The 51 Best Gifts for Guys Who Love to Work Out

All the best shoes, gear, and smartwatches to help him set a new PR

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When you're gift shopping for men, it's easy to fall back on the old standbys: a tie, a wallet, or a watch . But you know you can do better than that—especially if fitness is one of his passions. Whether he's a CrossFit fanatic, a marathon runner, or even a total newbie at the gym, you'll discover something he'll love on this list.

From gadgets like massage guns that will help speed up his muscle recovery (and, honestly, just help him feel great after a rigorous workout) to wearables and trackers that will help him set a new PR, this guide has you covered. We consulted men who workout—our partners, ourselves, and experts like personal trainers—to find the best gifts for any occasion.

Here, the best gifts for fitness-loving guys.

Under Armour Men's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe

Whether or not he's running a race, he'll always need some comfy kicks, this Under Armour sneaker is a great option. The mesh upper is so light he'll forget he's even wearing them and the simple design cranks up the versatility. Plus, it's Amazon's bestseller in the "men's running shoe" category, and has earned more than 33,000 five-star ratings from customers—so you know it must be good.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $70

Theragun Prime Massage Gun

Theragun Prime

Dick's Sporting Goods

Massage guns are great recovery tools, plus they feel nice on tired muscles after a long workout (or, frankly, a long day). After testing, we named the Theragun Prime our best pick for athletes because it provides deep percussive relief to even the tightest muscles. So it's, in a word, perfect for any guy who loves to workout.

Price at time of publication: $299

headphones

Despite a wireless design, the Jaybird Vista 2 will hold up during even the hardest workouts. The sweat-proof pick has interchangeable buds for a custom fit, as well as tiny silicone attachments that tucks into the ear for extra security during high-impact moves. Other impressive features include a 24-hour battery life and a SurroundSense technology that allows ambient noise to keep users aware. But best of all, the Jaybird app allows for customized sound settings.

Price at time of publication: $100

Beer Making Kit

For the guy who swears by a post-run brew, this beer-making kit has everything he needs to transform his kitchen into a small-batch brewery. It comes with grains, hops, and yeast, as well as a glass fermenter and several other tools he can reuse after he drinks his first gallon of homebrew. Choose from IPA, American Wheat, and several other popular craft beer styles.

Price at time of publication: $45

BALEAF Men's Cycling Jacket

Two big considerations for running in the elements: blocking wind and keeping dry. This bestselling jacket on Amazon does both. It's lightweight, breathable, packable, and the fabric features UPF50+ to protect you from the sun on long runs or bike rides. Vents at the back offer additional airflow and the sleeves zip off, converting this jacket into a vest for hot summer days, making this a versatile piece you can use year round.

Price at time of publication: $43

Espro Travel Tea Press

This portable coffee maker was made for guys on the move. It boasts a two-filtered system that lets him brew a to-go cup of rich, grit-free coffee in either French press or pour-over style. Plus, the sleek, leak-resistant mug is designed to fit seamlessly into a cup holder, bag, or even the water bottle cage on a bike.

Price at time of publication: $45

TIMBUK2 Classic Messenger Bag

This sturdy, water-resistant messenger bag will become a daily stable—it's roomy enough to fit a laptop, DSLR camera, books, gym gear, and more. Plus, the inner lining is super easy to wipe down and has a Vista Loop to attach a blinking bike light.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $78

Everlast Elite Hook & Loop Training Gloves

If he's looking for a well-rounded workout, boxing is where it's at. Working the heavy bag combines heart-pumping cardio with strength training and coordination. And if he loves hitting the bag, protecting the hands is paramount. These leather gloves are top notch. The ergonomic interior hugs the fist for comfort as well as protection. An added benefit of these gloves: Even after hours of sweaty use, they won't stink.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $115

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Portable Waterproof Speaker

The Megaboom 3 has a slicker look than its predecessor, but this newer version is more than just a facelift. It's still shock- and water-proof, and now dust-proof, too. The Bluetooth range has also been upped to a sprawling 150 feet, and it will pair with previous generations of Megaboom speakers—up to 150 of them—to really get the volume pumping.

Price at time of publication: $195

THE GYM PEOPLE Men's Fleece Joggers

For the man who loves to get cozy after a sweat session, these supersoft sweats are a dream come true. The fleece fabric will keep him warm on even the coldest winter days, the draw cord waist ensures a perfect fit, and the jogger style is chic enough to wear outside the house to lunch or running errands after a workout.

