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If you know a runner, you love a runner, and it only makes sense you should give them something to benefit their passion after a big race, birthday, or even just because. Don’t panic, if you don’t know much about running yourself, we’ve got you covered with this curated list that won’t leave your heart racing (pun intended) about what to get them.
There are so many gifts that runners might love but Alyssa Lombardi, a certified running coach, has one main shopping tip— usefulness. “If you’re buying a gift for a runner, think about what they may use or need.” She suggests clothes, running shoes, gadgets, or recovery and cross-training equipment. Whether the runner in your life is a marathoner, casual jogger, speed-walking enthusiast, or treadmill purist, they’ll be extra thankful for these thoughtful and functional running gifts.
Not to mention, these gifts may even help them prevent injury, stay happy and healthy, and cut a few seconds off their PR time! Read on to see the 57 best gifts runners will *actually* use and love in 2023.
Starter Kit Bundle
Think of this as an emergency care kit for a runner's feet. Made with the soothing scent of eucalyptus, this kit comes with a foot buffer, cream, and cozy socks, and is perfect for bringing dry feet and cracked heels back to life.
Ultra Hydrating Foot Soak
These bath bombs were made just for your feet. Grab a tub of warm water and melt the foot pain away using this soak that softens heels and eradicates calluses.
Yeah, there's plenty of massage guns to choose from, but what makes this one unique is that its arm is adjustable, meaning it can be used to target different muscle groups and body areas with plenty of ease.
Flex Wireless Earbuds
No runner has time to look for an earbud that fell off when they're trying to make their next PR. These lightweight Beats wrap around the neck to prevent them from falling off or shifting.
Black Compressive Pocket Legging
Runners need an endless supply of leggings, and trust, they'll love these from Girlfriend Collective. The tights are high-rise, made with ultra compression, and feature a pocket on each hip.
Sports Fitness Headband
When running at night or in foggy weather, runners need to keep safe by remaining visible. This hat made with a built-in light will not only help them see ahead, but will also keep them visible to oncoming traffic or other runners.
The Night Owl Sweatshirt
If they're always logging their miles after work (or even later into the evening), gift them this super-soft Night Owl sweatshirt and they'll really feel seen.
InfinityRN 4 Running Shoes
These shoes feel like a literal dream on your feet thanks to the ReactX foam cushioning that offers extra comfort and more energy return with every stride.
Handheld Water Bottle
Hydration is one of the most important things to keep in mind when running, but it’s easy to get dehydrated on those extra hot days. That’s why this handheld water bottle (that also doubles as a phone case!) makes it extra convenient for runners to sip on the go.
Lavender Natural Pain Relief
You can’t forget about post-run goodies! This fast-acting, plant-based cream roll-on is great for joint relief and sore muscles, helping to soothe inflammation and maximize recovery.
Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller
It can be hard for new moms to find time to exercise, but this jogging stroller makes fitting in a run fun for the whole fam. Little ones can ride along until they hit 49 pounds, so it's a splurge gift made to last.
Nimbus 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt
Every runner needs a solid hoodie for chilly runs or to throw on post workout. This one has a high neck to keep heat locked in to their torso without compromising functionality.
Walker’s Foot Cream
This cream is like a magic potion for feet that need a little extra love. It's made with pure shea butter, detoxifying moringa seed oil, and soothing aloe leaf juice to revitalize itchy, dull, and flaky skin.
Super Dry Shampoo
Runners gotta do what they gotta do, and sometimes there’s no time to wash their hair between runs. Luckily, this paraben and sulfate-free dry shampoo soaks up sweat stat (and adds instant volume and shine) making it a go-to for busy runners.
Organic Cacao Protein Powder
Every runner needs some extra fuel, and this cacao protein powder does not sacrifice on taste. It’s made without preservatives or added sugar, and they can toss it into a protein shake or even mix it into coffee before or after a run.
Aroma Diffuser and Essential Oils Set
They’ll enjoy their post-run recovery with this luxe essential oils kit. The sleek diffuser comes with 10 pure oils that will help soothe, relax, and destress using aromatherapy.
