Score the Perfect Gift

What to gift an athlete or sports fanatic for the holidays

Jenna Luscombe (She/Her) // Contributor
Shruti Karthikeyan (She/Her) // Illustrator 

Shopping for athletes and sports fans can often feel like an impossible feat. What should I buy? What if they already have this? What if they don’t like it? But whether they’re a champion athlete or a fantasy football junkie, the perfect gift is out there for everyone. 

In the height of hockey season, a classic Canucks jersey is always a safe bet. However, why not take it one step further and buy your favorite Canucks fan an illuminated team logo sign? Prices start at $79 on LilaWoodDesign’s online Etsy page. Another unique Etsy gift is the “Smells Like A Canucks Win” candle by KhloeCat to burn for game day good luck at $31.

When it comes to stocking stuffers, Amazon has unlimited options, but there are some essentials every athlete will be grateful for. FanVince winter gloves are $14 and are perfect for working out in cold weather due to their wind-resistant fabric and touch screen capability. The Muscle Rehab’s Bath Soak set for $17 a bag is amazing for sore muscles after a long workout. To further aid sore muscles and aches, every athlete’s stocking should include a bottle of icy hot, which goes for $7 a bottle. 

The popularity of Gymshark has been steadily increasing over the previous few years, and for a good reason. Their workout clothes are comfortable, sweat resistant, and perfect for all body-types. Some popular items are their Vital Seamless Leggings for $70, and the Crest T-Shirt for $28. 

Supplements are another great gift option for everyone, and Popeye’s Supplements is the perfect place to get them. PVL Whey Protein powder comes in a 6lbs container and costs $89.99. PreHD preworkout is $64.99, with multiple flavor options available, such as Berry Blast and Pink Lemonade. A box of 12 tasty energy bars is approximately $45, great for any mid-workout snack. 

The beginning of the new year is often a popular time to try new activities, and Canadian Tire has plenty of hidden gems to help with that. Pickleball is a low impact sport that is suitable for all ages, and starter kits range from $34.99 to $149.99. If your family is planning a beach vacation this holiday season, check out their portable SpikeBall game set for $89.99. Snowshoeing is the perfect winter pastime, and Canadian Tire has several snowshoe options at affordable price points.

Many local facilities are offering holiday fitness passes this year, which are a guaranteed hit for any athlete. The West Vancouver Community Centre has a 10 visit personal training package for $599. Spin classes can be fun for the whole family, and Salted Cycle is offering a one-month Kickstarter program for $135. Yoga can be a great way for athletes to relax after training, and YYoga has a three class promo for only $57. 

As you navigate the holidays, these are just a few ideas one can give to athletes or sports enthusiasts to enhance their journey in the world of sports. 

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