Gifts for Runners Under $25

Gift Guide 2024 | Fleet Feet

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When you’re shopping to find the right gift for the runner in your life, the price tag can add up quickly.

Luckily, there are outstanding gift ideas for runners that come in under $25. For over 45 years Fleet Feet has been picking out affordable running gifts for every level and ability, making us experts in gift-giving for runners.

From bounce-free running sunglasses to technical socks that banish blisters, our team of Fleet Feet Editors hand-picked the best affordable presents that can help round out any runner’s kit.

This article is part of our 2024 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.

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Give the Gift of Sunnies
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Goodr Running Sunglasses

$25

Goodr running sunglasses provide incredible value for their affordable price tag, making them perfect for a last-minute gift—or just something for yourself.

With UV400 protection, polarized lenses (in most models), lightweight plastic frames and non-slip coating, your runner can run, dance and play while looking good. The classic wayfarer frame shape gives you laid-back style for everyday wear, but wild patterns and colors can ramp up the style for any occasion.

Give the Gift of Warm Feet
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Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

$16
Runners always love getting another pair of socks and they will love opening the soft and comfortable Balega Hidden Comfort socks. These socks wick moisture away from their feet so that they stay dry and blister-free, while the deep heel and heel tab make sure that they fit perfectly every time
Give the Gift of Energy
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Hüma Chia Energy Gels

$2.50
When runners run for miles and miles, they need fuel. Hüma Chia Energy Gels are a delicious and easy way to get some additional energy while on the run. The all-natural ingredients include finely ground chia seeds that will keep them running strong and these energy gels taste delicious.
Give the Gift of Style
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JUNK Brands Headbands

$19
Cute and comfortable, these headbands use technical fabric that is breathable, moisture-wicking and has four-way stretch. It will keep their hair out of their eyes and stay put all run long.
Give the Gift of Storage
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Cotopaxi Kapai 1.5L Hip Pack

$28

Okay so technically this is three dollars over our limit, but it is so close and such a great gift that we decided to include it anyway.

The Cotopaxi Kapai 1.5L Hip Pack is a great gift for any runner. They can wear it around the waist as they run and then sling it over their shoulder for a crossbody bag for the rest of the day. Made from remnant fabrics, each bag is as unique and colorful as the person wearing it.

Give the Gift of Compression
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CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut Socks 4.0

$20
The CEP Run Compression Mid Cut Socks provide targeted compression to support the ankles and arches during their workouts. It helps to stabilize tendons and ligaments while improving circulation. Plus, the mid-calf length gives them more coverage when running in the cold and prevents exposed skin in between their tights or pants and socks.
Give the Gift of Being Chafe-Free
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Body Glide

$11
No one likes to mention the less-than-glamorous parts of running, but chafing is real and painful. Help protect your runner with Body Glide, the anti-chafing balm that they can put between their thighs, on their feet, under their arms or anywhere they may get hotspots to reduce the friction. Trust us, they will thank you.
Give the Gift of Cushion
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Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab socks

$18

Runners always love getting another pair of socks and they will love opening the soft and sustainable Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab socks. These socks are Feetures most cushioned model and are spun with yarn made from plastic bottles, so you can feel good about your sustainable gift.

Plus, the anatomical structure and targeted compression of these socks deliver a little extra support, while the moisture-wicking yarn keeps their feet dry, comfortable and blister-free.

Give the Gift of Hydration
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Nuun

$7.50

Runners sweat a lot, so having an electrolyte drink can help them run longer, perform better and recover faster. Place a tube of Nuun Sport in their gift box to help them get all of the benefits of an electrolyte drink without the unnecessary sugar.

They just dissolve a tablet in 16oz of water for a delicious, slightly fizzy drink that will keep them going. There are both caffeinated and non-caffeinated options and a variety of flavors, so you can find something your runner will love.

Give the Gift of a Snack
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Honey Stinger Waffle

$1.79

Waffles for breakfast? Yes, please.

This Honey Stinger Waffle makes the perfect pre-workout snack thanks to a layer of energizing honey sandwiched between two crispy waffles. The high-quality honey is naturally packed with carbs and antioxidants, giving them natural energy throughout your workout.

Give the Gift of Water
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Amphipod Hydraform Ergo Minimalist

$25
Give the gift of hydration this year with this streamlined water bottle. With a quick-adjust strap and ergonomic shape, this bottle lets them carry water easily as they are racking up the miles. Plus, there are two quick-access gel slots so they can use their nutrition on the go.

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 shopping easy.

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 5 million 3D foot scans (and counting) of different runners and walkers’ feet. Our goal is to help every customer find the correct 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 gifts for runners. 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.

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. 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 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.