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Fitness-Themed Gift

Would a Fitness Gift Offend You?

In regards to an upcoming birthday and a pair of pricey running shoes I've been lusting after, the Mister asked me if I'd be upset if he gave me the sneaks as a birthday gift. "No . . ." I replied, wary of his reasoning behind asking. Turns out he was worried he'd offend me with a fitness-themed gift. Even though I enjoy running, he was worried that I'd take it as a subtle cue that he wanted me to work out more.

I appreciated his honesty, and laughed, as his question reminded me of the time my dad bought my mom a vacuum cleaner for Christmas (this I would never recommend!). For a fitness fanatic like me, it's no issue — in fact, I am excited to receive them! But his question raised an interesting point — could the gift of a gym membership, workout gear, or other fitness-themed present ever offend you?

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Jen-Fan Jen-Fan 7 years
Hell no!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. One year, my husband purchased me a girlie MP3 player, with a matching pink cover. Also, he loaded it with a playlist of my favorite songs, and new songs he thought I may like. He got me the MP3 player for me to use when I go jogging. While I thought the girlie-looking MP3 player was a bit much (he always get me really feminine-looking items), I LOVED the gift. Very thoughtful, and useful, too.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 7 years
For Christmas last year I asked my husband for a jump rope! Not only did he get that for me, but also a new running hat, resistance bands, compression socks, and one of those foot massager balls! It was fantastic! I LOVE fitness-minded gifts!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My husband got me a heart rate monitor for Christmas one year, but that was only because I asked him for it specifically. The rest of my family knows I'm pretty picky about my workout stuff, so they usually either give me gift cards or they buy me something completely unrelated to fitness.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
My boyfriend got me lululemon cropped pants and a jacket for my birthday last year, and I told him it was the best birthday present he had ever purchased for me! Having said that, I think it all depends on who the recipient is. If they don't work out at all, ever, and you give them workout gear, it could look like you're hinting they should start working out. If they already exercise regularly, I don't think they would be offended.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
My brother in law went elliptical machine shopping the day after my Sister had their first son. Shockingly, they are still together.
susanec susanec 7 years
Depending on who the gift giver is, I actively campaign for it (currently needing a climbing harness). The people who have given me fitness items have know that I've needed/wanted whatever they gave - like REI gift cards.
mew01 mew01 7 years
My boyfriend and I were long distance for a while, and since I was a student at the time, I stayed with him over Christmas break. During that time, I got several free passes to several different gyms around town and found one that I really liked. For graduation, knowing it was a little out of my price range, my boyfriend got me a gym membership to that gym and it was by far my favorite gift!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I would love it! My parents always get me running gear, and I almost always ask for new running shoes (or a gift certificate to get them myself) because they're so expensive. My family knows I'm into fitness but don't like spending crazy amounts on gear, so it's really nice. I'm thinking heart rate monitor this year.
Sundown321 Sundown321 7 years
I dated a guy who got me cycling gear for my birthday. I thought it was sweet... it was so we could go riding together.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Yes, it depends. I recently got a new pair of tennis shoes as a gift, and have asked for and received similar items like that in the past. Out of the blue things like that could hurt feelings (like a gym membership!), not workout gear. But, I know I am in the minority when I say I love household gifts. When I was 18 my friends got me a hand vac for my dorm room for the next year, and I got a vacuum for my apartment one christmas from my parents. I always have these items on my list! I don't mind spending my money on clothes I like, but always need vacuums etc and ask for them! My mom hates stuff like this, I welcome it!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
never. i'm not one to turn my nose up at a free item! i don't care what the sentiment of the giver is - at the end of the day, i've got either a fantastic product, an item that i can exchange/refund/sell, or a potential gift for a third party who would appreciate it more. win!
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
It depends. I've asked for fitness things for Christmas every year from my boyfriend, and he usually gets one thing from that area. I'm fine with that.
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