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15 Great Gifts Under $50 for the Athlete

It’s not all about pro golf clubs and the newest wearables — the athlete still appreciates the simpler gifts.



These are the little extras, small goodies that can make a big impact. Gifts under $50 can sometimes lack in quality, so you must vet products carefully. Lucky for you, our experts gathered the best affordable gifts around, all at extremely reasonable prices.


Tracksmith Downeaster

Athletic wear can be a bit much sometimes. Day-glo colorways, technical stitching and synthetic materials are fine for training and trail running, but if you want a pullover that performs just as well on casual Saturday jog as it does on a lazy Sunday, the merino wool Tracksmith Downeaster is a sure bet (and worth the splurge). $138


Passback Football

For solo spiral practice, the Passback Football is designed and shaped to be thrown at a hard, flat surface so that the ball spirals back on its own. $30


OXO Strive Advance Bottle

When you train hard, you need a water bottle that can keep up. The OXO Strive Advance is made of a durable plastic with a two-tier lid tethered by a coated stainless steal cable. $15


Solscience Antidot Footwear Freshener

Fighting foot funk with old-fashioned foot and shoe powders can leave sneakers and cleats smelling like a doctor’s office. But Solscience Antidot offers odor-eliminating alternative scents like Cool Watermelon and Future Fresh. $14


Nike Therma-Fit Running Gloves

Your running regimen doesn’t stop when the temperature dips. These gloves’ fleece lining and special insulation keep your digits warm and dry; conductive patches in the thumb and forefinger let you work your exercise playlist. $15


RX Jump Rope

A jump rope needs to take a beating. The RX jump rope is a quality coated-steel cable anchored to an industrial-grade multidirectional bearing system for a consistent swing throughout your workout. $45


Rapha Coffee Mug

Rapha collaborated with British ceramicist Billy Lloyd to design these coffee mugs in a way that matches their own penchant for quality craftsmanship. $30


Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Golf Balls

Callaway’s softest urethane balls provide minimum spin off the driver, and their low compression gives you an incredibly soft feel on the green. $40


Roka R1 Goggle

Optimal vision and a sleek, efficiently hydrodynamic silhouette. It also comes in a range of lens colors to take advantage of natural light to brighten important markers and buoys. $35


Epic Bike Rides of the World

Lonely Planet beautifully illustrates 200 of the best places in the world to go for a ride — city rides and mountain trails in France, Italy, Mongolia and more. $23


Aloha Bar Sample Pack

If you’ve given up on protein bars, give Aloha a shot. Their peanut butter chocolate chip and vanilla almond crunch flavors will definitely change your mind. $20


Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Elite

Old-fashioned pushups don’t give your muscles maximum benefits. The Pushup Elite rotates slightly to engage more muscles with each rep. $24


Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats

Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats act like mini snow shoes that fit around your regular running shoes. Think of them as tire chains for your cross-trainers. $27


CamelBak Arc 2 Run Hydration Belt

The Arc 2 can carry your essentials along with two purpose-built water bottles, so you stay hydrated without slowing down. $30

17 Perfect Gifts for the Athlete

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