A Sporty Girl is on a Slightly Different Wavelength
Energetic, fit, usually not fussy about the way she looks, a sporty girl has slightly different interests than the average girl. She won't give a moment's thought before pulling back her hair into a sleek ponytail or bun right before she hits the running track or gets ready for a round of basketball with the guys. The average girl may watch her weight, a sporty girl is far more concerned about getting the right balance of nutrients to fuel her fitness regime. She's fuss free till she decides to dress to the nines for a romantic date or a night out with her girls, and boy, can she rock any outfit with that lean frame!
For younger girls, taking part in sporting activities helps them learn important skills like leadership and working in a team; it also boosts their confidence and gives them a positive body image. A great way to encourage her would be to buy gifts she can use to further her pursuits. And if you are shopping for a working girl who likes sport or is keen on pursuing fitness, she would love nothing better than gifts that match her interests. Gifts are a wonderful way to show people appreciation and love, and giving gifts that meet their needs are a good way to go.
A Guide to Shopping for the Sporty Girl
Give Her Utilitarian Gifts
Whether your girl runs marathons, never misses a day of gym, is a star athlete at school, or likes to hang out in the trendiest joggers, there are always accessories she can use. Sure, she would have all the basics, and maybe even a whole set of cool accessories, she would love a few more. Look for things that can provide her more comfort, make her workouts more fun, or things she has been wanting.
A good gift is a useful gift. Headbands, well designed backpacks that would be great to take to an outdoor trip and fitness trackers are amongst the most popular gifts for sporty girls because they are so handy. Alternatively you could look at classes to either help her hone her skills, or a new activity she would enjoy.
Which Sport is She Most Interested In?
To make a good gift even better, narrow down her interests within sports. Does she like to play football or is she only interested in watching the game? Get her merchandise from her favourite team, or a football, depending on the answer. Find out which sports is she into, or if her interests are more towards training and keeping fit.
If she goes to the gym what kind of training does she do? Getting training gloves for the girl who goes to the gym for all the zumba, yoga and dance classes will be quite a misfit gift. Sporting activities are wide and varied, and if getting details becomes tricky, buy something which can be used across the board - like a sporty water bottle.
Personalise Things She Uses All the Time
Buying gifts that match the recipients tastes, personality and interests are a sure shot way of making your gift relevant and appreciated. A girl can be sporty but she may come back from the most gruelling marathon and dress up in high heels and wear glitter on her eyes.
Another girl’s love for sports may be limited to catching all the football, basketball, tennis and wrestling matches on the television, but she may love to wear sneakers with all her clothes. This is where personalising a gift comes in. Make sure you buy her something she would actually use. You can also buy gifts and put her name on them, such as a water bottle or a football shirt with her name on it, fitness equipment inscribed with her name. These are great ways to add value to a present.
Give Her Some Tech Love
Technology that serves a purpose in furthering an interest or making life a little easier or more comfortable is always appreciated, and girls love cool gadgets. For that matter, tech items make great gifts for everyone. Some are more interesting than others, all you have to do is find one she will useful.
What kind of girl is she? She may like the latest gadget with a ton of interesting features, fitness trackers disguised as a pretty accessory so she can always look fabulous, or something very unique. Think of gadgets which can be used for workouts, fitness trackers disguised as pretty accessories, camping and outdoor gear and whatever interesting thing you can get your hands on.
17 Gift Ideas for the Sporty Girl
A Cool Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated during workouts so a water bottle would be a great gift for a sporty girl. She can use it at the gym, on outdoor events and even use it to carry water with her when on the move. Sporty water bottles are designed to be light, spill proof and often come loaded with other helpful features for an active lifestyle.
Like this Phone Storage Workout Bottle that also holds a smartphone, credit cards and money. The eye-catching design has two clear compartments for water, sandwiching a dry space in between to keep other small essentials. There is also a twist-off bottom with a port for headphones so she can continue to her music while her phone is stashed inside.
Made with strong tritan plastic and silicone, the bottle is completely free from BPA, is leak-proof, and dishwasher safe. It holds about half a liter of water. Utility aside, it is a very cool looking bottle, which when filled, looks like a phone suspended inside the bottle.
Buy it on Uncommon Goods for Rs.971.
Funky Gym Tights
When leading an active lifestyle one cannot have enough workout clothes. Yoga pants, or tights, are also a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn outside as well, although they have functionality that far exceeds the appearance. Compressed workout wear is designed to improve the wearer’s performance, and even prevent and manage injury. Though they are frequently made from synthetic, man-made fabrics, features like the ability to keep the wearer dry, makes them a better option than natural fabrics.
