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9 Gift Ideas for Runners

A holiday gift wrapped in a red bow

Nothing helps a runner geek out like some new gear. Whether they’re pushing a PR or getting into running for the first time, we have all the tools they need to be successful.

From the latest running shoes to GPS running watches, there’s plenty of gear to wrap up this holiday season. Here are nine of the best gifts to give runners (or yourself) this year.

1. Garmin Forerunner 235

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the perfect introduction to the world of running watches. The brainy watch is compatible with GPS and GLONASS navigation systems to track your distance and pace. It also measures your pulse to keep you in the right training zone. When you’re not grinding, the watch’s onboard activity tracker counts your daily steps taken and calories burned.

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2. Balega Hidden Comfort Running Socks

Nothing can ruin a run faster than bad socks. Technical running socks, like the popular Balega Hidden Comfort, are designed specifically for on-the-run comfort.

A high heel tab prevents the sock from slipping into your shoes, and a snug fit paired with moisture-wicking, cushioned fibers keep blisters at bay.

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3. HOKA Bondi 6

The Bondi 6 offers maximum cushion for a plush ride, and is also light enough for blazing speed. They’re ideal whether you’re after an easy, recovery jaunt, fast intervals or anything in between.

A stacked EVA midsole and Meta-Rocker shape gives the Bondi a smooth ride, while the heel counter holds your foot in place when you hit the gas. Plus, subtle upgrades from the Bondi 5—a more cushioned midsole, more breathable mesh upper and a smoother ride—make the sixth version an all-around workhorse that’ll minimize pounding on your joints.

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4. Goodr Running Sunglasses

Running sunglasses that block glare, don’t bounce, won’t break the bank and look great for a post-run beer? Meet goodr.

Goodr running sunglasses combine polarized lenses with lightweight, slip-resistant frames to shield your eyes during the sunniest runs. But goodr wraps ‘em in bright colors and bold patterns to give you style that works as well on the run as it does on the runway.

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5. Addaday Type C Massage Roller

The Addaday Type C massage roller gives you pinpoint precision to work out the hardest knots. The motorcycle grip massage tool uses four rolling gears to dig deep into muscles and ease nagging pain.

By using gears with different densities, the Type C can target hard to reach areas, like your shins and Achilles.

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6. GU Energy Gel

Whether it’s salted watermelon, toasted marshmallow or mint chocolate, GU has a flavor for everyone. The 100-calorie GU Energy gels provide a patented blend of carbohydrates, electrolytes and amino acids to power your body through the toughest workouts, runs and races. Plus, GU donates proceeds from certain products to about 100 organizations per year, so you can feel good about feeling good (on your run).

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7. Nathan Halo Fire Running Headlamp

‘Tis the season for logging miles in the dark. So, when the sun goes down, make sure you can see. The rechargeable 280-lumen Halo Fire running headlamp from Nathan uses three LEDs to illuminate everything in front of you: two beams are angled down to light up the ground, and a powerful spotlight shines ahead so you can see what’s coming. Equipped with five lighting modes—low, medium, high, sprint and strobe—the lightweight Fire can burn for up to 22 hours.

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8. Fleet Feet Training Programs

Led by expert coaches, Fleet Feet Running Club training programs will help you hit your goals, and make lifelong friends along the way. With plans for every distance, on every surface, there’s a training program for everyone.

9. Gift cards

Shopping for a picky runner, and not sure what shoes to get them? How about a Fleet Feet gift card? Gift cards let runners pick out exactly what they want, online or in-store.