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Gifts for fitness lovers 2014

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Is finding the perfect gift for the fitness lover in your life getting you all worked up?

No sweat. Some of the biggest trends leading up to the holiday season fit right into gym rats' sweet spot. Sales of athletic apparel, for example, are on the rise, providing a much-needed boost to the sluggish category.

According to NPD Group, total apparel dollar sales grew 1 percent in the 12 months ended in September, reaching $207 billion. Activewear represents just $34.9 billion of that pie, but sales in the segment increased 8 percent.

Wearable fitness devices also are attracting interest, with NPD reporting that awareness of them has more than doubled in less than a year.

"Wearable tech is set to be [at the] top of the Christmas wish list for fitness fanatics this holiday," said Rachel Arthur, global senior editor of digital at trend forecasting firm WGSN. Smartwatches and activity-tracking bands are "particularly top of mind," she said, as they're both stylish and in tune with consumers' New Year's goals.

"These kinds of devices are an easy win for gift giving this time of year," she said.

For a list of athletic-inspired gift ideas, click ahead.

For a video featuring some of the hottest gifts, click here.

—By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson
Posted 19 Nov. 2014

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