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Finding gifts to give a runner is no joke. Running is a very minimalist sport and there is not much a runner needs to do his favorite hobby. So what gifts do you buy a running who has everything?
I’m a relatively new runner and I still have a lot of things that I want to buy. Sure, I have shoes, shorts, clothes, and a GPS watch but there’s always room for an upgrade.
In this article, we will look at 12 gift ideas a runner would like and why they will love it.
1. Running Hydration Vest
Whether he’s running on the road or in the trails, one thing’s for sure, he’s going to need to hydrate himself in the middle of a run. And he’d appreciate it if he doesn’t have to hold a water bottle and affect his stride.
A running hydration vest is a versatile, light, and comfortable way to carry water, intra-workout nutrition gels, and personal items. It literally feels just like another layer of clothing so they’ll be able to run freely.
Most marathon and trail runners use Salomon Adv Skin or Nathan Vapor Series.
If you want to find out more about these two vests, I actually have them on my recommended gear page, check it out.
2. A GPS Watch With Built-In Music
Most runners hate holding their phones when they run. They want to be able to move freely and unbothered. But because most runners need music, bringing a phone is almost a custom.
But things have changed. There are GPS watches that have built-in access to Spotify so runners no longer have to take their phones on runs.
What I recommend is the Garmin Forerunner 245. It has an accurate GPS tracker and advanced running dynamics with data they can use to improve their performance that makes this desirable for every runner.
It’s quite expensive though, so not everyone can afford to give it as a gift. A cheaper option would be Amazfit Stratos 3. It tracks important data that every runner needs and it has a standalone music playback.
3. Wireless Earbuds
Speaking of music, it’d be cool to run with freedom and without the annoying wire so they can simply connect their earbuds with their running watch.
The challenge is finding an earbud that doesn’t fall off when running. It also has to be at least IPX 5 waterproof to handle sweat and rain.
My recommendation is the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless earbuds. It has an incredible fit that doesn’t fall off even when you’re running at high speeds or at the trails. Plus, it has an incredible sound that will make him run through the beat of his favorite running playlist.
Aside from that, it has a 24-hour battery life so the music will be able to accompany him no matter what distance.
4. Bosu Ball
If you’re looking for an affordable yet useful tool a runner can use, a Bosu ball is a great thing to consider.
Training for balance is a must for every runner. This Bosu ball will give him another indoor workout option in case it rains and he can’t run.
5. Resistance Parachute
For sprinters and short-distance runners (5k-10k), a resistance parachute is a great way to improve strength and power. Don’t buy it for long-distance runners though (half marathon to ultramarathon), it has very little, or any use for them because they work more on efficiency rather than power.
6. Massage Gun
Recovery is one of the most important parts of a runner’s training. That is giving them a recovery tool they can use on themselves they’ll highly be thankful for.
The Theragun is an incredible machine. But the thing I like about it most is that it’s compact and portable making it easy to take them when I’m traveling. It’s quiet too, so it can be used in any setting.
Last time I checked, it’s on sale on Amazon, but prices could change without notice so I recommend you just check the price on Amazon.
7. Head Light
Because of jobs ad other things, some runners don’t have the luxury of running in the morning. Running in the evening poses some risk that is easily reduced by wearing a headlamp.
As for the brand I like, I recommend the Biolite headlamps because it’s light and comfortable. Plus, it doesn’t bounce making it ideal for running.
8. Polarized Sunglasses
Running in the morning is safer, but running on a hot sunny day is dangerous for the eyes. A simple remedy is wearing polarized sunglasses to block UV rays and eliminate glaring when running on a sunny day.
I recommend the Goodr sunglasses because of their comfort. It doesn’t bounce more slip making it perfect for running on roads and even on trails.
9. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are particularly useful for training muscles that are not targeted when running. It’s important for injury prevention as well as to improve a runner’s performance.
This resistance band is affordable and highly rated if you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a runner.
10. Audible Subscription
One thing I love about running on low to moderate intensity doesn’t require much of my attention. That is why I like using this time to learn a thing or two about any topics I want with the help of audiobooks.
So, if you’re looking for a gift to give a runner, give them the gift of knowledge by giving them an Audible gift membership.
Additionally, you can try Audible Audible yourself for FREE if you sign up for a 30-day free trial. Plus you get two free audiobooks if you sign up here.
11. Compression Shorts
Although most runners run with split shorts of v-notch shorts, compression shorts are also a great option because it provides some muscular compression and it’s free of chafing (runner’s worst nightmare).
As for my recommended product, I recommend the Under Armour Heat Gear. It’s quick-drying and comfortable making it perfect for running.
12. Running Underwear
Have they complained about chafing? In most cases, chafing happens in between the thighs.
Runderwear is an underwear specifically designed for runners to avoid chafing. I’ve been using Runderwear for quite some time now and with the time I’ve used it, I never had any chafing.
It’s made with seamless design, breathable and moisture-wicking fabric which is exactly what runners need.
It’s not just for men. There’s a women’s version of the Runderwear which I’m told, works great too.
If you want to find out more about chafing and how to prevent it, check out this article that I made. I also suggested other methods to avoid chafing on different areas of the body.
Unlike most sports, running doesn’t require anything but shoes and clothes. But it doesn’t mean runners don’t want anything else. There are some items that aren’t required for running but are desired by runners.
Everything I recommended above will surely be useful for every runner.