What to get for the triathlete who has everything? If your sweetie lives and breathes triathlon, but already has a closet full of gear and event t-shirts, you have to look "outside the box" for a fun gift they will appreciate.
We asked Snake and Pig fans what they would never buy for themselves but would love to receive. Here is our list of presents for triathletes, whether male or female, adventurous or not, serious or playful. All the gift ideas below cost under $125 each. We hope our gift guide helps you find just the right present, and we would love to hear what other ideas you think should be on this list!
#1, #2 and #3: Gift ideas for the "train to eat (or drink)" triathlete
File this one under #holefoods - the Donut Bouquet! You may find a local business that makes these. If not there are a few websites including Harry and David that will deliver ($60).
Looking for something even more playful? Consider a box of custom-made cookies! Our Austin-based favorite Hayley's Cakes and Cookies has a very, very big selection of Valentine's cookies to choose from, from Baby Yoda to snarkier options ($60-85).
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 ($15)?
#4 and #5 - Swimming gifts
Winter workouts are more bearable with a swim parka to keep your loved one 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 stay comfortable even on the longest swims, and don't leave your sweetie with goggle marks around the eyes afterwards? Choose a pair of air-cushioned Snake and Pig Basilisk goggles, making sure to choose the tint that will work best for the pool location your loved one uses (dark tint for outside in the daytime; clear, amber or blue for all others; $24-35).
Pick out a pair of goggles and a cap, and get the cap free using the code "GIFT" at checkout!
#6, #7 and #8 - Cycling gifts
Does your favorite triathlete wear crazy socks and cycling gear 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 woven and even reflective tapes to choose from ($30-35).
Or how about a fun water bottle cage or two? Portland Design Works has cats, dogs, birds and more, some with matching water bottles ($20-30).
All those hours in the saddle can get really uncomfortable. How about adding a tube of chamois cream to your gift? For a guy, look for DZ Nuts, and for a gal choose the very popular Chamois Butt'r 'Her or the more cleverly named Hoo Ha Ride Glide ($25).
#9 and #10 - Running gifts
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 them highly visible with a variety of colors and blinking options ($40-70) - there's even a version for pups!
And help them carry a phone without any issues with bouncing with a pair of KGB Running's shorts (choose "Keep Going Bro" for men and "Keep Going Beautiful" for ladies) - they have a stretchy waistband that can fit the biggest phone or whatever nutrition you want to bring along ($60).
#11 - Racing gear
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).
#12, #13 and #14 - Recovery tools
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 sweetie has some chronically sore spots, this is a gift they will use often. It even comes in pink for Valentines, or choose black if you prefer ($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 to make sure it will work for your partner, and look for a local facility that is staffed by medically trained professionals.
Do you have another gift idea to recommend?
Please leave a comment below to let us know a favorite triathlon-related gift you've given or received!