Here’s our pick of the best gift ideas for runners – selected by our team of coaches and runners from the Marathon Handbook community!
Whether it’s the upcoming holiday season, celebrating a new PR or a birthday, there’s always a reason to treat the runner in your life – even if that’s you!
With this in mind, we asked our community of runners and coaches to suggest their best gift ideas for runners – for all budgets and tastes.
Runners are notoriously detail-focused, so maybe the first foam roller you find isn’t the perfect one for them – that’s why we’ve created this guide. We’ve curated the best running gear, used by experienced runners and experts, every day.
Let’s jump in!
The 10 Best Gift Ideas For Runners In 2023
Materials: 32% Coolmax/63% Nylon/5% Lycra
|Designed by runners for runners||Could be weird for first-time users|
|Minimize the chance of blisters|
|Many color options|
Injinji toe socks are so awesome that frankly, I don’t know why every runner doesn’t already own a pair.
The snug toe-glove style design prevents toes from rubbing together, which eliminates the chance of developing blisters.
Also, they’re just super-comfortable, and designed by runners for runners.
Battery Life: 6 hours; Certificates: IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust, and moisture
|You can still hear outside sounds – much safer||Too bulky for users who prefer buds|
|Bluetooth works seamlessly|
Is the runner in your life still trudging around with a pair of wired headphones?
Give them the upgrade they didn’t realise they were missing out on with this pair of wireless bone conduction headphones.
The wireless bluetooth technology works seamlessly, allowing you to still take calls and pair with your device.
More importantly – and ground-breaking – is the bone conduction technology.
This technology works as the speaker actually sits behind your ear, and allows you to listen to your sounds without obstructing your ear.
This means you can still hear the outside world going on, which is much safer and comforting.
Seriously, this tech has to be tried before you’ll believe how well it works.
Size: 13 x 5.5 inches, Weight Limit: 500lbs
|Fantastic post-workout release||Bulky|
|Tried and tested – very popular option (30k+ reviews on Amazon)|
|Many color options|
In recent years, foam rolling has – quite rightly – become one of the most prominent tools for recovery.
Myofascial release has been proven to help break down muscles post-workout then allow them to recover faster and better.
Funnily enough, many runners still avoid their post-run foam roll. That’s why a good foam roller is one of our top gift ideas for runners – every runner should have one!
When you’re looking for a foam roller, you can’t do much better than the original Trigger Point GRID – it’s the go-to model for experienced runners all over the world, and they’re ubiquitous in gyms and exercise centers.
Expert Tip: Looking for something a little more high-spec?
Check out the GRID VIBE PLUS – which features the same design material, but also vibrates at four different speed to help loosen up those tight quads!
Looking for something specifically for a trailhead? Check out our 12 gifts for trail runners list here!
Pages: 256 pages (hardcover version); Options: Kindle, hardcover, spiral-bound
|Written by a runner for runners||Doesn’t include nutrition info (for those who track macros)|
|Quick healthy recipes|
|Includes vegeterian recipes (readers say recipes are easy to make vegan too)|
The team behind the bestselling cookbook Run Fast. Eat Slow. have followed it up with another great cookbook of healthy recipes, specifically designed to be cooked quickly (how awesome is that?).
This isn’t one of those cookbooks which will just look pretty on a shelf.
The fast and simple recipes are designed by Shalane Flanagan, the NYC 2017 Marathon champion – and are specifically made for runners in training.
Capacity: 1.1 Pounds; Material: BPA-Free, 18/8 Stainless Steel
|3 available sizes||A bit heavy|
|Keeps liquids cold for 35 hours, or hot for 15 hours|
Everyone needs a good water bottle, and this series of stylish, triple-insulated steel bottles will keep liquids cold for 35 hours or hot for 15 hours.
The Hammerhead comes in 3 sizes and has the option for both a large-mouth cap for filling and cleaning and a narrow-mouth cap for sipping and drinking.
This is the perfect water bottle to carry to the office, keep in the car, and bring on an active adventure.
Fill it with coffee that will stay hot all morning or use it to keep your water cold throughout the day.
What’s included: 12 Modules + full access to a database of marathon training plans
|All marathon knowledge you need in a single course||Having a personal trainer may be a more suitable approach for some runners|
|Taught by a UESCA-certified ultrarunner|
|Helps to improve your abilities|
Struggling for a great gift idea for runners?
Whether the runner in your life is training for a marathon, or just contemplating one, why not gift them our comprehensive online course, led by a UESCA-certified ultrarunner?
Featuring training plans, expert guidance, and over 6 hrs+ of video lessons, the Marathon Training Masterclass is designed to get you to the finish line of your marathon to the best of your abilities!
Battery Life: 4-8 Hours; Speed Range: 5 Options; 2500 RPM(revolutions per minute).
|Tried and true – one of the most popular massage guns on Amazon||None|
|Great gift for all runners – everyone can use a bit of deep-tissue relief|
|Long battery life|
The beating motion of the M3 Pro Deep Tissue Massage Gun is going to leave you both relaxed and loose, primed for recovery and to go hard the next day.
Sizing: Runs Small; Sole: 5mm FeelTrue® rubber sole; Weight: 224 grams (Men’s 42)
|A bulletproof choice in barefoot shoes||Some runners don’t like minimalist shoes|
|Can inspire a runner to try something new|
|Lightweight and comfortable|
Just over a decade ago, the book Born To Run took a stick of dynamite to accepted running wisdom, providing a compelling argument that humans were designed to run barefoot, and not with an inch of cushioning between their sole and the ground.
10 years on, and while the buzz of barefoot running has died down somewhat, minimalist shoes which mimic barefoot-style running have become a solid niche in the running market.
Xero are perhaps the best-known (and original) barefoot-first shoe company, and their HFS model is worth taking for a test run.
Many runners wince at the thought of running in minimalist shoes – my advice is not to start running in minimalist shoes 100% of the time, but use barefoot-style shoes as another tool in your running arsenal.
So surprise the runner in your life with a new pair of minimalist shoes, it’ll get them thinking about this running in a different way!
Material: Ceramic – dishwasher and microwave safe, Size: 11 oz
|Fun gift for all types of runners||Not for those who don’t like coffee|
If there’s one thing that runners love almost as much as running, it’s usually coffee (partially for its performance-enhancing benefits).
So we created the perfect diner-style mug for the runner in your life who needs a caffeine hit before hitting the trails!
Capacity: 20 oz; Material: Stainless steel
|Great build quality||Some prefer larger bottles|
Another pick from our merch store, this Hydrated and Hasty design is a classic, Stainless Steel, vacuum insulated bottle perfect for water, coffee, or your favorite sports nutrition beverage.
It holds 20oz, has an eye-catching wraparound print by our friend DeDonLeon, and is perfect for your next running adventure.