The 57 Best Fitness Gifts Under $50 of 2023

Personal trainer-approved picks, from stylish athleisure to fitness must-haves

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Best Fitness Gifts Under $50

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Shopping for the perfect gift for the active person in your life doesn’t have to be an endless hunt. We did the heavy lifting to help you stick to your budget while finding something they’ll love (and actually use, too). 

When looking for fitness gifts under $50, there’s a lot to consider. But quality and safety are the most important, Heather Lachance, CPT, CNC, and owner of Made Possible Personal Training studio in St. Petersburg, FL, says. “You wouldn't want to buy bands that snap on your mother on the first try or a strap that snaps,” she says. “Look for reviews to see what other people are saying about the product and to see if the integrity of the material is good."

The best gifts are thoughtful and made to last, so they’ll help your favorite people reach their fitness goals for the new year. Also, keep in mind that your item should be the appropriate size for the person you have in mind, or their space. 

To help you find the best fitness gifts under $50, we researched dozens of options on the market and evaluated them for cost, quality, design, and more. Below, you’ll find something for just about everyone on your list.

Under $50

BALEAF Women's Fleece Lined Winter Leggings with Pockets

BALEAF Women's Fleece Lined Winter Leggings

Amazon

They’ll be comfortable no matter what the winter weather brings in these fleece-lined leggings. Each of the two side pockets is spacious enough for a large smartphone, and there’s a third concealed pocket in the waistband. They are mid- to high-rise for full, squat-proof coverage, and made with compressive material that won’t roll down minutes or miles into their workout. 

These insulated bottoms also breathe and wick sweat away, so they’ll stay cool and dry. For athletics or every day, these come in a wide range of sizes and colors that will make these a new favorite.

Price at time of publication: $40

What the Experts Say

“Baleaf is one of my go-to brands for reliable and well-made workout gear at a reasonable price. These comfy fleece leggings have just the right amount of compression, chafe-free seams, and plenty of pockets.” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

soieho Muscle Massage Gun

soieho Muscle Massage Gun

Amazon

Does your workout buddy always overdo it on leg day? Get them this massage gun, which delivers percussive pulses to sore muscles. Beneficial before or after a workout, it comes with eight massage heads to help target sensitive areas from head to toe. Powerful but quiet, they’re able to control the intensity with 32 speed levels. 

Price at time of publication: $38

FlipBelt Classic Running Belt

4.8
FlipBelt - USA Original Patent, USA Designed

Amazon

Whether they like to walk, run, or hike, they’ll appreciate this belt, which is designed with four stretchy pockets to hold their essentials (yep, even their phones). Its strong elastic won’t roll down, and a small clip keeps keys secure. Sold in sizes XXS to XXL, it comes in a full range of colors, and there are even adjustable variations available.

Price at time of publication: $39

What the Experts Say

“This belt is awesome for storage when your clothes don’t have deep enough pockets. It stays put, and you can easily access your items when you need them.” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Amazon Essentials Men's Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Jacket

Packable Puffer Jacket

Amazon

This warm, water-resistant puffer jacket is the perfect outer layer for chilly days or winter walks. It’s sold with a convenient storage bag that packs up small, so they can easily stash it in their gym bag during workouts. With over 25 colors to choose from and a wide size range, you’re sure to find the right fit. You can also find the women’s version here.

Price at time of publication: $40

JLab Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

JLab Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Amazon

If they’re always making a new workout playlist, get them these sweatproof earbuds with touch control sensors and five hours of playtime. The slim pair comes with three earpiece sizes to fit any ear and is perfect for runners, lifters, walkers, and more. The pocket-sized, self-charging case lends an additional 15 hours of battery life and plugs into any USB mount.

Price at time of publication: $30

What the Experts Say

“As a runner, I love JLab earbuds because they’re reliable and budget-friendly. These aren’t bulky and fit comfortably in my ears for a long period of time, plus they have a straightforward app that helps you customize the sound to your preferences.” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Tangram Factory Rookie Smart Jump Rope

Tangram Smart Jump Rope Rookie

Amazon

Jumping rope is an effective and fun cardio workout that burns calories, improves coordination, and strengthens muscles. This smart jump rope takes things to the next level with a Bluetooth app that tracks metrics like workout time, calories burned, and jump count. Its interactive interval training is challenging and even lets users connect with others to compete and unlock rewards. 

