Warning: You’ll want most of this stuff for yourself…

‘Tis the season to gift someone a foam roller water bottle, hip athleisure combos or a stand-up paddleboard. We’ve rounded up the best fitness, health and wellbeing gifts that also happen to be the most fabulous, from cool new gadgets to luxury retreats, these picks are sure to impress even the most dedicated fitness devotee.

Apple Watch 8

apple watch 8

Price: Dhs1,599

The latest version of the Apple Watch is not only dust- and water-resistant, but also has a face-full of cool features: from temperature sensors that track blood oxygen levels and ECG, and sleep stages to better understand your rest cycles, to crash and fall detection for unforeseen emergencies. apple.com/ae

Foam Roller Water Bottle


Price: Dhs229

Help the fitness fanatic in your life hydrate on the go and roll out tight muscles wherever they end up with this 2-in-1 foam roller 800ml water bottle from Mobot. en-ae.namshi.com

L’couture Sports Bra

Price: Dhs265

Sports bra choice can be personal, but you can’t go wrong with this supportive, buttery-soft number from Dubai homegrown brand L’Couture. Somewhere between a crop top and a bra, the elevated seamless bra peach marl is a lovely gift that they can decide how to wear and style. lcouture.com

Four-day Luxury Rebalance Programme

SHA_Infinity Pool

Price: Dhs7,792 for four days (plus Dhs1,559 accommodation per night)

If you’ve got a dear friend or family member who could really use a health overhaul, why not gift them a luxurious rebalance programme in sunny Spain? Send them off on a four-day retreat at the award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic, where they’ll dive into new healthy habits through: a personalised food and health plan, natural therapies and technological treatments. The programme also includes consultations with medical experts, personal training sessions, optional group activities, including outdoor walks in the mountains, fitness classes and cooking classes. shawellnessclinic.com

Padel Rackets and Balls


Price: Dhs623 (and Dhs45)

Padel tennis is experiencing an almost fanatic worldwide following, and 170+ padel courts in the UAE are testament to that. This chic Swedish Nordicdots racket is handmade in Spain, and perfect for beginners to advanced levels. The stylish white padel balls make for a nice addition, too. ninjoo.ae

Inflatable standup paddleboard

Inflatable standup paddleboard 

Price: Dhs1,899

Reid’s Santa Monica inflatable 10-foot paddle board will happily unlock the world of open-water leisure. With a pump, leash and paddle also included, it’s got everything needed to scratch that fresh air itch. adventurehq.ae

The Giving Movement Combo

the giving movement

Price: From Dhs299 (oversized T-shirt) and Dhs249 (shorts)

Residents are still going gaga for The Giving Movement gear, easily the UAE’s biggest homegrown fashion brand success story. And rightly so. The eco-friendly athleisurewear is stylish, comfortable and cool. Plus, Dhs15 is donated to charity partner Dubai Cares & Harmony House for every item sold. thegivingmovement.com

Exercised: The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health


Price: Dhs60

Give the gift of knowledge to any fitness fan who loves to learn about the nitty-gritty of their body and training. Exercised is a great read before the ‘new year, new me’ talk, diving into high-level scientific research to debunk myths around exercise. uae.kinokuniya.com

SPF Travel Kit


Price: Dhs195

Any outdoor workout requires ultimate broad-spectrum protection, and this four-piece bundle from Coola contains a bevy of staples, including classic body sunscreen spray SPF30, classic fare sunscreen lotion SPF30, classic lip balm SPF30, and radical recovery after sun lotion to fend off the effects of UV rays. bloomingdales.ae