I didn’t want this post just to be a repeat of my “Favorite Running Brands”– that post has a lot of ideas for gifts as well! There are a few repeats in this post, but generally a bit more specific (and this post includes some affiliate links, for the record) but instead of focusing on my favorite apparel, this post provides holiday gift ideas that work for men or women.
- Ultimate Direction Utility Belt:
I have this belt in a size small, Dustin has it in a large, and we both love it. Its perfect for winter running. It has a lot more room than most of the zippered belts that a lot of runners use, and it can also hold a water bottle. It is comfortable and useful!
2. Pro Compression Socks:
I mentioned Pro Compression socks in my Favorite Running Brands post, but they make an awesome stocking stuffer for the runner in your life, as the sizes are pretty generous and they come in so many fun patterns, there’s something for everyone, for running or for recovery!
3. A gift card to a local running store!
Depending on where your runner lives, I recommend purchasing a gift card to their local running store! In the Twin Cities, my favorites are Gear Running Store, Mill City Running, and TCRC (Twin Cities Running Company). We are lucky to have lots of options to shop local. Every runner will love a gift card to their store!
4. A Nuun-filled Nuun display case!
Handmade by my dad. Perfect way to organize and display your favorite hydration. Message me if you’re interested, they are $30 each!
5. A gaiter or face mask!
Assuming your runner lives in a colder climate, a gaiter or face mask is a great gift that is generally one-size-fits-all. Picture below is one from Oiselle and one basic one from Turtle Fur!
6. Kahtoola Nanospikes:
You will need to know the shoe size of your gift recipient, but the sizing is generous; an approximation is okay!
I have been running in these nanospikes for a few winters now, and they have held up quite well. I prefer them to my old Yaktrax, particularly because they don’t bother me as much when the pavement is a mix of clear and snow covered.
7. A new Garmin
I have the Fenix and love it, but there are even better ones out now; DC Rainmaker has the best reviews to help you select the best one for your runner, but happy to share more about the Fenix if that’s the one you are interested in. And even if your runner has one already, they might want an upgrade!
8. Winter running gloves!
Everyone needs a few more pairs.
I mean, they might have a Ruthless Ruth in the house like I do, who destroys their gloves, ha!
For the really cold runs, I highly recommend all things Craft!
9. A Noxgear light-up running vest
My morning running friends and I all have one! They are very bright and allow other runners/cyclists and drivers to see you.
10. A treadmill.
Obviously this is a BIG gift! But I’d be remiss not to mention my Landice L7 treadmill, just in case your runner is in the market for one. I should seriously get a commission from Landice (I don’t), as I recommend this brand to all my runner friends looking for a treadmill. We love ours.
Vizsla not included!
Bonus Idea: A Running Coach!
You might think it’s a weird time to sign on with a coach, but a coach might be just the motivation the runner on your holiday list needs right now! True, there is still uncertainty about when races will be back, but I am optimistic that at least smaller races will be more common in 2021. And we don’t need races to benefit from a coach!
I have space right now to take on more clients and would be happy to work with runners of all levels; I can issue a gift certificate for my coaching services for any amount of time. Let me know if you’re interested!
There you go- 10 gift ideas (plus a bonus) for the runner on your list!