Top 30 Best Gifts for Runners

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Searching for a gift that the runner in your life will appreciate? This list offers suggestions for every budget. Running is a relatively simple sport, but having the right gear or the latest technology can make training and racing even better. Treat the runner on your list to a new pair of running headphones or a GPS watch designed specifically for runners. You can also shop for the perfect pair of running shoes or a running headlamp for those who prefer to exercise outdoors year-round. A hydration pack or handheld water bottle is a particularly useful gift for distance runners.

If you don’t see the right gift on this list, browse the running store or Amazon’s Sports Gift Guide for a wider selection.


1. Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

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Highlights of this GPS running watch include a battery life that lasts up to eight hours in watch and activity tracking mode along with smart notifications when the watch is paired with a compatible smartphone. Users can choose which notifications they want to pop up on the watch. Another feature is the ability to track progress against recommended aerobic activity goals. A full 24/7 heart rate monitoring feature provides active and resting heart rate data.

Had something else in mind? Shop the Exercise and Fitness Gift Guide for more options.

Price: $219.99 (12 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch here.


2. Petzl – REACTIK+ Headlamp

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Running this time of the year can be a challenge to even the most dedicated runners, especially those who run early in the morning or late at night. This running headlamp features 300 lumens of power to help safely guide runners along trails, sidewalks, and other surfaces in the dark. It’s also Bluetooth enabled. Runners can user their smartphone to adjust the headlamp performance to meet specific demands, including trail running, or to see how much battery life is remaining. Distinctive lighting technology automatically adjusts the light intensity to suit user needs.

Head to the Sports Gift Guide for a wider selection.

Price: $109.95

Get the Petzl – REACTIK+ Headlamp here.


3. Zensah Smart Running Gloves with Touch Screen Feature

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One advantage of these running gloves is that runners won’t have to remove them to successfully use touch screen devices. They’re also lightweight and easily portable yet are warm enough for chillier runs. The gloves are equipped with silicon gripping on each palm along with reflective strips for enhanced visibility even in low light settings. A four-way stretch fabric provides plenty of comfort and breathability. Small, medium, and large sizes are available. Pair these gloves with HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers for those who continue to run outdoors in the cold.

Browse the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide for similar items.

Price: $15.59 – $58.10

Shop the Zensah Smart Running Gloves with Touch Screen Feature here.


4. adidas Women’s Running Supernova Storm Jacket

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This women’s running jacket, available in a variety of colors, is designed with moisture-wicking material that helps keep skin dry and comfortable even during the most intense workouts. A full zip front and stand-up collar lets runners make adjustments as needed. There’s also a zip sweat-guard pocket that can be used to keep keys and other valuables safe and protected during a run. Other features include reflective details for safety along with thumb holes for extra comfort and warmth.

Had something else in mind? Visit the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide for a wider selection.

Price: $36.00 – $121.00

Find the adidas Women’s Running Supernova Storm Jacket here.


5. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes

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Four-time Olympian and world-class marathon runner Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky offer a selection of nutritious and flavorful recipes for snacks, drinks, and meals that runners of all levels can appreciate. Nutritional information and inspirational stories are also included, making this much more than your typical healthy cookbook. Examples of recipes found inside are Kale Radicchio Salad with Farro, Superhero Muffins, Arugula Cashew Pesto, and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies. As an added bonus, each recipe is made without the use of refined sugar or flour.

Browse more Amazon Holiday Gifts to find that perfect present for the runner in your life.

Price: $16.97

Buy the Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes here.


6. Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt

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This hydration pack for runners is ideal for both longer and shorter distances. A zip pocket with a key ring clip provides a safe and secure storage option for valuables in addition to gels. The pocket is also large enough to fit up to an iPhone 6 Plus. The belt is ergonomically shaped to eliminate bouncing when running. The holsters are designed for simple one-handed access to hydration flasks and nutrition during a workout. Two 10-ounce insulated flasks are included.

Not the running gift you had in mind? Visit the Exercise and Fitness Gift Guide for more ideas.

Price: $38.39 (23 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt here.


7. Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic Running Socks for Men and Women

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Running in ill-fitting or worn out socks can spell disaster for runners’ feet. These athletic socks, designed to fit men and women, feature a reinforced heel and toe for added comfort along with plush cushioning under the sole for extra protection on runs of any length. A medium volume construction makes these running socks a practical year-round choice. Heel tabs keep the socks from slipping during runs. These running socks are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

Explore the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide for more options like this one.

