Buying for a runner can seem like an impossible task.
We reached out to experts in the industry to get their suggestions for the best gifts for the passionate runner in your life.
This product was recommended by Sara Skirboll from The Real Deal
Runners tend to experience joint pain, and a 2017 review article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that people taking collagen supplements experienced joint pain relief! Plus, there’s the added benefits for your runner friend’s skin, hair and nails.
This product was recommended by Amanda Brooks from RunToTheFinish
We joke about how socks were the worst as a kid, but as a runner they’re magic! Preventing blisters, chafing and so much more, we need them but often feel too guilty to splurge on a single pair for $15, making them the gift we love to receive.
This product was recommended by Michele Kolier from YourCover
Celebrate the passion your guy or gal has for running. Create a Running or Track Star magazine cover that features their photo along with custom headline text about why they love to run, races they’ve won or participated in, etc. Easy to complete in 3 steps and can be downloaded instantly to print yourself or let YourCover print and frame it for you. From only $9.95!
This product was recommended by Brian Lohr from All Day Ruckoff
The AfterShokz Trekz Air are the perfect headphones for the runner who wants to stay safe. The bone conduction technology allows you to hear your surroundings (so you can be aware of cars and other vehicles) and still enjoy your music and podcasts.
This product was recommended by SABRE CEO David Nance from SABRE
SABRE’s Runner Pepper Gel is perfect for runners, athletes and people on the go. There’s no reason to give up your favorite activity out of fear. SABRE’s pepper gel provides police-strength protection at your fingertips and peace-of-mind so athletes can continue doing what they enjoy most.
#6 Wuru Wool
This product was recommended by Amos Horn from Pale Morning Media
Wuru Wool is the perfect lightweight and affordable solution to blisters for runners. It’s loose merino wool that has been combed into a cloud-like consistency for your feet. Just rip off a little piece, place it over any hot-spots and stop worrying about your feet for the rest of your run. Each $10.95 package has enough for 20-30 applications and weighs almost nothing.
This product was recommended by Shannon Tsonis from Garmin
Tracks your stride (that other fitness trackers do not) as well as your effort, and it now plays music, and receives texts.
This product was recommended by Matt Ferguson from Progressive Health Innovations
Foot and ankle injuries like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, ankle sprains, etc., are the #1 reason runners get derailed from their running goals. Used by national and Olympic champions, AFX is an effective and easy-to use tool for improving strength and range of motion of the feet, ankle, calves, even hamstrings.
This product was recommended by Kristen Creed from Rockin’ Green
Rockin’ Green Platinum Series Active Wear detergent is a staple for any active individual or athlete. It removes sweaty, left-behind residues in activewear that causes them to STINK. Sweat, dead skin, bodily oils and dirt get trapped in the complex fibers in active wear, and Rockin’ Green’s plant-based enzyme blend work to eliminate them for good!
This product was recommended by Jennifer Conroyd from Fluid Running
Fluid Running H2Go is perfect for a runner that wants to take some mileage off the knees, or is recovering from an injury.
This product was recommended by Monica B from www.noktillu.com
Noktillu’s reflective “chevrons” are just one of the many iron-on designs you dont want to miss adding onto your running gear. These are the perfect accessories to personalize your gear the way “you want”, making you more visible on your daily run when it starts to get dark. These reflective designs are extremely easy to apply on gear you already own. Because we all know that being seen or not can change your life in a matter of seconds. So why wait to highlight what you love.
This product was recommended by Tracy Green from Sarah Marie Design Studio
I love Sarah Marie Design Studio’s cute, fresh take on running. Sarah’s designs always make me laugh and everything is super comfortable. This sweatshirt is perfect for those days you should go running … but you also would really like to stay in your warm bed!
#13 CTM Band
This product was recommended by Tracy Green from CTM Band
The best development in self-massage on the market. Many runners foam roll, but this take myofasical release to the next level. Portable, easy to use and only takes a couple of minutes on trouble spots — every runner should have this in their arsenal!
This product was recommended by Meghan Stevenson from Your Best Run
I love Oiselle’s clothes, particularly their Flyte tank. This top is technical AF – it wicks away sweat like a dream – and is super comfortable and flattering. I find myself wearing Oiselle even when I’m not working out or when I have a workout planned for late in the day.
This product was recommended by Brittany Keller from The After Bath Co
Our Bath Cubes are specifically designed with runners and other athletes in mind. They’re filled with only the good stuff. No glitter, no sprinkles, nothing that makes your recovery bath harder than it needs to be.
This product was recommended by Alex Schneider from Ghostand.co
Running and sitting at a desk all day creates the perfect recipe for running injuries. Anterior Pelvic Tilt, Illiotibial Band Syndrome, and Runners Knee to name a few. Gift your running friend who also works in front of a computer an injury free year with an ergonomic portable standing desk. The innovative Ghostand is made entirely of cardboard and folds flat in a second. Take it anywhere.
#17 KURE Bar
This product was recommended by Nate Higgins from KURE
The Almond Butter & Sea Salt KURE Bar is plant-based with no gluten, dairy or soy and boasts 10 grams of protein, five grams of fiber and only eight grams of sugar, making it the perfect bar for daily sustenance. Additional ingredients include gluten-free rolled oats, organic maple syrup, organic chia seeds, organic hemp seeds, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
This product was recommended by Julie Austin from swiggies
Swiggies, wrist water bottles are the only hands-free hydration solution you wear on your wrist. They can also be frozen to lower body temperature in the heat. They are BPA-free.
#19 Knuckle Lights
This product was recommended by Jennifer Stevens, NASM-CPT, CF-L1 from Fit Nana
Knuckle Lights are perfect for those runners who have to cover their miles under a blanket of stars. With lights in both hands, rather than slipping down the forehead with your sweat, you’re able to pinpoint where you’re looking and safely navigate whatever terrain you run on.
This product was recommended by The Original Stretchlace Team of Awesomeness from The Original Stretchlace
The Original Stretchlace is perfect for the running enthusiast because why bother tying shoes constantly? Slip on and run! The laces turn your running shoes into slip-ons and give you a secure and snug fit. Triathletes have shaved seconds off their transition times using these laces.
This product was recommended by David Brownlee from TrainAsONE
TrainAsONE provides a personal adaptable running plan for runners of all abilities, which analyses your running data and adjust after every run. It massively reduces injury risk, and provides efficient training needing less running to get fitter and faster.
This product was recommended by Debbie Tayman from Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky
Dundalk Dan’s Awesome Beef Jerky is the perfect post-workout fuel every runner needs in his recovery arsenal. This handcrafted, small-batch jerky is lean and clean, gluten and nitrite free with no added preservatives. Each pack is date stamped and vacuum sealed for freshness. A high protein, low calorie win!
This product was recommended by Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink from Nita Sweeney, author
A box of Stall Mates wipes is the perfect gift for any long-distance runner who has ever returned from a 20-miler missing a sock! These individually packaged wipes are perfect for carrying on a long run. No more chancing it with leaves that might be poison ivy! Your runner may laugh, but she’ll thank you!
This product was recommended by Shannah Henderson from Active Iron
Active Iron will help you stay energized for all your workouts! The most common nutritional deficiency is iron deficiency anaemia. Since most people will only absorb about 10% of their daily iron needs from diet, a supplement is essential so that you can have the energy for the important activities of your daily life. However, if you have taken iron supplements in the past, you may have found that you couldn’t tolerate them or they didn’t work very effectively. Active Iron breaks this mold by offering an iron supplement that is kind to the stomach and yet strong and effective. So kind, in fact, that it can be taken on an empty stomach. In addition, it offers twice the absorption rate over other iron supplements.