27 of the Best Running Gifts for Women, According to a Running Coach

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Best Running Gifts for Women, According to a Running Coach

Verywell Fit / Crea Taylor

If you’re shopping for someone who loves to run, you may not know where to start when it comes to finding the perfect running clothes, gear, or gadgets. The best running gifts will suit their personal preference, their climate, and fit within your budget.

Since runners can be particular about their gear, some find it easy to just opt for a gift card. As Jason Parkhurst, running coach and owner at Runners’ House in River Vale, N.J., tells Verywell, "A gift certificate from a local running specialty store will allow them to go and try on what’s new."

Of course, if you prefer to give a gift that they can open, we’ve got you covered with this curated list of practical and inspirational running-related items. We researched popular running gear, clothes, and gadgets items, reviewed product details, and read customer reviews to find high-quality gifts at a wide range of prices. We also consulted runners, coaches, and running store staff about running items they love to give and receive.

Garmin Forerunner 55

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Garmin Forerunner 55

Amazon

If your favorite runner is into gadgets, they'll love the new Garmin Forerunner 55. This easy-to-use GPS smartwatch is designed for athletes of all fitness levels to track their stats and reach their potential. It uses GPS to track distance and speed and offers helpful training tools, such as race time predictions.

Lightweight and comfortable, the watch also allows users to track their overall health and wellness with features, such as wrist heart rate monitoring and all-day respiration tracking. The stellar battery life—up to two weeks in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours in GPS mode—and water resistance for up to 50 meters makes the watch a standout choice among runners. They can also connect it to their smartphone and use it to receive calls and texts. As a bonus, it comes in three different colors so you can further personalize it for your giftee.

Price at time of publication: $200

Trigger Point Performance GRID 1.0 Foam Roller

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Trigger Point Performance GRID 1.0 Foam Roller

Amazon

Runners turn to foam rollers to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and stretch after logging some miles. One of the most popular rollers on the market, the tried-and-true GRID foam roller from TriggerPoint has a patented grid design with rigid bumps to target deep muscle tissue, and long ridges to help you gently recover.

Made with EVA foam and a hollow core, it’s more durable than basic foam rollers that quickly break down and become soft. At 12 inches long, the roller is a versatile length to target most muscle groups and small enough to bring on the road or to the gym. Plus, it comes with a free online video with step-by-step instructions on how to use it.

Price at time of publication: $37

OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandals

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OOFOS OOahh Slide Sandals

Courtesy of Amazon

Want to help your favorite runner relax and recover post-run? She’ll definitely appreciate slipping into these durable, comfortable, and cushiony sandals from OOFOS.  Made with revolutionary OOfoam technology, they conform to the foot, help to absorb impact, and ease stress on the feet and joints.

OOFOS’ patented footbed cradles the foot to ensure good arch support and natural motion, while also providing relief from foot pains such as plantar fasciitis. They come in whole sizes and are available in a variety of colors.

Price at time of publication: $59

Bombas Performance Running Sock

Bombas Performance Running Sock

Courtesy of Bombas

“Runners love new socks,” Parkhurst says. “Look for running socks that are synthetic or Merino blend, which will wick moisture away from the foot and are usually seamless at the toes to prevent chafing.”

These high-performance socks from Bombas check all those boxes and more. The quick-dry material swiftly wicks away moisture to keep feet dry and comfortable. Strategically-placed vents help to optimize breathability in the most common hot spots, helping to ward off blisters. The seamless toe and tab on the back add to the overall comfort.

Price at time of publication: $17

Patagonia Women's Houdini Jacket

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Patagonia

 Patagonia

Every runner should have a durable and dependable running jacket and this one from Patagonia is definitely a winner. With a water-repellent, windproof finish, it provides excellent protection during inclement weather. The cinch-able hood and drawcord at the hem also keep out the wind and rain.

If the weather clears up, this extremely packable jacket can also be easily stored in the chest pocket and tucked away. Available in several color options and sizes extra-small to extra-large, this versatile, well-designed shell would be a welcome gift to any runner.

Price at time of publication: $109

Smartwool Merino 250 Beanie

Smartwool Merino 250 Beanie

Amazon

Your favorite runner will look forward to heading outdoors for a cold-weather run when they’re wearing this soft, comfy hat from Smartwool. Stretchy and versatile, it can be cuffed or pulled down low over your ears, depending on how much protection you need.

