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Sometimes, the people in our lives are difficult to shop for. But if you’re looking for a fantastic yet practical gift for your athletic partner, child, friend, or extended family member, you’re in luck. From high-quality electrolyte powder for better hydration to extravagant wearable smart technology that can monitor athletic performance, here are some great ideas for the athletes in your life.
1) Water Bottle or Hydration Pack
An essential among hydration strategies for athletes, these are indispensable items, and not every athlete invests what they should in them. So whether they prefer to drink from a traditional water bottle or CamelBak-style hydration pack, make sure their container of choice is up to the task.
2) Sports Watch or Smartwatch
There’s increased recognition and appreciation for wearable smart technology these days. And a good quality sports watch can be a real game-changer for athletes. Not only do they track essential metrics like heart rate, distance, and pace, but many also come loaded with GPS capabilities and other cool features. For the genuinely tech-savvy athlete, consider a smartwatch like the Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, which offer even more bells and whistles.
3) Training Journal
For athletes who are serious about their training, a well-made training journal is an invaluable tool. Whether they prefer to track their workouts electronically or on paper, make sure they have a place to record their training data, set goals, and monitor their progress. So this gift could be a physical journal or even a subscription to a quality app to help them log their workouts.
4) Running Shoes or Cross-Trainers
A good pair of running shoes is essential for any runner, but it’s also important to have a solid pair of cross-trainers for days when you’re not running. Make sure the athlete in your life has both a comfortable and reliable pair of shoes for their favorite activities.
5) Digital Food Scale
If your athlete is working on their nutrition, a digital food scale can be helpful. This way, they can accurately measure portions and ensure they’re getting the right calories and macronutrients.
6) Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones are ideal for athletes who like to listen to music or audiobooks while they train. Look for a pair that’s sweat-resistant and has good battery life.
7) Portable Speaker
Whether they’re training solo or with a group, a portable speaker can make any workout more fun. Choose a rugged and weather-resistant model so it can handle whatever their workouts throw at it. Also, be sure to check reviews for battery life — some portable speakers only last a few hours on a single charge.
8) Gym Membership or Personal Training Sessions
If your athlete is looking to take their training to the next level, a gym membership or personal training sessions could be the perfect gift. This way, they can access top-notch equipment and expert guidance to help them reach their goals.
9) Quality Workout Clothing
Good quality workout clothing is a must for athletes who take their training seriously. Look for clothes that are comfortable, breathable, and flattering. Also, be sure to choose appropriate items for the training they’ll be doing. For example, there’s a big difference between clothes for lifting weights and those for running a marathon.
10) Electrolyte Supplements
Electrolyte supplements are a great way to stay hydrated and replenish lost nutrients. There are many different types of electrolyte powders on the market, available in various flavors to match any palate. But if you’re unsure what will work best, electrolyte pills are a convenient alternative. No matter what type of supplement you choose, make sure it’s one that your athlete will actually use.
Whether it’s a one-time session or a package of sessions, a massage can be a great way to help your athlete relax and recover from strenuous workouts. Look for a reputable masseuse with experience working with athletes who can tailor the massage to their specific needs.
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12) Foam Roller
A foam roller is a must-have for athletes who are always complaining about a sore muscle here or a knot there. It’s a great way to release muscle tension and reduce soreness, making it the perfect tool for post-workout recovery. You can pair this with a how-to guide for active recovery, which will teach your athlete the best ways to use the foam roller for maximum benefits.
A good pair of sunglasses that will stay on during even the most strenuous activities is a must for any athlete. Look for a pair that offers UV protection and is comfortable to wear.
Final Thoughts on Buying for Athletes
When buying gifts for athletes, knowing their sport or activity of choice is important. From there, you can start thinking about the types of equipment or accessories they might need. If you’re unsure what to buy, go with something versatile that will be helpful for various activities. And don’t forget the importance of quality workout clothing and recovery tools like massage and foam rollers. With so many options, you’re sure to find something the athlete in your life will love and appreciate.