Secret Santa fitness gifts under a fiver

If y ou are stuck for ideas or looking for a cheap gift for someone who is into exercising, this list of Secret Santa gifts for under a fiver will help.

Secret Santa, fitness gifts under a fiver
Secret Santa fitness gifts under a fiver

If you are reading this, the chances are that you are after inspiration for Secret Santa fitness gifts under a fiver. Getting something meaningful and useful on a Secret Santa budget is tricky. If you are not into fitness but your present receiver is, you can get them something small and fitnessy (yes, I just made that word up) to surprise them and show them that you care.

Of course Secret Santa is not just for people who work in an office. We used to do it at school and at one of the universities I studied at. The school one was easy because my mother took care of it. She used to write the card as well, just to make sure the poor child can blame her for the socks they just received 🙂

I can’t remember what or who I had to buy for at university but it must have been a book or some kind of stationery. Something inspiring (right?), like a pen or a notepad because we did Linguistics and had to write and take lots of notes.

Thanks to the internet (and by that, I mean Amazon), you can get some quirky gifts even if you are on a tight budget. Here’s my selection of Secret Santa fitness gifts under a fiver:

Resistance bands

Resistance bands are great for those who want to keep fit at home. They are light and can be packed to take away on holiday. Resistance bands can be used on their own or to add extra resistance to exercises involving dumbbells or barbells.

Get resistance bands for under £5 here.

resistance bands
Resistance bands under a fiver.

Skipping rope

Everyone who is into fitness is doing some form of cardio. My favourite cardio exercise is rope skipping (or rope jumping if you are reading this in America). A skipping rope is ideal for those who want to do cardio but don’t like running or cycling, or the treadmill in the gym.

Get a skipping rope for under £5 here.

skipping rope
Skipping rope under a fiver

Foam roller

Foam rollers are used to eliminate and prevent muscle knots. They have the same effect on muscle knots as a rolling pin has on lumps in bread dough. In other words, a foam roller is like a personal massage therapist.

Get a foam roller for under £5 here.

foam roller
Foam roller under a tenner

Body calliper

A body calliper is a great addition to any fitness fanatic. It’s a handy little tool that measures body fat. If you are buying it as a gift, make sure you know the person well. Otherwise, you may end up offending them.

A body calliper is a perfect gift for a guy with chiselled abs. They will use it to make sure they keep their body fat within the “abs-revealing” levels.

If you are buying for a female colleague, perhaps a body calliper is not really the best option. You run the risk of her taking it the wrong way and ruining your relationship.

Get a body calliper for under £5 here.

body calliper
Body calliper under a fiver


If you are buying for someone who likes to keep fit in general, then a pedometer is a safe Secret Santa gift.

The average male does just over 7,000 steps a day, while the average female does just over 5,000. The average person burns about 100 calories per walking mile which is about 2,000 steps.

Get a pedometer for under £5 here.

pedometer, activity tracker
Pedometer and activity tracker under a fiver

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gift to make its recipient happy. The thought and the effort you put in selecting the gift count more than its price tag.

If you have other suggestions for Secret Santa fitness gifts for under a fiver, please share them with the rest of us.


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