Price: $8.22 – $32.28

Get the Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic Running Socks for Men and Women here.


8. GU Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel

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It’s not always practical or even possible to bring food along during a run, which is where these energy gels come in handy. A pack of assorted flavors gives runners a choice between tri-berry, salted caramel, vanilla bean, strawberry banana, and other delicious flavors. Maltrodextrin and fructose energy sources ensure long-lasting and efficient energy and absorption. These energy gels are ideal for training and racing and come in a convenient portable packet.

Visit the running store for similar gift ideas.

Price: $25.64 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the GU Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel here.


9. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

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Injury prevention is key for runners of all levels. A foam roller can help loosen knots and tight muscles, offering increased blood flow and flexibility. This foam roller stands out for its durability, as it’s made from high-quality materials that won’t break down over time despite repeated use. It also has a multi-density exterior and a sturdy hollow core. Runners can use this foam roller to improve circulation, relieve muscle and joint pain, recover from injuries or even a tough workout, and more. A Mini TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is also available.

You can also consider the Ultimate Massage Bundle of 5, which features a foam roller, massage stick, spiky massage ball, and foot massage ball.

Price: $35.99 (20 percent off MSRP)

Shop the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller here.


10. Headsweats Performance Race/Running/Outdoor Sports Hat

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Fast and efficient moisture wicking thanks to a terry sweatband and a comfortable knit shell are some features of this hat. Runners with longer hair can take advantage of the ponytail opening. There’s also an adjustable rear buckle to ensure a snug and personalized fit for all head sizes. This hat, available in a wide range of colors, comes with a black undervisor to help reduce glare and is machine washable.

Price: $20.33

Find the Headsweats Performance Race/Running/Outdoor Sports Hat here.


11. ProForm PRO-5000 Treadmill

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This running treadmill makes any indoor workout more enjoyable. It’s packed with features that runners of all levels will appreciate, including a 7-inch full-color touchscreen and iPod compatible audio. There’s also an adjustable tablet holder. An EKG heart rate monitor with a wireless chest strap is included. This treadmill has a space-saving design with an easy lift assist and balanced rollers for simple storage when necessary. There’s also an integrated accessory tray and dual workout fans.

Not the gift you had in mind? Head to the Amazon Holiday Gift Page for more options.

Price: $1,650.95 (13 percent off MSRP)

Get the ProForm PRO-5000 Treadmill here.


12. CW-X Men’s Stabilyx Running Tights

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These men’s running tights offer a support web for the hips, lower abs, and back to help stabilize the knees and promote power through the core for enhanced posture and control. A combined Lycra and Coolmax construction provides a comfortable multi-way stretch. A flat seam construction keeps chafing at bay. These tights come with a key pocket for safe storage along with a double-reinforced waistband and flat drawcord for optimum fit.

Had something else in mind? Browse the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide to find the perfect present.

Price: $70.24 – $110.00

Buy the CW-X Men’s Stabilyx Running Tights here.


13. Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones

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A built-in heart rate sensor allows runners to keep close track over their performance. These Bose headphones also feature NFC and Bluetooth pairing for easy connectivity. The tips are built with security and stability in mind, ensuring they’ll stay in place even during intense workouts. They also come in three sizes. Users can use the Bose Connect app to get up to date heart rate information. You can also get these running headphones without the heart rate monitor.

Price: $199.00

Get the Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones here.


14. Pro-Tec Ice Up

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This gift is a solid choice for the injury-prone runner or those who are trying to keep injuries at bay. Highlights include effective treatment in 10 minutes or less along with deep tissue penetration on specific areas. The therapy is recommended for muscular, tendon, and ligament injuries. A leak-proof design ensures that the contents won’t spill out when traveling.

Browse the Exercise and Fitness Gift Guide for more running gifts.

Price: $17.46 (7 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Pro-Tec Ice Up here.


15. The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day Log 2017 Calendar

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Runners of all fitness levels can use this calendar to track their progress, make notes, and more. Each day includes information such as where and when the run took place and the total distance. Runners can also leave comments if necessary. The calendar features tips as well as inspirational quotes that every runner can appreciate. Other highlights include full-color photographs along with monthly essays.

Visit the Sports Gift Guide for more running gift suggestions.

Price: $10.89

Shop The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day Log 2017 Calendar here.


