Gifts for Yourself
Gift Guide 2021 | Fleet Feet
So you’re shopping for the best gifts for runners, and you find something you love. What do you do?
Treat yourself to something new. You deserve it.
Whether you are celebrating a race, motivating yourself for a tough training week ahead, getting through the holidays or just want something special for yourself, we have you covered with the top twelve gifts to give to you, from you.
- Garmin Forerunner 55
- New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
- On Active-T
- OOFOS Sandals
- Women’s Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie*
- Men’s Vuori Sunday Jogger/ Women’s Vuori Performance Joggers*
- Saucony Endorphin Shift 2
- On Performance-T
- Feetures Elite Light Cushion No Show Socks
- Hyperice Hypervolt 2
- Goodr Sunglasses
- Aftershokz Air Headphones
[This article is part of our 2021 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.]
Garmin Forerunner 55
The Garmin Forerunner 55 is the perfect watch for anyone, including yourself. It gives you all of the running data you need to know thanks to a host of features.
Garmin uses a trifecta of tracking perfection (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO) to provide the most accurate distance and pace readings across a wide range of activities, such as running, swimming, HIIT workouts, yoga and pilates. The Forerunner 55 also offers a virtual run feature for greater accuracy when tracking treadmill runs.
Additionally, the Forerunner 55 makes an excellent fitness tracking watch with wrist-based heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, Body Battery and stress tracking. It also has smart phone capabilities, allowing you to read text messages on your watch when your phone is in bluetooth range. This makes it so you can put your phone on the charger when you get home, but still know if you get a phone call or text. Finally, with up to 20 hour battery life in GPS mode, this watch is perfect for almost all distances. Want to learn more about this great watch? Check out our review on the Garmin Forerunner 55.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
Give yourself the gift of cushion with the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11—your feet will thank you. Not only is this shoe soft and cushioned, but it is also lightweight, so it won’t slow you down. With a moldable heel counter and stretchy upper that feels like a sock, this shoe fits most foot types.
One Fleet Feet reviewer said, “I love a lightweight, high-cushion shoe, and this one is dreamy. It's soft underfoot with a bouncy, propulsive feeling on the run. It's the perfect shoe for logging everyday miles and long runs.”
A shirt that is both perfect to wear while running laps around the neighborhood and running errands around town? Sounds like the perfect addition to your closet.
This On Active-T is the perfect gift to give yourself some extra motivation for that long run–it wicks moisture away and is super soft to prevent chafing. Plus, it dries quickly and is stylish enough that you can wear it to brunch afterwards.
Running puts your feet through a lot. Give them the comfort they deserve with a pair of OOFOS sandals.
These recovery sandals cradle the curves of your feet in cloud-like foamy goodness. The OOFoam absorbs 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear that reduces stress on knees and ankles.
OOFOS has a style that will work for almost anyone, too. OOFOS has two thong sandals—the unisex OOriginal and women’s OOlala. They also have slide versions with the unisex OOahh slide, unisex OOahh Sports Flex (which has adjustable velcro, perfect for a higher volume foot) and woman’s OOahh Luxe Slide.
With standout looks and unbeatable comfort, these are perfect for putting on after your race and stylish enough to wear around town.
Women’s Vuori Halo Essential Hoodie*
There are few things better in life than putting on a comfortable, cozy hoodie, especially when the weather turns colder. Enter the Vuori Halo Hoodie.
This hoodie will be your new favorite to reach for on chilly mornings. Plus, this incredibly soft sweatshirt is made with Vuori’s DreamKnit™ fabric, so it wicks moisture and dries quickly if you workout in it. The cropped length and cute colors make this hoodie perfect to wear whether you are warming up for a long run or kicking back after a long day.
*Available in-store only, find your local Fleet Feet.
Men's Vuori Sunday Jogger and
Women's Vuori Performance Jogger*
The only problem when you purchase yourself a pair of these Vuori joggers is that you are going to want to buy more pairs.
These pants are so comfortable, you won’t want to wear anything else. They are made with high-quality, super soft DreamKnit™ fabric that’s soft and smooth against your skin. The cut of these joggers are perfect for most body shapes, too, thanks to its athletic, tapered fit. The material washes well, wicks moisture away and dries quickly. There is no better indulgence to buy yourself than a pair of these joggers. Run, don’t walk, to your closest Fleet Feet to pick up a pair.
*Available in-store only, find your local Fleet Feet.
Saucony Endorphin Shift 2
Give yourself the gift of speed with the Saucony Endorphin Shift 2. These shoes feature Saucony’s PWRRUN cushioning and its Speedroll technology, which allows you to pick up the pace while still feeling effortless. With Saucony’s FORMFIT system and an external heel counter, the lightweight upper of this shoe will hug your feet.
This plateless shoe is comfortable for everyday runs with its responsive and poppy feel. Learn more about this shoe in our Saucony Endorphin Shift 2 review.
Buying yourself a race day top is always a good purchase (but try it out on a long run first, you don’t want anything new on race day).
This Swiss-engineered On Performance-T is the perfect top for running personal bests. The seamless top is featherlight and features a tear-proof front for improved durability. The fast-dry, high-tech fabric that shields, dries and protects will put you in the mindset to run fast.
Feetures Elite Light Cushioned Socks
A new pair of socks can put a smile on anyone’s face, including your own. Get yourself a pair of these Feetures Elite Light Cushioned Socks with their anatomical fit and targeted compression and say goodbye to blisters.
The light cushion provides more comfort and extra protection in high impact areas, while the iWick fibers in the sock wick moisture away to keep feet cool and dry. With a lifetime guarantee, these socks are a great investment in your running future.
Hyperice Hypervolt 2
Give yourself the gift of a good massage with the Hyperice Hypervolt 2.
With three speeds and five attachments, you can customize this percussion massager for different body parts. It has Bluetooth capabilities so you can use the Hyperice app for guided massage routines from professional athletes. Plus, its QuietGlide® technology means that you can do all of this without having to turn up your favorite television show.
Packed with powerful tech, the Hypervolt 2 gives you the soothing relief of a professional massage, all in the palm of your hand.
These sunglasses are polarized, don’t slip and don’t bounce, so they are perfect for running—and just about every other activity.
With so many patterns, colors and styles to choose from, you can find a pair that fit your sport and your personality. Not only are these glasses great for running, but you can wear them around town or on vacation. And since they are affordable and fun, you can get a few pairs to match any outfit.
Aftershokz Air Headphones
Listening to your favorite pump up song can propel you up that hill, so upgrade your headphones to Aftershokz Air wireless headphones.
These headphones sit outside your ear and send the music to your inner ear with bone conduction technology, allowing you to hear your surroundings as well as your jams. So now you can hear the car driving up behind you as you rock out to your favorite songs or your kids yelling for you as you clean the house listening to an audiobook.
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. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners pick out the right gear for decades, so we know a thing or two about making picking out the perfect gifts for them.
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 the 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.