Affordable Generosity

15 Great Gifts Under $50 for the Athlete


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.

stocking-stuffer-athlete-gear-patrol-tracksmith 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-world-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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-gear-patrol-800 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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