Made with smooth ball bearings, a soft rope, and a grippy handle, it can be adjusted for multiple users to share. And we like that the battery lasts a full six months between charges. 

Price at time of publication: $40

Nike Women's Tempo Running Shorts

Nike Tempo Women’s Brief-Lined Running Shorts

Nike

For the runner on your shopping list, these shorts offer support, coverage, and comfort. A built-in liner and light, moisture-wicking fabric will keep them cool, even in warm weather. Plus, these shorts have an interior pocket for essential items like cards or keys.

Price at time of publication: $32

Teton Sports Oasis 1100 18L Hydration Pack

TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack

Amazon

This backpack with an included water bladder is an ideal hiking companion. It's ergonomically designed with padded shoulders and a sternum strap to keep them comfortable on long treks. The 18-liter capacity is perfect for all their essentials, and then some. The water pack is handy for staying hydrated and has a cushioned bite valve that’s easy to clean. And we like the sewn-in rain cover, which will keep their gear dry, should the weather change en route.

Price at time of publication: $45

CAP Barbell Medicine Ball

4.9
CAP Barbell Medicine Ball

Amazon

A welcome addition to any home gym, this medicine ball is great for building full-body strength and endurance. Weighing in at 10 pounds, it can be used for a variety of exercises like squats and slams. Plus, its tacky, rubber exterior provides a good grip. 

Price at time of publication: $49

BlendJet 2 Portable Blender

4.2
blendjet-2

Blendjet

This portable blender is a nifty gadget for a nutrition-focused friend. When we tested the BlendJet 2, we found that its stainless steel blade and strong motor could blend anything from protein powder to ice to veggies and fruit for on-the-go fuel. 

The small size means they can mix up fresh shakes and smoothies anywhere, like during their morning commute, before or after a workout, or in the break room. The cup has a tight-fitting, leak-free lid with a wristlet handle, and it comes in a range of fun colors. We love that the stable base charges up with a USB cord, so they can power up even when they’re not at home.

Price at time of publication: $50

Everlast Pro Style Elite Boxing Gloves

Everlast Elite Pro Style Training Gloves

Amazon

Grab these boxing gloves by Everlast for the person who gets their workout done in the ring. With layers of quality shock absorption and full wrist-wrap protection, this pair was our pick for the best gloves for spars. They’re antimicrobial and will keep their hands cool with moisture-wicking materials and breathable mesh palms.

Price at time of publication: $43

Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses

Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses

Amazon

Whether they like to run, cycle, or golf, they’ll appreciate a pair of these polarized sunglasses. They have three interchangeable, HD lenses for reducing glare and boosting contrast. And we like that the lightweight frames are both wind- and sandproof. 

Price at time of publication: $26

Nathan Streak Reflective Vest

Nathan Streak Reflective Vest

Amazon

Runners, walkers, and cyclists will particularly appreciate this airy, mesh vest. Its streamlined design won’t impede movement or leave them sweating underneath. We like that it comes in two different, adjustable sizes to fit most body types. And since it’s visible up to 1,200 feet away, you can trust they’ll be safe outdoors at night.

Price at time of publication: $30

Honey Stinger Energy Gel

Honey Stinger Gold Energy Gel

Amazon

For any endurance athlete who needs a quick energy boost on the fly, these gels are the gold standard. Made with honey, water, electrolytes, and B vitamins, they come in a few flavors and provide energy without being overly sweet or high in sugar. Not much bigger than a key or credit card, we like that the packets can be stashed in a concealed shorts pocket or running belt. 

Price at time of publication: $38

BALEAF Waterproof Windbreaker Jacket

BALEAF Waterproof Windbreaker Jacket

Amazon

This streamlined jacket is an excellent option for walkers, runners, cyclers, or hikers. It’s waterproof, in case the weather changes, and breathable mesh lets heat escape so they won’t overheat. It’s comfortable, has plenty of storage, and folds into itself for easy packing. It’s also available in men’s sizing.

