What to get your guy who runs? 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.
For the frequent runner or walker who seems to have everything, there is still a ton of useful and practical running gear and apparel that will make his runs, and even the time in between runs a little bit better.
Drawing from over 45 years of experience outfitting, training and sweating alongside runners of all different abilities, our team of Fleet Feet Editors rounded up our favorite running gifts for men that will instantly upgrade any runner’s arsenal.
Here’s our list of the 11 best gifts for men who run:
- Vuori Strato Tech Tee
- Hyperice Hypervolt Go 2
- rabbit High Country Flannel
- Garmin Forerunner 255 Music
- Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1 Short
- Feetures Merino 10 Sock
- Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger
- goodr Running Sunglasses
- Saucony Drizzle Jacket
- Nathan LightBender RX
- New Balance Heat Grid Half Zip
[This article is part of our 2022 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.]
Vuori Strato Tech Tee
The Vuori Strato Tech Tee will keep your holiday shopping easy and is sure to take the top spot as his favorite shirt. Stunningly soft and available in a variety of colors, this simple yet high-performing running shirt fits great and will look amazing on him.
He can wear it on its own or as a base layer in the cold and it has breathable, anti-odor fabric with a UPF 30+ rating that dries lightning fast, so he can stay fresh and comfortable all day long.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2
The Hypervolt Go 2 will level up your “one free back massage” coupon. Perfect for runners on the go, this small but powerful massage gun comes with two different attachments to help relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improve range of motion, promote circulation, and accelerate warmup and recovery.
Plus, it’s so quiet that he can use it while you’re watching your favorite TV show.
rabbit High Country Flannel
The High Country Flannel is the ultimate performance plaid, and you know he’ll love the versatility of a shirt he can wear from the trail to the coffeehouse.
Garmin Forerunner 255 Music
Does your guy complain about having to carry his phone on the run? The Garmin Forerunner 255 Music lets him download up to 500 songs, plus playlists from his Spotify, Deezer or Amazon Music accounts (subscription may be required), so he can listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts and more phone-free.
Whether he’s running a marathon or new to the sport, it comes packed with all the features a runner needs to train smarter and harder. Plus, it has LiveTrack, so you can follow his real-time location or view his pre-planned course.
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 have more coverage.
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 wallet securely against the side of his leg while he works out.
Feetures Merino 10 No Show Tab Sock
Runners can always use more socks, and he should probably retire his old socks with holesl that he’s using right now anyway. During the winter months, these merino wool socks will wick away sweat and moisture quickly while keeping in warmth, so his feet stay cozy and dry.
With an anatomical fit that feels custom-made, targeted compression around the arch, and a tab on the heel for blister prevention, the Feetures Merino 10 No Show socks feel great on the run from start to finish.
Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger
When Sundays are for the boys, these are what he’ll be wearing. These joggers combine running pants with lounge pants that look good on the run, at the coffee shop or at home.
They're made from soft and stretchy performance fabric that fits most body shapes thanks to their athletic, tapered fit. Just be careful, he won't want to wear anything else after you give him a pair of Vuori Sunday Performance Joggers.
goodr Running Sunglasses
These running sunglasses were made for fun runs, BBQs, backcountry days or golfing. With tons of colors, sizes and styles to choose from, goodr sunglasses are extremely affordable shades with premium features.
Most have polarized lenses to prevent glare and protect from UVA/UVB rays, while lightweight, no-slip frames will keep them from bouncing or sliding down his nose when he’s 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.
Saucony Drizzle 2.0 Jacket
If he’s struggling to stick to his training when the weather gets dreary, the Drizzle 2.0 Jacket will give him a reason to run in the rain. It’s fully waterproof, breathable and comes with a stowable, adjustable hood with a stiffened brim to keep his face and head dry. He’ll be wishing for rain after you give him the Saucony Drizzle 2.0 Jacket.
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. 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.
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. New Balance’s soft, Heat Grid fleece is stretchy and wicks away moisture to keep him dry and warm during his cold-weather runs and adventures.
It has a woven chest pocket to stash cards, keys or some tissues during his long runs and has an athletic fit that doesn’t feel too restricting or tight. Plus, like any great pullover, the Heat Grid Half Zip also has thumb holes on the sleeves to keep his knuckles warm when it’s not quite cold enough for gloves.
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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 Men
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.
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 4 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 for men who run. 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 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 fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.