Every running milestone calls for a little celebration, and a bottle of low-sugar bubbly is the perfect toast. Made with clean ingredients and no additives, this sparkling wine makes the best celebratory gift.
Foot Anti Blister Balm
Perfect for anyone preparing for race day, or a cute stocking stuffer around the holidays, this mini stick glides on and keeps blisters far, far away. Pair it with the original BodyGlide stick so your running pal's skin is protected all over.
A long run means tired feet, and these cozy slippers are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Sneakers to sheepskin slip-ons? Trust us, your runner BFF will thank you.
Hands-Free Dog Leash
This hands-free dog leash is perfect for any runner pet duo. Plus, the shock-absorbing material gives the runner more control without breaking stride.
Green Mild Up Sun Protection
Runners know sun protection is a must when they're bracing the elements. Keep them stocked up with this sunscreen from Dr. G that's great for even the most sensitive skin, including children.
You can't go wrong with these running leggings. They're made with ultra-soft thermal insulation that'll keep runners and their muscles feeling warm and ready no matter how low temps drop.
Racerback Sports Bras
They say runners can never have enough workout clothes. And it’s true! This three-pack of sports bras is ultra-supportive, sweat-wicking, and super breathable. Not to mention, over 56,000 customer reviews give them the thumbs up.
OG Sunglasses Gardening With A Kraken
Polarized sunglasses for just $25? These budget-friendly shades were designed with runners in mind, thanks to the no-slip, no-bounce, light frame. Bonus, if they break, the company replaces or repairs them for free.
Medal Hanger Display Holder Rack
If your friend likes to hold on to race medals as mementos, this medal holder will let them display their accomplishments in a neat, organized and personalized manner.
With a sensor that automatically detects a workout, period-tracking technology, and a battery life that lasts up to a week, this fitness tracker won’t ever leave their wrist—even after clocking all of those miles during that long-distance run.
Merino Wool Cuff Beanie
This windproof hat will keep them cozy no matter what Mother Nature throws at them, thanks to the warm, breathable merino wool that's perfect for working out in colder temps.
Watch Series 8
What’s that you said? Your running buddy does not have an Apple Watch but you know they want one? They'll be straight-up obsessed with this tracker's ability to monitor heart rate, distance, and progress.
The runner in your life will love the cushioning of this iconic Hoka model as they log their miles. The shoes are also designed with a memory foam collar that cradles the ankle to add stability to everyday runs.
Whoever said socks are a lame gift clearly never tried Bombas. These high-performance socks are made with hex construction to optimize breathability in the most common hot spots. Plus, the signature tab on the back will keep blisters at bay. What's more, for every pair of socks purchased, Bombas donates a pair to homeless shelters.
Running Mini Backpack Vest
If they're not a fan of running belts, this bounce-free mini backpack is perfect for storing gear on their runs. It's also highly reflective, and can be seen from 360 degrees to keep them super safe for dark runs.
Keep the runner in your life safe with these LED armbands. It will make them visible in dark conditions, especially in the winter when daylight is more sparse.
No-Bounce Waist Bag
This lil' guy is roomy enough to fit keys, cards, and a phone (ya know, the essentials), but sleek enough to feel unobtrusive.
No matter the runner’s gait, this pouch stays securely in place around their waist thanks to the adjustable strap.
Fleece Ponytail Hat
This hat is a 2-in-1 that'll keep the sun and wind out of their face and their ears warm during chilly runs. The fleece drop down will also cover the back of their neck, so they'll never freeze on a winter run again.
PowerPack 3-Piece Fitness Bundle
Help them squeeze in that cross-training with this high quality set of resistance bands and sliders. It all comes with a bag they can use to tote it all to the park or gym.
Winter Touch Screen Gloves
These bestselling gloves come in 10 different colors and are lined with flannel to keep your runner's hands nice and toasty. The fingertips have touchscreen capabilities, so they can easily swipe open their favorite running app to track their miles.
