Father's Day Gift Guide For Active Dads

From fitness fanatics to first-time athletes, ensure all the active dads in your life have a happy, healthy Father’s Day with these “moving” gift ideas.   


Take a family excursion

Father’s Day activities don’t have to be just for dads. In fact, studies show that the number one thing dads want for Father’s Day is time spent with the family. Give dad an active adventure your whole family can enjoy together: 

  • Find a family-friendly 5k:Many races, like the Dad’s Day 5k in downtown Houston, have events for kids, too. Check out a full list of upcoming races in the Houston area.

  • Explore the great outdoors: Plan to check out one of Houston’s top hiking spots or bike ride routes.   

  • Beat the heat: Head to the water for hours of fun—chill out at a local beach, splash around in an indoor or outdoor pool  (there are plenty to choose from at the Y), or save with a YMCA discount for Typhoon Texas Waterpark.

  • Pump up the adrenaline: Get your hearts pumping with adventure sports such as gokartinglaser tag or wakeboarding.    

  • Take everyone to the theater: Head to Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center on Father’s Day for a 2pm matinee of The World According to Snoopy. And if you’re a Y member, save on your tickets with this Y discount.

  • Get tickets to a sporting event: Take the family to see an AstrosDynamo or Dashgame.  

Give dad a workout

Focus on gifting a healthy experience—like a pickup game of hoops, time with a fitness pro, or ongoing sports fun. There are several gift options for dads at the Y, including:

  •  Free time to go to the gym: Sometimes the best gift is a simple one. For many dads, a few guilt-free hours at the YMCA might be a great Father’s Day treat.

  • Personal training sessions: Help your dad get to the next level of fitness with personal training sessions  at the YMCA.

  • A league registration: sports or activity league provides camaraderie and exercise simultaneously. There are a wide variety of YMCA leagues available—from basketball and volleyball to tennis and triathlon training. 

Get some great gear (under $50)

You don’t have to spend a bundle to get some action-oriented gifts that make your dad’s day. 

  • Basketballs: For less than $15, a basketball can lead to hours of family fun—whether you have a hoop in your yard, at the local park or the YMCA!

  • At-home workout equipmentKettlebellsresistance bands and push-up handles are affordable at-home workout items that get results.

  • Sore muscle soothers: Hey, working out isn’t as easy for dads as it once was. To soothe (and prevent) soreness after a workout at the Y, give dad massage ballsfoam rollers or compression socks.

  • Phone armband: These armbands will help dad keep his phone handy while working out.  

  • Outdoor survival bracelet: If your dad likes hiking, biking and camping, a wristband with survival tools is a great, inexpensive gift idea.

  • Sporting goods store gift card:Let dad pick out the outfit or equipment he wants most.

Impress with the latest technology (gifts over $50)

While Fitbits are still popular, the technology industry continues to create new, exciting gadgets to make fitness more fun and effective. Here are a few your dad can enjoy impressing the guys with:

  • Jabba sport wireless headphones: These headphones won’t just play music, they’ll measure dad’s heart rate through his inner ear—ensuring he’s always training in the right heart rate zone.

  • Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet: This amped-up bike helmet connects to a smart phone, so while at the Y your dad could listen to music, take phone calls, talk to fellow riders, get route status and performance updates without taking his hands off the handlebars.

  • Zepp golf swing analyzer: Capturing dad’s swing from all angles in 3D, this golf swing analyzer records 1,000 data points per second—making it easy to analyze strokes. Dad will even be able to compare his swing to PGA Tour pros.