With a plane ticket to London costing more than $1,000 and tickets to the opening ceremonies topping $2,000, going to the games is worth more than gold. Even if you can't go to London you can still support Team USA. Plenty of retail outlets are offering up gear for Olympics 2012. We found the best stuff at the cheapest prices. And you can score each item for less than $25.
Pins are an Olympics tradition. While at the games, trading pins becomes an Olympic sport with people all over the world swapping the tiny souvenirs. Even if you can't attend the London games you can still participate in this affordable activity. Head to the official Team USA online store at TeamUSAShop.com and check out the new 2012 pin designs. Prices range from $6.95-$8.95 and shipping is $4.99.
Olympics 2012 Mini Torch
Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Olympic torch will pass through the hands of more than 8,000 people in its 70-day journey before reaching its destination at the London games. Now you can own a miniature version of this iconic symbol for just $15.99. Keep in mind this unique souvenir is only available for pre-order now through NBCUniversalStore.com and won't ship until the end of July.
USA Olympics Poster
Give the London 2012 games a permanent place in your home so that you can be reminded of the gold medals, world-class competition and inspiring athletes. The World Watches Team USA Poster features a design by artist Charles Fazzino highlighting London hot spots and the American flag. The poster can be yours for $9.95 in the Yahoo! Sports Team Shop.
Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the USA Olympic team. While many of the items in the collection top our modest price point, you can snag some gear for the future Olympians in your life. Baby Ralph Lauren t-shirts are just $19.50 and feature exclusive logos and designs created specifically for the London games.
Men's and Women's Olympic T-Shirts
While you may not be able to find a Ralph Lauren tee under $25 in an adult size, that doesn't mean they don't exist. QVC.com offers several designs for both men and women that start at $20.50. Check out the women's London Games Union Jack design that features the Olympic rings and UK flag design. For guys, there's the Team USA Block T-shirt that comes in bright red with the words "team USA" boldly written across the chest. There will be no denying what team you support when you pull on one of these tees.
The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2012 Edition
A guide of 112-years of Olympic history, the Complete Book of the Olympics offers insight, anecdotes and drama from each of the games. Learn more about the athletes and sports than you ever thought possible in the pages of this comprehensive guide. A new copy is just $21.34 at BarnesandNoble.com. So while you may not be able to see the action live in London, at least you can still sound like an Olympic expert during water cooler discussions.