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Stocking stuffers are always tricky because you’re hoping to give something small that will be appreciated in a big way, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to gift your favorite runner something they’ll really use, because sometimes it’s the little things that make an oversized difference. With that goal in mind—the quest for pint-sized items that are large on running cred—you’ll find an expansive selection of the best stocking stuffers for runners below.
How We Selected
The recommendations below span a wide range of product types, but we’re shopping for stocking stuffers here, so all of them are fairly small and priced somewhere between affordable and downright cheap. They’ve been selected based on a combination of my personal experience as a lifelong runner who has spent a decade professionally reviewing gear, input from the expert editors at Runner’s World, and reviews from real buyers.
Rechargeable Hand Warmers
Although shakeable hand warmers work fast, they also lose their heat faster than most of us would like. This rechargeable one fits nicely in the palm, and since it’s reusable it doesn’t create as much waste.
Invisible Face Stick
Runners who spend a lot of time out in the sun appreciate being able to apply protection on the run. This sun is portable, convenient, water-resistant, and a solid SPF 45. Best of all, it’s easy to apply while you run, making it a great pick for stowing in your running belt.
SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm
It’s important to protect your lips like any other exposed skin—some would argue it’s even more important since the skin on your lips is extra sensitive. These lip balms come in three tropical flavors that will remind you of warmer weather, and provide SPF 30 protection.
LED Safety Lights
These lights are super easy to carry and won’t hinder your performance. Simply clip them onto your clothing and they give you instant visibility for night runs. You could even clip them onto your shoelaces for extra light as you find your footing.
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Activated Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer
All runners know how smelly our running shoes can get—especially when we start bounding through mud, rain, and snow. These activated charcoal deodorizers naturally absorb bad smells without releasing a synthetic scent.
High-Performance Running Socks
These are all-around great running socks. They have a comfy, tailored fit, which away moisture, and hold up well over many runs and washes. We always recommend Feetures socks because of their durability and anti-blister construction.
Shoelaces for Runners
Whether you are a triathlete, you struggle with fine motor skills, or you simply don’t like tying your shoes, these lock laces allow you to slip on your shoes and get a perfect fit every time. They are snug and won’t slip even on your fastest runs.
It’s hard to find a running belt that holds what you need and also won’t move around while you run, but this one fits the bill. It hugs snugly on the waist and the stretchy material can fit even the largest phones with ease.
Body Glide can be a lifesaver—especially on long runs. This anti-chafing stick works for between your legs, under your arms, and anywhere else your skin rubs against other skin while you run (which can truly hinder your workout). It is super versatile and you can put it anywhere you need to prevent chafing.
Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets
These Nuun sport tablets provide necessary electrolytes to keep you hydrated and help you recover faster. This one comes with a mixed box of four of the most popular flavors, which is surprisingly hard to come by in the flavored drink space.
Snowy, icy roads have nothing on these. Yaktrax are made to grip even in the slipperiest conditions, and this model was designed specifically for running. The metal coils on the back help to give great grip, and the rubber front provides a cushioned pad that won’t tear up your legs.
Power Stretch Touchscreen Running Gloves
These lightweight gloves are the perfect transition from hot to cold weather. Plus they have palm grips and touchscreen fingertips so you don’t have to take them off to send a text.
The Sprigs armband is comfortable, affordable, and so easy to use. It slides up the arm and stays put thanks to rubber grips on the inside surface, and it fits your phone and a few cards inside, perhaps with enough room for a gel, too.
Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
Resistance bands are perhaps the most affordable addition to a home gym, but they can also be one of the most versatile. They are great for any runner to work on strengthening crucial muscles to keep them fast and healthy.
A headlamp is a great way to boost visibility and vision at night. This headlamp from BioLite is super bright, comfortable, and rechargeable. Best of all, it doesn’t have a bulky light that falls down when you bend over, and the strap is sturdier than cheaper options.
There’s nothing worse than losing or damaging your wedding ring mid workout. These silicone rings can be worn in their stead to protect both the ring and your fingers.
Road iD bands are a great way to keep your loved ones safe. You can add anything from your name, address, and emergency contacts to an inspirational quote. Plus you can personalize it by picking your favorite band and metal color.
These socks are heaven-sent after a long day out and about. Consider them a delicacy for your friends’ feet. The knit temperature-regulating material pairs perfectly after a long distance run or a long day on your feet. Have your friends walking on clouds by putting a pair of these in their stocking.
