gifts for active dads
Give dad what he really wants

The nice thing about guys is that they’re pretty straight forward – they know what they like, they’re not shy about asking for what they want, and it doesn’t take much to make them happy. Gift buying should be easy! The problem is, ties, underwear, cuff links, and watches continue to rank at the top of the list for gifts for guys. Clue in ladies, these things are boring! If you have a dad (or any guy) in your life who enjoys staying fit, why not put together a gift pack of items he’s sure to enjoy?

Bonus! We’ve got a few great giveaways featuring some of these items. Look for the products with asterisks and then, check out the giveaway page. Giveaways starting 6/11/2014 and ending 6/15/2014 at midnight!

1. The Paleo-friendly gift pack

Paleo is a trend that just won’t quit, so if the dad in your life is sticking to a primal diet, give him a few new options to enjoy. The Spicy Paleo Cookbook is filled with incredible recipes, including things like spicy prosciutto chips and chicken jalapeno burgers, and the Paleo Smoothies book offers creamy and sweet confections that are also gluten and dairy free.

I also have to say, one of the best ways to spice up a paleo diet is with raw honey, and nothing beats the kick of Henry’s Humdingers, which come seasoned with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and even garlic. Use them as marinades on grass fed ribs, or add them to a smoothie.

paleo gifts

2. The supplement gift pack

If your dad spends lots of time at the gym, chances are he’s no stranger to the supplement aisle at your local health foods store. Spare him the expense of buying his own goods and fill up a gym bag with his favorite items. If you’re not sure what to buy, you can’t go wrong with the joint-soothing benefits of Natrol’s Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM and the M&M-like caffeine-filled Energems to give dad a well-deserved energy boost. Round it out with a few protein bars and a Blender Bottle, and your dad will love you forever.

supplements

3. The home fitness buff gift pack

If your dad works out at home, take his workout to the next level with the affordable home fitness system from Amenzone. You can score the DVDs and the repurposed tire for under $60. If your dad would like to follow along to workouts on his tablet, the Octa Monkey Tail tablet stand makes it possible to watch and follow along with ease. Finish out the gift pack by giving dad a new workout shirt, like the sleeveless option from Just Live – an incredible affordable and well-made brand that’s worth the purchase.

home fitness

4. The cyclist gift pack

Cycling gear isn’t cheap, but a gift pack gives you the chance to give dad one or two higher-dollar items, supplemented by GU packs and books. We love the Sugoi cycling gloves served up with the amazing book, The Bike Deconstructed – it’ll walk dad through every inch of his bike, explaining what it does and how it works. And if dad’s an iPhone man, you can’t go wrong with the wooden iPhone case from Uncommon Goods.

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5. The runner gift pack

Runners typically don’t need much – high-quality shoes are about it – but that doesn’t mean a few great accessories aren’t nice. If your dad does a lot of long-distance running, give him a pair of Overdrive Socks from 110% so he can ice and compress his calves after each run. If he runs in the early morning or late night hours, keep him safe with a reflective vest. Round out your gift pack with a sweat-wicking visor or hat and some anti-chafe gel, and you’ll be good to go.

running

6. The outdoor gift pack

Outdoorsy dads are easy to shop for, but you need to make sure you’re choosing items that support his habits. If he’s a hiker, opt for a hydration pack. If he’s a sports nut who loves to grill, grab these hockey stick grill tools. If he’s an urban cyclist, get him the 6-pack bike carrier. Regardless of his favorite outdoor past time, round out your gift pack with a long-sleeve, sweat-wicking shirt, like this one from Just Live, and a portable medical kit he can carry with him – these are necessary items for every outdoor man.

outdoors

7. The investigative health pack

If your dad’s the type who’s always reading up on the latest trends, or learning about new workouts, why not give him a whole pack of books? While you should customize the pack based on his interests, we like the following options for a well-rounded library… (and we threw in Grokker, too, because it’s free and gives dad the chance to check out lots of workouts online):

investigative health

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