Gift Guide 2016

Listen up, pipsqueak. You think your wimpy little baby arms are strong enough to pick up a few presents for the hulk of rippling muscles and sinew in your life? He's more Creatine than man now, and he'll crush your conventional gifts like a teeny-tiny baby bug. But find the right gift, and the giant can be tamed.


Think fashion. Any Actually Buff dude worth his weight in dumbbells has already gone through his closet and taken all of his shirts — T-shirts, suit jackets, wool sweaters, rain slickers — and cut all the sleeves off to showcase just how swole he's become. Cut out the middleman. Get him one of those muscle tank tops. He may have mixed feelings about the Seahawks — Jimmy Graham clearly needs to hit the gym to work on those pansy-ass sternocleidomastoids — but the Actually Buff dude will love the way this tank top emphasizes his Legions of Boom. (What he calls his biceps.) $40 • Sport Town • 511 W. Main


Actually Buff dude typically works out by lifting rusty pickup-truck chassis in an abandoned junkyard, but sometime he wants to spend time with his family too. The YMCA's a place where the whole gang is welcome. While Dad lifts, Mom can do Zumba, Sis can run on the treadmill and Grandma can swim laps. $75, plus $84 a month for all dependents • YMCA • 930 N. Monroe


Fleet Feet has plenty of protein powder mixes and such concoctions. While most Actually Buff dudes owns their own set of muscle potions, the key here is flavor variety. Pick up a bunch of energy gels — perfect for long workouts — with flavors like lemon, strawberry and apples and cinnamon. Ideal stocking stuffers. $2.25 • Fleet Feet Sports Spokane • 1303 N. Washington


Nature, of course, is the original gym. Trails are the original treadmill. Rivers, the original water aerobics classroom. Cliffs, the original chin-up bar. But when the weather gets too slippery for the Actually Buff dude to rock-climb outdoors, Rock Rings let him practice his strength and climbing grip indoors at home. $29.95 • Mountain Gear • 2002 N. Division

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About The Author

Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters is the Inlander's senior investigative reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...