In the world of sports and fitness, finding the best gifts for athletes can be a game-changer. Whether you're shopping for a dedicated runner, a passionate cyclist, or a budding climber, our guide is here to help you discover the perfect gifts for athletes of all levels and interests. From high-performance gear that elevates their training sessions to thoughtful items that promote recovery and well-being, we've curated a selection that covers it all. Join us on this journey as we explore a wide range of options designed to fuel their passion, enhance their performance, and express your appreciation for their dedication to the game. Get ready to inspire, motivate, and support the athletes in your life with gifts that speak to their unique goals and aspirations.
Table of Contents
- Rest day gifts for athletes
- Hiking gifts for athletes
- Swimming gifts for athletes
- Running gifts for athletes
- Climbing gifts for athletes
- Tennis gifts for athletes
- Cycling gifts for athletes
Rest day gifts for athletes
The Elliot Tech Jersey Vest by WAHTS is a versatile lightweight vest, blending style with functionality. Made from stretch Bonded Jersey and water-repellent tech fabric, it features diagonal zip pockets and a trendy bomber collar.
Zip-off pants: Tropicfeel
Highly adaptable and suitable for all, the Men's Zip-Off Pants from Tropicfeel are professional travel pants that offer versatility and weather readiness, so your recipient can embrace the outdoors with confidence.
Terry shorts: CDLP
CDLP's Heavy Terry Shorts boast a relaxed, tapered fit and subtle embroidered logo. Crafted from a sustainable blend of recycled and organic cotton in loopback knit for breathability, durability, and moisture-wicking capabilities.
Bag: Passenger Clothing
Passenger Clothing's Navigate Hybrid Bike and Hip Pack features a functional trifecta: wear across the body, around the waist or over the shoulder. With a water-resistant coating, detachable shoulder strap and padded back panel, it's a bag to take the athlete in your life from training to recovery.
Hiking gifts for athletes
Fleece jacket: Passenger Clothing
For friends and family who hit the trails, consider the Vertical Full Zip Hooded Recycled Fleece from Passenger Clothing. Though warm as can be, it promises a technical comfortable fit and optimises mobility, thanks to its raglan sleeves.
Hiking backpack: Passenger Clothing
Any avid hiker would appreciate Passenger Clothing's Wayfarer Recycled Backpack. With a 65 litre capacity, packaway waterproof bag and multiple webbing and buckle adjusters for additional storage, what's not to love?
Hiking boots: Velasca
It's rare to come across a hiking boot that is as functional as it is stylish...unless Velasca has been on your radar, that is. Their greased suede Resegott hiking boots tick all the sartorial boxes, while still built to be solid and water-resistant.
Rain or shine, the 107 baseball cap from Stiksen has got the athlete in your life covered. Made from 100% organic waterproof cotton, it provides excellent protection against any weather, be it warm or cold, windy or snowy.
Wardrobe system: Tropicfeel
In case the athlete you're gifting already owns a hiking backpack, consider Tropicfeel's uber-practical wardrobe system, which fits in almost any bag. With it, your recipient can pack up to 20% more for superior organisation.
Swimming gifts for athletes
Flip flops: The Resort Co.
The Resort Co.'s Saffiano Leather flip flops are a pair unlike any other. Leather body aside, it boasts a black suede lining, alongside a durable and stain resistant sole. We guarantee few swimmers have made-in-Italy slippers.
Sealed laundry bag: Tropicfeel
Hankering after a more practical gift? Why not surprise the swimmer in your life with the Sealed Laundry Bag from Tropicfeel? By vacuum compressing, it saves space and contains odours - what more could you ask for?
Changing robe: Passenger Clothing
The Escapism Changing Robe from Passenger Clothing features a super soft and snug sherpa fleece lining, so swimmers (and surfers) can change anywhere comfortably and more importantly, in private. Crafted from recycled plastic bottles, it is a high quality piece with low environmental impact.
Towel: Passenger Clothing
Since seeing Passenger Clothing's Portland Beach Towel, we've been convinced that towels are not so boring after all. In addition to the surf and lifestyle label's signature graphics, it is lightweight, absorbent and packs down small.
Swim shorts: The Resort Co.
You can't go wrong with The Resort Co.'s Classic Swim Shorts, available in eight, equally versatile colours. Lightweight and fast-drying, it was designed to a mid-length silhouette, with an elasticated waistband for a secure fit.
Running gifts for athletes
The Harris Tech Jersey Shorts from WAHTS look as good on the field as they do off it. Thanks to high-quality Bonded Jersey material - ditto a stretch waist with cord strings - it offers a sophisticated sports look.
Gym bag: Rains
What's an athlete without a gym bag? Lucky for you (and your recipient), Rains is an expert at that front. Case in point: the Trail Gym bag, whose boxy silhouette was designed to meet sporting demands, while doubling as a mid-sized bag on days off.
