You’ve got a friend who’s an athlete and you’re not sure what to get them. They workout everyday, play on teams, do this thing called “training”, and you’re not even sure where your local gym is. Don’t stress. There are simple ways to know what your athlete will love. We’ve put together a gift list that will help you find the perfect item to bring to their birthday party.

Understanding the Athlete:
  1. The More, the Merrier. You may feel like they’ve got all the Nike gear they need but athletes love having a lot of options. They don’t want to wear the same thing to the gym three times a week. They basically need to have an entire wardrobe designated for exercise. So don’t be afraid to get them more clothes, and they’ll never turn down a nifty accessory!
  2. Recovery. Put yourself in their shoes. You ran 13 miles at 5am, went to work, coached a soccer team, then found time for more conditioning in the evening. Athletes need to recover! And what better way to do that than to put on some comfy sweats and a hoodie? Your athlete will love anything that feels soft, stretchy, and cozy.
  3. Keywords. Some brands to look for: Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Champion, Lulu Lemon, Albion Fit, Saucony, etc. There are a million brands out there, both affordable and higher quality.



Here are some great gift ideas for your athletic friend.


For Men
Athletic clothing for men (and everyone else for that matter) needs to be breathable. Go for some thin, lightweight basics like shorts or a plain top. Other essentials can include stylish hoodies, comfortable training socks, thin sweats, or running shoes.
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For Women
There are so many options of gifts to buy for women. Sports bras, socks, leggings, relaxed joggers, studio shoes, and hair accessories. Some gym-goers like to stand out, while others prefer more subtle colors. Pay attention to their clothing next time you see them and find some athletic gear in colors they will love.
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No one wants to have bulky gear on them while working out, but there are a few essentials you can carry while still feeling lightweight. Bluetooth headphones are key for good exercise, and there are inexpensive options out there! Other accessories are built to carry items like a phone and keys. And of course, there’s the brand new Apple Watch Nike+ that your athlete would die for.
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Cold Gear
Running outside can feel daunting to an athlete, but with the right gear, your friend can feel warm and breathable while exercising in the cooler months. Consider buying some running gloves or a beanie. Brands also sell compression leggings that look sleek but pack on extra warmth for the winter.
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Recovery + Miscellaneous
As mentioned above, athletes love to recover. A quick protein shake can be blended on-the-go in this BlenderBottle SportMixer. Find some quality muscle recovery tape like the KT Tape brand. Or find some home gym equipment or a trendy gym bag.
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For more ideas, take a look at our Athlete Gift List on Giftry. Good luck in your gift-giving ventures!