Pulling together gift ideas for runners is probably my favorite gift guide of all because, well, they’re all things I either want or have and love. These are my top picks, but if you go to my Holiday Favorites page and scroll down to the Fitness Junkies section, there are a lot more ideas for the fitness fiend in your life.
Gift Ideas for Runners
A Garmin Forerunner. This is definitely something all runners love, and if they have an older version, it’s really hard to justify a new one since the things just never die. (Speaking from personal experience here… I want the 235 in a bad way, but my 210 is still working just fine.) There are a number of Garmin Forerunner models; the 235 is a solid option, but if you want all the bells and whistles (or they do triathlons), go for a Forerunner 735.
Nice socks are something every runner wants, but hates buying for themselves. Stuff a cute stocking with a few pairs of good socks (I love my Feetures) + some running fuel, like GU (Salted Caramel and Vanilla are my favorite), Tailwind, mini Larabars, and RX bars.
A reflective vest is another practical item that EVERY runner should own if they EVER run in the dark, or at dusk or dawn. And if they run outside in the winter, that’s bound to happen. It may not be “fun” but it’s so important. This is the one I have that’s adjustable for all body sizes. Make the vest gift a bit more fun with a vest theme by adding a cozy vest to wear post-run or a warm running vest.
Compression socks are super helpful for quicker recovery, and you can get bold colors or stick with a neutral option. I love my compression calf sleeves (and they’re actually men’s 🙂 ), but many people like full socks better. Backcountry has a great selection.
A recovery kit. Wrap up epsom salts + a foam roller (I love this one) + a lacrosse ball + slippers. Bonus points for a cozy blanket. (If they already have slippers, a cushy pair of Birkenstocks feels amazing after a long run.)
A cookbook developed for athletes. I haven’t made one thing out of Run Fast Eat Slow that I haven’t absolutely loved.
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