Performance boxers: CDLP
There's no better brand than CDLP when it comes to high-performance boxer briefs. This pair was particularly designed with mesh panels for enhanced ventilation and rPet material for guaranteed sweat wicking and quick-drying properties.
Waterproof, windproof, thermoregulated and self-packable: Tropicfeel's NS40 Reversible Vest is the garment that keeps on giving. Whether worn on a run or on a rest day, it promises protection from the elements without compromising on aesthetic appeal.
Running shoes: On Cloud
There's a reason why no one can get enough of On Cloud. Their Cloudrunner Mesh Running Sneakers will attest to that, with highly adaptive soles that provide multi-directional cushioning to reduce muscle fatigue, as well as Speedboard technology to allow for explosive take-offs.
Climbing gifts for athletes
Cotton T-shirt: Passenger Clothing
What's more fitting for a climber than an organic cotton T-shirt inspired by, in the words of Passenger Clothing, "the wild and everyday adventure"? Durable while leaving the smallest footprint, it is a lightweight tee created for movement and all-day comfort.
Waterproof and windproof jacket: Arc'teryx
The Alpha SV Jacket was made from Arc'teryx's most durable GORE-TEX PRO shell, so the climber in your life can brave extreme alpine conditions. But it doesn't stop there. The Alpha SV includes an embedded reflector for improved searchability, as well as a micro grid backer to enhance resistance to abrasion and contamination.
Climbing trousers: 3rd Rock
Revolutionise your recipient's climbing game with the Supernova Reinforced Organic Stretch Trousers from 3rd Rock. Reinforced knees and a bum patch promise durability in the most rugged climbing conditions, while a diamond-cut crotch provides ultimate mobility.
Climbing shoes: Evolv
Here's a gift to last a lifetime: the Evolv Shaman 3. Building off the reputation of its predecessors, this stand-out climbing shoe features a toe rubber for toe hooking and an inset front strap for medial side toe scumming.
Climbing mug: Y and Y Vertical
Perhaps the climber in your life has a full closet. In that case, consider the Y and Y Vertical climbing mug: a fun accessory for those who love to climb as much as they love to brew. This tongue-in-cheek present is guaranteed to please.
Tennis gifts for athletes
Sports towel: Tons
Any athlete needs a towel in their gym bag - and Tons' iteration is befitting for fitness and shorter workouts. Made from recycled polyester in Barcelona, it leaves a significantly smaller footprint than your typical cotton towel.
Tennis bag: MISMO
Leave it to MISMO to design a tennis bag that speaks class as much as the sport itself does. Featuring a classic tennis racket shape, elegantly paired with bridle leather detailing, it's a tennis bag made luxurious. But it doesn't compromise on function either: carry up to three rackets, in addition to a change of clothes and small essentials, from keys to overgrip.
Tennis polo shirt: Lacoste
We would be remiss not to mention Lacoste in a gifting guide for tennis players. The Regular Fit Recycled Fibre Tennis Polo Shirt is a fail-safe option, thanks to its seamless design, made specifically for intense training sessions.
Tennis wristband: Armani
A small, but sentimental gift idea, the Tennis Pro Terrycloth Wristband from Armani is an on-court essential made of stretch cotton blend that maximises freedom of movement. Embroidered with the brand's iconic monogram logo, it's for players who train in style.
Tennis shoes: Nike
For footwear engineered to help players dominate the court, consider the Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro 2. While its herringbone rubber soles provide traction, its low profile allows for quick reaction time during matches.
Cycling gifts for athletes
Fitness stand: Tons
The Laptop Stand from Tons is a cycler's dream. Printed in a proprietary 3D pattern, it is strong, lightweight and aesthetically appealing without compromising on functionality. That's why it fits laptops between 12" to 16", and comes with an optional smartphone holder.
Cycling sunglasses: Rapha
Go the extra mile with the Pro Team Sunglasses from performance-driven powerhouse Rapha. Durable with anti-fogging technology, it promises a crisp and clear view, while the curved frame ensures a comfortable, yet secure fit.
Cycling socks: Pas Normal Studios
Socks are not as lacklustre as you thought, thanks to Pas Normal Studios, whose Mechanism Thermal Merino Wool-Blend Cycling Socks are essential for warmth in winter. They are reinforced at the toes and heels for added comfort, and are made from a naturally insulating merino-wool blend with plenty of stretch.
Cycling jersey: MAAP
MAAP's Evade base layer is made from lightweight and moisture-wicking stretch recycled-jersey to keep the cycler in your life cool. In true MAAP fashion, its signature 'Pro-fit' construction hugs the body to reduce drag. And top it off, this cycling jersey boasts back pockets for stashing gloves, sunglasses and the like.
Cycling bib: Pas Normal Studios
Pas Normal Studios' Essential Thermal Logo-Print Stretch-Jersey and Mesh Cycling Bib Shorts are thoughtfully designed to maximise performance, even when the mercury drops. With signature silicone grips, here's a pair of bib shorts that don't move while you do.