The 15 Best Gifts to Buy for Runners in 2019

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Whether they're training for a marathon or just trying to get in shape, the runners in your life will love these running gifts.

Our Top Picks

Cold Weather Running Clothes

Winter jogging
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Many runners run outside all winter long, so they need running clothes that are made for cold-weather running. Look for windproof and waterproof jackets, running shirts and pants made from synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene, running gloves, mittens, and hats designed for runners. Avoid buying clothes made from cotton because they'll stay wet with sweat and chill the runner.

Check out this selection of cold weather running clothes for men, and these hats for men and for women.

Garmin Forerunner Series

Garmin Forerunner

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Any runner who is into gadgets or tracking their distances will love one of these wristwatch GPS systems. They track all kinds of information, including how far you ran, how to get back to your starting point, and lots of statistical data. The Forerunner tracks the amount of calories burned and calculates them over the course of a workout. One of the unique features is a virtual partner that allows you to race against yourself or a set pace that you want to follow.

SPIBelt Running Belt

SPIbelt running belt
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The SPIbelt may look small, but this sleek belt expands and can securely hold an iPod, Blackberry, cell phone, keys, up to five energy gel packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities. It's a must-have for long-distance runners. There are also many other running belts to choose from.

MedalART Wall Hangers

medal hanger that says gone for a run

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Most runners have a collection of race medals and these MedalART Wall Hangers are a beautiful way to show them off. These original designs are hand sculpted from metal and make a great piece of wall art. Your medals easily slip onto the hanger, which can hold more than 24 medals.

Race Bib Album

BibFolio with a quote on the front cover

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Many runners like to hang onto their race bibs as mementos, but they usually end up stuffed in a drawer or box. The BibFOLIO is the perfect way to organize, display, and preserve all your race bibs. They have several different styles and all are customizable and can be personalized (and runners love personalized gifts).

X-Treme Armpocket i-30 Armband

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The X-Treme Armpocket Armband is an ultra-comfortable, durable, no-slip water-resistant armband to carry what you need during your runs.

You can carry your cell-phone (including the iPhone 6), MP3 players, car keys (and lots of other small items). Other features include vented strap, moisture-resistant fabric, memory foam padding, three storage compartments, dual earbuds, and eco-friendly materials. The armband is available in three sizes and several fun colors.

YakTrax Ice Grippers

yak trax

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Here's the perfect running gear to make winter runs safer. Yaktrax Ice Grippers offer traction and confidence for winter running. They slip right over running shoes, without adding any weight. The spikeless coils provide a solid, predictable grip so you don't slip or slide on the ice and snow.

Sterling Silver 26.2 Marathon Necklace

Your favorite runner can't wear her marathon medal all the time, but she can remember her marathon accomplishment with this sterling silver handcrafted 26.2 pendant necklace.

Funny Running T-Shirts

Run Now Beer Later shirt

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If you know a runner with a good sense of humor, check out this collection of shirts with funny sayings for the perfect one.

The Marathon Stick

the stick massager

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The Marathon Stick was specifically designed for runners to help increase flexibility and accelerate recovery time, and it reduces muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain. Similar to a foam roller, you can roll the stick on your muscles for a self-massage. The stick is small enough to fit into a backpack or small suitcase, so you can easily take it along to races. It's particularly effective at loosening up tight leg muscles.

Hydration Belt

Fuel belt

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If you have a long-distance runner on your shopping list, they're running long enough that they need to hydrate on the run. Since finding fluids on the run isn't always easy, many long-distance runners use hydration carriers to have their fluids close at hand. Many of the hydration carriers also include pouches that runners can use to carry their food and other long run supplies.

Spirit of the Marathon DVD

This film is bound to capture the attention of and inspire runners, whether or not they're training for a marathon. The documentary shares the stories of six runners preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. The runners, all with very different backgrounds and ability levels, have varied reasons for running the race and have their share of challenges along the way. Interspersed through their personal stories are vintage footage and interviews with running legends that illustrate the rich history of marathon running.

Running Book

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Inspire and educate the runners on your gift lists with some of these books about running. From training guides to motivational books, you'll find something for every kind of runner.

Running Socks

Smartwool Phd socks

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Wearing the right kind of socks means that runners can keep their feet dry and avoid painful blisters and other issues. Check out the best running socks for winter and the best socks for summer.

SpaFinder Wellness 365 Gift Card

Spafinder logo

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Running all the time can leave runners sore and tight, and a massage is the perfect remedy, not to mention a nice reward for all their hard work. The flexibility of a SpaFinder Wellness 365 Gift Card allows the recipient to choose the type of massage they want at a convenient location for them. The gift cards are redeemable at close to 20,000 spas, salons, fitness studios, wellness providers, and more worldwide.

What to Look for in a Gift for a Runner

Usefulness/Practicality: Realistically, runners don't need much gear beyond a great pair of shoes. There are, however, a host of items that can make runs more enjoyable. Consider a runner's habits, as well as the temperatures and terrain they typically face, when thinking about what type of gifts they’ll use most.

Style: When it comes to running attire and other equipment, choices range from basic and functional to super swanky. Consider a runner’s personal style when making your choices, but don’t forget to take into account the feel and functionality of the gear. No matter how great a pair of shorts looks, no runner is going to want to wear them if they’re uncomfortable.

Innovation: Many runners are creatures of habit and like the gear they like. However, if you can introduce them to something new, they’ll be forever grateful. Running gear has improved by leaps and bounds over the years, so they may not know what new and unique items they could be missing out on.

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