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Best Gifts for Runners 2021: A Complete Guide

Best Gift for Runners

We’ve put together a complete list of the best gifts for runners for 2021. If you need gifts for someone in your life that loves running on roads, tracks, or trails, we’ve got you covered. This list offers a bunch of great options that will work for upcoming Christmas, holiday, or birthday gifts.

We’ve rigorously tested all the items on the list and know they perform well. Our team includes several testers who run daily and race often. We know what’s important to the runners in your life. If you have follow up questions about any product on the list, ask us on Twitter

We’ve also reviewed a ton of other running shoes this year and many other products not featured on this page. With that said, let’s unveil our list of the best gifts for runners in 2021.

Last updated 11.29.2021


Best Running Joggers

UA Fly Fast HeatGear Joggers

UA Fly Fast HeatGear Joggers

  • Tight at the bottom, looser up top
  • Super stretch allows complete freedom of movement
  • Behind the knee ventilation holes
  • Reflective hits and zippered key pocket
Buy at Under Armour

Price: $70 (at time of publication)


Best Running Tank

Rhone Swift Tank

Rhone Swift Tank

  • Super lightweight and quick drying
  • Impressive airflow/breathability
  • Bonded seams to prevent chafing
  • Minimal logo
  • Also available in a short sleeve version
Buy at Rhone

Price: $58 (at time of publication)


Best Weatherproof Shell

Inov-8 Ultrashell Waterproof Jacket

Inov-8 Ultrashell Waterproof Jacket

  • Impressively lightweight
  • Transparent for use during races with bibs
  • Doesn’t let water through…at all
  • Easily packable
Buy at Inov-8

Price: $132 (at time of publication)


Best Running T-Shirt

Puma Wool Short Sleeve Running Tee

Puma Wool Short Sleeve Running Tee

  • Comfortable polyester/wool blend
  • Reflective hits on the shoulders and neck
  • Great length for layering
  • Available in a long sleeve, hooded version
Buy at Puma

Price: $25 (at time of publication)


Best Cookbook

Rise and Run Cookbook

Rise and Run by Shalene Flanagan

  • Written by a record holding American distance runner
  • All about fueling up for and recovering from morning runs
  • Recipes for breakfasts, recovery drinks & snacks
  • 24 varieties of the signature “Superhero Muffin” recipes
Buy at Amazon

Price: $18 (at time of publication)


Best Massage Ball

TriggerPoint Textured Massage Ball

TriggerPoint Textured Massage Ball

  • No brainer price of $11
  • Perfect 2 inch diameter for feet and massaging plantar
  • Easy to target pain points in feet, calfs and hands
  • Great option for home treatment of plantar fasciitis
Buy at Amazon

Price: $11 (at time of publication)


Best Long Sleeve Merino Wool Top

Tracksmith Harrier Long Sleeve

Tracksmith Harrier Long Sleeve

  • 89% Merino Wool keeps you warm
  • Soft and not scratchy
  • Can work for casual wear
  • High end look and feel
  • Fits true to size and is longer in the back
Buy at Tracksmith

Price: $84 (at time of publication)


Best Technical Trail Shoe

Speedland SL:PDX

Speedland SL:PDX

  • The most cutting edge trail shoe on the market
  • Indestructible Dyneema knit upper
  • Separately removable Pebax midsole and carbon plate
  • Customizable Michelin outsole
  • Wide footer friendly
  • Made for those that live on the trails
Buy at Speedland

Price: $375 (at time of publication)


Best Heavy Running Jacket

Reebok Thermowarm+Graphene Zip-Up

Reebok Thermowarm+Graphene Zip-Up

  • Super warm jacket for extremely cold days
  • Form fitting and not bulky
  • Still enough room to layer
  • Plenty of pockets
Buy at Reebok

Price: $100 (at time of publication)


Best Interval App for Apple Watch

Intervals Pro

Intervals Pro

  • Fixes the big missing feature from Apple’s Workout app
  • Easy to create custom interval workouts
  • Vary distance, time and rest within a single workout
  • Choose the metrics shown on watch during workouts
Buy at Intervals Pro

Price: $8 (at time of publication)


Best Percussion Massager

Hypervolt Go

Hypervolt GO

  • Quietest and lightest massage gun
  • Super portable and great for carry on luggage
  • Doesn’t pack as much punch as other Hypervolt massagers but it’s more than enough for most people
Buy at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Price: $159 $199 (at time of publication)


Best Light Running Jacket

adidas Adizero Marathon Jacket

adidas Adizero Marathon Jacket

  • Lightweight nylon ripstop and recycled materials build
  • Reflective logos & plenty of pockets
  • Breathable but stops wind
  • Stay put hood with adjustable bungee
  • Packs into the chest pocket
Buy at adidas

Price: $128 (at time of publication)


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