Price at time of publication: $50

Under $25

New Balance Touchscreen Running Gloves

New Balance Lightweight Touchscreen Running Gloves

Amazon

In cold weather, there’s nothing worse than having to take off your gloves to check your phone. That’s why we love these unisex running gloves with touchscreen-compatible fingertips for runners, walkers, or anyone who gets active outside. Stretchy and streamlined, they are breathable to let excess heat escape. They even have bonus safety elements, like grippy traction on the palms and reflective details in the logo.

Price at time of publication: $18

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

4.9
Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks

Amazon

Compression socks can help improve blood flow, speed up recovery, and relieve soreness. This pair is a top pick for the athlete on your list because they’re budget-friendly and effective. They are comfortable, stay up without pinching, and keep feet blister-free, thanks to a contoured toe and arch area. We recommended them as the best overall pair on the market. 

Price at time of publication: $20

Zacro Gel Bike Seat Cover

Zacro Bike Seat Cushion

Amazon

If the cyclist in your life could use a bit of extra comfort on their rides, this gel bike seat cushion is a sure bet. Compatible with most saddles, this seat cover easily slips over seats of stationary, mountain, or road bikes. (It’s even compatible with a Peloton bike.) We like that it’s easily adjustable, waterproof, and hand-washable.

Price at time of publication: $20

OFFLINE By Aerie The Hugger Earwarmer

OFFLINE By Aerie The Hugger Earwarmer

Aerie

This headband from Aerie is a lightweight but warm ear warmer for cold days spent on the trail or the slopes. Soft to the touch, the fabric is contoured to stay securely over their ears. It’s made from recycled polyester, which breathes and wicks moisture away, keeping them toasty warm. Consider the brand’s matching gloves that snap together for a set they’ll wear for many winters to come.

Price at time of publication: $20

Spalding NBA Street Basketball

Spalding Street Outdoor Basketball

Amazon

This basketball (our top pick for the best outdoor ball) is the perfect gift for any age or skill level to unwrap for year-round play. The grippy rubber surface is made for asphalt or concrete courts. You’ll need access to a pump to get it inflated at first—but after that, it’s game on. 

Price at time of publication: $19

Dr. Teal's 5-Count Ultra Moisturizing Lavender Bath Bombs

Dr. Teal's Lavender Ultra Moisturizing Bath Bombs

Bed Bath & Beyond

These relaxing bath bombs are a nice treat for anyone who’s often on their feet. Great for helping sore muscles recover, they have Epsom salts and moisturizing almond, jojoba, and sunflower oils to leave them feeling relaxed. Soothing lavender essential oil takes the edge off any stressful day or intense training session. The vegan-friendly formula is free from phthalates, dyes, and parabens, so it’s also gentle on sensitive skin.

Price at time of publication: $11

GoxRunx Reflective Bands

GoxRunx Reflective Bands

Amazon

Whether they’re a walker or runner, this reflective band set will help them feel seen—literally. These bright, light-reflective bands for arms, wrists, legs, or ankles slap or strap on for safe, visible movement in low light. We like the adjustable Velcro’s staying power. And they can store the set in the included mesh drawstring bag when not in use.

Price at time of publication: $16

Mission Max Plus Original Cooling Towel

4.7
MISSION Max Plus Cooling Towel

Amazon

This towel, our top overall pick, is a cool gift for the person on your list who runs hot. Chill out by simply wetting it down with cold water and using it on overheated areas like the head, neck, or shoulders. It stays cold for a full two hours and can shield them from the sun with UPF 50 protection. Antimicrobial and machine washable, this long, soft towel will soon be their new workout staple.

Price at time of publication: $20

Apace Vision LED Safety Lights

Apace Vision LED Safety Lights

Amazon

For the outdoorsy friend who already has everything, we recommend a set of clip-on safety lights. These LEDs snap securely to their clothing, gear, or the included elastic arm bands. They are small, bright, and water resistant—plus, they come with four extra batteries that each last for 100 hours. Choose from three modes (steady, slow flash, and fast flash) in four colors to illuminate their way.

Price at time of publication: $18

BlenderBottle Radian Insulated Shaker Bottle

blenderbottle-radian-shaker-bottle

Amazon

If your workout buddy is always losing their beloved shaker bottle, this one is a solid replacement. During our lab tests, we found it simple to use, but effective at blending even the clumpiest protein powders into smooth beverages. The stainless steel interior is easy to clean, which prevents any odors or lingering residue. It features a tight-locking lid with a handle, so they can toss it in their gym bag or clip it on the exterior. 

