Get great gift ideas for runners, at a range of price points. These ideas are perfect for giving great Christmas gifts for runners or birthday gifts, or a random surprise! 🙂
If you’re a runner (and I know the majority of my readers are!), you know that part of its appeal is its simplicity. Just put on some running shoes and off you go. But, once you get more into the sport, you realize that the accessories are endless–and fun! And you also learn that you don’t really want to spend $8 on a pair of socks, but if you get socks in your Christmas stocking, it’s THE BEST. So here are some fun things that your runner may not want to buy themselves and a few running items that I personally can’t live without. Use this guide to treat yourself, to treat your best running buds, or to drop subtle hints to your friends and family by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. 😉
Seriously, good socks are pricey but they make such a difference! I love Balega No Shows and SmartWool socks; don’t be fooled or turned off by the wool…they’re amazing to run in. (My mom, who has been running for 40+ years, only runs in SmartWool socks.) Price: $8-15/pair
Spotify or Pandora Paid Subscription
Nothing is worse than hearing a commercial when you’re right in the middle of an intense interval or pushing at the end of a long run. A paid subscription kills all the commercials so you only hear your music. I’ve had a monthly subscription to Spotify for over a year and have NEVER regretted it. You can buy a set dollar amount and your runner can redeem it towards a subscription length of their choice. I haven’t done it with Pandora but it looks easy enough. Price: $10-$50
I’ve been a big fan of my Koss Headphones for years, but I recently tried out these Epic Bluetooth bluetooth earbuds by JLab Audio, and I really like them when I have lots of layers in the winter. I find cords get hung up in my jacket, especially when I’m zipping and unzipping as my temperature changes throughout my run. Bonus: It’s easy to sync them to your phone. Price: $99
This is one of those responsible things that every runner should own, but most don’t. Show your love for your runner and his/her safety with one of these. I tried a number of them before landing on the Amphipod. It’s adjustable so it fits people of all sizes and doesn’t bounce. I’ve had mine for over 6 years. This version has flashing lights which is pretty cool too. (My best running bud has this one, and I was quite impressed when I saw it on my trip to San Fran a few weeks ago.) Price: $28 – $44, depending on whether or not you get the flashing lights.