The 28 Best Running Gifts of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Garmin Forerunner Running Watch at Amazon

"Track miles, routes, and your heart rate."

SPIBelt Running Belt at Amazon

"Store the necessities regardless of the pocket situation."

MedalART Wall Hangers at Amazon

"Like a streamlined trophy case that mounts nicely to the wall."

Race Bib Album at Amazon

"Like a scrapbook with far less work."

Armpocket Armband for iPhone and Galaxy Smartphones at Amazon

"Spiffy armband to keep your phone protected while you reap the benefit of streamed music."

YakTrax Pro Traction Cleats at Amazon

"These traction cleats help the most committed runners brave the elements."

Gone For a Run Sterling Silver 26.2 Marathon Necklace at Amazon

"Help your favorite runner celebrate one of their biggest accomplishments."

The Stick Travel Stick at Amazon

"The Travel Stick is a great way to keep muscles nice and loose."

Spirit of the Marathon Movie at Amazon

"This film follows six runners as they prepare for Chicago's storied 26.2."

Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card at Amazon

"Give your favorite runner the gift of longevity."

Our Top Picks

Garmin Forerunner Running Watch

Garmin watch

Garmin

Track miles, routes, and your heart rate with one of the best fitness trackers in the game. Garmin Forerunner has been a favorite for seasoned runners thanks to its reliability and specific data that help take your workouts to the next level. This pick is an ultimate buy for any runner in your life.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best fitness trackers.

SPIBelt Running Belt

Running Belt
SPIBelt.

They can store the necessities on their run regardless of the pocket situation in your favorite pair of running shorts. This belt stretches to the size and shape you need, all while laying flat and minimizing bounce during a run.

MedalART Wall Hangers

medal hanger that says gone for a run

Photo from Amazon

If they have a lot of medals this hanger lets them organize them all in a fashionable matter that would look nice on a wall in their office or bedroom.

Gone for a Run Race Bib Album

BibFolio with a quote on the front cover

Photo from Amazon

Celebrate miles logged and races finished with this creative and sentimental folio for previous bibs. Like a scrapbook with far less work.

Armpocket Armband for iPhone and Galaxy Smartphones

Update their current mode of transporting their phone with this armband which not only holds their smartphone but also keeps it protected if the weather turns wet.

YakTrax Pro Traction Cleats

The ice and snow won't slow them down! These traction cleats help the most committed runners brave the elements—safely.

Want to read more reviews? Check out our roundup of the best marathon shoes.

Gone For a Run Sterling Silver 26.2 Marathon Necklace

This special piece of jewelry can help your favorite runner celebrate one of their biggest accomplishments in a seriously sophisticated way.

The Stick Travel Stick

Whether they're traveling for a marathon or sticking to their training schedule while on the road, the Travel Stick is a great way to keep muscles nice and loose, relieve tension, and improve circulation no matter where life takes them.

Spirit of the Marathon Movie

Ever wondered what it's like to prepare for a marathon? This film follows six runners as they prepare for Chicago's storied 26.2—and all the blood, sweat, and tears they poured into the famous race.

Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card

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A post-race massage isn't just an indulgent treat, it's necessary sports medicine! Give your favorite runner the gift of longevity, injury prevention, and overall health with a Spafinder gift card that allows them to find the exact therapist they need in their area.

Lululemon Fly Away Tamer II

Lululemon headband

Lululemon

The Fly Away Tamer Headband II has been one of lululemon's most popular products for years. It stays put, wicks sweat, and doesn't give you a headache. A win all around.

Saucony No-Show Running Socks Multipack

When you're training day in and day out, you go through a lot of socks. Keep the laundry to a minimum by stocking up on run-ready socks with a comfortable heel tab that prevents blisters.

APL TechLoom Slide

APL Techloom Slide

APL

After a race or a particularly long and intense Sunday Runday, the runner in your life will have some sore feet. These cloud-like slides are an exceptionally comfortable post-run shoe to give feet some time to breathe and stretch out while they go to a victory brunch or post-race massage.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Protect their skin from UV rays, no matter the season. This invisible sunscreen is so light and so not sticky you almost won't believe it's actually sunscreen.

Bondi Band Race Recovery Bath Bombs

This adorable set makes the ideal gift for a serial racer. With little packed orbs of bath salts made specifically for different race lengths, your favorite runner can reward themselves based on what they've completed and have a nice hot soak to soothe sore muscles.

Runner's Measurements Engraved Pint Glass

If an ice cold pint is what motivates them to finish a long run, this is the exact glass you need in the cupboard. This laser-engraved beer glass makes a superb gift for those who clock miles for cold ones.

Runner Necktie

This sporty necktie is perfect for dads, uncles, brothers, husbands, and friends who love running but can't wear their race gear to the office. 

Tracksmith 100 Days Training Log

truing journal

tracksmith

Tracksmith is a beloved running brand that celebrates the roots of the sport, with a distinct New England vibe. This classic journal matches that perfectly, all while helping runners celebrate victories big and small on their never ending journey.

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Sweat-resistant and cord-free, these powerhouse earphones were born to run. With 9 hours of listening time and "Hey Siri" activated voice assistance, you'll be ready for a distraction-free run with a premium audio experience to play all your favorite pump-up jams from her running playlist.

Check out our roundup of the best headphones for running.

TriggerPoint's GRID Foam Roller

TriggerPoint's GRID foam roller is one of the best rollers on the market. It's great for rolling through tight muscles, knots, and kinks, especially on the IT band and hamstrings. You'll get the benefits of a professional massage without the expense or hassle of going to an appointment.​

Interested in more reviews? Check out our guide to the best foam rollers.

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Runners have to eat, too! Whether they're training for a big race or starting they'rerunning journey, you can now cook (and eat!) the recipes that Olympian Shalane Flanagan ate while training for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon —that she won. Created by Shalane and her chef Elyse Kopecky, this book is packed with recipes you'll crave well beyond training season.

Theragun G3PRO

Serious running merits serious recovery, and that's exactly why Theragun created the G3PRO. This at-home massage tool can blast away even the tightest of knots, using six different attachments, an ergonomic handle, and two percussive speeds.

Runner's Measurements Stemless Wine Glass

Logging miles for vino? This stemless wine glass has appropriate pours contingent on miles completed. Perhaps some extra motivation to go from that 5K to a half marathon. 

Stretch Out Strap

Don't let your favorite runner forget to stretch! This top-rated fitness tool is a versatile piece that allows you to stretch multiple areas of the body for some necessary therapy.

Bodyglide

There are few products as synonymous with endurance running as Bodyglide. Prevent skin-on-skin and fabric-on-skin chafing with this tried-and-true hero product that has been (literally) saving runners' skins for decades.

Personalized Marathon Map

personalized marathon map

Etsy

Celebrate someone's major milestone with a framed print of their marathon (or half marathon!) and time. This is a beautiful way to combine a sentimental gift with a piece of home decor they have up year-round.

Nike Aerobill Tailwind Cap

Nie Aerobill Tailwind Cap

 Nike

Outdoor running shouldn't take a toll on your complexion. Give the gift of sun protection and clear vision with this useful, lightweight, ventilated cap designed specifically for runners.

Calf Compression Sleeves

For travel, warm-ups, and lounge time, runners love the circulation boost and inflammation relief from compression sleeves. They can even help with shin splints!

Fidus 32oz Leakproof Tritran BPA Free Water Bottle

Our Process 

Our writers spent 10 hours researching the most popular running gifts on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered hundreds of running gifts overall, screened options from hundreds different brands and manufacturers, read hundreds of user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 20 of the running gifts themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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