15 comfy, casual fashion gift ideas for people who live in athleisure

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From luxe hoodies to retro sports socks, these athletics-inspired designs make perfect gifts for people who want to be as comfortable as they’re cool.  

Buying clothes and accessories for other people is always tricky. But if your friend/sibling/partner has an affinity for hoodies, T-shirts, trainers, trackies and leggings, you might be fooled into thinking your job is a simpler one. It’s all pared-back, comfy and casual; that’s impossible to mess up, right?

Wrong. Athleisure is a notoriously exacting style, despite its laidback appearance. (We live in a world where ‘sneaker blogger’ is a legitimate job, and new collaborations between streetwear brands prompt queues round the block.) Even if the sweatshirt-lover in your life isn’t fastidiously particular about the brands they will and won’t wear, they’ll still want their clothes to have impeccable style credentials – as well as being supremely comfortable.

Feeling intimidated? Don’t be. Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive edit of items that will tick all the boxes of the modern athleisure-wearer – from ridiculously cool sports socks to a super-soft hoodie. Thank us later. 

  • Acorn Tapes Long Sleeve Blue T-shirt

    This cornflower-blue long sleeve top will leave music fans seriously impressed. Not only is it pyjama-levels of comfy, it also gives a shout-out to Acorn Tapes – a small UK label specialising in cassettes and digital releases by hip-hop and jazz artists from around the world.

    Shop Acorn Tapes long sleeve T-shirt at Tomorrow Store, £29

  • Zola Amour The Softest Cotton T-shirt

    Got a friend who’s constantly hunting for the perfect basic cotton T-shirt? They’ll thank you for introducing them to Zola Amour. The ethical, sustainable Brighton-based brand calls its organic tees The Softest, and they more than live up to the name.

    Shop The Softest Cotton T-shirt at Zola Amour, £45

  • Scotch & Soda Corduroy Baseball Cap

    Who’d have thought that brown corduroy would look so good on a baseball cap? For your 90s-inspired friend who wants a winter option in their cap collection, look no further. 

    Shop corduroy baseball cap at Scotch & Soda, £69.95

  • Stepney Workers Club Canvas Trainers

    Independent east London label Stepney Workers Club make lovely unisex kicks. With a neutral ecru shade and cushioned rubber soles, these classic canvas trainers will suit just about everyone.

    Shop Dellow canvas trainers at Stepney Workers Club, £65

  • Lefrik Bum Bag in Black

    A classic bum bag, but make it sustainable. Eco-friendly label Lefrik has turned plastic bottles into a handy accessory that’s ideal for travelling, festivals or simply dashing about the city. There’s even a safe back pocket to stash the stuff you just can’t lose. 

    Shop Lefrik bum bag at Sancho Shop, £24.90

  • Missoma Gold Chain Necklace

    A solid piece of everyday jewellery should be simple but interesting, and Missoma’s Aegis chain is just that. An investment piece that will work with every outfit, it’s the perfect gift for someone who prefers their jewellery minimalist and industrial-inspired.

    Shop gold Aegis chain necklace at Missoma, £149

  • Ninety Percent Organic Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

    Athleisure fan or not, everyone deserves at least one gorgeously soft, high quality hoodie in their wardrobe (trust us, the right one can even make a trip to the supermarket feel luxurious). If this scarlet version by sustainable brand Ninety Percent is too bold, never fear – it also comes in cream.

    Shop Ninety Percent hoodie at Net-a-Porter, £112.50

  • Nudie Jeans Sport Socks

    No longer the preserve of 80s tennis stars, retro sports socks suddenly feel right again – especially this organic cotton pair by chic Swedish denim label Nudie Jeans. They’ll make for a seriously cool Secret Santa present (and for under £10!).

    Shop Amundsson Sport Socks at Nudie Jeans, £9

  • Angela Roi Travel Pouch

    People who live in trackies and sweatshirts have automatically got airport attire nailed – but do they have somewhere stylish to stash their travel documents? Made in Korea from vegan leather (it’s both cruelty and sweatshop-free), this cream pouch will make them want to get organised well before the night they leave.

    Shop Angela Roi travel pouch at Naturismo, £75

  • Universal Works White and Black Scarf

    Universal Works Scarf

    Nottingham-designed, Italian-made menswear brand Universal Works create high-quality, long-lasting pieces like this simple double-sided scarf (which, of course, will look good on all genders). They also make deluxe versions of classic football scarves, which are guaranteed to delight Premier League obsessives.

    Shop white and black double-sided scarf at Universal Works, £30

  • Ganni Silk Mix Scrunchie in Leopard

    Ganni silk mix scrunchie in leopard

    Whether we’re exercising or slobbing on the sofa, we all sometimes need to get our hair out of our face. The trusty scrunchie is key – and this luxe version is ideal for anyone who likes to jazz up sporty outfits with bold-but-casual accessories.

    Shop silk mix scrunchie at Ganni, £20

  • Penfield Highgate Gloves in Charcoal

    Penfield women's gloves

    These dark grey gloves by sporty outdoor clothing brand Penfield look sober at first. But on second glance, you’ll see that they’re flecked with rainbow threads – like a serious cake with a handful of sprinkles. And who couldn’t do with that on their cold morning commute?

    Shop Highgate gloves at Penfield, £25

  • Rains Msn Backpack

    Rains backpack

    There’s something very satisfying about the smooth matte finish of Rains’ waterproof products. Even their simplest designs give off a distinctly expensive vibe – which makes it all the more pleasing that they’re not outrageously expensive. This roomy, lightweight backpack will withstand even the most torrential downpour – making it the ideal gift for the cyclist on your list. 

    Shop Msn backpack at Rains, £59

  • Skagen Black Steel-Mesh Watch

    Skagen Black Steel-Mesh Watch

    There’s nothing slicker than black on black. This simple, sporty watch comes courtesy of Danish brand Skagen, and features a steel mesh strap that can be switched out for other materials whenever the mood strikes.

    Shop Signatur three-hand black steel-mesh watch at Skagen, £89 

  • Café Leather Green iPhone Case

    Green leather iPhone case

    Café Leather’s products are handcrafted by artisans in the Spanish town of Ubrique. It claims to be a company for “the modern gentleman”, but we think this (very classy) forest green phone case has a universal appeal.

    Shop Café Leather green iPhone case at Bombinate, £51

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