The holidays are an undeniably wonderful time of year. For the most part, it’s filled with joy, nostalgia and one too many gingerbread cookies. It’s also a stressful time for many and if you surveyed 10 people, eight would point to gift giving as the main culprit.
One way not to let holiday shopping raise your blood pressure is to plan ahead. Easier said than done - we know. Start by making a list of your friends and family and identifying their main interests or hobbies. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to pick out thoughtful gifts from there.
Whether you have techie brother-in-law, an outdoorsy father or a fashion forward best friend, Sport Chek is a one stop shop for all your holiday shopping. We’ll even do the heavy lifting for you with these great gift suggestions for every type of person in your life.
For the Adventurer
This adventure camera from GoPro is the ultimate gift for the thrill seeker or the world traveler. The GoProHero 8 preserves once-in-a-lifetime experiences by capturing video footage that will make viewers feel like they were right there with you. The newest iteration of the GoPro promises HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization, a TimeWarp feature and the ability to livestream in 1080p.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $529.99
For the Techie
Tech gifts are a sure-fire way to please just about anyone, but the techie in your life will be especially thrilled to receive one of the most covetable gifts of the year. Wireless earphones are a must-have and for lack of a better pun, nothing beats Dr. Dre’s Powerbeats Wireless Earphones. The lightweight design, secure fit ear hooks and 9-hour battery life are amongst the improved features.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $330
For The Fan
Nothing brought the city of Toronto, or even Canada, together like winning our first NBA championship. The Toronto Raptors made history and gained legions of new fans when they posted a 114-110 win over The Golden State Warriors. That’s why any Canadian basketball fan or even a bandwagon jumper would be thrilled to unwrap a Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry Swingman Basketball Jersey.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $130
For The Wellness Lover
The benefits of practicing yoga are endless and imperative to connecting your mind and body. You probably have more than one family member or friend who make yoga a regular part of their daily routine. The BYoga B Release Yoga Wheel is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for any yogi in your life by enhancing those ultra-satisfying backbends.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $68
For the Winter Warrior
Even a Canadian snowmageddon won’t stop the winter runner from getting out there and crushing a 10K. This person deserves kudos for their perseverance and even more than that, they deserve the best in winter activewear. That’s where you come in with the gift of warmth with Nike’s Fast Running Tights. These high-tech running tights incorporates Dri-FIT technology, breathable comfort and of course, a flattering fit.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $74
For The Kids
If you’ve ever attempted to get a toddler dressed in full winter gear, you know it often doesn’t end well. For new parents who encounter this eternal struggle, the Kombi Animal Family Mitts could be the best gift they could receive and bonus, toddlers won’t be able to resist the antics of Spooky The Shark.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $35
For Her/For Mom
There’s nothing more irritating in the winter than your tea or coffee getting ice cold within five minutes of stepping outdoors. Enter your winter beverage saviour in the form of the Corkcicle Stemless Cup. This stylish cup promises to keep your drinks hot or cold for hours on end.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $37.99
For Him/For Dad:
For the super dads out there, they may hide any pain or discomfort around their children but know deep down that winter sucks for them too. Keep him warm by gifting them an equally tough winter coat. Woods’ Keele Down Insulated Bomber will keep the cold out with an impressive 600 Fill Power Allied Feather & Down® Duck Down, waterproof technology and removable faux-fur hood.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $300
For The Trendsetter
Style doesn’t always mean being impractical. The Good American Sheer Crop Bomber Jacket is proof positive that a head turning outfit can be both comfortable and easy to move in. Your fashionable friends will love receiving this athleisure-inspired metallic jacket that’s a perfect layering piece to take you from the studio to the streets.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $215
For the Eco Conscious
Your camping friends have probably already hinted that they absolutely need anything YETI. Don’t let the sleek design and fun colours fool you. This cup is tough as nails with 18/8 stainless steel construction and double-wall vacuum insulation. Commuters will love the mag slider lid that prevents drinks from sloshing out.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $39.99