The Best Budget Fitness Gifts for the Holidays

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Exercise equipment makes a fantastic gift––but it can also be an expensive one if you don’t know how to find the deals. In a land where you get what you pay for, nabbing a budget-friendly gift for a fitness fanatic can seem daunting.

However, the experts on our ACTIVE Reviews Team have combed over their favorite products to find the best budget fitness gifts that each come in at or under $100. Whether you’re shopping for that friend of yours who will not stop talking about CrossFit, or for that family member who is just starting to try to get in shape, we have you covered.

Our Favorite Budget Fitness Gifts

Best Budget Massage Gun - addsFit Mini

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Budget-friendly and portable, the addsFit Mini is easy to carry to the gym or anywhere else you want to work out tight muscles. This compact massage gun packs a powerful punch for its small size at 3,000 percussions per minute.

We also love that it's a super quiet recovery tool, so users won’t be disturbing anyone within earshot. With minimal buttons and settings, the Mini is user-friendly. Best of all, if you aren’t satisfied with this product for any reason, addsFit offers a 100% money-back guarantee for the first 30 days.

What We Love:

  • Small and portable
  • Easy to use
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee

BUY: addsFit Mini, $105.00

Best Foam Roller - Rumble Roller

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Rest and proper recovery are often the most overlooked aspects of any good training program, which can lead to many preventable injuries. Enter the RumbleRoller, an incredible recovery tool that mimics thumb-like, deep pressure massage to break up knotted muscle fibers, reduce muscle tension and alleviate tightness. The high-density EVA foam really gets deep into the tissue, hitting trigger points in a more effective way than the traditional foam roller.

The RumbleRoller comes in three different sizes and two different firmness options. Buyers can choose what works for them, depending on where and how they plan to use it. Know anyone in your life who could use a good massage without wanting to take a trip to the spa? Or an athlete who could benefit from more targeted mobility and recovery? If so, the RumbleRoller is the gift you need to give this holiday season.

What We Love:

  • Three size and two firmness option
  • Extremely durable
  • Highly affordable

BUY: Rumble Rollers, Starting at $44.95

Best Lip Balm - eoS Shea + SPF

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A great stocking stuffer for your outdoorsy friend or family member is the eoS Shea + SPF lip balm. When you're out in the sun, you likely remember to lather up your skin with sunscreen, but what about your lips? They need protection too!

Made with shea butter and flavored with lemon, the eoS lip balm not only protects lips but also hydrates them. eoS Shea + SPF is also paraben-, phthalate- and gluten-free and even has PETA’s stamp of approval.

What We Love:

  • Phthalate-, paraben- and gluten-free
  • Sweat- and water-resistant
  • SPF 15

BUY: eoS Shea + SPF, $6.04

Best Shaker Bottle - IceShaker

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If you know someone who loves a good shake on the go, the IceShaker is a perfect choice. The usual plastic, smelly and unimpressive bottle shakers can't compare the IceShaker’s improved mixing capabilities, vacuum insulation and spill-proof technology. The various sizes all come in no-odor absorbing kitchen grade stainless steel, and the agitator (a little workhorse that does all the blending) mixes up even the thickest shake and can also function as a fruit infuser and ice strainer.

Even if you aren’t buying for a health nut, the Ice Shaker makes for a fantastic gift. It can be used to mix up a cocktail, a yummy milkshake or some quality ice coffee. Plus, the double vacuum insulation will keep your drink cold for up to 40 hours or hot for 12. Choose from a variety of stunning colors to amaze someone you know with a stylish, functional and versatile shaker bottle.

What We Love:

  • Twist-off agitator
  • Easy-open and leakproof pop top
  • Variety of color options

BUY: Ice Shaker Bottle, $29.99 for 20 oz, $34.99 for 26 oz and $44.99 for 36 oz

Best Exercise Ball - PROMIC Exercise Ball

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With the PROMIC Exercise Ball, you essentially get two gifts in one. This versatile ball is a great addition to core and stability exercise routines, and it can also be used as a replacement for a desk chair.

We also really like that it comes in a variety of colors and sizes, which means you can find the perfect fit for the exercise fan in your life. The included foot pump makes it easy to inflate, and because it supports 1,100-plus pounds, you don’t have to worry about it popping on you.

What We Love:

  • Priced under $20
  • Weight capacity of 1,100 pounds
  • Multiple size and color options

BUY: Promic Exercise Ball, starting at $14.99

Best Budget Fitness Tracker - Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5

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You might be shocked to find a fitness tracker on a budget fitness gift list, but the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 is proof that you can find a great wearable for under $50. This affordable, smart wristband tracks all the basics: steps, calories, sleep and heart rate. Beyond that, the Mi Smart Band 5 also supports basic applications like weather, Find My Phone, reminders, alarms, calendars and camera.

While it only comes in black, the sleek design is discreet and comfortable. Our experts, as well as the majority of the positive reviews on Amazon, agree this is a high-value band.

What We Love:

  • Advanced fitness tracker for under $50
  • Full-color screen
  • Water-resistant

BUY: Xiaomi MiBand 5, $32.95

Best Sandbag - Rogue Fitness Original Sandbag

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Sandbags are a fun addition to any home gym, and Rogue Fitness makes one of the best with the Original Sandbag (the very same one seen over and over at the CrossFit Games). These made our list because they're high-quality but also affordable, because they don't come pre-filled (so you may want to consider purchasing filler, too).

