25 Gift Ideas for the Runner in Your Life in 2018 

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25 Gift Ideas for the Runner in Your Life in 2018 

The ultimate gift-guide for the runner in your life.

If you know anyone who’s proudly a runner (or just loves a quiet jog every once in a while), we’ve found the perfect gifts to wrap up for them this year. Whether they’re used to running 1, 5, 10, or even 20 miles, they’ll definitely appreciate these 25 gift ideas.


Oakley Latch, $163

Every runner needs a pair of shades to keep their eyes protected. This pair from Oakley, co-created with professional skateboarders, has a timeless design and bright, colorful lenses.

Buy it: oakley.com, $163


Tracksmith Franklin Fleece, $128

This performance jacket is made with breathable panels of Polartec fleece in spots where you need to let heat escape, so that you can stay warm without trapping in moisture. It also makes for a cozy zip-up for lounging around at home.

Buy it: tracksmith.com, $128


Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes, $17

Last year, Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky brought us a book about eating nourishing foods. Now, they’re showing us how to make them, with this cookbook full of pre-run snacks, post-run breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and dinner recipes that take 30 minutes or less.

Buy it: amazon.com, $17


Fitbit Versa, $200

If you’re a runner who wants a simple, sleek watch you can wear all day and then easily take out on a run, this smartwatch has many of the features you need, all at a great value: connected GPS (via your smartphone), music storage, and an impressively long battery life—up to four days. Plus, it tracks your heart rate, sleep, has 15 different exercise modes, and it’s water-resistant for logging swimming workouts as well. The watch also features guided breathing sessions, which are personalized based on your heart rate. (We love the Versa so much that it was one of our winners in this year’s SELF Fitness Awards! You can also get more details on the Fitbit Versa and its features by reading our full review here.)

Buy it: fitbit.com, $200

Produced in partnership with Fitbit.


Lululemon Run All Day Backpack II 13L, $118

This water-repellant running backpack is made with lots of pockets to stash your stuff, a waist and sternum strap for added stability, and reflective details for low-light conditions. (We’re also just really into the camo print.)

Buy it: lululemon.com, $118


Hyperice Vyper 2.0, $200

Physical therapists and running coaches sing the praises of foam rollers for sore muscles. This vibrating roller helps you get even deeper into the tight spots.

Buy it here: $200, amazon.com


Oofos Ooahh Slide Sandal, $50

Anyone who runs races will appreciate slipping into these cushy sandals—which basically feel like pillows under your feet—after they cross the finish line.

Buy it: oofos.com, $50

Road Runner Sports

Stance Run No Show Tab Socks, $14

Runners are the kind of people who are happy to get socks as presents. The cushioning in these socks is just enough without being bulky, and the tab in the back makes it so you don’t lose them in your sneakers.

Buy it: roadrunnersports.com, $14


Bose Soundsport Free Truly Wireless Headphones, $199

These sweat- and weather-resistant earbuds are completely wireless, and deliver clear, quality sound for up to five hours of continuous use. The charging case will buy you 10 additional hours.

Buy it: amazon.com, $199


Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask, $29

This convenient handheld, insulated water bottle lets you carry your water, phone, keys, and lip balm all in one compact package.

Buy it: amazon.com, $29


Read on: 25 Gift Ideas for the Runner in Your Life in 2018

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