It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is almost upon us and if you haven’t started your shopping, now’s your chance to make that list and check it twice!
Yes, we know how troublesome it can be to choose a gift for a martial artist, so we’ve done the work for you. If you aren’t sure what to get your MMA/BJJ/Muay Thai-loving special someone, don’t worry because Evolve Daily is here to help.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 15 Awesome Gifts For Martial Artists:
Whether your favorite fighter is into BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai, or Boxing, getting him a shirt that represents his love for his martial art is definitely a great idea. He can wear it before or after training, or even just hanging out with friends (with your permission of course).
2) Foam roller
Does your favorite martial artist often complain about achy, tired muscles after training? We guarantee that a foam roller will be her best friend for training days to come. Make sure you get a foam roller with hard ridges and points — it will definitely get the kinks out and relieve whatever she’s feeling for another great training day in the near future.
3) Massage certificate
If the foam roller isn’t enough, why not opt for a massage certificate? An hour’s worth of rest and relaxation is something anyone would appreciate, martial artist or not. Nothing feels better than getting all your tight, knotted muscles straightened out by a professional!
4) Wet laundry bag
We’re sure that all martial artists have asked this question: where do you put your sweaty BJJ gi or Muay Thai gear after training? Sure, you sometimes get those small plastic bags from the gym, but they just aren’t enough. A large wet laundry bag with waterproof lining will do just the trick for your partner. Make sure it has a drawstring or a sturdy zipper to ensure that nothing escapes.
5) Martial arts vacation
What martial artist wouldn’t want to spend a few days or more training under his martial arts hero? A martial arts vacation will do just that and more. While your partner trains with his favorite World Champion, you can go sightseeing and enjoy all the activities that your vacation spot has to offer. If you’re interested in trying martial arts, why not join your partner? It’s definitely a win-win situation for everyone!
6) Protein shaker bottle
Probably the most inexpensive item on this list, a protein shaker bottle is one of the most useful gifts you could ever give an absent-minded martial artist. There’s no doubt that she has lost a few bottles in the past, so why not add to the collection?
Help your favorite martial artist keep track of his martial arts journey by giving him a journal. ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki relies on his journal to record his daily training and take note of all the weaknesses he needs to work on in his next sessions.
8) Private lessons
All martial artists dream of having private lessons with their favorite instructors. After all, what’s better than getting a 1-on-1 session or two to help her progress in her martial arts journey faster than she would in a regular class. Out of all the gifts on the list, we bet that this is the one gift that martial artists would appreciate the most.
9) Health food gift basket
No one appreciates a basketful of healthy goodies more than a martial artist trying to cut weight. Head to your nearest health food store and fill up a basket with spices, non-fat salad dressing, whole wheat crackers and chips to help your favorite martial artist get through one of the most difficult times of his life. Trust us, he won’t be able to thank you enough!
10) Custom-fitted mouthguard
Every martial artist who spars on a regular basis knows the importance of wearing a perfectly fitted mouthguard. Not only will it fully protect her pearly whites, it will also help her breathe with ease during the most intense of spars. Remember, the higher the quality of the mouthguard, the longer it will last!
11) Online training membership
If you often find your partner looking far into the distance while you’re talking to her, it’s probably because she’s trying to figure out the technique she just learned in class. Don’t take it against her, it only means that she wants to take her training to the next level. With an online training membership, your favorite martial artist will have constant access to a library of comprehensive techniques for her desired level.
12) Grappling dummy
If your partner is a grappler, he will surely appreciate having his own grappling dummy (provided he has enough space at home). Not only does it allow him to practice the techniques, submissions and throws he’s learned in class, it’s also a great tool he can use to get ahead and improve faster than his peers. There’s no doubt that a grappling dummy is the perfect gift for any BJJ, wrestling, or MMA practitioner!
13) A new pair of gloves
If your favorite martial artist is into the striking arts, why not get her a new pair of gloves? If she trains all the time, hers are bound to be worn out. If you’re planning on surprising her, forget it. Having her try on the gloves will ensure that they fit perfectly and are cushioned enough for her comfort. The better the gloves fit, the more protected her wrists and hands will feel.
14) A new gi
Let’s face it — everyone wants a great looking gi. Not only will you look sharp when you roll, but you’ll also feel twice as awesome when you finally land a submission. If you’re wondering what to get a BJJ student for Christmas, a badass gi is probably your best bet.
15) An activity tracker
Amount of sleep, weight, calorie intake — these are just some of the things that martial artists worry about. Why not help ease that worry by giving your favorite martial artist an activity tracker? This way, he’ll be able to concentrate on the more important things like doing better in class or finally catching his nemesis in a submission.
If you’re having trouble deciding on a gift, go with your gut and stick to your first choice. Regardless of what you pick, we’re sure your favorite fighter will enjoy what you’ve chosen.