Shopping for a runner can be hard—especially if you’re not a runner yourself. Are you sore from searching for the right gift to buy for your friend or family member who loves to run? Well, it’s time to take a breather, because this list is for you!
Take a look at these gift ideas for runners. If you're still stuck on what to buy, you can always send a gift card to the vendors listed in this guide.
You may have seen basketball players wear compression sleeves on their arms—these are the same thing, but for your legs. Compression improves blood flow, which keeps your muscles warm and helps to prevent injuries. Some runners wear these sleeves during their workouts, while others wear them after. Either way, they won’t be able to stop thanking you for introducing them to this item must-have running gear—or replacing the ones they already had.
Vendor: Dick’s Sporting Goods
These socks were editor’s choice for Runner’s World “Best Running Socks of 2019.” And with their reinforced toe and an anti-slip heel, it’s easy to see why. Additionally, the socks are designed to minimize friction to prevent blisters and chafing.
Nothing ruins a run like dropping your phone and cracking it on the pavement or losing your keys because they fell out of your pocket somewhere in between the first and last mile. A FlipBelt is sleek enough that it won’t get in the way while they’re running but stretchy enough that it fits everything they need—phone, keys, wallet, etc. It’s available in multiple sizes and is machine washable. What’s not to love?
A pair of heavily used running shoes get gross so much faster than any other pair of shoes. With these mini purifying bags, the runner in your life can say goodbye to any odor that’s become ingrained with every mile. The bags also absorb moisture, preventing mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming.
Lightweight and BLUESIGN approved for low environmental impact, this running cap will protect them against the sun without making their head overheat. Additionally, the hat is water-resistant and has a speedy drying time. Available in multiple colors and sizes
With its textured, rotating middle, this massage stick from Gaiam is designed to massage and stretch the user’s muscles with every roll. This gift is both thoughtful and therapeutic, guaranteed to become a part of any runner’s post-run routine.
Vendor: Best Buy
With these high-tech headphones, your friend or family member will be able to call to thank you while they’re running (using the built-in microphone). Cord-free but still secured with memory wire, the JLab Fit Sport Wireless headphones seem like they were made just for runners—especially because they’re sweat-proof!
Let’s face it, most sports sunglasses aren’t very fashionable. But with Tifosi’s running sunglasses series, runners don’t have to sacrifice style for effectiveness. These are sunglasses they can wear on the trail, the road, or to the pool.
Well, we’ve reached the finish line, so it’s time to pass the baton. Give the runner in your life a gold-medal-worthy gift—but you’ll do a little winning yourself when you buy gift cards on Gift Card Granny. Ready, set, shop!