Best Gifts For Runners: A 2021 Gear & Gift Guide

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2020 was a big year for runners, with outside activities becoming the safest way to unwind, and outdoor solo exercise being the best way to stay fit while maintaining a social distance. 2020 became a year for experienced runners to really focus on pushing their limits, and for novice runners to get acquainted with their bodies and complete their first multi-mile runs. Now, you can treat the runner in your life to an exciting running-related gift that will help them clock more miles, recover more quickly, and feel more energized out on the trail all through 2021.

 

Here’s how we’re breaking down our ultimate guide to the best running gear and gifts for 2021:

 

Best Under $20 Gifts for Runners

Looking for a gift on a budget, or something to stuff in a stocking? Check out these awesome and affordable gifts for runners that come in under $20:

 

Hidden Comfort Socks from Balega

Hidden Comfort Belega Socks

Made from extra-fine Drynamix moisture-wicking fibers, Balega Hidden Comfort no-show running socks are built for comfort and durability for even the toughest runs. Balega socks provide additional comfort, cushion, and impact resistance while remaining thin and breathable with no bulky fibers to make your favorite running shoes feel too tight. Available in more than a dozen color combinations and for only $14 per pair, these socks are an awesome gift for anyone.

 

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Pursuit Ultralight Socks from Swiftwick

Swiftwick Socks

A runner can never have too many socks, and if the person you are purchasing a gift for is an all-season runner, we know they’ll love these socks from Swiftwick! Pursuit Ultralight socks are made from ultra-thin merino wool that helps insulate and keep your feet warm in the winter and wicks away moisture and humidity to keep your feet cool in the summer. Pursuit Ultralight socks from Swiftwick come in five beautiful colors, and right now, you can pick up a pair for just $16.49.

 

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Sport Sunglasses from Knockaround

Knockaround Sunglasses

Running outside is a real treat, but trying to navigate your way through a run with the sun blinding you is far from a fun workout. For beginner runners, it might not be worth it to invest in $300 sport sunglasses, but it is absolutely worth it to pick up a pair of Sport sunglasses from Knockaround. Knockaround sport sunglasses are made from lightweight and durable polycarbonate, and feature rubber nose pads to prevent slipping, no matter how hard you run. Grab a pair for as low as $15 and beat the glare!

 

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UA Run Visor from Under Armour

UnderArmour Visor

A good running visor can help keep the sun off your face, preventing sunburn and protecting your eyes without overheating your head. Built-in sweat-wicking fabric keeps the wearer from experiencing skin irritation and helps to promote proper temperature control. For runners who wear prescription glasses, a visor can be a great alternative to sunglasses or can provide additional protection on extra sunny days. The UA Run Visor from Under Armour starts at just $10.99 and is available in multiple colors and sizes.

 

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Knee Compression Sleeve

Copper Joint Knee Compression Sleeve

If having knee pain or recovering from an injury, having a knee sleeve or compression sleeve can potentially alleviate pains, or at least remind you to be careful of that joint or leg. There are various companies and styles of knee sleeves available on the market, but these can be great inexpensive gifts for runners, hikers, joggers or walkers with knee pain.

 

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Dual Foot Massager from TheraFlow

TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller

Running can leave feet feeling sore, bruised, and bent out of shape, which is why it is so important for runners to take proper care of them after long runs. A good foot massage can help promote improved circulation, reduce foot stress and arch pain, and relieve conditions like plantar fasciitis to keep runners on their feet for years. The Dual Foot Massager by TheraFlow features ten massage rollers designed to treat both feet at once for the ultimate after-run massage. Starting at just $17.95, this massage roller from TheraFlow is a super affordable luxury.

 

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Buff Neck Gaiter Or Wicking Face Mask

Buff Neck Gaiter

For urban runners, wearing a face mask and maintaining social distance is important, but it can be hard to find face masks that are both effective and breathable enough to wear during a workout. Neck gaiters are really good at this. In addition, they make for really great cold weather running additions, or for sunny weather. They are also great for fishing and other purposes. In addition, Buff makes neck gaiters with insertable filters as face masks.

