Whether the athlete in your life is a runner, yogi or all-around fitness buff, we have plenty of small, but sensational ideas for $50 or less.
Now take down those stockings and start stuffing.
Orig3n SUPERHERO DNA Test$29 1 of 25
Forget the usual socks and scarves stuffed into your loved one's stocking. This idea will win you serious originality points, and at less than $30, it's a steal. The SUPERHERO DNA test from Orig3n lets your favorite athlete test for three key "superhero" traits: strength, intelligence and speed.
All they have to do is swab their cheek, register their sample on a corresponding mobile app and then mail it back. Once results are in, they'll get access to a wealth of information, from their muscle mass to their language ability, based on a six-gene profile. We couldn't resist taking the test ourselves, and though we may not be superheroes, our editors gained fascinating insight about their capacity for endurance sports, how much recovery time they need and their nutritional tendencies.
If you think your fitness buff turned DNA nerd will freak over a gift like this, consider splurging on the more comprehensive FITCODE DNA test. It delivers a 27-gene profile, with exciting insights on metabolism, muscle-building abilities, joint health and more.
Reebok 2-in-1 Reflective Shorts$45 2 of 25
If it stays a little warmer where you live, even come holiday season, then your favorite person probably still needs a trusty pair of shorts for workouts and runs. Well, look no further than this do-it-all version from Reebok.
Featuring a two-in-one construction, these shorts have a compression layer for extra support and chafing prevention, plus a stretch-woven exterior layer to provide ample coverage. The Speedwick technology also keeps skin dry, while the reflective details increase visibility in nighttime conditions.
Body Glide$14.99 3 of 25
If your loved one is hoping to run their first long-distance race in the New Year, then you need to stock up on the miracle worker that is Body Glide. This anti-chafing product can prevent painful hot spots and blisters, all with a simple glide across trouble spots before a run.
How does it work? It forms a dry, invisible barrier on the skin that lasts even through sweat. Plus, it's made only with plant-derived ingredients, so it's safe for skin (and for clothes). There are a number of spinoff products in the line, too, containing all kinds of extra bonuses: body glide with sunscreen, foot glide for blisters and cycle glide to prevent saddle sores.
UA Armour Crossback Clutch Bra$49.99 4 of 25
Never intricately loop your key through your shoelace again—this new bra from Under Armour has you covered.
The UA Armour Crossback Clutch comes equipped with a mesh-lined, sweat-wicking front pocket in its elastic band, so it's easy to slip in a key (or two) for safe-keeping. Though a simple fix, it's pretty much genius, and it will do wonders for your loved one's workout. Plus, it comes with all the best features from UA's sports bra collection: a compressive, ultra-tight fit, removable cups and enough construction for medium-impact activities.
Balega Hidden Dry 2 Socks$12 5 of 25
It isn't Christmas without socks under the tree (or, ironically, in your stocking), and endurance athletes swear by Balega for good reason.
These Hidden Dry 2 socks are said to be the lightest sock on the planet and—spoiler alert—we concur. As they pad the lucky recipient's long run, the heel tab, as well as the elastic grip construction in the arch and ankle, will keep them from bunching inside their shoes. Know what that means? No blisters. But the real selling point is their famous deep heel pocket; it feels like landing on a small pillow with every step.
Everything Hurts and I'm Dying Pullover$35 6 of 25
The best gifts are those that bring a smile, and this funny fitness pullover will do just that.
No matter how hard your athlete works at the gym, everyone has those days where it just isn't coming together—at all. And that's when you pull on this pullover. Unisex and slightly tapered with a band at the waist, it's made from a blend of cotton and polyester. If a pullover feels a little warm for your area, you can also buy it as a tee.
Rollga Activator 3in1 Helo Massage Ball$9.99 7 of 25
Rollga's Helo is like a massage ball, trigger point ball and mini foam roller all-in-one. The smooth side can flush out any lingering tension, similar to a trigger point ball, and the tiny "nodes" on the opposite side will work on any fascial scarring you might be experiencing. Finally, the wavy sides act as a miniature foam roller, so you can really hone in on soreness. With the Helo, there's no need to lug around a whole bag's worth of recovery tools.
Oiselle Striped Pom Beanie$30 8 of 25
If you have a female runner in your life, she needs at least one piece from the Oiselle collection. This warm pom hat is perfect for cold weather runs. With the signature bird pattern and Oiselle logo, its cozy mix-blend of wool and acrylic comes in cream, black or curfew (navy).
Men's UA Threadborne Siro 1/4 Zip$39.99 9 of 25
This best-selling 1/4 Zip from Under Armour is a go-to basic that gets the job done without all the unnecessary bells and whistles.
Though it doesn't pack enough warmth for blustery cold days, it's the perfect transition piece for cooler weather: light, versatile and with just enough coverage to ward off a chill. Available in a fuller cut for maximum comfort, the material is waterproof and quick-drying, so any unexpected showers won't derail your loved one's workout.
Manduka eko Cotton Crossback Bra$48 10 of 25
If the female fitness lover in your life is a fan of fashionable sports bras, this cotton version from yoga brand Manduka is sure to please. Made from a four-way stretch jersey knit blend, it features a fun, strappy style that best supports activities at low-to-medium impact. The best part? The cotton was ethically-sourced, so this is a purchase you can feel extra good about.
CLIF Nut Butter Filled Bars$19/12-pack 11 of 25
Forget stuffing stockings with candy. For your athlete, you're better off with energy bars, and these nut butter-filled bars take the original CLIF to a whole new level. Available in a variety of flavors, they're injected with peanut and almond butters, providing seven grams of delicious protein to keep you full even longer. From chocolate peanut butter to blueberry almond butter, these treats are sure to make someone's taste buds very happy this season.
