Get him a gift he’ll love for the holidays. A thoughtful gift to support your dad, son, brother, husband or friend’s love of running is a great way to show that you appreciate everything they do.
If you can’t seem to figure out what to get for the runner in your life, take a look at our handpicked list of the coolest running apparel, gear and tech that is sure to help them power through the miles.
Here’s our list of the best 10 running gifts for men:
- rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve
- Garmin Forerunner 55
- Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 Short
- Feetures Merino 10 Sock
- On Sweat Pants
- goodr Sunglasses
- Mizuno Breath Thermo® FZ Jacket
- Nathan LightBender RX
- Hyperice Hypervolt 2
- New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip
[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.]
rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve
Keep your holiday shopping EZ this year and buy him the rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve.
Stunningly soft and available in a variety of colors, this simple yet high-performing running shirt fits and looks great. He can transition seamlessly from his workout to drinks with friends thanks to this shirt’s clean lines and subtle style, while the breathable, high-tech fabric dries lightning fast so he can stay fresh all day long.
The EZ Tee is versatile enough to replace half the shirts in his closet and can be worn for runs, workouts or out touring his favorite brewery.
Garmin Forerunner 55
The Garmin Forerunner 55 has everything he needs in a GPS running watch without any of the fancy bells and whistles.
Whether he is just starting to run or training for a marathon, the Forerunner 55 now has updated features to help him train smarter, not harder.
In addition to tracking classic training metrics like heart rate and distance, the Forerunner 55 uses running metrics and sleep monitoring to help with daily training, recovery, and race-day prep.
Lightweight and waterproof up to 5 ATM, the watch face has a clean color display and a simple button layout for a quick learning curve.
He won’t have to worry about charging it all the time either, as this watch can last up to two weeks in Smartwatch mode and 20 hours when using GPS.
Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 Short
Brooks Sherpa running shorts are best-sellers for good reason—their combination of comfort, pockets, function and price make them hard to beat.
The Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 Shorts are available in 5” and 7” lengths so he can show off the quads or leave some up to the imagination. Stretchy and lightweight fabrics with super quick drying times wick moisture away and keep the airflow moving.
They have a soft, flat waistband that doesn’t rub or ride up, and the boxer-brief style liner has a side pocket to hold his phone or cards securely against the side of his leg while he works out.
With plenty of other storage options including mesh pockets on the back and an elastic key loop, the Brooks Sherpa 2-in1 Shorts can handle it all.
Feetures Merino 10 No Show Tab Sock
For men who value a practical gift, a nice pair of running socks will always keep him happy.
Feetures Merino 10 No Show Tab Socks are great for running during cold or wet weather. They’re made from merino wool, which keeps in warmth and wicks away sweat and moisture better than most other materials.
Feetures gave these socks an anatomical fit that makes them feel like they were made just for your feet, and targeted compression around the arch hugs your foot and prevents fatigue. A deep heel keeps the sock from sliding down the back of his shoe and a tab in the back prevents blisters.
On Sweat Pants
Every guy needs a comfy pair of sweatpants for lounging around or walking the dog.
The On Sweat Pants are designed for ultimate comfort and use a soft blend of performance fabrics that are lightweight and breathable without sacrificing warmth.
They have a comfortable and relaxed fit perfect for kicking back on the couch but are stylish enough to pull off for quick trips around town.
Knee panels made from a warm, polyester-wool blend keep the joints warm and loose, and an antibacterial treatment means you won’t be able to tell if he missed laundry day.
These running sunglasses were made for fun runs, barbeques, days on the mountain or quirky holiday parties.
With tons of colors, sizes and styles to choose from, goodr sunglasses are extremely affordable shades with premium features. Polarized lenses prevent glare and protect from UVA/UVB rays, while lightweight, no-slip frames keep them from bouncing or sliding down your nose when you're running.
If you’re looking for a gift he’s guaranteed to love, it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of goodr sunglasses.
Mizuno Breath Thermo® FZ Jacket
The Mizuno Breath Thermo® FZ is a jacket he can use for more than just cold-weather running. It combines high-performance features with practical safety touches and pockets for a jacket that’s perfect for working out in or braving the cold around town.
The Breath Thermo FZ can handle all the elements. It is water and wind-resistant and uses Mizuno’ Breath Thermo technology that harnesses escaping body vapors to generate heat and keep you warm when the temperature drops.
Available in bright, bold colorways, this running jacket has 360 degrees of visibility for safety and uses reflective fabrics to keep you seen in low-light conditions.
Nathan LightBender RX
If your runner likes to go out running early in the morning or after the sun goes down, the Nathan LightBender RX is a great gift to give to make sure he is seen out on the road.
The LightBender RX is a durable and lightweight armband that lights up and switches between red, green and blue to optimize visibility in fog, snow or rain. It even lets you choose between blinking or steady light patterns depending on the situation.
Powered by a lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB, the Nathan LightBender RX is a versatile armband that is also sweatproof, waterproof and chafe-free.
Hyperice Hypervolt 2
If you’re tired of giving the runner in your life massages after his long runs, the Hyperice Hypervolt 2 percussion massager may be a worthy investment.
This amazing massage tool is on many runners' wish lists. Long-distance runners and anyone with stiff or tight muscles will love the five interchangeable heads the Hypervolt 2 comes with that lets you target every muscle.
Quiet Glide technology keeps the noise down so it doesn’t sound like a kitchen mixer, and built-in pressure sensors automatically adjust the speed to match your pressure to improve recovery.
Bluetooth pairing lets you connect to your phone to follow guided recovery routines and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives consistent and long-lasting power.
New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip
Half-zip pullovers prove their worth during the fall and winter months and make a great gift for any runner.
As a stylish and versatile warming layer, the New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip is perfect for cold-weather runs and adventures. New Balance’s Heat Grid fleece is stretchy and wicks away moisture to keep you dry and warm.
It has a woven chest pocket to stash your cards, keys or some tissues during your longer runs and has an athletic fit that doesn’t feel too restricting or tight.
Like any great pullover, the Heat Grid Half Zip also has thumb holes on the sleeves to keep your knuckles warm when it’s not quite cold enough for gloves.
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.