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40 Last-Minute Gifts for Runners That Will Arrive on Time

For those on a tight turnaround.

best last minute gifts

Between preparing for the holidays and keeping up with your training, it can be easy to forget a gift for someone on your list. Don’t fret—though runners may be particular about their gear, shopping for your friends and family members who are runners is likely easier than you think.

If you need a last-minute gift, Amazon is always a great option because of free two-day shipping with a Prime membership, and you can sign up for a 30-day free trial if you don’t already have one. Or if you really have waited until the last minute for a gift, digital gifts and subscription services are always a great option, too. Now all you need is some gift inspiration, and we have ideas for all budgets and kinds of runners.

If, after perusing this list, you’re still not finding the perfect present, check out our other gift guides for runners.

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      For Folks with Frigid Fingers
      Touchscreen Running Gloves

      When the temperature drops, they’ll want a good pair of gloves that still allows them to text their running buddy or switch to a different song. With silicone palm grips and a terry cloth brow wipe on the back, these from TrailHeads keep hands warm but dry during winter runs, even in single-digit temperatures.

      For the Runner Who Needs Fast Fuel
      Daily Harvest Gift Card
      Daily Harvest

      Daily Harvest provides healthy, frozen, prepared meals that are great for those always on the go. They use whole food ingredients and make everything from smoothies to snacks to grain bowls. You can pick either a subscription of choice or purchase a gift card. 

      For the Culinary Novice
      Doordash Gift Card

      Everyone loves getting food delivered but it can really rack up the price. Give someone the luxury of ordering out their favorite food—and not having to do the dishes.  

      For the Blister-Prone
      Blister Resist No-Show Socks

      While not everyone may enjoy getting socks as a gift, runners will certainly appreciate these comfortable, blister-preventing Balega socks. And really, they can never have too many quality socks

      For the Music Lover
      Spotify Premium 3 Month Subscription

      Fuel their runs with their favorite music free from ads. This will buy a three month subscription, but note that it only applies to regular Spotify Premium accounts and will not work with family or student plans. 

      For the Oenophile
      12 Nights of Wine

      This wine advent calendar is great during the holidays and even after. This one has 12 different wines including carefully selected whites and reds. 

      For the Decorated Athlete
      Race Bib and Medal Display
      Gone For a Run

      Give them an excuse to celebrate all of their accomplishments by displaying their trophies on this wall rack. It includes 12 vinyl protector sheets for race bibs, photos, or other papers, and holds up to 24 medals.

      For the World Traveler
      Airbnb Gift Card

      Help fund their next vacation with an Airbnb gift card. These have a custom option to make the value whatever you would like, and deliver by email or text which makes it a great last minute gift. 

      For Holding Everything They Need
      Running Belt

      How to carry things on the run is a classic problem, but FlipBelt solves it. This unassuming tube of fabric is comfortable and fits snugly to hold any gear without it bouncing off the legs or torso.

      For Keeping Track of Their Training
      Day-by-Day Run Planner
      Gone For a Run

      This running journal from Gone For a Run offers organized templates for keeping detailed mileage and stat records. Your friend might even flip through to look back fondly on their old training log when they PR on their next race.

      For the Sneakerhead
      Zappos Gift Card

      Buying running shoes for a runner can be tough, so it's often best to let them pick out what they like unless you know exactly what to buy. This Zappos gift card can hold anywhere from $10 to $1,000. 

      For the Mindful Runner

      Buy someone some peace of mind this season. Y0u can purchase a year subscription for $69.99, or a monthly one for $12.99. Headspace has guided meditations, mindfulness exercises and recently added short workouts aimed at grounding and channeling anxiety. 

      For the Winter Runner
      Skull Cap Liner
      Tough Headwear
      Now 17% off

      When the temperature drops this winter, this polyester-spandex cap liner delivers a bit of additional warmth while wicking away sweat. It is thin enough to wear under a bike helmet, and is great for running with a headlamp. 

      For the Coffee Connoisseur
      Starbucks Gift Cards Email Delivery

      It doesn't get more instant than this—these Starbucks cards are delivered by email, and are a great option for coffee addicts. They come in $25-$75 or custom amounts, and you can even choose the design for your card. 

      For the Resolution-Maker
      Runner's World 2022 Calendar
      Runner's World

      Straight from our own editors and experts, this 2022 calendar is full of inspirational quotes, breathtaking photos, training tips, and a race-pace guide to inspire running 365 days a year.

      For the Bibliophile
      6-Month Audible Subscription

      Podcasts and novels are great for long runs and long commutes. Help them pass the time with this Audible subscription that will help them become a little more well read.  

      For the Self-Care Enthusiast
      Pure Enrichment Essential Oil Diffuser
      Pure Enrichment
      Now 20% off

      Essential oil diffusers are a great gift for just about everyone. Aromatherapy can help with everything from boosting their mood, to relaxation, and the extra humidity it adds to the air is great for dry winters. 

      For the Travelling Athlete
      Class Pass Gift Card
      Class Pass

      Give the gift of fitness this season. For someone who travels a lot, or likes to test out new fitness classes this Classpass gift card allows them to book classes and get gym passes wherever they are. 

      For the Low-Tech Runner
      Mighty Vibe Music Player

      For the runner who doesn’t use data or want to carry their phone, gift them the Mighty Vibe. The device can sync up to 1,000 songs from Spotify playlists for offline tunes, and it has Bluetooth connectivity. But, considering the person you’re buying for is probably old school, they’ll likely make use of the 3.5mm jack to plug in their corded headphones.

