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2021 Gift Ideas for Runners Recommended by a Runner

A runners gift giving guide for runners!

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Christmas is around the corner, what is that perfect Christmas gift for the runner in your life?

I always joke, running is one of the most expensive free sports there is. Sure, we can throw on our runners and hit the streets or the closest trail, however, what about $150 running shoes that get you 400 to 600 KM of use (not even enough miles to train for a 1/2 marathon), cold running gear, fall running gear, summer running gear, trail running gear, hydration belts, gels and electrolytes, not to mention our love for tech. Add races, coffee with friends after run club, and the odd race photo or two and then ask how free is our free sport?

Here are some of my favorite pieces of running equipment and would make for great Christmas gifts for the runner on your shopping list. What better way to tell your loved one that you support his or her running than that perfect running Christmas gift.

For convenience, I am including links to my Amazon Store for some of the items.

Running Gifts under $50 Dollars

SPIbelt Large Pocket Running Belt for Adults, Expandable Pocket, Adjustable Waist, No Bounce, Black with Blue Zipper
  • SPIbelt LARGE POCKET BELT FOR ADULTS: Provides a comfortable, expandable, secure and low profile pouch to carry your everyday essentials
  • POCKET: The pocket lies completely flat and expands to 8" x 4" x 2" inches to accommodate essential supplies such as larger phones, passport, exercise accessories, headphones, keys, ID, credit cards...
  • PHONE COMPATIBILITY: The Large Pocket Belt is compatible to many popular phone models including iPhone (11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max);...
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Reflective Vest Running Gear + 2 Bands & Bag / Ultralight & Comfy Safety Vests with Front Pocket > High Visibility Reflector > for Men, Women > Running, Dog Walking or Cycling
  • BEST REFLECTIVE GEAR EVER! > The FREEMOVE is the original, best quality and top-quality reflective vest available on Amazon. The satisfaction of our customers speaks for itself! Show your dearest ones...
  • FEEL SAFER - DRIVERS CAN SEE YOU AND HAVE TIME TO REACT! > Your visibility and safety is no longer an issue. Provides 360° visibility as it's very bright and reflective which makes you very visible...
  • ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT YET DURABLE > The reflector vest stands out with its nice unique ultralight, breathable and durable mesh fabric. The design offers adjustability and a good combination of bright...
Halo Headband Pullover, Team Halo Logo, One Size
  • MAXIMUM ABSORPTION-63% Nylon 23% Polyester 14% Lycra -Dryline fabric absorbs, wicks, dries quickly, and eliminates odors through the infusion of silver ions into the fabric
  • SWEAT STOPPING SWEATBAND-This headband doesn't just absorb sweat, our patented silicone SweatSeal channels sweat back and away from the eyes, face, and glasses
  • MEN OR WOMEN'S HEADBAND-This lightweight pullover headband features our newest, breathable, soft fabric making this the most comfortable athletic headband you will ever wear- Anatomical design tapers...
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice (1 Pair), Medium
  • Lightweight and affordable slip-on traction cleats to reduce the risk of falls when walking on snow or ice to work, school, or even to the mailbox
  • Made of abrasion-resistant 1.2 mm steel coils with zinc coating to prevent rust; secured to shoes with durable Polyelastomer outer band
  • Provides 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability

