Finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member that's into running can be fairly tricky, especially if you don't run yourself. That's why we're here to make life a bit simpler with our guide to the best gifts for the runner in your life.
Our selection of tried and tested products should tick the boxes of any runner, whether they're a seasoned marathon veteran or they've just decided to do their first ever parkrun.
From the best new tech to useful gifts and accessories that you probably didn't even know existed, it's time to make present buying significantly easier.
The best tech gifts
Garmin Forerunner 245
If the runner you're buying a present for is a seasoned veteran, chances are they'll either have a running watch or they'll know exactly the one they want ‚Äď either way, you don't want to be choosing a watch for them. If, however, you're looking to pick something up for a recent member of the running community then this offering from Garmin is amazing value.
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It combines an enormous range of features covering GPS tracking, heart rate, VO2 Max, training status, advanced running dynamics and adaptive training plans. It'll also supply 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 24 hours in GPS mode. Everything a runner could want basically.
The Jaybird Vista have quickly become our go-to headphones over the past few months. As well as the true wireless buds being some of the smallest we've seen, the tiny case also means that can get up to 16 hours battery life on the go.
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The fact that they offer one of the most secure fits for a pair of headphones, along with an IPX7 that will protect them from immersion in water, makes the Jaybird Vistas one of the best option out there for runners. The Jaybird app will also allow careful personalization of the audio settings so users can get the exact sound they want.
Bone conduction headphones are where it's at these days for runners. Firstly because they offer one of the safest ways to listen to music whilst running and secondly because they're the only earphones that are approved for use in road races under the UK Athletics Rules of Competition.
If you've never used them before, let us settle any worries you might have. As well as being extremely light and comfortable to wear, the sound quality you get from this offering from Aftershokz will probably surprise you. Not only that, but you also get an IP rating of 67. So they'll keep going even if you drop them in a puddle.
It may just look like a small plastic button but the Zwift is a very clever piece of tech designed to turn treadmill training sessions into a fun social activity.
Worn on the laces of the shoe, the RunPod will measure speed, cadence and distance, transmitting that information to the Zwift app where runners can view an avatar of themselves taking on routes around the world. What can be a dull, reluctant session on the treadmill becomes an enjoyable group run, a structured workout, or a focussed training session.
Urbanista Brisbane Bluetooth Speaker
Us runners tend to do more training than just running. A lot of us like to support our running sessions with strength and mobility work. Sometimes that's in the front room, other times it's out in the garden of the park. Either way, having a portable speaker that packs a punch is going to make those sessions a lot more enjoyable.
This speaker from Urbanista has 10 hours of play time, two 8-watt drivers and an impressive deep bass sound. The subtle, classic design also means that'll it'll look the part whether you're doing burpees in the local park or entertaining the parkrun committee for drinks and vol-au-vents.
The best running kit
Tracksmith Sessions Jacket
If ever there's a brand suited to gifts, it's Boston-born running company Tracksmith. Its range of kit is some of the nicest looking you'll find across fitness and fashion-wear alike, with a selection of products that any runner would be proud to show off.
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The Sessions Jacket is a perfect of example of the brand's ability to make kit that doesn't only look nicer than most people's normal clothes, but incorporates a host of technical features as well. Lightweight, insulating, mesh panels for ventilation and high stretch fabric for mobility all go to make it an incredibly tantalizing option for any runner.
On Merino Beanie
You can't go wrong with a good warm beanie but if you aim to pick one up for a runner you need to make sure it has the technical features required.
This little number from On is made from Merino wool, which not only makes it lovely and warm but also helps to regulate temperate and prevents overheating. It's also odor resistant ‚Äď two words that are very popular with runners ‚Äď and those that spend any time with them.
Stance Corramos Crew Socks
There was a time long ago where the mention of getting socks as a present suggested laziness on the part of the gifter. Companies like Stance have long since destroyed that notion though, pushing socks from the depth of any runner's wish list right to the top.
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These Corramos Crew Socks not only have a rather eye-pleasing design but they also feature Stance's Feel 360 technology, a material that adapts and reacts to the foot for a fresh and dry experience. They're pretty much the Godiva chocolate of the sock world.
Tracksmith Inverno Running Gloves
Yes, a second mention of Tracksmith. But trust us, we could feature a lot more products if we wanted to and these gloves offer a much cheaper option for buying the runner in your life a rather special treat.
