The best gifts for runners—from trainers to accessories that they'll actually use

Meet our curation of best gifts for runners, with practical finds for your favorite marathoner or couch-to-5Ker

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We've rounded up the best gifts for runners, whether they're experienced or new to the sport. Either way, these useful presents will help them go the extra mile and hit their PR time.

Running is one of the most practiced sports worldwide, yet when it comes to gift-giving pursuits, shopping for runners makes Fartleks look easy. Sure, you can simply wrap up a pair of running shoes, walking poles, or trail shoes and call it a day. 

However, running is no longer just about shoes. Tech, apparel, and sports companies now have a stake in the lucrative space; and offer necessities that address the unique needs, concerns, and preferences of our running aficionados. Inevitably, the selection is vast, ever-growing, and overwhelming to navigate across product categories.

So, we've hand-picked our tried-and-true favorites for all runners, whether they're a seasoned athlete, dedicated to running on the treadmill, or a newbie in desperate need of workout motivation. From fitness trackers to cozy beanies, our round-up highlights the essentials for stretching, staying comfortable, and post-run pampering.

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Apparel gifts for runners

Hunkemoller HKMX Oh My Squat High Waisted Capri

Hunkemoller HKMX Oh My Squat High Waisted Capri

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RRP: $29/£29 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable? 45-day money-back guarantee

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Thanks to moisture-wicking and breathable fabric, this Capri cut will keep them cool and comfortable when they're working out—especially in the summer months. The high-waisted fit also means that your loved ones will stay supported during their run. The phone pocket in the leg and a hidden pocket in the waistband make for convenient extras. 

Hunkemoller HKMX Oh My Squat High Waisted Capri at Hunkemoller for $29/£29


Balega Hidden Comfort No-Show Running Socks 

Balega White Socks

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RRP: $14/£13 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

These socks are cushioned for extra support and comfort. Backed by proprietary Drynamix, they wick away moisture, while reinforced microfiber mesh ventilation panels keep feet dry. Plus, they minimize chafing in the foot area and won't slip down or cause blisters, courtesy of a high-heel tab. Available in sizes S-XL and 17 colors.

Balega Hidden Comfort No-Show Running Socks at Amazon for $14/£13


Sweaty Betty Swiftie Running Cap

gifts for runners: Sweaty Betty Swiftie Running Cap

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RRP: $34/£25 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable? 45-day return policy

A cap is a great practical piece of kit to have to protect your face against the elements as you train, so this lightweight classic black style is a good option. Available in one standard size and six colors.

Swiftie Running Cap at Sweaty Betty for $34/£25


Lululemon Fast and Free Windbreaker

gifts for runners: Lululemon Fast and Free Windbreaker

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RRP: $198/£114 | Delivery: 2-6 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

During the colder months, a lightweight jacket is essential for staying warm whilst out on a run. This lightweight and breathable one from Lululemon will keep a jogger comfortable. Available in sizes 0-14 and in two colors.

Lululemon Fast and Free Windbreaker at Lululemon for $198/£114 - £168


Athleta Pacifica Illume UPF Fitted Top

gifts for runners: Pacifica Illume UPF Fitted Top

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RRP: From $63.99/£39.30 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy

A long-sleeve running top is essential for winter jogs and this breathable, moisture-resistant garment is just the ticket. Made from Recycled Polyester, it's form-fitting and cleverly designed, with secure zip pockets for keys, credit cards, and headphones. Available in sizes XXS-3X and four colors.

Athleta Pacifica Illume UPF Fitted Top at Athleta from $63.99/£39.30


Nike Women's Lightweight Tech Running Gloves

gifts for runners: nike women's lightweight tech running gloves

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RRP: From $20/£15.06 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy

Keep fingers toasty during the colder months with these practical sports gloves, made with lightweight fleece fabric. The pair features a silicone grip pattern, making them touchscreen compatible. Available in sizes XS-L and one standard color.

Nike Accelerate Women's Running Gloves at Nike for $20/£15.06 - £21.28


Minus33 Merino Wool Ridge Cuff Wool Beanie

gifts for runners: Minus33 Merino Wool Ridge Cuff Wool Beanie

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RRP: $22.99/£25.29 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Crafted with 100% merino wool, this temperature-regulating beanie helps keep runners warm during nippier days. Plus it's super comfortable and lightweight so won't weigh a runner down. Available in one standard size and 19 colors.

