Gifts for Runners Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 | Fleet Feet

Aside from a quality pair of running shoes, there are countless accessories and gifts that a runner needs to run safely, comfortably and in style. To help you find a perfect gift at a great price, we put together a list of gifts for runners under $50.

Gloves, hats, safety lights, hydration bottles and other accessories are gear that many runners don’t know they need until it’s too late. Especially if you are buying gifts for a new runner.

So we handpicked the 10 best running gifts under $50 that all types of runners will not only use but appreciate every day:

[Updated September 13, 2021. 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 runners for a gift that keeps on giving.]

ROLL Recovery R3

To kick up those “good for one free foot massage” coupons you’ve been giving out every year, the Roll Recovery R3 is a gift for runners that keeps on giving.

Runners often get sore or tight feet from the impact of running. With this rolling, deep-foot massager, you can target and stretch high injury areas of the foot and relieve soreness from things like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

The Roll Recovery R3 rolls smoothly on any type of floor and never slips out from under you. Using a revolutionary design, its asymmetrical shape lets you massage deep into the inner, middle and outer muscles of the foot.

Small enough to fit in a suitcase or gym bag to use on race day, the Roll Recovery R3 is a great gift for runners who could use a free foot massage.

Superfeet Dynamic Run Insoles

If you want to give your runner something they will use every time they lace up, Superfeet Dynamic Run Insoles replace the insoles that come in their running shoes to give a more customized fit that helps their foot move the way it was designed to.

Using a dynamic flex that adapts to your foot as you move, this running insole has lightly structured support and cushioning to disperse impact and reduce excess vibrations of the foot. This helps fight fatigue and keep you feeling fresh when you hit the pavement.

Running insoles can improve the comfort of their shoe and give some added arch support. If you think your runner has high arches, check out Superfeet Dynamic Run Max Insoles.

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

The best massage tools are relatively simple to use and versatile. Gifting your runner the TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller will give them all of the best aspects of foam rolling without getting too fancy.

Engineered to mimic a massage therapist's hands, there are three different surface textures molded onto the GRID that each serve a specific purpose so you can find the perfect pressure and angle to optimize your rolling session.

Long enough to handle all of your runner’s major muscle groups, the TriggerPoint Grid uses EVA foam around a hard, hollow core that adds rigidity to the roller for deeper relief and improves durability compared to a styrofoam roller.

Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra 20oz

Staying hydrated during a long run is important. Runners can experience a notable decline in performance with as little as 2% fluid loss. Since carrying a sloshing water bottle around can ruin your run, Amphipod designed the Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra to make drinking water on your runs a cinch.

This ergonomic running bottle fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and has a hand strap and thumb-lock sleeve that keeps the water bottle in place so you don’t have to use a vise-like grip the entire run.

To carry your keys, a small trail map, some cards or a few nutrition gels, Amphipod included an expandable zipper pocket on the side of the Hydraform. Big enough to carry 20oz of water, the Ergo-Lite Ultra is a great gift under $50 for the oft parched runner.

Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light

Great for hiking in low-light conditions or running during times of the year with less daylight, Nathan packed 250 lumens of power into a lightweight and easy-to-wear running light that makes a great gift for a runner who’s afraid of the dark.

What do 250 lumens mean? Imagine strapping the light from 250 candles to your chest. This high-powered running light clips securely onto an adjustable strap that you can wear around your chest or waist, rather than bouncing on your forehead.

The Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lights up your path for up to 25 hours, while its five different power levels and settings let you toggle between low, medium, high, boost and strobe depending on your needs.

Sprints Hat

For a fun gift that runners can use for daily training, race-day outfits and post-run drinks, Sprints Running Hats use cool designs and performance fabrics to handle any adventure.

Sprints Hats combine lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester fabrics with strategically placed mesh inserts to quickly cool you down during a run.

Machine washable for when you get extra sweaty during a workout and adjustable for most head sizes, Sprints Running Hats are a great gift for the runner who likes to have a good time.

Craft Hybrid Weather Glove

The Craft Hybrid Weather Glove combines safety and weather protection into a versatile and lightweight package.

Perfect to gift to a runner whose hands get too hot and sweaty, this running glove has a brushed wind and waterproof cover that you can pull on or off depending on your temperature.

The gloves are compatible with smartphone screens so you don’t have to pull your hands out in cold weather, and a silicone print in the palm gives you a better grip and touch.

With reflective details for added safety and visibility, the Craft Hybrid Weather Glove is a multi-tool glove that gives you great warmth and comfort in chilly or wet conditions.

CEP Calf Sleeves 3.0

If you have ever heard your runner complain about shin splints or calf cramps, buying them CEP Calf Sleeves 3.0 could be life-changing.

These compression sleevesare designed to improve your workout by increasing circulation and stabilizing your muscles making them an ideal gift for marathon runners or triathletes.

To help you go the distance, CEP uses a new high-tech yarn that is better for wicking and evaporating moisture away to keep you cooler on hot days.

Tip for sizing: sizing for these compression socks is based on calf circumference, not shoe size.

Mizuno Breath Thermo® Beanie

A cold-weather running beanie that doesn’t itch or rub while you sweat can be hard to find. That’s why we love the Mizuno Breath Thermo® Beanie as a great gift for a runner under $50.

It has an ergonomic shape and fit that covers your ears without crowding your forehead or eyebrows, and it extends back to cover the nape of your neck. Mizuno’s soft, moisture-wicking fabric and flatlock seams make it comfortable to wear even when you start to sweat, while reflective details keep you visible.

Mizuno uses its Breath Thermo® technology that actually heats up as you produce body vapor so no matter how cold it gets, this winter running hat will keep you toasty.

HOKA ONE ONE Ora Recovery Slide 2

To give your feet some hard-earned TLC, HOKA ONE ONE Ora Recovery Slides are like a spa day for your feet.

These recovery slides are amazing to slip on after a long run or grueling race because they feel like soft pillows on your heels and arches. HOKA uses an oversized midsole and Meta-Rocker for comfort and support in a sandal you can wear with your socks if that’s your style.

With immediate step-in comfort and relief, the HOKA ONE ONE Ora Recovery Slide 2 makes a great gift for hard runners and comfort seekers.

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.