People come by fitness in different ways — for their health, for their confidence, for their enjoyment. But a funny thing happens when you commit to working out. Going the gym becomes more than just a chore or an item to be checked off the to do list — it becomes their favorite part of the day, the way they blow of steam, the way they work on improving themselves. Not just their physique (that’s only part of it!) but their discipline and ability to overcome the challenges they set for themselves as well. Hitting the gym becomes a way of life. So no matter how they first got into the gym, if you’re reading this article, it’s one of their favorite things to do now.
Whether they’re a gym devotee, a trailblazer, or a yoga enthusiast, we’ve put together this handpicked list of gifts is designed to reflect their active lifestyle.
From the latest in athletic wear comfort to cutting-edge tech, each item on this list was not only chosen to support them on their fitness journey but also show them how much you care about their interests.
So, tie up your sneakers and join us on as we explore some of the best gifts for a gym guy, including:
Before we get to the list of gift ideas, allow us to introduce GiftYa. Here’s how it works.
Take your pick of thousands of local and national brands. Then, customize your gift with a photo or short video clip – maybe a boomerang of the whole family, or the last Christmas card you got from them? Finish the gift with a personalized message, then send it off to be delivered immediately or schedule it for any date you choose.
But GiftYa isn’t just easy to send, it’s easy to use, too. Your parents can redeem their gift right from their phone like any other e-gift code, or they can link it to a card they carry with them everyday for easy use. When they make a purchase at the qualifying brand, their gift balance will automatically be applied until it’s gone. And if for any reason they don’t totally love the gift you send them (crazy, I know!) they can re-gift or exchange their balance for another brand in just a few clicks.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorite options in the catalog for anniversary gifts for parents to get you started.
Some gym guys care about having the latest gear — Nike Air Maxes, Under Armour shorts, sweat-wicking Adidas shirts. The latest in workout technology. But even if he hits the gym in an old t shirt he ripped the sleeves off of with a gallon jug of water in his hand, athletic or athleisure gear is always going to be appreciated.
Whether it’s a cozy set of True Classic’s joggers and zip ups or a new pair of kicks, a pullover designed for peak performance or Pearlizumi socks for their next bike ride, they’re sure to appreciate any athleticwear, from a practical gym bag to lululemons buttery soft sweats for when he’s recovering after leg day.
GiftYa recommends: Text a Lululemon gift card to round out the gift. This way you don’t have to guess his size… and if for any reason he’s not into the idea of the coziest athleisure he’s ever worn, he can swap it for any of our other merchants in just a few taps.
Anyone who considers themselves a gym person knows what the achy stiffness in their muscles they day after a workout means — the buildup of lactic acid that causes delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). It seems unfair that putting effort in in the gym leads to such punishment over the next couple of days… especially when it can even interfere with your other workouts that week.
Enter: the Athlete Line From Oars + Alps. With three powerful products, it has everything they need to tackle the next challenge, including:
With these tools in his arsenal, he’ll be hitting his PRs like never before.
For some gym guys, working out isn’t just about picking up heavy stuff and putting it down or looking good in his t shirts — it’s about training for his next adventure. For hikers, bikers, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, it’s all about the destination.
REI is the one-stop shop for all of their adventures, whether they’re looking for big things like new snow skis and tents or little things like carabiners and utensils for eating breakfast at the campsite. Plus with lifetime membership very affordable and plenty of impressive sales and events throughout the year, this gift will give him the most bang for his buck.
Yeah yeah sure, this seems like a boring gift. After all, it’s just a little plastic bottle with a wire ball inside to break up clumps in his protein powder. But a solid collection of blender bottles is surprisingly essential to making gains when you consider that most sources suggest you should consume a little over 1 gram of protein per 1 pound of your target body weight. Which means if he wants all his hard work to show, he’s gotta be throwing back protein drinks like nobody’s business.
Blender bottles can be basic or fancy. Either way, consider filling it with some power gels and gifting a good protein powder (low fat, low sugar, all amino acids present) to complete the gift.
When you work out, your muscles produce lactic acid: it’s just a fact of life. And the problem with working out hard is that excess lactic acid that your body doesn’t have time to flush out leads to DOMS until it does — whether by giving it some time, working out lightly, or using more mechanical means to get it out.
This is the mechanic means. Deep tissue massagers help get that lactic acid moving so they can stop feeling the burn and get back in the gym. The gift of more workout days? Pretty much the best thing you can get a gym guy.
Working out might sound like an analog activity, but with more and more sensors, scales, and trackers available every year, it can be a surprisingly digital endeavor. Whether he’s an Apple or Samsung watch kinda guy, whether he wants a Fitbit, body composition scale, or screen for his home gym to make cardio more bearable, he’ll find it at Best Buy.
But even beyond gym-specific products, Best Buy has plenty of other tech for the home, making this a practical gift. Laptops? Got em. Printers, video games? Check. Whether he needs a tablet or fridge, a gift card to Best Buy will be his best friend.
Every gym guy needs a backpack or tote bag to get all their gear to the gym. You know, the blender bottles, the change of clothes, the gym shoes that will never touch pavement, braces or wrist straps, chalk for those heavier lifts. And with all that wearing and tearing their bag of choice, having a backup or replacement ready never hurts.
That’s why we love this Gym Shark backpack for a gym guy. Not only is it from a beloved gym guy brand, it’s juuuuust big enough for all their gear. And we love an efficient backpack.
Looking for a gift for a gym guy that’s a little more unique but still won’t break the bank? This Custom Plate Keychain is the key. Available in a variety of colors, this keychain is modeled after every gym guys friend an enemy’s — the weight plate. Bonus points if you scroll through their instagram or tiktok profile to see what color they 45s are in that PR video they posted.
This keychain is also customizable, so you can easily add their name for a personal touch. That makes it the perfect bag tag if they don’t have a dedicated locker at the gym - but it also works great for its intended purpose
With new releases every year, it can be tough to stay on top of game franchises like Madden, FIFA, and NHL. Even after they have purchased a game on their platform of choice, there’s always downloadable content (DLC) to consider as well.
That’s why getting them the latest installment always makes a great gift for a fitness enthusiast like your favorite gym guy. Whether he’s into Mario Kart racing or Quidditch, there are plenty of options he’s sure to love.
Accepted anywhere that Visa credit cards are accepted, giving a Visa gift card is like giving cash, but it looks a lot nicer. That means your favorite gym lover can use it for pretty much anything they want — from new dumbbells to a healthy meal box servic. The choice is totally up to them.
With Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, you can create a gift any gym guy will be super happy with in no time. Choose from an expert created design or add your own photo and message – mabe some plates, or a photo of them in their element at the gym?
Most custom gift cards print the same day and ship out the next, so you’ll have the ultimate anniversary gift in hand before you know it.
With great options like these, you’re sure to set the bar high with a PR for the best present ever. If you’re still not sold on any of these ideas, check out the full GiftYa catalog. From the national chain equipment store to the local gym he frequent, you’re sure to find something he’s thrilled with.