We suggest these super funky Women's UA Breathelux Printed Ankle Crop capri pants by Under Armour. First things first, they're gorgeous and will make her feel like a workout diva! Made of 72 per cent polyester and 28 per cent elastane, they're designed to fit really well and feel like a second skin. The fabric wicks moisture and dries real quick and there is a convenient envelope pocket fitted at the back.
There is the sticky matter of the price - they're marked at Rs.8,983. Buy it from the Under Armour store online if it doesn't deter you.
Don't sweat it, she doesn't need a pricey pair of tights to sweat it out. These Women Navy Blue Solid Tights by HRX by Hrithik Roshan may not be quite the same level of eye candy but are at a far more affordable Rs.909. On the functionality front these too wick moisture, have anti-microbial properties and are made completely from polyester.
Buy it from myntra.com.
A Foam Roller
Fitness comes at a price—aches and pains from sore muscles that have been pushed to the brink of their limit. This makes them stronger but the niggling pain can make it difficult to workout the next day and even limit daily movement.
While sports sprays ease the pain momentarily, the muscles continue to remain sore for the next few days. A deep tissue sports massage is one the best ways to help flush out the lactic acid that's causing the pain and relax the muscles so they can heal quicker. This is staple fare for professional athletes but the rest of us cannot afford, nor have the time to have a massage daily. Enter the foam roller.
This roller is made from high density foam and can be used to not only massage sore muscles as effectively as a massage, it can be used for warming up before exercising and even fit into a workout. The bumps and nubs on it effectively provide a deep tissue massage and the user can control the pressure being applied.
This pretty pink and blue Iris TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller is portable, lightweight, and can withstand a pressure of 16 kilos, making it ideal for daily use as it won't wear out or break down easily.
Buy it for Rs.1,299 from amazon.in.
Help her get the most out of her workouts by giving her a fitness tracker to track and monitor her progress. These have the ability to track everything from the number of steps taken by the wearer to more complicated features like monitoring heart rate, sleep, calories burned and can track a host of different activities. Not only will she get useful information about her activities, it is useful even if she just wants to become more active and meet daily goals. They are extremely popular and you would have seen a number of people sport them on their wrist.
There is a wide range of fitness trackers to fill a number of requirements and fit a variety of budgets for you to choose from. If she is a fashion conscious girl you can even buy trackers that are fitted inside smart pieces of jewellery. We suggest the Fitbit Charge 3, widely considered the best fitness tracker for women in 2019.
With it she can accurately track not only her physical activities but also her heart rate and sleep patterns. The battery lasts for up to 7 days which means she can literally wear it all the time for a better understanding of her body and health. It can record the kind of sleep she is getting too, from light and REM sleep to short naps. It's resistant to water till 50 meters so showers and swims are not a problem.
Most trackers come with notifications now but this lets you select what you want to be notified about. Instead, a cool feature are the 15 goal settings that let you select your path to fitness. Easy to navigate icons and a touchscreen display make it easy to use. We liked this lavender watch with a woven band but it's also available in white, black and blue grey.
All are priced at Rs.15,999 on Amazon.
Keeping today’s busy lifestyle in mind where a girl has to juggle multiple roles, a backpack becomes an essential to effectively manage time and different commitments. A well designed bag allows her to better organise and carry all the things she will need in a day.
There are multiple styles of bags available, each designed to serve a different purpose. When buying a bag as gift first look at the receiver’s lifestyle and her requirements. The bag you give a sporty schoolgirl will be very different from one you give a girl who enjoys backpacking trips, and a corporate working girl. Each of them will benefit from a backpack, but the design will greatly vary. There are bags made for the gym, for school, laptop bags, drawstring bags, casual and trendy backpacks designed as fashionable accessories and bags for outdoor activities like cycling, camping and for travelling.
You can give her something like this Macaroon Colorblock Backpack by Doughnut. If she's not a 'pink' girl, not to worry, this bag is available in an eye popping range of colours. This boxy nylon and leather bag is great for daily use, and fits in everything she will need for a quick trip, plus it's water repellent.
It measures 15" (height) x 10" (width) x 5" (depth), has a padded compartment for laptops, and loads of compartments on the interior and exterior to ensure nothing is ever out of place.
Buy it for Rs.5,975 from Nordstrom.
For the girl who goes to the gym, a smart tote bag for all her gym accessories. The Adidas Grey Solid Tote Training Convertible Shoulder Bag Cum Backpack has one main roomy compartment with 3 pockets inside and another 3 outside, with a padded sleeve for a tablet or laptop. It's pretty chic so a working girl wouldn't mind slinging it to office and elsewhere as well. She can wear it as a shoulder bag and it has straps at the back for wearing as a backpack. It's made of durable polyester but isn't waterproof.
