Gifts for Runners Under $25

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 | Fleet Feet

When you’re shopping to find the right gifts for the runner in your life, the price tag can add up quickly. With the best running shoes, best running clothes and massage tools on the market, you can quickly eat up your budget.

Luckily, there are outstanding gift ideas for runners that come in under $25.

From bounce-free running sunglasses to socks that banish blisters, these affordable presents can help round out any runner’s kit—and they also make great stocking stuffers.

[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.]

goodr Running Sunglasses

Sitting right at the $25 cutoff, goodr running sunglasses provide incredible value for their affordable price tag, making them perfect for a last-minute gift—or just something for yourself.

UV400 protection shields your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, and the polarized lenses cut glare to keep you comfortable. The classic wayfarer frame shape gives you laid-back style for everyday wear, but wild patterns and colors let you ramp up the style for any occasion.

The lightweight plastic frames are easy on your ears, while a non-slip coating keeps them from sliding down your nose when you start sweating. With plenty of choices, including mirrored lenses, you can be sure you’ll find the right style for whoever you’re shopping for.

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

Ask any runner—you can never have enough socks.

Balega knits these socks from a premium, moisture-wicking fiber for an unbeatable experience. The dense weave adds another layer of cushioning to your run while the deep heel pocket creates a perfect fit.

The reinforced heel and toe give you durability for the long haul, and the extended heel tab helps prevent blisters on your Achilles.

Designed for a soft feel that keeps you dry and comfortable, the Balega Hidden Comfort makes a perfect gift for any runner.

BOCO Face Mask

Wearing a face mask can help prevent the spread of illnesses, like COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it’s important to put one on when you’re inside or can’t be socially distanced.

Fortunately, BOCO Gear makes these lightweight, breathable face masks for running, lifting or a quick trip to the grocery store. The two-layer polyester cloth masks are soft against your skin, and they include a filter pocket for another layer of protection.

The 8-inch-wide mask provides generous coverage, while the elastic ear loops secure the mask to your face.

At just $12, the BOCO masks make a perfect gift to keep you and others safe while staying active.

nuun Drink Tabs

These nuun drink mixes aren’t just for hydration—they’re formulated for everyday life.

Plop a nuun Immunity in your water when you wake up to start your day with essential electrolytes and antioxidants, and then top off before your run with a nuun Sport to keep your body moving its best.

When it’s time to wind down, sip on a nuun Rest. The soothing blend of magnesium, potassium and tart-cherry can help put you at ease after a tough workout or a long day.

Drop a tube or two into a stocking or wrap it up with a new pair of shoes. Each flavor of nuun delivers the vitamins and nutrients you need to perform your best all day long.

Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab

The Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab is a great running sock. But its low-cut silhouette makes it perfect for everyday wear, too.

Feetures designed the Elite much like all of its socks: An anatomical structure fits your left and right foot, and targeted compression delivers a little extra support. The Max Cushion model, though, gives you a plush underfoot feel to protect your feet from taking a beating during your run.

The no show cut hits just below the ankle, so you can pair these with casual footwear, too. Plus, an extended heel tab keeps your Achilles from rubbing on your shoe to reduce the chance of getting a blister.

Spun with yarn made from plastic bottles, the soft and sustainable Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab makes a great holiday, birthday or any day gift for every runner in your life.

Nathan The Hipster Waist Belt with Pockets

Carrying a phone, keys and cards during a run can be a pain. The Hipster Waist Belt from Nathan lets you stash all that and more so you can run with your hands free.

Nathan designed the Hipster belt for a low-profile fit. The stretchy band fits snugly around your waist, giving you a secure, no-bounce fit, even when it’s full.

It includes individual pockets to help keep your things organized, and it has enough storage space to hold most large phones with ease.

The belt fits easily over your clothes when you’re out for a run. But its slim profile and soft fabric mean it’s easy to conceal under your shirt, making it especially well-suited to holding a phone, wallet or passport when you’re traveling.

CEP Short Socks 3.0

Feet feeling tired after a run? Try compression socks.

The CEP Short Socks 3.0 provide targeted compression to your ankle and the arch of your foot to support you throughout your workout. The compression helps stabilize tendons and ligaments while also improving circulation. It also creates a precise fit, so you don’t have any bunching or slipping that can cause blisters.

The Short Socks length hits just above the ankle, which helps keep dirt and debris out during a trail run, and CEP’s Smart Dry yarn wicks sweat away and dries quickly to ensure your feet stay comfortable—even if your pace isn’t.

Perfect for cyclists and triathletes, too, the CEP Short Sock 3.0 is an approachable compression sock for first timers and a reliable sidekick for experienced athletes.

Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light

Simple, affordable and powerful, the Amphipod Swift-Clip Cap Light is an easy way to stay safe on those sunset runs.

Amphipod engineered the running light with two modes: one for flashing strobe and another for a constant beam. The strobe light will draw attention to you if you’re on a busy street, and the constant beam will illuminate any dark path so you can see the way forward.

The lightweight construction clips easily to the brim of a running hat, and its two bright LED lights are powerful enough to give you plenty of vision on nighttime runs or early morning dog walks. It’s even light enough to use two at once for an even wider field of vision.

It can do more than just light up your run: Clip it to a hat when you’re working in low-light spaces, like beneath the sink, or attach it to your sleeve if you need to see something where a flashlight won’t fit.

At just $15, the Swift-Clip Cap Light gives you powerful light at a reasonable price.

GU Energy Gel

GU’s potent blend of carbs, electrolytes and amino acids make it perfect for topping off your tank before or during a big run—and it’s slurpable size and small price tag makes it ideal for pairing with other running gifts.

GU’s formula includes quick-absorbing maltodextrin and fructose for instant energy, as well as sodium to replace the primary electrolyte you lost in sweat. GU also added branched-chain amino acids that may reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.

Even better, each pouch contains 100 calories, so you can easily keep track of your intake, and every ingredient is vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

With more than a dozen flavors to choose from, there’s a GU Energy Gel for everyone.

Due North Foot Rubz

Don’t let its small size fool you—the Foot Rubz massage ball from Due North can work deep into tough knots to soothe your muscles.

Engineers studded the massage ball in raised nubs to mimic the benefits of acupuncture techniques. The nubs help stimulate muscles to relieve tension in your hands or feet, including pain from plantar fasciitis.

But it’s not limited to just your feet. You can use the small form to precisely target knots in your calves or hamstrings. Plus, its easy-to-pack size means you can toss it in your gym back, backpack or suitcase to take with you wherever you go.

Honey Stinger Waffle

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 you natural energy throughout your workout.

Taken before or during a run, each waffle gives you 150 calories and 21 grams of carbohydrates. Scarf one down right before your warmup, or top off your tank during a long race to maintain peak performance.

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.