The pandemic will have made everyone want to get back in shape by running and being active, and we fully encourage this enthusiasm. However, giving a gift to a running enthusiast is not so easy due to the wide selection of toques, running shoes, sports watches and gloves on the market. If you’re looking for running gift ideas, read on and take a look at this guide prepared by our running experts.

The Best Gifts for Runners

We’ve prepared a selection of items that will make every runner in your life happy. You’ll find products for running on the trail or on the road, whatever the season. You may even find a unique accessory you never thought of, one that’s easy to slip into a Christmas stocking. This list of gifts for all budgets will help you find that special something.

For the Long-Distance Runner

This is a gift that's sure to please the seasoned runners or the ones who like to stay in their bubble while running. The Forerunner 245 Music watch is easy to use and offers several customized workout programs designed by Garmin. It even includes a safety feature that detects any accidents during activity by sending the position in real-time to you or your loved ones. With the ability to connect to streaming services like Spotify, it offers the option to store your favourite songs directly on your watch for a great workout.

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For the Marathon Runner

For those who like to go for long runs without worrying about looking for water fountains along the way, the Dyna 6 tank backpack is a great gift idea. Designed by Osprey, this 1.5 L tank allows you to drink without stopping. Very comfortable and made not to rub against the skin, this pack is perfect for the long-distance runners on your gift list.

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For the Injured Runner

This is the ultimate tape, the one used by pros, from kinesiologists to professional runners. The KT Tape, here in economy format (never need to buy it again) is probably the most effective tape on the market. This pre-cut adhesive tape sticks perfectly to the skin, retains its effectiveness for a long time and is particularly useful for getting back into running after an injury. Also used for prevention, it holds well in place in strategic areas and does not peel off when wet. 

You're interested, but you think it's a bit expensive for a roll of tape? Yes, it's a great gift idea for serious athletes, but for a smaller, less expensive format, try the equally effective KT Tape Pro Original

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For Winter Runners

Is there anything worse than frozen fingers on a 10 km run? For most who would say there isn't, Arc'teryx Rivet gloves offer excellent protection and maximum performance. Made of a nylon blend with Polartec Power Stretch technology to make them stretchable, they are touch-screen compatible and weatherproof. Give them to your favorite runner as a gift, and let them keep their hands warm on their winter runs.

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For the Stylish Runner

For running in winter or under the dazzling sun, a pair of sunglasses like the Attack Max from Smith Optics is a must. They come with two interchangeable ChromaPop lenses, and they stay perfectly in place on your face during sprints. 

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For the Minimalist Runner

We can't think of a better gift to give to your favourite runner? Designed for sport, indoors or out, the Jaybird Run Wireless Headphones are water and sweat resistant, offer exceptional sound quality and charge quickly. They're a great gift for anyone who likes to drown out distractions!

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For the Runner Who's Always Cold

Here's a perfect toque to slip into your pocket after a long run. Its AdvancedSkin Warm technology makes it warm and light, ideal for winter and fall runs. The Active Beanie by Salomon is compact, lightweight and designed with reflective details for night time outings! It's a simple yet thoughtful gift for runners. 

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For the Merino Wool Lovers

You could say that Smartwool knows a thing or two about socks. Its performance models in merino wool are antimicrobial, almost seamless and they wick moisture away efficiently. Why not give a pair of the PhD Run Light Elite socks as a gift to your friend who loves to run in winter? Ultra-soft against the skin, durable, and ideal for year-round use, these are the perfect running socks. 

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For the Everyday Runner

The Montreal-based company Ciele has successfully captured the market for running caps. Its GOCap is lightweight, breathable and built to last. These caps are so stylish that every runner in your life will love to have more than one so they can match them with any outfit. With their reflective detailing and variety of colors, you can't help but want them all!

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For the Runner Who Likes to Bundle Up

For runners who will stop at nothing, who run on snow days and windy evenings, a light merino wool neck warmer is a must. The versatile Flexi Chute Neckwarmer by Icebreaker can be worn as a neck warmer, headband or toque, and it will make a wonderful gift idea for all those who don't mind running in wintery conditions. 

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Happy Holiday Shopping!

Treat the runners in your life to the best running gifts on the market. Whether you put a bow and them and hide them under the tree or stick them in a Christmas stocking, these gifts will encourage their passion for running and will put a smile on their face. We hope you were able to take plenty of inspiration from our running gift guide!

Still looking for the perfect gift? Check out the official Altitude Sports Gift Guide!