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BestReviews fitness expert shares small fitness gifts worth picking up last minute

Expertly reviewed by Judd Nesmith

Holiday shopping can be tricky, but if you have a loved one who lives at the gym or is committed to their health and wellness, a fitness gift is always a good choice. 

If you've left your shopping until the last minute, though, there's no need to worry. BestReviews fitness expert Judd NeSmith, NASM-CPT, PES and founder of Serious Fitness, shares some of his favorite small fitness gifts that will make your favorite gym rat's holiday a little happier. 

In this article: Nuun Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Perfect Fitness Perfect PushUp Handles and Qalo Men's & Women's Narrow Polished Step Edge Silicone Ring.

Best small fitness gifts under $15

TRX Training Gloves

These fingerless gym gloves are perfect for anyone who enjoys weightlifting or resistance training. They're made of durable full-grain Saano leather and provide extra grip in the gym. They also have a premium synthetic suede palm to prevent scuffs and a stretch panel across the back to help them stay in place. 

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Renoj Resistance Bands

These exercise loop bands can come in handy at the gym for many exercises, including Pilates, yoga and resistance training. "These are great for doing band walks and squats," NeSmith says. They're made of durable latex that won't irritate the skin and come in different resistance levels. They also come with a storage bag. 

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Tough Headwear Running Beanie

Runners and cyclists will appreciate this soft polyester-blend running beanie for exercising in cold weather. It stretches easily for a comfortable fit, and the lightweight insulation provides warmth without causing wearers to overheat. It comes in several colors, including bright orange and yellow. 

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Best small fitness gifts for $15-$25

Nuun Electrolyte Drink Tablets

NeSmith loves these sports-drink tablets for staying hydrated at the gym. "They're a great alternative to Gatorade and Power Ade, because they provide plenty of electrolytes without all the sugar and calories," he explains. The set includes four tubes, each in a different citrus berry flavor, and can be mixed into any water bottle.

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Nike Everyday Cushion Ankle Training Socks

Everyone can use comfortable socks for the gym, and these quarter-length ankle pairs are perfect for any workout. They're made of a cotton/polyester blend, so they're moisture-wicking to keep your feet dry. They also have impact absorption pads for improved comfort.

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TriggerPoint Foam Massage Ball

NeSmith recommends this massage ball for post-workout recovery on sore, tired muscles. "It's ideal for self-massage and fits easily in a gym bag," he says. It's especially effective for targeting small muscles like calves and pecs. The balls come in multiple sizes and firmness levels.

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WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope

This steel cable jump rope is durable enough for even the toughest workouts. It's ideal for improving speed, balance, agility and endurance, and offers an excellent cardio workout. The ballistic nylon resin handles are comfortable to hold and available in eight colors.

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Rxbar Protein Bar Variety Pack

These bars make an excellent post-workout snack and an ideal stocking stuffer for your favorite gym junkie. "These are my favorite protein bars because they have a really clean, all-natural recipe," NeSmith says. The variety pack offers six flavors, including chocolate sea salt and coconut chocolate. 

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Puma Evercat Contender Duffel Bag

This durable, well-made duffel is the perfect gym bag. It has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap and a padded bottom panel to protect the items inside. It also features multiple front and side pockets and even has a special shoe compartment. 

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Hydracy Water Bottle

Help the workout junkie on your holiday shopping list stay hydrated with this durable, shatterproof water bottle. It's made of Tritan plastic, which contains no potentially harmful bisphenol A, and its leakproof design holds up well to vigorous exercise. It also has timer markers on the side as a reminder to drink throughout the day.

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Bobor Gym Towels Set

This three-piece gym towel set is made of microfiber, so it's soft and highly absorbent. The towels don't produce lint and won't fade. Best of all, they're machine-washable and get softer and fluffier with every wash. 

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Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Handles

NeSmith loves these pushup handles, which help activate more muscles and reduce joint strain compared to traditional pushups. Ideal for all fitness levels, they have a rotating design that moves with the body and comfortable rubber grips that ensure a secure hold.

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Best small gym gifts over $25

Arvesa Natural Hemp Cream

This all-natural cream can help soothe post-workout pain in the neck, back, shoulder, knees and other muscles. It has a lightweight, non-greasy texture and even helps moisturize the skin. It absorbs quickly, doesn't have an unpleasant scent, and best of all, it's made in the U.S.

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Qalo Men's & Women's Narrow Polished Step Edge Silicone Ring

NeSmith is a big fan of these silicone rings, much more comfortable to wear during workouts than traditional metal rings. "They're all the rage right now for people who don't want to wear their good wedding rings to the gym," he says. The silicone is temperature-tolerant, non-porous and non-conductive, making them highly durable. They come in four colors. 

Sold by Amazon and Dick's Sporting Goods

Timex Ironman Classic 30 Full-Size Watch

This durable classic watch is ideal for working out because its large display is easy to read. It offers a 100-lap stopwatch memory and interval/countdown timers to keep track of workouts. It's also water-resistant up to 100 meters, so it's ideal for swimming and other water exercises.

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Fitbit Versa 2

If you want to splurge on a fitness gift, this smartwatch is an ideal option. It can track all the fitness basics, such as steps, distance, calories burned and heart rate, but it also allows using voice commands to set alarms, check the weather and more. It even lets wearers stream music and podcasts from Spotify right from their wrist. 

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