You know, putting this guide together for the second time (see here for more gifts that are still great for runners from last year’s guide) made me realize that shopping for runners is pretty damn easy. I was surprised at how simple it was to find 20 gifts in all categories and price ranges that pretty much any runner would be thrilled to receive.
Of course, I did have some help this year! Last year, my list was completely made up of items that I have been using in my own running endeavors over the years. But this year I wanted to expand beyond that. Some of these items I do use and LOVE, some of these items have been on my radar lately, and some of these items were recommended by you, my dear readers! In particular, I asked y’all on Instagram what your favorite hydration packs and wireless earbuds are because these are two items I’m currently in the market for and I was curious what everyone else was using.
Some of you shared some really great recommendations, all listed here. And some of you reached out to say that you also wanted to know what other people recommended. So if you were in that boat, here are your answers. Thanks to all who messaged me with suggestions, you really helped to make this list great!
And to everyone else: Whether you’re a runner looking for items to add to your wish list this year or you’re a superb friend or family member shopping for a loved one who is a runner, well I think you’ll certainly find at least something that you’re looking for here.
Happy holidays, hungry friends! <3
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The best gifts for #runners! @hungryrunner is sharing gift ideas for your wishlist and all the crazy runner friends in your life!
The Best Gifts For Runners: 2017 Guide
1. Nathan The Hipster — $20
This belt just caught my eye today. Right now I run with an armband but I’m not really a huge fan of it, except for the fact that I can slide my phone in and out of it easily while I’m running. So I’m on the hunt for a comfortable belt that also allows for easy phone access and room to carry one or two more small items and this looks like a promising choice to me.
2. BSeen (™) LED Slap Band Glow Bracelet — $8.99
The explanation for this gift is simple. Us crazy runners tend to run at crazy times and sometimes that means the sun isn’t up while we’re getting our workouts in, especially during this time of the year when daylight time is particularly limited. But running safely should ALWAYS be a priority and these LED slap bands are a simple way to increase visibility for running in the dark.
3. Sarah Marie Design Studio Tanks and T-Shirts (and more) — Various Prices
A few weeks back I purchased this “Run All The Miles, Eat All The Pizza” tank from Sarah Marie Design Studio because well, why wouldn’t I want a comfy tank that reads my life motto? Anyway, if you’re a runner and you use social media, you’ve likely seen Sarah’s products at some point. And if you’re a non-runner, if you browse through Sarah’s shop, you’re bound to find something that’s perfect for the runner in your life. I promise.
As I mentioned above, I’m interested in investing in a hydration pack for my longer runs. I love my Nathan handheld bottle, but for runs over 8 miles, it can get tiring to hold on to. Ashley (@ariversrunsthroughit) suggested this pack from Nathan because it’s lightweight and comfortable. She said it’s “easy to use and has tons of storage. I hardly even know it’s there when I’m running … They used body mapping technology to design it to fit a woman’s body and it is made of lightweight and breathable fabric.”
5. CamelBak Ultra 10 Hydration Vest — $112
The recommendation for this pack comes from Amanda (@runtothefinish). She noted that it makes hydrating easy and has lots of extra pockets. “I like this particular model because it’s snug to the body and the pocket placement makes it easy to grab my phone for those must have Instagram moments,” she wrote. Yes, she gets me ; )
6. HotHands Hand Warmers — $14.62 for 12
This gift is for winter running, but trust me, if you know a runner who loves to hit the road, even on the coldest of days, they will thank you immensely for these little babies that warm up quickly and can be slipped into gloves and pockets for some extra heat. Bonus: They are also great for skiing and other outdoor winter sports.
7. Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands — $11.95
And then for runners who would rather keep their workouts indoors for the winter, this resistance band pack is quite a nifty little gift. Plus, regardless of whether a runner likes to spend more time indoors or outdoors during the colder months, all runners should incorporate some sort strength training in their routines and these bands will make it easy and convenient to do so.
8. Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones — $149
Katie ( @katie.croll) recommends these Bluetooth babies saying that they “fit perfectly” and have “great sound” but that they still allow you to hear what’s going on around you, which is really important for safe running. I have not tried these, but In my own experience, when it comes to sound quality, you can’t really go wrong with Bose.
If you know a runner, and they love to eat (what runner doesn’t, right?), then yes, they will love this book. In fact, it’s is popular in the running community that I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t own it yet. But when I do get my hands on it, I absolutely cannot wait to try all the different recipes inside. Oh yeah, and yes, its’ co-authored by Shalane Flanagan. Yup, the same woman who crushed it and won the NYC Marathon earlier this month.
