2012's Best Gifts for Athletes
Are you an athlete? We know what you want for the holidays. You want the best gear for your sport and the same stuff the pros use. You want equipment that will help you get better on your way to making a name for yourself. And you definitely want a new pair of sneakers. Okay, maybe two.
Well, we've got you covered—especially if you really want a one-of-a-kind case for your iPhone or a customizable pair of headphones. We've put together a massive package, loaded with the absolute best gifts for athletes, conveniently divided into easy-to-read-categories.
Great news! We just found 50 great ways for you to spend your gift card money. Here are this year's best gifts for athletes.
1. LeBron X+
Pictured here is LeBron's road colorway for the '12-'13 season, dubbed "Pressure" because of the diamond pattern on the swoosh.
2. adidas D Rose 3
adidas is all in with Derrick Rose, releasing multiple colorways of his newest signature sneaker while he rehabs from a torn ACL.
3. Wall Season 3 ZigEscape
Former STACK cover athlete John Wall is one of the most exciting point guards in the game. Pick up his newest Reebok sneaker to show your support.
4. Jordan Son of Mars
From the Air Jordan Spizike (a mashup of various parts of other Jordans, influenced by director Spike Lee) comes the Son of Mars, shown in stealth grey and university blue.
5. Puma Faas 350 S
Head out for your sprints and speed work with this lightweight running shoe from Puma, a low-profile look perfect for the trail.
6. Snapback Mitchell & Ness NBA Hats
Show pride in your favorite team with a retro hat from Mitchell and Ness.
7. Dockers Apha Khaki
Rock these slim-fit camo khakis to or from a game to change it up from the standard blue jean rotation.
8. Jordan Digital Air Shirt
Even in his most pixelated form, Michael Jordan gets huge air. Rep MJ with this different looking design to stand out from the pack.
9. Nike 1960 Canvas Destroyer Jacket
This old-school varsity jacket showcases an understated Raiders logo and is a great outer layer for the colder months.
10. Jordan Golden Moments Pack
Michael Jordan came into his own in 1992, and 20 years later the brand that carries his name offers a collectible two-pack to celebrate the occasion.
11. Spalding TF-1000 Legacy Basketball
Be ready for a game in an indoor gym or on the blacktop at the park with this all-terrain Spalding basketball.
12. DeMarini Swing Shirt
This DeMarini shirt is built with the baseball player in mind, so it fits more snugly in certain places but gives slack where you need it when you swing.
13. Easton Power Brigade XL1 Baseball Bat
Get power for the long ball with Easton's XL Series of bats, designed with an extended barrel to put more pop in your chop.
14. Rawlings Velo Baseball Bat (BBVELO)
Comp-Lite end cap and Bifusion technology will help you get your bat around quicker on the inside heat.
15. DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Baseball Bat
Swing away and let the ping be music to your ears. This aluminum bat conforms to all current BBCOR standards, perfect for college players.
16. ECOXPOWER Outdoor Headlight/Phone Charger
Boost your battery life and get a good warmup on the way with a pedal-powered headlight and smart phone charger.
17. Wilson Official Size NFL "Duke" Leather Game Ball
Get the official leather football used on the field during NFL games.
18. GoPro Hero3: White Edition
Wear or mount this waterproof video cam on your helmet, bike handlebars, surfboard or elsewhere, then share your best action clips on Facebook.
19. SKLZ Weighted Baseballs
Develop a big arm on the diamond with weighted baseballs from SKLV. They're constructed like real baseballs, but they add resistance to throws.
20. Mongoose Mode 180
This durable freestyle bike in Steve McCann orange sets the BMX standard for anyone practicing for a debut at the X Games.
21. Cutters X40 C-TRACK Revolution Football Receiver Gloves
Make highlight grabs look routine with these C-Track Revolution gloves.
22. Mizuno Pro Limited Edition GMP650 Baseball Glove
Deguchi Kip Leather keeps this glove soft for the infield or the mound.
23. EvoShield Protective Wrist Guard
The digital camo design is sweet, but the EvoShield protection you get on wild pitches is even sweeter.