It’s made with Merino wool, so it naturally repels odor and doesn’t need to be washed after every run. The material also effectively wicks away sweat, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. It’s available in several attractive patterns and colors and is reversible, so it’s like getting two hats in one.

Price at time of publication: $30

Audible Membership

Audible

Amazon

Stumped for what to get a treadmill runner on your gift list? Help them beat the boredom during their workouts with the gift of a subscription to Audible. Their miles will pass much faster as they get lost in a suspenseful audiobook or an intriguing podcast.

With the subscription, they’ll get one credit per month for any title in the app to keep forever, even after the membership ends. Plus, they’ll have all-you-can-listen access to the Audible Plus catalog of thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and originals. You can choose from a one-month, three-month, six-month, or 12-month subscription.

Price at time of publication: $45

Smartwool Smartloft 60 Hoodie Vest

Smartwool Smartloft 60 Hoodie Vest

Courtesy of REI

This versatile vest will keep her warm, comfortable, and protected from the elements during cold-weather runs. It features a coated nylon shell that’s wind-resistant and water-repellent, as well as recycled wool insulation that offers lightweight warmth and breathability.

The stretchy panels on the sides allow for a good range of motion and the zippered hand pocket and internal chest pocket provide plenty of storage options. Even better, it’s lined with sweat-wicking and odor-resistant Merino wool, so she won’t have to wash it after every wear.

Price at time of publication: $230

The Runner's Kitchen: 100 Stamina-Building, Energy-Boosting Recipes, with Meal Plans to Maximize Your Training

The Runner's Kitchen

Courtesy of Amazon

Help runners fuel up during their training with this cookbook intended especially for them. Created by Olympian and professional runner Emma Coburn, it’s packed with 100 mouthwatering, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks and sweet treats are also included.

Weekly meal plans help runners find the right combination of energy-boosting, wholesome foods to fuel their workouts, races, and recovery. The author also shares her personal nutrition philosophy, training tips, and advice on what to eat before, during, and after runs for optimal performance and recovery.

Price at time of publication: $20

VIMHUE High Ponytail Baseball Cap

Vimhue High Ponytail Cap

Courtesy of Vimhue

Some ponytail hats have just one opening at the bottom, which isn’t the preferred spot for some women. This hat solves that issue with its innovative design that lets them wear their ponytail or bun wherever it feels most comfortable.

Made with moisture-wicking, UPF 50+ fabric, the hat is designed specifically for a woman’s head. It also has adjustable straps, so she can get a snug, comfortable fit.

Price at time of publication: $29

Nike One Dri-FIT Leggings

Nike Women's One Dri-FIT Leggings

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

These versatile Nike leggings are perfect for cold-weather runs, but also comfy for lounging on the couch. Made with soft, stretchy, and squat-proof fabric, they feature Nike’s signature Dri-FIT technology to wick away moisture and keep runners dry and comfortable.

The mid-rise style and contoured waistband offer good coverage and keep the leggings in place. Runners also love the flat pockets with room to stash a phone, keys, and other essentials. They’re available in sizes 00 to 18W.

Price at time of publication: $58 for iron grey

Dr. Teal's Soothe & Sleep Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt

Dr Teal's Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt, Soothe & Sleep with Lavender

Ulta

Give the gift of post-workout relaxation and recovery with Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt. The pure Epsom salt and essential oils help to soothe sore, tired muscles and relieve stress.

The runner on your list can add it to a warm bath before bed to promote a better night’s sleep. Pair this gift with some foot cream and massager for a runner pampering-themed gift.

Price at time of publication: $9

Lululemon Fast and Free Run Belt

best running belts

Courtesy of Lululemon

Runners are always looking for convenient ways to stash their phone and other essentials on the run, and this belt from Lululemon, a brand known for their high-quality leggings, is a stylish and comfortable option. It’s sleek and lightweight, and the zippered, stretchy pouch offers plenty of space to keep items secure. Plus, two drop-in pockets on the sides are perfect for holding keys, credit cards, and sports nutrition.

Lululemon’s soft Ultralu fabric is breathable and sweat-wicking, helping runners avoid chafing. Versatile and comfortable, this belt has an adjustable strap with buckle and can accommodate waist sizes 26 to 50 inches.

