Gift Guide For The Runner In Your Life

Running is very much a love/hate type of activity. And I was on the hate side of it for a longgg time. But ultimately when it comes to fitness I need something to train for and when I aged out of all my obscure sports, training for a half marathon was the push I needed.

My first time around was a huge learning curve, and I totally underestimated the importance of how many ‘accessories’ would go along with it.

This Gift Guide For The Runner In Your Life hits all the basics & necessities. If you have someone in your life that’s already an avid runner than they would still appreciate any or all of these items! But Christmas falls right before the new year when all those goals and resolutions are made so find out which of your friends/family has ‘run a race’ on their list(there is ALWAYS at least one person!) and get them a gift to help them get started!

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Cooling/Warming UV Protection Arm Sleeves

Figuring out how to dress for a run when the weather is unpredictable can be a challenge. Having some arm sleeves are a great way to both protect yourself from the sun or the cold!

The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training

Rock’n’Roll Marathons are a GREAT first race to choose. I’m totally biased but the Las Vegas one is the absolute best there is. This guide walks you through the entire training process and what to expect from Rock’n’Roll race.

‘Run and Be Happy’ Daily Running Journal

This is a more simple journal that lets your track runs, food, & so much more daily throughout the year!

‘Activewear’ Sunglasses

Sunglasses are necessary when you’re training outside, but having a pair that can’t hold up or stay on will ruin a run. Investing in a good ‘activewear’ pair is definitely worth it.

S’well Insulated Water Bottle

I talk about this bottle all the time here on Carefree & Coffee but it is still, after multiple years, my favorite. It’ll keep your drinks cold or hot for as long as you need!

‘Activewear’ Leggings

Those yoga’s you wear around the house aren’t going to cut it for a long run, but there are a TON of cute options now for pairs that can handle it all. If you know the size the person you’re buying for is, new leggings would be an absolute hit.

Garmin viviofit Activity Tracker (Save)

For someone who just wants a simple tracker this Garmin band is a great fit. It won’t break the bank and they can test out what features they like or wish they had before diving in deeper.

Garmin Forerunner GPS Watch (Splurge)

But if they’re ready for more and want all the top features (I can’t train without a GPS!) this new Garmin smart watch is one of the best there is. I’ve personally used Garmin for years now and never had any complaints!

‘Activewear’ Tops & Jackets

A cute top or a warm layer always makes working out a little more fun! It can also be a fun way to show your support for a friend & they’ll think of that every time they wear it.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

Getting tangled in wires is the WORST when out running. But entertainment when runs are lasting hours instead of minutes is definitely needed.

PRO Compression Socks & Sleeves

I underestimated the healing powers of compression socks when I first started training but by race day they were my babies that I lived in for like a week after. If someone is just starting out, they’ll love you for these after the first long run.

High Density Foam Roller

Painful but necessary, a foam roller is needed so if your runner doesn’t want to buy one for themselves, they’ll thank you by the end.


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  1. danielle wrote:

    As a runner I love this gift guide! I have lots of things on this list but lots I clearly need to add. I’ll be sharing this with my husband for sure!



    Published 12.1.17
  2. Brittney wrote:

    what a great gift guide! investing in great quality leggings is key!

    Published 12.1.17
  3. I’ve recently started “sweating for the wedding” so I feel like I might be gifting myself with some of these great ideas… or at least passing them on to my fiance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 12.1.17
  4. Anna wrote:

    I’ve bought so many foam rollers as gifts you have no idea! People don’t know how great they are til they own one. Great suggestion!

    Published 12.1.17
  5. Ana Ro wrote:

    Great list! There is never too much clothing for running, so I would be really happy to receive tops, leggings and sleeves. Just got wireless earphones recently, and now dreaming of a foam roller.

    Published 12.2.17
  6. I love the leggings!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    Published 12.2.17
  7. Angelle wrote:

    Such great tips!!! That top sounds amazing!!


    Published 12.3.17
  8. Sanaa Brooks wrote:

    Are those headphones good? I totally need a new pair of wireless!

    Published 12.4.17
  9. A running journal may give me the push I need to keep up with running track! Thatโ€™s a really good idea. Such a solid gift guide for runners ๐Ÿ™‚

    Published 12.4.17
  10. Love everything about a nice and comfortable pair of leggings. Thanks for sharing those tips.

    Published 12.23.17