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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas for the Active Guy In Your Life

Man drinking water between workout sets at the gym.

There’s no doubt that every guy who loves to spend his time in the gym or wakes up early to get those 5 miles in before he goes to work will appreciate getting a Valentine’s Day gift that complements his active lifestyle. Here are some great picks.


If music gets your guy motivated, then help him out by upgrading his poor-quality headphones. Get him something cool like these sweat- and water-resistant Beats by Dre, especially designed for working out with up to 9 hours of listening time, or these sporty Sennheiser CX SPORT perfect for runners and joggers.

Great for Workouts

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds - Apple H1 Headphone Chip, Class 1 Bluetooth Headphones, 9 Hours of Listening Time, Sweat Resistant, Built-in Microphone - Black

Long battery life, great sound, and water-resistance make these Apple H1 chip-sporting Bluetooth headphones a great buy.

If he’s an Apple person, he probably already owns a pair of AirPods, but their new PRO version is worth splurging for—they were 2019’s product of the year at our sister site, Review Geek.

Boxing Gloves

If the man in your life is a fan of boxing, gifting him his own pair of boxing gloves will make his sessions that much more enjoyable. On the more affordable side, check out this pair from Everlast with special foam technology that maximizes grip and punching power while adding that extra layer of support, or the Sanabul Essential gloves that are infused with gel to protect the knuckles and stabilize the wrists.

Best Budget Pick

Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing Kickboxing Punching Bag Gloves

You don't have to spend a fortune to get good gloves.

If you’re looking for something more professional (and fun at the same time), go for the Hayabusa Marvel Elite Series gloves that will make him feel like a real superhero.

Ab Roller

If fitness magazines and books targeting men are any indicators, one of their big goals is to have that visible six pack. Although more factors contribute to that six pack (like diet, sleep, and overall stress levels), making ab exercises part of his daily routine certainly won’t hurt.

Check this transformer-looking Ab Fitness Carver, which comes with ergonomic handles and built-in resistance. Not only does it make those ab workouts more appealing, but it also adds a higher level of difficulty and comes with a 21-day workout plan, so he never has to run out of workout ideas.

SKLZ core wheels abdominal exercise tools.

Another great option are the SKLZ Core Wheels—these ab rollers come in a set of two, as seen above, and offer an even bigger variety of exercise integrations. Not only are they great for traditional ab-wheel work, but they really add a challenging dimension to planks, push-ups, dips, and even shoulder stretches.

Gym Towel

Nothing is worse than setting yourself up for bench press just to feel somebody else’s sweat underneath your back. Towels are usually considered a MUST have in all better-quality gyms, but not everyone acts according to rules. So, making sure you bring your own towel doesn’t only make you compliant, but also prevents you from sitting or lying in somebody else’s puddle.

Although there’s nothing wrong with bringing your regular towel from home (or grabbing the one provided by your gym), you can purchase some pretty awesome towels like this double-sided one from BWB creations.  Specifically made to wipe up the surface and then use the other side to lie or sit on, its three-layer design prevents moisture from permeating through the towel, so you’ll never leave a sweaty mark underneath it. Buying your Valentine this towel will definitely be something he’ll never forget to take with him to his next gym session. If he’s a germaphobe, there’s probably nothing he’s going to love more.

Yoga Shorts

If your guy is a yoga lover, getting him a nice high-quality pair of shorts is a great gift, as extra workout gear will help keep his laundry cycle in line with his workout cycle. Lululemon is best known for its women’s yoga pants and activewear, but they also have a whole line of men’s activewear shorts and pants.

If you’re looking for something similar in quality but in a more budget-friendly range, you can also check out the activewear from AloYoga, as well as the offerings from Manduka and Prana.

Gym Bag

You can never underestimate the importance of a good gym bag, especially if he hits the gym regularly. Gifting him a bag with plenty of room for workout gear and essentials is definitely a must.

Looking for versatility? This awesome Adidas duffle bag with adjustable straps and a lifetime warranty can quickly transform into a weekender bag, so what works for the gym works for well for a weekend trip, too.

If he’s looking for something that transitions easily from work to the gym, this versatile water-repelling Lululemon bag features a laptop sleeve, a lined shoe pocket to keep dirty shoes (and dirty laundry) away from clean clothes, and looks low profile enough to fit in anywhere.

Home Gym Gadgets

For the guy who has it all and wants to take his home workouts to the next level, all sorts of cool gadgets and home-gym accessories are available for purchase.

This high-tech kettlebell from JAXJOX features six different weight levels and a rechargeable battery, plus it has the option to track workouts. Not everything sports a battery or automated tracking though, this clever pushup board turns a set of handles and a color-coordinated peg system into a challenging upper-body workout.

Switch up your gifting game this February 14th and get the active guy in your life something he’ll not only make great use of, but that will also make him think of you every time he does.

Karla Tafra Karla Tafra
Karla is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, content creator and an overall wellness coach with over 10 years of international experience in teaching, writing, coaching, and helping others transform their lives. From Croatia to Spain and now, the US, she calls Seattle her new home where she lives and works with her husband. Read Full Bio »
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