Top Gifts for Walking Dads

Show that you support your dad in his active lifestyle with gifts that will help him keep moving. If your father is like mine, he loves gadgets that will help him track his walking workouts and keep him on course. Secretly, he also wants to look good and be comfortable when out walking. For birthday, Father's Day, Christmas or just because he's your dad, make his step lighter with these gifts.

1
Fitbit

Fitbit Flex
Fitbit Flex. Kathryn Donohew/Moment Mobile/Getty

Which Fitbit is best for Dad? If he wants to track his speed and distance, the Fitbit Surge super fitness watch is a great choice. If he wants all-day and workout tracking plus heart rate, the Fitbit Charge HR band is a favorite. If he'd rather not wear something on his wrist, the Fitbit One clip is a great fitness tracker to wear on his waistband or carry in a pocket. He'll be able to compete with other dads and the rest of the family on the online Leaderboard. You can upload and view data with either a phone app or a USB receiver for desktop/laptop computers.

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2
Swiss Army Climber Knife

Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

My dad and my walking husband never met a pocketknife they didn't like. Who doesn't love this pocket tool kit that has everything a dad needs to fix minor problems that happen during a walk?

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3
Garmin Forerunner 10

Garmin Forerunner 10 Black 640
Garmin Forerunner 10 Black. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Men have a need for speed, or at least knowing how fast they are going. The Garmin Forerunner 10 comes in many colors, including manly black. It measures speed and distance via GPS. It has a Virtual Pacer function to help dad keep to the pace he wants. It also can alert you for run/walk intervals and automatically track laps. After the walk or run, he can upload his data to the Garmin Connect site and view a map of the walk and track his other stats.

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4
Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack

Kelty Oriole
Kelty Oriole. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Does Dad need to carry his stuff as well as your kids' stuff? This high-capacity lumbar pack will do the trick, allowing you to carry all 10 essentials of hiking. It has two bottle holders so you can take along enough water for a longer walk, or to share with your loved ones.

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5
Timex Race Trainer Heart Rate Monitor

Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Monitor. © Pricegrabber

A heart rate monitor is a great gadget for the walking dad. The Timex Race Trainer acts as a sports watch with countdown timer, stopwatch, alarm, time of day and calendar. As a heart rate monitor, he can set a target heart zone and be alerted when he is out of zone. Buy the kit version and he'll be able to upload and track all of his workout data, diet, and receive online coaching.

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6
Western Wood Artist Stick

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Wooden Walking Sticks. © William Jones / westernwoodartist.com

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A handcrafted walking/hiking stick from Western Wood Artist William Jones can tell Dad's life story. Give a meaningful gift that he will treasure and use in his wanderings.

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Omron HJ-323U Pedometer

Omron HJ-323U Pedometer
Omron HJ-323U Pedometer. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

An accurate, silent pedometer can help dads stay active. The Omron HJ-323U pedometer is accurate no matter where you wear it -- on waistband, in a pocket or pack. In addition to steps, miles, and calories, it tracks aerobic steps. This allows walkers to track lifestyle steps and dedicated walking or running steps. It has a 7-day memory for easier tracking. You can upload your data to the Omron Fitness Dashboard via a USB connection and view and share your accomplishments.

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8
Smartwool Light Hiker Socks

SmartWool Light Hiking Sock
SmartWool Light Hiking Sock. Courtesy of Amazon

Smartwool socks are machine-washable and machine-dryable, won't shrink, and are practically itch-free. These light hikers are designed for wearing with hiking shoes or boots. They provide superior natural moisture control and temperature control. What could be a better stocking-stuffer than socks?

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9
Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS

Garmin eTrex 10 GPS
Garmin eTrex 10 GPS. Courtesy of Amazon

Want to know where you are and where you are going when you are off the grid without cell service? How about playing around with geocaching? This entry-level handheld GPS unit is a great gadget for woodsy walks. It is waterproof and has only a few buttons to learn.

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10
Camelbak Marathoner Race Vest

Camelbak Marathoner Race Vest 2014 2x3
Camelbak Marathoner. Camelbak

The Camelbak Marathoner race vest is a great choice for the adventure dad who needs plenty of water and quick access to energy snacks and essentials.

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