The Best Christmas Gifts For Runners

Two runners on forest trail wearing Santa hats
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Sometimes knowing a keen runner can be a bit of a drag. Generally those times arise in the build-up to a big race when all they’ll talk about is that race, especially if they’re marathon training and maranoia has set in.

At other times, however, it’s a real blessing. Those times include any occasion that requires the purchase of presents, because keen runners never tire of getting more running stuff. As long as you get the right stuff, that is. 

You can go all-out and pick one of the priciest running watches or pairs of running shoes, or you can simply stick to this list of superlative gifts for runners. We’ve grouped the gifts into different categories and given options to suit all budgets.

Or if you’re short on time, then we strongly recommend just picking up a set of the best running socks. No runner will ever be disappointed by unwrapping great socks.

The Best Gifts For Runners 2024

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Running Watches

This trio of gift options come from our round-up of the best running watches, so head there if you need more inspiration.

Running Socks

We’ve tested an incredible amount of running socks, so you know these are great gift options, but if you want more to choose from check out our round-up of the best running socks.

Running Headphones

If you’ve settled on a set of buds as the perfect gift our full round-up of the best running headphones will give you more detail on the top options.

Running Gloves

What better gift to give than warm hands on winter runs? Here are three top options, with more available in our round-up of the best running gloves.

Books For Runners

Give your runner a great book to get their teeth into. You'll find more top picks chosen by writers and pros over on our round up of the best running books.

More Gift Ideas For Runners

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Gift vouchers get a bad rap, but they are a great gift for picky runners who you don’t want to disappoint by buying the wrong shoes or other gear. You might feel like it’s a cop out, but trust us when we say any runner will be delighted to get a voucher to spend at their favorite store.

Sports Shoes: Gift vouchers from £5 to £50

Nike: Gift cards up to £400

Runners Need: Gift cards from £5

Wiggle: Gift vouchers from £5 to £250

Adidas: Gift cards from £5 to £250

Dick's Sporting Goods: Gift vouchers from $5 to $500

Nike: Gift cards from $25 to $500

Adidas: Gift cards from $25 to $250

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.

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