Gift shopping for athletes can be daunting—we’ve got you covered

Lead photo courtesy of Fitbit

Depending on who you ask, there’s something mildly unsettling about buying presents for people. The possibility of getting them things that they won’t actually use (let alone like) can be intimidating, and perhaps this couldn’t be truer than with athletes at the receiving end. Gear is obviously a big deal to them, and with the Christmas season almost here, we thought we’d help you confront that fact by providing a list of some of the best items you can get for your fittest loved ones:


Fitbit Charge 3 (P9,990)

The latest installment of the bestselling fitness tracker comes in premium swimproof design, a larger touchscreen display, and a series of new features including female health tracking, sleep insights, and over 15 goal-based exercise modes.


New Balance 24/7 Luxe (P4,495)

Perfect for the most intensive of workouts, New Balance’s plush fabric-lined, urban lifestyle-inspired 24/7 Luxe are made with very lightweight material and features large perforations to ensure maximum breathability. 


Specialized Allez Sprint Comp (P124,525)

The elite bike brand opened its very first store in the country last month, and we couldn’t help but be impressed by the range of bike models they had on display. One bike that could be worth saving up for is the Allez Sprint Comp, whose Smartweld Sprint Technology can potentially change the alloy bike game.


Oakley Flight Jacket (P5,706)

This product of aerodynamic engineering is a gift any athlete would appreciate. They might even be the ultimate eyewear for cycling and running.  Featuring an open-edge brow that maximizes the upper field of view, these glasses also come with a new Advancer nose bridge, so no matter how aggressive the riding position, the nose bridge instantly opens airflow to fight fogging and overheating.


AirPods (P8,990)

These wireless earphones are perfect for even the most tech-challenged of runners because of how easy they are to operate—you simply have to tap once to set it up, and there are sensors that know to play when in your ears and pause when out. The sound quality and battery life are decent (five hours), and should fit snugly in your ears, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out when you run.


Nike Vapor Speed M Duffel Bag (P3,665)

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to just resort to the classics. With multiple-zippered pockets ideal for organization and a separate shoe compartnemt, Nike’s Speed M Duffel Bag is that rare gym bag that successfully blends functionality and style. 


Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic (P3,650)

Another classic item, this Klean Kanteen water bottle is a workout essential any athlete would surely find useful. With a double-wall vacuum insulation that can keep drinks hot for 24 hours and iced for 90 hours, this stainless steel bottle can be made even more apt for long runs and bike rides if you fit it with the Sport Cap 3.0. (P311), which can improve leak resistance and flow rate.


Manduka eQua Yoga Mat 68” (P5,535)

Made with absorbent and highly durable materials, Manduka’s yoga mats are ideal for hot yoga. With a soft microfiber top layer and a rubber mat foundation, this 68”, limited edition mat is the best gift you can get for anyone who’s looking to get into yoga.

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