Your running gear has to be as tough as you are. The best women’s running shoes have to push your performance and look good, too; sports bras have to offer support without being constricting; and technology needs to give you the data to train smarter.
As part of our Gift Guide For Runners, we picked the best running gear for the women in your life (or yourself). From rugged and stylish running watches to the most comfortable apparel, these running gifts for women will meet all their demands and then some.
[Updated November 17, 2020. 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.]
Whether you’re warming up for your run or winding down after a long day, you’ll never want to take off the women’s Vuori Performance Jogger.
Vuori designed the Performance Jogger for a slim but still relaxed fit. The tailored cut reduces bagginess when you’re on the move while still providing enough room for top-notch comfort.
The women’s Performance Jogger employs Vuori’s softest fabric. The polyester-elastane blend feels smooth and cozy against your skin, and it has a generous amount of stretch so you never feel restricted.
With a mid-rise cut and drawstring adjustment, the women’s Vuori Performance Jogger is a premium running gift to give (or get) this year.
One of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can make to your kit is a good pair of running socks, and the Balega Hidden Comfort is one of the best pairs you’ll find.
Balega knit the Hidden Comfort from soft, moisture-wicking fibers for long-haul comfort. The sock’s dense cushion adds another layer between you and the ground, and the hand-linked toe closure keeps annoying seams away.
But it’s not just about soft materials; Balega created the Hidden Comfort with a deep heel pocket, reinforced heel and toe, and extra heel tab for protection against blisters. With a snug fit and run-focused details, the Balega Hidden Comfort won’t let you down.
Every woman needs a good bra for running, so Brooks designed the Dare Crossback Run Bra to support you through every mile.
Unlike all-purpose sports bras, the Crossback Run Bra—and the entire Dare Collection—were built for run-specific support. That means the Crossback reduces motion and provides comfort in exactly the right ways.
Brooks created the bra with a cross-back design that’s easy to pull on, while molded cups support each breast individually. An integrated bottom band lies flat against your body and creates the support you demand from your bra.
Cut from sweat-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and comfortable, the Brooks Dare Crossback Run Bra is a streamlined and supportive bra built just for running.
Music can make the miles fly by, and the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music packs enough tunes for the longest runs.
Garmin built the Forerunner 245 Music with storage for up to 500 songs—but it does a whole lot more than play music. The 245 tracks your runs with GPS, so you get accurate distance, pace and time. Plus, a wrist-based heart-rate monitor keeps up with your effort so you can train smarter.
Built-in apps and Garmin’s coaching software help you figure out if you’re on track or you’re pushing too hard. Packaged in a durable but low-profile case with interchangeable quick-swap silicone straps, the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music is the ultimate training partner.
What makes the ROLL Recovery R4 one of the best running gifts for women is its versatility: The R4 combines the best parts of a traditional foam roller with a varied surface that lets you dig deeper into underworked muscles.
The raised sides of the R4 curve in toward the middle where another ridge creates a channel down the center of the roller. The broad, curved sides are great for rolling out big muscles, like the quads and hamstrings, and the channel down the center is perfect for working the muscles on either side of your spine.
Coated in a firm, dense foam that works deep into muscles without being too aggressive, the ROLL Recovery R4 is a great gift for any woman who runs.
When the skies are threatening rain but your run can’t wait, the women’s On Weather Jacket will keep you dry.
On engineered the Weather Jacket to be a lightweight rain shell with run-specific details. An adjustable hood fits comfortably around your head, and a short bill shields your face from the rain.
The star of the Weather Jacket, though, is the thin and light shell fabric. Designers cut the outer shell from a polyester-elastane blend for its quick-drying and stretchy properties. The shell is coated in a durable water repellent finish to ensure rain rolls off, but the jacket remains breathable so you don’t get clammy.
In the On Weather Jacket review, Fleet Feet testers praised the jacket's light weight and outstanding performance.
If you’re looking for a premium running gift for a woman in your life (or just for yourself), look no further than the On Weather Jacket.
Ultralight and minimal, the Catch Me If You Can Shorts from rabbit make a great gift for women who run.
Rabbit built the Catch Me If You Can shorts to get out of the way. The 2.5 inch inseam and slim fit give the shorts a speedy feel, and the wide waistband holds snugly without the need for a drawstring.
Even with its minimal construction, though, rabbit added three pockets to the shorts: two front internal pockets for small items and one zippered rear pocket in the waistband for extra storage.
The four-way stretch fabric is soft and smooth against your skin, and it soaks up sweat and dries quickly. Plus, an internal mesh liner improves comfort and breathability.
When you’re running fast, the rabbit Catch Me If You Can shorts will keep up.
The women’s New Balance Heat Grid Hoodie is an essential piece of cold-weather running gear that makes a great gift for any woman in your life.
New Balance designed the Heat Grid Hoodie with its NB Heat technology. The tech helps retain heat to keep you warmer in cold temperatures while also wicking moisture so you stay dry.
Snug cuffs with thumb holes help keep your hands warm, and a longer cut better protects you from icy winds. Finished with a hood and a zippered kangaroo pocket, the New Balance Heat Grid Hoodie is a lightweight and warm running hoodie that you’ll never want to take off.
On combines the universally sleek street style of the hoodie with cutting-edge technology to create a performance running hoodie with a minimalist aesthetic.
Constructed with a patented blend of polyester, lyocell and elastane, the On Hoodie is designed to regulate your body temperature as your work out while ensuring freshness by wicking away moisture.
Featuring a zipped front pocket to securely store your belongings and thumb holes to keep your sleeves in place, the On Hoodie is built to move with you, wherever you go. Additional ventilation on the back can be opened when things start to heat up so you can cool down.
The On Hoodie fuses minimalist design with performance technology to create a super-soft, super-sleek look that can go with you from your run to a day out on the town.
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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