New runners need gear that’s comfortable, reliable and durable. These gifts are all three.
The best gifts for new runners might be a comfortable pair of running shoes that will stand up to hundreds of miles of training, or you could pick up a sweat-wicking running shirt to stay cool and dry. Whether you’re buying a gift for someone who wants to run their first mile or they’re training for their first 5K, these gifts will help them get there.
We picked these gifts for new runners to help get (and keep) them going. Here are some ideas:
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Running can be tiring for you feet—especially for new runners. The Superfeet Dynamic Run insole helps make it a little more comfortable.
Superfeet designed the Dynamic Run insole to help your feet move the way they’re made to. Rather than rigid structure that adds shape, Dynamic Run provides lightly structured support and cushioning that flexes naturally with your foot.
The extra bit of cushioning delivers another layer of comfort for new runners, and an energizing heel pad disperses impact and mitigates excess vibration to fight premature fatigue. Whether you’re running for the first time or getting back into it after some time off, the Superfeet Dynamic Run insole is a great starting point.
Goodr running sunglasses are only $25, but don’t call them cheap. The affordably priced shades are perfect for new runners, experienced marathoners and everyone in between.
What makes goodr glasses so good is their focus on performance and style. Goodr uses polarized lenses to cut glare and protect your eyes from UV rays, while the lightweight plastic frame hugs your temples for a truly no-bounce ride.
A grippy coating ensures they won’t slip down your face when you’re sweating, and dozens of styles, frame shapes and color combinations work as well on the run as they do at the brewery. For the price, what’s not to like?
Having a great pair of running socks can make the difference between a good run and a bad one—and the Balega Hidden Comfort is one of the best socks around.
Balega built the Hidden Comfort socks for a premium feel. The soft, dense fabric gives you maximum cushioning and a buttery touch. Drynamix fibers help wick moisture, and an extra deep heel pocket dials in the fit.
With a seamless, reinforced toe and a heel tab to protect your Achilles, the Balega Hidden Comfort delivers mile after mile of easy cruising.
Racking up miles can start to take a toll on your body, so keep it running smoothly with the Addaday Pro Roller.
Addaday designed the massage stick with five rolling gears that dig deep into muscles. Each gear has a different density to help target different areas; the blue-and-white gears offer the softest feel, while the gray-and-blue gears deliver a medium feel. The small red gear gives you pinpoint control for where you need it.
Above all else, the Pro Roller is simple. We think that simplicity makes it one of the best massage tools you can find.
With motorcycle-grip handles on each end, the Pro Roller is a smart, low-tech solution to massaging muscles and recovering after a run.
Yes, they’re called the Performance Jogger, but these sweats might be even better for kicking back after your run.
The Performance Jogger (and Sunday Performance Jogger for men) give a slim fit and tapered silhouette while still allowing plenty of room for easy movement. Cut from Vuori’s softest premium stretch fabric, the Performance Jogger is smooth against your skin and comfortable all day long.
Whether you’re folding into pigeon pose, warming up for a few miles or tucking into a sixth episode of your favorite show, the Vuori Performance Jogger will move with you.
The Brooks Chaser 5” short is a performance-minded piece that’s comfortable to wear for many miles and flattering no matter how far you go.
Brooks designed the Chaser with a lightweight DriLayer fabric that wicks sweat away but won’t cling to your skin. A wide, flat waistband adds secure coverage, while a 100 percent polyester lining boosts comfort.
The 5” length strikes the right balance between full-length and short-shorts, and side slits give you a full range of motion. Best of all, Brooks included a sweat-resistant pocket in the waistband so you can stash your phone or keys.
Cut from Nike Flex fabric, the 7” Flex Stride Short is easy to wear for one mile or 20, and its lowkey style transitions easily to post-run errands.
Nike made the outer layer from a 100 percent polyester fabric that’s light and breathable, and they topped it with a stretchy waistband that lies flat against your body. A small, internal drop-in pocket holds keys or a gel, and a zippered rear pocket on the waistband is large enough for a phone.
The best-selling Nike 7” Flex Stride Short has a standard, relaxed fit and comfortable length that will quickly turn these into your favorite running shorts.
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.
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