Price at time of publication: $25

What the Experts Say

“This is a durable shaker bottle that'll last you quite a long time.” —David Jean Louis, Verywell Fit product tester

KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bars

KIND bar, Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond

Amazon

With a variety of chocolatey, fruity, and nutty flavor combinations to choose from, Kind bars are made with wholesome ingredients to satisfy cravings on the go. Whether as a snack or a quick breakfast bite, we love the high fiber and protein packed into these little treats. (Just don’t be alarmed if they refuse to share.)

Price at time of publication: $15

HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa

HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa

Amazon

Pamper them with a relaxing foot spa. They can fill it with water and any bath salts or oils, then sit back and let the bubbling jets soothe their tired feet. With a heating element that gently warms and massaging attachments for added recovery therapy, we love this self-care tool as an end-of-day or pre-pedicure ritual. It features a long cord and tall splash guard, so they can use it just about anywhere.

Price at time of publication: $22

Black Diamond Astro 300 Headlamp

Black Diamond Astro 300 Headlamp

Amazon

You’ll be a holiday hero when you gift them a headlamp they didn’t even know they needed. Its bright bulb and dimming modes provide whatever light they need, and the strobe setting works well when used on a pet or a bike for visibility. It tilts to the perfect angle and even keeps track of the last brightness setting, so it won’t shine full blast when they turn it on each time. 

Not only is this headlamp comfortable, with a wide, adjustable strap, but it's also durable, with a solid rain and sleet weatherproof rating of IPX4. Be sure to include batteries with this gift, since they’re not included.

Price at time of publication: $20

DRMTLGY Biodegradable Body Wipes

DRMTLGY Body and Face Shower Wipes

Amazon

When they’re on the go, these biodegradable body wipes will be their saving grace. Excellent for commuters, campers, and lunch break fitness class attendees, they are hypoallergenic and unscented. 

An alcohol- and paraben-free, vegan formula gently cleanses away sweat and odors when a shower isn’t nearby. We love the extra large size and the resealable package that can be tossed in their bag or backpack. 

Price at time of publication: $14

Under $10

Chill Pal 12-in-1 Multi-Style Cooling Neck Gaiter

4.8
Chill Pal Cooling Neck Gaiter

Amazon

Not only will this gaiter keep their neck, head, or face cool when it’s damp, but it can also offer wind protection when it’s dry. Elastic helps the fabric stay in place, and it’s reusable—they can wet it as often as they need to. Choose from four bright colors. 

Price at time of publication: $10

Gaiam Core Sliding Discs

Gaiam Core Sliding Discs

Amazon

These padded sliding discs will level up their abs workouts. Dual-sided, they glide over carpet or hardwood floors with ease. There’s also an included exercise guide, so they can get started right away. Slip these into a gift bag or basket for a thoughtful addition to any holiday present. 

Price at time of publication: $10

KT Tape Original Cotton Elastic Kinesiology Therapeutic Athletic Tape

4.8
KT Tape Original Athletic Tape

Amazon

KT Tape makes an ideal small gift for athletes because it relieves pain, improves circulation, and supports the body without restricting movement. Made from breathable cotton, this tape is flexible, water-resistant, hypoallergenic, and latex-free. We like that it comes in convenient, pre-cut strips for quick and easy application.

Price at time of publication: $10

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Stocking Stuffers

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm

Amazon

Lip balm is a fun and practical wellness gift for any active buddy. Since working out in the gym, heat, or cold weather can be dehydrating, lip balm is great to have on hand–especially if your friend tends to misplace their tube. 

We like Burt’s Bees for its gentle, natural ingredients that deliver moisturizing results. Grab this four-pack for a variety of fresh flavors they’ll love.

Price at time of publication: $11

For Gym Lovers

Amazfit Band 5 Activity Fitness Tracker

Amazfit Band 5 Activity Fitness Tracker

Amazon

Complete with a pedometer, heart rate and sleep monitors, stress meter, breathing exercises feature, and more, the Amazfit Band will help them keep an eye on their health with an easy-to-read LCD screen. They can also set it to send them helpful reminders or connect it to their Alexa to access workout music, timers, and more hands-free. 