Minus33 Merino Wool Ridge Cuff Wool Beanie at Amazon for $22.99/£25.29


Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

gifts for runners: Nike Pegasus 38

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RRP: $120/£104.95 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy

No running outfit would be complete without a great pair of trainers. Treat a loved one to these cushioned and breathable Nike running shoes. They include an all-new Zoom Air bag placed in the forefoot of the shoe, which secures and supports your feet as you pound on pavement. Moreover, the included foam keeps your steps light and springy. Available in sizes 5-12 and nine styles.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 at Nike for $120/£104.95


goodr OG Sunglasses 

goodr OG Sunglasses

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RRP: $25/£25 | Delivery: 1-week shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Goodr’s OG sunglasses feature feather-light, but durable construction, which won't slip nor bounce during runs. Since they're polarized, they eliminate glare and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays. Available in three exterior and lens colors.

goodr OG Sunglasses at Amazon for $25/£25


FlipBelt Zipper

gifts for runners: FlipBelt Zipper

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RRP: $36/£35 | Delivery: 1-week shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Great for storing keys, phones, and other everyday essentials when out for a jog, this nifty purse belt is a winner. It features sweat-wicking fabric, multiple pocket openings, and an internal key hook for extra security. Available in sizes 2XS-2XL and eight colors.

FlipBelt Zipper at Amazon for $36/£35

Beauty and wellness gifts for runners

ESPA Fitness Collection

ESPA Fitness Collection

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RRP: $72/£72 | Delivery: 5-7 day shipping | Refundable?: 14-day return policy

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Any runners in your life are sure to appreciate this thoughtful gift that will help them to relax and soothe their muscles after a long or intense workout. The natural Eucalyptus and Clove Bud oils work to both revive the muscles in the body and leaves the skin feeling more refreshed, while the addition of Coconut Oil helps to nourish skin for a soft feel.

ESPA Fitness Collection at ESPA Skincare for $72/£72


Neal's Yard Remedies Unwind Foaming Bath Collection Bodycare Gift Set

gifts for runners: Neal's Yard Soothing Aromatic Collection

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RRP: $34/£20 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 14-day return policy

Running can be tough on the body, so this bath gift set is great for relaxing muscles and for unwinding. The Soothing Aromatic Collection features a luxurious foaming bath and body butter, which are infused with natural and organic botanicals, plus lavender.

Neal's Yard Soothing Aromatic Collection at Neal's Yard Remedies for $34/£20


Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

gifts for runners: Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

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RRP: $19.98/£24.90 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy

The Body Glide is a soothing balm that protects the skin against irritation and friction. It's less fussy than creams, gels, and powders, and packs a punch against humidity, thanks to a medley of plant-derived ingredients.

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm 2-pack at Amazon from $19.98/£24.90

Tech gifts for runners

TRIBE Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband

gifts for runners: TRIBE Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband Case Running Holder

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RRP: $14.98/£14 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy

Great for those on a budget, this iPhone holder comes in at less than $15 and is compatible will a variety of smartphones, including Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and Android devices. It's waterproof, sweatproof, and cleverly designed with dual buckle loops and an adjustable elastic band.

TRIBE Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband Case at Amazon for $14.98/£14


SABRE Runner Personal Alarm With Adjustable Wristband

SABRE RUNNER PERSONAL ALARM WITH ADJUSTABLE WRISTBAND

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RRP: $20/£19.81 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

This wearable alarm can be heard up to 300 meters away, serving as the ultimate self-defense tool for ensuring safety and protection. It's made of hardwearing, washable lycra. Available in one standard size and color.

Sabre Runner Personal Alarm at Amazon for $20/£19.81


Beats Studio Buds

gifts for runners: New Beats Studio Buds

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RRP: $149.95/£129.99 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

These lightweight headphones deliver powerful sound and offer up to eight hours of listening time. They connect to Bluetooth, are sweat-resistant and comfortable to wear, and pair with Apple and Android devices. Available in three colors.

