The Seven Best Gifts for Runners This Holiday Season

With the new year fast approaching, the runners in your life will be setting their eyes on new goals—and probably some new gear. Whether you’re shopping for a would-be runner with ambitious resolutions or that friend posting medal pictures every weekend, here are the gifts you should be considering.

1. Wool Runners

OK, you know how your runner friends are about their shoes. But Allbirds’ wool sneakers are gaining a huge following, and with good reason. These kicks are extremely versatile and durable. The company claims you can lounge in them, jog in them, and even hike in them. Benefits include a lightweight build and flexible fabric that is machine washable, moisture wicking, cool in heat, warm in the cold, and odor minimizing. They’re also produced sustainably, so you can feel good about the purchase.

Buy it now! Allbirds | $95.00

2. Ice Runner Headband

Warm up with Coolcore’s ‘Ice Runner’ headband. For those brave souls who remain active outdoors during these colder months, this headband is prime apparel. Whether you’re going for a light jog or training for a marathon, you won’t want to go without this once.

Buy it now! Coolcore | $15.99

3. Activity Tracker

Our digital world has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for runners. Free apps like Strava, MapMyRun, and Nike+, are great, but if you’re looking for a super special gift for someone who’s serious about running, you might want to try looking into activity trackers like a Garmin or Fitbit. Check out Runner’s World for a full list of suggestions.

4. Dr. Cool – Pro Wrap

Running is both great for and tough on your body. Sore muscles and aching joints aren’t exactly great motivators, but with the Dr. Cool Pro Wrap, you can get back on the road/track/treadmill ASAP. Cold therapy for the knees and calves is exactly what runners need to reduce swelling and shorten recovery times.

Buy it now! Coolcore | $29.99

5. FlipBelt Classic Running Belt

An incredible useful gift for short and long distance runners alike, the FlipBelt has room for your keys, cards, and phone, and is designed to lie flat on your waist so it won’t distract you from your workout.

Buy it now! FlipBelt | 28.99

6. Women’s Elevate Running Tight

These go-to Coolcore running pants are a staple of any workout wardrobe. Made from a premium blend of nylon and elastane, they provide a balance of performance and comfort that makes the runner unstoppable. They’re full length with an interior draw cord for fitting needs. Added bonus? Pockets!

Buy it now! Coolcore | $72.00

7. Ugly Sweater Collection

And if all else fails, surprise them with some running gear from Gone For A Run’s Ugly Sweater collection—funny and practical!

Buy it now! Gone For A Run | Price ranges