Price at time of publication: $30

AmazonBasics Battle Exercise Training Rope

Slamming battle ropes is an epic cardio workout that also strengthens the shoulders, abs, arms, and legs. He can take this workout gear anywhere—all he needs is an anchor strap and sturdy place to set up shop (like a pole or even a tree).

Price at time of publication: $55

Happy Fit Total Upper Body Workout Bar

This versatile piece of equipment gives him the freedom to get an amazing workout at home, while traveling, or even at the office—whether that's by turning his doorway into a pull-up bar or cranking out some tricep dips. The options are (nearly) endless!

Price at time of publication: $30

Roam Universal Premium Bike Phone Mount

Does he spend more hours on his bike than in the car? Then he'll be psyched when you get him this phone mountcase for his favorite set of wheels. It's rain-, dust-, and dirt-proof, plus built to resist shocks and vibrations in the road.

Price at time of publication: $13

Smartwool Merino 250 Beanie

Winter weather isn't going to stop him from heading outside for a hike or long run. This merino wool beanie will keep his head nice and toasty (without causing any overheating, since merino is a temperature-regulating material), whether he's hitting the trail or strolling to work. Plus, merino wool also naturally repels odor, wicks away moisture, and dries quickly without causing any irritation.

Price at time of publication: $30

sunglasses

Every fit dude needs a slick pair of shades to protect his eyes from harmful rays. These sunglasses from Warby Parker are the perfect balance of stylish and functional.

Price at time of publication: $145

Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm) - Space Gray

The Apple Watch Series 6 has all of the features you love — it can track your activity, heart rate, and different types of exercises, from running to swimming to strength training — plus new additions, like a blood oxygen sensor. (And it's cheapter than the latest release!) The always-on display lets you view your metrics easily, and the GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts right from your wrist. Plus, you can sync your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks and have them at the ready whenever you need to sneak in a workout.

Price at time of publication: $320

CERBERUS STRENGTH Dual-Ply Sandbag (2nd Generation)

Sandbags are one of the most versatile pieces of home workout equipment you can get. Squat it, press it, throw it, carry it—he'll be able to work every muscle group, and even do cardio, no matter how tight the space. Sand shifts in the bag, meaning he'll have to work harder to stabilize and move it, so even a lighter weight bag will make for a great full-body workout. As far as sandbags go, Cerberus Strength makes some of the best in the game, having been used in training and competition by pro strength athletes around the world. Made of military grade cordura nylon, these bags are tough as nails, plus they have a built-in liner and multi-layered seal to prevent spills.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $90

Iron Infidel Pull Up Assistance Bands for Working Out

Bands are another space-efficient way to get a full workout in just about any room of the house. This 5-band set is great for pull-up assistance, even if he's just starting out. He can use a thicker band to lend more help, and downgrade to thinner ones as he progresses. If the pandemic has him missing his gym's cable machines, throw in a door anchor and he'll be able recreate just about any move.

Price at time of publication: $90

OtterBox Trooper Cooler

For any active guy who loves to take his exercise to the great outdoors, this ultra-durable cooler is an awesome gift. Whether he's planning a camping excursion or football weekend, this cooler will keep his refreshing snacks, water, and beer perfectly chilled.

Price at time of publication: $250

RumbleRoller Midsize Original 22'' Foam Roller

Foam rolling is a great way to loosen up before or after a workout—but most foam rollers don't dig in deep enough to get those really stubborn trigger points. This clever design solves that issue by better spacing out the kneading bumps, which allows them to better penetrate the muscle. Plus, there even a firmer version available for more aggressive rolling, if needed.

