Thursday, December 6, 2012

Great Gifts For Athletes

 Don't have much time to shop? Here's a handy little gift guide I put together to make things easier for you!


1. Garmin 410 Sports Watch
Who wouldn't want one of these? You can track your miles, pace and calories burned -- and SO much more!!! Amazon has them on sale right now -- both the base model, and the one with the heart rate monitor.

2.  Muscle Milk
This drink is amazing!! I use it for recovery. After my daughter's first 10k, Muscle Milk was giving out samples and we tried it. I had NO pain the next day. Awesome!! And it's on sale now at The Clymb.

3.  Bani Bands Headbands
These are the ONLY headbands I have ever worn that have stayed in place. I was extremely skeptical when I saw them at an expo. I even told the sales rep that I would be back the next day after the race to report on whether they slipped or not. I did go back -- to tell them how great these bands performed. I even recommended them to some people who were looking at the bands. Right now they have a variety of sparkly holiday ones -- FUN!!

                            Bani Bands

4.  China Gel Topical Pain Reliever
This is the best topical pain analgesic I have ever used. Again, I was pretty skeptical -- wondering why it was going to be better than some of the tubes of pain relievers I could get at my local drugstore. Wow, there was a night and day difference in pain relief!!

5. Bheestie Bag
Have you ever been out running, it started to rain, and your phone or iPod got soaked and wouldn't work? Or you sweated so much it got wet?  Or worse yet, you dropped it in the toilet? (I had a son do that once.) Yeah, we've all heard about putting them into a bag of rice, but that's iffy at best. Here is Bheestie Bag to the rescue. This is the best 15 bucks you'll ever spend. Put your electronic device in the bag and leave it for 24 hours. It removes all the moisture and will work again. It's a miracle! Much cheaper than having to replace the device!! On sale right now on Amazon. (I spent $25 for mine.)

6. Bern Women's Audio Helmet
I will admit, I know nothing about helmets, but I just happened to see this one today and thought it was pretty cool. It is made of an open cell foam which lets air circulate to keep you cool. And it has built in earphones. Sweet!! On sale now through Rue la la.
                                                                            Rue la la

7. Shred Sled 4 Wheel in line Caster Board
This looks like so much fun for adults and kids!! More challenging than a regular skateboard, apparently it is more maneuverable. I haven't ridden one -- yet -- but from customer reviews, everyone loves this! (Please wear a helmet when riding.)


8. Shoes
'Nuff said.

9.  Foam Roller
Yeah, it hurts so good. I found some good ones on eBay with free shipping.


.10.  Kettlebells
Tone your body at home with these great weights. They come in a variety of weights. You can buy dvds with workouts or find them on YouTube. Lots of fun!


I have not been paid to endorse any of these gifts. Many are ones that I myself own and like, and thought you might be interested. If you order through the link provided with The Clymb, I do receive credit in my account for that. But feel free to purchase the items wherever you prefer. 

I hope these gifts give you some fun ideas for the athletes in your life. May your holidays be active and bright!! Peace to you from ArmsWideOpen.



  1. Great post! Peace to everyone and Merry CHRISTmas!

    1. Thank you so much and I wish you much joy and laughter!

  2. yes, thank you. I will take everything on your list. you know me so well. :)

  3. Hahaha! I should have put airline tickets to different races all over the country!! :)