Christmas is fast approaching and its time to start thinking about what to purchase for our family and loved ones. I know that finding the perfect fitness-related gift can sometimes be tricky (not to mention expensive!), so to in order to help you, I have put together this list of budget friendly ideas that will be sure to impress this Christmas.
1. Running Shorts
Every girl needs a good pair of shorts whether you are running or strength training. The Nike Pro Essential 2.5″ Women’s Shorts feature a body-hugging fit and sweat-wicking fabric, ideal for layering or wearing alone when you’re competing, training or running. They also come in an amazing range of colours and patterns to suit everyone’s tastes. In fact, I just ordered a pair for myself for Christmas!
Nike Pro Shorts, $25, Nike.com or Eastbay.com
*For those of you in Australia/NZ, check out Ebay or FruugoAustralia
2. Fun Workout Shirts
Who says you cant workout hard and still look good? Make a statement with these fun tanks.
MOZtrendFit, $19.95, Etsy.com
3. Gymboss Timer
The gymboss is a small, easy to use, repeating interval timer. This multi-use timer has many versatile functions that make it beneficial to virtually any type of exercise program. This is perfect for crossfit, HIIT, MMA and weight lifting workouts.
$19.95, Gymboss.com (cheap worldwide shipping)
4. Fitness Jewellery
What better gift for your fit friends than handmade fitness and motivational charms, bracelets and necklaces.
Fashletics, $12, Fashletics.com
5. Sticky Yoga Mat
Considered the most valuable tool for yoga, the Sticky Mat provides a stable, non-slip surface for your practice. Lightweight and durable, it offers insulation from cool floors and can be rolled or folded for use in poses.
Sticky mats, $23, Barefootyoga.com
There are so many health and fitness related books to choose from. Some of my favourites are The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises, Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body, The New Rules of Lifting for Women and You Are What You Eat.
The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises, $18, Amazon
Strong Curves, $25, Amazon
The New Rules of Lifting for Women, $14, Amazon
You Are What You Eat, $14.95, Amazon
7. Cute Affordable Workout Clothing
I love Forever 21, and they have some great affordable activewear (almost everything is under $25) that is excellent quality. I have not had a bad experience with their activewear so far (although I do make sure to read the reviews first). If you are on a budget I highly recommend checking them out! Note: They do ship internationally, but it can be a bit pricey depending on where you live. A great way around it is to make a purchase with some friends and then split the shipping costs.
Padded Workout Tank, $14.80, Forever21.com
8. Resistance Bands
Wanting to start strength training but don’t have the room for dumbbells? Why not purchase a set of resistance bands? These resistance bands are just over $25, but I just had to add them to the list! They offer the same functionality as a dumbbell set but in a fraction of the space. They also offer several progressive resistance levels, making them useful for everyone from beginners to experts.
Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set, $26.99, Amazon
FitDeck is a unique deck of Exercise Playing Cards that makes exercise more simple, convenient, and fun. Never spend another minute trying to decide what kind of exercises to do. FitDeck does the thinking for you. Just shuffle, draw, and go.
FitDeck, $14.95, Amazon
Good headphones are a must, especially for runners. Nothing gets you in the mood more than listening to a good workout playlist.
Panasonic Ergofit RPHJE120V In-Ear Headphone, $7, Amazon
*If you live in Australia, these can be purchased through Ebay or oo.com.au for $9.95.