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Gifts athletes will be jumping for joy over

Want to get a great gift for your favorite athlete?

1. Lighted vest

Light vest
Image: Nox Gear

On foot or on bicycle, night visibility is key to staying safe. Tracer360 vests from Noxgear use LEDs and fiber optics to help drivers see your loved one after dark. The vests are water-resistant and allow the wearer to choose from a spectrum of colors. An adjustable reflective chest strap helps the vest fit snugly during activity. (NoxGear, $53)

2. Activity tracker or GPS watch

FitBit Flex
Image: FitBit

If your favorite runner, walker or triathlete likes to log her workouts, an activity tracker will be a hit. Prices and features are all over the map, and most companies offer multiple options and sizes.

The Fitbit Flex is a fairly basic wrist-worn tracker that interfaces with easy-to-use software and is great for people who want to monitor how many steps they take throughout the day and how many hours of sleep they get at night. (FitBit, $100)

The pricey Garmin Forerunner 920 XT offers a full-color screen and tons of features, including swim-tracking capability, and is best suited for gadget queens and serious athletes. (Amazon, $370)

3. Good socks

Image: REI

Socks make or break most workouts. If your socks get soggy, saggy and cause blisters, even a fun soccer game with the kids turns miserable. Non-cotton socks do best for holding their shape and staying dry. Balega has a reputation among endurance athletes for good quality and a variety of styles, like the Grit and Grace. (Sock Geek, $12) Thorlos are another great option and come in myriad styles, sizes and levels of cushion. The Experia Running Socks are a fantastic option. (REI, $15) 

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