Buy it for a discounted price of Rs.1,799 on jabong.com.
Set of Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are extremely versatile as these can be used for supplementary core and strength training as part of a regular routine, and enable you to a full workout when travelling. If your girl is often on the move she will love these.
There are several resistance bands out there, but a set like this 11 piece Premium Resistance Bands by Tribe are among the best, good enough for even advanced level training. Use them for resistance training, yoga, pilates, physical therapy, at home or outdoors.
The set includes 5 colour coded resistance tube bands with metal clips offering resistance of 5, 15, 20, 30 and 35 pounds which can be combined for a resistance of 105 pounds. Each band measures 48 inches in length and are easily stackable. These come with 2 cushioned soft-grip handles, a door safe anchor, 2 soft ankle straps and a waterproof carry bag.
The bands are made of natural latex with high elasticity and a high-grade silicon that ensures they will not snap or get deformed. This product also comes with very good customer reviews on Amazon where you can buy it for Rs.3,832.
Since sporty girls enjoy being active, your girl is also likely to enjoy being outdoors and activities like hiking and camping. If she does, she will love to receive a camping tent as a gift. She can finally stop renting out tents for all her outdoor adventures. Even if she hasn’t made a camping trip as yet, having a tent will give her all the encouragement she needs.
When shopping for a tent remember that she would need to carry a lot of essential items with her on such a trip. So look for tents made with strong material that can protect her from the elements, yet is light enough to carry comfortably. It should be easy to assemble and dismantle - the last thing she needs in a downpour is to struggle with her tent. Good quality tents will not come cheap so buy one only if you have the budget for it; giving a cheap and poorly made tent defeats the purpose entirely.
We liked the Automatic Pop Up Backpacking Tent that comes with a carrying bag and accommodates up to 3 people. The entire tent weights 4 kg. It is supported by durable and sturdy fiberglass tent poles that prevent it from being blown away by wind, waterproof and UV resistant fabric - 190t terylene for layers, 150d oxford for floor, and a two-way zipper door flap. Though it is waterproof, it isn’t meant for heavy rain, will only block the rain. It offers good ventilation and view of the outside, keeps mosquitoes and other bugs at bay, and has a lantern hook on the inside, making it ideal for casual camping.
Buy it for Rs.14,206 at Amazon.
Another option is the Arpenaz 2 XL Fresh&Black 2 Person Camping Tent by Quechua that accommodates 2 people.
It is easy to assemble and dismantle, the bag weighs 4.4 kg so it's also lightweight and good to carry around. The tent can withstand heavy rain and light winds of upto 40 km/h, and the awning in front provides further protection from wind and rain besides a little privacy. It can get bright quite quickly outdoors but the patented fabric ensures 99 per cent darkness inside even in full daylight, and it's fitted with mosquito net and mechanical ventilation to ensure good sleep.
Buy it for Rs.4,999 from Decathlon.
Just like equipment and accessories that are designed specifically for different sports, so is the case with shoes as well. There are two ways to go about buying shoes as gifts - either find out or ask her what kind of shoes she needs for her activities, or buy her good looking casual sport shoes. Many girls who are sporty will be thrilled to get shoes they can wear casually, so unless you can get specifics about her sport requirements, stick to casual sport shoes.
Keep her tastes in mind when buying shoes. Look for something which can be paired with many outfits. You could buy colourful shoes, but only if you know for a fact she likes wearing that kind. Check to see if it is a comfortable fit, has good cushioning and a durable sole. If buying shoes for a specific sport, such as running, ensure it meets all the requirements for that sport. Before you go to the store, check ratings, reviews of different brands and compare them so you have a fairly good idea of what you are looking for at the store.
You can never go wrong with white sneakers and every girl must have a pair in her shoe closet. For a touch of whimsy get her these Women White Sneakers with rainbow coloured laces by Street Style Store. This round toed pair goes for Rs.899 on Myntra.
Functional and fashionable at the same time, sports hoodies are an indispensable item of clothing in every sporty girl’s wardrobe. She can use it to and from and during her workout, slip into it on days with a nip in the air, and wear it when travelling as airports and airplanes almost always get chilly.
Hoodies are extremely versatile, so buy one that offers functionality and looks good. They are available in a wide range of colours and designs so you should not have trouble finding one that matches her tastes. This Cat Embroidered Red Drop Shoulder Crop Hoodie by Chumbak is super cute. It matches the the best of street style and runway fashion in one comfortable package. The embroidery detail and drop shoulder sleeves offers a unique style and it is perfect for a cold day.
Buy it for Rs.1,595 on the online Chumbak store.
