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Walking is plenty of people's favorite exercise – it's the workout I love the most, and my mom is a fitness walker too. Getting 30-minutes of walking most days is good for anybody's heart health, as the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of aerobic movement each week (30 minutes, five days a week, will get you there!). Not only that, walking about 4,000 steps daily is enough to begin reducing the risk of dying from any cause. That's roughly a mile and a half but spread out over the entire day.

More good news: The many other health benefits of walking are similar for both men and women and go beyond weight loss or weight maintenance (although you can use it for that, too). Perhaps that's why Hot Girl Walks became so popular recently on TikTok.

So if you've got a friend or loved one who already loves walking, or is looking to walk more, we have some great gift ideas for walkers to encourage this healthy habit.

Our top picks:

With the exception of a few top picks from online reviewers, almost everything on this list has been tested and approved by the experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute (you've might have seen a few in our past and current Fitness Awards!). We made sure to include options for all ages, price points and personalities.

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Oprah's Favorite Things

WanderFull Crossbody HydroBag

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Oprah named this bag one of her favorite things in 2023, which is enough to get our interest. But what really sold us was how clever the crossbody is thanks to the section that's made to hold a water bottle (and keep it cold!). Bonus: It comes in so many different colors.

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For Him on Chilly Days

Eddie Bauer Men's Down Vest

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Here's the men's version of a simple vest for walks when the air is chilled. This Eddie Bauer down puffer vest is made with recycled nylon and recycled polyester. It's water-repellent on rainy days and is both lightweight and folds down tiny, so he can easily take it off and carry it if he gets too warm.

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For Meditative Strollers

A Journal for Mindful Walking

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This pretty journal isn't about goals or tracking, it's more for stopping to smell the (real and metaphorical) roses and finding the quiet joys in forest bathing or city strolling. The goal: To have a walker noticing the sights and sounds that surround them, so there's a little less looking down at a phone and more appreciating of the everyday.

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2024 Fitness Award Winner

SPI Belt

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Our testers couldn't get over how much they could fit in this lightweight and compact bag. Phones, keys and wallets have plenty of room thanks to the stretchy pouch. The band sits perfectly at the hips, and the brand says it's made to not ride up.

One of the only downsides of walking is achy feet. Luckily, our experts found these affordable insoles that can be worn every day work for a variety of activities, including, yep, walking.

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Electronics-Free Massage Kit

Sportneer 4 in 1 Foam Roller Set

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This is another winner from our latest Fitness Awards, and it's at a very giftable price. The 4-piece set comes with a large deep-tissue foam roller, a smaller foot roller, a traction massage ball with a string to use to help target muscles in the back, a small ball for feet or to work on other muscle knots plus a bag to hold everything. Testers told us that their whole family, including sporty kids, put them to use.

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Perfect for Hot Girl Walks

Unisex Sun Visor

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Help them keep the sun out of their eyes with a visor for men or women, in an easy one-size-fits-most design (they can make it smaller or larger with its hook-and-loop strip). It's made of mostly breathable cotton with some polyester and features a 3-inch brim. It also comes in neutral shades such as white, khaki and navy, as well as other brights such as pink.

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A Little Something

LED Flashlight Gloves

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They never know when they'll feel the need to get up and go, so it's important to make sure they are outfitted with some safety gear. These flashlight gloves can help light their way if they are walking at night.

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Totally Unique Gift

Jetti Poles

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Take their walking to the next level with poles that can help them balance, burn more energy and tackle different terrain. As a Good Housekeeping Fitness Award winner in 2023, our experts were "blown away" by how effective they were.

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Tracking steps is the best way to encourage more walking. We named this the best overall fitness watch for women and put it on our list of best smart watches for men for its intuitive design and long battery life. It goes almost a week before you have to plug it in, then charges fast. My mom uses this one and appreciates the large, clear face. It has a built-in GPS, heart-rate monitor and it works with Alexa. You can wear it at night to monitor your sleep, too.

