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Get Going With These Great Gifts for Runners

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Gifts to Get Going

What to give the runner who has everything? Given how particular runners are about the shoes they wear, it’s probably best to skip giving them a new pair of trainers (that’s kind of like gifting underwear to someone). But there is plenty of other athletic gear, cool technology, and fun stuff that’s both useful and sure to please. Find just the right thing for your favorite fitness enthusiast with our gift guide for runners.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Amazon

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

$200 from Amazon
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Runners need earbuds that are sweatproof, stay put, and sound great. They’ve gotta be easy to use, too. These Jabra earbuds deliver, according to reviewers at Runner's World and PCMag (among others) and owners alike, and deliver more than seven hours on a full charge.

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Marathon Course Map Print
Run Ink

Marathon Course Map Print

$17 and up from Run Ink
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Running a marathon is an accomplishment to be proud of. Give ’em a reminder of that memorable race that will look good on any wall. Run Ink offers maps of literally hundreds of marathons in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, plus triathlon routes and custom maps, too.

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Running Socks
Stance

Running Socks (That Look Cool)

$19 and up from Stance
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Running socks need to be comfortable and durable, yes, but they should be fun, too. Give your favorite runner a gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to Stance. New socks (styles range from no-show to over-the-calf) will arrive monthly or quarterly.

Salomon Advanced Skin 12
Amazon

Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Set Unisex Trail Running Vest

$145 and up from Amazon
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This nylon running vest comes with two 17-ounce soft flasks to stay hydrated, 7 pockets up front, and two more in the back, plus a safety whistle, straps for trekking poles, and room for an optional 1.5-liter water bladder. Male and female reviewers alike say the vest cinches closed for a comfortable, snug fit that can be worn for hours.

SpeedDraw Plus
REI

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask

$37 from REI
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For runners who prefer to stay closer to home, a hand-held water bottle is perfectly adequate for staying hydrated outside. This insulated 18-ounce flask comes with a zippered pouch big enough for a phone and keys, plus a padded hand strap that keeps it firmly in your grasp no matter how sweaty your hand may get.

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Garmin Forerunner 245
Amazon

Garmin Forerunner 245

$328 from Amazon
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If all your running buddy wants to do is focus on running and tracking his or her performance — without being distracted by phone calls, text messages, or emails — this Garmin is one of the best, according to Runners World and Wirecutter (not to mention several hundred satisfied Amazon customers). It also syncs with Spotify and other streaming services so they can sweat to the oldies as they run.

Halo V Headband
Amazon

Halo V Headband

$17 from Amazon
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Nothing’s worse than having to break stride because your eyes are stinging from the perspiration rolling off your forehead. Halo headbands direct sweat away from the face, wicking away moisture while staying put on your head. Available in nine colors, including reflective silver for nighttime runs.

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TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
Amazon

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

$35 from Amazon
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Unknot those tight muscles with this foam roller, which earns kudos from reviewers and runners alike for its durable build and gridded exterior, which targets trigger points and massages away knots.

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GoPro Hero8
Best Buy
Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm
Amazon
Vintage Marathon T-Shirt
eBay

Vintage Marathon T-Shirt

Price varies from eBay
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For the racehorse who is also a clotheshorse. A recent search turned up cool ringer T-shirts from the 1977 New York City and 1983 Cleveland marathons, plus a long-sleeve tee from the 1992 Portland Marathon.

Bob Gear Revolution Flex
Amazon

Bob Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 Jogging Stroller

$500 from Amazon
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This is one of the top-rated jogging strollers available in its price range, according to trusted sources like Good Housekeeping and Wirecutter, not to mention thousands of parents who've purchased one. It's available as a single or double stroller and comes with a generous canopy to keep the sun off your little one, plus a half-dozen storage pockets to stash keys, phone, water, and snacks.

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Smartwool Merino Wool Liner Glove
Amazon

Smartwool Merino Wool Liner Glove

$24 from Amazon
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For those nippy spring mornings and chilly fall evenings, a thin wool glove like this one will keep fingers warm and allow hands to breathe. They also make great liners for when temperatures turn frigid, reviewers say, and they’re compatible with touchscreen technology.

