Running gift guides can get repetitive. These six ideas will surprise your runner with something beyond the typical (but also nice!) running socks and gels. If you’re looking for more gift ideas for runners, this post has some of my running must-haves that runners of all level can use.
Runners are pretty easy to shop for — nice socks, gift card to their favorite running store, cozy athleisure — but what if you’ve done that, given that, and want to gives something that’s a little different? I got ya covered!
1. Race Bib Coasters
I love the idea of taking a race bib and turning it into coastsers. There are a ton of people on Etsy who make them but I really like this one that splits one bib into four coaster since I think it creates a fun conversation piece. (You scan the bib – they don’t cut up your actual bib!)
Coffee mugs are best when they have a story and I like the idea of coasters having stories too. (Our current coasters are really beautiful Italian coasters Tommy’s grandmother had, and she gave them to him when he was older…and then explained to him that he colored all over them with crayons when he was little. HA!) If you want to pair it with something else, go for Linden & Two coffee, which is the coffee company Des Linden runs with her husband.
2. Speciality Body Work
Most runners are usually dealing with some kind of injury… and if they’re not, they trying to PREVENT an injury. An elite runner said in a podcast I listened to recently that the difference between elites and non-elites is that elites have the time and resources to do all the little things. Little things like massage and physical therapy and chiropractic work. Oh, and napping. (Now THAT would be the best gift for runners. 😉 )
While you may not be able to give the gift of all the little things, you can give the gift of body work. Ask around for someone who specializes in working with runners – call your local running store if you’re not sure. If you’re local, these are my favorites.
- Massage: Ger Brown, Therapeutic Body Care (he specializes in Myoskeletal Therapy)
- Physical Therapy: Cheryl Pfruender, Breakthrough Physical Therapy (she does dry needling)
- Chiropractor: Twin City Health (I’ve gone to all three chiropractors there – they’re great)
3. Hire a running coach
I gave this to a friend in the past and it was such a fun gift! She was so excited since she never would have paid for a coach herself, thinking it was unnecessary as a casual runner. And it was fun for me to see her progress and improve! (And to get ideas from her workouts. 😉 ) This post about working with a running coach gives an idea of what that may look like, why it can be a good thing for runners of all levels and how to find one.
4. Hyperice Hypervolt
This thing is LEGIT. Runners have foam rollers and lacrosse balls that we don’t use enough (let’s be honest). And some of us have Roll Recovery R8s. But the Hyperice Hypervolt is newer toy on the scene and it’s GOOD. It’s pricey at $349, but it worked my muscles as much as some of the pros do so it could eventually reduce the appointments I need!
My friend Kelly got the Hypervolt (she and her husband gave it to each other for their anniversary, which I love) and after I used it a couple times, I had to get my own. It REALLY works the muscles, and there are multiple attachments to work in different ways. Her PT (she also goes to Cheryl for dry needling) told her that she can tell a difference in Kelly’s muscles since she’s been using it. It’s intense, don’t get me wrong. But it’s effective.
5. Inside Tracker
Another unique gift idea for runners is an Inside Tracker plan. It’s a blood testing service that tracks biometric markers over time, which is especially important to monitor for those exercising a lot. I found it super helpful during marathon training – read my full review here. You get customized, actionable and just down-right interesting information about your health and performance.
If you’re really going big on a gift related to nutrition, pair the InsideTracker gift with a ButcherBox and/or Thrive Market subscription. Tommy and I LOVE ButcherBox – the meat is so high quality and tastes dramatically better that conventional store-bought meat. And Thrive Market has the best prices on all the things we regularly buy anyway (like cereal, crackers, dark chocolate, safer dish soap and even plant-based dish sponges).
6. Running Vacation
I saved my favorite gift idea for last. Wouldn’t your favorite runner love to pick the brain of elite runners and their coaches, run gorgeous trails, eat amazing food, have their form evaluated by the best of the best, and get racing and nutrition advice? Yes, yes they would. Get them the gift of a Zap Endurance Running Vacation. I attended their running retreat in Blowing Rock this past June after eyeing their camps for years and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. You can read about my experience here. They have people come from all over the US and world to attend their camps, and I’m lucky it’s so close to me. It really does feel like a vacation – I left feeling so refreshed and relaxed.
NOTE: Make sure to purchase the camp now since the prices increase Jan. 1! plan to attend camp again next June! I hope to see some of you there!
What’s the best running-related gift you’ve ever received??
Looking for more gift ideas for runners? Check out this post!