A Beautiful Work In Progress
Runner Mirna Valerio advocates for the inclusion of all races, sizes, genders, and backgrounds in the running community. And in her book, she shares her journey to breaking running stereotypes herself as a plus-size runner.
Hair wisps flying in their face mid-run is beyond annoying. The solution? A colorful headband that actually does its job. This option ties in the back for a perfect fit and is outfitted with a soft rubber strip so it won’t fall off, no matter how hard they go.
This book shares insight from Olympic marathoner Kara Goucher, along with guided confidence-boosting activities your workout buddy can incorporate into their daily routine.
This cute backpack holds a ton of gym gear (including side water bottle pockets and an internal key leash), is water-resistant, and will help keep their posture on point as they tote their running gear to and from the gym or office.
Cozy Sherpa Jacket
This fleece jacket from Vuori is made with the brand's super soft sherpa fabric. It's lightweight enough not to drag them down during those long endurance-testing runs, too.
Run Fast. Eat Slow.
If they like to throw it down in the kitchen, they can now whip up the same flavorful meals Shalane Flanagan ate while training for—and winning—the 2017 New York City marathon using recipes from this book.
Foam rolling is crucial for runners, and this TriggerPoint roller comes with free online instructions so your pal can hit all the right spots. With over 26,000 Amazon ratings and 4.5 stars, you really can't go wrong with this gift.
If your loved one is all set on gear, consider gifting this inspirational running book This one is about legendary marathoner Meb Keflezighi and the lessons he's learned through the 26 (!) marathons in his running career.
Heart Rate Monitor
This chest strap will help the runner in your life track their run data and heart rate. If they love keeping track of stats, this is a must.
Yoga and Pilates Mat
Runners are notorious for having tight hamstrings and IT bands, but this cushioned mat will encourage your marathon-obsessed sister to loosen up on the reg. It's pricey, but trust that they'll keep this high-quality mat for life.
Any runner will be stoked to get a new tube of hydrating electrolytes to keep on hand. These contain a blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins, and minerals to help her recover from a tough workout—and keep them from catching Aunt Mary’s cold.
Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel
Sometimes the most practical presents are the best types of presents, especially when there are 22 different Gu gel packs in that gift bag.
Want to give a little something to everyone in your running group, but not sure what exactly? Break up the box to create mini assortments for each distance runner on your list.
This cute bandana can be used to help keep the sweat off her face or blow her nose. Plus, it can double as a face mask in a pinch if she needs one.
100% Pure Mulberry Silk Scrunchies
These scrunchies are the best of the best. They'll help keep the hair out of their face during runs, while simultaneously preventing creases so they can just spritz some dry shampoo on their locks and skip the blow dry afterward.
Run Visible Thermal Hoodie
When daylight hours are shorter, they'll want to layer up in an insulated jacket. This one is also body-mapped with reflectivity so they'll be visible even in low-light conditions.
Speed Up Mid-Rise Lined Short
Give your favorite runner the gift of speed, which is built right into the name of these go-to running shorts. They feature a convenient back zip pocket for stowing valuables in the oh-so-comfy waistband. Pick from 10+ different colorways to match their personality.
Sweat Changes Everything Tote
Sometimes you just gotta sweat it out. I mean, helloooo endorphins! Fill this cute tote with all their favorite goodies and this is the perfect care package gift.
When it comes to percussive massagers, nothing quite beats a Theragun. The mini version is not only less expensive than its predecessors—it’s also portable and still wildly effective at working out minor muscle aches and pains from hitting the pavement. A worthy investment in any runner’s arsenal.
3-in-1 Fleece Jacket
This lightweight jacket is shockingly warm and versatile. It features a waterproof outer layer and a fleece inner layer. The hood makes it perfect for rainier climates or colder days, too.
Gone For a Run Running BibFOLIO
All those bibs they've been storing in that paper folder now have a safe place to live in. This bib album is the perfect gift for runners who like to keep their bibs as mementos.
Original Thong Flip Flop
These sandals from OOFOS literally make you feel like you're walking on pillows. The plush foam recovery shoes are great for runners who need something soft to walk in once they're done racking up their miles.
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