Price at time of publication: $38

Therabody Theragun Mini

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Therabody Theragun Mini

Amazon

Most runners would love some relief for their sore muscles, but may not have the time or money for regular massages. Give them the next best thing with this Theragun Mini, a portable, easy-to-use massager. Although it’s about half the size of full massage guns, it’s effective at massaging tight, aching muscles to help ease pain and improve recovery time.

The Theragun Mini has three speeds, ranging from 1,750 to 2,400 percussions per minute, and the standard ball foam head attachment can be used on both small and large muscle groups. Extremely portable, it’s easy to pack for a trip, throw in a gym bag, or bring to work for on-the-go treatments. It also comes with a case and a battery that lasts up to 150 minutes.

Price at time of publication: $199

BodyGlide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

BodyGlide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Amazon

A favorite product among distance runners, Body Glide is a no-petroleum stick that helps prevent chafing and skin irritation. It slides on chafing-prone areas like a deodorant stick, so it’s less messy and easier to apply than anti-chafing creams, gels, and powders.

Runners also like that it’s resistant to sweat and water, so they can stay chafe-free even when they’re soaked from sweat or rain. Body Glide comes in a few different sizes, from 0.8 to 2.5 ounces.

Price at time of publication: $22

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Earbuds

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Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Earbuds

Amazon

Give the gift of music with these earbuds that stay put and offer exceptional sound quality. With a sleek, durable design, the Jabra Elite Active 75t wireless earbuds keep performing through long runs and tough workouts.

Fully waterproof and sweat-proof, they can handle bad conditions and even come with a two-year extended warranty against sweat and dust. Three different sizes of interchangeable silicone ear gels allow for a customizable fit and a special grip coating helps to keep the earbuds firmly in place. With seven hours of battery life, these buds will keep her motivated with her favorite running playlist on the run.

Price at time of publication: $195

Enjoyelry Sterling Silver Running Necklace

Enjoyelry Sterling Silver Running Necklace

Courtesy of Etsy

For a thoughtful gift that she can wear to show off her love of running, try this sterling silver running necklace. It features a handcrafted, dainty running shoe charm on a delicate yet sturdy sterling silver chain.

The spring ring closure keeps it on securely, even if she wears it while running. The necklace comes beautifully packed in a white box, ready for gifting.

Price at time of publication: $26

Trail Toes Anti-Friction Foot Cream

Trail Toes Anti-Friction Foot Cream

Courtesy of Amazon

Give the gift of reliable skin protection with this runner-tested and approved Trail Toes foot and body cream. Made with athletes in mind, the anti-friction cream keeps feet protected from skin irritation, hot spots, and blisters.

While many runners especially like to use it on their feet, it can also be used on other areas that are prone to chafing and blisters. She’ll be thanking you every time she finishes a run blister-free.

Price at time of publication: $14

Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter Socks

Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter Socks

Courtesy of REI

These high-performance socks from Balega are perfect for winter running since they cover the skin that would be exposed if you wore no-show socks with running tights. Made with Balega’s proprietary DryNamix moisture management technology, they keep feet dry while allowing for good ventilation.

The V-Tech Arch Support System provides support along the arch, and extra cushioning on the heel enhances the overall comfort. Plus, an extra deep heel pocket keeps the socks in place, while the seamless toe prevents rubbing and irritation at the front. These socks come in four different sizes and in a variety of colors and patterns.

Price at time of publication: $16

Nuun Sport Electrolyte Drink Tablets

Nuun Sport Hydration Tablets

Amazon

These Nuun tablets mix easily with water, giving runners a convenient way to replace electrolytes that they lose through sweat. Sweetened with stevia and made with no artificial colors or flavoring, they have only 15 calories per serving and contain sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

Each tube contains ten tablets, which can easily be tucked into a running belt or pocket until needed. Available in a variety of fruity flavors, Nuun tablets are also certified non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan.

Price at time of publication: $26

Honey Stinger Prepare, Perform and Recover Variety Pack

Honey Stinger Prepare, Perform and Recover Variety Pack

Courtesy of Amazon

A basket or box of yummy treats is a much-appreciated gift, and this collection of snacks from Honey Stinger will be especially loved by runners. Designed to fuel athletes before, during, and after their long workouts, Honey Stinger products all contain honey, a natural, easily-digested, and quickly-absorbed carbohydrate source. 