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Best Under $50 Gifts for Runners

If you are looking for an affordable gift for a runner, but still want something to wow your friends and family, this category is for you. Here are our picks for the best gifts for runners under $50:

 

Amphipod Xinglet Strobe Plus Reflective Vest from REI

Amphipod Xinglet Strobe Plus Reflective Vest

Remember: Safety first! For the runner who loves to head out at dusk for a nighttime run, or for the early bird that likes to sprint into the sunrise, an Amphipod Xinglet Strobe Plus Reflective Vest is the perfect gift! This super-comfortable reflective vest features stretchy, lightweight, reflective fabric plus 6 super-bright LED lights to increase visibility in the dark. The Amphipod Xinglet is also super easy to put on and take off for every body type and can be found at REI for just $44.50.

 

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Compression Calf Sleeves from CEP

Calf Compression Sleeves

Running can be tough on the body, so we’re grateful that there are plenty of low-cost ways to reduce joint strain, increase circulation, and prevent as many injuries as possible while still allowing runners to run at their own pace. Compression calf sleeves work to improve blood flow to reduce muscle cramping, flush chemical byproducts of training more efficiently through the body, and bring much-needed oxygen to tired muscles. Compression calf sleeves can also help to prevent shin splints, knee injuries, and temperature abnormalities. These polyamide and spandex compression calf sleeves from CEP are a great, German-made option starting at just $35, and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

 

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Epsom Salts from Dr Teal’s

Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Bundle

Taking a warm Epsom salt bath is one of the best ways to relieve sore muscles and speed up post-run recovery, so a big bag of Epsom salts from Dr Teal’s is a wonderful way to gift a little relaxation to your favorite runner. Get three 3-pound bags for $24.95, and treat a runner to three unique aromatherapy experiences.

 

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Yaktrax or Microspikes

Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Running on Snow and Ice

For the runner who won’t stop, even when it starts to snow, give the gift of Yaktrax! Yaktrax makes traction devices that can be slipped over everyday running shoes to add extra traction when running in rain, snow, ice, or other uneven or slippery conditions. Yaktrax Run allows runners to move naturally across snow and ice thanks to removable spikes and steel coils that grip the ground to prevent slipping. Suitable for running in temperatures as low as -41 Fahrenheit, these make a great gift for runners in the coldest parts of the U.S. Starting at $40, Yaktrax Run comes in four sizes to fit runners of every age.

If your running friend is more frequently trail running or doing mountains, we recommend trying Kahtoola Microspikes.

 

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Ultra Handheld Water Bottle from CamelBak Or Similar BottleCamelbak Ultra Hanheld Water Bottle

Designed to fit perfectly in one hand, the Ultra Handheld water bottle from CamelBak will be a huge hit with anyone that loves to take shorter runs or hikes. The ventilated mesh carrying case slips easily over the hand and features a pocket for your phone, ID, and keys. The Ultra Handheld can hold up to 17 oz. of water, more than enough to get you through a few miles or to the end of your favorite couple-hour hike. At just $40, this reusable water bottle more than pays for itself.

 

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A High Quality Foam Roller

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

A high quality foam roller can be the best friend of many runners. Avid runners are often ailed with occasional pain or soreness that can be relieved through foam rolling. A high quality roller will be durable, and will help an individual target exactly what they need to roll out more effectively. Something like the TriggerPoint Grid might be an awesome option.

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Best Under $100 Gifts for Runners

Trying to step up your gift-giving game? Looking for a gift that will knock the socks off that special someone? These $100 or less gifts for runners are guaranteed to impress at anytime of year:

 

Octane XCT Hydration Pack from CamelBak, Granite Gear Daypack Or SimilarCamelbak Octane Hydration Pack

For long-distance runners, or people that just like to have extra water on the road, the Octane XCT Hydration Pack from CamelBak is the perfect gift. Able to hold up to 70 oz of water, this hydration pack features a long, over-shoulder straw for easy mid-run rehydration, and several pockets to stow personal belongings and things found along the road. Lightweight and super secure, it is easy to get used to running with a hydration pack, and more comfortable for some than carrying a water bottle by hand. Available for $85 in two colors, the Octane XCT will be a great gift for your runner friend.

We are also in love with Granite Gear’s daypack.

 

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Running Waistpack By Inov-8 Or Similar

Inov-8 All Terrain Pro Waist Pack

Designed to sit sturdily and comfortably on the lower back, the All Terrain Pro 1 from Inov is the ultimate waistpack for runners. Two 250ml water bottles fit on each side of the waistpack to maximize capacity and reduce bounce, and an extra pocket provides additional space for personal items, gels, protein bars, and other small items. Weighing only 3.5 oz without water, this waistpack is super lightweight and comfortable and costs only $60, a bargain for such a high-quality product.

