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Fitness Gifts Under $5

By Hayley Gurriell, Skinny Gene Intern

This is a great article from Popsugar that suggests a variety of inexpensive gift ideas for that fit friend or family member in your life. Still need a present for that holiday party’s white elephant game? Pack more punch with a combination of 3 or 4 of these items that will still keep you under the $20 cap and have everyone fighting for what you brought.

Fitness Gifts That Cost Less Than the Almond Latte You Had This Morning


photo from Zazzle

photo from Zazzle

Sometimes big things come in small packages, and when you’re lucky, with an even smaller price tag. Whether you’re looking for a little extra something to add to an existing gift or are on a tight budget, we have more than 15 fitness- and health-inspired gifts that do not go over the $5 mark. With prices like these, you can gift everyone on your list with ease.

1. No-Crease Hair Elastics
No snagging or creasing make these hair ribbons ($4 for a pack of four) a must have for the fit fanatic in your life!

2. Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick Bar
Give friends a boost of antioxidants by adding a Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick bar ($4) to their stockings.

3. Weight-Lifting Decal
Friends can show their love of fitness loud and proud with this weight-lifting decal ($5) that easily affixes to laptops and tablets. It peels off easy, too, so there’s no worry of sticky residue!

4. EOS Sweet Mint Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
Whether she runs outside or lives her days on the beach, your active outdoor friend will love the EOS Sweet Mint Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($3). SPF 15 will keep her lips protected, and the moisturizing balm will protect against wind or dry climates.

5. Wide Yoga Headbands
Anyone who practices yoga — especially of the hot variety — knows that not any old headband will do. These handmade headbands from etsy seller Fitness Fox Collection($5) are wide and secure enough to hold hair in place — even during the sweatiest class!

6. Printable Meal Planner
If you have a friend who likes to keep everything in check, then help her make meal and workout planning easy with this Diet & Fitness Journal ($4, originally $5). It includes pages for daily and weekly goals, along with resource guides containing fitness tips and a nutrition index.

7. Tea Bag Buddy
Finally a simple fix to the common teatime dilemma. The Tea Bag Buddy ($5) holds a tea bag firmly in place while it steeps and, when done, flips over to work as a coaster to hold the used tea bag.

8. Surefoot Foot Rubz
Tired feet get some much-needed rest with the help of Surefoot Foot Rubz ($4). Using acupressure techniques, all the user has to do is roll feet over the small massage ball for instant relief.

9. DIY Mat Spray
Anyone in your life who practices yoga will appreciate the thought that goes into making this DIY mat spray. Made from tea tree and lavender oils, the scent is sure to invigorate her practice.

10. Guyot Designs MicroBites Utensils
The backpacker in your life is going to get big use out of the five-in-one Guyot Designs MicroBites Utensils ($4, originally $5), which works as a spoon, fork, knife, spatula, and spreader. The lightweight set won’t weigh her pack down, and it can withstand temperatures up to 450°F.

11. Exercise Ball
Whether as a chair or a piece of workout equipment, there are so many healthy ways to use an exercise ball. The low price of this exercise ball ($5) proves that fitness doesn’t have to be expensive.

12. Homemade Granola
While the supplies to make our homemade granola will barely break the bank, the care and effort you put into the gift will make it priceless.

13. Psssst! Dry Shampoo
On those days where there’s just not enough time to wash hair after a sweaty gym session, there’s Psssst! Dry Shampoo spray ($5, originally $6). The bottle will fit into just about any gym bag, making it the perfect stocking stuffer for almost everyone in your life.

14. Versa-Loops
The closed-loop design of Versa-Loops ($3-$4) fits comfortably around the upper or lower legs, taking an everyday workout routine from ordinary to intense.

15. GOGO Yoga Mat Harness Strap
The GOGO Yoga Mat Harness Strap ($4, originally $10) will help her get to yoga class with ease.

16. Twistband Shoelaces
These Twistband shoelaces ($5) are a dream! Not only will they liven up shoes with a punch of color, but the laces also stay tied. Never again do you have to worry about tying laces mid-workout.

17. Earth Mama Lip Balm
Smoothies aren’t just for sipping! She’ll love this tasty and nourishing coconut-smoothie lip balm ($3) made by Earth Mama Angel Baby. It’s all-natural, petroleum-free, and vegan.

18. Grease Monkey Wipes
The cyclist in your life is going to love Grease Monkey Wipes ($2 for a pack of three). Say goodbye to pesky chain tattoos forever!

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