You don’t need to default to another gift card this holiday season. Delight someone with the unexpected instead. From stocking stuffers to secret santa swaps, we’ve rounded up some budget-friendly gifts the health-and-fitness minded people on your list are sure to love. You may find you’d love a couple of these items, too.Seattle Sports Blazers Dual LED Lights
Lights can be a thoughtful gift for the bike commuter in your life—or any cyclist, for that matter. The Seattle Sports Company makes these weather-resistant lights, which have a three-mode LED—slow, fast and solid—and may be quickly and easily mounted to handlebars or seat posts. They’ll help keep riders safe and visible. The silicone body comes in red, white and black; the LED comes in red or white.
$7.95 — seattlesportsco.com
Nothing beats a comfy pair of quality wicking socks, but Sock Guy takes them a step further with colorful, one-of-a-kind designs. They come in several styles, including the Classic sock designed for athletes of all intensities, SGX socks designed for elite performance, Wool socks, MTN-Tech Ski & Snowboard socks, and more. Dazzling in the look-and-feel combo department, they will make the recipient smile from head to toe.
Price varies by style — sockguy.com
Bocce tends to be another activity that’s perfect for a get together. This set can even be used indoors. Unlike standard bocce balls, these are made of PVC, so they’re lightweight and portable. They come in a nylon and mesh zippered pouch just right for tossing in a backpack or keeping in the car.
$15 — REI.com
A first aid kit is a must-have for every household. This set of two from the American Red Cross includes the essentials (bandages, gauze, antibiotic packets, scissors, gloves, etc.) in retro-style containers. Keep one in your home and another in your car, backpack, desk or purse.
$17.25 — RedCrossStore.org
Hot water bottles tend to the kind of thing you never buy for yourself but would like to have, which makes them the perfect gift item. They have retro appeal and a variety of uses. Fill with hot water and use it to relieve back pain, cramps or tense muscles. Freeze it to ice sore muscles and bruises. Tuck a small one in your coat pocket to stay warm when you step outside. Fashy water bottles are made in Germany and come in a variety of colors.
Starts at $17.95 — smallflower.com
Jumping rope can be a great pre-lifting warmup or a quick, intense cardio workout on its own. Having a quality rope makes a big difference, and this one is among my personal favorites. It’s smooth and speedy—and comfortable, thanks to the contoured wood handles. The Everest Weighted Leather Jump Rope is made of genuine leather and comes in two lengths.
$19.99 — shopeverlast.com
It may look like a simple, colorful cloth, but it’s a hat, neck warmer, headband, sun guard, balaklava, hat liner and more. The Buff can be worn numerous ways and comes in even more numerous colors and prints. It’s keeps wearers cool in summer and warm in winter and is described as “the most versatile and effective article of technical clothing you’ll ever own.” Those who have them love them, and those who don’t want to add one to their gear inventory.
Starts at $20 — buffusa.com
Many yoga classes supply mats, but it’s really nice to have your own. They can be on the pricy side, though. Gaia makes two beautiful, lightweight mats that cost less than $25, the Deep Plum Surf Yoga Mat and the Root to Rise Yoga Mat. The designs are rich, vibrant, and the quality is premium, as can be expected by Gaia. They can also be used for stretching, meditating or practicing yoga at home.
$21.98 — gaiam.com
Whether at the office, in the bleachers or on a hiking trail, many people appreciate a decent water bottle. Hydro Flask’s stainless steel, insulated bottles keep your cold drinks chilled for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12. They are BPA-free and come in several colors. Do you know someone who’s trying to drink more water? Or someone who could use a better vessel for drinks on the go? It’s a gift that works for most anyone.
$21.99 (12 oz., standard mouth) — hydroflask.com
This lightweight, compact water filter a good match for people in your life who love to camp, hike or travel. It comes with a collapsible drinking pouch, but can also attach to a hydration pack or soda bottle. Also in the kit: a drinking straw that allows the user to drink directly from a water source and a cleaning syringe. According to Sawyer’s product description, it removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; and removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium. It can filter up to 100,000 gallons—30 times more than comparable filters.
Price varies by retailer — sawyer.com
Frisbees are the perfect pickup activity for a group, whether big or small or varied in age or ability. This flashy light-up version of the classic disc allows the game to keep going when the sun goes down. It was designed by a professional Ultimate player for top performance, is water-resistant, includes replaceable batteries and comes in four dazzling colors.
$24.95 — niteize.com
Skinnytaste.com has long been a favorite food blog for those who want to eat healthy and eat well. The woman behind it, Gina Homolka, calls herself a huge advocate of Weight Wathcers and the recipes are lean, nutritious, delicious and relatively quick and easy to throw together. Her cookbook came out this year and includes 150 recipes complete with nutrition information from a registered dietitian.
Price varies by retailer — skinnytaste.com
A follow-up to the athlete-favorite Feed Zone Cookbook, Feed Zone Portables features portable food recipes for active folks of all persuasions. The book includes 75 recipes for nutritious, quick and easy foods that may be tucked in a jersey pocket or backpack and consumed on the go. They were developed by Dr. Allen Lim, who works with pro cyclists, and professional chef Biju Thomas.
$24.95 — feedzonecookbook.com
TriggerPoint’s GRID Foam Roller is known and loved among sporty types as a feel-good way to massage tight muscles and promote blood flow. The TP Massage Ball and Factor Massage Ball offer the same, but in a more targeted manner. The TP Massage Ball meant for “use to manage minor aches and pains of the muscle by applying moderate” pressure, while the Factor Massage ball is advertised as “great for dense muscles and anyone who prefers intensity.” Due to their compact size, both are convenient for travel.
TP Massage Ball $19.99
TP Factor Massage Ball $24.99
Magazines give all year long. They run the gamut from sport- and gender-specific to general health and wellness publications. You will likely find something for the runner, cyclist, health nut, adventurer or person trying to live a little healthier on your list. Rodale publishes a variety of longtime favorites including Prevention, Bicycling, Runner’s World,Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Outside is a hit among gear heads, active types and outdoor enthusiasts alike, and covers a variety of activities and adventures.
Prices vary — rodaleinc.com
Note: Price and availability of all products listed here are subject to change.
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