 

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Elite Active 65t Earbuds from JabraJabra Elite 65t Earbuds

There are lots of wireless earbuds available on the market, but not all are suitable for running. Elite Active 65t Earbuds from Jabra feature specially designed ear gels for a tight, no-budge fit that won’t send your earbuds flying when you round a tight corner or stop unexpectedly. These premium wireless earbuds feature up to 15 hours of battery life, water and dust resistance, and are compatible with most smartphones and smart devices. Best of all, songs, podcasts, audiobooks, and phone calls sound amazing on the Elite Active earbuds, which can be picked up for just $99.99.

 

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Forever Floatride Energy 2 Running Shoes from Reebok

Forever Floatride Energy 2 Women's Running Shoes

At just $100, the Forever Floatride Energy 2 running shoes from Reebok are some of the best and most affordable running shoes available. Perfect for runners at every level, the Forever Floatride shoes feature a breathable mesh body and nitrogen-infused foam soles to help absorb shock and pressure. Stylish, colorful, and durable enough to withstand as much running as you can, these running shoes are a great gift for any runner.

 

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Best Under $200 Gifts for Runners

If you have a super-committed or professional runner in your life, these gifts are certain to get them excited. Check out these awesome gifts for runners under $200:

 

Carbonite Jacket from Brooks or Patagonia Running Jacket

Brooks Women's Carbonite Jacket

For an athlete who runs rain or shine, the Carbonite jacket from Brooks is a must-have item for their collection. This jacket protects the wearer from wind, rain, and harsh elements while remaining lightweight and breathable enough to wear on even long runs. Featuring 3M Scotchlite reflective fabric to make the wearer visible in the dark and to cars in unclear conditions, this jacket features all the safety and protection features needed to stay safe on a run. To keep this jacket firmly in place, no matter how hard you run, this jacket features built-in thumbholes and a secure chin-strap, plus zippered pockets to store personal and important items. Purchase the Carbonite jacket for $180, and make this a season to remember for your favorite nature-loving runner!

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Distance Carbon Running Poles from Black Diamond

Distance Carbon Running Poles

A good pair of running poles can save a runner from twisted ankles, scraped knees, and accidental falls when running on uneven ground, and when it comes to running poles, our top pick are these Distance Carbon running poles from Black Diamond. Starting at just $120 and made from super-durable 100% carbon fiber, these poles are incredibly lightweight but strong, able to support runners of every size, and perform in various climates and types of terrain.

 

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Air Zoom Pegasus 37 from Nike

Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Running Shoes

Designed to enhance traction, reduce slip, and enable energetic take-offs, the Air Zoom Pegasus 37s from Nike are one of the year’s hottest and most fashionable running shoes. Super lightweight breathable uppers keep feet cool and prevent hotspots while super-cushioned springy soles help give each step an extra boost. Treat a runner in your life to these premium running shoes for just $120, and choose from one of nine designs or create your own!

 

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Satellite GPS Messenger from SpotSpot X 2-Way Satellite Messenger


Running can take you off the beaten path, and if you have a runner in your life you like to take the road less traveled, they’ll love having the added comfort of this Satellite GPS Messenger from Spot. This simple device can send an SOS with your exact location to local authorities, friends, or family in case of an emergency, or can be used to let others know where you are in your run. Easy to use and carry, even on long trips, this GPS messenger is the perfect present to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Starting at $149.99, this GPS messenger is a must-have for runners going the distance or frequently trail running in the mountains.

 

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Best Clothing Gifts for Runners

Running clothes wear out quickly, so runners are almost always happy to receive apparel and accessories to keep them running safely and comfortably. Here are just a few examples of awesome pieces of clothing that make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to run:

 

Momentum Thermal Tight from Brooks

Brooks Momentum Leggings

Featuring Brooks’ proprietary DriLayer insulating and moisture-wicking fabric, these running tights are perfect for running in cold conditions without feeling weighed down by layers. Made to contour perfectly to the body to minimize slip, and made machine washable for the ultimate convenience, Momentum Therman Tights could become your go-to running tights for the fall and winter months. At $80 per pair, you’ll be glad to know these tights are just as durable as they are comfortable, and could last for years of running!

