Looking for great fitness gifts under $25? Here are 31 cheap fitness gifts for the healthy junkie in your life. Please note: this post contains affiliate links. Read more about what that means on my legal page.
Finding cheap fitness gifts for the people in your life doesn’t have to be hard. It also doesn’t have to be a financial hardship! Whether you’re planning for the holidays, a birthday, or just in the gift-giving mood, it’s always nice to have some low-cost gift ideas in mind.
It’s Okay If You Want to Gift Yourself
If you came here as someone on your own fitness journey, I don’t blame you for looking for cheap fitness gifts for yourself. I am constantly using cheap fitness gifts for my own motivation and rewards.
It’s okay to use stuff like this to motivate you and help yourself reach a goal!
It’s not only fun to shop for the latest gadgets, it’s just nice to have fresh gear sometimes. I personally think that most things that will help you achieve better health are justified!
So go ahead, TREAT YO’SELF!
If you are searching for cheap fitness gifts for someone else, there are plenty of great gifts out there. So don’t be lame and just give a gift card! 🙂
If you aren’t “in” on the latest fitness trends, it’s okay! I have your back! It doesn’t matter where the person you are gifting is on their health journey – these gifts are great for anyone.
31 Cheap Fitness Gifts for Anyone on a Health Journey
There is nothing quite like a fresh water bottle to motivate you to drink more water. I personally love the colors that Nathan bottles offer, and I love that they are easy to clean and come in different sizes, too.
Resistance tubes are great for warmups and workouts on-the-go. As a personal trainer, I love to use resistance tubes for active-isolated stretching during the warm-up period before moving onto heavier lifting. This set of resistance tubes can be used for all different levels and comes with a convenient carry bag.
A yoga mat is one of three things I consider to be home gym essentials. They will make workouts of any kind more comfortable, and are easily transported. I use them for much more than yoga (stretching, pushups, planks, etc.) and recommend that everyone who exercises has one. This one is simple, thick, and comes in several colors.
4. Yoga Block
Whether you’re new to yoga or not, you should know that yoga blocks have many uses. They can help beginners successfully achieve hard poses, they offer support where balance is needed, and they can help make stretches deeper. So even if they are only used for stretching (and not specifically for yoga), they can be beneficial. This yoga blog comes in many colors and is very economical.
A set of dumbbells is going to be helpful in taking any workout to the next level. If you are ready to go beyond bodyweight workouts, there is so much you can do with dumbbells. They are also one of three tools I recommend having in a home gym. As a personal trainer, I can’t imagine life without a set of 5, 8, and 10 pound dumbbells. If you or the person you are buying cheap fitness gifts for are a beginner, I recommend aiming for a set of 5-pounders.
No matter the weight, you can do a lot with a kettlebell. I personally like to use kettlebells 20lbs or smaller in weight, but what you opt for depends on your fitness level. Here is a 9 lb kettlebell that is perfect for your next workout.
People who are on a health and fitness journey can benefit from speaking to others about their journey. A dumbbell necklace like this one can be a great conversation starter. You can also find necklaces with weight plates, kettlebells, and more.
Also known as a Swiss ball or stability ball, exercise balls have many uses. They are most often used for stability exercises because they offer instability when used for any purpose (they are wobbly). They can use to strengthen pretty much any muscles, but I love to use them for core training. On top of that, they are just fun to have! This exercise ball is economical and comes in several colors.
When I think of cheap fitness gifts, sliders are at the top of my list. If you haven’t used sliders before, now is the time to try them! Sliders are small and flat, which makes them perfect for a workout on-the-go. As a personal trainer, they are my go-to for killer ab work. These sliders are perfect because they come in a lot of colors and work on both carpet and hard floors. (Actually, those are the ones I have at home!)
10. Workout DVD
Before live streaming was a thing, workout videos were IT. I still use a the occasional workout DVD and they are still a great gift! I personally love Jillian Michaels so here’s a great three-pack of DVDs that she created.
11. Wobble Board
Wobble boards are flat on one side with a half-ball in the middle on the other side. They are awesome for improving balance and activating small muscles that wouldn’t otherwise be targeted. They are great for beginners who need to work on overall mobility and are a great choice to make normal exercises more challenging. This wobble board is just a hair under our $25 budget, which is a great deal since it’s primarily solid wood.
12. Pull-Up Bar
If pull-ups or overall upper body strength are goals you have in mind, a pull-up bar is a must! These things typically go in a doorway or mount to a wall without the need for a big gym-style setup. Here’s Amazon’s affordable pull-up bar.
