Unless you're the kind of person who runs 13.1 miles (or more) for fun, you might be at a loss for what to gift someone who's into that sort of thing. It might sound crazy, but any runner would love to receive gear or gadgets that help them run even further and faster. Gifts that commemorate their big accomplishments are always a hit, too.
As a runner myself, I'd beam with joy if I received any of these gifts -- many of which I already use myself. Take the guesswork out of shopping for your runner friend with these 13 gifts they'll love.
Does your runner friend have race medals stuffed into every drawer, basket, nook and cranny? Maybe they're strewn across shelves and chair backs. Give that friend a way to organize their beloved medals with this nifty (and adorable) wall hanger that can hold up to 24 medals.
There's honestly not much worse than trying to run through a water station at a race, attempting to drink from a paper cup while still moving and ending up spilling it everywhere. That'll no longer be a problem with this super snug Nathan Sports water bottle, which can save you tons of time and spills.
Running in high-traffic areas is dangerous. Running in high-traffic areas with headphones only multiplies the danger. For your friend who likes to run roadside (or has no choice but to run roadside), give the gift of bone conduction headphones with Aftershokz Air. They sit on your cheekbones, rather than in your ears, so you can hear vehicles and people throughout your run.
Running certainly takes a toll on the body, particularly the quads, calves and hamstrings. This mobility kit from Acumobility has all the tools any runner might need to work out tight muscles and reduce post-run soreness.
"Race-cations" are destination races that give you the fun of a vacation but center entirely around a run, usually a half-marathon or marathon. If your runner friend is always flying to different states for race-cations, chances are the running and the travel have resulted in tight muscles. Gift them this portable muscle roller for mobility on the go.
A good heart-rate monitor is essential for any serious runner, and chest strap heart-rate monitors such as the Polar H10 tend to be more accurate than wrist-worn activity trackers. This one in particular has a 400-hour battery life and features a moderate width that won't slip or slide around during a run.
This watch isn't on the cheap side of activity trackers, but it's worth the price for a runner who will actually use all or most of its features. It does everything a basic activity tracker can do, plus so much more: Measure cardio load, perceived load, strain and tolerance, and other analytics to get the most out of any workout. It also works with Polar Flow, a comprehensive training planner that supports workout programming, metrics reports and more.
Everyone knows a runner who always gets blisters but won't wear socks that show. Give them a set of these Saucony socks with heel tabs for the best of both worlds: no show, no blisters.
People sometimes joke when runners bring their phones on every route, but a phone provides music, podcasts, GPS, a flashlight if it gets dark and a means of communication if anything happens. A good armband, like this Tune Belt armband that works with almost any phone, can make it easier to carry a phone and keep those necessities handy.
Ah, nothing like running right into the sun and ending with a headache because you squinted so hard. Sports shades can fix that problem, but sports shades can't be just any shades: Running sunglasses must resist bouncing and sliding, which is exactly why runners love Goodr sunglasses. Plus, they're inexpensive for running shades and they have fun names.
Talk about race fuel. Honey Stinger leads the way in organic in-race energy options with healthy, great-tasting (that's important -- some energy gels are gross) gummies, waffles and gel. Gift your runner friend this variety pack so they can stay strong during their next big race.
For runners, few moments compare to the absolute euphoria of completing your first marathon. Celebrate your favorite runner's big accomplishment with a customized race map from Run Ink. You fill in the details (city, race name, time and so on) and Run Ink makes it nice and pretty.
Dedicated runners do anything to get their miles in, even if it means hitting the pavement before or after the sun comes up. Encourage safe running practices by gifting your runner friend a high-quality, adjustable headlamp like this one from Black Diamond.