Let's face it, the big gifts are always appreciated, but often the thoughtful stocking stuffers really steal the show.
We gathered a plethora of items all priced $50 and below that prove you don't have to spend a ton of money on gifts to show your fitness fanatic you care and are interested in their hobbies.
We've included everything from recovery snacks and supplements, to goggles and more—all guaranteed to be a hit with the athlete in your life (and we won't tell if you pick a few things up for yourself, too).
Honey Stinger Protein Waffles
Instead of reaching for the usual protein bars, Honey Stinger Protein Waffles are a recovery snack that packs 10 grams of protein to help your athlete replenish and repair their muscles immediately after a workout. They're full of fruit flavor, light in calories and easier to digest than many traditional post-workout recovery options, and these protein waffles are convenient to carry and consume on-the-go, too.
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes
Does your athlete come home (or head out in public) sometimes smelling like the gym or the backcountry trail? Sea to Summit's Wilderness Wipes are a portable wipe that helps alleviate smell when crunched for time or if a shower isn't available. They're pH balanced for human skin and are readily compostable after use.
Hydro Flask 20 oz Insulated Food Jar
Stave off the post-workout hangries—these insulated food jars deliver long-lasting temperature retention to keep your athlete's favorite fuel hot or cold for hours. Even better, the leakproof design means what's inside stays tightly sealed and spill-free, no matter how they pack it. They're convenient to carry and a cinch to open, and the durable stainless-steel construction ensures pure taste with no flavor transfer.
Outdoor Research Face Mask Kit
Unfortunately, it looks as though the pandemic will continue for the foreseeable future. Protect your athlete (and those around him or her) with this face mask kit from Outdoor Research. It's designed around a proprietary and replaceable filter that integrates with a form-fitting, fully customizable fabric face mask. It's great for both outdoor activities and everyday use, and it can be laundered up to 30 times while maintaining 100-percent effectiveness.
Metolius Wildlife Comp Chalk Bag
Designed for indoor or outdoor use, this line of chalk bags from Metolius feature a handful of different animals printed on the durable abrasion-resistant outer fabric. It includes a belt with a side release buckle to make taking it on and off a breeze, and it includes a toothbrush holder and full-length pile lining on the inside. We're partial to the cougar print, but be sure to check out the wolf, ram and bobcat designs, too.
Metolius Rock Rings 3D
Now that your athlete has a chalk bag, they're going to need something to train with. Popular in gyms (and home gyms) around the world, these Metolius rock rings are the ultimate training tool not just for rock climbers, but athletes who prefer bodyweight exercises as well. They come as a set, and since they pivot from a single point, they allow for the proper rotation of your athlete's joints—reducing the risk of injury.
Balega Grit and Grace Socks
Affectionately named "Grit & Grace Brave Badass," these socks from Balega are made in partnership with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)—advocating for a mission of prevention by encouraging healthier lifestyles for everyone. The socks don't only have a great message, but they're packed with performance features like a no-show ankle, seamless toe and a supportive fit.
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