The Best Holiday Gifts for Runners, Handpicked By Runners
We asked some of the best runners in the world about the gear that really makes a difference, and used their feedback to create the guide you need for all the runners in your life! We've got you covered whether you're looking for a great gift on a budget, or the game-changer that's worth splurging for.
We will be the first to admit that runners can be particular about their gear, but for good reasons. Since shopping for runners can be challenging, we’ve called in our PWR Lab Ambassadors
and a few friends for reinforcement this holiday season.
From budget-friendly picks to splurge-worthy items, these gifts are sure to make every mile a little merrier. Combined, these professional athletes, NCAA champions, and World Championship Team Members have logged thousands of miles and put hundreds of pieces of equipment to the test. So when we say we’ve collected the best gear of the year
– we’re not kidding.
Perfect Gifts for Runners
Best Under $50
For those fueling for long runs and lengthy aerobic workouts, Vanessa Fraser
of Nike’s Bowerman Track Club
recommends Honey Stinger’s Organic Chocolate Gel
. This energy gel boasts a mouth-watering chocolate flavor profile and in Vanessa’s words, it's the best tasting one on the market. Utilizing all organic ingredients and naturally caffeinated Green Tea Extract, the gel is easy on the stomach, provides a natural energy boost, and will help you avoid bonking during longer training sessions. Shop on the Honey Stinger website ($36.00 for Box of 24).
Backed by sports doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and our own PWR Lab Ambassador, Rachel Schneider
, the next gift on our list is TriggerPoint’s GRID® Foam Roller
. Featuring a patented multi-density foam surface, Rachel uses this full-body massage tool daily to ease muscle pain and stiffness, increase mobility, and improve circulation. Shop on the TriggerPoint website ($34.99).
This season wrap up the gift of Headspace so the runner in your life can unwrap a little less stress, better focus, and more happiness. Recommended by PWR Lab Ambassador and Australian Olympian Sam McEntee
, Headspace offers bite-sized guided meditation exercises - including options specifically for athletes. Even if you only have five minutes to dedicate to meditation, Sam vouches that he’s never regretted taking the time to step back and meditate. Shop on the Headspace website ($12.99 for a Monthly Membership).
When you need a quick energy boost to get the most out of your run, Run Gum
delivers just that. Part of Arsène Guillorel
's race day routine, popping a piece of Run Gum is the last thing he does before toeing the starting line. With 100mg of caffeine per pack (50mg per piece of gum), Run Gum gives you energy fast without the bloat of drinking multiple caffeinated beverages. Plus it comes in an array of delicious flavors including, mint, fruit, and cinnamon. Shop on the Run Gum website ($22.29 for 24 Pieces).
Toasty hands equal happy runs with Brooks Running Cascadia Thermal Mittens
. Allie Ostrander
–the Brooks Beast
, NCAA Champion, and World Championship Qualifier–wants you to wrap up a pair of these insulated and water-resistant mittens for the cold weather runner on your holiday shopping list. Shop on the Brooks website ($40.00).
For the Brooks Beast
professional runner Garrett Heath
, logging miles and training isn’t worth it unless he’s recovering. After the majority of his workouts, you can find Garrett refueling with an Ah, Fudge Nuts! Picky Bar
and sipping on SOS Watermelon
. This bar tastes like a peanut butter brownie, but packs 7g of plant-based protein. So go on and give the gift of chocolate fudgey goodness. Shop on the Picky Bar website ($2.75 per bar).
You can’t go wrong with Passion Planner’s iconic 2020 Dated Elite Black annual planner
. For Olympic Triathlete and World Champion, Katie Zaferes
, her Passion Planner is key for setting goals (and accomplishing them, we might add!), organizing her schedule, and collecting her thoughts. Regardless of where you are on your journey, a Passion Planner is the best gift for anyone who’s ready to elevate to the next chapter of their athletic career. Shop on the Passion Planner website ($30.00).
Perfect Gifts for Runners
SNOOZ’s White Noise Sound Machine
is a must for Vanessa Fraser
and light sleepers everywhere. With a real fan inside, this portable white noise machine turns any bedroom into an oasis for sleep and will elevate your sleep game entirely. At just 3.2 inches tall, you can travel anywhere with SNOOZ. Vanessa loves to use it to block out unwanted sounds in hotel rooms so she can rest easy the night before big races. Shop on the SNOOZ website ($79.99).
Good headphones were popular amongst the pros! After both receiving this next gift during last year’s holiday season, Apple’s AirPods
come highly recommended from Arsène Guillorel
and Sam McEntee
. Apple has reimagined the headphone experience with their AirPods. These wireless headphones deliver 5 hours of listening time making them the perfect solution for cord-free running or gym work. Shop on the Apple website ($159.00).
Yes, a GPS watch can be pricey, but rightfully so as it’s a runner’s right hand (or left!) training partner. That's probably why six of the seven athletes referenced their watch as a key component of training. Garrett Heath
’s go-to GPS watch for tracking all his miles is the Garmin Forerunner 945
. Beyond tracking workouts, this watch allows you to sync your favorite playlist directly to your wrist. Shop on the Garmin website ($599.00).
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