25 Under $25: Gifts for Fitness Fanatics

This holiday season, inspire healthy lifestyles with affordable fitness gear that’s as fun to give as it is to get

November 19, 2012
Gone For a Run Race Medal Hanger
1/25 Gone For a Run
Humble Brag

Celebrate every half-marathon finish by displaying your hard-earned bling. Gone For a Run's Race Medal Hanger ($24.99; goneforarun.com) holds up to six medals, turning your accomplishments into wall art. Also available for marathoners.

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Gold’s Gym Stronger than Yesterday Tee
2/25 Gold’s Gym
Words to Remember

Whether you're wearing this Gold's Gym Stronger than Yesterday Tee ($19.99; goldsgear.com) to make a statement or remind yourself, the top's dark heather ring-spun fabric will keep you comfortable during any workout.

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Athleta’s Reflective Run Beanie
3/25 Athleta
Hair Care

Wearing a ponytail under your winter hat just got easier. A port on the back of Athleta's Reflective Run Beanie ($24; athleta.com) keeps hair off your face and the hat down over your ears.

Up Your Running Game

Craft Running Hybrid Gloves
4/25 Craft
Helping Hands

Keep your digits from getting cold with Craft Running Hybrid Gloves ($24.99; craftsports.us). They come equipped with a stretchy shell that instantly converts the gloves into mittens.

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Looptworks Haiyue camera case
5/25 Looptworks
Shutterbug Chic

If you like to snap pictures of your active lifestyle, a camera case like Looptworks Haiyue ($22; looptworks.com) is indispensable while you're on the go. This lightweight little bag fits most pocket-sized point-and-shoot cameras and helps keep them safe in a padded nylon internal compartment. (Search: Best Point and Shoot Digital Cameras) The outside of the case is constructed using an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that the company calls "upcycling." The cases use discarded material from wetsuit manufacturers, giving them a soft and stretchy yet sturdy feel.

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Gaiam’s Radiance Printed Yoga Mat
6/25 Gaiam
Studio Style

Add a pop of color to your yoga practice with Gaiam's Radiance Printed Yoga Mat ($21.98; gaiam.com). The rich, rose surface is non-stick and 3mm thick--just enough padding to protect knees and cushion palms.

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Cannondale’s Speedster Ride Wallet
7/25 Cannondale
Safer Stash

Stop stuffing your valuables in plastic baggies. Cannondale's Speedster Ride Wallet ($20; cannondale.com) keeps cash, credit cards, a cell phone, and ID secure. Best of all, a clear window lets you use your smartphone's touchscreen while it's still inside.

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Schwinn’s Delmar Collapsible Handlebar Basket
8/25 Schwinn
A Tisket, A Tasket...

Make any bike ride more productive with Schwinn's Delmar Collapsible Handlebar Basket ($16; walmart.com). This cute carryall easily attaches to handlebars, has a drawstring closure to keep goods inside, and conveniently flattens for simple storage. 

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C9 by Champion’s Reversible Racerback Bras
9/25 C9 by Champion
Bright Bargain

Double the fun of your workout wardrobe. With C9 by Champion's Reversible Racerback Bras ($14.99; target.com), you get two fun color options for less than the price you'd usually pay for one.

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Jillian Michaels Ultimate Total-Body Kit picture
10/25 Pro-Form
Space-Saving Strength

You don't need a gym membership, or even a ton of equipment, to stay in shape. The Jillian Michaels Ultimate Total-Body Kit ($19.99; proform.com) comes with three types of muscle-building resistance tubes and a speed jump rope for fat-frying aerobic work. (Video: Jump Rope Like Rocky) When you want to follow a routine that's more regimented, just pop in the Jillian Michaels workout DVD. Great for home exercisers and avid travelers.

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Wood Art Running Award Holder
11/25 Wood Art
Proud Participant

Show off your greatest race achievement with this Wood Art Running Award Holder ($24; etsy.com). The handmade 11 1/2" x 20 3/4" wooden plaque clearly displays your bib, ribbon, and finisher's photo.

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T Mat Pro
12/25 T Mat Pro
Quick-Change Artist

What's the easiest way to achieve a triathlon PR? Faster transitions. Set up your gear on an ultra-bright T Mat Pro ($24.95; tmatpro.com) to spot it sooner and keep it organized and off the wet and muddy ground. After the race, rinse off the 21"x30" neoprene mat, so you can sit on it and stretch your weary muscles.

Asics’ Hera 2 Pack Headbands
13/25 Asics
Strand Command

Thwart flyaways in a safety-conscious way. Besides sporting a tapered design, Asics' Hera 2 Pack Headbands ($15; asicsamerica.com) also feature a reflective logo for increased visibility.

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Reebok CrossFit Striped Knee Socks
14/25 Reebok
Cult Classic

Be bold with your workouts and your wardrobe. The elastic cuffs on these Reebok CrossFit Striped Knee Socks ($12; reebok.com) ensure they stay put during even the hardest WOD.

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A New History inspirational print
15/25 A New History
Easy Encouragement

Perfect for home gyms, A New History's inspirational 5"x7" print ($14; etsy.com) will keep you motivated while you log long miles on the treadmill. Colors are fully customizable.

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Women’s Health Ultimate Abs Workout DVD
16/25 Rodale
Killer Core Work

You don't have to own weights to use the Women's Health Ultimate Abs Workout DVD ($14.98; rodalestore.com) to sculpt a flatter, sexier stomach. It contains three cardio and strength routines, including a 15-minute workout that requires no equipment.

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Axiom Rider DLX L Seatbag
17/25 Axiom
Ample Storage

Help the cyclist in your life go the distance with a roomy, stylish and streamlined seatbag. At 96 cubic inches, the water-resistant Axiom Rider DLX L Seatbag ($22; axiomgear.com) fits a spare tube, CO2, mid-ride snack, and a multi-tool. A zippered side pocket fits a credit card or cash for pit stops. Finishing touches include a narrow profile for improved aerodynamics and thigh clearance and an LED light clip for evening or early-morning rides.

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Kroozie cup holder picture
18/25 Kroozie
Java Junkie

Take your coffee with you while you pedal around town. The stainless-steel Kroozie ($19.99; kroozercups.com) attaches to bike handlebars for easy access to your latte. A vertical mount is also available if you'd rather attach the Kroozie to an angled seat tube.

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Electra Ponto Bag
19/25 Electra
Urban Organization

No bike rack or basket is needed when you commute with the Electra Ponto Bag ($24.99; electrabike.com). Vertical velcro straps on the back of the pack wrap around handlebars, keeping duffle tight against your bike. Once your reach the office, attach the adjustable shoulder strap to wear it as a messenger bag.

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C9 by Champion Brushed Duo Dry Cover Up
20/25 C9 by Champion
Versatile Cover-up

Working out during winter months is all about layering. This C9 by Champion Brushed Duo Dry Cover Up ($24.99; target.com) is breathable enough to sweat in, but it will also keep you warm if you toss on over a yoga tank top and tights post practice.

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Naja Design Chalkboard Countdown picture
21/25 Naja Design
Eyes on the Prize

When's your next big race? Whether you're training for a 5K or an Ironman, this Naja Design Chalkboard Countdown ($10; etsy.com) can be customized to help you keep track.

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Moving Comfort Pocket Hat
22/25 Moving Comfort
A Head Above

If there's a runner in your life that likes to hit the road with a hat, the Moving Comfort Pocket Hat ($20; movingcomfort.com) is the perfect lid. Highlights include a wicking interior headband and reflective piping on the brim for increased visibility. But the clincher is the hat's small zipper pocket, which is perfect for a credit card or a couple of bucks to grab a post-run beverage or snack.

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Wicked Audio Helix headphones
23/25 Wicked Audio
Stay-Put Sound

The Wicked Audio Helix headphones ($15; wickedheadphones.com) loop over your ears to ensure they stay put during any workout. You can fully customize your fit with the three included ear-canal sleeve sizes. The built-in microphone allows the system to double as a hands-free device for your phone.

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Vapur Element water bottle picture
24/25 Vapur
Reduce, Reuse

If you loved the original version of this water bottle, you'll love the new Vapur Element ($11.99; vapur.us). This upgrade of the space-saving sipper still folds flat when it's empty, but now also includes an integrated cap and carabineer-type clip that keeps the plastic container compact.

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Fit Plan for Pregnancy Journal
25/25 Gaiam
Prenatal Planning

Carrying a baby around can make any woman feel like she deserves to kick her feet up and give in to cravings, but if you want to have a healthy pregnancy, you'll need to stay on top of your diet and fitness game. Use Gaiam's 90-day Fit Plan for Pregnancy Journal ($14.98; amazon.com) to record your goals, track your progress, and learn valuable pregnancy-focused wellness tips. There's space inside for every detail.

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