Weight Loss Gifts for Every Budget

The Best Gift Ideas for Someone Trying to Lose Weight

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Do you need a gift idea for someone who is trying to lose weight? Weight loss gifts can be hard to find and even harder to give. Some healthy gifts may offend your friend or family member and others might actually make the weight loss process harder. So how do you stay out of the dog house? Use these gift ideas for someone trying to lose weight.

Tips for Buying a Weight Loss Gift

If you're not yet sure what to buy your loved one, the best way to start is by asking questions. This may sound like an obvious step, but everyone's weight loss journey is different. So what might seem like a great idea to you, might be a terrible gift idea for your loved one. For example, some dieters really want a new bathroom scale to measure their progress and others might be completely offended. The only way to know is to ask.

If you can't find a way to ask your loved one directly, reach out to her support group, exercise buddies, or even to coworkers. They can be great sources of information about what to give and what not to give.

Lastly, make sure that whatever you buy is returnable. In the unlikely event that your friend or family member doesn't find your weight loss gift as inspiring as you do, you want to make sure that he or she can return it and get something that will make their diet or exercise program easier.

Weight Loss Gifts for Every Budget

To inspire your weight loss gift search, check out these ideas. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great gift for a dieter or new exerciser. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes, the best gift for a dieter is your love and support.

Weight Loss Gifts Under $50

Pedometer

If you don't have the budget to buy a fitness tracker, consider an old-school pedometer. Usually these clip-on gadgets cost $15-25 and sometimes they are more effective than wrist-worn devices that get in the way when a dieter is typing or wearing long sleeves. Either visit your local walking store or shop online to find devices like the Omron Alvita Ultimate Pedometer that retails for $23.95

Cold Weather Fitness Gear

If your loved one manages her daily step count to burn more calories all day or stays active on her bike all year long, then cold weather gear will be greatly appreciated. Luckily, you don't have to break the bank to get small items that will help him or her stay active during the winter. Thermal Gloves by Bontrager are perfect for an active athlete because they trap heat and wick away moisture. And the Bontrager Thermal Headband can be worn during a walk, a run, or under a helmet during a ride. Both items retail for under $20.

Better Sleep

Of course, you can't buy a perfect night's sleep, but you can gift sleep-enhancing products to boost better rest at night. For example, the nodpod weighted sleep mask can help your loved one to feel calm and relaxed at night to enhance sleepiness. Studies have shown that you are more likely to make better food choices and stay more active during the day when you sleep well, so this is a great (and inexpensive) gift for someone trying to lose weight.

Weight Loss Journal

On a budget? Almost every health coach and weight loss expert recommends keeping a weight loss journal during the dieting process. A journal helps your loved one track emotional, environmental, and physical barriers that stand in the way of weight loss success.

An inexpensive journal makes a lovely and inexpensive weight loss gift. Planners and journals by fitlosophy come in a variety of styles and price points ranging from under $20 to over $40. Or you can get creative and make one of your own. Get a set of colored pens or pencils, stickers, and other decorating tools so your loved one is inspired to journal every day. 

Bathroom Smart Scale

Smart dieters and exercisers pay more attention to body composition than weight. A bathroom body fat scale will provide both numbers. This can be a tricky gift to give, however. Not every dieter will respond well to receiving a scale as a gift. You may want to drop hints or ask a friend to inquire before you invest in this option. Smart scales that pair with activity trackers, like the Polar Balance and Fitbit Aria 2, are likely to be more expensive. However, you can find smartly designed scales by brands like Taylor for under $40.

Digital Scale for the Kitchen

A kitchen scale is also a smart weight loss gift if you are looking for a less expensive option. A counter-top device makes planning and preparing calorie-controlled meals super simple and easy. You'll find plenty of brands available at your local home goods store for $40 or less.

Weight Loss Gifts Under $100

Slippers

Believe it or not, cozy slippers are a great gift that can help your loved one lose weight more effectively. In fact, Dr. Jacqueline Sutera is a podiatric physician who is part of Vionic footwear's Innovation Lab. She says that wearing slippers provides "active recovery" for your feet to help prevent fat pad loss that happens to all of us over time. When you have healthy feet, it's easy to stay active all day and boost your step count.

Vionic makes a variety of comfy plush slippers that provide a heel cup and arch support to reduce foot fatigue caused by hard flat floors. Most styles are available for under $100 and can be found in stores or online. You'll also find comfortable slippers in stores and online by brands like Bearpaw and L.L. Bean.

Stylist Appointment 

Has your loved one lost a significant amount of weight? If so, ask your local department store if they provide personal shopping services. A personal style session makes a great weight loss gift.

Make an appointment for your gift recipient to spend an hour or two finding a new wardrobe for their svelte new physique. You might even be able to find clothing that helps your loved one lose more weight.

Metabolic Test

If your loved one has been counting calories, exercising and not seeing results, a metabolic test might be helpful. Many health clubs offer this testing service along with personalized recommendations for caloric intake and exercise training. The test helps people trying to lose weight pinpoint specific heart rate zones that are more effective for burning fat. 

