Outside-the-box ideas for your favorite sports fiend.
And the Trainer Sez: Give the Gift of Adventure
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Question: I am determined to find a great gift for my boyfriend for Christmas. However, he has everything. He is into all sports, so I am wondering about something new, maybe gear, that he might like. Any suggestions? —Patrice, 32, Alameda
Answer: There are tons of incredible gifts for the active sports fanatic in your life who no doubt will be thrilled by the notion of a fun, active adventure. Consider these ideas from the 2013 Super Active Adventure Gift Guide.
Run and brunch. Give him a Brooks Silver Bullet Running Jacket II from Transports (6014 College Ave., Oakland, www.transportsrunswim.com), then head to Skyline Gate in Redwood Regional Park for a trail run or a hike. Finish up with brunch and a bloody Mary at Chop Bar (247 Fourth St., Ste. 111, Oakland, www.oaklandchopbar.com) in Jack London Square. Or brunch first and then do a post-brunch walk or run around Lake Merritt ending with a field trip to the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org).
The test of time. Pick up the Garmin GPS training watch at Sports Basement, 610 Old Mason St., San Francisco, www.sportsbasement.com/stores/presidio) or REI (1338 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, www.rei.com/Berkeley). Every runner loves a Garmin, and the new Garmin Forerunner 210 or 610 GPS Fitness Monitor are incredible. The Forerunner tracks pace, distance, and GPS position. Price point: $200–$350.
Adrenaline fix. Buy kite-boarding lessons from Boardsports School & Shop (Crown Beach, 600 Westline Drive, Alameda, www.boardsportsschool.com). Every adrenaline junkie is looking for a new adventure and kite boarding rocks your body. Plus, it engages your chest, back, core, legs, agility, and endurance. The lesson location—Alameda’s Crown Beach—is a true East Bay gem. Price point: $50–$385.
Cool wheels. How about a new bike? Gene Oh at Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park St., Alameda, www.alamedabicycle.com) can hook you up with the right bike. Price point: $400–$5,000.
Urban winery tour. Ride to JC Cellars (55 Fourth St., Oakland, www.jccellars.com). Then pedal into Alameda for winery no. 2, Rosenblum Cellars (2900 Main St., Ste. 1100, Alameda, www.rosenblumcellars.com), to taste some Zinfandels while listening to music, and then go to winery no. 3, Rock Wall Wine Company (2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, Alameda, www.rockwallwines.com), for the views of San Francisco, a glass of wine, and a light snack from Scolari’s Good Eats.