 

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Patagonia Houdini Air Jacket

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia products are favorites among runners everywhere, and we recommend checking out the Houdini. This jacket, which is water and wind-resistant, super lightweight, and machine washable, is made from 100% recycled nylon, making it one of the first eco-friendly running jackets on the market. It is an incredibly high quality jacket that anyone would be incredibly happy to receive.

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AO X CIELE Active Sunglasses from Article One

AOxCieleRedRocksFront_1200x

Know a runner who likes to work out in style? Gift them these stunning AO X CIELE active sunglasses from Article One. Made in Italy and inspired by late 70s and early 80s fashion trends, these sunglasses are for the fashionable, bold runner who isn’t afraid to make a statement. Polarized lenses protect from UVA and UVB rays, and feature an anti-reflective coating for improved visibility. Silicon nose pads help to keep these glasses put while exercising, and silicon pads around each ear help to prevent accidental slippage. Available in three colors starting at $275, these glasses will wow any runner with a sense of style.

 

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Best Running Gear

If you want cool tech, exciting running gear, and the latest in innovative running design, this is the section for you! Here are our picks for some of the best and most exciting running gear for this season:

 

Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Running in the dark can be a super exciting experience, one that can heighten your senses and make even great runners even more aware of how their bodies interact with the paths they run on. While running at night can be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous, and the risk of tripping over branches, roots, and other obstacles on the path is much higher. To help your favorite runner run safely at night, try gifting the a  headlamp from Black Diamond. With 350 lumens of power and a super comfortable and secure design, this piece of gear is one that will make even a novice nighttime runner look like a professional.

 

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Apple Watch Series 6 from Apple

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Like older Apple Watches, the Series 6 is able to track basic fitness data like the number of steps you take per day or how much sleep you get. The new generation is able to do even more like measure blood oxygen levels and take basic echocardiograms to assess heart rate and rhythm. With the many fitness and tracking features available on the Apple Watch Series 6, runners can create comprehensive assessments of their health and fitness goals, and follow their progress as they work towards accomplishing them. Starting from $399, the Apple Watch Series 6 can be customized to exact specifications.

 

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Impact Handheld Percussion Massage Gun from TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint Impact Handheld Percussion 4-Speed Massage Gun

Running a lot can and will creates soreness, muscle tension, spasms, and reduced range of motion. Though time and relaxation can help reduce the effects of running, many dedicated runners prefer to use massage guns and similar devices to increase recovery times and help their muscles return to normal after a run. The Impact Handheld Percussion Massage Gun from TriggerPoint is a great example of a high-quality handheld massager and can be purchased for  $149.99. Add this to your shopping list, and the runner in your life will feel like they’ve been treated to unlimited time at the spa. This a little out of your price range? Here is our lower end, but still awesome massage gun.

 

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The Ultimate Gifts for Runners

For the extra-dedicated, super-obsessed, all-business athlete in your life, here are three ultimate gifts for runners that will blow their minds:

 

Whoop

Whoop Strap

Ever heard of heart rate variability? Hear your runner friends always talking about stats? Sleep? Recovery? Diet? This is the ultimate tracker to understand your performance, sleep, and recovery. Knowing when you are rested and when you aren’t can be huge for your training and competition days.

 

SHOP WHOOP

 

Revolution Pro Jogging Stroller from B.O.B Gear

Bob Gear Revolution Stroller

Do you know a new parent who loves to run, and wants to bring their little one along for a ride? Give the gift of family bonding time by gifting the Revolution Pro jogging stroller from B.O.B Gear. Starting at $499.99, the Revolution Pro is suitable for on and off-road running, featuring mountain bike-style suspension for a super-smooth ride, even on uneven terrain. Low resistance wheels, a super comfortable multi-position adjustable handlebar, and plenty of extra storage make this stroller extra special and super fun to run with.

 

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Race Bib and Medal Display

BibFOLIO Race Bib & Medal Display

Want to honor a runner in your life who has completed lots of races? Treat them with a race bib and medal display! Able to hold up to 100 medals and 200 race bibs, this is a super fun way to display various running accomplishments and to keep good memories carefully organized. Perfect for the sentimental runner in your life, you can purchase a high-quality race bib and medal display for as little as $69.99 on Amazon.

 

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Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about