If you’re looking for a great give to give a friend, relative or even co-worker who runs, we’ve got you covered. These gifts for runners keep every budget in mind, whether you’re looking to splurge on something pricier or are keeping your budget in check. Check out these gift ideas for runners of all levels, from beginners to marathon runners.
1. Garmin Forerunner 35
The Garmin Forerunner 35 is designed specifically for runners. Highlights include built-in GPS for fast and accurate distance and routes, and a display that’s easy to read indoors and outdoors.
This Garmin watch is waterproof and features 24/7 activity tracking. Smart connectivity allows for automatic tracking and uploads, smart notifications on the go, and more. The running GPS watch comes in several colors.
2. PETZL Bindi
The lightweight and compact PETZL Bindi is specifically made for runners. With 200 lumens, there’s plenty of light for road runs, and even some off-road adventures. If the runner in your life tends to shy away from larger, bulkier headlamps, the Bindi makes a thoughtful gift for any runner.
The headband is thin enough to fit around the head or neck. This Petzl headlamp is USB rechargeable.
3. Zensah Smart Running Gloves
One advantage of these running gloves is that they don’t need to be removed to successfully work with touchscreen devices. They’re also lightweight and easily portable, yet are warm enough for chillier runs.
The gloves are equipped with silicone gripping on each palm along with reflective strips for enhanced visibility even in low light settings. Four-way stretch fabric provides plenty of comfort and breathability. Small, medium and large sizes are available.
Price: $29.99 – $32.99
4. ASICS Lite-Show Winter Jacket
Winter running presents several unique challenges for runners who prefer to exercise outdoors. One of the main issues is limited daylight hours, which often leaves runners heading out in the dark.
The Lite-Show jacket features reflective threading, which boosts visibility in low lighting. It’s also water and wind resistant, and is machine washable.
Price: $82.85 – $238.34
5. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes
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.
6. Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt
This running hydration belt is handy for runs of any length. 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.
An ergonomic design helps eliminate bouncing when running. The holsters provide one-handed access to hydration flasks and nutrition during a workout. Two 10-ounce insulated flasks are included.
7. Balega Hidden Comfort Socks
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 weight material makes the socks suitable for year-round use. Heel tabs keep the socks from slipping during runs.
8. GU Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel
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.
9. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
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.
10. Headsweats Performance Hat
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. An undervisor helps to reduce glare.
Price: $6.52 – $29.66
11. NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill
Indoor workouts don’t have to be dreadful. The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill has a large backlit display, and a sound system with iPod compatibility.
Runners will appreciate the speed range up to 10 miles per hour, along with a 10-degree incline and single-touch controls. A total of 20 workout apps provides a greater variety during workouts.
12. CW-X Men’s Stabilyx Running Tights
These men’s running tights support the hips, lower abs, and back for enhanced posture and control. A combined Lycra and Coolmax construction provides a comfortable multi-way stretch.
Flat seam construction keeps chafing at bay, which is essential for those longer runs. These tights come with a key pocket for safe storage along with a double-reinforced waistband and flat drawcord for optimum fit.
Price: $70.24 – $110.00
13. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
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 current heart rate information.
14. Pro-Tec Ice Up
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.
15. The Complete Runner’s Day-By-Day Log 2019 Calendar
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.
16. Just Run Mug
Its simple message makes this Just Run mug one of those great gifts for runners of all levels. Both sides of the mug are imprinted. The mug holds 11 ounces and is safe for the dishwasher and microwave.
17. Elite Muscle Roller Stick
It’s no secret that running puts a lot of strain on the body. This compact muscle roller stick is affordable and easy to use, and can help relieve tension, cramps and other running-related ailments.
Runners have full control over how much pressure is applied. While the roller stick is particularly designed for calves, it can be used just about anywhere on the body.
18. Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tights
Cold weather can make running outside miserable. The SubZero Zap Tight is lined with thick thermal fleece to keep skin warm despite the chilly temperatures. As an added bonus, the tights are water resistant. There’s a side pocket with enough space to hold a phone.
19. Tracer360 Reflective Running Vest
As a runner, you can never be too visible to others on the road. The Tracer360 is a popular choice among runners for its bright, multi-colored LED fiber optic cables, which remain lit for the entire run, not just when illuminated by car headlights.
The vest is also adjustable to fit men and women, and can be expanded to fit over bulkier jackets. Various illumination modes give runners full control over their visibility at all times.
20. Ninja Smart Screen Blender
From smoothies full of essential vitamins and nutrients to post-workout recovery drinks packed with protein, the Ninja Smart Screen Blender makes a solid gift for runners. The smart blender features several Auto-iQ programs to take the guesswork out of popular recipes. The blender holds up to 72 ounces, while a robust 1,000-watt base ensures this blender has plenty of power for just about any task.
21. Merrell Women’s Vapor Glove 2
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. Zero-drop ground contact and lightweight construction promotes natural running movements.
Price: $69.95 – $150.95
22. RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses
These polarized sunglasses filter nearly all UVA, UVB and UVC rays. They’re also designed to protect eyes from reflected light. A limited lifetime warranty for broken lenses and frames provides added peace of mind.
23. Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm
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.
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.
25. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
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.
Several variations are available, including paperback, hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook and Audio CD.
Buy Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen here.
26. Kendal Foot Spa
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 waterfall 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.
27. BB Bags&Backpacks Gym Duffle Bag
Gym bags are a must for runners on the go. This spacious bag has a 60-liter capacity, and comes in three colors.
A bottom shoe compartment, which is both spacious enough to store shoes and is odor-resistant, makes this bag a particularly useful gift for runners. Various interior and exterior pockets ensure ample storage room for essentials.
28. Cuisinart Grind & Brew Coffeemaker
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.
29. Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite Handheld Bottle
Every runner needs to stay hydrated, even on shorter runs. This bottle holds 20 ounces and stands out for its ergonomic design, which hugs the hand for a more comfortable fit. The sleeve is easy to grip and keeps hot and cold beverages insulated. An expandable pocket provides safe storage for smaller essentials, including keys and gels.
30. 2XU Compression Recovery Calf Sleeves
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, and wicks moisture from the skin to help regulate body temperature.
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.
Price: $22.50 – $44.95
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