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Best Walking Sneaker for Women

Brooks Women's Ghost 15

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After hours of testing, our experts named this pair the best walking shoes for women. Sure, the style is great, but we were most impressed with the excellent traction, stability and comfort the pair offers, even for those with chronic foot pain.

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Best Walking Shoe for Men

Brooks Ghost 14 Sneakers

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Our pick for best overall walking shoes for men is a shock-absorbing favorite with more than 15,000 five-star Amazon reviews. My 18-year-old son wears these; he has overpronation, which means he wears down the bottom of his shoes near the ball of his foot and his big toes. These help and hold up to all the walking he does getting to his college classes.

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Luxury Gift Idea

TheraGun Mini Massage Gun

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This winner from our latest Fitness Awards is a powerful little tool for deep massage, great for walkers who want to treat their tired calves or hamstrings. It's so easy to use, and small and compact. It's even TSA-approved, so it can go along on a plane trips.

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Trendy Water Bottle

Stanley 40-Ounce Quencher FlowState Tumbler

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We'd never miss the chance to suggest this hot gift! Stanley water bottles are all the rage because they hold a hefty 40 ounces, keep liquids cool all day, are easy to carry by their handle (celebs are so often photographed with them!) and they have an easy straw spout. My walking buddy uses one. It's dishwasher-safe and has more than 29,000 five-star Amazon reviews don't lie.

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High-Quality Wireless Earbuds

Beats Fit Pro

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They can listen to podcasts or music for some six hours straight, presumably a lot longer than they need for their daily walk. Beats Fit Pro are noise-cancelling wireless earbuds that work with iOS or Android. There's a built-in microphone, too, for walkers who like to take a call and chat while getting their steps in. We named them the best overall earbuds for running for their sound quality, and walkers appreciate them too.

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For Indoor Walking

Horizon Fitness 7.4 at Studio Series Smart Treadmill

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This is a high-ticket item, but if you want a walker to be able to get in exercise no matter what the weather, this treadmill is tops and a winner in our latest Fitness Awards. Our testers especially appreciated the shelf where you can sit a phone or tablet while walking. The treadmill has Bluetooth connectability and can be set on an incline to mimic walking uphill. Best part: It can fold up when needed! It has a weight capacity of 350 pounds.

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Hydration Helper

Hydro Flask Reusable Water Bottle

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The shape of this Hydro Flask makes it easy to cart on walks. The sports-cap bottle helps walkers swallow some cold water without having to break their stride. It's one more winner from our latest Fitness Awards, where our testers said it kept liquid cool for a full 24 hours.

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Hand Warmers

Isotoner Cable Knit Gloves

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Walkers don't need fingerless gloves — on the contrary, keeping fingers warm is pretty important! But these Isotoner gloves do have touchscreen patches on the fingers and palms, so a person can still check their phone. They are a stretchy one-size-fits-all glove option that also comes in black, red and white.

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A Great Read

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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Writer Bill Bryson attempted to walk a trail that stretches for more than 2,000-miles, and hilarity and many lessons ensued. But if he could keep putting one food in front of the other, anyone can! And yes, he cheats, but he still does an awful lot of walking. This came out in 2006, so it's not new, but it is a classic worth gifting to anyone who enjoys a stroll in nature and who hasn't read this tale.

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Sun Protection With Cooling Fabric

Baleaf Zip Up Sun Shirt

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Walking in the South or West, or anytime in the summer, calls for sun protection but also cooling fabric. This hoodie has both — it's lightweight and quick-drying, made of UPF 50+ fabric that feels cool to the touch. The thumbholes are a nice touch and keep the backs of hands from getting burned. (Though wearing sunscreen outdoors is still a must.)

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Jessica Hartshorn

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Jessica (she/her) is a freelance writer with several decades of experience writing lifestyle content and evaluating home and parenting products. A mom of two teens and two cats, her previous work can be seen in American Baby and Parents.

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