the most often. The texture and feel of these balls is designed to simulate a human massage. It’s so much nicer than the unforgiving hardness of a lacrosse ball!

Because it’s more comfortable (and also more effective!), I use them so much more often. These little gems make a great stocking stuffer or gift for those that are on a budget.


Back Pain

The BEST gift card!

I don’t have a specific link for you, but getting someone a massage as a gift is one of the best things you can do for them! Most local massage therapy places offer gift cards as well as discounts on buying multiple sessions at once.

This is one of those things that so few people will buy for themselves, but even if they do, they’ll still appreciate this gift. A great massage is something that everyone needs to experience at least once in their life. That goes double for anyone that trains regularly in their home gym!


Give the gift of a healthy lifestyle

It’s virtually impossible to get where you want to go in life if you don’t know where you already are. And that’s why fitness and health trackers are so popular these days. While there are solid health tracking apps built into both Apple and Android phones, those lack detail, depth, and accuracy.

For the person in your life truly serious about their fitness, health, and longevity, you simply can’t beat a high-quality wearable fitness tracker. I’ve used all four options below and they are all solid options. Personally, I like the Oura ring the best (and it’s what I wear daily), but all four options would be welcome gifts!


apple watch

The old standby.

I wasn’t really a big fan, but a whole lot of people really like these. At my day job, we sell them and they are by far one of the most popular gifts bought during the holidays.

Because of that, they belong on this list. If you want to buy a gift that will be greatly appreciated and does a whole lot more than track fitness and health, the Apple Watch is a great choice.


FitBit

The original fitness tracker.

FitBit has been doing fitness tracking longer than almost anyone else. And they do a great job too!

For far less than you’d pay for an Apple watch, you’ll get a tracker that is more functional and accurate too. A lot of people really like the smaller footprint of a FitBit as well.


Whoop Strap

The best tracker for athletes.

The Whoop Strap is hands down, the best fitness tracker for athletes. If you are buying this for someone actively participating in sports, they will absolutely love it.

Whoop is one of the most accurate trackers on the market. The app is easy to use and offers a ton of information. Check the link below for a full description and some informative videos.


Oura Rings in 4 colors

The best overall health and sleep tracker.

If you are buying a tracker for someone whose concerns are sleep and overall health, you simply can’t beat the Oura Ring. It is unparalleled in the depth of sleep and health-related data.

After trying every tracker on this list, I currently use and love the Oura ring. In fact, as I write this I’m awaiting the new V3 version which adds full-time heart rate monitoring along with a load of other new features.

What better gift than to give someone insights into their sleep and health that could result in a longer, healthier life!

If all else fails…

So still don’t see something that will work for a gift? I know the feeling. Sometimes you just have to fall back on a gift card, right?

But where to buy the gift card from? It needs to be from someplace with a big enough selection that you know they’ll find something they like, right? And it has to be high-quality gear at reasonable prices, too, right?

That’s where Rep Fitness comes in. Rep is probably my favorite all-around home gym company. They carry pretty much everything and make some of the best products in the industry.

Any garage or basement gym owner would be thrilled with a Rep gift card!


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