The Ultimate Athlete Holiday Gift Guide

It’s happened, the holidays are here and they are upon us in full force. Christmas displays were out less than 12 hours after Halloween ended, stores are open at 6am on Thanksgiving (Booooooo, not nice) and the madness is here to stay.

If you or someone else in your family is an athlete then you know there’s lots of gift idea out there that you can get for them. However, sometimes the amount of stuff out there can be overwhelming. So I have done my best to compile a list of some of the most coveted or desired products on the market for athletes. And to make it as simple as possible, I’ve even broken it down, as best as I could, by discipline for you, you silly triathletes with all your stuff!

So I present to you, The Ultimate Athlete Holiday Gift Guide! This should offer you loads of great gift ideas for triathletes and athletes.


 GPS watches are an awesome gift idea. Garmin offers up the best of the best when it comes to GPS. Looking for something pretty basic to get you started? The Garmin Forerunner 10 is Garmin’s starting point for GPS running watches. Beyond that the options can be overwhelming with some many things to pick from. If you’re looking for something a bit higher end that offers lots of running metrics and data, the Garmin Forerunner 620 is an excellent watch that can provide you with unlimited amounts of feedback. And almost all Garmin GPS units can also pair up with the Garmin Footpod so you can track running cadence, stride length, and get distance indoors or on the treadmill where you GPS may not reach.

As for running accessories, there is a lot to pick from. Some fan favorites include things like a Nathan Hydration Belt which I use for all my long distance running races. For long training runs I typically leave the belt at home and sub out for my Nathan Handheld Water Bottle and my SPIbelt. And because it’s winter now, some Yaktrax are a great way to get outside regardless of weather to avoid those treadmill blues.

Other running gear that is always appreciated is a good pair of compression socks, arm warmers, and a nice running jacket. And if you need some running accessory stocking stuffers, some Lock Lacesreflective vests and reflective gear, knuckle lights, or a headlamp are always a great idea for those who run in the early morning or late at night.


 Since it’s winter, you may be doing some indoor riding. A good bike trainer is the way to go. You can either get a basic wind trainer, or if you want something quieter, a fluid trainer is the way to go. Don’t forget to grab a training block wheel riser too. You want your bike level so there’s no added stress on the frame. Once your bike is all set up grab some Spinervals and get spinning.

And if you’re riding inside, you’ll need either the speed and cadence sensor to pair with your Garmin or some sort of bike computer so you’re not just riding with nothing to show for it. If you’re really planning to jack up your winter biking routine, something like a power meter like Garmin Vectors or PowerTap are an awesome high end gifts. Really want to go all out for your cyclist? Consider getting them some race wheels like Zipp or Mavic.

Then there are the more practical cycling gifts such as a new helmet or an aero helmet for the triathlete in your life. Cages, waterbottles, and an aero bottle system are all awesome ideas too. A bento box for carrying fuel, money, ID or your phone is a worth while purchase, as is a saddle bag packed with spare tubes, tire levers, and C02.

And of course, if your athlete isn’t using a clipless system yet, bike shoes with pedals and cleats are the gift to get. One of the best cycling upgrades you can get.


Aqua Sphere goggles are my go to and a popular brand that offers a variety of goggle shapes and sizes. Inexpensive but awesome!

Waterproof ipod Shuffle is the ultimate gift for any swimmer. It has completely changed the way I feel about lap swimming and is definitely worth the price tag. You can find my full product review of this item here.

A basic lap counter is great if you’re just looking for a way to keep track of your endless lap swimming.

If you’re looking for something else more sophisticated than a basic lap counter, there are swimming specific watches on the market right now that not only count those laps, but offer tons of swimming metrics and data too. The Garmin Swim, the Garmin Fenix 2, or the Swimovate are all great options for this!

A good wetsuit is a must for most triathletes. While I may swim in a higher end Helix, Blue Seventy makes some great entry level suits too, like their insanely popular Reaction wetsuit.

Need some pool toys?  The amazing has you covered!  You can find my full product review here of a package of some of the swim training toys they have to offer and you can score 15% off while you’re there by using code TRIGIRL15!


 Fuel products are a great stocking stuffer. Things like Clif Bars and Luna Bars, GU, Clif Shot or Shot Blocks, Sport Beans, Nuun, Hammer, Skratch Labs, and all the other great fuels out there.

Looking for some reading? The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the go to for training related reading. There’s also A Life Without Limits, Born to Run, and You Are An Ironman if you’re looking for something less technical and more inspirational.

I’ve been running in bluetooth headphone for about four years now and can’t understand why everyone hasn’t made the switch yet. Looking to switch? The ever popular Yurbud has some great BT headphones.

A Road ID is something that every one who runs, bikes, or does anything outside should have. Hell, even if you don’t it’s a great tool and I wear mine 24/7 no matter what.

A transition bag is also something your triathlete will love. I use and love the Ogio Endurance 9.0. Other good bags include the Orca, Zoot, and Blue Seventy transition bags.

Lube, which seems weird but is definitely important is also a great grab. Some Body GlideTri Slide, and Hoo Ha Ride Glide are always welcome to athlete.

Race belts like a basic TYR number belt or one with spots for fuel such as a Fuel Belt number belt make for good stocking stuffers.

Some way to keep the sun out of your eyes is a great idea too. Some Rudy Project Sunglasses or Headsweats Visors are awesome.

Looking for a great multisport watch? You can score a great deal on the original triathlon watch right now, the Garmin 310XT. And with the shiny new 920XT just coming out, you can also get a decent deal on the 910XT as well.

 What is one gift you as an athlete are hoping to get?

Anything else that should be on the list?

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13 Thoughts on “The Ultimate Athlete Holiday Gift Guide

  1. I really want a GPS watch for Christmas. Sadly, I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting it. We’re keeping Christmas small this year since we have a HUGE trip booked for March.
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  2. I actually ordered a Road ID for myself, and one of my family members will give it to me. haha. I had to order it so I could get what I wanted it on it, and I’m looking forward to feeling safer while out on the road!

  3. Great list! I’m trying to start Christmas shopping now, I don’t usually start until after Thanksgiving.
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  4. Great ideas! My husband usually picks out my cycling gear but I need to give him running gift ideas.
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  5. Great list! You have it all covered. Happy Holidays to you!

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  7. What a great list! I have the Garmin Forerunner 220 and LOVE it so much I bought one for my husband also! I might have to look into the arm warmers. this is the first year that I’ve been training outside in the cold temps and I’m kind of wimpy!
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  10. This is a great list! I am hoping my husband gets me a skinsuit for Christmas, but I think I’m just going to have to get it for myself…he isn’t big on gift giving 😉
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on December 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm said:

      A skin suit would be awesome! I really need a double water bottle holder for under my saddle.

  11. I want a wheelbarrow- I wore out the old one hauling rocks for my retaining wall. Great cross training!
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on December 12, 2015 at 7:21 am said:

      Yes! I love landscaping as a workout. It always leaves me deceptively sore.

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