Today running has evolved beyond simple footwear. Likewise, gift ideas for runners are tougher to come up with than you might think. There are unique gifts for runners to think of, from recovery rollers to watches, base layers to headwear, gloves to headphones, and of course shoes.
Gift Ideas For Runners
Fortunately for the runner in your life, we’ve compiled a handy and extensive gift shopping guide. In it, you’ll find something for your track, trail and pavement-pounder, no matter the season. You might even discover that unique accessory or apparel to get your feet into a pair of trainers and running in the right direction.
Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew
Louis-Dominic’s Pick – VP Marketing & Avid Winter Runner
Smartwool’s outdoor heritage is built on premium merino wool products. Their base layers are my go-to for cold winter running: warm, moisture-wicking, breathable and anti-microbial. The next-to-skin feeling is incomparable. Perfect for lazy days around home too! See it >
Men’s Incendo Hoody See It >
Women’s Cita Hoody See It >
Arc’teryx Running Hoodie
Why wait? These top-performing hoodies are rugged, breathable, and supremely lightweight at only 130 grams. Whether an Incendo for him or a Cita for her, the hoodies compress and pack easy, making them perfect and convenient gifts for the avid runner and getting them off and running.
The most bang for your buck comes in Garmin’s Forerunner watch, a mobile health unit that has everything you need for running. An on-wrist optical heart rate sensor, interval set-ups, GPS linking, and activity tracking are just the beginning to change your loved one’s take on fitness. See it >
Montreal’s Ciele redefined the running cap. Their GOCap is lightweight, breathable, packable, and built to last. Since they look so great, runners will love having more than one – it’s a cap-for-each-outfit thing. Reflective detailing, multiple cool colourways, we love every one we own on our warmer-weather runs. See it >
Icebreaker Unisex Pocket Beanie
Pop this classic running beanie into your pocket after your run. Merino wool, with legendary warmth and moisture-wicking properties, is Icebreaker’s specialty. It’s reversible, compact, lightweight, and literally the perfect Pocket Hat for the runner you know. See it >
Darn Tough Vertex Socks
Darn Tough does socks the right way, with merino-wool blends and made-in-Vermont comfort making the perfect holiday gifts. Performance-fitting, wicking, antimicrobial, and practically seamless: nothing makes our cold-weather running more comfortable. Buy It >
What better gift than the ultimate in wireless runner’s headphones? Built for the outside, these Jaybird X4s are weatherproof and have a fine-tuned fit. They also have a fast-charging long-life battery, and bring the music to their ears on from remote trails to training tracks. See it >
Every runner loves the post-run massage. Spoil them with the TriggerPoint Core Roller. Multi-density surface breaks up knots, compact enough to store, light enough to carry, this roller has all the runner’s recovery needs covered. See it >
Salomon S/Lab ADV Shoes
Well worth the investment, Salomon’s XT-6 was already at the top of the trail running world before they debuted in a limited-release from their new lifestyle collection. Superior in grip, cushioning, and fit, with the look that’ll keep runners turning heads on the trail or at the office. See it >
There’s nothing worse than frozen fingers on a 10K run. Salomon’s tech-packed Fast Wing Winter Gloves offer lightweight protection and performance. DWR treated over-mitt finger covers can be tucked away in moderate conditions. Touchscreen fabric on the forefinger and thumbs allow music changes on the go. Gift these to your favourite runner and keep their hands toasty. See it >
Let’s Get Shopping!
Keep the runners in your life happy this Christmas with one of these gifts under the tree or in a stocking. With a variety of running products to choose from, there’s sure to be something to please all the runners on your shopping list in this gift guide for runners.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Check out Altitude Sports’ official holiday gift collections