Its slim, low-profile design includes over 45 face options and a range of band colors to blend in with their everyday style seamlessly. We like that its battery life lasts an impressive 15 days at full power, and up to 25 days on power save mode.

Price at time of publication: $40

Adidas Defender 4 Small Duffel Bag

Adidas Defender 4 Small Duffel Bag

Amazon

Present them this Adidas bag, for toting all of their essentials to and from the gym. Our best budget pick, this duffel has spacious pockets that can haul a considerable amount of gear. Its water-resistant base protects things inside from damp floors or turf, and we love that it comes with a lifetime warranty. They can grab it and go using the shoulder strap or convenient carry loop that’s also a handy place to clip items like shoes, water bottles, or keys. 

Price at time of publication: $35

Trigger Point Performance GRID 1.0 Foam Roller

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Trigger Point Performance GRID 1.0 Foam Roller

Amazon

Give the gift of self-therapeutic massage with this foam roller, which has a contoured surface that’s designed to dig into pressure points and achy muscles. Its compact length makes storage simple, while the hollowed-out middle can fit other workout gear inside—ideal for anyone with a small home gym. 

During our tests, we found it easy to control and effective. The foam felt sturdy but also had some give, making this roller a great option for beginners. We love the variety of colors and patterns, too.

Price at time of publication: $37

What the Experts Say

“This foam roller is very effective. It feels like excellent quality, and I like the aesthetic of the branding and design. It feels more expensive than it is, honestly!” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Fire Team Fit Liquid Chalk

Fire Team Fit Liquid Chalk

Amazon

Lifters, gymnasts, and climbers will love this low-mess, dust-free liquid chalk. An excellent stocking stuffer or gift basket addition, this pocket-sized squeeze bottle has a carabiner they can clip to their shorts or gym bag, so it will always be close by. It’s odorless and non-toxic, and doesn’t sweat off easily, like other liquid chalks.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $12

UMYOGO Women’s Running Shoe

UMYOGO Women’s Running Shoes

Amazon

This versatile pair of sneakers works for a variety of workouts, sports, or just running errands. They’re breathable, plus they offer great support and cushioning for strength training, all-day wear, and everything in between. The modern design is available in a rainbow of colors, so there’s a style for everyone. 

Price at time of publication: $40

What the Experts Say

“These are becoming popular cross trainers in gyms, thanks to their versatility and cool design. I’ve seen people who are on their feet a lot wear them in the office, too, so you know they’re comfortable.”  —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Rip Toned Wrist Wraps

4.7
Rip Toned Wrist Wraps

Amazon

For lifters, martial arts athletes, or gymnasts, a reliable pair of wrist wraps is a must. These from Rip Toned are our top overall pick because they’re fully adjustable, with a reinforced thumb loop for better durability. Choose from a variety of colors, patterns, and stiffness options to find the pair they’ll use every day.

Price at time of publication: $18

Gaiam 6mm Yoga Mat

Gaiam 6mm Yoga Mat

Amazon

Gift the yoga fan in your life this Gaiam mat, available in dozens of vibrant, reversible colors and patterns. Its 6-millimeter thickness offers the perfect amount of cushioning, with a slip-free texture for a better grip. Ideal for beginners and advanced students alike, we also love that it’s latex-free. 

Price at time of publication: $35

What the Experts Say

“I’d definitely recommend this Gaiam mat, especially for beginners. It’s high quality, affordable, and comes in a ton of great patterns. The 6-millimeter thickness has the perfect grip and cushioning for a great class experience.” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Nalgene Sustain Tritan BPA-Free Water Bottle, 32-Ounce

Nalgene Sustain Tritan BPA-Free Water Bottle

Amazon

This Nalgene bottle is a thoughtful present you can gift as-is or fill with their favorite treats. BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free, it’s lightweight, but sturdy enough to go with them on all kinds of outdoor adventures. 

We love that it’s stain and odor-resistant, and can hold both hot and cold beverages. Its wide mouth is easy to fill with large ice cubes or a water bottle filter, and has a tight-locking lid that can attach to a bag. And it comes in a rainbow of colors to suit every taste. 