Price at time of publication: $60

Tru Grit Fitness Cast Iron Kettlebell Weights

When it comes to guys who love to workout, you can't go wrong with more weight. Kettlebells are one of the most versatile workout tools around since they're small and can be used (in pairs or singles) to work pretty much every muscle group. These from Tru Grit are exactly what you'd want in a kettlebell: simple, balanced, and made of a tough, yet smooth cast iron. The flat bottom is wider than most, which makes for easier storage, and they're color-coded by weight for easy switching.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $20

Champion Men's Shorts

New running or training shorts are always a good (and much-needed) gift idea. This pair is made of breathable mesh fabric and has handy pockets for his keys, phone, and wallet. Not to mention, it's Amazon's bestselling men's running short and has earned more than 15,800 five-star ratings from happy shoppers.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $14

Sling Shot Mark Bell Workout Band

Designed by powerlifting legend Mark Bell, this resistance band loops around the arms and across the chest, lending an extra boost to chest exercises. While it will help him press more weight, the equipment works just as well for push-ups and dips. Plus, it's also a shoulder saver because the band enforces good form on the bench press by tucking the elbow, making it a great tool for guys who want to lift heavy. Available in various resistance levels, the Slingshot is suitable for the beginners who just want to eke out a few extra push-ups or the barbell beasts looking for a 500-pound bench.

Price at time of publication: $63

Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls ( One Dozen )

If you're looking for a more affordable gift for the golfer on your list, they're sure to appreciate this set of golf balls, often considered the best out there, since they're the most-used balls on tour. Whether he's working on his short game in the backyard or playing a few rounds on the weekend, he can never have enough balls.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $35

Blast Golf - Swing and Stroke Analyzer (Sensor)

Smarten up his golf game with this swing analyzer. All he has to do is attach the sensor to his club and he'll be able to track the tempo and angle of his swing, as well as other important metrics. He can even get into specifics around certain aspects of his game, like putting.

Price at time of publication: $95

Theragun Elite Massage Gun

Therabody TheraGun Elite

Amazon

Upgrade his muscle recovery with a massage gun. This model from Theragun has five attachments, a convenient carrying case for easy storage, and is quieter than other models. The different attachments help target muscle groups from his back and shoulders to calves and hamstrings, and the unique handle design makes it ergonomic for getting those hard-to-reach places. 

Price at time of publication: $399

SUNPOW Pull-Up Assistance Bands

This set of fitness bands offers five levels of resistance and can be used on their own for a full-body workout or to aid in weight-training and pull-ups. Plus, these light bands don’t take up much space, making them easy to toss in a gym bag or to add to a home gym. 

Price at time of publication: $60

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

A full set of dumbbells can take up a lot of room and be a costly investment. Using adjustable weights is a great way to save on both space and money while still being equipped for a variety of exercises.

Price at time of publication: $429

Nathan QuickStart Lite Running Vest

For the avid runner, this adjustable hydration pack vest is a needed accessory for longer training days. The lightweight vest carries up to 1.5 liters of water and has front and back pockets to stash essentials. 

Price at time of publication: $50

3DActive 3DFitBud Simple Step Counter 3D Pedometer

Many runners like to keep what they carry to a minimum to avoid jostling or extra weight. So even though it can be helpful to track your runs, you might not want to bring a phone or watch with you on your run. This simple pedometer clips on to the waistband, allowing you to count your steps without the bulk.  

Price at time of publication: $40

Groove Life Original Solid Colored Ring

It's easy to scratch a regular ring while lifting or rock climbing. Plus, metal rings can sometimes pinch or become a safety concern during certain activities. This attractive silicone ring sits comfortably on the finger and is made to stretch to help avoid injury. The ring comes in a variety of colors, too. 

Price at time of publication: $35

Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion

It's essential to protect your skin during an outdoor workout. This sunscreen offers sun protection for up to 80-minutes while also maintaining water- and sweat-resistance. So whether you get super sweaty or are a super swimmer, you’re covered.

Price at time of publication: $14

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

Know a guy who loves to hit the gym and still have time to catch the end of happy hour? These wipes can help keep him feeling and smelling fresh when he goes from his workout straight to his hangout. 

Price at time of publication: $24

Marcy Compact Dumbbell Rack

If you know someone who does home workouts, you've probably seen their dumbbells looking a little scattered. This affordable dumbbell rack can help keep weights organized on a budget.

Price at time of publication: $80

Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Headband

This wide-set headband has a modern yet functional style to keep sweat out of your face and eyes. It can also help keep your strands securely tucked back while allowing airflow, as anyone with longer locks knows the struggle of keeping hair out of their face during a workout. 

Price at time of publication: $18

Foam Roller

Foam rolling is a self-massage and dynamic warm-up all in one. The pressure and movement prepares your body for a tough workout and helps ease sore muscles. This foam roller offers several surfaces and is easy to store at home or bring with you to the gym.