13. Quest Bars
I discovered Quest products a few years ago at my local gym. Their protein bars are so yummy that my daughter begs for them when we leave the gym! (My favorite ones are the chocolate chip cookie dough.) They also just came out with protein cookies, which are actually pretty dang good, too! P.S. These are both WAY cheaper if you buy them by the case!
14. Yoga Socks
I never understood the need for yoga socks until I went to an evening yoga class at my gym. Not only do they help with gripping during various poses, they keep your feet clean! (Imagine how dirty your local studio floor is by the end of a sweaty, busy day!?) They are a must-have for anyone who is practicing yoga, barre, or pilates regularly.
15. Foam Roller
A foam roller really should be at the top of my cheap fitness gifts list. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (my certifying body as a personal trainer) recommends foam rolling 5-7 timers per week. However, most people I know still don’t foam roll at all! Give this gift to ANYONE you know who has back pain, hip pain, or is exercising regularly. Here’s an article I wrote about foam rolling, and here’s the affordable foam roller I have at home!
16. Massage Ball
A massage ball works similarly to a foam roller for muscle recovery and pain, but it’s small enough that you’re able to target many different hard-to-reach muscles. I use a tennis ball or lacrosse ball for targeted myofascial release (which is sort of like self-massage) and have noticed a HUGE difference in muscle soreness and reduced back pain. It’s another must for people who are exercising regularly.
I have personally never used compression socks, but I see avid runners and other athletes wearing them all of the time. If one of your goals is to run marathons or you’re getting shin splints on your runs, I think they’re worth a try! These ones are a cute find!
18. Jump Rope
Jump ropes are great for cardio, but they’re also great for coordination. They are nice to have because they are small and highly portable, which is great for backyard or park workouts. I like to use mine in my back yard while the kids play.
19. Ab Wheel
Ab wheels are a great way to work the whole core because they can be used at all levels without involving any full planks or crunches. However, I don’t recommend them for people with wrist problems as they require quite a bit of wrist and forearm strength.
20. Acupressure Mat
Recovery is an important part of sticking to any exercise routine. If soreness is a chronic issue, acupressure mats might be something you could consider for great fitness gifts. I have personally never used one but if Physical Therapists use them, they might be worth a try!
If you’re on the hunt for great fitness gifts for someone who lifts weights a lot, a Qalo ring is at the top of my recommendations. I’ve had my eye on one of these rings to replace my wedding ring during lifting sessions. These rings save your hands from extra callouses and protect your ring from scraping against other metals at the gym. They come in a ton of colors and styles, both men and women’s.
22. Liquid Chalk
Liquid chalk is mostly used by avid lifters, but it’s handy to have even if you just weight train every now and then. With how inexpensive it is, liquid chalk something worth having in your gym bag for warm or sweaty days.
A FlipBelt is like a tiny fanny pack for your personal belongings when working out or running. It’s meant to hold your ID, keys, or phone. It’s super convenient for running without having to hold anything. Get your FlipBelt in pretty much any color and size.
It’s totally okay to be proud of your progress and show it to the world with something you wear. These kettlebell earrings are more great conversation starters!
There are a million and one styles out there when it comes to yoga pants, but somehow most people are still sporting just black! Stand out with some unique yoga pants! Here are some cute ombre ones that are super affordable!
Medicine balls are an easy way to make tons of exercises just a little bit harder by adding weight or instability. Even a small, affordable ball can make even the fittest people break a sweat!
27. Lifting Gloves
Save your hands from calluses with an inexpensive pair of lifting gloves. They come in handy if you are a sweaty person or lift more than once or twice a week. I get calluses after just a few lifting sessions, so for me they are a must-have!
If you are still fighting with chords when you’re working out, it’s seriously time to upgrade to some bluetooth headphones. These are the ones I have and for the price, I can’t say enough good things about them. They stay in my ears way better than any other headphones, and they come with a great little carrying case.
You can get several magazine subscriptions for under $25, and they come in Kindle editions or print! My favorites are Women’s Fitness and Fitness Magazine.
I didn’t try pre-workout until just a few years ago, but it’s now something I keep in the cabinets at all times. I don’t recommend taking it every day, but it’s so nice to have on those tough days where your energy is just low. Try it out! This pre-workout is highly rated and the flavor sounds like a good one!
31. Shaker Bottle
I LOVE shaker bottles and if you’re using protein powder, pre-workout, BCAAs, or meal replacements, I highly recommend having at least two. This is a classic shaker bottle that is affordable and comes in many fun colors.
That’s it! What other cheap fitness gifts would you recommend? Tell me below!