Running has evolved beyond simple footwear. Likewise, running 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.
Running Gift Ideas
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.
Top Running Gift Ideas
Arc’teryx Norvan SL Trail Running Shoes
Aurelie’s pick – ACC Head Running Coach and runner/running expert
There’s nothing like Arc’teryx for hitting the trails. These shoes are lightweight, stable, have the grip for outdoor terrain and are streamlined enough for the right fit. And of course comfort! The whole Norvan series is exceptional, but these really stand out.
Nathan VaporMag 2.5L Race Vest
Aurelie’s second pick
The Nathan VaporMag Race Vest is an unreal hydration carrier. It is compact, holds more than enough water to keep you going, and fits the body in a way you don’t notice it on kilometer 5, 10 or 20. Running in a lot of ways is about efficiency – and this is one of the most efficient running gifts I can think of.
Apparel Running Gift Ideas
Arc’teryx Running Hoodys
Men’s Incendo Hoody
Women’s Cita Hoody
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.
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.
icebreaker Quantum Unisex Gloves
There’s nothing worse than frozen fingers on a 10K run. icebreaker’s Quantum Gloves offer midweight protection and performance. Nearly all-merino has a touch of stretchy Lycra in it. Touchscreen fabric on the forefinger and thumbs allow music changes on the go. Gift these to your favourite runner and keep their hands toasty.
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.
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 cold-weather running more comfortable. Your special someone will soon see why Darn Tough socks are one of our winning running gift ideas.
Gear Running Gift Ideas
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.
What better gift than the ultimate in wireless runner’s headphones? Built for the outside, these Fitbit flyer Bluetooth Fitness headphones are sweatproof, resist water, and have a fine-tuned fit. They also have a fast-charging battery, and will bring the music to their ears on from remote trails to training tracks.
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.
Well worth the investment, Salomon’s XA Pro 3D GTX is at the top of the trail running world. Superior in grip, cushioning, and fit, with the look that’ll keep runners turning heads on the trail or at the office. and if shopping for runners for someone is a little daunting, check out our choice guide before you get in deep.
Let’s Get Shopping!
Keep the runners in your life happy this Christmas with one of these running gift ideas under the tree or in a stocking. With a variety of running products to choose from at our running hub, there’s sure to be something to please all the runners on your shopping list in this gift guide for runners.
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