Price at time of publication: $16

Speedo Mirrored Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggles

4.6
Speedo Mirrored Vanquisher 2.0 Swim Goggles

Amazon

A new pair of streamlined goggles makes a great pocket-sized present or stocking stuffer for any swimmer. With wide, panoramic, anti-fog lenses, our top overall pick for the best goggles around has an adjustable, silicone head strap to stay comfortably snug during laps. Choose a pair with or without light-reflecting, mirrored lenses, which are great for sensitive eyes or outdoor swims. We like that they come in several colors and include four interchangeable nose pieces—plus, they have UVA- and UVB-ray protection. 

Price at time of publication: $25

Dark Iron Fitness Lifting Belt

4.6
Harbinger Nylon Weightlifting Belt

Amazon

When buying for a strength-training devotee, we love this lifting belt. It’s flexible and comfortable, with a heavy-gauge steel roller buckle that makes it easy to adjust. Foam padding keeps their core supported, but not constricted. Our top budget-friendly pick, we like this belt because it’s simple, but effective. 

Price at time of publication: $24

Rei Shower Roll

REI Co-op Shower Roll

REI

A shower caddy is a useful present for someone who hits the gym facilities after their workout. We love this one from REI Co-op for its simple, spacious design. It’s made from recycled, water-resistant materials and easily hangs from any rod or shower head. It even has a removable mirror and a toiletry kit. When they’re done, they can roll it up tight using the hanger strap. This cool caddy comes in earthy hues and two sizes, depending on their preference.

Price at time of publication: $30

Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL Electric Heating Pad

4.8
Pure Enrichment PureRelief XL Heating Pad

Amazon

A heating pad can provide some much-needed relief after tough workouts. This electric heating pad warms up quickly to help stiff areas of the body relax. Its large, flexible design can cover their back or wrap around legs and shoulders. 

They can switch between multiple heat settings using an LCD screen and large buttons. We also love the soft, cozy cover that’s machine washable and comes in a few colors. And when it’s not being used, they can store it in a convenient bag.

Price at time of publication: $40

For Beginners

Bala Bangles 1 Pound Wrist & Ankle Weights

Bala Bangles 1 Pound

Amazon

These weighted wristband bracelets are a stylish and functional way to incorporate more resistance into their routine. Perfect for yoga, Pilates, cardio, or everyday errands, they each weigh 1 pound and are comfortable for all ages or fitness levels. We like that they can also be worn on your ankles and the chic, neutral shade range that compliments any outfit or taste.

Price at time of publication: $49

What the Experts Say

“I’ve used my fair share of ankle weights and nothing motivates me to add power to my workouts like the Bala Bangles do. Cheaper products are often bulky, flimsy, and moisture-retaining—lacking the versatility, adjustability and (of course) style that the Bala Bangles deliver.” —Michelle Parente, commerce writer and Verywell Fit product tester

With such a simple design, this clever two-in-one yoga mat carrier and studio support sling was made for your flexible, no-fuss friend. The compact design fits on either end of a mat for transporting to and from the studio, then doubles as a strap to help them stretch even deeper during class. It’s smooth to the touch, durable, and comes in a range of lovely hues that will compliment any mat.

Price at time of publication: $24

Lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband

Lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband

Lululemon

Delight any lululemon lover with this headband, our top overall pick, which will keep their hair happy during workouts. Not only do we love it for its sweat-wicking, stretchy fabric (which is also found in some of the brand's best leggings), but the velvet-lined interior also stays in place without any breakage or frizz. It’s budget-friendly, machine washable, and comes in a range of bright colors.

Price at time of publication: $12

Peloton Yoga Blocks

Peloton Yoga Blocks

Peloton

For the Peloton lover on your list, we like these yoga blocks. One of many accessories from the fan-favorite fitness brand, their yoga sessions help riders and runners hop off their machines to mix up their training routines. 

These blocks help support and challenge all levels of users, with sturdy EVA foam and three height levels. Even if they’re not a Peloton member, we still recommend these sleek and solid yoga blocks for their excellent quality and versatility.  

