Gifts for Running in Cold Weather

Gift Guide 2024 | Fleet Feet

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Best Cold-Weather Gifts for Runners

Are you shopping for a runner and looking for something they can use right away this winter?

Figuring out what to wear when running in the cold can be a challenge for runners. Having the best cold weather running gear can be a huge help for those who like to brave the outdoors when the temperature drops and conditions are less than ideal. Gifting your runner some quality layers for winter running can be the difference between another night inside on the treadmill and a magical run in a winter wonderland.

With over 45 years of experience outfitting, training and sweating alongside runners of all different abilities, our team of Fleet Feet Editors handpicked our favorite gear that keeps us comfortable, warm and safe during our winter runs.

Going from cold (45-55°F) to colder (25-45°F) to coldest (25°F and below), this list of the best cold weather gifts for runners has winter running jackets, pants, tights, waterproof running shoes and accessories to keep your runner nice and cozy during their winter excursions.

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Colder Weather Running Gifts:

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[This article is part of our 2024 Gift Guide for Runners. See all the best gifts for runners by price, category and more. Can’t make up your mind? No worries. Check out our gift cards for a gift that keeps on giving.]

Cold Weather Running Gifts

Give the Gift of Mid-Layers
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On Climate Shirt


This long sleeve quarter zip will be the mid-layer top they reach for as soon as there’s a chill in the air. The On Climate Shirt adapts to their body temperature by insulating the skin when it is chilly out and airing it out when it heats up, so they’ll always be at the perfect temperature.

The thumb holes and watch window in the sleeves are thoughtful touches that come in big time on a cold day to keep their hands warm and watch in view.

Give the Gift of Versatility
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Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest 2.0


Running in cold weather can be a back-and-forth battle between too hot and too cold. A quality running vest is versatile for almost all weather conditions.

When the temperature isn’t quite cold enough to break out the jacket, the Brooks Hybrid Shield Vest 2.0 keeps their core warm using Thermolite® insulation and has wind and water protection. Zippered side pockets work great to hold their gloves when their hands get too hot, while moisture-wicking materials keep their back from getting too sweaty.

Give the Gift of Comfy
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Saucony Boston Woven Pant


When a chill is in the air and they need to slip into a comfy pair of sweats, look no further than the Saucony Boston Woven Pants for a functional, stylish and comfortable gift.

These pants are made for running, feel amazing against their skin and stay put. Not only can they be worn by themselves, but they are great for layering.

Give the Gift of Softness
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rabbit EZ Long Sleeve


When it comes to long sleeve running tops, you cannot beat giving someone a rabbit EZ Long Sleeve top. This buttery soft running shirt will become an instant favorite (and will raise you to amazing gift giver status).

Not only is it amazing for working out, but it is so comfortable that they will be finding other excuses to wear it.

Give the Gift of Protection
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Craft Hydro Jacket

When cold weather strikes, it is nice to have a windproof and waterproof jacket to stay warm and dry. Enter the Craft ADV Essence Hydro Jacket and Craft Pro Hydro Jacket 2. These jackets won’t weigh them down but will keep them protected from the elements. Plus, it has reflective details and an adjustable hood with visor so they can run in all types of weather.
Give Her the Gift of Mittens and a Shirt
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New Balance Heat Grid ½ Zip

A comfy and cozy running top is essential for running in cold weather and this pullover is the perfect one to give as a gift. Not only will it keep them warm when they run but they are able to unzip it for more ventilation when their run heats up. Plus, there thumbholes and mitt buffs to keep their hands warm on the run.
Give the Gift of Warm and Cozy Feet
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OOFOS OOcoozie Low Shoes

Keep their feet warm and comfortable after their run with a pair of OOFOS OOcoozie Low shoes. These recovery shoes feature OOFOS’ famous foam footbed that cradles their feet and reduces stress on their knees and ankles. The warm vegan sherpa upper takes the cozy factor to the next level and provides warmth after a cold hard run.

Colder Weather Running Gifts

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Give the Gift of Warm Hands
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Brooks Fusion Midweight Glove


These running gloves are the perfect present to give someone who runs in the cold. Warm fabric on the back will block the wind and keep their digits warm, while mesh inserts in the palms prevent their hands from getting too sweaty.

Plus, the fingertips are touch screen compatible, so they won’t have to risk cold hands to answer a call or text.

Give the Gift of a Warm Head
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Saucony Solstice Beanie

Every runner needs a pom hat for their cold winter runs and post-run coffees with friends. The Sprints Winter Hat will keep your runner stylish and warm with fun and whimsical patterns that will brighten anyone's day.
Give the Gift of Streamlined Tights
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New Balance Impact Run Heat Tight


When the weather turns frigid, the new Balance Impact Run Heat Tight will keep them warm as they put in the work.

