The Season's 35 Best Gifts for Athletes

STACK brings you the year's best holiday gifts for athletes.

The holidays give you a chance to stock up on gear, shoes and other goodies that can boost your performance in 2015. Here's what should be on your list. Spread the word to your loved ones to make the holidays truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Jordan Training Gear

Apparel

Air Jordan Foiled Front Tee

Sure it's just a cotton t-shirt, but it has a sweet logo, and the shirt works really well layered with Jordan's Warm-Up Jacket.
$35, nike.com

Air Jordan Warm-Up Jacket

A perforated front panel looks cool and helps you stay dry. A hidden interior pocket accommodates your smartphone with a special loop for snaking your headphones.
$120, nike.com

Air Jordan S.Flight Sonic Print Short

Baggy, comfy and cool—featuring two inseam pockets for your keys and phone—these shorts are great on and off the court.
$50, nike.com

Air Jordan Dominate Tight

Stretch fabric keeps your legs warm when you're on the bench, and DRI-FIT technology keeps you dry when you're in the game.
$60, nike.com

Nike Men's Hyperwarm Fitted Crewneck Shirt 2.0

Nike Men's Hyperwarm Fitted Crewneck Shirt 2.0

When temperatures plummet, turn to this base layer for warmth and sweat-wicking.
$50, nike.com

adidas Team Issue Pullover Hoodie

adidas Team Issue Pullover Hoodie

Stay warm between workouts or when you're just relaxing with this soft, fleecy hoodie.
$60, adidas.com

adidas Team Issue Shorts

adidas Team Issue Shorts

Comfy, baggy training shorts. The warm, wicking material makes them a great option for wintery workouts.
$45, adidas.com

adidas Team Issue Pants

adidas Team Issue Pants

Throw these on before you head home from the gym to keep your legs toasty.
$55, adidas.com

Nike Men's Elite World Tour Full Zip Basketball Hoodie

Nike Men's Elite World Tour Full Zip Basketball Hoodie

Designed with the pickup baller in mind, this hoodie is meant for outdoor courts.
$75, nike.com

Nike Men's Element Thermal Running Gloves

Nike Men's Element Thermal Running Gloves

Smart idea: the tips of these gloves work with smartphone screens, so you can tap through playlists as you train.
$25, nike.com

Puma PR PURE NightCat Shorts

Puma PR PURE NightCat Shorts

Reflective materials keep you visible on early morning or evening runs. Toss these on over your tights and go.
$40, puma.com

Under Armour ColdGear ArmourVent Leggings

Under Armour ColdGear ArmourVent Leggings

These fast-drying, moisture-wicking tights will keep you warm on cold-weather runs.

$70, underarmour.com

Under Armour ClutchFit Compression Leggings

Under Armour ClutchFit Compression Leggings

Supportive compression wear designed to allow athletic movement without restriction.
$80, underarmour.com

Under Armour Storm ColdGear Infrared Run Vest

Under Armour Storm ColdGear Infrared Run Vest

This wind-proof vest keeps your core warm during outdoor workouts but allows your arms to move freely. Three layers of fabric: the outside repels the breeze while the inside keeps you cozy.
$100, underarmour.com

Shoes

Air Jordan CP3.VIII

Air Jordan CP3.VIII

Now available in a fiery Challenge Red colorway (shown), Chris Paul's signature kick is a responsive low-top that lets you cut as quickly as you want. The plush interior and padded heel cup are highlights.
$130, nike.com

adidas Energy Boost 2.0

adidas Energy Boost 2.0

A sturdy midsole houses the brand's Boost technology, which helps you put more energy into your steps. The seamless Techfit upper provides a sock-like feel.
$160, adidas.com

New Balance Minimus 20v4

New Balance Minimus 20v4

Delivers a "barefoot-like" sensation and plenty of ground contact for lifters who want to feel the platform when they're squatting. A grippy, durable Vibram sole offers serious traction.
$100, newbalance.com

Nike Air Max 2015

Nike Air Max 2015

The fadeaway color scheme will get you looks; the huge air cushion underfoot provides an uber-comfy ride.
$190, nike.com