10. Believe Training Journal — $14.92
This item I do own and I’ll keep it simple by saying that I just love it. It makes keeping track of your training not only simple, but fun! There are inspiring quotes strewn throughout the pages and it’s also packed with lots of expert running advice.
11. 2018 Runner’s Daily Desk Calendar by Gone For a Run — $14.99
I don’t own this particular calendar, but I did use to have one like it on my desk and it made me smile every day when I got to work and turned the page. I used to post the daily quotes and jokes on my Instagram feed and I would always get questions from followers asking me where I got the calendar. I’d say that’s a sure sign any runner will love this gift.
I’m including these on this list for the simple fact that they are my favorite running socks because they are oh-so-soft and comfy. Socks seem like a boring gift, and that’s probably true … expect if they are nice socks and you’re giving them to a runner.
If you know a runner who also loves to read, they will most likely enjoy this book. Murakami’s thoughts on running and life are uplifting and insightful. Personally, I enjoyed this books so much that I do plan to eventually read it again.
These Bluetooth headphones come recommended from an Instagram follower named Elizabeth. She said they are her favorite wireless earbuds because they are waterproof/sweatproof and have a decent battery life. She also mentioned that you can still hear cars and other surrounding noises with them on. “My dad is an airline pilot for a major airline and [this is] the brand that makes some of their communications equipment,” she wrote. “I’ve been using [the] same pair for three years and they’ve been through multiple moves/lots of travel with no issues!”
15. Reflective Vest for Running (+ 2 reflective safety bands) — $12.85 – 14.85
Georgia (@fitnessfreckle) wanted to know more suggestions for night time safety gear and this vest looks like another great (and lightweight) option for adding more visibility to dark, early-morning or evening running workouts. Again, I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t have one of these yet since I like to remind you guys about running safely, but this is the option I plan to go with. (P.S. If you have any more safety gear suggestions for Georgia, leave them in the comments!)
16. CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women’s Essential Crossover Leggings — $94.60 – $102.10
Full disclosure, I received a pair of these leggings from CALIA by Carrie over the summer, but I am sharing them here because they are just so, so comfy. They are high-waisted (well, at least for me and my short torso) and the material is thick and soft, which actually makes them a good choice for winter running. I’ll be honest though, I mainly wear these for lounging because they are just that cozy. My only issue is that they are super long (I have a size small and I’m 5′), but they can easily be rolled up to fit properly, so it’s not a huge deal for me (I have to do that with most of my leggings anyway). #shortgirlproblems
17. Epson ProSense 17 GPS Running Watch — $99.99
No, I have not used this watch yet, but I couldn’t put together this list without sharing it hear because I have been seeing it EVERYWHERE lately and a lot of runners have been saying they really like it. It has a lot of cool functionalities and super-competitive price point compared to a lot of the other GPS watches out there. If you’re looking for a GPS watch that’s on the more affordable side, I’d venture to say this is one of the best options out there right now.
Valentina (@valentinka80) recommended this wireless headphone option from LG. “I can wear them around my neck and the actual earbuds can be pulled out only when I want to use them, otherwise they stay in the ‘neckpiece’ … and don’t bother me!” she wrote. “It’s great for races when I only need music every now and again or when the battery dies mid-long run.” It’s also worth noting that this pair is waterproof.
19. Rise and Run Mug from Pace of Me — $25
This mug, or any other item in the Pace of Me shop will not only put a smile on any runner’s face, but it will also help support a good cause. Jess and her sister teamed up to create fun, inspiring running-related designs on different products with the goal of supporting Team Drea Foundation – to help find a CURE for ALS. They also have t-shirts, sweat shirts, more super-cute mugs, tanks and hats!
OK, these are the last and final item on my list because I was surprised to find that two readers highly recommend them for running. If you’re like me, you’re extremely skeptical right now because Apple’s traditional, wire-connected earbuds don’t stay in your ears while running or working out. But both Carl (@captobie) and Laura (@nebraskarunner) say they work great, and yes even for running.
Carl said, “I used to mock them, said they looked ridiculous, said they wouldn’t stay in my ears, and they were too expensive. Then I tried them and ended up buying them. They pair easily, they sound great, I haven’t had any connectivity issues, and fit comfortable in my ears.”
What’s on your wish list this year? I’d love to know what else is on your radar and what your wishing for, whether running-related or not. Leave a comment and let me know!