The best Christmas gift ideas for runners for the festive season and beyond

From festive running shoes to shock-absorbing insoles, here are the gift ideas I think would delight my friends and family the most

Brooks Levitate 5 Run Merry running shoes on some stairs covered in snow
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Christmas shopping can be stressful and truth to be told, there isn't much time left to shop before the big day! If you still haven't wrapped up your Christmas shopping (pun intended), here are some Christmas gift ideas for runners that will surely delight tour running friends and family members.

There is another roundup of the very best Christmas gift ideas for gym lovers for those who prefer to work out lifting weights or jumping around to music. No judgement! We all train differently and that's perfectly fine. The end goal is the same: we all want to get fit, one way or another. 

Best Christmas gift ideas for runners

Brooks Levitate 5 Run Merry Edition

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Brooks Levitate 5 Run Merry Edition

RRP £140

When I first laid my eyes on the Run Merry Collection from Brooks, I remember thinking "this looks ridiculous but I want it all". The crown piece of the collection is the festive Levitate 5 that looks like something Santa would wear if he suddenly realised that wolfing down cookies and chugging milk at every house is not a good idea from a health preservation point of view.

What I love the most about the Run Merry Brooks Levitate 5 is that it even comes with a shoebox that doubles up as a gift box; no need to use disposable wrapping paper! And, of course, the shoes themselves are as springy as they've always been, perfect for training and treadmill sessions.

Interested in running shoes? Read our best running shoes, best running shoes for women and best Nike running shoes guides.

ASICS running t-shirt

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ASICS Katakana Top

RRP £28

Being a t-shirt that's more than just a pretty face (so to say), the ASICS Katakana running top is made from a knit fabric with quick-drying properties to keep you dry and comfortable. It's business at the front and fun at the back: the tee features the phrase "ASICS Running" written in Japanese Katakana lettering just under the neckline.

Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh Women's Medium-Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

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Nike Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh Women's Medium-Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

RRP £27.95

This non-padded medium support sports bra from Nike features wide, comfy straps in a classic racerback design. The smooth, lightweight Dri-FIT fabric wicks sweat to keep you dry, comfortable and focused on your outdoor training or treadmill sessions. Better still, the Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh sports bra is made from at least 75% recycled polyester fibres.

Adidas RUNNING CITY PORTABLE BAG

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Adidas Running City Portable Bag

RRP £30

No one likes their keys and phone banging against their thighs as they run. Well, not everybody likes the sensation and if you are one of those people, you will appreciate the Adidas Running City Portable Bag.

It rests against your chest in the centre so you'll feel balanced all the time. The breathable mesh makes the bag comfortable to wear even when things get sweaty under the base layer.

As well as holding all your bits in place, this Adidas bag is made with Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic. 

New Balance NB Sports Bobble Hat

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New Balance Sports Bobble Hat

RRP £14, now only £9.80

Go retro with the NB Sports Bobble Hat. As New Balance puts it, this is the "perfect cold-weather accessory thanks to both the warmth and on-trend look" it provides. The comfy polyester knit construction keeps your head warm even during real cold running sessions while the bobble on top will entertain both you and others looking at you as you run.

Enertor Running Insoles

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Enertor Running Insoles

RRP £34.99

The Usain Bolt-endorsed Enertor Running Insoles are made from PX1 material technology which has been "specifically engineered for running offering outstanding shock absorption", as Enertor explains.

And indeed, there is a video of someone throwing an egg on the insole from a height that would surely break the egg on impact but instead, it bounces back! That's all the marketing I need, people throwing eggs on things.

In theory, the Enertor Running Insoles can help to reduce pain not only in your feet but also in ankles, shins, hips, lower back and legs. They will also help to aid recovery time and help to reduce the risk of injuries reoccurring. Ideal for running, sport, gym and HIIT sessions.

Women's UA Storm Run Liner Gloves

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Women's Under Armour Storm Run Liner Gloves

RRP £26

The thin, tight-fitting Women's UA Storm Run Liner Gloves can be worn on their own or as a first layer under heavier gloves, should the weather get super cold (I doubt it will, in the UK anyway). 

The UA Storm finish repels rain and snow without sacrificing breathability and the soft ColdGear fabric delivers an ultra-warm feel, with no extra weight. Why would you want to wear an extra layer on top of these gloves, knowing all this?

Better still, the Tech Touch print on thumbs and fingers allow you to use touch screen devices without taking your gloves off and the silicone print on palms provides increased grip and durability.

BLACK CASTORE X REISS COOPER TRACK PANTS

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Black Castore x Reiss Cooper Track Pants

RRP £65

Check this out! If there is a person you really like, get them the Black Castore x Reiss Cooper Premium Track Pants. Admittedly, the track pants don't look quite as impressive on the photo above but on the model, they are anything but baggy.

These lightweight performance track pants are perfect for high-intensity training or just chilling around the house; your call. They feature an adjustable waistband with drawcord and zip pockets.

Matt Kollat
Matt Kollat

Matt is a fitness fanatic (a.k.a. fitness and nutrition writer) who's been rambling on about all things health and fitness for over two years now here at T3. His achievements include a short-lived fitness podcast called Fit Mentality Podcast and being a judge on the Fit&Well Awards 2021. In his free time, he works out at home, runs, cycles and loves a good ol' walk around the city. He writes about general fitness stuff, fitness tech, workouts, workout gear/equipment, nutrition and much, much more.