Every year, I hear from my family and friends how difficult it is to offer me a gift as they think I already have everything. The first time I heard it, I was quite surprised, but I quickly understood why.
I don’t recommend offering a really specific gear like a saddle, a set of aero bars, or a tri suit, except if you know exactly which model the triathlete wants. The chances are that he already knows exactly what he wants. He just didn’t have the money to buy it yet.
The perfect gift is something not too specific but still useful. I compiled 10 gift ideas, which I am sure are perfect for triathletes of any level.
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1. A PAIR OF RECOVERY FLIP-FLOPS
That’s the exact model I received a couple of years ago (OOFOS OOriginal Sandal, Amazon Affiliate link). I didn’t know recovery flip-flops even existed at that time. After each long workout, I just can’t wait to remove my shoes and put those on.
2. A TRIATHLON SERIES BOARD GAME
It is currently the only board game I heard of. Would I buy it myself? Probably not. But if someone from my family is reading this article, I would love to have it 😉
3. 1-1 SWIM LESSONS
The cool thing about swimming is that we never stop learning. You could offer a book about swimming, but the best option is to offer 1-1 swim lessons. Lookup for someone locally who is also doing video analysis. That’s always the eye-opening moment.
There are two big international swim schools. If you have the chance to find a coach or camp nearby, I would really recommend that. I had training from both schools and really enjoyed them:
4. A BIKE FIT
On the more expensive side, a bike fit is a great gift option. Don’t worry if you think he already had one. Some coaches recommend to do it yearly. I was surprised by how the small changes that I made during the bike fit changed my next rides’ comfort.
If you want to make it a total surprise and go there directly with your friend, make sure that he takes his bike, of course, but also his entire triathlon equipment.
5. A MASSAGE
We just can’t get enough of it 🙂
6. A FRAMED PICTURE OF A PREVIOUS RACE
Most of the big events have some professional photographers. You probably already know the last big race your friend made (you know, the one he mentioned every single time you met), then head on to their website and buy the digital photos. It costs between $5 to $10 per photo. Then, frame it nicely – you made an amazing gift!
7. A RUNNING POWER METER
If you have a data geek friend, he will love to have this power meter. The most popular one is the one from Stryd (link to their website). This is a small piece of equipment that goes on the shoelaces of his running shoes. It is quite expensive, so make sure to check his running shoes before. If you don’t see any pod on them, you are good to go.
8. A TRIATHLON TV OR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
Strangely, many triathletes still don’t know that it is possible to watch many triathlons on TV. The main diffuser is Triathlon live, where you access live and on replay the races of short distance pro triathletes.
Another option is a subscription to a triathlon magazine. Depending on which country you are in, there might be a local one. Otherwise, the main ones are Triathlete (US-based) and 220 Triathlon (UK based). They ship pretty much anywhere in the world and also have a digital option.
9. A RACE ENTRY
Paying for the entire race entry or a part of it is a great gift. But before writing it down on a gift card, be aware of the cost. It ranges between $50 to $800 for the biggest events.
If you want to offer that, simply state the exact amount you will give. It is clear from the beginning.
10. A GIFT CARD
If you run short on time or ideas, you cannot go wrong with a gift card. We will definitely use it. The two main online platforms are Amazon for any generic equipment and Wiggle for any specific triathlon gears.