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Birthday Gift Ideas For Girls: The Aspiring Athlete

Prertty sporty girl workout in the gym

Getting a birthday present for a sporty girl? Well, then you gotta make sure to get the right one!

When it comes to girls who have their interests set on athletics, sports, and anything related to fitness – you always want to make sure you’re extra showing support and encouragement because you always want them to know that you recognize and understand their hard work.

Lucky for you, not only was I an athlete back in my High School days, but my niece is a D1 athlete who sat down and helped make sure this guide was right on the money.

Whether your recipient is a middle or high school athlete, just likes to go for a run every now and then, or is a fully-fledged college student-athlete, there will be something in here for her.

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Get her some brand new high quality LuluLemon Leggings

One of the most popular and common request among athletes are these high quality Lulu lemon leggings that are excellent not only for sportswear, running, biking, gym-going and a variety of sports - but works excellent for lounging.

According to my niece, you can simply get these leggings and ignore the rest of the guide.

Regardless if she has any already or not doesn't matter, because a new pair is always welcome. Get a neutral color or go crazy with it, she's going to appreciate it either way.


Get her some wireless headphones or earbuds like AirPods

If you really want to treat her nice, then you gotta go with the AirPods.

Assuming hers are getting old, or she don't have any, AirPods (or wireless headphones in general) are a must have for any athlete.

It allows them to comfortably listen to their favorite music or podcasts while participating in their respective activity.

Excellent for runners, bikers, gymrats and any sport that requires tedious repetition of the same motion over and over (so pretty much all of them).

... you also don't need to get the latest and greatest fancy ones. The ones linked go for about $100 on Amazon!



Sports and games are best with friends, so get her a Spikeball set

The latest and greatest social game that managed to get kids and teenagers off their iPads and back on the lawn again was Spikeball.

This is one of the most fun and active games that she can play with her friends. It's easy to bring with so he can take it to the park, to school for recess, to play before or after practice, or just have some friends over for some good ol' active fun.

This one is great for all ages and fitness levels, so if she doesn't already have a Spikeball set I CANNOT recommend it enough.

I even have one, and I'm getting old.


Get unique and creative with it and get her a sports subscription box

Get her a subscription box related to fitness!

It can either be in related to general fitness, yoga, gym-ratty stuff, or something tailored to his specific sport. Check out some of your options right here.



Help her roll out those muscles with a foam roller recovery kit

Get her this active foam roller recovery kit that comes complete with everything she needs to stretch and massage those sore muscles!

Again, the key to stay healthy as an athlete that a lot of (teenage girls especially) don't put enough focus on, is active recovery. This is the way to do it!


Give her access to all the equipment she could ever need with a gym membership

I mean this one is almost too obvious, isn't it?

If all they have access to is a high school gym or a home set-up (nothing wrong with that), wont you treat them to a couple months at a real gym?

Find the closest/highest rated gym (think LA fitness, 24 Hour fitness etc), and get her a membership!

Regardless of what sport she plays, cross-training is crucial for any athlete to become the best they can be.

Equipment Rack in Gym

Encourage active recovery with a massage gun

These guns are absolute life savers for the athletic girl who's trying to make sure her muscles stay young and healthy for as long as possible.

Massage guns to help the post work-out recovery, regardless of sport, and is a game-changer.

Trust me.

Gun shock vibration percussion massage therapy. Elderly woman practicing self-massaging your legs

Make her look fly while sweating with some personalized athletic gear

Why just get her sports gear when you could get her customized or engraved gear with his name or initials?


Depending on which climate you're in, get her a light runner or biking jacket with hier name engraved on it that is sure to stand out!

Sun highlights young muscular female athlete

Gift her some updated gear with a sick smartwatch

If she doesn't have one already, or hers is getting too old, this is probably the greatest gift you can get a fitness junkie.


Garmin or Apple Watch will allow her to easily track her workouts, monitor her heart rates, connect her music and do everything else you need for the perfect workout.

(my student-athlete niece recommends the Garmin)

Smart watch on the wrist

Help her nutrition with a protein shaker and some Whey protein powder

Any gym rat or athlete knows that proper muscle recovery involves protein shakes with added nutrients.

Get her this blender bottle, and combine it with a restock of their favorite protein powder! If they don't already have any, I'd recommend going with this one.


Keep her hydrated in the coolest way with a Smart Water Bottle

One of the most important things any athlete can do is to stay hydrated.

We're living in the future, and one of the coolest new athletic hydration gadgets on the market right now is this Smart Water Bottle that lights up and reminds you to drink.

It also keeps water ice cold and just looks super cool!


And there you have it! 13 Sporty Birthday Gift Ideas for The Aspiring Athlete!

Picking out the perfect present is always difficult, but I guarantee you that by simply catering a little bit to her interests and putting in the effort, she’ll appreciate it more than she lets on.

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