Although we have the best Christmas gift ideas guide on T3, encompassing anything from tech to beauty gifts, we thought there might be people out there looking for the best Christmas gifts for a runner friend or family member, so we created another guide (this one) dedicated to that exact topic.
Runners are notoriously fussy people and often have everything they need already. Worse still, many of the best running shoes and the best running watches are quite expensive; not many people can afford to gift a Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% 2 or a Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar. Fear not, as the below gift ideas for runners aren't expensive at all and, in many cases, are also on offer at the moment.
Best Christmas gift for a runner
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Everyone has a friend who likes running, and those friends will love you even more, when you present them with the Run Merry Pom Beanie from Brooks Running this Christmas. As Brooks says on its website, "Get your head in the holiday game and run even your coldest miles in style." We couldn't agree more.
Unlike normal people, most runners actually appreciate receiving socks for Christmas. Nike's Elite Xmas socks feature sweat-wicking DRI-FIT technology and cushioning in key underfoot areas. The Midfoot arch band provides some additional support, while the mesh construction allows for breathability.
Unlike tank tops, gloves can and should be worn for running when it's cold outside. Nike's quilted running gloves will keep your significant other's hands warm, as well as make them look stylish. Better still, the gloves are currently 44% off at sportsshoes.com.
Adidas' gender-neutral Christmas Sweat Joggers are the perfect post-run treatment for your legs. They are cosy, comfortable and stylish, making you look fabulous and feel cool when you can't be bothered to put on anything formal—currently 30% off at Adidas.
Sadly, runners can't wear their medals all the time, but they can wear the Notch Runner's bracelet, which is almost as good. Notch offers many running-related charms to customise the bracelet, and you can even customise the charms yourself, adding times you finished your last marathon and more.
Stance's Batman socks look good and perform even better thanks to temperature-regulating Feel360 and rip-resistant InfiKnit technologies. Moderate cushioning offers enhanced impact protection during running, while the engineered ankles provide some protection against chafing and rubbing.
More buying options and gift ideas for runners
Best running headphones
Headphones are a particularly good Christmas gift for runners. Here you'll find the best headphones for running, the gym, workouts, sports, cross-fit, cycling and fell trekking.
Fitbit used to be known for its fitness trackers, but now, they offer more than just simple wearables that track steps and calories. Fitbits are always on top of everyone's Christmas wishlist, and given the wide variety of available models, you can pick one that suits you the most. For the best prices, check out the best Fitbit deals.
Best running shoes
Getting your loved ones a new pair of running trainers is definitely a good idea if you can afford them. Does mum or dad prefer to run in the countryside? Check out the best trail running shoe guide for the perfect kicks for off-road people.
Best running watch
A step up from fitness trackers, running watches can track advanced sport metrics, heart rate and even stress levels. For multisport tracking, have a look at the best triathlon watch guide.