Kinetic Boxer Briefs
These briefs are great for keeping everything from bouncing around too much. They’re supportive, moisture wicking, and super soft.
Smart Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great way for runners to boost speed and agility. This smart rope collects key performance data and is an all-around quality rope. Renpho is also a brand we trust for plenty of exercise-focused electronics, so we can confidently recommend this product for its longevity and ease of use.
Organic Energy Chew Variety Pack
On the go energy can be key, and these chews taste great, are caffeine-free, and provide much-needed fuel. Pro tip: Put individual chew packs in stockings rather than the whole box.
Organic Waffles Variety Pack
After a run a snack is essential, and Honey Stinger’s waffles will do the tasty trick. They’re available in single-favor packs too, but the variety box provides some, well, variety.
Built to be sturdy, scratch-proof, and lightweight, these Tifosi sunglasses feel and look great whether running or not. These are also decently durable (as much as something with a lens can be) so they should be fine after a few drops mid-run.
Compression Run Socks
Compression socks help to improve circulation and speed recovery, and these are our favorites because they’re comfortable, padded on the soles, and come in great color options.
Shower Steamers Aromatherapy
There are few things that’ll feel better after a run than a good shower, and these steamers up the recuperation factor with the addition of pleasant aromatics. Whether it’s a post-workout relaxation or a self-care night, these steamers are an especially great gift for those who don’t have access to a bath.
Believe Training Journal
Whether it’s therapeutic, motivational, or a practical means of tracking one’s progress, a training journal is a great addition to every runner’s routine. Designed by pro runner Lauren Fleshman, this journal includes running tips and exercises for assessing your training progress.
‘The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook’ by Heather Mayer Irvine
With 150 recipes spanning main courses, side dishes, desserts, and more, this cookbook by our very own Heather Mayer Irvine offers a vast selection of healthy, tasty eating options for runners who are veg.
Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel
When it comes to straightforward energy gels, GU is kind of known for setting the standard. The variety pack includes a bunch of tasty flavors, but we like the chocolate best because it masks that sometimes-icky gel flavor.
Del Dia Bataan Fanny Pack
This fanny pack is not only a great way for a runner to carry all of their essentials, but Cotopaxi makes each one using a unique collection of colors, so this gift will truly be one of a kind.
Elite 8 Active True Wireless Earbuds
Few earbuds sound as great and even fewer are so comfortable and durable. They’re made to be sweatproof, dustproof, and drop-resistant, and won’t fall out while running.
Saucony simply makes great running stuff, and this singlet shirt is everything a runner could want it to be: comfortable, breathable, durable, and well-fitted. Best of all, it packs down nice and small so you can stuff it in a stocking.
Pacer 3-Stripes Woven Shorts
Comfortable, good looking, and available in a wide array of colors, these running shorts are something of a classic. They don’t chafe against your legs, and the chunky waistband is helpful for keeping them up and over your hips.
Dri-FIT Stride Running Shorts
These running shorts are among Nike’s most popular thanks to their Dri-Fit moisture-wicking and supportive, comfortable compression underlayer. It’s also available in women’s in a shorter style.
Reflective Knit Hat
Give the gift of warmth and safety with these ultra-fluorescent, reflective beanies. There are several color packages to choose from, and they all have a reflective band around the head that will catch headlights and streetlights as you run at night.
Runner's Measurements Engraved Beer Pint Glass
A fun gift for runners who enjoy a pint after the big race, this gift is certainly a celebratory way to go. If you’re helping a runner commemorate a recent race, this is an excellent gift.
Reflective Running Vest
A simple, effective way to boost safety during nighttime runs, this vest pops on over your running fit for quick and easy visibility. Its lightweight mesh can be worn during all seasons, and it’s available in a wide variety of colors.
Foaming Bubble Bath
After a long run there may be no better way to wind down than with a nice, hot bubble bath. These particular bubbles are made with gentle ingredients and essential oils that won’t irritate the skin, and the bottle is big enough for several post-run relaxations.
Massage Lacrosse Balls
These massage balls are fantastic for pinpointing trigger points in any muscle, but in the case of runners, they’re especially wonderful for the soles of the feet. You can also lean on them against a wall or the floor to work out your back or your quads.
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