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Best Gifts for Athletes 2021: An Ultimate Guide

Best Gifts for Athletes

We’ve put together a complete list of the best gifts for athletes for 2021. If you need gifts for someone in your life that loves getting after it on courts, fields, trails, or in gyms, we’ve got you covered. This list offers a bunch of great options that will work for upcoming Christmas, holiday, or birthday gifts. 

We’ve rigorously tested all the items on the list and know they perform well. Our team includes many athlete testers who actively participate in multiple sports. We know what’s important to the athletes in your life. If you have follow up questions about any product on the list, ask us on Twitter

We’ve also reviewed many other products not featured on this page. With that said, let’s unveil our list of the best gifts for athletes in 2021.

Last updated 11.18.2021


Best No Show Sock

Bombas Performance Cushioned No Show Socks

Bombas Performance Cushioned No Show Socks

  • A no show sock good enough for sports performance
  • Similar thickness to Bombas main line socks
  • Silicon in the heel to keep the sock on
  • Compression around the arch for a great fit
Buy at Bombas

Price: $16.50 (at time of publication)


Best Pullover

GoRuck Indestructible Grid Fleece Half Zip

GoRuck Indestructible Grid Fleece Half Zip

  • Super warm thanks to a fleece lining and Polartec Power Grid fabric
  • Great durability with reinforced elbows & shoulders plus a nylon body
  • Quick drying in winter weather
  • Stretchy fit allows movement
  • Super comfy and built for adventure
Buy at GoRuck

Price: $145 (at time of publication)


Best Percussion Massager

Hypervolt Go

Hypervolt GO

  • Quietest and lightest massage gun
  • Super portable, great for carry on luggage
  • Doesn’t pack as much punch as other Hypervolt massagers but it’s more than enough for most people
Buy at Amazon

Price: $159 $199 (at time of publication)


Best Joggers

Balance Athletica Swift Cargo Jogger

Balance Athletica Swift Cargo Jogger

  • High end feel, normal jogger price
  • Good length
  • Super soft and stretchy nylon and spandex material mix
Buy at Balance Athletica

Price: $52 $80 (at time of publication)


Best Compression Sock

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

  • Best priced compression socks on the market
  • Lots of colors
  • Great calf and foot compression
  • Perfect for wearing after hard workouts, games or runs
  • Unisex
Buy at Amazon

Price: $14.50 $22 (at time of publication)


Best Do Everything Short

Rhone Mako Short Red

Rhone Mako Short

  • Two length options depending on preference (7″ or 9″)
  • Liner or linerless options
  • Super comfy and stretchy for any type of workout
  • Normal pockets and zippered stash pocket
  • Quick drying so they can double as swim shorts
Buy at Rhone

Price: $68 (at time of publication)


Best Massage Ball

TriggerPoint Textured Massage Ball

TriggerPoint Textured Massage Ball

  • No brainer price of $11
  • Perfect 2 inch diameter for feet and massaging plantar
  • Easy to target pain points in feet, calfs and hands
  • Great option for home treatment of plantar fasciitis
Buy at Amazon

Price: $11 (at time of publication)


Best Rucksack

GoRuck Rucker 3.0

GoRuck Rucker 3.0

  • Weighted backpack perfect for rucking & workouts
  • Helps straighten spine and prevent back pain
  • Good for desk workers who want to stay in shape
  • Two size options (20L and 25L) to help with fit
Buy at GoRuck

Price: $215 (at time of publication)


Best Casual Shoe for After the Gym

Puma Suede Classic XXI

Puma Suede Classic XXI

  • Classic, timeless look
  • High quality suede upper
  • Two sets of laces
  • Durable rubber cupsole
  • Reasonably price at $70
Buy at Puma

Price: $70 (at time of publication)


Most Versatile New Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 6 Stainless Steel

  • Full Android smartwatch in a dressed up package
  • Wear to workout then immediately to the office
  • Multiple materials and band types available
Buy at Amazon

Price: $319 (at time of publication)


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