The tests may cost $75 or more to perform, but many health clubs offer the test as an introductory service when you sign up for training. If you are not a member of a health club, check out your local community college or university. The exercise physiology departments of many schools do metabolic testing in clinics for a fee. 

Spa Service 

If a diet and exercise related weight loss gift won’t sit well with your special person, consider getting them a massage, a facial or haircut at the local spa. Men and women alike will enjoy the experience of being pampered and de-stressed.

In fact, services like a massage or a facial can even help to boost weight loss progress by giving a dieter a more positive mindset and motivation. If you don't have a full service spa in your area, check out apps like Zeel massage on demand. The app lets you set up appointments in your home or in a location that feels comfortable for your loved one. 

Again, your particular area will determine the price you'll pay for a spa service. But keep in mind that there are many different options. A less expensive service like a pedicure (usually $25-$50) makes a great gift for women and men. Who doesn't love a great food massage?

Exercise Apparel 

Working out is easier when you are confident and comfortable. Ask other friends or family members to find out which brands your loved one prefers and invest in a few pieces of comfy clothing. Keep in mind, however, that the brands you love may not be the best for someone trying to lose weight.

There are certain brands like Brooks, RYU, Lane Bryant, and Always for Me that make workout clothes especially for larger bodies. 

Activity Tracker ​

Whether your loved one is trying to lose weight or simply trying to improve his or her health, a fitness tracker will help them reach their goals. There are dozens of brands on the market at ranging in price and in style. For example, the female-friendly Fitbit Versa that not only tracks fitness and diet data, but also helps women manage their cycle. The wide range of band styles makes it easy to wear at work, at the gym or out on the town. The man in your life might prefer the sporty Adidas Edition Ionic that comes with unique training benefits to make the man in your motivated to work out more often. Both the Versa and the Ionic retail for around $200 and up. But the new Fitbit Charge 3 provides many of the same features for less. Retailing for $149, your loved one can track lifestyle habits, calories burned, heart rate and other relevant data. On a budget? The Moov tracker is super simple and ultra light and costs just $59—a smart gift for buyers on a budget. If the dieter in your life already has a tracker, consider getting a new wristband.

Many replacement wrist bands retail for under $50 and allow your loved to personalize their look to make the most of their device.

Personal Trainer 

A few sessions with a fitness trainer might be just what your loved one needs to revamp his or her workout program and get results. Seek out a trainer that is certified by the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Before signing a contract with the trainer, give your friend or family member a chance to meet with the trainer and discuss goals. Not every trainer is qualified to help with weight loss. If diet is a big part of your loved one's program (and it should be if weight loss is the goal) then hiring a trainer with a nutritional background will be helpful. 

Fees for a trainer vary greatly depending on your area and the trainer's credentials. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to over $200 per hour in some locations. But you'll usually get a break in price if you buy more than one session.

If exercise is not yet a part of the program, an appointment with a registered dietitian may boost weight loss progress. An RD can help him or her to design meal plans according to food preferences, lifestyle, and schedule. 

Weight Loss Gifts for the Big Spender

Healthy Vacation or Weight Loss Resort Getaway

If you've got a bigger budget, consider giving a trip to a weight loss resort. Many destination spas and weight loss facilities offer services to accommodate those who are trying to slim down, improve healthy eating habits or boost their fitness level. And they offer you and your loved one quality time to spend together at destinations ranging from the desert, to the beach, and more. The cost of your trip will depend on the location that you choose and the duration of your stay.

An Electric Bike

You might not imagine that an electric bike can boost weight loss, but it can for a wide range of reasons. If your loved one has considered heading outside to burn calories, if he or she is trying to reduce the time they spend running errands in the car, or if you are a cyclist and you'd like your loved one to join you when you ride, then an electric bike is a smart choice.

Electric bikes by Trek come in a variety of styles for commuters, road bikers, mountain bikers and more. The bikes provide pedal-assist power rather than a throttle (that works more like a motorcycle) so you need to be actively pedaling—and burning calories— for the electric motor to kick in. The rider can choose from different levels of assistance based on their preference, road conditions and circumstances. Prices range based on the bike that you choose but typically fall between $2,500 and $7,000.

Home Workout Equipment

Some exercisers love the social environment of exercise classes. Others enjoy the variety of equipment at their local health club. But not everyone loves the gym. If your loved one prefers to exercise in the safety of his or her own home, consider investing in a treadmill, a stationary bike, or some weight training equipment. The options are endless and are increasing every day. For example, exercise bikes made by Peloton and NordicTrack allow you to interact with fitness instructors in real time or choose from a library of classes at any time of day. Or if you are short on space, consider a Mirror, a stylish device that looks like reflective wall art until you turn it on and select a training session.

A Word From Verywell

Fitness gear, kitchen tools, journal supplies and tech gadgets all make fantastic weight loss gifts. But remember that the best source of gift ideas may be your loved one. The dieter or exerciser in your life may provide the best advice. So ask questions and listen for hints to find the best weight loss gift for the dieter in your life.

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