Winter Running Gloves

Bestseller No. 1
New Balance Lightweight Running Gloves (Black, Large)
  • These New Balance lightweight running gloves will be the brand new staple of your running outfit! Not only are they technologically innovative, they are extremely stylish.
  • Made from high quality 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex to create an extremely smooth Fleece, with 240 GSM. Designed with grippers on the palm, you will have a firm grip no matter what weather condition you...
  • Limited Edition Marathon Black and Marathon Heather have the names of each of the 5 New York City Burroughs on the fingers: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island
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Under Armour Men's Armour Liner 2.0 Gloves , Black (001)/Graphite , Medium
  • Thin, fitted liner gloves can be worn on their own or as a first layer under heavier gloves in harsher conditions
  • UA Storm finish repels rain & snow without sacrificing breathability
  • Ultra soft knit fabric with a smooth exterior & a plush interior for just the right amount of warmth
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SIMARI Winter Gloves Men Women Touch Screen Glove Cold Weather Warm Gloves Freezer Work Gloves Suit for Running Driving Cycling Working Hiking 102
  • 【Touch Screen Design】With the Unique and Sensitive touchscreen Fingers Capability, the SIMARI touch screen gloves are compatible with iPhone, iPad, computer and other intelligent equipment. You...
  • 【Comfortable & Warm】The SIMARI winter gloves are made of 95% Polyester and 5% Spandex, with the warm Flannel lining and elastic cuff, enhancing the warmth and elasticity. When you go out, the...
  • 【No-slip & Humanized Design】Coming with enough silicone particles on the palm and fingers, which effectively increases the grip strength and abrasion resistance of the thermal gloves. Let you grip...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Winter Gloves Women Men, Touchscreen Thermal Thin Liner Running Gloves Lightweight Walking Anti-Slip Mens Gloves for Skiing Gardening Driving Gloves
  • Warm and Breathable: The thermal gloves are combined with multilayer softshell fabric, the thermal gloves are also matched with skin-friendly lining to keep your hands warm and breathable, Ideal for...
  • Touchscreen - friendly: The warm gloves index & thumb fingertips are coated conductive material, Help your finger touch your smart watch screen and smart phone freely.
  • Anti-slip cycling gloves: The warm gloves palm and fingers are cover anti-slip silicone which help you hold thing easily or cycling/ridding more safety.Help you slipping while holding items like cycle...

Running Gifts under $100

ROAD id – Sports Medical Alert

The top-shelf choice in wrist-worn identification. Never go for a run or ride alone again. ROAD id is a comfortable, rugged, identification bracelet that will help first-responders immediately contact family members and friends when you cant. Picture ROAD id as a medical alert bracelet on steroids.

Customize the name plate with names, medical information, and phone number. Also decorate the band with conquest tokens such as 5K, and 21.1K, or reminder to keep going such as “Shut Up Legs”.

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Tracer360 Visibility Vest (Medium/Large)
  • ALL THE COLORS IN ONE – Change between 8 super bright solid colors - Green, Red, Blue, Pink, Yellow, Blue & Pink (mixed), Pink & Green (mixed) and Blue & Red (mixed) AND 8 eye-catching multicolor...
  • TRUE 360 DEGREE ILLUMINATION, REFLECTIVITY, & FLUORESCENCE – Unlike other reflective running vests and hi viz cycling gear, our flexible fiber optic cables, and 3M reflector chest belts actively...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, BREATHABLE, & EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE – If it’s for a short jog in the morning with the kids, walking your dogs in the evening, or an all night solo ride, at only 6.5 oz – you’ll...
Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights - Rechargeable & Waterproof Battery Light for Runners, Dog Walking, Hiking - Best Safety Running Gear for High Visibility at Night Time or Low Light - Red
  • ROBUST & WEATHERPROOF - Built tough with long-lasting quality at the forefront, allowing you to focus on your training in all conditions. Tried and tested by athletes, for athletes, in even the...
  • THE PATENTED ORIGINAL - As seen and loved on Shark Tank, the Night Runner 270 shoe lights are the first of their kind, and the original hands-free or headlight-free lighting solution for runners,...
  • 360 DEGREE VISIBILITY - Light up your path with 150 lumens + 2 ultra light LEDs with a rechargeable battery which produce 360 degrees of lighted visibility. A forward-facing lightbeam of up to 30 feet...
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Black Diamond Storm 400 Headlamp, Octane, One Size
  • PowerTap Technology allows instant transitioning between full and dimmed power
  • Brightness Memory allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to full power
  • Regulated for constant light output

Find more running lights at our Amazon Store. Search for more running lights here.


