10 Gifts Every Athlete Will Love - Essential Gear for Athletes

Here are ten great gift ideas for the athlete on your gift list. This list includes some of the essential  pieces of fitness gear and equipment as well as a few non-essential nice-to-have  products. 


A simple foam roller doubles as a personal masseuse and is you post-workout best friend. Consistently using a foam roller can give your muscles a refreshing boost, improve your range of motion, and help reduce adhesions and scar tissue from old injuries. Plus, it just feels good. 

There are a variety of types and styles of foam rollers on the market, and they range of simple and inexpensive to fancy and expensive.

If you have a moderate budget, the basic the basic, EPE Black High Density Foam Roller works perfectly - Buy from Amazon

For a more elaborate foam roller, consider The GRID Foam Roller - Buy from Amazon.


This is a best-by in the wearable fitness tracking world. The Fitbit Charge offers continuous heart rate monitoring, step tracking, sleep tracking (including the ability to set a vibrating alarm), you also get a little view into the data with an OLED screen. It's small, comfortable and has really fine-tuned the features of a basic biometric tracking device. At around $150.00, it's a fine deal.


 A pull up bar is an ideal piece of home exercise equipment that many athletes overlook. Any pull up bar will work, but The Iron Gym is my personal favorite because it's simple, removes easily and allows a variety of hand positions for athletes from beginner to expert. This is also one of the most overlooked pieces of gym equipment for building a solid core. Doing the basic pull up exercise builds upper body, back and torso strength. It's a worthwhile investment because it doesn't break the bank, and gives you a powerful workout tool.


Work your abs and entire core with this fabulous, small, and portable piece of exercise gear. The Ab Carver does more than just roll out and back, it allows you to roll on a slight angle and get the obliques as well as the rectus abdominis. It's high-quality and sturdy and has a comfortable hand grip.


Nothing is more basic, and more old school than using dumbbells from a solid home workout. If you are setting up a home gym, investing in just a few dumbbells is relatively inexpensive and provides an amazing variety of resistance-training workouts.


These simple and effect deep tissue massage balls are perfect for helping release angry and stubborn trigger points in hard-to-reach places where a foam roller can't get to.  With a bit of floor space or a wall and some maneuvering, you can easily position the ball on top of the painful point and apply just the right amount of pressure with your body weight until the point releases. To achieve deep muscle massage, apply moderate pressure for 5 - 7 seconds. This product is ideal for relieving minor aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, back, chest and calves.


This portable piece of sports training gear will outlast most athletes. Created by a former Navy SEAL, the TRX Trainer uses your own body weight to get a full-body workout almost anywhere. It comes with instructions for doing hundreds of different movements.


Timex Women's Ironman - Buy from Amazon

For the Ironman, or the athlete that trains like one, the best-selling Timex Ironman Triathlon watch series is top of the line. This basic, low-profile design offers all the timers, alarms, lap counters and time settings you'll need to record your basic workout stats.


This is the smallest, lightest GoPro made and it has all the features you'll want to record your training rides, first turns on the mountain or surf moves. This is the perfect video camera for those with an active lifestyle.  It's super durable and waterproof to 33' (10m), no housing needed, it's simple to use and gives amazing video and photo quality. 

Tifosi Core Wrap Sunglasses

Tifosi Core Wrap Sunglasses
Tifosi Core Wrap Sunglasses.

Tifosi optics makes a variety of high-quality, low cost sports sunglasses. The core wrap is ideal for running, cycling and other active pursuits. Rubber ear and nose pieces offer a comfortable no-slip fit and adjustable ear pieces for a customizable, comfortable fit for small to medium size faces.