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I love giving (and getting) gifts that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, so today’s post is chock full of gear and games that will make you want to get moving.
2021 Active Gift Ideas
#1. 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop
$1499 $749 // It’s a big ticket item, but our in-ground basketball hoop is definitely one of the presents that has seen the most use for our family over the years. It’s a way for kids and adults to do something fun together, and a great place for the neighborhood kids to gather. I found this one on a really good sale, or you can see more in-ground basketball hoops at Dick’s, and there’s also the portable style.)
#2. Foam Roller $49 // Any active person needs a foam roller, and this one was a Runners World magazine editors choice 2018. It’s contoured to fit your body to target muscles while avoiding bones and tendons, plus it’s only 18″ long and super lightweight, making it great for travel.
#3. Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers $89 // Your guy will love these stylish Vuori joggers for his active pursuits, or just lounging around on the weekend. They have a relaxed fit with a tapered leg and cuff designed to sit at the ankle.
#4. Gaiam Yoga Beginner’s Kit $30 // If you know someone who wants to start doing yoga, or maybe wants to update their basic gear, this set is perfect for that.
#5. Vuori Strato Tech Tee $44 // These are the best athletic tees for guys. I promise you, he will love them. Made of super soft, moisture-wicking performance knit with UPF 30+ and available in tons of colors.
#7. Ladderball Set $49 // This is a fun, portable backyard game that’s great for picnics, tailgaiting, or backyard parties. It comes with a carry bag for easy storage and travel.
#8. Garmin Forerunner $179 – $199 // A GPS running watch is an essential for any runner training for a race or just trying to improve their performance. The Garmin Forerunner has always been one of the best, and this one has connected features including smart notifications for incoming texts and calls, automatic uploads to the Garmin connect online community, live tracking, and controls for the music playing on a paired compatible smartphone. It comes in two sizes and four color options.
#9. Vuori Alpine Sherpa Jacket $138 // This zip-up sherpa jacket in performance fleece is the perfect topper for all of your active looks. It’s great for pretty much any outdoor sport or activity in chilly weather. Also wear it over your workout clothes to and from the gym, or with street clothes to sit on the sidelines at your kids’ sporting events. It’s true to size with plenty of room for layering underneath.
#10. Ponytail Headband $20 // I wear this for running in the winter, but it’s great for any type of outdoor activity when you want to protect your ears from the cold and wind.
#11. Backcountry Tech Hoodie $99 // This tech pullover has a built-in neck gaiter/face mask, which is so clever. Plus, I love the classic fit with just enough shaping through the waist to be flattering. It has a moisture-repelling finish and a fixed hood that helps seal out the chill on windy days. Plus, zippered shoulder vents for letting out the heat when you work up a sweat and two zippered kangaroo pockets to secure your stuff. This is a good one for runners or hikers or pretty much anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. It’s true to size and comes in several colors.
#12. Nike Weighted Jumprope $25 // A weighted jumprope is perfect for at-home workouts, and allows you to easily keep up with your workout routine when traveling. This one has an adjustable length for a customized fit and a half-pound weight in each handle for added strength training during your cardio workout.
#13. CROSSNET 4 Square Volleyball Game Set $149 // Another fun backyard game that you can play with the whole family or a group of friends. This net adjusts to men’s, women’s, and youth regulation heights; and it includes a travel backpack, volleyball, and pump.
#14. Athleta Flurry Force Insulated Jacket // One of my favorite running jackets, I was so excited to see this one brought back this year! It always sells out super fast, in fact, it seems like all good running jackets do. This one is super fitted and flattering. The high collar keeps your neck warm, and the front panels to block the wind. The rest of the body is a stretchy performance fabric that allows for ease of moment and breathability. I wear this over a tee or tank on mild winter days and over a thin base layer on colder days.
#15. Pickleball Set $59 + 10% off coupon // The game that is all the rage right now, this set is USAPA approved for sanctioned tournament play. It comes with two rackets, 4 balls, and a convenient storage bag for easy transport.
#16. Water Running Belt $18 // When you start running or walking longer distances, it’s important to bring along some hydration and extra fuel. This waist pack holds a water bottle (not included) and has two bags attached where you can stash your phone, energy gels, some cash/license, whatever else you need to bring along. As I’m looking at this, it’s really too cumbersome for running, but would be good for walking or hiking. This one would be better for running.
#17. Athleta Flurry Reflective Gloves $42 // The hands are the first to get cold when doing outdoor activities in cold weather, and these gloves will offer warmth and protection from the elements. They also come in solid black, and they have a little clip to keep them together when storing so you don’t lose one. They’re also touchscreen compatible.
#18. Vuori Ponto Shorts $74 // These are good basic workout shorts for guys, and they also look nice enough to wear them around on the weekends. They come in tons of colors, and they’re made of Vuori’s DreamKnit fabric, which basically makes them the world’s softest shorts.
#19. Sweaty Betty Pacesetter Running Tank // I love this tank for running in summer heat, and I also wear it to the gym to workout all year-round. It’s lightweight and breathable, and the loose fit skims over the body without clinging, and I really like how the high neck protects my chest from the sun. I like to size up in this top for a little extra wiggle room; I have the medium.
#20. Athleta Altitude Tight $98 // Cold weather running tights always sell out fast, so if you need a pair for yourself or someone on your list, grab these right away. They come in four colors; and in regular, tall, and petite sizes from XXS to 3X. They have thermal insulation for the coldest weather, and a comfortable wide waistband with internal drawcord. Plus, there’s a back zip pocket to secure a key, I.D. or extra cash.
#21. Ninjaline 36′ Intro Kit with Obstacles $99 // Amy found this one, and I’m not entirely sure what it is, lol, but it looks cool! Here’s the description: Expertly train like a Ninja with the Ninjaline 36’ Intro Kit with Obstacles. This slackline stretches 36 feet and includes 7 obstacles. It allows for a variety of skill levels with the option to increase or decrease the distance between obstacles. It sets up easily and is convenient and portable with the included carrying bag.
I hope these ideas are helpful. If you have any to add, please share in the comments!
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