24. Cutters 197 Triple Playmaker Wristcoach
Store up to 600 plays on your wrist with three different windows, and call them out like the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
25. Nokona Buffalo Combo BC-1150M
Nokona gloves are made from several leathers that come from the American Range Bison in South Dakota and Nokona's walnut HHH leather. So soft.
26. Oakley MLB Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses
Shield your eyes from the sun like the pros, and pick up a pair in your favorite team's colors.
27. Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag
Have you ever smelled the inside of your gym bag? Dont. Throw one of these in the bottom of your duffel and get the stench under control.
28. Shock Doctor Nano 3D Mouthguard
This mouthguard has an ultra-slim design that makes it easier to speak and communicate with teammates while protecting your mouth from your hard fouls.
29. Under Armour ArmourShield Mouthguard
Under Armour's ArmourShield mouthguard uses UA's patented Bite Flex technology to offer maximum protection to athletes in all types of contact sports.
30. Pony Port Beanie
The beanie's "pony port" in the back lets your ponytail get some fresh air while keeping the rest of your head warm.
31. Franklin CFX PRO Series Batting Gloves
Strap them up and step into the box like the MLB's best.
32. lululemon Wunder Under Crop
These yoga pants fit properly, so female athletes won't have to readjust while transitioning through a yoga session.
33. Nike+ Kinect Training Game
Nike's trainers and the Xbox Kinect combine to give you a complete workout experience. It's loaded with routines to try and feedback to keep you motivated.
34. Harbinger 443 Red Line Wrist Wraps
Wrap up for heavy presses to provide your wrists with additional support on your toughest sets.
35. Warrior Softshell Hooded Jacket
Don't get caught out in the rain after practice without this Warrior jacket. You'll need it if you're running to catch the nearest bus.
36. Warrior Dojo Training Shoe
You're totally covered in the lightweight Dojo from Warrior, whether you're about to lift, run or perform intense drills for your sport. Or do backflips.
37. New Balance Minimus 20v3
The 20v3 moves along with the body naturally, while also providing the kind of protection you get from a normal shoe.
38. Men's UA 9" Microshorts II
Mesh shorts with pockets are a must in the weight room so you can keep your music with you while you're training.
39. Vibram SeeYa LS
This super-thin barefoot shoe is built to give the smaller muscles in your feet a chance to develop. Great for building total-body power from the ground up.
40. Asics GT-2170
This running shoe is designed for runners. The GT series includes bells and whistles like the Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems.
41. Puma Toori Run C
If you're the kind of athlete who likes all eyes on you, try the Toori Run C from Puma, which gets some design inspiration from Tokyo and comic books.
42. iHome iP4 Portable FM Stereo Boombox
This may look like an old-school boombox, but it plays tunes from an iPhone or iPod, so the playlists are endless.
43. Skullcandy Customized Aviator Edit Headphones
Put together your own unique Skullcandy design with a different color cord, caps, frames and headbands.
44. CordCruncher Tangle-Free Headphones
Toss these headphones in your backpack, and you'll never have to worry about untangling another knot.
45. Sony PS3 Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset
Taking your online gaming to the next level never sounded so good. You'll feel pulses in these headphones to help you see the enemy before they see you.
46. X-Doria Dash iPhone 5 Case
Protect your new iPhone with a little style, including a perforated fabric on the exterior and a polycarbonate window in the middle of the Dash case.
47. Wii U Deluxe Set
Nintendo leads the charge into next-gen gaming with their first HD console, the Wii U. Pop for the deluxe set and get more memory, a black Wii U GamePad and more.
48. Borderlands 2
One of the most surprisingly successful new franchises in gaming is the best co-op experience going. Explore the open world with your choice of characters and let yourself get sucked in.
49. Halo 4
If your teammates aren't playing Call of Duty, they'll definitely be online with the newest Halo. It's the first game in a new trilogy for the franchise.
50. Assassin's Creed III
You'll control a new assassin who fights through an open world in the American Colonies, circa 1775.
51. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
The newest Call of Duty game, this time set in the near future, is bound to be the one your entire team plays online.