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15 Gift Ideas for Runners Who Have Everything

Struggling to find gifts for runners who have everything? This gift guide has you covered with gift ideas in all price ranges.

As a long-time runner who has run four marathons and over 20 half marathons, I get asked a lot this time of year what to get someone who likes to run.  It’s usually being asked by friends, parents or spouses of runners, and I love hearing when loved ones are supporting their favorite runners in their goals!

But I know it can be difficult to find gifts that they don’t already have, since most runners love their gear and love trying new gear. These gifts are in lots of price ranges, so you’re sure to find something.

15 Gifts for Runners Who Have Everything

1. Shokz Earphones 

I tried AirPods for a while, but these headphones are much better (and safer!). Read review here. You can see how they fit here. Snag them on sale today for under $90! I especially love them for running on trails when I need to be very aware. The battery life is really good- even for long distance runners.

2. Muscle Roller

As a runner myself, this muscle roller is so essential for working out the tightness in my legs. I try to use mine a few times a week, and I really do notice a difference. It’s more expensive that other rollers, which makes it a really nice gift that they’d be excited about. This foam roller is a more affordable option if they don’t own one yet!

3. InsideTracker

Biometric testing would make a very unique gift this year that still supports their running goals. This service analyzes your bloodwork and gives you specific recommendations for nutrition, exercise and lifestyle on what to improve as it relates to your health and fitness. You can also set goals to improve endurance and they’ll customize your recommendations to support that. I love it! Read my review here.  Use this link and code TERILYN at checkout for 20% off an InsideTracker plan.

4. Light-up vest

I use this every time I run in the dark. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, incredibly lightweight and I feel so much safer with this on. My three best running friends have it too and love it.

4. Equilibria CBD Relief Cream 

I LOVE this stuff for tight muscles. And so does my mom! It’s a thick balm that you rub on any spots with pain and the CBD in the cream helps relieve pain and inflammation. I have a review of why I love this brand of CBD here. Use code “terilynadams” for 15% off your first order!

5. Garmin Running Watch

I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner Watch so much that I haven’t wanted to upgrade from my old one. But this would be what I would get if I decided to get a new one and I especially love the white band. Garmins are a great tool to help improve your favorite runner’s training and I have never had one stop working, which is why it makes such a great gift. I love that I can see my pace in real time as I’m running so that I can follow my training plans the right way! They also have GPS so that you can see your running route, they can monitor your heart rate, and more.

It’s hard for people to justify an upgrade when their old one is just fine. My husband got me a new Garmin when we were dating – good work honey! (Read my review here)!

6. Running socks

They are ALWAYS the best gift ideas. New socks are the best!! My favorite budget pick is this Zella pair which comes in a pack of 3, but I have a list of all the best socks here. My personal favorite are Injinji’s – yes, they’re weird looking but I love them since I have some foot problems! (They’re great if you have hammer toes or issues with toes wanting to overlap when you run.)

Pro-tip if you’re new to shopping for running socks: make sure the fabric is not made of cotton (a major blister cause). Runners want their socks made of moisture-wicking material.

7. Hypervolt Massage Gun

If you’ve ever asked yourself “What do you give a marathon runner?” the answer is this. The Hypervolt is used in sports massages because it’s so effective. I got Tommy one of these two years ago and we both say it’s one of the  best gifts we’ve gotten. I also got one for my father-in-law who is a golf professional. It’s the best thing EVER for sore muscles.

8. Goodr Sunglasses

These Goodr Sunglasses are the only ones I wear. They come in lots of colors and they don’t slip off my face. Only $25 too!I love that you do not need to wear a sunglasses strap with these. They stay in place for my entire workout (no matter how sweaty).

9. Running Cookbook

I always recommend this when I get asked about running nutrition. I make recipes from this cookbook weekly. It makes a perfect gift! (I’ve actually given it to four friends for Christmas and birthdays!)

You could pair the cookbook with some energy gels to make it a slightly larger gift.

12. SPANX Pullover

There’s nothing cozier than this, I promise. Every runner wants something soft and cozy to throw on after their long weekend run, and this is the PERFECT gift. It runs true to size, and I have an XS. See it on me here and here! Unfortunately it’s almost sold out since it made Oprah’s list of Favorite Things (pretty cool!). I also love this pullover (in stock!). Comfort is everything after a run.

The only thing it’s missing is pockets!

11. Sunscreen

Even if they don’t love it, all runners know they should be wearing sunscreen, especially on their face. This sunscreen is very sheer and it’s the best that I’ve tried. It doesn’t leave a white cast, which is really nice since most mineral sunscreen does.

12. Running Jacket 

My favorite running jacket is the Cross Chill jacket by Lululemon. It has just the right amount of stretch and warmth for long runs. It’s waterproof too, which comes in clutch for running in the elements. I love the white color, but you can get it in 5 different color options.

13. Running Gloves

Running gloves are essentials for all runners. I love the Lululemon Run for It All Hooded Gloves since they have the tech feature that lets you use your phone, and they’re a blend of gloves + mittens. They’re pricer than most running gloves that you’d find on say, Amazon, but they’re worth the investment (and would make a great gift).

14. LMNT Electrolytes 

LMNT electrolytes are a great gift idea. These are my ALL time favorite electrolytes, and I’ve tried dozens. My favorite flavors are watermelon and raspberry. Citrus is pretty good too. Use this link to get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order (and get some for yourself too!). I’d get the variety pack so that they can try a few flavors.

15. Running Belt

I didn’t like running with a running belt until I tried this one (which was essential for my when running while pregnant). It holds your phone (even an iPhone), keys, cards, and get this– it doesn’t bounce. I highly recommend for any trail runners or runners who run routes that require them to carry things with them.

Okay, your turn – if you’re a runner, what would you love to get for Christmas this year? If you need more ideas for a specific runner, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you!

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Courtney
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    I have a hydration backpack on my list this year. TMI, but I’m someone who sweats a LOT and needs to take in more water than most when running and there is ONE water fountain in my city.

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    Danielle Waldron
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    Socks, socks, socks! A runner can never have too many socks! I also asked for more reflective running gear, including a reflective collar for my dog!

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    Mimi
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    Hi! I’m furloughed indefinitely and really wanted to give my husband the Hypervolt for our anniversary…but I ran across a Trigger Point model sold on REI that is under $200 (maybe including Co-op dividend, don’t remember). Anyway, way more affordable in case anybody is looking. It’s great!!!

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    Natalie
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    A treadmill! I’ve been wanting to get one for quite some time, and the pandemic basically sealed my decision. I was going to buy it for myself, but luckily my boyfriend offered to buy it for my Christmas gift. I’ve been doing some research, and honestly I’ve struggled to find one that’s in stock ?) Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I haven’t researched treadmills personally so I’m not much help. I’ve heard great things about the Peloton Tread and Runner’s World usually has a helpful round-up of best treadmills each year!

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        Megan
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        I have the peloton and LOVE it! Def recommend

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