Studies show that girls who play football have a higher level of self confidence than girls who play other sports. Do you really need another incentive to encourage her to play football. If she likes football anyway, give her a new ball to better practice her skills on. Either way, a football is a great gift for a sporty girl. It is fun activity that she can play indoors and outdoors, and a great way to keep her active and fit.
You can pick up this inexpensive Cosco Torino Football in size 5. It is available in black and white, and blue and yellow. Made of PVC and sewn by hand, it has high shape retention and stability. It is fitted with a latex bladder. There are other brands and more expensive options available too if you had something else in mind.
Buy this for Rs.496 on Amazon.
Portable Waterproof Speaker
Sporty activities and music are a perfect match and you will find many girls like to play or workout in sync with their favourite music. The right music can act as a catalyst, it makes exercise more fun, and music with the right tempo are great for activities like running. Though sport earphones are well suited for most such activities, sometimes a speaker works better. Such as when she is put playing basketball with her friends and they want to play music while they play - earphones are no good in such a situation. Sporty girls also enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking.
A waterproof portable speaker is a great thing to have on such occasions. Ultimate’s Winderboom Portable Bluetooth Speakers are just the thing she needs on her outdoor trips. It packs surprisingly serious sound in a small package - crisp 86 decibels of 360-degree sound to be precise. It can withstand depths of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for use in the rain or when in the shower. The Bluetooth on it has a range of 30 meters and it lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge, and it recharges in 2.8 hours. It can be paired with another UE Wonderboom for a bigger sound.
Buy it for Rs.5,299 on Amazon.
Gift Voucher for a Sports Shop
When in doubt, give her the gift of choice. A gift card can be an extremely considerate gift, and a card for a good sports shop that stocks a wide range of equipment shows that you care about her interests, and want her to get exactly what she wants. Everyone loves the freedom of choice - from young girls in school who like the taste of adult freedom especially when it comes to buying things, to adult girls. They will appreciate that you let them choose their own gift rather than buy something they wouldn’t care for.
Choose a brand she favors or a shop which stocks that brand. Check the terms and conditions that allows for a fair amount of flexibility in terms of how it can be redeemed, and that it comes with a long validity so the card doesn’t go to waste in case she is busy and cannot go shopping soon after. The amount is up to you, depending on the original budget you had in mind for her gift.
What about when you want to buy a gift for a sporty girl who already has everything she needs and you really don’t want to go out and buy her another yoga mat, no matter how well cushioned it is. There are plenty of other fun and cute gift items with a sports theme that she would enjoy having. After all, if everyone gave her mats, workout clothes, water bottles and nutri bars for her birthday, it would be a rather boring birthday wouldn’t it?
How about these cute Yoga Joes, based on the idea of GI Joe figurines, only here they are all in a different yoga pose. Unlike the elite soldiers, this troop’s mission is to keep the inner peace, and their secret weapons are strength and flexibility. Plus they come in a mini yoga studio box with a bamboo floor! These Joes are in any one of these positions - headstand, meditation, cobra, warrior one, warrior two, child's pose, tree pose, crow and downward-facing dog pose.
Buy this army of military style yogis for Rs.1,619 on uncommongoods.com.
Golf Coffee Mug
The sport fan whose favourite playground is her couch at home in front of the television, or her desk where she sits and browses all the latest happenings in the sporting world will like something not tremendously strenuous like this Golf Coffee Mug. If she is a golf fan, even better. Coffee is favoured as a stimulating drink by sports persons to get the most out of their training and workouts. And who knows, it may just trigger a desire in her to play as well?
This mug is designed with a putting hole at its base and comes with a pen in the shape of a golf stick, and a tiny golf ball. She can practise her golf skills, drink from the cup when she needs refreshment, and even use the pen when she decides to go back to work! The cup holds 250 ml of liquid and is made of ceramic, thus perfectly suitable for drinking from.
Buy it for Rs.799 on bigsmall.com.
Gift Her an Experience
Experiences can be more fulfilling than materialistic gifts as they create memories a person can go back to. Consider giving her tickets to a sporting events, or to events where she can participate in a physical activity. You could plan outdoor events like a hike or trek if that is something she enjoys. Other options are signing her up for interesting classes available in your city - yoga, zumba, kickboxing or martial arts are some ideas. Paintball, wall climbing, shooting and other similar indoor activities can be a lot of fun too.
Things She Will Enjoy
Unless she is a professional athlete, or training to be one, sports are most likely a hobby she enjoys or sees exercise as an important way to keep fit, so when buying gifts for such a girl, look for things she would enjoy. Accessories that can help her workouts be more fun, or small things she can use are good ideas. Good sports equipment is expensive, and for safety's sake it is preferable you buy good equipment, but if your budget doesn't allow it, look for fun things than serious equipment.