      For the Massage Devotee
      TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

      Give the gift of better recovery with a foam roller. Our test editors and physical therapists alike trust the TriggerPoint to provide pain relief and improve flexibility.

      For the SPF Savant
      Sunday Afternoons Artist Series Trucker Cap
      Sunday Afternoons

      This fun and functional hat is well-ventilated, with an interior wicking band to keep sweat away from the face and eyes. Plus, it boasts a UPF-50 rating for sun protection. The fun prints also help disguise a sweaty head after a run when there’s no time for a shower. 

      For the Treadmill Runner
      Disney+ Subscription

      Gift someone a streaming subscription like this one to Disney+. Buy them a year of their childhood favorites and current obsessions. This is great for getting them through indoor workouts, or family movie nights. 

      For the Nighttime Runner
      Black Diamond Storm 375 Headlamp
      Black Diamond

      Short winter days may inhibit many peoples’ ability to fit an outdoor run in, but this Black Diamond headlamp has more than enough illuminating for heading out pre-dawn or post-work. It is adjustable to fit any head size, and is super lightweight so it won't bounce around as you run. 

      For the Avid Accessorizer
      Chill Water Bottle Strap

      Compatible with models from Hydro Flask, Nalgene, Takeya, and more, this strap makes it a little easier to carry water in a bottle, while adding a bit of personal flair.

      For the Inspiration Seeker
      Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women's Running Revolutionary
      Farrar, Straus and Giroux

      Any runner will be inspired by this story of Maureen Wilton, who broke the women’s marathon world record at the age of 13 in 1967, back when the longest women’s Olympic running event was just one mile.

      For the Sound Snob
      Skullcandy Ink'd Wireless Headphones
      Now 50% off

      Running with a cord tethered to a phone can be a hassle. So don’t. On sale for just $30, these super-affordable wireless headphones offer eight hours of battery life in a single charge, so you can get a few runs in with one charge.

      For the At-Home Athlete
      Runner’s World Run 360
      Runner’s World

      This complete training plan is tailored specifically for runners with the particular stretches, agility drills, and strength-training exercises they need—different from what cyclists, CrossFitters, and swimmers require.

      For the Gastronome
      Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
      Instant Pot
      Now 15% off

      Create simple, healthy, no-fuss meals with the Instant Pot. This six-quart model has seven programmable features to easily make anything from rice and soup to steamed veggies and homemade yogurt.

      For the Holiday Runner
      Gone For a Run Knee-High Half-Cushioned Socks
      Gone For a Run

      Whether your giftee is signing up for a (virtual) Christmas 5k or another holiday race in 2020, chances are Gone for a Run makes a pair of socks in that holiday’s pattern. And they don’t have to sacrifice a PR for festivity; these are made of a high-performance, moisture-wicking acrylic-nylon-spandex blend.

      For the Vegetarian Runner
      The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook
      Runner's World
      Now 11% off

      If there’s a vegetarian runner in your life, give them this cookbook. They’ll get recipes to fuel their runs, and you may get a nice meal as a thank you.

      For the Accident Prone
      Apple AppleCare+ for Headphones
      Now 25% off

      For just $29, give the gift of two-year coverage for accidental damage of Apple’s wireless headphones such as AirPods and Powerbeats Pro.

      For the Gym Rat
      Under Armour Undeniable Duffle 3.0
      Under Armour

      This durable bag is made for stashing (and keeping safe) essential gear when runners are on the go. Its water-resistant finish and hardy base offer protection, while one vented pocket let shoes or dirty gym clothes air out.

      For the Yogi
      Gaiam TPE Performance Yoga Mat

      This highly rated yoga matt is reversible and thick enough to cushion sore joints. Plus, it’s made from an eco-friendly, recyclable TPE.

      For the Strength Trainer
      Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
      Fit Simplify
      Now 24% off

      For those freezing days when it’s too snowy or icy to run outside, pick up these resistance loops to get in a stretch and work essential muscles to build strength for runs.

      For the Marathoner
      Jabra Elite Active 75t Earbuds

      We not only love the Elite Active 75t’s impressive sound, but compact fit, 7.5 hours of battery life (28 counting the battery in the case), sweat and dust resistance, and ambient mode.

      For the Fashion Plate
      Lily Trotters Athletic Compression Socks
      Lily Trotters

      Compression socks are an essential part of many runners’ recovery routines. And these by Lily Trotters have original, fun designs that set them apart from many others, making them an attractive option on the run or just recovering on the couch.

      For the Natural Product Enthusiast
      Curie All-Natural Deodorant Stick

      Runners who want to switch to natural deodorant will love finding Curie’s deodorant in their stockings this year. The formula consists of non-toxic, non-irritating ingredients, but still smells amazing, whether you opt for the white tea, grapefruit, or orange neroli scents.

      For Ring Wearers
      Enso Ultralite Silicone Wedding Ring

      These silicone wedding rings are designed to endure the moments you’d usually take off your traditional metal band, such as for lifting weights, swimming, cooking, and traveling.

      For the Germ Averse
      Breathe Spray Hand Sanitizer 6-Pack

      What more approriate stocking stuffer for 2020 than hand sanitizer spray? This one contains 75 percent alcohol, is fragrance-free, and dries fast without the sliminess of other formulas.

      For Every Runner
      Runner's World Subscription
      Runner's World

      We’re admittedly a bit biased here, but we think a subscription to a magazine packed with advice, inspirational stories, and gear recommendations is the perfect gift for any runner in your life.

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