What to get for the triathlete who has everything? If they live and breathe triathlon, but already have a closet full of gear and Ironman-branded clothing, you have to look "outside the box" for a fun gift they'll appreciate.
Here are 14 eclectic gift ideas that should get your creative juices flowing. Most are under $100, and are things your triathlete will love, but would probably never buy for themselves!
Gift ideas for the "train to eat (or drink)" triathlete
Does your triathlete train hard and love meat? Treat them to a box of steaks, burgers or a gift card so they can choose their own goodies. Texas Craft Steaks is one of many meat delivery services that features farm-to-table meats from small ranches (gift cards $25 and up).
If a post-workout glass of wine is usually on the menu, why not use just the right wine glass, like this one from Gone for a Run ($20)? You can even personalize it on the back.
Winter workouts are more bearable with a swim parka to keep warm before and after swimming ($60-120). Check out good options here, and go the extra mile and get it custom embroidered!
And who wouldn't like a pair of swimming goggles that don't leave goggle marks around your eyes? Air-cushioned Snake and Pig Basilisk goggles stay comfortable even on the longest swims. They're the perfect gift for triathletes and lap swimmers of any age ($24-35).
Does your favorite triathlete have a unique look that really stands out in a crowd? If so, they might appreciate a roll of BTP's eclectic handlebar tape. They have a wide variety of colorful tapes, vegan "leather" tapes and others that will make a statement on their next group ride ($30-35).
Most triathletes want their tire pressure to be just right on race morning, but carrying and stashing a big manual bike pump can add to race-day stress! Why not treat your favorite triathlete to an electric bike pump that will easily fit in their transition bag? Look for one like the AirXWill portable electric bike pump that weighs a pound or less and has a streamlined design for easy carrying into and out of transition ($40-120).
What triathlete wouldn't like a pair of sunglasses for every day of the week? Goodr has great styles with polarized lenses for cycling (and running) with fun names like "Lost in Transition", "Naeon Flux Capacitor" and more. Not sure what color they'll like best? Buy two! ($25-35).
Keep your loved one safe out on the roads and trails with this gift! When it's dark outside, the Noxgear Trace360 light vest will keep him or her highly visible with a variety of colors and blinking options ($40-70) - there's even a version for dogs!
How to carry a phone, keys, and gels while running with NO bouncing? The RooSport pocket uses a magnet to clip securely inside the waistband of any shorts or tights. Great for long workouts and even races! Comes in a variety of colors and fits all sizes of phones ($33).
Sure, you can use the same old towel to set up your transition area. But what triathlete wouldn't appreciate a squishy and cute transition mat on race day? This item is one that will delight every time. Check out the wild designs from SpeedHound that include space for friends (or you!) to write an encouraging note, or choose something more conservative on Amazon ($35).
There's nothing quite like having a terrific transition bag to lug all your stuff to a race and easily bring it all home when it's all wet and stinky. Especially if they have a big out of town race coming up, your triathlete will be really excited about this gift! Take a look at options from XTerra Wetsuits, Tyr, Zone3 and others ($100 and up).
Encourage your loved one to recover well after working out or racing with one of these gifts.
A pair of Oofos sandals or slides feel awesome on your feet after a long run or race. The squishy soles are so luxurious! ($50-70)
The Original Worm portable, full-body massage roller is great for rolling out tight muscles or for extra comfort when driving or flying. If your favorite triathlete has some chronically sore spots, this is a gift they will use often. Choose from black and pink options in two sizes ($24-32)!
Hands-on massage is always a welcome gift for any triathlete. Or up the ante for the adventurous person in your life with a trip to a whole body cryotherapy chamber ($25-50). Make sure to check out possible side-effects and look for a local facility that is staffed by medically trained professionals.
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