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Holiday Gifts for Under $50

Holiday shopping is hard — and expensive. We've made it easier (and cheaper!)

On the following pages, you'll find cool gifts for everyone on your list: spouses, children, grandchildren — even that person who's hard to please.

weights, sunglasses and other gift ideas for fitness

— Photo by Lisa Shin

For the Fitness Enthusiast

(Items are described beginning with the digital scale and moving clockwise)

The Taylor Biggest Loser Scale ($33.08 at bestbuy.com) tracks not just weight but body fat and BMI, and calculates how many calories you need to eat per day to maintain your weight (or, alas, to lose a few pounds). The AquaJogger buoyancy belt ($44.95 at aquajogger.com) guarantees a full-body water workout that’s easy on the joints. In case of emergency, the VITAband ($39.90 at vitaband.net) bracelet (pictured in orange) stores your medical history and emergency contacts. The Delaney Plus Running Pack ($39 at camelbak.com) can hold keys, I.D., cash and an energy bar — everything the long-distance exerciser might need, including a 24-ounce water bottle.

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Shop smartly and even a stack of gifts won't set you back too much. — Photo by Cultura/Getty Images

On sunny days, Ryders Defcon Sunglasses are shatterproof and lightweight, and feature anti-slip nose pads that hold firmly to sweaty faces ($40 at ryderseyewear.com). For nighttime exercising, make sure cars can see you coming: Nathan’s Ankleband Pair and their Cycling Ankleband Pair ($9 and $7, respectively, at amazon.com); and Nathan’s LED Safety Strobe, visible for up to 2,500 feet ($7 at rei.com). Keep your favorite jogger warm in North Face Etip Gloves ($40 at thenorthface.com) with extra “grippy” finger pads so you can use your iPhone, iPod or other electronic devices.

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