The variety pack includes their popular, tasty waffles, in honey and salted caramel flavors. The energizing snack features a layer of honey in between two thin, delicious waffles. Other goodies include Honey Stinger’s energy gels, energy chews, and a protein bar, so runners can get a sampling of products.

Price at time of publication: $30

Gone For a Run BibFOLIO Plus Race Bib and Medal Display

Gone For a Run BibFOLIO Race Bib and Medal Display

Courtesy of Amazon

Racing enthusiasts will appreciate this thoughtful gift that lets them keep their race bibs and medals organized and beautifully displayed. Made from hand-forged black metal, it can hold about 24 medals and 100 race bibs.

If the rack gets filled up, they can add extension bars for extra display space. The display can be easily attached to a wall with the included screw set and wall anchors. Whether they race 5K's, marathons, or everything in between, runners will love this attractive display for their achievements.

Price at time of publication: $40

She’s Birdie Safety Alarm

She's Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

Nordstrom

Product Description: All runners should keep safety in mind. It’s easier than ever to gift a sense of security and safety to your favorite runner with this personal safety alarm, created by (and for) women. All individuals will love this lightweight keychain that had a loud siren and a flashing strobe light.

Price at time of publication: $30

The North Face Etip Recycled Gloves

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The North Face Women’s Etip Recycled Glove

Amazon

Product Description: There’s nothing worse than having to take your warm gloves off mid-run in the winter to change a song on your phone or pick up a phone call. These warm, sweat-wicking gloves have a special grip so you can hold, and use, your phone on the run.

Price at time of publication: Starting at $44

Running Log Book

Running Log Book

Amazon

This no-frills, portable, and practical planner is an excellent tool for using pen and paper to track daily progress and plan for running goals throughout the year. You can use it for a variety of fitness activities, but I like that it focuses mostly on duration and distance, as well as weather, mood, and energy levels.

Price at time of publication: $7

Brooks Women's Run Visible Insulated Vest

Brooks Run Visible Insulated Vest

Brooks

Product Description: Running year-round requires stamina—both physically and for your wardrobe. Adding a high quality insulated vest is perfect for winter layering, whether you add a long-sleeve shirt or a thicker sweatshirt under it. Additionally, the reflective panels provide a safety measure as post-work runs get darker as winter sets in. 

Price at time of publication: $150

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Joint

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Joint

Gaia Herbs

Product Description: Support your loved one’s active lifestyle with a joint-health superstar from Gaia Herbs. The anti-inflammatory formula promotes healthy joints, encouraging you to keep moving and feeling your best. 

Price at time of publication: $30

What to Look for in Running Gifts for Women

Personal Preferences

When shopping for runners, keep in mind that they may have very specific preferences and needs when it comes to certain running items, especially shoes. Don’t assume that any pair of nice-looking running shoes will do. “If you want them to actually open a gift of shoes, then maybe take a picture of their current shoes in their closet and the size, width, and style number under the tongue, and then purchase the current version,” Parkhurst advises.

Think about gifts that fit the recipients’ habits and needs. If they do a lot of treadmill running, a top-of-the-line water bottle or earbuds might be a nice pick. For runners who brave the cold weather, warm running socks, a jacket, or reflective gear would be appreciated.

Price

The gifts included in this list offer lots of options for gift-givers looking to splurge as well as those trying to stick to a budget. However, don’t assume you need to get a runner a big-ticket item to make them happy. In fact, when it comes to some expensive running items, such as shoes or gadgets, many runners prefer to research and choose a product themselves.

Runners may enjoy inexpensive but useful items, such as hats, socks, and sports nutrition, as gifts. “Simple things like electrolyte tabs and energy bars might be nice if making a gift bag with socks or something,” Parkhurst points out.

Climate

When selecting gifts for runners, you should definitely consider where they live and the conditions in which they’ll be running. If they run in cold, windy weather, think about layering clothes, warm hats, and gloves. Runners in warmer climates may want shorts, protective hats, and breathable, moisture-wicking shirts.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

An avid runner and marathon running coach, Christine Luff loves researching and shopping for the perfect running gear and gadgets for runner friends and family members. She inevitably also finds something to satisfy her own running needs and desires.