The Best Gift Ideas For Runners: 2021 Edition

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-focussed, so maybe the first foam roller you find isn’t the perfect one for them – that’s why we’ve created this guide.  We’re curated the best running gear, used by experienced runners and experts, every day.

Let’s jump in!

AfterShokz Air Open-Ear Wireless
Bone Conduction Headphones

aftershokz air

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.

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TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
– Original, 13inch

trigger point foam roller

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!

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Looking for something specifically for a trailhead? Check out our 12 gifts for trail runners list here!

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. (Book)

Run Fast Cook Fast Eat Slow

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.

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Nathan Hammerhead 24Oz Steel Insulated Bottle


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.  

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Marathon Training Masterclass


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 6hrs+ 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!

Check Out The Curriculum! 

M3 Pro Deep Tissue Massage Gun

m3 pro massage gun

Deep tissue massage guns are revolutionizing the self-massage recovery space much like foam rollers did a few years ago. 

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.

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Injinji Toe Socks

blisters for runners injinji

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.

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Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson is an ultra-runner, UESCA-certified running coach, and the founder of His work has been featured in Runner's World,, MapMyRun, and many other running publications. He likes running interesting races and good beer. More at his bio.

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