The Active Man: A Girl’s Guide to Gifting

Author’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Quinn!  Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast who loves to stay active. She enjoys running, playing soccer and going hiking with her family.  For more from Quinn, check out her blog:

There is no one more difficult to buy for than the man in your life, except the health nut man in your life. With the holidays creeping up on us, gift giving is the only thought running through everyone’s mind. Finding the perfect gift for a health and fitness junkie can be difficult when surrounded by visions of holiday cookies, side dishes and snowstorms!

When the seasons change, gym nuts are left to their own devices inside of gyms and homes. So what do you buy for the active guy in your life? Here are some foolproof ideas for the active man you know:

Golf shirt
A fashionable yet practical shirt makes the perfect gift (I actually bought one for my husband here for Christmas last year). Many are designed for active wear, featuring moisture wicking material. A stylish golf shirt can transition an active man from the 18th hole to date night easily, turning this into a mutually beneficial gift!

Weighted vest
Winter months sometimes deter even the healthiest of men from working out as much as they did in the summer. A weighted vest creates a great opportunity for a harder cardiovascular work out. The added weight builds endurance that he’ll appreciate come the summer months.

Heart rate monitor
Any health and fitness enthusiast would enjoy a heart rate monitor. These small tools aid in maintaining the proper level of fitness during and after a work out. He can count his calories, determine his training type and load all of his data onto his computer. These are perfect for the winter months when work out opportunities may be far and few between

Healthy cookbook
It’s not always about the work out! A healthy cookbook can offer any health nut options to change up their diet. With unpredictable winter weather, he can even try out new recipes when he’s snowed in and antsy. Diet is just as crucial as exercise, so a cookbook can help spice things up in the kitchen!

Touchscreen friendly gloves
The runner in your life will appreciate this thoughtful gift. When the weather gets colder, his touch screen phone gets more difficult to navigate without sacrificing the warmth of his hands. With touchscreen friendly gloves, he can change the music and volume as he braves the cold during a run. He will no longer give up musical enjoyment or finger function during the winter months

It is no easy task to shop for the active man in your life. No one wants to give their guy another boring gift. After all, how many tie clips, pairs of Christmas socks, or impersonal gift cards does a man need? This gift guide allows you to avoid the label of “bad gift giver” while helping you find a personal and meaningful gift. Although the winter months bring particular challenges for them, health nuts can cope if they are given gifts like these!


what’s the best gift you’ve given your active guy?


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  1. This is a great list. Men are always so difficult to shop for – am I right?

    My hubby is an outdoor enthusiast and loves those fast/extreme sports. This year I am splurging and buying him the GoPro Hero3+ Black so he can relive his adventures – and share them with others. :)

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