Price at time of publication: $30

Kootek 18-Pack Resistance Bands Set

4.2
 Kootek Resistance Bands Set

Amazon

Often as effective as free weights, but cheaper and gentler, resistance bands are an excellent tool for building strength and improving mobility and stability. This set is versatile and challenging, with multiple levels of resistance that are easy to transition between during their workouts. Used one at a time or combined with others in the set, the clippable tube bands can stack up to 150 pounds of resistance. And the loop bands are ideal for yoga, Pilates classes, and more. 

We love the additional accessories, including ankle straps, a door anchor, and a pair of core sliders. Perfect for home gyms or travel, it all packs up into a toteable storage bag—and it was our top pick for the best variety pack of bands on the market.

Price at time of publication: $30

What the Experts Say

“This resistance band set is a great addition to any home gym. It’s a handy tool whether you’re a beginner or just can’t make it to the gym due to time or travel. I’ve even taken mine on vacation!” —Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

NiceC Adjustable Dumbbell Pair

4.6
NiceC Adjustable Dumbbell Pair

Know someone who likes to work out at home? Adjustable dumbbells can save them money and space. By adding weighted discs to the ends, each dumbbell in this set can be adjusted from just over 2 pounds to 4.5. Since they’re smaller and lighter than other sets, these weights are great for beginners. 

Price at time of publication: $30

BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Yoga Mat

4.5
BalanceFrom All-Purpose Exercise Yoga Mat

Amazon

This mat is a great foundation for Pilates, bodyweight exercises, yoga, and more. At 13 millimeters (or about half an inch), it’s thicker than most other yoga mats. When we tested this mat, we loved the long length, convenient strap, and overall comfort. It’s also slip- and moisture-resistant, easy to clean, and backed by a two-year warranty.

Price at time of publication: $20

What the Experts Say

“The 1/2-inch, high-density foam material was thick enough to cushion me against the hard floor without impeding my ability to flow through my routine.” —Joline Buscemi, Verywell Fit commerce writer and product tester

Skywin Workout Dice

Skywin Workout Dice

Amazon

For anyone who struggles to stay motivated to work out, this game can be a fun way to mix up a routine, literally, without throwing in the towel. Roll the dice for a spontaneous circuit of squats, planks, burpees, high knees, and more. A set of four yellow dice explains which exercises to do, while the single green die shows how many reps each move gets. It’s a clever present they’ll love to open (and actually use). 

Price at time of publication: $19

RENPHO Cordless Jump Rope

cordless jump rope

Amazon

This weighted, cordless jump rope provides the same cardio workout as a traditional rope—but its compact design means it can be used indoors or during circuit workouts at the gym. It has a built-in counter that tracks number of jumps, calories burned, and more. 

And, if it turns out they miss traditional skipping, we love that it also comes with an adjustable PVC steel rope. (No gift receipt needed!) 

Price at time of publication: $18

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Pedal Exerciser

Amazon

This portable pedaler will help them feel the burn while they’re working or watching TV. It fits under a desk and folds up for easy storage. A small screen clearly tracks their stats, like total distance and revolutions per minute. 

Price at time of publication: $35

Bayco 8 Pack Glass Meal Prep Containers

Bayco 8 Pack Glass Meal Prep Containers

Amazon

This set of eight glass containers is extra handy for meal preppers. Each dish has three organized compartments to pack delicious, well-rounded lunches and dinners. The tight-locking lid keeps things fresh and leak-free. We like that they stack nicely in the freezer or fridge, and that they’re safe to put in the oven and the microwave.

Price at time of publication: $40

StrongTek Professional Wooden Balance Board

StrongTek Professional Wooden Balance Board

Amazon

For a unique present no one else will give them, pick up this board, which will help them improve their balance and stability. This durable, natural wood board is challenging, yet easier to control than others, with its grippy surface and manageable size. It’s also simple to store, so it makes a good gift for anyone who has a small space or lots of other fitness equipment at home. 

Price at time of publication: $35

What to Look For in Fitness Gifts Under $50

Price

Knowing your budget will help you find the right gift that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re searching for something under $50, $25, or $10, there are plenty of presents and brands to choose from. “Anyone can go to a local Big 5 Sporting Goods store or a Dick’s Sporting Goods store, or even shop online at Amazon and find a perfect gift under $50,” Denise Cervantes, ACE and NASM CPT, says. 