ASICS Gel-Exert TR

ASICS Gel Exert TR

The Exert is designed to handle any workout demand. The outsole is thick enough for running but thin and level enough for lifting and explosive dynamic movements.
$100, asics.com

Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo

Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo

Super flexible and barely-there lightweight, the Apollo molds to your foot with a breathable upper and a seamless heel cup (the part that holds your ankle into the shoe).
$100, underarmour.com

In-Game Gear

Wilson A2000 1786 Team Logo Infield Glove

Wilson A2000 1786 Team Logo Infield Glove

Use the glove the pros prefer with your favorite team's logo and colors. You can also customize the glove with your own name and number.
$350, wilsoncustom-gloves.com

Epoch MMXV Gen.5 C30 Dragonfly and Hawk

Epoch MMXV Gen.5 C30 Dragonfly and Hawk

A tough but extremely lightweight lacrosse stick with incredible grip. The Hawk head has a laid-back profile that makes scoops easy.
Dragonfly (shaft) $140, Hawk (head) $100, Otter (net) $40, epochlacrosse.com

Unequal Halo

Unequal Halo

Not just a headband, this Kevlar®-enhanced impact-protection equipment is designed for soccer and lacrosse players. Made of lightweight, breathable fabrics, the Halo gives you peace of mind in fierce competition.
$40, unequal.com

CCM RBZ Superfast

CCM Superfast Hockey Stick

 

A lightweight, well-balanced stick with a stiff shaft, said to produce the fastest shot CCM's ever built.
$260, CCMHockey.com

Point 3 DRYV Baller 2.0 Shorts 

Point 3 DRYV Baller 2.0 Shorts

Lots of basketball players—including MJ himself—tug on their shorts during games. In a stroke of genius, Point 3 has added hand-drying towel material to the sides, so the shorts can now improve your ball grip.

$45, point3basketball.com

Tech

NBA LIVE 15

NBA LIVE 15

Play as your favorite NBA superstar, or try Dynasty and Ultimate Team modes, which let you build your dream team from scratch.
$60, easports.com

When The Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall

An inspirational movie chronicling the unbelievable 151-game winning streak of De La Salle High School's football team during the 1990s.
whenthegamestandstall.com

GoPro HERO 4 Silver

GoPro HERO 4 Silver

This durable little camera records all of your adventures in stunning widescreen HD video. Works just about anywhere, even underwater.
$400, gopro.com

GoPro 3-Way Mount

GoPro 3 Way Mount

It's a tripod. It's a counterweight. It's an extension arm that lets you record killer selfies on the run. The 3-Way is all of this, and you can use it to capture awesome footage in endless ways.
$70, gopro.com

adidas miCoach FIT SMART

adidas miCoach FIT SMART

Record your heart rate without an uncomfortable chest strap! The FIT SMART features an optical heart rate monitor along with technology that records your speed and effort during workouts, all synced with an app that allows you to track your progress and set new goals.
$199, adidas.com

Recovery

Zamst ZK-7 Knee Brace

Zamst ZK 7 Knee Brace

Support the all-important ACL and other knee ligaments with a strong brace. Made of comfortable, breathable fabric, the ZK-7 won't hamper your movement in any direction.
$90, zamst.us

Zamst A2-DX Brace

Zamst A2 DX Brace

Prevents high ankle sprains by reducing the space between the two lower leg bones and the ankle. A hard plastic Exo-Grid makes rolling your ankle almost impossible.
$65, zamst.us

TRX Rip Trainer

TRX Rip Trainer

One of the easiest, most portable and most effective training tools out there, the Rip Trainer lets you do core and rotational training just about anywhere. Great for LAX'ers.

$190, trxtraining.com

SKLZ AccuStrap

SKLZ AccuStrap

The thick black ball has the feel of a lacrosse ball; the smaller yellow one is as dense as a golf ball; and the strap lets you use them to break up muscle knots anywhere on your body.
$30, shop.sklz.com

TriggerPoint GRID STK

TriggerPoint GRID STK

Use this convenient handheld roller to loosen up your muscles before a workout or to work out minor aches and knots afterwards.
$35, tptherapy.com


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