Updated April 14, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Gifts For Runners

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in January of 2018. If there are any avid runners in your life, then you have a lot of interesting and useful options for gifts when a birthday or the holidays come around. Our selection includes everything from practical items that can help improve their activity to more whimsical pieces that are certain to get a laugh. But whatever you choose, it's sure to seem like a thoughtful present. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

2. TheraBand Roller Massager

3. AiRunTech Hydration Belt

Editor's Notes

April 11, 2020:

The Kinetic Performance Gear Cooling Towel and the Winneco Running Hydration Belt have become hard to find at this time, but not to worry, as there are tons of great gifts out there for runners. In fact, we've added the AiRunTech Hydration Belt as a great hydration tool. It doesn't come with a bottle, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing — the recipient can add his or her favorite.

For runners who enjoy showing off just a little, we've added the Flybold Medal Display. It hangs on the wall to showcase both medals and bibs, so those special races won't be forgotten. There's also the Gone For A Run Night Before The Race Mug and the ChalkTalkSports Stemless Wine Glass, which make simple beverages a little more fun.

If you're looking for gifts that are more practical and less decorative, there's the Balega Hidden Comfort socks or the TheraBand Roller Massager. We know that a pair of socks doesn't sound all that exciting; however, these come in a range of colors and provide more than enough comfort for even those long runs. You'll need to know the recipient's size, of course. And the TheraBand roller may not sound thrilling, either, but preventing muscle soreness is never a bad thing. Like a massage ball, this model uses simple pressure to work out the kinks. Or, if you're worried about safety, consider the Noxgear Tracer360. It lights up, unlike simple reflective vests, but it runs on AAA batteries that seem to need replacing often.

Special Honors

Strava Summit If you know someone who is trying to improve, give him or her the gift of motivation and advanced metrics with a Strava Summit subscription. Users can employ the Strava platform to create custom goals, analyze a workout, generate personalized heatmaps, and much, much more. They also receive exclusive discounts from top gear brands. strava.com

Eddie Bauer LED Armband Light A moving light source draws the eye, a fact you can take advantage of with the Eddie Bauer LED Armband Light. It offers luminescence attached to a kinetic part of your body to help keep you visible. Operating in both static and flashing modes, it's ideal for anyone who likes to exercise at night. eddiebauer.com

Nike Gift Card Most runners love a new pair of shoes or some fresh threads, but you might struggle to pick out the right size, color, and style. Instead, try a Nike Gift Card and let the recipient choose exactly what he or she needs. It's available in a wide range of denominations and can be delivered digitally for ultimate convenience. nike.com

4. Petzl Reactik+

5. Flybold Medal Display

6. Temple Tape Headband

7. ChalkTalkSports Stemless Wine Glass

8. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

9. Noxgear Tracer360

10. Gone For A Run Night Before The Race Mug

Melissa Harr
Last updated on April 14, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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