It’s laborious to consider it’s already time to begin enthusiastic about vacation presents! Discovering the proper present may be annoying, however we’ve bought you coated. This yr, the KJN staff put collectively a listing of our favourite presents for athletes. Whether or not they’re into working, hitting the health club, climbing, biking, pilates, triathlon, cooking, or are on a university sports activities staff, your energetic family and friends members will love this stuff. And hey, in the event you see something you want for your self, you simply would possibly wish to ship this to your family members in order that they have some concepts of what to get you!
Presents for all athletes
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
In the event that they don’t have already got a go-to water bottle, anybody with an energetic way of life will get a ton of use out of an insulated & sturdy Hydro Flask!
Even now that gyms are again open, you possibly can’t beat the comfort of a house exercise, and this Gaiam Essentials thick yoga mat provides the perfect amount of cushion.
Fanny Pack or Cross Body Bag
For an on-trend gift for athletes that’s eco-friendly too, check out this Athleta fanny pack that’s made from recyclable materials. Kelly wears the cross-body version just about everywhere whether headed to the gym, grocery store or out to a casual restaurant!
These New Balance lightweight touchscreen gloves are lightweight enough for outdoor activities while still keeping your hands warm, even when you’re using your devices.
A classic foam roller is great for rolling out knots and achy muscles or for more targeted relief the stick gets those places that are really bugging you with more intensity and attention. There are fancier foam rollers out there, and also ones that are lower quality and lose their shape and effectiveness quickly. The one we linked is a trusted option.
Take home massages to the next level with Theragun, a percussion massager that gets in deep to relieve muscle pain. It’s recommended by physical therapists!
REI gift card
If in doubt, an REI gift card always does the trick for apparel, shoes, gear, and pretty much anything else your active friends and family members could want.
Gifts for runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes
Runners and cyclists can literally never have enough socks, so you can’t go wrong by surprising them with some high quality ones.
As the weather cools down, a good pair of arm warmers is an essential – and having an extra pair is alway a godsend when one is in the wash.
For cyclists: Louis Garneau Arm Warmers
For runners: New Balance Compression Arm Warmers
Cyclists can always use an extra bottle, and these hilarious condiment pun bottles will make anyone smile.
Swimmers and triathletes will love the convenience of this towel cover-up aka “surf poncho” that they can throw on straight after getting out of the water.
Camelbak hydration vest
For distance runners and avid hikers who want access to water on-the-go, the Camelbak Circuit vest is a great gift. With a 1.5 L reservoir plus pockets for additional water bottles, it makes staying hydrated easy.
A bigger ticket item that any runner, cyclist, or triathlete would be thrilled to receive, the Garmin Forerunner provides detailed training stats as well as smartwatch functionality.
Gifts for College Athletes
Freezable lunch bag
Student athletes will love this untraditional neck “pillow” that will keep them comfortable during long bus and plane rides to away competitions.
For any athlete who needs to catch some extra z’s, this comfortable 3D sleep mask is extremely effective for travel, afternoon naps, and dorm environments.
Grocery gift card
Many college athletes have a tight grocery budget, so why not give them a little extra spending money with a gift card to use at their local grocery store? If they have one nearby, we recommend Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for great convenience products and pre-made options for athletes (note that TJ’s only issues gift cards in-store).
College Kitchen Essential Splurges
If you’re buying for a college athlete who loves spending time in the kitchen or just really needs the food prep help, check out these 10 College Kitchen Essentials and our 3 Splurge Items.
Gifts for the Culinary Inclined
For family members and friends who love trying new recipes, we highly recommend these cookbooks that were created with sports performance goals in mind:
Or this one for easy weeknight meals that come together in one pot, pan, or skillet:
Air fryers open up a whole new world of possibilities in the kitchen! For anyone who loves new kitchen gadgets and hasn’t gotten on the air fryer train yet, we recommend the Ninja air fryer.
Crockpot meals are great, but for anyone who struggles with planning ahead the Instant Pot is a major time saver! We recommend the original 6 quart Instant Pot for most recipes, although there’s also a 3 quart option for small batch cooking.
Cuisinart Food Processor
With the ability to shred, chop, slice, puree, knead, and emulsify, a Cuisinart food processor takes meal prep to the next level. Kelly has been using hers at least once a week for close to 10 years now!
Bars & Fueling Products
Bars and fueling products are one of the most practical gifts for athletes and make the perfect stocking stuffer! Some of our top picks include Clif bars, Picky bars, Bobo’s Oat bars, Rx bars, and PROBAR. For athletes that need intra-workout fuel, we love CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews, Nature Nate’s Honey Packets, Skratch Powdered Sports Drink, and Honey Stinger Waffles.
Another great stocking stuffer, Arnicare gel is a homeopathic remedy for muscle soreness and bruising that has research backing it for pain relief. Even better, it doesn’t leave you sticky, burning and smelling strongly of mint like other similar products do.
Everyone can use a few more face masks these days! Our favorites for working out are these Activate face masks from Athleta.
What do you think are the best gifts for athletes? Any favorites that you’ve given or received? Let us know in the comments!