Beats Studio Buds at Amazon for $149.95/£129.99


Fitbit Charge 4

Fit Bit Charge 4

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RRP: $149.95/£129.99 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable? 45-day money-back guarantee

As one of the best Fitbits, this gadget boasts a heart-rate monitor built-in GPS, and the ability to track sleep patterns. Runners can monitor their menstrual cycle, book a meditation session, and even participate in the ever-growing Fitbit community for at-home workouts.

See our full FitBit Charge 4 review

Fit Bit Charge 4 at Amazon for $149.95/£129.99


Nathan Sports Safety StrobeLight Bundle

ifts for runners: Nathan Sports Safety StrobeLight Bundle - 2-Pack

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RRP: $16.99/£20.52 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

These LED light clip-ons attach easily onto running gear, guiding joggers through nighttime trails. They feature water-resistant material and two replaceable batteries for constant lighting, which can be seen up to 2,400 feet.

Nathan Sports Safety StrobeLight 2-pack Bundle at Amazon for $16.99/£20.52

Cooling gifts for runners

Hydro Flask Lightweight Standard Mouth Trail Series

Hydro Flask Lightweight Standard Mouth Trail Series

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RRP: $39.95/£39.95 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

This water bottle boasts a light, yet durable profile, with a narrow opening that allows for quick sips on the go. It's slender enough to fit into tight pockets and helps drinks stay cool with stainless steel insulation. Available in three colors.

Hydro Flask Lightweight Standard Mouth Trail Series at Hydro Flask for $39.95/£39.95


Osprey Kitsuma 3 Hydration Pack

gifts for runners: Osprey Kitsuma 3 Women's Hydration Pack

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RRP: $65/£62.62 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

This backpack is a convenient addition to short- and long-distance runs, available in one standard size and three colors. It features an external reservoir sleeve for quick access of belongings, along with a magnetic sternum strap with a bite-valve attachment. Other thoughtful perks include 3-liter storage capacity; dual stretch-mesh side pockets; and a ridged air-mesh-covered foam that allows for airflow.

Osprey Kitsuma 3 Hydration Pack at Amazon for $65/£62.62


Sukeen 4-pack Cooling Towels

gifts for runners: Sukeen 4-pack Cooling Towels

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RRP: $19.99/£17.88 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

These water-activated, mesh towels help runners stay cool, using moisture to draw sweat away from the skin. They remain wet (and chilly) for up to three hours and come with a convenient sweat-resistant pouch.

Sukeen 4-pack Cooling Towels at Amazon for $19.99/£17.88

Post-workout gifts for runners

Gone For A Run Day-by-Day Run Planner

gifts for runners: Gone For A Run Running Journal

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RRP: $19.99/£24.24 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

Backed by a protective vinyl cover, this daily logbook features 160 pages and 280 training log entries, where runners can keep track of their mileage and progress. Available in seven styles.

Gone For A Run Day-by-Day Run Planner at Amazon for $19.99/£24.24


Handheld Muscle Massage Gun

Massage Gun

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RRP: $60/£60 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

This handheld massage gun soothes muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise, promotes blood flow, relieves lactic acid, and improves the overall health of the body's soft tissues. It's ideal for post-workout recovery.

Deep Tissue Machine Gun at Amazon for $60/£60


Core Balance Grid Foam Roller

TRIGGERPOINT Grid Vibe Plus, Vibrating Foam Roller, Deep Tissue Muscle Massage Cordless and Rechargeable

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RRP: $40/£129.95 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee

Treat your loved one to a massage (well, sort of) with this deep tissue foam massager, perfect for relieving aches, pains, and muscle tension. Unlike traditional foam rollers, this top-rated option vibrates, with four vibration frequencies available to customize your experience. It also features dense channels to increase blood circulation and ultimately speed up muscle recovery. Unsurprisingly, it's lauded by physical and massage therapists, coaches, trainers, and athletes.

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller at Amazon for $40/£129.99

Lizzie Thomson

Lizzie Thomson is a regular contributor to woman&home, and also contributes to Metro.co.uk, Ideal Home, Culture Trip, and Evening Standard, covering all things lifestyle.