Guest Post: Thoughtful Gifts For the Extremely Active Man

Hi y’all!  I’m so excited to have Quinn from Healthy Living by Quinn over on the blog today!  Quinn contacted me about hosting a post on ideas for gifts to buy an active boyfriend / husband / close friend / family member.  I’m notorious for buying my holiday presents at the last minute so while I bought both my mom and sister’s Christmas gifts already, my mind blanked when thinking what to get my dad and brother.  Thank goodness Quinn visited today to help give me some ideas!  Let’s give her a big welcome!


(this picture is missing guys ;))


Buying a gift for a man can be challenging, and even more so when he’s extremely active. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I start to think about what my husband would really appreciate and that supports his healthy lifestyle. I’ve come up with a few good ideas, and they would be suitable for any man who loves sports or who is a fitness fanatic. The following are five gift ideas that any active man will love.

Gym Membership

A simple but thoughtful gift that’s perfect for the cold weather is a gym membership. This idea is for guys who may enjoy outdoor activities, but spend more time indoors in the winter. Of course, going to the gym is beneficial in the warm weather as well. Choose a gym that’s convenient for him and pony up for an annual membership. This will give him a place to go to stay active and in shape all year round.

Pull-Up Bar

I was just reading an article that was saying that a couple of the best exercises for building strength are pull-ups and chin-ups. These are exercises many of us did in gym class years ago, but haven’t done as adults. Why not buy your man a pull up bar so he can do these very effective exercises at home? These are easy to install in a doorway or on a wall, depending on the type of unit you buy.

Golf Shoe Bag

If your husband is anything like mine, he loves golf. One very practical golf accessory that every player should have is a golf shoe bag (I actually found a high quality golf shoe bag on this site a few months ago). Think of all the mud that accumulates during a typical game. It’s much neater to have a bag with vents and a divider than to simply throw golf shoes in the trunk. The shoes will also dry out much faster in a golf shoe bag.

Filtered Water Bottle

Everyone knows that it’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re active. It’s also important that the water one drinks is clean and pure. One gift that helps with both of these concerns is a water bottle filter. This is both convenient and eco-friendly, as it means he won’t have to keep buying new bottles of water. It’s a way for him to save money and be sure of drinking pure water. This is also useful to have outdoors in case of emergency, when you might not know the purity of the water.

Free Weights

Free weights are a simple yet very effective way to work out. With weights, it’s possible to work out every muscle group and there’s no need for complicated machines. A good quality free weight set can last for many years, and it’s suitable for people of all levels of fitness.

The above are just a few good holiday shopping ideas for an active man. No matter what you end up buying him, try to choose something that he’ll be able to use regularly and that will help him pursue his physically active lifestyle.

Happy Hunting!

7 Lessons Learned from a Golf Caddy…

Nearly every year, for the past decade or so, my family gathers together for Labor Day weekend.  It is a bit of a family reunion, if you will.

Several years ago, we initiated a golf scramble as part of our reunion festivities.  Even though people’s golfing skill-sets widely varied, the event tended to work out and was fondly known as a success within our family.  The success might specifically be attributed to the fairness of the teams, especially since we respectfully ranked (think A,B,C,D) our family members based on golfing ability.  No big deal, or anything.

A typical team might consist of the following:

A: My Uncle – The Scratch Golfer

B: My Brother – The High School Golfer

C: My Mother – The Part Time Golfer

D: Caitlin – No Explanation Required (think Ms. Inconsistent)

We usually have around four teams, which creates a healthy rivalry among my family members.  This year, however, as I pulled into my parents’ Ohio driveway, I quickly realized we were in for a different type of competition.  My cousin was caught between a wedding and a concert in Indiana.  My uncle had to work.  Something came up with my other uncle last-minute.

Fret not, we scrambled to assemble a team (and a half?) and continued on with the golfing tradition.  For some perspective, our team, this year, consisted of the following team members:

A: My Dad (The Hobby Golfer)

B: My Brother (more on that later) / My Aunt (The Women’s League Golfer)

C: My Mother (The Part Time Golfer)

D: Caitlin & Her Sister (The Golfing Version of Dumb & Dumber)

That was mean.  My sister rocked out her golf swing and putted like a champion!  No sarcasm there; she did awesome!  I, however, stubbornly insisted on driving the cart and avoiding clubs at all costs.  During the 9 holes, we finally agreed on a 2 for 1 switch-off, which means I played a total of 3 holes.  I had one good shot the whole time.  FYI.

Most importantly, while I was playing caddy, I picked up on a couple of lessons learned for y’all.


Lesson Learned #1: Don’t play golf hungover

If you look closely in the picture above,  you will, in fact, see that my brother is hungover.  See those drooping eyes and the too-quick-to-be-cheesy smile?  Hungover written all over it.  He played one of his most mediocre games of the season.  Le sigh.


Lesson Learned #2: When in doubt, keep driving

When a couple of ducklings pass through the course, do not hit brake.  I repeat, do not tap on that brake.

Lesson Learned #3:  Buy the 2 for $5 Tall Bud Lights.

Dear Ohio, I love you?  And your cheap prices. xoxo.

Lesson Learned #4: Play behind the guy in the orange shirt

You’ll have something to aim at!!!

Lesson Learned #5: Take sweet pictures of landscapes and your sister!


Lesson Learned #6: Take silly pictures

being weird


Lesson Learned #7: Look the part!