It’s about that time! Every year around this time we have family and friends come in to our academy asking what they should get their significant other for Christmas.
I know this isn’t just our gym… back in Illinois it was the same thing. Jiu-Jitsu consumes so much of our lives it would make sense that we would want some mat swag for Christmas.
The problem is that for those who are out of the loop it is impossible to know exactly what to get us…
That’s why I’ve compiled the ultimate Christmas wish list for Jiu-Jitsu students:
1. New Gi (Kimono)
This is an easy call. By far the most popular Christmas gift for bjj among the families that come in to our pro shop during the holidays is buying a bjj uniform.
If the school they are affiliated with has their own Gi’s this is your safest bet as some schools require their students to use their Gi’s or certain colored Gi’s.
You will find a great selection of BJJ Gis Here.
2. Private Lessons
This is second most requested holiday gift for bjj fighters, and if you can swing it this is probably what the athlete wants the most out of everything on the list.
Private lessons run one hour and generally come in packages of 1, 5, and 10.
Lessons with a top instructor generally run between 100-150/hr with discounts for buying in quantity.
3. Free Month of Training Gift Certificate
This is another popular request. Most schools have gift certificates available to be used in exchange for a monthly membership.
For a younger athlete like I was this sort of gift can be super valuable since many of the BJJ bums out there are scraping together funds to pay for tuition month over month.
These are also a great idea for someone you know interested in martial arts or someone you want to get started but needs an extra PUSH.
These gift certificates often double as certificates for store merchandise, giving the recipient flexibility as to how the money is spent.
4. Online/DVD BJJ instructionals
These are great for grapplers of any level. Techniques, classes, and rolling sessions from the very best in the world.
The best online/DVD instructionals are available at BJJ Fanatics.
5. Gift Cards for Travel
This is a sick gift for any athlete out there. Regardless of skill level, the majority of us have the bug to travel for a competition, a seminar, or to visit our school’s headquarters from time to time.
All the major airlines and hotel chains carry gift cards and there are even sites like RAISE.com where you can find discount gift cards that people have bartered.
If your bjj bum lives in the inner city like Chicago, a bus/rail pass is a great gift. I remember traveling around to teach/train in Downtown Chicago and the rail fares start to really add up after a week.
6. Apparel and Merchandise
For apparel and merchandise I always go here. They have always had the lowest prices in my experience, but definitely price match with Ebay and Amazon to make sure you get the best deal available.
6. Gym Bags for Jiu-Jitsu
Again, school affiliated bags are the best but here you will find a great selection.
7. Foam Roller
For grapplers who are always whining about their back, neck, and knees after training (like me) a foam roller is a great gift. Not the cheap plain ones… that’s boring.
The best I know of are:
“The Grid” – $40 free shipping – HolaBirdSports
“Trigger Point” – $40 free shipping – Zappos
“Rumble Roller” – $45 free shipping
You can’t go wrong with a supplement gift for a grappler.
You can find them Here.
I doubt I’m speaking for myself when I say you can’t go wrong getting me food. Don’t get me something I have to regret eating later, think healthy.
Your best bet are local smoothie/acai shops or markets like Trader Joes, Mother’s, or Whole Foods.
10. The Ultimate BJJ Grip Kit
A good grip is vital for Jiu-Jitsu. You see fighters taping up their fingers all the time, if this remind you of your grappler then this is a good low cost kit you can get them as a gift: