It’s true the leaves are only just starting to change, but the reality is the holidays are right around the corner. It’s definitely not too soon to start thinking about what gifts to get for your friends and family.
But the fitness nut on your list can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re on a budget. The good news is that, while there is no shortage of pricey equipment and gadgets, there are most more cost-effective options out there that the athletes in your life will love.
So whether you want to get an early jump on holiday shopping or need a last-minute idea, take a gander at the 21 best fitness gifts under $100.
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1. The B Mat
These mats come in various lengths and colors, and offer plenty of cushioning and durability. (For the record, I’ve had my B Mat for five years now and it’s still going strong!)
B Mat is primarily a yoga mat but it works well as a small exercise mat as well.
(It’s worth noting that if you could inch your budget past the $100 mark, you could upgrade to a Gorilla Mat, which comes in various sizes of big and is more ideal for home workouts that cover a larger area.)
2. The My Fitness App by Jillian Michaels
Honestly, this is probably my top pick as for as best fitness gifts under $100 go. Fitness apps make for a fantastic gift to the fitness nut in your life, especially if they are adjusting from a gym to home workout environment (as many people are this year…)
The right app will be both motivating and highly effective, and the Jillian Michaels app delivers on both fronts. I can personally attest that it’s the programs on this app that have gotten me into the best shape of my life in the past few months!
Another reason to love it is that a whole year’s subscription is well under $100, and is one of the most competitively priced apps on the market, for what it offers.
However, there are other great apps out there if feel the need to shop around; check out my list of favorite fitness apps.
3. Bodyboss Fitness & Nutrition Bundle
If fitness apps aren’t your person’s thing, they might enjoy the Bodyboss bundle as an alternative. This is a hardcopy guide containing 16 weeks worth of workouts and has tons of testimonials from people who have seen fast results with it. (Yours truly included! Full review here.)
This is a nice gift because it does have a physical form (rather than an app subscription) so you can wrap it up. It’s also a relatively cost-effective fitness program, especially if you get it as a bundle with the nutrition guide.
4. HidrateSpark 3 Water Bottle
Everyone knows how important it is to get enough water every day. But for most people, it’s really tough to stay on top of it! Especially for really physically active people, it can be hard to remember to drink enough.
That’s why The HidrateSpark 3 makes such a great gift. It’s basically the Rolls Royce of water bottles.
It helps you reach your daily H2O goals by lighting up when it’s time to take a drink. Better still, it tracks each swig of water you take via their free hydration app. Of course, it comes in a number of fun colors.
It even comes in with a built-in motivation coach. If that doesn’t get someone to hit their daily H2O quota, I don’t know what will!
5. 3-Month Fit Lifestyle Box Subscription
The Fit Lifestyle box is the perfect, well-rounded gift for any fitness lover. You can purchase a 3-month plan for $69 and it comes with a full-size product, snacks, samples, a 30-day workout challenge, and discounts.
It’s one of the best fitness gifts under $100 because it keeps on giving for 3 months!
Plus you can customize the box based on the gender, t-shirt size, and fitness goals.
To be clear, this is a subscription service, so if you did want to spend no more than $69 you would need to cancel the membership before the renewal.
6. FitBit Charge 3
The FitBit Charge 2 was my first-ever fitness tracker and no joke, it changed my life. There are a lot of different FitBits to choose from but their newer model, FitBit Inspire 2, gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
It tracks your heart rate, exercise, sleep, steps taken, and more. It’s also waterproof and boasts a battery life that lasts for 10 freaking days!
If your person is new to FitBits, they can also access a year-long free trial of FitBit Premium, which includes personalized insights and workouts.
7. Pexmore Under Desk Elliptical
Perfect for the fitness junkie forced to be a desk jockey by day. Staying active during the day is so important in achieving fitness and weight loss goals, but it’s hard when you work a 9-5 job.
This way, you can burn calories while you work!
And this particular little under-desk elliptical by Pexmore competes well with some of the pricier options out there.
8. Pulse Weighted Jump Rope
Jump rope has made a comeback in recent years and its no wonder; its an excellent form of cardio that you can do pretty much anywhere.
Gift this weighted jump rope to the friend or family member who is looking for the biggest calorie-bang for their buck!
9. Under Armour Gym Bag
Gym rats need a good gym bag. And chances are, they ended a new one! This gym duffel by Under Armour is as stylish as it is functional, and well within budget to boot!
It comes in several different colors and has a highly water-resistant finish.
10. Senso Wireless Sports Earbuds
Good earphones are a must when you exercise a lot. But finding ones that stay in your ears and still sound good can be a tricky endeavour.