16. UltrAspire – Lumen Ultraviz Lighted Waistpack

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This lighted running waist pack combines the practicality of a waistband and the safety of a running headlamp. The center-focused light features a wide angle for enhanced safety and accuracy. It also rotates 180 degrees and can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down as well as any point in-between. The “on” setting is the highest, and runners can simply press it again for the medium, low, S.O.S., and off settings. This waist pack is adjustable from 26 to 42 inches.

Not the running gift you were looking for? Browse the Sports Gift Guide for other options.

Price: $179.95

Find the UltrAspire – Lumen Ultraviz Lighted Waistpack here.


17. Elite Muscle Roller Stick

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Unlike the foam roller, which requires users to be on the floor, this muscle roller stick is handheld and can be used while standing or seated. Runners can get relief from aches and pains while increasing blood flow and flexibility with this massage tool. Comfortable handles provide a firm grip and there is plenty of space between the rollers. The muscle roller is crafted with a stiff material that won’t bend or flex during use. While it’s ideal for legs, this tool can also be used on the shoulders, back, and other areas of the body.

You can also consider the Ultimate Massage Bundle of 5, which features a foam roller, massage stick, spiky massage ball, and foot massage ball.

Price: $18.99

Buy the Elite Muscle Roller Stick here.


18. Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tights

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These women’s running tights are designed to stand up to the demands of cold weather running. Highlights include a thermal fleece interior and water resistant material. A wide waistband, coupled with an internal draw cord, makes these tights comfortable and secure. A side phone pocket is included. Zap reflectivity adds an extra measure of safety, particularly in low light settings. The material is wind resistant yet breathable to help regulate body temperature.

You can find more options like this in the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide.

Price: $49.99 – $79.90

Get the Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tights here.


19. Nathan Streak Reflective Vest With 2 LED Safety Strobe Lights

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Reflective vests such as this one can be worn throughout the year and are ideal for the dedicated runner. This unisex vest features an anatomical shape that won’t get in the way of swinging arms. It also stands out for its 1200-foot visibility and full 360-degree reflectivity. A lightweight and slender design makes this vest ideal for layering over t-shirts and jackets. Other highlights include an adjustable fit and tabs securely closed with Velcro. Two LED strobe lights are included.

Visit the running store for similar gift ideas.

Price: $43.95 – $44.95

Get the Nathan Streak Reflective Vest With 2 LED Safety Strobe Lights here.


20. Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost

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Nutrition is key for runners of all ages and levels. A personal size blender makes a thoughtful gift for runners who appreciate having access to healthy snacks, drinks, and meals with the touch of a button. This blender features a 1200-watt base along with two distinct vessels. Auto-iQ technology, combined with intelligent programs, tells the blender exactly when to pause, blend, and pulse for optimal texture and consistency. The set includes two cups with spout lids so that runners can take their favorite food and drink to go.

Not the gift you had in mind? Visit the Amazon Holiday Gifts page for a wider selection.

Price: $119.59 (15 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost here.


21. Merrell Women’s Vapor Glove 2 Barefoot Trail Running Shoe

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These barefoot trail running shoes have a durable rubber sole along with trail-specific features such as a breathable mesh lining and traditional lace closure to keep feet secure and snug over rough terrain. The shoes come in a variety of colors and can be washed in cold water as needed. Strategically placed lug patterns provide stability in all running conditions. A zero-drop ground contact and lightweight construction promotes natural running movements. A men’s version, Merrell Men’s Vapor Glove 2 Trail Running Shoe, is available.

Want more options? Browse a wider selection of running shoes for women and running shoes for men.

Price: $8.99 (18 percent off MSRP)

Shop the Merrell Women’s Vapor Glove 2 Barefoot Trail Running Shoe here.


22. Julbo Ventrui Performance Sunglasses

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These running sunglasses come in a variety of colors and feature a polarizing filter to cut down on glare. A hydrophobic coating on the exterior helps prevent finger smudges and enhances water removal. The wrap around frame ensures a comfortable and snug fit along with full venting in the front. There’s also a 3D fit nose and curved temples for a personalized fit. The lenses get darker or lighter depending on the level of light, and are designed to block up to 84 percent of visible light. Anti-fog coating keeps condensation at bay.

Visit the running store for more gift ideas like this one.

Price: $180.00

Get the Julbo Ventrui Performance Sunglasses here.


23. Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

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Chafing can be an unfortunate part of running. This anti-chafe balm stands out for its allergy-free formula with plant-derived ingredients and mess-free application. It’s made without petroleum, mineral oils, and other ingredients that can leave skin and clothing feeling messy. The formula is designed to allow skin to breathe and can be used on skin, clothing, and even footwear. Runners can effectively use this balm in humid and dry conditions. A women-specific version, Body Glide for Her, is also available.

