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running giftsOne can never have enough running gear!

We love running gifts!

That goes for both giving and receiving them.

And, it is almost time for the holidays (we can say that any time of year, right?).

Write your story about an awesome gift you've given or received here.

Is It Tough To Shop for Runners?

There are so many options when it comes to finding the best gift for runners that it can be confusing. (Ever heard of paralysis through analysis?).

We're here to make things a little bit easier for you in shopping for runners this year, and in the future.

Just below, we'll share some of our favorite running gifts. Hopefully, you'll love them, and the runners in your life will, too.

You're also encouraged to share:

  • If you've given an incredible running gift, we want to hear all about it!

  • If you've received an amazing running gift, we want to hear about that, too!

Top 5 Best Running Gifts

1) A Running Watch

Lots of runners love technology, and running watches that let them track all sorts of metrics that help them to analyze their training and racing performance. Options range from those being very basic to others being like small computers on your wrist.

Before you buy a running watch for your runner, here are a few suggestions:

  • Talk to them to find out if they have a favorite kind of running watch.

  • Find out if they like tracking metrics at all (some runners do try to avoid technology at all costs).

  • Ask them how they track their performance now.

  • Ask them if they have a dream running watch.

Though receiving a running watch is awesome, you do want to be sure that you don't get your runner one that might not have the capabilities that will truly be valuable to them.

Our current favorite: Garmin Forerunner 735

2) A Running Vest

Runners can be very particular about their running gear.

That includes their preferences for how they carry their hydration.

Depending upon the distances being raced, some runners rely solely on aid stations, and won't carry anything on them.


And, there are others who much prefer the convenience of having water with them at all times.

Some will prefer handheld options, while others are rarely seen without their hydration packs.

A few words of advice:

  • Figure out your runner's preferences.

  • Ask them if they have a pack now, and why they like it.

  • Ask if there is a pack they'd love to have, and what it's benefits are.

  • What else do they want their pack to do (think pockets for carrying other stuff).

Our current favorite: Nathan Fireball Race Vest

3) Running Shoes

running shoes

If there is any one item that a runner needs (except for our barefoot running friends), it is running shoes!

Unless you are very close to your runner, and know the particulars of their preferences, this may be a difficult category.

We suggest figuring out their most favorite running store, and grabbing a gift card so that they can pick out their next pair of running shoes!

4) Race Registration

money

We would probably be scared to see how much money we've spent on race registrations throughout the years.

Racing certainly is not the cheapest of hobbies, yet it can be so rewarding.

The runner in your life may love more than the act of running.

They may love participating in races, too.

With that, and where actual registration usually does require personal information (like emergency contact info), we suggest a gift card (or cold, hard cash) to help your runner get to the starting line of that next event!

5) A Running Gift Pack

Barkley fall classic gear

Still not entirely sure what to get for your runner?

Get them a little bit of everything and create your own running goodie bag!

A few things you may want to include:

  • Energy drinks
  • Trail Toes
  • Gift cards
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Running books
  • Running socks
  • Band aids
  • Running snacks
  • Motivational posters
  • Road ID

What are the Best Running Gifts You've Received or Given?

Have you ever given a running gift that was very well received?

Or, have you been gifted something that was exactly what you needed for upcoming training or racing?

Running gifts conversations are some of our favorites. And, we're always excited when we learn of an idea or gift we hadn't thought of before.

So, let's hear what you've got!

Here are some examples of topics you might write about:

  • The best running gift ever.

  • I found a great gift for a runner..

  • Great gift ideas for runners.

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