Father's Day gift guide: Best fitness gear and accessories for dad

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Dad and son skateboard
Father's Day is right around the corner. Credit: Getty Images

Let's face it, socks are a cop out for Father's Day. If you're buying for a dad whose seriously into sport, then this year it's time to get him something he really wants.

To save you racking your brains, we've done the hard work for you and found some great options for the active man in your life on Father's Day this year - which Sunday 5th September in case you needed reminding.


You can't beat an Apple Watch for serious points on Father's Day. Catch.com.au has $100 off the Series 5 watch, so it's now $489. Perfect for the sporty dad, it tracks workouts and activity, comes with electrical and optical heart sensors, is swim proof, and comes with a compass and altimeter. This version has a 30% larger screen, and built in cellular data.

Series 5 Apple Watch

The Theragun mini, $349, is a portable massage tool that is designed to reach 60% deeper into muscle than the average massager, for greater therapeutic benefits to the body. It increases blood flow, boost fasts muscle activation and recovery, and helps release tension.

The mini version fits in your pocket, so is easy to take on the move all the time. Therabody are also selling advanced rollers which vibrate to aid recovery. They come in three distinct shapes, and have three distinct purposes.

The Wave Duo is designed to target the back and neck muscles on either side of the spine, the Wave Roller is designed for full-body rolling, and the Wave Sphere is designed to pinpoint areas such as the feet and hip flexors. You can buy them individually from $249, or in bundles of two from $328.

The Theragun mini, $349. Credit: Therabody
Wave Rollers

A skipping rope is the perfect way for a sporty dad to have some fun with the kids. This soft beaded rope, $37.65, is designed to stop tangles, is durable and lightweight, and has an adjustable length. It makes a satisfying clicking noise as it hits the pavement or the gym floor too. Get under the rope together and have some fun.

soft beaded skipping rope, $37.65

These Adidas Performance Training Gloves, $33.25, are a great addition to a fitness fanatic's kit. They're designed to keep hands cool and dry when lifting weights, with a built-in mesh ventilation and thumb towelling material. They have an elasticated fit and reinforced knuckle panels.

Adidas Performance Training Gloves, $33.25,

Help him stay warm after a workout with the Surge Warm Full Zip, $139, from Lululemon. Made from sweat-wicking fabric with a four-way stretch, it keeps chills out when the temperature drops. It has zippered pockets with an interior pocket for easy access to card and key, thumbholes to keep sleeves in place, and reflective details to stay safe if he's exercising after dark.

Surge Warm Full Zip, $139, from Lululemon

Make his golf game easier with the Optima 8 Telescopic Golf Ball Retriever, $29.99 so he can reach in and retrieve golf balls with ease.

The telescopic reach to eight feet means he can reach into water hazards and retrieve lost balls, and fish around in the water easily. With a high visibility orange head, it's easy to use and easy to store. If you think he might want some extra practice on his swing, the Optima Dual Turf Practice Mat, $49.99, is a great gift. It allows him to practice tee, fairway and rough shots all from one 58cm x 29cm mat, that has a slip non-slip durable rubber base.

Optima 8 Telescopic Golf Ball Retriever, $29.99
Optima Dual Turf Practice Mat, $49.99,

Help him reminisce about his childhood while enjoying something with his own kids, with this Spalding Space Jam: A New Legacy Line Up Basketball, $29.99.

Made for outdoor use, so he can slam on the driveway or an outdoor court, it has all the Space Jam and Looney Tunes graphics, which means it works as a display piece too. If you really want to push the boat out, team the ball with the Spalding x Space Jam: A New Legacy Squad 32in Portable Basketball System, $199.99. This 32" eco-composite board is portable, and has an adjustable telescopic height system too. The backboard stars Marvin, Bugs and LeBron. An awesome gift the whole family can enjoy.

Spalding Space Jam: A New Legacy Line Up Basketball, $29.99
Spalding x Space Jam: A New Legacy Squad 32in Portable Basketball System, $199.99

The Belkin Magnetic Fitness Phone Mount is perfect for the fitness fanatic looking to run their workouts from home, the front facing magnet snaps perfectly onto the back of the iPhone 12, while the rear magnet attaches securely to magnetic surfaces on indoor gym equipment. A fitness strap is also included to attach to handlebars on exercise bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and more. You can order it from JB HiFi for $49.95 or at belkin.com/au/.

Belkin Magnetic Fitness Phone Mount
Belkin Magnetic Fitness Phone Mount.

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