Top Gifts for Runners (2021)

What are the best gifts for runners this year? Whether you’ve got a significant other, bestie, or work friend you need to buy for, you’ve come to the right place to find gift ideas for runners. This year, I’m rounding up the top five gifts to help your favorite runner hit a new PR or just enjoy their training a little more.

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Best All-Around Gift for Runners

AfterShokz Aeropex – Open Ear Bluetooth Bone Conduction Sports Headphones – Sweat Resistant Wireless Earphones for Workouts and Running with Built-in Mic

I’ve been wearing AfterShokz for years. I recently traded up for the AfterShokz Aeropex, the newest model with 8-hour battery life, 8th generation bone conduction technology, and IP67 waterproof technology. They’re lightweight, super-comfortable, and the open-ear design means that your favorite runner can listen to music or podcasts while still being aware of their surroundings. Honestly, this is probably my favorite reason to wear AfterShokz: I can always hear a car, animal, or another human as I’m bopping along. (If they want to drown out the world, earplugs do the trick nicely.) They come in two sizes: standard and mini, and in Solar Red, Lunar Gray, Eclipse Blue, and Cosmic Black.

To buy:, $159.94.

Best Cross-Training Gift for Runners

Adjustable Kettlebell

Every runner needs a good kettlebell in their life. This adjustable kettlebell makes a great addition to their home gym and lets them choose the weight they want to use, from 10 lbs all the way up to 40 lbs. A rubber sole helps prevent their floors from getting scratched. A quick-lock feature keeps the weights from falling off during intense kettlebell workouts.

To buy: ProsourceFit, $134.99. Save 15% with the code RUNBOX15

Best Apparel Gifts for Runners

Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Running Vest

Y’all, it’s dark out there. Help keep your favorite runner safe with this semi-fitted running vest that can be worn over a tank, t-shirt, or long-sleeve shirt. It includes two zipper pockets, a draft flap, and a hanger loop. 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black Stretch reflectivity keeps your favorite runner visible in low-light conditions, making this the perfect gift for runners who hit the pavement before sunrise or after sunset.

To buy: $130, Dick’s Sporting Goods (Men’s Sizes and Women’s Sizes)

Brooks Sports Fusion Midweight Gloves

You can get these gloves in the gray combo for visibility or choose magenta or black. Either way, your favorite runner will thank you on cold days when their hands are toasty-warm.

To buy: Dick’s Sporting Goods, $34-38

Best Subscription Box Gift for Runners


Completely stumped on gifts for runners? Get your favorite runner a subscription to RunLocker, a subscription box curated by runners. It includes all the little things runners love: new fuel to try, goodies like sunglasses and water bottles, and more.

To buy: CrateJoy, $39.99/month