Price at time of publication: $37

Nuun Sport 8-pack

This pack of tablets is perfect for the guy who loves his recovery almost as much as he likes making gains. The quick-dissolving tab offers a blend of electrolytes for fast hydration after a tough workout. Choose from a variety of flavors, including a few that include added caffeine. 

Price at time of publication: $60 for 8-pack

Bandelettes Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands for Men

Chafing can be an irritating and often painful result of any workout that involves repetitive friction and sweat—like running, for example. These thigh bands for men are made to prevent pain from chafing, so you can finish your workout in comfort.

Price at time of publication: $20

Body Glyde Cycle Glide Anti Saddle Sore Balm

Whatever type of biking you do—road, race, mountain, BMX, even commuting—you can experience rubbing that results in saddle sores, which are skin lesions that form anywhere your body comes in contact with the bike seat. This balm protects your skin from the friction and rubbing to help prevent saddle sores.

Price at time of publication: $11

RunGoo Protective Foot Cream

If you run or participate in a sport that involves running, such as soccer, basketball, or tennis, you may develop blisters or calluses from time to time. This cream serves as a protective barrier between your skin and sock to help prevent these sores, whether you're wearing a running sneaker, cleat, or other athletic shoe.

Price at time of publication: $12

Gymshark Small Everyday Gym Bag

For the gym-goer that appreciates style, this workout bag offers both form and functionality. The sleek duffel has several compartments to store gym gear and small equipment, including a mesh pocket for sweaty towels and a holdall bag for your keys, wallet, and other essentials. 

Price at time of publication: $42

VEICK Resistance Bands

This set of five adjustable resistance bands ranging from 10 to 50 pounds can add strength training to any workout. The bands also come with a carrying bag so that you can use them at home, the gym, or even in your office.

Price at time of publication: $34

GHB Pro Agility Ladder

This 20-foot agility ladder can help you train to improve balance, speed, and step accuracy over time. The foldable ladder is perfect for an exercise-lover wanting to gain lower body strength, better their sport performance, or burn some extra calories. 

Price at time of publication: $22

MAWODE T10 Portable Wireless Speaker

Music is a must for getting in the zone during a workout. This wireless speaker lets your athletic guy jam to his pump-up playlist anywhere, anytime. The portable speaker is waterproof and lightweight, making it great for outdoor workouts, too. 

Price at time of publication: $19

Gaiam Men's Athletic Shirt

Focus on your performance rather than ill-fitting workout clothes. This lightweight, sweat-wicking athletic shirt offers both comfort and style to get you through any workout.

Price at time of publication: $24

Bombas Men's Running Ankle Sock 4-Pack Gift Bag

A pair of high-quality performance socks will bring you further in a workout and last longer over time than your basic white cottons. With breathable, moisture-wicking fabric and strategic zone cushioning, these running socks were built for movement. 

Price at time of publication: $72

Alo Hero Underwear

Supportive, breathable undergarments can be essential during a grueling workout or long run. This pair is made with a quick-dry jersey blend, lay-flat elastic waistband, and four-way stretch. That means they stay in place while keeping you cool and comfortable. 

Price at time of publication: $28

blenderbottle-radian-shaker-bottle

For the guy who always reaches for a protein shake after a workout, upgrade his plastic bottle with this stainless steel one. The durable, insulated bottle holds 26 ounces and comes with a steel spiral ball to smoothly blend protein powder just by shaking. 

Price at time of publication: $25

ELEMIS Cool-Down Body Wash

Upgrade his post-gym shower routine with a luxurious cool-down body wash. This gel-based cleanser includes menthol, which offers a cooling effect to refresh and soothe achy muscles after a workout

Price at time of publication: $40

5-Ingredient Clean Eating Cookbook: 25 Simple Recipes to Nourish and Inspire

You know the saying: Abs are made in the kitchen. For the guy working on his nutrition, this cookbook offers 125 easy healthy recipes that will keep him fueled for his workouts. 

Price at time of publication: $18

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

For the guy on-the-go, this small waistpack carries all the essentials without slowing you down. Stash your keys, phone, a snack, and more, and then head out on a run, hike, or to the gym. Even better? The durable yet lightweight pack can fold up into its own pocket when not in use, so you can always keep it on you and pull it out when needed. 

Price at time of publication: $35

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