With Christmas approaching, it’s time to start thinking about who is on your list and what they might want to find under the tree. It’s not always easy to buy for an aerial enthusiast, but if you’re stuck then you might find inspiration in this list of thoughtful gifts that will show you really understand them and their passion for pole.
Splash the cash option:
The ultimate gift this Christmas, allowing for space and ceiling height, is definitely a pole to practice on at home. Of course, not just any pole will do. It is really important that you buy safe equipment designed for pole fitness: we recommend X-Poles and R-Poles for home use.
If you’re stuck with your options on type, diameter, finish, spin versus static, storage requirements, ease of setup and anything else pole-related, you can always get in touch. Riverside Pole and Fitness are an official X-Pole reseller, so you can purchase X-Poles directly from us if you prefer.
The gift of grip:
Grip aids are essential for pole fitness classes so always make a useful gift. If you’re looking for low budget options, consider gloves (shown) or body protectors from Mighty Grip. These gifts will offer more confidence on the pole and may help with sore spots and sensitive areas of skin.
With gloves and body protectors, the fit needs to be tight or the skin will slip inside the clothing. Look carefully at size charts and ask for help when ordering if you’re unsure.
You can buy the full range of products from the US Mighty Grip store, or for a UK option, search ‘mighty grip pole’ on Amazon or eBay.
Willing to spend a bit more? You could splash out on a pair of grip leggings from Paradise Chick. At this time of year, stepping into a pair of shorts is a little less appealing, and these leggings let polers stay covered until they’ve warmed up a bit. A word of caution: these leggings do give some grip, but they’re not magic. It’s harder to stick without using some extra muscle, so they are not the best option for beginners. Available from Pole Junkie.
For the fashionista:
If you pole, you need plenty of short shorts and cropped tops for that all-important skin grip. There are loads of places to buy pole suitable clothing, but for the best coverage and least possibility of any wardrobe malfunctions, Bad Kitty (shown), Mika Yoga Wear and Fi Bourke Designs are tried and tested favourites. You can buy direct from their websites (but the shipping and import duties can really sting). For the best ranges in the UK, head to: Pole Junkie, Pole Motion or Fi Bourke’s Etsy shop.
If you really want to demonstrate you’ve been paying attention to all the conversations you’ve had about pole fitness, check out OhDarlingDesigns. These tops are perfect for the photo-conscious polers, who find rolling up a vest top to get some stomach grip isn’t always the best option. These vests are designed to scrunch at the sides in a body flattering way, and look lovely in photos and videos.
If you sign up to their email list before placing an order, they’re currently offering 10% off. They are overseas, so get your orders in quickly for Christmas.
So she can dance the night away:
Have you noticed bruised knees from floor work? Knee protectors might be the perfect gift. You can try other brands, but Capezio are always great for dance gear.
If you’re buying for someone who likes their spins and twirls, you might want to try Capezio Footundeez (shown). Shoes are too restrictive for pole fitness, but these protectors cover the soles while still allowing skin to show and toes to point, giving a making dancing that much easier.
And because she can’t be on the pole all the time…
For small budgets, have a look at Leen Isabel’s comic style accessories with a pole fitness theme. From tanks to totes, mugs, glasses and calendars, there are tons of ideas for stocking fillers here. The best of the bunch for our money are the Pole Journals available – perfect for taking notes in class so you never forget what you’ve worked on.
If you have more to spend, Skylar Minx does some gorgeous designs that are available on vest tops, t-shirts and totes (shown), or as prints. So pretty she’ll probably want two.
If you’re blowing the budget, pole fitness warriors will love Jenyne Butterfly’s photographic book, depicting tricks on pole, hoop and silks side by side. The idea is to help change perception and demonstrate that pole fitness is as beautiful and challenging as any other aerial art.
Still not sure what to buy?
The next best thing to a pole (and a more budget-friendly option) is definitely pole fitness lessons. Because pole is skill-based, there are always new things to learn: classes not only give you time on the pole, but expert tuition for the confidence and skills to take your pole fitness to the next level.
Riverside gift cards come boxed and can be ribbon wrapped ready for gifting if you let us know all the details to pop on the voucher. We can also post direct to the recipient at no extra charge.
Gift cards are available from Riverside Pole and Fitness (buy online or from the studio)