Featuring cleverly designed 'phone tips' on the thumb and forefinger to allow smartphone operation as well as reversed fabric along the thumb and forefinger for when you, erm, need to wipe snot off your face, a lot of thought has gone into these beautiful hand warmers.
Oofos Ooahh Slide
The idea that a pair of flip flops would help alleviate the aches and pains of a marathon may seem like nonsense but Oofos have managed to make a range of shoes that do just that.
These sliders combine impact absorption, arch support and natural motion as well as moisture and bacteria resistance. Basically, once you step into them your feet feel instantly cushioned and supported, which is what every runner needs after pounding the streets. Get these for the runner in your life and you're going to be very popular.
The best running gifts
Marathon Finisher Personalized Print
If you're you're trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone who ran a marathon over the past year, look no further. This simple medal and map combo means that not only will they have somewhere to put their favorite piece of race bling, but they'll also have an excuse to remind guests of their achievement every time one of them walks past it.
Body Glide Anti Chafe Cream
Anti-chafe cream may not be the sort of thing that springs to mind when you think about heartfelt presents but when your runner friend is 20 miles into an ultra marathon, their groin as oiled as a Christmas turkey, they'll be thinking of you.
To a runner, this Body Glide Anti Chafe Cream is the equivalent of being given a bottle of Channel. Considerably cheaper as well.
Running Medal Hanger
Us runners tend to acquire a lot of medals these days and finding a place to put them is a source of constant dilemma. This clever medal hanger not only means you've cleared a load of space out from a drawer but, like the personalized marathon print, it offers the perfect opportunity for your runner friend to show off their achievements, whether you asked about them or not.
Personalized Race Bib Coaster
What better way to be reminded of your favorite racing achievement than by looking at it every time you take a sip from your cup of tea/pint of lager? Not only is it a beautiful reminder as you relax of an evening but it's also the perfect opportunity to let guests know as well.
No runner is complete without some sort of belt to carry valuables in. They may think they are, they may think holding their keys in their hand is fine ‚Äď but trust us, as soon as they start using this FlipBelt life is going to change for the better.
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Made from moisture wicking fabric, this almost unnoticeable piece of kit has an internal key hook, multiple pocket openings, a zipped pocket and a 3M reflective logo for safety. It's the sort of revolutionary thinking that got us on the moon.
Osprey Duro Solo Belt
If your running pal is upping their distance training or focussing on taking on the marathon next year, they're going to need to start carrying around some water with them.
This belt from Osprey is just what the doctor ordered, offering an impressively stable way to carry valuables and water without needing to lug around a backpack. It also comes with a TPU touchscreen smartphone window, a zip pull emergency whistle, reflective graphics and a quick access food stash pocket.
Running With Sherman by Christopher McDougall
Yes, that's a picture of a donkey on the front cover, but trust us when we say that this book from the Christopher McDougall ‚Äď the man who wrote Born to Run and arguably spearheaded the barefoot running movement ‚Äď is a great read for runners.
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Following Christopher's adoption of a rescue donkey, the amazing story see him rehabilitate Sherman by teaching him to run in order to take part in the pack-burro racing World Championship Colorado. It may be an unconventional story, but often the most interesting and heartwarming ones are.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Okay, so this book from literary master, Haruki Murakami is far from new. However, as books about running go there aren't many as beautifully written as. If you have a friend or relative who's into running or someone who is hoping to get into it in the new year, there's no better place to find some motivation. It's also not that long, so there won't be any groans of displeasure from any fair-weather readers.
Usually, a functional band for storing a barcode wouldn't be an ideal choice for a gift but when it comes to parkrunners there's no present more thoughtful.
This simple yet unbelievably useful gift means that your runner friend no longer has to carry around a loose barcode in their wallet as they head down to the local park. The inside of this band has a laser printed copy of thier parkrun ID, name, ICE (emergency) contact and medical details, as well as a rather fetching parkrun designed logo on the front.
Kalenji Trail Running 5L Rucksack
Every runner needs a good rucksack and with this treat from Kalenji it doesn't have to cost that much either.
The secure design means you can through in a whole heap of stuff, from a running jacket for the rain to a change of clothes for your run commute and even a water bladder space for longer training runs.
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At 140g, it's a very lightweight piece of kit and comes with a handy selection of pockets: 2 front pockets, 3 rear pockets and 1 for a wind jacket, a fleece-lined back for comfort and a rescue whistle.