Fitlosophy Fitbook: Fitness Planner and Food Journal$22.97 12 of 25
Know someone in need of motivation for the new year? This best-selling fitness journal will take any aspiring athlete from start to finish line.
Complete with a 12-week goal-setting page to get clear on objectives, it also includes weekly pages to track workouts and eats. The food log portion provides tracking space for nutrients and vitamins, water and even sleep, and the workout pages track strength training, cardio and classes. There's even a place to record before-and-after measurements. Plus, purchase of the book includes a free download of the fitbook+ app, which helps set realistic, sustainable goals.
Million Mile Light$19.99 13 of 25
This small light is a lifesaver for any evening or early morning runners. Not only is it bright and effective, but the product itself is genius because—get this—it needs 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 the way and alerting cars to your whereabouts.
Serious runners will also be happy to know that this is one lightweight light. Coming in at only 1.5 ounces, you'll barely feel it after you clip it on.
Hurley Renegade Packable Backpack$35 14 of 25
Thanks to this simple, ultra-functional backpack from Hurley, you can toss all your fitness gear into a single bag. Super lightweight, thanks to its nylon-based construction, it can hold a change of clothes, shoes and any other gear you need for your next gym session. It has a simple drawstring closure in the main pocket, plus a front buckle for easy access, but the best part is that it's 100 percent packable. The whole thing folds into its own pocket for easy stowing—or easy stuffing.
Tribe Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband$9.98 15 of 25
This No. 1 Amazon best-seller has over 14,000 reviews, and most are perfect five-stars. We can see why. Not only is this armband a serious steal at under $10, but it has all the functionality a fitness lover needs.
Sized to fit iPhones 5s to 8, plus Galaxy and Google Pixel phones, it has an adjustable Velcro workout band to provide just the right fit. A built-in hidden key holder can stash a home or car key during workouts, plus it comes with a reflective strip for low-light conditions and a screen protector to safeguard your phone from the elements.
CEP Recovery+ Socks$50 16 of 25
What do you give the person who has everything? Fifty dollar recovery socks, of course! The Recovery+ socks from CEP are made to improve circulation in the legs and speed up muscle recovery, so the soreness from that 10-mile run or intense leg day is gone in a flash. They're also great for reducing fatigue and swelling during travel or long days on your feet. Plus, built-in anti-microbial properties will keep your feet smelling fresh.
Manduka Go Play 3.0 Mat Carrier$32 17 of 25
Every yogi needs the right carrier for their mat, and we suggest the Go Play from Manduka. Not only does this favorite carrier perform the essential task—namely, getting your mat from point A to point B without fuss—but, unlike others, it even features discreet external pockets for storage. It fits all mat sizes and is also made from water-resistant fabric, so it won't get damaged in an unexpected downpour.
My Gym Needs Me Stainless Steel Travel Mug$17.95 18 of 25
This funny travel mug is the perfect way to get your fit friend or family member out the door in the morning—their gym needs them, after all! Made with durable double-wall stainless steel technology, it can keep 16 ounces of caffeinated motivation hot (or cold, if that's their style) for hours. It also comes with a slip-resistant lid to prevent spillage, as well as a small handle for easy carrying.
FlipBelt Zipper$34.99 19 of 25
The FlipBelt Zipper features even more storage than the original, thanks to a wider, zippered pocket that can hold larger iPhones, including the iPhone 8. With three access points around the belt, other essentials slip in easily as well, like keys, credit cards and energy chews.
Anyone who has run or exercised with a belt before knows how they can ride up—but not FlipBelt. It actually stays on the hips, thanks to its wide construction. It's also moisture-wicking and machine washable, and it has a reflective safety logo, should your loved one venture out after dark.
Violet Love Headband$17 20 of 25
It seems too soft to stay on, but that's the genius of the Violet Love Headband. Though there's no painful, plastic grips that pull the hair, or tight elastic bands that squeeze the scalp, this headband manages to stay put. How? The wearer can make it as slim or as wide as they like, so it works with any hair type.
With over 100 colors and patterns, this is a great gift to give any runner or athlete in your life. And, if they're looking for a little more functionality during the winter season, look for Violet Love's fleece-lined bands to keep noggins extra toasty.
SoundWhiz Turbo Wireless Headphones$34 21 of 25
Want to give the fitness buff in your life a great pair of Bluetooth headphones without spending a fortune? Enter SoundWhiz. These no-frills headphones are sweat-proof, noise-cancelling and they play for a whopping nine hours without recharging—all for under $35. The Turbo Wireless model is designed for comfort, with changeable in-ear pieces to give the perfect fit, plus over-ear hooks so they stay secure all workout long.
ClassPass Gift CardVaries 22 of 25
Give your loved one the gift that keeps on giving. A ClassPass membership comes with access to countless workout classes and studios in your area, including yoga, spin, barre, cycling, kickboxing and more. They can switch it up all year long—simply reserve a spot online and show up. It's an especially great gift for anyone looking to vary their cross-training routine this season.
ClassPass doesn't offer physical gift cards, but they will send an e-gift card at any time you choose, which you can then print out as a stocking stuffer.
Road ID$24.99 23 of 25
Give your runner the gift of safety by getting them the one accessory every athlete needs. Road ID is a simple concept. It's a silicone bracelet with a metal plate that lists vital personal and emergency contact information, as well as any preexisting medical conditions. But for all that simplicity, it sure delivers on serious peace of mind.
GU Energy Gels$36 for box of 24 24 of 25
We all know about GU, the magical gel that's long provided athletes with much-needed nutrition during training and competition. But instead of the usual flavors they've tried time and time again, why not stuff that special someone's stocking with seasonal cheer? GU's newest releases include Campfire S'mores, Toasted Marshmallow and more–their taste buds won't know what hit them.