One issue you’ll see with other cheap sandbags is that they quickly bust at the seams or leak. Not the Rogue bags (which come in four sizes). They have reinforced, double-stitched seams that hold up even through punishing workouts. What’s more, they're made from 1000D Cordura, the same material the military uses on jackets and other gear.

What We Love:

  • Double-stitched seams for added durability
  • Made with 1000D Cordura
  • Come in four sizes

BUY: Rogue Sandbags, starting at $80

Best Budget Kettlebell  - Amazon Basics Cast Iron Kettlebell

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Arguably one of the most versatile pieces of home gym equipment, kettlebells are fantastic for just about anyone who enjoys exercise. They can be used for strength, conditioning, endurance and mobility. Typically, these weights are expensive, but the Amazon Basics Cast Iron Kettlebell is very reasonably priced.

Made of, as the name suggests, cast iron, this kettlebell is built to last. A painted surface helps to prevent corrosion, and the textured wide handle is great for one- or two-handed exercises. You can buy this kettlebell in a variety of sizes ranging from 10 to 50 pounds.

What We Love:

  • Comes in eight different sizes
  • Textured handle
  • Painted surface for added durability

BUY: Amazon Basics Cast Iron Kettlebell, starting at $21.99

Best Water Bottle - Yeti Bottle

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The search for an amazing water bottle is over. The Yeti Bottle features a double vacuumed, sweat proof, BPA-free, kitchen-grade stainless steel that successfully keeps your drink cold or hot. The easy-to-grip, airtight cap is 100% leak proof and makes it easy to carry this bottle with you anywhere you need to stay hydrated. So whether it's headed for a day at the beach, hiking, camping or a long day working outdoors, the Yeti Bottle meets every hydration need.

What We Love:

  • Duracoat is extremely durable, shatterproof and high quality.
  • Dishwasher safe lid
  • Comes in three sizes

BUY:Yeti Bottle, $49.99

Best Yoga Mat - Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat

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For the yogi in your life, get one of the best budget yoga mats out there with the Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat. Right off the bat, Gaiam is “made for yogis by yogis” and is perhaps one of the best-known brands in the yoga world. We love the no-slip surface of the Dry-Grip Yoga Mat, which prevents sliding around even when the sweat starts to pour. The topcoat wicks away moisture and provides a great grip for hands and feet.

The 5 millimeters of cushioning also means better comfort and joint support as the body moves through different poses. Plus, Gaiam made the mat rubber- and latex-free, leaving out the top six harmful phthalates.

What We Love:

  • Non-slip surface wicks away moisture and gives good grip
  • Latex-free
  • 5mm of cushioning

BUY: Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat, $69.98

Best Resistance Bands - Rogue Tube Bands

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The Rogue Tube Bands are a high-quality, affordable and multi-functional addition to any fitness fanatic’s training. They offer a wide variety of strength and conditioning exercises that meet individual fitness levels and goals. Coming in six different color-coded resistance levels, the Rogue Tube Bands can be used to build muscle, burn fat and/or get in a full-body cardio workout. With a little ingenuity you can effectively work and strengthen any muscle group.

The Rogue Tube Bands have handles that are easy to grip when performing any movement. The 48-inch latex-based length increases in resistance the more it's stretched, ranging from 10 to 60 pounds, so you can hit a variety of weight ranges in just one workout. They're also extremely portable, so they're a great option for someone looking to stay on track with their training while traveling. Whether they need to get a quick pump at home, while watching the kids’ soccer game or when traveling across Europe, the Rogue Resistance Bands are the perfect training partner.

What We Love:

  • Portability
  • Myriad of exercise and purposes they can be used for
  • Textured handles

BUY: Rogue Tube Bands, Starting at $22

Best Massage Ball - Rad Rounds

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Bring targeted relief to those pesky aches and pains with the Rad Round massage balls. Available in three different sizes, the Rad Rounds offer athletes relief for muscle soreness and tightness. Made from a dense rubber, these massage balls were designed by a biomechanics expert and competitive triathletes to effectively hit those often hard-to-reach pressure points (feet, hands, calves and neck to name a few). Surprise an athlete in your life with the Rad Rounds, so they can get a massage on-the-go and improve their recovery. Plus, they also make a great stocking stuffer!

What We Love:

  • Portability
  • Just the right amount of density
  • Made from natural rubber

BUY: Rad Rounds, $16

Best Socks - Lululemon Daily Stride

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There is nothing more annoying than heading out for a workout and having to constantly stop to pull up your sock. We all love a good no-show or low rise sock, but who wants to deal with that hassle? Well, Lululemon hit a home run with the Daily Stride Low Ankle Socks, where comfort meets function and fashion.

The Daily Stride features a cuff contour that keeps the sock in place while on the move, and the TerryToe patented cushioning on the toes with seamless toe construction, arch support, heel cushioning and right and left anatomical design make these a dream to wear. Sold in packs of three with a variety of colors/patterns to choose from, you can’t go wrong with the Daily Stride Sock as a gift. After all, who doesn’t love a new pair of socks?

What We Love:

  • Cushioned toe and heel
  • Cuff contour to keep socks in place
  • Wide variety of color/patterns

BUY: Lululemon Daily Stride, $34 for three

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