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Theragun Vibrating Massage Gun
Amazon
The RunnerBox Subscription
RunnerBox

The RunnerBox Subscription

$25 and up from RunnerBox
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For the runner who loves little gifts, there’s RunnerBox. Each month, they’ll receive a box with 10 to 12 samples of treats, wellness, and nutrition products.

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Run Wild Non-Alcoholic IPA
Amazon

Run Wild Non-Alcoholic IPA

$13 from Athletic Brewing Co.
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After the race, time to celebrate (responsibly, of course). As we discovered when we conducted a taste test of non-alcoholic beers, there are only a few brews that actually taste like beer. This is one of them, and we thought it was the best of the bunch.

26 Marathons
Amazon
Run Fast. Eat Slow.
Amazon
Tracer 360 Illuminated and Reflective Vest
Amazon

Tracer 360 Illuminated and Reflective Vest

$60 from Amazon
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The best safety gear is lightweight, easy to adjust, and very, very visible. The weather-resistant vest’s fiber-optic illumination can switch between six colors, glow steadily, or display one of five flashing patterns to ensure your favorite runner will always be seen.

BibFolio Plus
Amazon

BibFolio Plus Race Bib and Medal Display

$35 from Amazon
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Show off your athletic accomplishments (no matter where you placed in the big race) with this metal display frame. It can hold 24 medals and up to 100 racing bibs, plus it's made in the U.S.A.

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Goodr OG Polarized Sunglasses
Amazon

Goodr OG Polarized Sunglasses

$25 from Amazon
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We were surprised at how many best-of lists (among them Runner’s World and Women’s Health) this pair of cheap, plastic-lens sunglasses showed up on. But they get the job done. About 1,000 Amazon buyers give them a very high average score of 4.7 out of 5, too. Bonus: They’ve available in a range of fun frame and lens colors.

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel
Road Runner Sports

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel

$30 from Road Runner Sports
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Stuff their stockings with these energy packets or tuck them inside another gift for your favorite runner. Choose from 12 flavors, including orange, lemon, vanilla, chocolate, salted watermelon, or go with a variety pack.

Flipbelt
Amazon

Flipbelt

$29 from Amazon
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Stash a house key, bus pass, ID, or a few bucks for the post-run smoothie in this slim, reflective runner’s belt. It’s available in nine colors and comes in seven sizes that range from XX-small to XX-large.

Ultra Pocket Hat
Amazon
Petzl Tikka Headlamp
Amazon
Tribe Cellphone Armband Case
Amazon

Tribe Cellphone Armband Case

$15 from Amazon
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For those who still insist on taking their phones along when running. This one gets good marks from the runners at Wirecutter, who know a thing or two about a thing or two.

The Road ID
Amazon

The Road ID

$5 and up from Road ID
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These bracelets, smartwatch bands, and shoe tags can be engraved with the kind of personal information runners would want on hand in case they become incapacitated during a run: name, closest contact, phone numbers, and so on. For an additional fee, Road ID can also provide first responders with a secure link to medical information and history.

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Runner's High
Uncommon Goods
2021 Desk Calendar
Amazon

2021 Runner’s Daily Desk Calendar

$18 from Amazon
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Every weekday, this calendar reveals a new inspirational quote and eye-catching design that is sure to get you going.

Magazine Subscription
Amazon

A Magazine Subscription

Varies from Amazon
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Amazon carries a variety of publications aimed at runners and outdoors enthusiasts, including Runner's World, Trail Runner, Women's Running, and Triathlete magazines. Some are print-only offers, while others (like Runner's World) are also available on Kindle.

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A Gift Card to Their Favorite Store
Amazon

A Gift Card to Their Favorite Store

Varies from Amazon
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Let’s be honest: Some people are impossible to please. So give ‘em what they really want: the freedom to choose for themselves.