Father's Day gift ideas for fit dads: 20 of the best fitness gifts for dads in 2020

From more substantial to cheap gift ideas, we have best fitness gifts for Father's Day 2020

Father's Day gift ideas for fit dads
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For this year's Father's Day, you will have to think ahead as many of the shops are still closed due to the lockdown. In 2020, you can't just panic buy some random cologne for your dad last second in the local shop so you'd better think ahead and buy father's day gifts online, especially if you are looking for the best father's day gift ideas for fit dads.

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Weights and cardio equipment are still on short supply but there are plenty of fitness gift ideas online for a reasonable price. Running dads will appreciate running socks or a new running top or running short and cycling dads will love their new cycling jerseys or cycling sunglasses. Your dad is more into physical fitness? Get him an ab roller or a door pull up bar.

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For children who would like to give something more substantial for their active dads, consider getting them the best running shoes or a decent multi-sport watch, maybe a pair of higher-end running headphones. For those who don't care about price tags whatsoever, a multi-gym or rowing machine might be a good option.

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Below is a selection of best Father's Day gift ideas for fit dads, hand picked by T3

Best Father's Day gift ideas for fit dads

Garmin Forerunner 35 | On sale for £99.99 | Was £129.99 | You save £30 at Garmin (opens in new tab)
The Forerunner 35 might not be the most competent running watch but it's still a Garmin which means you'll get accurate GPS, regular software updates, a decent optical heart rate monitor, smart notifications, sport profiles and the ability to upload activities directly to Garmin Connect. All this for under £100.

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H&S Ab Roller with Knee Pad Mat | On sale for £16.99 | Was £19.99 | You save £3 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The ab rollers is probably one of the most deceptive fitness equipment out there: it is just a wheel with a handle. Yet, doing ab rollouts regularly is probably the quickest way to six-pack heaven and should you have the strength, we can wholeheartedly recommend getting one of these cheap rollers.

Kalf Club Short Sleeve Jersey | Buy it for £45 at Evans Cycles (opens in new tab)
The Kalf Club Short Sleeve Jersey provides a more relaxed fit, perfect for dads who might have a bit of a belly going on but still would like to ride their bikes in comfort. The fabric used for this cycling jersey is soft, breathable and the jersey itself has a full-length YKK zip, three rear pockets with hidden valuables pocket, and coloured reflective KALF lettering on both front and back. Don't forget the matching Kalf Summer Socks (opens in new tab)!

Specialized Align MIPS Helmet | Buy it for £45 at Evans Cycles (opens in new tab)
A MIPS helmet from Specialized for £45? You've read that right! The Align helmet's fit system is designed for compatibility with ANGi, a sensor that detects force and will alert your selected contacts via your smartphone, in an emergency (sold separately). Available in high-viz yellow, black or white colourway. 

Fitbit Ionic running watch | On sale for £179.99 | Was 249.99 | You save £70 at Fitbit (opens in new tab)
Fitbit's fittest smartwatch, the Fitbit Ionic, has received a lovely little price cur for Father's Day 2020: save 28%/£70 on this GPS-enabled fitness watch today! The Ionic has all the perks a regular Fitbit smartwatch comes with and it is even capable of measuring SPO2 saturation in the blood (Fitbit Premium Sub required for this). Sale ends 21 June!

Columbia Santa Ana Anorak | On sale for £55.49 | Was £90 | You save £34.51 at Trekkinn (opens in new tab)
Dad's will love this vintage-inspired, water- and wind-resistant anorak from Columbia. The Santa Ana has zippered pockets for hands, elastic cuffs and a drawcord at the hem to make the wearer weatherproof. The Columbia Santa Ana is packable and made of 100% recycled nylon.

Body Power Mini Sit-Up Bench | On sale for £129 | Was £159 | You save £30 at Fitness Superstore (opens in new tab)
Help your father turn that dad bod into a fit bod with this space saving sit up bench. The backrest and rollers are padded and finished in black with red contrast stitching. The Body Power Mini Sit-Up Bench can easily be moved around thanks to a handle and front transport wheels.

Nike Free X Metcon 2 | One sale for £52.45 | Was £104.95 | You save £52.45 at SportsShoes.com (opens in new tab)
These workout shoes just recently won first prize at the 2020 T3 Awards in the 'best workout shoes' category. The Metcon 2 is one of the best all-around workout shoe at the moment as it provides plenty of traction and support for most types of exercising, let it be powerlifting or HIIT.

Meglio Foam Roller | Buy it for £29.94 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Meglio Foam roller is made from high density closed-cell EVA foam and will maintain its shape after prolonged use. The non-slip dotted surface offers grip and stability even on hard surfaces. Using foam rollers after workouts can help increase blood flow to the soft tissue, improve balance, flexibility and range of motion (ROM).

