The Best Gifts for Runners
Buyer's Guide 2023 | Fleet Feet
Most runners are obsessed with gear. The latest running shoes, modern sweat-wicking clothes and new gadgets are always at the top of the list. But the gear that works for one runner doesn’t always work for another, which makes runners hard to shop for.
To help you find the right present for the right person, we pulled together more than 100 gift ideas for runners. Need a stocking stuffer? We have 11 small gift ideas for you. Shopping with a price point in mind? Try one of these gifts for under $100.
From affordable running lights to feature-packed GPS watches, there’s something for every runner—and every budget.
How do we know these will make great gifts for runners? Fleet Feet has been in business for over 45 years and has over 250 locations in running communities across the country. We have been privileged to serve runners of all abilities, helping them pick out their favorite gear, training with them for races and running alongside them each and every day. Plus, we use the gear ourselves, so we know what will get a runner psyched when they open your gift.
Keep reading to find more than 100 gift ideas for women, men, marathoners, new runners, trail runners and lots more, all hand-picked by the Fleet Feet Editors.
Looking for the perfect gift for a runner that's a little more specific?
We narrowed down our favorite products by category so whether your runner likes to crush marathons or enjoys the daily stress-relief, these gifts will make your shopping easy.
- Mother's Day
- Father's Day
- Graduation Gifts
- For Women
- For Men
- Trail Running
- Marathoners and Long Distance Runners
- New Runners and Beginners
- At Home Workouts
- Recovery & Massage
- For Yourself
- Stocking Stuffers
- Cold Weather Gear
- Under $100
- Under $50
- Under $25
What About Running Shoes?
Running shoes can be difficult to buy for someone else because the best running shoes for one runner might not work for another. Every runner has their own goals and style preferences, too, which makes the choice even harder. Still want to buy them shoes? Snag a Fleet Feet gift card and 1-on-1 in-store outfitting experience so they can get the right shoes for their feet.
Something For Everyone
While every runner has their favorite shoes and clothes, there are some pieces of gear that are (almost) universally loved. These ideas are great for short runs and long runs, trails and pavement, hanging at home and making a coffee run.
Balega Hidden Comfort
Garmin Forerunner 55
goodr Running Sunglasses
Superfeet Dynamic Run Insoles
rabbit Swish Jacket 2.0
OOFOS OOcoozie Low
Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers
Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 Short
Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest
Nathan VaporAir and VaporAiress 7L Hydration Pack
rabbit High County Long Sleeve Flannel
Nathan Run Laces
Brooks Notch Thermal Beanie
Hydro Flask 21oz Standard Mouth
Nuun Drink Tabs
Roll Recovery R3 Ortho Roller
Craft Hybrid Weather Glove
New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip
Nathan Neutron Fire RX
Why You Should Trust Us
At Fleet Feet one of our core values is that it is a privilege to serve. We take the thought of giving you advice and guiding you to pick out the perfect gift for the runner in your life very seriously and are honored that you chose to read this. Fleet Feet is the No. 1 run specialty store in the country. We serve more than 3 million customers across 250+ locations annually and have completed more than 5 million 3D foot scans (and counting) of different runners and walkers’ feet. Our goal is to help every customer find the correct shoes, apparel and gear for their goals.
We don’t just sell shoes and gear, we run, walk and hike with you in those shoes. We have had hundreds of thousands of runners and walkers participate in our training programs, community runs and events every year. We have locations all over the country running in the snow, desert and everything in between.
We take our sales data and talk with the different shoe companies, designers and our network of runners, walkers and hikers to cultivate this list of the best gifts for runners. We also review shoes and gear ourselves to provide you with the best information possible when making these guides. We update this guide regularly to make sure you have the latest information possible to make the best decision for you when it comes to giving your loved one a gift.
How We Picked the Best Gifts
With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running (and gifting). What makes the perfect gift for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that runner. We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gifts. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations. Plus, as people who live and breathe running, we know what we would like to unwrap ourselves.
Standing Behind Our Picks
We picked the best gifts based on what we think will work for the most people in most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.
Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.
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