Deciding what to get for a runner can be tricky. A lot of the best running gear like high-tech running watches and massage tools can be quite expensive for the average gift. But there are still plenty of must-have gifts under $100 that can make life for your runner so much better.
With over 45 years of experience outfitting, training and sweating alongside runners of all different abilities, our team of Fleet Feet Editors asked what gear under $100 has made the biggest differences in our running. Together we handpicked this list of the 11 best gifts for runners under $100.
Most of the gear on this list will be in the $50-$100 price range. Check out our gifts for runners under $50 and gifts for runners under $25 for even more affordable gift ideas for the runner in your life.
Here are the best gifts for runners under $100:
- Saucony Rested Sherpa Quarter Zip ($95)
- On Performance Long-T ($80)
- Shokz OpenMove Headphones ($80)
- Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest ($60)
- Craft CORE Dry Active Comfort Baselayer ($65)
- Craft ADV Essence Warm Tight ($85)
- CEP The Run Compression Calf Sleeve 4.0 ($40)
- OOFOS OOahh Sport Flex Sandals ($80)
- Nathan Neutron Fire RX ($55)
- New Balance Heat Grid ½ Zip ($90)
- Nathan TrailMix Plus Insulated Hydration Belt ($65)
[This article is part of our 2022 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.]
Give the Gift of Cozy Fleece
Saucony Rested Sherpa Quarter-Zip
Fluffy, cozy and warm, the Saucony Rested Sherpa will be their favorite quarter zip for everything from warm-ups and cold-weather runs to fireside hangouts and winter adventures.
Its classic, retro vibe stands out and looks good with running tights or a pair of jeans. Plus, it’s made with recycled polyester, so it’s a gift that’s easier on the environment and your wallet.
Give the Gift of Lightweight Performance
On Performance Long-T
Once you give the gift of a running shirt like the On Performance Long-T, they won’t be able to remember life without it. The high-tech fabrics dry so fast and are integrated with an antibacterial treatment so they’ll stay noticeably fresher during, and even after their run.
The front of the Performance Long-T is also tear-proof, making it a great gift for trail runners, and the back is covered by a highly breathable, moisture-control mesh fabric that feels airy and lightweight.
Give the Gift of Music
Shokz OpenMove Headphones
It’s hard to believe these running headphones are under $100. Shokz OpenMove Headphones use bone conduction technology (and possibly magic) to play premium sound while allowing your runner to hear their surroundings at the same time. Bluetooth pairing, a six-hour battery life, lightweight construction and a secure fit make these headphones a quality running gift at an entry-level price.
Shokz OpenMove headphones are a must-have for anyone who likes to vibe to music or listen to podcasts and audiobooks during their runs, walks or bike rides.
Give the Gift of High-Visibility
Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest
If your runner’s schedule often calls for runs in the dark, the Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam Rechargeable Vest will make them impossible to miss. The Xinglet Optic Beam easily fits over their running clothes while light from a powerful LED tube wraps them with 360-degree visibility for up to five hours of total run time.
Plus, it’s lightweight and adjustable so they can find a snug and comfortable fit that won’t distract them from your run.
Give the Gift of Layered Warmth
Craft CORE Dry Active Comfort Baselayer
Any runner needs to know how to layer for the cold. The Craft CORE Dry Active Comfort Baselayer is a great gift choice that a runner can use for any activity.
Functional for everyday workouts, skiing or kicking back post-run, this versatile long-sleeve can be worn as a base layer or on its own.
Give the Gift of Cold-Weather Running
Craft ADV Essence Warm Tight
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” These highly functional training tights pair perfectly with the Craft CORE Dry Active Comfort Baselayer and are perfect for running and cross-country skiing all winter long.
The ADV Essence Warm Tights are stretchy and soft for a comfortable fit. Polyester and silky jersey fabric will keep them warm without irritating their skin, and the compression feels great during long days outdoors. Plus, the durability and quality of these running tights from Craft will last your runner for many winter seasons to come.
Give the Gift of Compression
CEP The Run Compression Calf Sleeve 4.0
The CEP The Run Compression Calf Sleeve 4.0 will help them run stronger for longer. These new and improved calf sleeves use medical-grade compression to decrease fatigue and cramping so their legs will feel fresher and stronger as they run. Plus, the Calf Sleeve 4.0 cools the skin when it is hot out and warms up when the temperatures drop, so they can use them year-round.
Give the Gift of Plush Comfort
OOFOS OOahh Sport Flex Sandals
Runners' feet can be sore and tight after runs. These sandals use OOFOS’ plush foam that feels incredible after a hard run or long day on your feet. OOFOS OOahh Sport Flex sandals will give them next-level comfort and cradle their tired arches to help them recover in between hard workouts.
The adjustable strap and sleek design make them a great gift for all types of runners and foot shapes, especially if they're a socks-with-sandals type of person during the winter.
Give the Gift of Light
Nathan Neutron Fire RX
In addition to being seen during runs and walks in low-light conditions, runners need to be able to light the path ahead as well. The Nathan Neutron Fire RX is a run-specific headlamp that is now lighter and brighter than ever.
With up to 25+ hours per charge, the powerful USB-rechargeable battery helps put out 200 lumens (equivalent to 200 burning candles) of crisp RUN-Right Light™ to lead the way. Plus, the entire head strap is reflective, giving them 360 degrees of visibility.
Give the Gift of Versatile Layering
New Balance Heat Grid ½ Zip
A half-zip pullover is a staple in any winter runner’s wardrobe—it can be worn as a mid-layer when it’s cold or an outer layer on mild days. New Balance’s soft, Heat Grid fleece is stretchy and wicks away moisture to keep them dry and warm during their cold-weather runs and adventures.
It has a woven chest pocket to stash cards, keys or some tissues during their long runs and has an athletic fit that makes it easy to layer with. Plus, like any great pullover, the Heat Grid Half Zip also has thumb holes to keep their hands warm on days when running gloves would be overkill.
Give the Gift of Hydration
Nathan TrailMix Plus Insulated Hydration Belt
During longer winter adventures, it’s just as important for runners to stay hydrated as it is in the summertime.
The Nathan TrailMix Plus Insulated Hydration Belt comes with two 10 oz insulated water bottles that sit perfectly on the hips and have a secure middle pocket that can carry a phone, keys, lip balm or some extra nutrition.
Give the Gift of Their Choice
Fleet Feet Gift Card
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 holiday shopping easy.
- Best Gifts for Runners
- For Women
- For Men
- Stocking Stuffers
- Trail Running
- Marathoners and Long Distance Runners
- New Runners and Beginners
- At Home Workouts
- Mindfulness, Calm, Recovery
- Graduation Gifts
- For Yourself
- Cold Weather Gear
- Under $100
- Under $50
- Under $25
How We Picked the Best Gifts for Runners Under $100
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.
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 4 million 3D foot scans (and counting) of different runners and walkers’ feet. Our goal is to help every customer find the perfect 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 presents under $100 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.
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