Theragun mini portable percussion massager | Buy it for £175 at Theragun (opens in new tab)
The Theragun mini is a small yet powerful percussion massager that can help ease muscle soreness and speed up recovery. The mini has three speed settings and can deliver up to 2400 percussions per minute. The battery life is pretty decent too: the mini will last for 150 minutes between two charges. You can find how-to videos and more in the Therabody app (free of charge).

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Garmin HRM-Run Heart Rate Monitor | On sale for £59.90 | Was £79.99 | You save £20.09 at Wiggle (opens in new tab)
The Garmin HRM-Run tracks heart rate, cadence, vertical oscillation, ground contact time, ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio and works seamlessly with Garmin watches. this lightweight heart rate monitor can also help you determine your lactate threshold, a pace your body can keep for 10k-half marathon distances without excessive muscle fatigue (compatible running watch requires for this feature).

SIXPAD Body Fit EMS Trainer Training Gear | Buy it for £89.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
EMS devices such as the SIXPAD Body Fit can compliment resistance training and help muscle toning efforts. The Body Fit can be used anywhere on the body including the abs, the biceps/upper arm, the quads and more. Daily, 23-minute training program available through the SIXPAD app. The Body Fit trainer automatically cycles from warm-up to cool-down and there are 15 intensity levels to choose from.

Men's UA Qualifier ISO-Chill Short Sleeve Running Top | Buy it for £36 at Under Armour (opens in new tab)
This fitted running top features the ISO-Chill technology that feels cool on the skin, perfect for running in hot weather. The fibres are titanium dioxide infused for even better heat management. The Qualifier running top has a 4-way stretch so it won't restrict your movement and there is even an open pocket on wearer's right side for storing gels.

CEP - RUN SOCKS 3.0 Compression Socks | Prices from £31.50 at Wiggle (opens in new tab)
Keep dads calves energised during his runs with the CEP Run Socks 3.0. Improved features include: updated compression profile, better moisture management thanks to the Feran ICP finish and enhanced comfort using the Smart Dry Yarn and HeiQ smart temp technology.

Brooks Ravenna 10 Running Shoes, Blue | On sale for £59.99 | Was £109.99 | You save £50 at SportsShoes.com (opens in new tab)
This support running shoe from Brooks can help runners with pronation issues. The Brooks Ravenna 10 is also feather-light, a size 10 clocking in at 8.3 ounces/235 grams. You don't have to worry about the environmental impact of these shoes either (not that much anyway): the BioMoGo DNA midsole is an organic, non toxic compound that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than tradition EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes.

RDX Weight Lifting Gloves | Buy it for £7.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A pair of fingerless gym gloves for the lifting dad! The palm of these gloves is made from nylon mesh for better ventilation inside the gloves. The Lycra top half allows ease of movement while protecting your hands. 3mm cushion grip will help keep blistering at bay. Easy on and off Quick-EZ hook and loop strap application.

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding | Buy it for £20.68 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A classic read for all body-sculpting enthusiasts, the New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding from Arnold Schwarzenegger is as comprehensive as it is huge: your dad can start practising bicep curls using not dumbbells but this book instead.

Soundcore Liberty Neo by Anker Wireless Earbuds | Buy it for £39.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Liberty Neo offers reliable Bluetooth connectivity, a great fit and just enough battery life to make them work for workouts and runs. Audio is solid rather than spectacular and although they can't compete with more expensive true wireless buds, for this price, they are a very good choice indeed.

Mirafit Cast Iron Kettlebell – 10 kg | Buy it for £59.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Give the gift of functional muscles to dad this Father's day with the Mirafit Cast Iron Kettlebell! This powder-coated matt black strength equipment has a comfortable, easy grip handle and a non-wobble base to prevent it from rolling. Working out with kettlebells promote functional muscle building and learning how to use it correctly can help dad get ripped is a way so he can actually use those muscles.

Le Col Technical Logo T Shirt | Buy it for £40 at Le Col (opens in new tab)
If there is one thing dads like more than wearing tight Lycra cycling outfits is wearing T shirts with baggy jeans. By getting him this premium Le Col T shirt, you can ensure that dad can segway cycling into every conversation he has, even when he is off the saddle. Perfect.

Matt is T3's Fitness Editor and covers everything from smart fitness tech to running and workout shoes, home gym equipment, exercise how-tos, nutrition, cycling, and more. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar (opens in new tab) and Fit&Well (opens in new tab), and he collaborated with other fitness content creators such as Garage Gym Reviews (opens in new tab).