With the best running shoes, best running clothes and the latest tech, buying gifts for runners can be expensive. But sometimes the best gift to give a runner is something small that can make a big difference.
Something as simple as a new flavor of energy gel can deliver a much-needed boost for a few more miles, while a small light enhances visibility when the sun goes down.
As part of our Gift Guide for Runners, we picked some of the best little things to give to runners this year. From blister-free running socks to no-bounce sunglasses, these running gifts under $25 will be sure to take this holiday season over the top:
[This article is part of our 2020 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.]
Runners can never have enough socks, and the Balega Hidden Comfort Socks are some of the best.
The Hidden Comfort provides a buttery feel that makes every step of your run more comfortable. The soft fibers help keep blisters at bay, and their moisture-wicking properties prevent your feet from feeling swampy.
One of the defining features of the Hidden Comfort is its deep heel pocket and extended heel tab. The generous heel pocket creates a more accommodating fit, and the tab protects your Achilles from rubbing against your shoe.
Cut from a dense fabric that adds more cushion to your step, the Balega Hidden Comfort Socks will keep you running smoothly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face mask to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, so pick up a BOCO Face Mask to keep people safe.
BOCO created the face mask with two layers of performance fabric—an outer layer of polyester and a knit inner layer—that create a filter pocket in the middle for extra protection. Soft, elastic ear loops keep the mask comfortably snug against your face, and the technical material won't get as clammy as cotton.
With a generous fit that covers your nose and mouth, the BOCO Face Mask makes wearing a mask easier and more comfortable while still upholding CDC guidelines.
The original BOCO mask has you covered for everyday activities, but BOCO also created the BOCO Performance X Face Mask specifically for high-output activities, like running. Made slightly thinner but with the same two-layer protection (and a filter pocket in the middle), the BOCO Performance X Face Mask is perfect for working out.
Safety gear gives you peace of mind when you run. So stock up on reflective gear and alarms, like the Nathan SaferRun Ripcord Siren.
The Ripcord Siren draws attention by blaring an alarm. Pull the cord, and the thumb-size device emits a 120dB alarm—as loud as an ambulance—that can help someone find you or act as a deterrent. The alarm can be heard up to 600 feet away.
Engineered to be small and lightweight, the Nathan SaferRun Ripcord Siren gives you another layer of safety without getting in your way.
Feetures built the Elite Ultra Light running sock with an anatomical design to better fit your foot.
The design tailors each sock to the shape of your left or right foot, and it works with targeted compression to deliver a custom-like fit. Feetures also used moisture-wicking fibers to help mop up sweat so you stay comfortable, while a heel tab mitigates chafing and stays out of sight.
The Feetures Elite Ultra Light is the thinnest cushion option in Feetures’ lineup. With thin cushioning, the Ultra Light feels lighter and cooler than other models—perfect for warm weather or sweaty feet.
Staying hydrated is important when you’re sweating, but nuun makes mixes for more than just your workout.
Start your day with a Nuun Immunity. Nuun packed the tab with electrolytes and antioxidants to hydrate and support you throughout the day.
Heading out for a run? Plop a Nuun Sport into your water. The Sport tab delivers essential minerals and electrolytes that help replace the nutrients you lose when you sweat.
Then wind down with Nuun Rest. A soothing blend of magnesium, potassium and tart-cherry can help put you at ease after a tough workout or a long day.
A quarter-length sock with reflective details? Done.
The Balega Enduro Quarter Reflective provides more coverage than a low-cut sock without covering your entire leg. The ankle-cut protects your skin from rubbing against your shoe, and it helps keep out dirt and debris.
But Balega didn’t just cut the sock higher. Designers also knit reflective glass beads into the rib top to boost your visibility in low-light situations.
With a seamless toe and deep heel pocket, the Balega Enduro Quarter Reflective gives you premium performance and unobtrusive visibility.
Lightweight, grippy and protective. Goodr running sunglasses pack all the performance you demand in an affordable (and unfussy) package.
Goodr engineers its sunglasses with a lightweight plastic frame that sits snugly against your head so it won’t bounce as you run. A grippy coating keeps them from slipping down your nose, and polarized lenses block glare and UV rays.
There are dozens of fun colors, shapes and lenses to choose from to match to any style. At $25, goodr Running Sunglasses are the perfect addition to any runner's kit.
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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