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Top 10 Walking Gifts for Under 25 Dollars


Updated May 31, 2014

Want to give a small gift to a walking friend or a stocking stuffer for the walker in your life? Enjoy these inexpensive walking gift ideas.

1. Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer

Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer
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 After years of indifference, my husband asked me for a pedometer. I happened to have the Omron HJ-321 on my desk, just waiting to be adopted. He's been wearing it for a month now and proudly tells me his steps each day. It's silent, accurate, and you can wear it in your pocket or on your waistband. In addition to counting all-day steps, it also tracks aerobic steps separately when you walk or job more than 60 steps per minute for 10 minutes or more. It estimates distance and calories and has a 7-day memory.
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2. SockGuy Socks

SockGuy Socks
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Socks are the best stocking stuffers! Sockguy socks are fun socks in colorful designs. But they are also serious walking socks. They are made of core-spun CoolMax to wick sweat away from your foot to keep it dry and prevent blisters.

3. Camelbak Performance Water Bottle

Camelbak Performance Water Bottle
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My walking buddies love this Camelbak water bottle because you don't have to tilt it up and obstruct your view to drink out of it. It will save your walker lots of money on bottled water while being eco-friendly in keeping all those disposable bottles out of the landfill. It has a wide mouth for filling with ice and water, and you can wash it in the dishwasher. You just suck on the bite valve and the interior straw draws up your water. Lock it off with a valve for extra leakage protection. It has graduations on the side so you can judge how much you are drinking. As a plus, they are now BPA-free.

4. RooSport Magnetic Sports Pocket

RoosSport Sports Pocket on Waist
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I love this handy pocket not only for fitness walking, but also for travel and touring. I can keep my money and ID secure, and it works great for carrying my mobile phone or camera, too. For travel, it's discreet and perfect in place of a moneybelt.
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5. Burt's Bees Tips 'n Toes

Burt's Bees Tips 'n Toes Kit
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This is a great gift with travel sizes of soothing moisturizers for hands, feet and lips made from natural ingredients. It includes hand salve, almond milk hand cream, lemon butter cuticle cream, coconut foot cream, honey and grapeseed oil hand creme and replenishing lip balm.
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6. Buff

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A Buff is a seamless tube of fabric that can be worn as a hat, a neck gaiter, a ski mask or balaclava. You may have seen contestants on Survivor using their Buffs in many different ways. You can layer it under another hat. The Buff packs up very small. It is easy to carry one in your pocket, purse or pack to use when you really need it, and stow it once you have warmed up. I like having it along as a way to keep my ears warm.

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7. Smartwool Walking Socks

SmartWool Socks
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SmartWool makes machine-washable, non-itchy wool socks that provide natural moisture management. These walking designs are woven for comfort where walkers need it most. You don't need a liner sock with SmartWool socks, just wear them like any other sock and feel the natural comfort of itchless wool.

8. FlipBelt Sport Belt

FlipBelt Neon Yellow
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This was my favorite find of 2013. This soft belt is perfect for carrying your stuff for your walking workout. I broke my own "nothing new on race day" rule and wore it on the Portland Marathon's half marathon. It is a continuous tube with slits for slipping in your essentials. It carries my camera, mobile phone, snacks, tissues for quick access. It even expands enough to carry a water bottle. They come in a variety of colors (mine is basic black, but you can go neon if you want!)
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9. Glo Glov

Glo Glov
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I call these my "Magic Gloves of Power." If your walker strolls before dawn or after dusk, these gloves provide great reflective safety. When I cross a street at night, I show the drivers the reflective triangle on the palm. The reflective strips on the knuckles provide visibility for you no matter what kind of arm motion you use walking. They are open-fingered for comfort in all seasons. You can layer them over other gloves in winter.

10. Fleece Mittens

Fleece Mittens
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A nice pair of fleece mittens are also a great stocking stuffer. I am amazed at how much my hands warm up once I get walking, except on the coldest and windiest days. A fleece mitten will keep your hands warm until you warm up. If the day is still cold, a fleece mitten that isn't windproof allows some air in to keep your hands from getting sweaty.
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