These streamlined tights keep them comfortable during cold winter runs thanks to New Balance’s technology that wicks sweat away from the body. There is a drop-in pocket on either side and a zippered back pocket to carry essentials while they run.

Give the Gift of Warm Runs
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New Balance Impact Run Jacket


Staying warm while running in the cold requires a little extra insulation, so the New Balance Impact Run Jacket packs a little more.

A winter running jacket is important because it needs to provide warmth without adding weight and bulk that makes running difficult. The Vaporloft insulation works perfectly in this jacket to provide insulation on the chest that is still breathable, lightweight and allows freedom of movement.

Give the Gift of Rain Protection
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On Weather Jacket

This top-of-the-line jacket will keep your runner dry during their runs in the rain and snow. A perfect final layer, this jacket is lightweight and can be folded into its breast pocket and whipped out when the weather turns south to protect them from precipitation and wind. Plus, it looks so nice that they will want to wear it around town as well.
Give the Gift of Merino Wool
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Feetures Merino 10 Cushion Quarter Sock


A good pair of wool socks will put a smile on any runner’s face. These Feetures Merino wool socks will use Merino wool’s natural properties of keeping their feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, wick away moisture and feel soft against their skin.

Plus, the quarter length means that there is no gap between their tights and socks to expose their ankles to the cold.

Coldest Weather Running Gifts

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Give the Gift of Versatility
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Craft Adv SubZ Longsleeve 2


If they are brave enough to run in the freezing cold temperatures, you can give them some warmth with the Craft Adv SubZ Longsleeve 2. A fantastic baselayer, this half-zip wicks away sweat and provides plenty of warmth.

It has thumbholes and extended cuffs for added protection. Plus, there is a pocket on the left arm that can fit most phones.

Give the Gift of Warm Running Tights
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Craft ADV Essence Warm Tights


These soft and stretchy winter running tights will be perfect for their cold-weather long runs. When the temperatures get below 25°F, they can wear the Craft ADV Essence Warm Tights as an outer layer or base layer underneath a pair of joggers or snow pants.

The silky smooth polyester and jersey fabric will keep them warm without irritating their skin, and the compression feels great during long days outdoors.

Give the Gift of Warm Outer Layers
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Brooks Shield Hybrid Jacket 2.0


Giving someone a Brooks Shield Hybrid Jacket is the same as giving your runner a warm cocoon for each and every run. This insulated running jacket uses Thermolite insulation to keep them as warm as wearing a puffy jacket, but without the bulk, so they can actually move their arms. Plus, it is weather-resistant to further protect them from the rain, wind and snow.

They can carry everything they need to run in the cold with two drop-in side pockets, two hand pockets and a zip-secure pocket.

Give the Gift of Warm Feet
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Balega Blister Resist Quarter Socks


Most running shoes are extremely breathable and lightweight which doesn’t always bode well for colder temps. And numb toes can be one of the most uncomfortable feelings during a run

Made with thick mohair wool, the Balega Blister Resist Quarter Socks will keep their feet warm all run long. The durable smooth fiber regulates temperatures, stretches to fit their feet and reduces skin irritation to make sure they have the best run, even in freezing cold temperatures.

Give the Gift of Compression
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CEP Cold Weather Tights


A pair of good cold weather tights are invaluable to any runner, and the CEP Cold Weather Tights are exactly that. There are wind- and waterproof panels to keep them protected from the elements.

Not only do these tights keep you warm with insulating properties and a soft plush lining, but the Tightfit technology gives some compression to activate muscles and stabilize joints.

Give the Gift of Hybrid Mittens
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Craft Hybrid Weather Glove

One of the best gifts for runners under $50, Craft’s Hybrid Weather Glove combines safety and weather protection in a lightweight package. For extra warmth on especially windy or cold days, this winter running glove has a brushed wind and waterproof cover that they can easily pull on or off depending on the conditions. The gloves are also compatible with smartphone screens so they do have to expose their hands to the cold when they want to change playlists or check a text message. With reflective details for added safety and visibility, the Craft Hybrid Weather Glove is a swiss-army knife glove that gives them warmth and convenience in chilly or wet conditions.

More Gifts for Runners

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 holiday shopping easy.

How We Picked the Best Running Gifts for Colder-Weather Running

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 winter running 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.

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 perfect 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 gift ideas winter 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.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best cold-weather gifts for runners 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, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.