The holidays are all about giving—and giving big—but we think a small, well-chosen stocking stuffer can go a long way in making the holidays extra special, not to mention minimizing the stress on your wallet.
Whether the athlete in your life is a runner, cyclist, triathlete or fitness buff, we have plenty of stocking stuffer ideas for $50 or less.
Now take down those stockings and start stuffing.
Armpocket Flash$49.95 1 of 21
Even with all the smart equipment out there—shoes that track your run, headphones that monitor your heart rate and watches that measure distance—some of us just want the old-school comfort of having it all on our arm. And with this do-it-all band, that won't be a problem.
The Armpocket Flash is superbly constructed. Not only is it lightweight, but the adaptable memory foam helps it conform to your arm so you can easily forget about it. The band has interior pockets and a zippered closure where you can fit keys or credit cards, and it's even equipped with LED lights that alert cars to your whereabouts. The Flash works with any device up to 6 inches, which includes the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7, among others.
Readers can score 30 percent off with code Active2016 at checkout.
Violet Love Headband$17 2 of 21
These headbands are so soft, you'll think there's no way they can stay on, but that's the beauty of the Violet Love Headband. Gone are those plastic grips that pull at your hair and that tight elastic band that squeezes your scalp, but it still has a reliable fit thanks to its adjustable width. Because you can make it as slim or as wide as you want, it works with any hair type, and we're telling you, it's genius. We wore it to the gym and on multiple runs (the ultimate test), and there was none to minimal slippage.
And with more than a hundred colors and patterns to choose from, you have plenty of options for all the athletes in your life.
Pressed by KINDPrice Varies 3 of 21
If you're looking for healthy fueling options to get you through your workout, try stowing a few of KIND's new Pressed bars in your gym bag.
They're the first KIND product to have zero added sugar—in fact, the only ingredients you'll find in these bars are fruits, vegetables and chia seeds (each bar has only five ingredients or less).
We're especially big fans of the Mango Apple Chia bar, which, you guessed it, only has mango, apple and chia in it. Each bar also contains two servings of fruit and is gluten-free, so if you're looking for a well-rounded, nutritious snack, you can't go wrong with these.
Million Mile Light$19.99 4 of 21
This small light is a lifesaver for early morning or evening runners. Not only is the light bright and effective, but the product itself is insanely functional—it requires no batteries or charging. That's right, the light is powered solely by the runner's motion. Just take a few steps and the light will automatically turn on, illuminating your way and alerting others to your whereabouts.
Serious runners will also be happy to know it's a lightweight product. Weighing in at only 1.5 ounces, you'll barely feel it after you clip it on.
Body Glide$14.99 5 of 21
Is your loved one hoping to run a long-distance race in the new year? Then you need to stock up on the miracle worker that is Body Glide. The anti-chafing product can prevent painful hot spots and blisters, and all you have to do is glide it on your pain points before you head out.
The balm forms a dry, invisible barrier on your skin and won't come off even when you get sweaty. Plus, it's made with plant-derived ingredients so it's safe for your skin (and your clothes).
Seasonal Clif BarsPrice Varies 6 of 21
Clif is a classic when it comes to energy bars, and these seasonal flavors are an extra tasty option for any activity you're planning during the holidays. We're especially big fans of the hot chocolate flavor: It's just sweet enough to feel like a treat, but packs enough carbs (43 grams) and protein (10 grams) to keep you going.
With 70 percent organic ingredients, you'll want to have these holiday bars on-hand during your next cold-weather hike, run or ride.
Pearl Izumi ELITE Thermal Arm Warmer$35.00 7 of 21
Thermal arm warmers are a must for endurance athletes in winter weather, and there's no better product out there than the Pearl Izumi ELITE.
Not only does the ELITE's thermal fleece keep your arms toasty, but its anatomic shaping helps the product stretch and conform to your arm, no matter if you're wearing it on the right or left. The silicone gripper at the top is also encased in a wide band that distributes pressure evenly, so it won't cut off your circulation.
Match that with well-placed reflective elements, and you've got everything you need to get after it this winter season.
Under Armour No Breaks CGI Gloves$29.99 8 of 21
These lightweight liner gloves from Under Armour are perfect for a chilly run. The textured thumb, index and middle fingers allow you to operate your smartphone (read: track workouts and change playlists) without exposing your fingers to the winter chill. And the back of the left glove features a discrete pocket for storing small items, like a spare house key.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Windproof Headband$27 9 of 21
Some days you just have to let your hair flow without freezing your ears off, and Mizuno has just the thing.
This windproof headband from Mizuno's Breath Thermo line keeps you warm without ruining your hair day. One size fits most, and it's predictably soft but impressively snug, staying in place without sliding during your run. Its reflectivity will keep your runner highly visible, too.
Trigger Point Foam Roller$39.99 10 of 21
Foam rolling is a lifesaver for any athlete—seriously, every single athlete should have one. Make sure your loved one has this fitness staple in their home to keep their muscles loose and aid in recovery.
