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Speak Up: Receiving Fitness-Inspired Gifts

Last year I gave my mother-in-law the Core Fusion Pilates DVD, and when she opened it, I could tell by her face that she was not pleased. With lips pressed, she looked over the front and back, placed it in her pile of gifts, and halfheartedly said, "Thanks." It seems she believed I was implying she was overweight, but I just wanted to share my favorite fitness DVD with her — she often complains about having trouble fitting fitness into her life. I thought we were close enough, but I probably should have prefaced the present before she ripped open the paper. I guess fitness-inspired gifts are not for everyone.

I, for one, love being on the receiving end of health- or fitness-inspired presents and have a few on my list, but how do you feel about receiving them? Would you be offended? Would it matter what type of gift or who the giver was?

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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
i would give a friend/family member a fitness gift if that is what they requested. it could be a bit of a back-handed gift to some people!
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
i dont really receive a lot of gifts... on my birthdays or xmas os any occassion.... i got a plate on my wedding and im the happiest.... so any gift ... be it exercise or heath gifts are very very very much appreciated....
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
this year I have put weights, a workout DVD and running clothes on my wish list but that's because that stuff is more important to me now. I might have been pissed to have received them a few years ago not so much for the perceived "hint" but that it would be a crap gift--people want what they want, not what they 'should' have.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
For my 26th birthday, my boyfriend got me running capris and a top from lululemon, and my parents got me a gift certificate to a running store . . . so yes, I LOVE receiving fitness-related presents. Most of my family members and close friends love working out as well, so the idea that someone may be offended by this type of gift is really strange to me. Oh, and my mom specifically requested Zumba DVDs as the only thing she really wants for Christmas, so that's one thing I'll be getting her :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I would buy my sister a dance workout dvd if she mentioned wanting to lose weight. I think she'd appreciate the dance workout more then a 4k run every morning. Beyond that I'd probably just give sensible gifts, like a new mat to a yogi, or renew someones gym membership for them.
sahayra sahayra 7 years
I think most people would take it the wrong way. Unless they specifically asked for the gift, it would probably be safer not to gift it.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
We just had our Christmas because we are flying out to visit my family overseas and didn't want to lug gifts with us. That said, I can HAPPILY say my husband got me new boxing gloves and a new ergonomic bar for my barbell work. He also got me a diamond necklace....I was just as thrilled with the diamonds as I was with the fitness gear. The man knows me and I love what he 'spoiled' me with. :D :love:
biarose biarose 7 years
I don't like them. I'd rather pick my own. Although if someone wanted to buy me a treadmill this year I wouldn't object.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I put down Kurt Kinetic trainer as my xmas wish list to my husband ... And I just got that from UPS today. :)
Melantha1989 Melantha1989 7 years
I love getting fitness type gifts whether its dvds, clothes, or equipment. Now I personally would only buy someone fitness related stuff if they asked. I wouldn't want to hurt someones feelings because they thought I was calling them fat which I would never do.
notinthemood notinthemood 7 years
I wouldn't mind getting fitness gifts, but most people who know me well enough to give me gifts know that I'm not terribly sensitive like that. As far as giving... that's really iffy. I'd give my sisters fitness stuff, or my mom, but probably nobody else. Even if they seem as active as me, a lot of people view gifts differently than I do.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I wouldn't mind receiving, in fact I would love some workout clothes this Christmas! But as for giving, I think it's kind of risky. I would only give fitness/sports related gifts to a person who saw physical activity as a hobby, and not to a person who saw it as a means to lose weight. Even if that person had told me before she really wanted that particular gift, I'd be afraid she would think "So you think I need it, huh?". Sensible topic, I'd opt for a safer gift!
mek123 mek123 7 years
It would depend on the gift-giver and gift but for the most part, no, I would not be offended.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I would love a fitness gift! My family knows I'm into it though. I probably wouldn't buy something for another unless they expressed an interest. For example, a few years ago I got my mom a fitness/yoga ball, but she'd been talking about wanting one for months.
princessangry princessangry 7 years
I wouldn't mind a fitness gift! If anyone felt like buying me a wii and wii fit I wouldn't say no :) I once got a pair of pajamas from an aunt who isn't my biggest fan - they were 5 sizes too big. Hee hee!!
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
No, I would love a fitness gift no matter who gave it to me. I might get offended if someone gave me diet pills or something, though...
katieb82981 katieb82981 7 years
I love fitness gifts! I would only buy a fitness gift for a friend that I knew shared my enthusiasm for exercise -- just like I try to give my friends things that I know they will like.
kia kia 7 years
I love it especially when the gift-giver has great taste!
califab califab 7 years
I'm getting Lulu Lemon clothes and a treadmill for Christmas, and I am super excited. But it's from my husband and I got him a weights system because we are putting a workout room in our house. If my mother in law got me a diet cookbook or something like that it would weird me out. Also if it was for pilates, because I don't like pilates and have never talked about doing it. It has to be something you 100% know they want and it totally depends on who it's from.
aijia aijia 7 years
I wouldn't give a fitness gift to someone with low confidence. I would love one now, but when I was 15 my mom gave me exercise clothes for my birthday. I thought she was telling me I was fat and I cried -- a lot. She would love to get pretty exercise clothes, of course, and had no idea I would have such a reaction, especially since I did exercise. So self-conscious people probably need exercise the most but they need to take the initiative themselves.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My family knows that I'm a fitness geek, so they know that if they get me new fitness DVDs, gift certificates to my favorite shoe store, workout clothing, etc., that I'll be psyched. But when it comes to giving fitness gifts, I'm careful about it. I would NEVER give my mom or MIL fitness things because both of them are obese and would probably feel intimidated and humiliated at a gift like that. But one year I got my sis a postnatal yoga DVD and she loved it because she was constantly talking about how tough it would be to lose her baby weight. I think it really depends on the person and how well you know them. I would say to hold off on things that are very specific unless you really know the recipient well.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
It depends on the person and on the gift. I think a gym membership, dvd or exercise equipment is no good unless the person specifically requested it. However, giving something like a steam cooker, cook book with nutritious foods (but not a diet cook book), or gift card to Nike, Dick's sporting goods, etc. is probably safe.
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