Quality 

Whatever your budget, make sure your gift is made well. “Quality will be something that saves you money in the long haul and it will also greatly reduce your risk of injury,” Caleb Herman, CPT, Certified Emotion Code and Body Code Expert at Lifetime Fitness in Des Moines, Iowa, says. 

Both he and Cervantes warn against buying cheaper items at the risk of getting a faulty piece of equipment, an unsafe supplement, or just plain scammed. Beware of trendy fads—instead, go with a reputable company with good reviews, they advise. “If it seems too good to be true, don’t buy it,” Herman adds.

Fitness Goals

Consider the fitness goals of the person you’re shopping for and what type of item might help them achieve them. Have they expressed a desire to get healthier through weight loss, or get stronger, faster, or gain a happier, more balanced mindset? Are they interested in beginning a particular sport, workout style, or type of class? 

“If [their] goals are to gain strength, buy weights! If [they] have weights, look into a piece of cardio equipment, especially if [they] can't get outside during the winter months. Or perhaps [they] have all of that and just need a recovery tool,” Herman says.

It’s also important to be thoughtful and sensitive to how your friend or loved one might respond to your gift. Just because someone is health-focused, doesn’t mean they want to lose weight. Keep your audience and their values in mind to find them a present they’ll love to receive.

Practicality

When shopping for a fitness gift, take your recipient’s interests, goals, and tastes into account. “Depending on who I am buying for, I ensure I am shopping for their specific sport,” Cervantes says. “But if I don't know, I will ask around,” since other friends may have great insights, too.
Also, consider the size of the gift and their home or storage space, especially in the case of workout equipment. You’ll also want to ensure it’s appropriate to their fitness level, especially if they’re a beginner, adds Lachance, who says “try not to give an ab roller to someone who can't do a plank correctly yet.” Clothing and accessories should be comfortable and in their preferred size, if applicable.

When in doubt, ask them, Herman says. “If you are gifting to someone else, just ask them what they would like in regards to getting healthier!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do athletes like as gifts?

    “Athletes enjoy nearly anything that is new or an enhancement to what they already have or are doing,” Herman says. “A new weight belt, a new pair of running shoes, or new workout attire is always a great gift!” If they don’t have a gym membership, an athlete would love new equipment, like a basketball, running gear, weights, or resistance bands for their home or outdoor workouts.

    And don’t forget about gifts for rest and recovery, Lachance says. “They work hard in the gym but have a hard time finding ways to recover at home,” she explains. “You could get them whatever $50 worth of massage would get you. That way they can come back to the gym feeling better than ever!” Consider at-home massage or relaxation gifts, like HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa or Pure Enrichment’s PureRelief XL Heating Pad.

  • What is the best gift for a gym lover?

    The gym lover might appreciate items specific to their facility, like a few training sessions, a massage gift card, merchandise, or even new attire to wear to their favorite classes, according to Herman and Cervantes. 

    Gaiam’s 6 mm Yoga Mat or Nalgene’s Sustain Wide Mouth Water Bottle are sure-to-please picks for most gym goers. “Gym bags are a good option too,” suggests Cervantes, like Adidas’ Defender 4 Small Duffel Bag. And if all else fails, “they like any phone tripod that can hold their phone for recording lifts and exercises,” she adds.

  • What goes in a wellness gift basket?

    If you just can’t choose one gift under $50, there are plenty of little items you can combine in a gift bag or basket. “I personally do wellness baskets for my clients,” Herman says. “Many of these are my favorite daytime snacks—apples, beef sticks, raw carrots, a recipe for a healthy dinner, resistance bands, and a $20 gift card to their favorite fitness store!” 

    Other gift basket or stocking stuffer ideas that our expert trainers love include travel-size toiletries, chapsticks, kinesiology tape, and healthy, single-serve foods like Honey Stinger’s Gold Energy Gel

    You might want to add a slightly larger item or two that ties everything together, like a fitness book, a towel, resistance bands, or a shaker cup (like the BlendJet 2 Portable Blender) with a protein mix or powder inside.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

Jessica Murtaugh, NASM-CPT, understands the joy and challenge of shopping for the perfect gift for someone on your list. For this guide, she prioritized trustworthy brands that fit various budgets, interests, and fitness goals. Jessica favors eco-conscious brands that promote inclusivity in their products, and she is dedicated to reporting authentic content to her readers.