The Trigger Point foam roller is stiffer than your typical roller so, while it might hurt a little, those hard-to-find knots will be gone in no time. It's also very lightweight and portable for athletes on the go.
Hydro FlaskPrice Varies 11 of 21
The Hydro Flask is one of the pricier water bottles on the market, but for good reason. It keeps your water or sports drink cold for at least 24 hours, and it can also keep hot liquids warm for up to six hours. The condensation-free coating keeps the bottle from slipping out of your hands, even during the sweatiest workouts. Hydro Flask also gives buyers a lifetime warranty and is, of course, BPA-free.
Hydro Flask recently introduced "MyHydro," a customization tool to build your perfect Hydro Flask for whatever your active might be.
Perform Better Resistance Bands$8.95 12 of 21
Resistance bands are a gym bag essential and the perfect stocking stuffer for fitness lovers. The Perform Better resistance bands can be bought individually, as a four-pack or a 10-pack. They are super durable and can be used for numerous exercises and warm ups. Can't do a pull up on your own? Resistance band. Need a good IT band stretch? No problem.
Perform Better even includes a list of exercises that you can do with their bands if your loved one has never used them before.
FITS SocksPrice Varies 13 of 21
Oh, socks as a stocking stuffer? Revolutionary. Fear not! Your loved one won't be disappointed by this year's sock selection. FITS prides itself on the perfectly soft, cushioned comfort delivered by their socks. The wide variety of lengths and styles guarantees your FITS socks won't be eaten by your shoes. Made mostly of wool to keep your feet warm, the indent located just above the shoe line on the light runner version keeps your sock from disappearing and leaving you at risk for blisters.
Country Archer Jerky$5.95/Bag 14 of 21
Country Archer classifies their jerky as gourmet, and that's why it's the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite protein fiend. You won't find it at 7-11, but that's a good thing. They only use grass-fed, USDA-inspected beef and high quality spices—in fact, you might want to consider stuffing your own stocking with this jerky, too.
It's 10 grams of protein per serving, but not to worry if you eat the whole tasty bag—it's just 240 calories and 30 grams of protein.
Our favorite? Teriyaki Beef.
Caveman Nutrition Bars$25.00/15 Bars 15 of 21
Caveman nutrition bars are paleo-inspired, dairy-free, peanut-free and gluten-free snack bars that are perfect stocking stuffers in lieu of unhealthy candy. The chocolate element adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the almond, cashew, fruit and nut combinations, but they've still got sugar so don't overload those stockings!
Our favorite? Dark chocolate almond coconut.
Exotac fireSLEEVE$15 16 of 21
Fire is crucial to outdoor survival, but matches and lighters get wet or easily lost in your pack. The Exotac fireSLEEVE is a waterproof polymer container that keeps any standard Bic lighter protected from the elements and securely attaches to your pack for easy access. A movable band protects the gas button from pressing, or you can slip it over the button to keep it compressed without burning your thumb. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for the outdoors person in your life.
Groove Silicone Ring$29.95 17 of 21
For those of us who live an active lifestyle, wearing a wedding ring can be a risky proposition. The pool, the shower—or even our own sweat—may attempt to swipe our precious jewelry without warning, while weight room equipment punishes our reluctance to show up bare-handed with pinches and cuts.
Luckily, the silicone ring has risen to prominence, providing athletes and laborers, alike, with a welcome respite from wearing a metal hoop on your hand—without giving that creepy dude in the headband the mistaken impression that you're open to hearing one of his pick-up lines. The Groove ring is comfortable, breathable, flexible and comes in a myriad of colors. So, no more excuses. Play like a champion.
Scrubba Weightless Wallet$10 and up 18 of 21
Your cyclist can kiss that dingy Ziploc bag goodbye with the Scrubba Weightless Wallet, an uber-light, uber-thin wallet made from upcycled moisture-resistant material. Slip it in your jersey pocket on your next ride and take pride in the fact that you're supporting the health and vitality of the planet and the people who enjoy it.
Chamois Butt'R Embrocation Cream$20 19 of 21
Embrocation cream is a cyclist or runner's secret weapon for winter activity. Developed in collaboration with pro cyclists, the muscle warming cream seals exposed skin from the elements in cold and wet conditions, allowing you to wear shorts all year long. We tested the cream in temperatures as cold as 49 degrees Fahrenheit and found it non-greasy and water resistant and, with both warm and hot ranges, your muscles will be as warm as you want no matter the weather.
Trigger Point NANO Foot Roller$24.99 20 of 21
Help your athlete banish plantar fasciitis forever with this foam roller designed specifically for the foot and forearm. Designed to mirror the feeling of massage therapist's fingertips, the NANO Foot Roller helps increase flexibility and relieve muscle aches and pains through myofascial release. Plus, you'll be off the hook for those nightly foot rubs, too.