5 Gifts Fit for an Athlete

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Whether you’re shopping for friends or family looking to tee up, hit a home run or just sit back and enjoy a game in front of the TV, here are some (hopefully) fresh suggestions for your favorite sports fanatic.

These gifts are great for all ages and indulge the mind, body and soul. While golf clubs, team jerseys or beer steins may have been suitable gifts in years past, why not kick things up a notch in 2011 with some unique gear and games?

1) MiSoccer Speakers

MiSoccer is both a speaker and a docking station for the iPod, and comes with a handy remote. The ball shaped speakers are positioned for maximum sound distribution.

MiSoccer is available in three colors from Speakal for $99.99

2) 3-D Sports

The editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids have compiled the world's best sports photography in eye-popping In Your Face 3D to pull readers right into the action.  With the enclosed 3D glasses, viewers will feel  like they're grabbing rebounds with NBA stars, reeling in a big catch with pro fishermen, and riding high on big waves. This 80-page book showcases the 3D images taken by veteran SI photographer David E. Klutho.

3) Active Tunes

There are a handful of great headphones for active users. I personally love the Skull Candy Dream Team Athletic Collection but the pricier Powerbeats by Dr. Dre are also a popular choice for athetes, Another choice is Koss  Stereophones that clip comfortably over the ear. The pivoting cans provide a adjustable fit and foam ear cushions provide comfort. They’re big, and they pack a punch both visually and aurally.

 

4) Sport Beans

A great stocking stuffer, Jelly Belly's Fruit Punch Sports Beans contain vitamins B and C with electrolytes, which are great for giving any sports junkie that extra bounce. Plus, they taste yummy too. $29.95 for 24 one-ounce bags, jellybelly.com

5% of the sales (up to $40,000) of Fruit Punch Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

5) Video Games & Accessories

Bringing entertainment and games to life while promoting healthy physical activity, both Kinect and Wii are ideal for sporty kids (and adults). Assuming you already have one of the devices, here are some accessories to check out.

-Wii Fitness Bundles

If it's too cold to get to the gym, sporty pals will love the Nintendo Wii 5-in-1 Fitness Bundle. The pack of essential items includes a Fitness Mat which can also be used for Yoga and Pilates, a custom fitted Travel Bag for optimal portability, non-slip socks and a Neo Fit soft protective cover to keep the board in mint condition.dreamgear.net

-Wii NERFSports Pack

Help any video-game lover hit one out of the park with the Nintendo Wii NERF Sports Pack, which comes with accessories for baseball, golf, and tennis games $19.95 pdp.com

Pre-Season Bonus

(Editor's Note: For those who want to get the party started and Say It With Sports via holiday cards - check out the Pretty Tough line of social expressions - perfect for soccer, baseball and basketball fans. ~js)

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