Visit the running store for similar gift ideas.

Price: $3.99 – $63.04

Buy the Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm here.


24. FlipBelt

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The FlipBelt is a convenient accessory for runners who want a convenient and safe storage option without the added bulk of a traditional running waist pack. This belt is available in a wide range of sizes and colors and is designed to sit flat on the hips without riding up or bouncing during runs. There are no buckles, and the belt can be securely closed by turning it over. There’s also an internal key hook for added security. Runners can take advantage of multiple openings around the belt, which is constructed with a moisture-wicking material that can stretch to accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus and other larger phones.

Not the gift you had in mind? Visit the running store for more options.

Price: $18.99 – $100.85

Find the FlipBelt here.


25. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Author Christopher McDougall offers a story of inspiration and adventure for runners of all levels. The book gives insight into the running culture and lifestyle of the Tarahumara Indians, a small reclusive tribe that has learned to run hundreds of miles at a time throughout the Sierra Madre Occidental and the surrounding areas in northwestern Mexico. Centuries of distance running has made this group one of the best at distance running in the world. The author joins a few other notable American distance runners, including ultra-runners Jenn Shelton and Micah True (Caballo Blanco), in a race against the Tarahumara in the Copper Canyons.

Price: $9.59

Buy Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen here.


26. Kendal Foot Spa

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Running can cause aches and pains in the feet and lower legs. Treat the runner in your life to an all-in-one foot spa that can help promote blood circulation and reduce fatigue. This foot spa features rolling massage, calf massage, and heat therapy. There’s also a water fall and water jets for a variety of massage options. Users can adjust the water temperature as needed. Other highlights include a digital temperature readout, time control, and a user-friendly LED display.

Pair this foot spa with a foot soak such as the Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt to make a well-rounded gift.

Price: $139.98 (30 percent off MSRP)

Get the Kendal Foot Spa here.


27. TomTom Runner GPS Running Watch

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This GPS watch is designed specifically for runners, with features that include a lightweight construction, slender design, and waterproof exterior. Runners can quickly glance at vital information such as distance covered, time, pace, and calories burned on the large display. The watch pairs with an external heart rate monitor strap to help runners keep track of their overall fitness and workout intensity. It also comes with QuickGPSFix to find the user’s location as quickly as possible. Other features include available training programs and compatibility with many popular fitness apps.

Price: $93.88

Shop the TomTom Runner GPS Running Watch here.


28. Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

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Whether it’s to provide energy for an upcoming run or to enjoy with a post-run meal, many runners appreciate a good cup of coffee. This coffee maker features a built-in automatic burr grinder and can hold up to half a pound of coffee beans. The thermal carafe is double-wall insulated and has room for up to 12 cups of coffee per brewing session. The coffee maker features auto shutoff, brew-pause, and grind off. There’s also a strength selector and grind control to give runners full control over each cup.

Pair this coffee maker with the 3dRose Keep Calm and Run On Mug or any other coffee mug for runners.

Price: $150.13

Buy the Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker here.


29. Amphipod Hydraform Jett-Lite Thermal 20oz HandHeld Hydration

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Hydration is crucial for any runner. This handheld water bottle stands out for its squeeze valve, which means no time or energy spent trying to undo a cap to drink, along with a generous 20 ounce volume. The bottle is designed to fit snugly into hands of all sizes and comes with a zipper pocket large enough to hold items such as keys, gels, phones, ID cards, and more. There’s also a reflective pocket detail for added safety. This Amphipod bottle comes in a variety of colors.

Not the gift you had in mind? Check out the Sports Gift Guide for more options.

Price: $28.75

Find the Amphipod Hydraform Jett-Lite Thermal 20oz HandHeld Hydration here.


30. 2XU Compression Recovery Calf Sleeves

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These compression calf sleeves are available in several colors and are designed to fit men and women. The material features SPF 50 sun protection and antimicrobial properties. It’s also soft against the skin, breathable, and wicks moisture from the skin to help regulate body temperature. A graduated compression fit promotes recovery and enhances circulation. These calf sleeves also stand out for the fact that they reduce muscle vibrations and oscillation, which may lead to less muscle damage and fatigue. A wide selection of compression socks is also available.

You can find more gift ideas by browsing the Athletic Clothing Gift Guide.

Price: $12.69 – $69.28

Buy the 2XU Compression Recovery Calf Sleeves here.

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