30 Gifts Ideas for $30 (or less) for the Fitness Fanatic


Hi friends! ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping. I love buying presents for friends, but you know how I feel about budgeting. You can spoil your friends without busting the bank; here are some ideas. They are all $30 or less, some much less. (With one $36 exception, #24.)  Many of these will work for the non-fitness fanatics in your life too. :)

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1. Magazine subscription to Runner’s World, Yoga Journal or Women’s Health.

2. A huge assortment or GUs, ShotBloks, and/or Honey Stingers.

3. Running gloves

4.  A running hat

5. Arm warmers 

6. Non-slip headband (I like Sweaty Bands and Razzy Roos)

7. Fancy workout socks (Injijis for the VFF runners or SmartWool for regular shod runners. My mom who has been running for, ahem 4 decades – love ya mom, don’t kill me! – swears by SmartWool even in the summer)

8. Motivational calendar from Runner’s World

9. Gift certificate to a local yoga studio (I love Village Yoga in Winston Salem)

10. Peppermint lotion for sore feet after tough workouts (I like the Burt’s Bee’s version)

11. Bath salts for soaking sore muscles

12. A pedicure gift certificate

13. Bamboxer Briefs (for the boys) or Bamboyshorts (for the ladies). [Note: I personally haven't tried either of these, but one of my guy friend ordered about a dozen pairs of the briefs because he loves them so much. And I've loved everything I've worn from Five Bamboo so I bet the Bamboyshorts would be no exception.] Don’t forget that you get 20% off with the code “bamboostaysfit”

14. Locally roasted coffee beans to perk up before workouts [My favorites in Winston Salem are Cafe Roche and Krankies.]

15. Contigo travel coffee mug (it keeps coffee hot for literally hours). Check your Costco – they often have 2-packs for a steal.

16. Pay the race entry fee for their next 5K.

17. A mini orchid (my local Whole Foods carries them).

18. A foam roller or The Stick for their sore, tight muscles. (Ahem, my affiliate link for The Stick is on the logo to the left. Just sayin’.)

19. An assortment of dark chocolate (I like Endangered Species, Green & Black and Chocolove)

20. Red wine. Always red wine.

21. Vinturi.

22. New running shorts – bonus, if you run with them, you’ll appreciate their freshness. ;)

23. Shower steam disks – it’s like a steam room in the shower. ahhhhh. I especially like ones with eucalyptus.

24. A year subscription to Pandora One (commercial free Pandora) – this one is $36.

25. Flip Belt (read my review here)

26. Weight training gloves (these are the ones I have)

27. A book for the person struggling to stick to their workouts

28. The best smelling candle ever (Or buy this version of it and it not only smells good but looks pretty while burning.) Guys like that Volcano candle too but if you want something more masculine, check out these man candles.

29. Magnets of their instagram photos

30. Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Walnut Truffles

Remember, if you buy anything online, don’t forget to use eBates so you get cash back. Your loved ones don’t have to know. ;) Happy shopping!

Share your budget-friendly gift ideas in the comments section. We’ll all appreciate it!

12 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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1 Anne 12/10/2012 at 7:19 pm

My brother gave me The Stick last year for Christmas, best gift ever! So much more effective than a foam roller!
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2 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 9:55 pm

Yeah, I like mine better than the foam roller for everything except my butt. Sitting on the foam roller just gets it better than the stick! (ew that’s such an awkward sentence! but you know what i mean!)


3 Lauren 12/10/2012 at 8:18 pm

Great ideas! I love the one about buying a race entry. That’s something I would never think of but so clever!
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4 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 10:01 pm

i would LOVE it if someone bought a race entry for me!


5 Erin (TexanCouture) 12/10/2012 at 9:24 pm

I’ve never tried RazzyRoo headbands. I want to try them out!
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6 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 10:00 pm

they work just as well as Sweaty Bands but they were cheaper at the race expo I found them at. :)


7 GiGi Eats Celebrities 12/10/2012 at 11:51 pm

I think I am going to get my sister a FIT BIT… Any experience with one?
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8 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 9:59 pm

I don’t have one but one of my friends does and he is OBSESSED. He loves all the data it provides to help improve overall health and fitness. I want one now too!


9 Mrs Type A 12/11/2012 at 9:33 am

I would LOVE to receive the Stick, a subscription to Runner’s World or some pure barre socks this holiday season. I’d also recommend running gloves that have touch screen patches on the index finger– I got some for my husband from Target for about $15.
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10 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 9:57 pm

oooh yeah, I want some of those gloves!


11 Katie 12/11/2012 at 9:39 am

Such good ideas, thank you!!
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12 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 12/11/2012 at 9:56 pm

you betcha! :)


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