Earbuds can also be some of the pricier pieces of tech you can drop money on, but they don’t have to be. These wireless earbuds by Senso are both well within your budget and highly rated on Amazon.
They have noise cancelling capabilities and offer an above-average battery life. They’re also designed to fit any ear with the adjustable silicone ear hooks.
11. Ninja Personal Blender
There’s a really good chance that the fitness nut in your life is into smoothies.
Because smoothies are a super fast and easy way to pack the nutrients in before and after a workout.
This personal blender by Ninja is ideal for single-serve blending on the go. Once blended, you just twist on the lid and tote it along with you!
A quality blender can cost a fair chunk of change, but this one gets the job done well for a very reasonable price that’s within your gift budget.
12. Core-X Ab Roller
Ab rollers are a great way to take core training to the next level. It makes a great gift if the person you’re shopping for is getting bored of their workouts and needs to step things up.
Also ideal for those who work in a home office and could use a couple small pieces of exercise equipment around for quick workouts while on break.
Core-X is one of the best models on the market, but you can check out the list of my ab roller picks here.
13. Epitome Vibrating Foam Roller
Foam rollers are a great recovery tool for the everyday athlete. This one by Eitomie fitness vibrates to help relax even the most knotted muscles.
Not only does it vibrate, but it comes with a changing USB cable, a carrying case, and online access to a foam rolling guide.
14. Booty Kicker Home Exercise Barre
Perfect for the barre lover, the Booty Kicker is a multifunctional piece of equipment that’s ideal for barre and balance workouts.
It’s portable and folds right up which is perfect for people with smaller workout or living spaces. It also has a built in weight rack for holding dumbbells, and rubber feet for keeping traction on the floor.
15. Ollieroo Doorway Chin Up Bar
If calisthenics is your person’s bag, they will love this doorway chin up bar. It can also be used for tricep dips and resistance training.
The bar fits in most door frames and the rubber ends keep the doorways protected.
16. Giantex Foldable Mini Trampoline
Here’s a fun one! Get your fitness nut a mini trampoline so they can get a few minutes of casual cardio in throughout their day.
Wait, why a trampoline? Because it’s one of the most cost-effective pieces of compact cardio equipment you can buy for your exerciser. Studies show that jumping on a trampoline is an effective practice for improving cardiovascular health.
It folds up so they can store it conveniently when not in use, and bring it out for a jump while they’re watching TV, for example.
17. myGEKO gear MagiClaw Phone Holder
This is another one of those things the person you’re buying for would probably never think to buy but won’t be able to live without once they have one – especially if you know they like to work out with home fitness apps!
One of the biggest challenges of working out with yoru phone is finding a place to prop it up for the duration of your workout. This claw stand holds the phone wherever you need it to be, whether that’s propped up on a ledge or clipped to your stationary bike.
18. ASICS cross-training shoe
If you know your person’s shoe-size they might be due for a new pair of trainers. Even more so if you happen to know they are using their running shoes for non-running workouts. A cross-training shoe is more ideal for home workouts and HIIT sessions.
ASICS has long been my favorite brand of athletic footwear. With their tried-and true shoe construction and selection of fun colors, you just can’t go wrong with these.
19. E-Tronic Phone Sleeve
In general, the majority of athleticwear is lacking in phone-sized pockets. What is up with those teeny tiny “hidden” pockets in leggings that are barely big enough for your keys?
That’s why the runner in your life probably needs one of these phone sleeves! It’s very inexpensive and makes the perfect stocking stuffer or small thoughtful gift.
Best of all, it fits just about any phone so even if you’re not sure what model they have, the sleeve should work.
20. High Protein Healthy Snacks Gift Basket
I could be totally wrong about this, but at least in my experience people who exercise a lot also really, really like their food!
And while protein is an essential nutrient for everyone, it is especially crucial for the fitness nut who is trying to build or maintain muscle.
You can help them achieve their goals with this basket of healthy snacks that includes everything from protein cookies to pistachios to gourmet tuna.
21. Humorous Fitness Shirts
If all else fails, you can get the fitness nut in your life a funny tank top or t-shirt. It will bring a smile to their face.
An exercise enthusiast can never have too many t-shirts, trust me on this one.
Shopping for exercise freaks isn’t always easy, but as one myself, I am willing to bet that there are one or two items on this list they will love!
From fitness programs to exercise gear and handy gadgets, these are the best gifts under $100 that will help your friend or family member kick off their New Year fitness goals with flair.