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Running Gifts over $100

Hydration Vest For Running and Cycling

Looking to take your distance up a notch or tired of having your running belt hanging off of your hips. Step up to a Hydration Vest, capable of carrying up to 2 liters of water, extra storage for gells, your phone, weather gear and more Pictured here is the Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Hydration Stretch Pack, Black, Large , recommended as best overall pack by Outdoor Gear Labs.

Check out popular hydration vests as that perfect gift for your running partner by Solomon, Nathan (I currently do all my trail running with the Nathan VaporAir), and more.


AfterShokz Aeropex Open Ear Headphones

Safety is our number one concern on the trails, road, and paths. Being able to hear the vehicles around us or someone approaching from behind on the trail is the first rule. Bone conduction technology allows you to hear both your music and the ambient sounds around you.

Available in bluetooth and corded versions, there is a model of AfterShokz for every budget. Unlike traditional headphones that send sound through the ear canals, our patented bone conduction technology delivers audio through the cheekbones. With nothing inside or over your ears, enjoy total awareness and comfort while you listen.


Men’s Extreme Balaclava Jacket

Running jack for extreme conditions.

  • Softshell Jacket with zip off dickie with adjustable hood & balaclava
  • 360 reflective sleeve taping details
  • 2 zip close storage pockets under welt
  • Back yoke with reflective seam sealed eyelets
  • Partially elasticized cuff

Hyperice Vyper 2.0 High-Intensity Vibrating Fitness Roller

  • Optimal self myofascial release tool to increase flexibility, circulation, and reduce muscle soreness
  • Three vibration settings transmit superior amplitude and vibration for physiological benefits
  • 2x more effective than regular foam rolling to warm up and actively recover
  • Increase range of motion by up to 40% (versus 18% increase with regular foam rolling)

Running Watches

Looking to take your running to the next level? Add a Garmin ForeRunner Running Watch to your training tool-kit. Train using heart rate, stride, or simply a run-walk training routine.

Track distance, heart rate, and prices for all budgets. I currently run with an older Garmin Forerunner 920XT, however, my next purchase will be a Fenix 6 or similar. Integrated heart rate, multi-sport, and more.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, GPS Running Smartwatch with Music and Advanced Dynamics, Black
  • GPS running smartwatch with music advanced training features, Lens Material:Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Bezel Material: fiber-reinforced polymer, Strap material:silicone
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Evaluates your current training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it; Offers additional performance monitoring features
SaleBestseller No. 2
Garmin Forerunner 45, 42mm Easy-to-use GPS Running Watch with Coach Free Training Plan Support, Black
  • Gps running watch with Garmin Coach training plan support
  • Easy to use running watch estimates heart rate at the wrist and features GPS to track your pace, distance, intervals and more
  • Works with free Garmin coach adaptive training plans that bring expert, personalized coaching right to your wrist
Bestseller No. 3
Garmin Forerunner 55, GPS Running Watch with Daily Suggested Workouts, Up to 2 weeks of Battery Life, Black
  • Easy-to-use running watch monitors heart rate (this is not a medical device) at the wrist and uses GPS to track how far, how fast and where you’ve run
  • Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode; up to 20 hours in GPS mode
  • Plan your race day strategy with the PacePro feature (not compatible with on-device courses), which offers GPS-based pace guidance for a selected course or distance
Bestseller No. 4
Garmin Forerunner® 255, GPS Running Smartwatch, Advanced Insights, Long-Lasting Battery, Slate Gray
  • Built with a slim design and an always-on, full-color display that’s light on the wrist and easy to read even in direct sunlight — with available sizes of 46 mm and 41 mm
  • Forerunner 255 provides up to 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 30 hours in GPS mode for a full picture of your health — from sleep to training
  • Morning report summarizes your sleep, HRV status and daily workout suggestion in one place as soon as you wake up (This device is intended to give an estimate of your activity and metrics)

Special thanks to our title photo by Giftpundits.com from Pexels.

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