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The 30 Best Running Gifts You Can Buy for Your Husband

Think beyond the tie and power tools.

best gifts for husbands

Your husband’s your guy: He surprises you with your favorite takeout after an especially draining day at work, fills up your gas tank when you’re running on E, and cheers you on—whether from the sidelines or pounding the pavement right beside you—during every race.

So you want to show him how much he means to you, especially when the holidays roll around. But let’s face it: A generic tie and cuff links set or a complicated tool he has no idea how to use isn’t going to cut it.

Don’t worry if you’re drawing a blank. We have you covered with the best gifts every running husband will love. (Still have some other names you need to cross off the list, too? Check out these affordable presents and the ideas for tech-savvy runners.)

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TrailHeads Power Stretch Running Gloves

These Polartec wind-resistant gloves provide just the right amount of warmth for outdoor workouts (when it’s not below freezing). And the touchscreen-friendly thumbs and forefingers make it easy for him to return a quick text, too.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Rest days are important, too. When he’s parked on the couch, plug in the Fire Stick and hand him the remote. The device can stream shows from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO, as well as tune in to live TV. With the Alexa Voice Remote, he can simply say the TV show he wants to watch, and it’ll start on its own.

AfterShokz OpenMove Headphones

Bone conducting and lightweight, these headphones will allow him to listen to music and stay safe. Since they sit outside of the ears, they let plenty of ambient noise in, which makes running on the road safer. 

Endurance Tap Natural Energy Gel

Made with just three ingredients—maple syrup, seal salt, and ginger—this gel promises to be easier on the stomach than other products out there. Bonus: There’s no chemical aftertaste, just syrupy deliciousness.

Carhartt High Visibility Beanie

This fleece beanie will keep him cozy and super visible even when the sun starts to set. And since it’s made by Carhartt (famous for its workwear), you know it will last a while.

Enso Rings Infinity Silicone Ring

Working with your hands—whether in a trade or simply spending some time cross-training at the gym—can be sketchy with precious metal wrapped around a finger. That’s where this durable, hypoallergenic silicone ring comes in: He can show his commitment without having to worry about any kind of injury or scratching, dents, or damage to the real wedding band.

RockDove Memory Foam Slippers
Now 27% off

Help him pamper his feet after a long run. These memory foam slippers have a plush bottom and a waddle knit upper to let his dogs breathe.  

Picky Bars Intro Bundle

This gift is a not-so-subtle nudge toward healthy snacking. With whole ingredients like oats, nuts, and dried fruit, these bars are specifically designed for athletes and, more important, they’re delicious.

Theragun Elite Percussion Massager

Save your hands and his muscles. This massage gun includes five different heads and features a customizable speed range. It also has a battery life of up to two hours, which means he won’t have to charge it for every use.

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill

The Commercial 2950 boasts a huge, 22-inch touchscreen, which can stream 12,000-plus motivating workouts. With the turn of a dial, he can switch from soft, joint-friendly cushioning to the firmer feel of a road-like surface. Two digitally amplified speakers, one-touch controls, fans, and noise reduction all work together for the most immersive and intuitive treadmill workout he may ever have.

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Is your hubby a caffeine fiend? Save him some money and he can make his favorite drinks at home.

Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter Socks

He can never have too many socks—especially if they’re Balegas. The quarter-length Enduro is long enough to keep ankles warm on a brisk winter day but short enough that it can be worn year-round. That just-right height is paired with a medium dose of cushioning.

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Another rest day favorite, this TV has Roku and the streaming services built in. The model shown here is 50 inches, but they range anywhere from 43 to a whopping 75. 

NormaTec Pulse 2.0 Leg Recovery System
Now 22% off

For serious athletes, this is the recovery superstar. Get the benefits of a massage without visiting a therapist. The machine can target certain zones in the legs, working out knots and areas of tightness. 

Goodr OG Sunglasses

These sunglasses may seem like a summer staple, but freshly fallen snow can be just as blinding as a beach full of sand. These sunglasses are light, comfortable, and nonslip—not to mention they come in an array of colors. Since they don’t break the budget, they’re great stocking stuffers.

Gone For a Run Runner’s Measurements Engraved Beer Pint Glass

This fun glass is a great reminder of his favorite hobbies. Plus there’s a bit of extra motivation, since the measurements imply he can only have a full pint if he’s run a marathon.

Runner’s World Streaker 2020 Winter Long Sleeve

What better New Year’s resolution than getting out there and running? Whether he’s starting his running kick in the new year or is a serial streaker, this shirt is sure to get a laugh on Christmas morning. 

Garmin Forerunner 945 Watch

The Garmin 945 has just about everything he could want in a running watch, with on-board music storage, heart rate monitoring, and colored maps. It’s also a top pick for triathletes given the long battery life and accurate swim and bike stats tracking. 

Brooks Men's Ghost 13

If you’re going to buy him any shoe, the Brooks Ghost should be it. It’s versatile, with lightweight cushioning. Whether he’s training for a marathon or a 5K, running distance or sprints, it will both keep him comfortable and be ready when he picks up the pace.

Baleaf Men’s 5-Inch Running Athletic Shorts
Now 12% off

These mid-length shorts are soft, lightweight, and ideal for a hot summer day or a mild fall morning, given the mix of coverage and quick-drying, breathable fabric.

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

This stocking stuffer will keep him chafe-free on his longest runs.  

AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller

There are a lot of fancy massage tools out there, but sometimes you just need to go back to the basics.  A foam roller is a classic and affordable way to iron out your knots.

Icespike Traction Spikes

Does your husband abhor the treadmill and insist on running outside despite the conditions? You may not be able to keep him inside, but what you can do is give him a little insurance against slipping on snow or ice. The Icespikes screw into the rubber soles of his shoes, providing extra traction on slick roads and trails.

Gone For a Run Race Bib and Medal Display

This medal display also lets him preserve his bibs in plastic sleeves. Mount it next to the treadmill for motivation or in his office to show off his accomplishments.

Well Told Etched Marathon Pint Glass

Help your man commemorate his iconic marathons (even if there are some parts he would rather forget). One of these beer glasses—etched with the courses of famous routes—is a thoughtful way of saying congrats and something to hold the all-important post-run beer.

Mighty Vibe Spotify Music Player

Most of us mourned the loss of our iPod shuffles long ago and have switched to carrying our phones for music while running. The Mighty Vibe is quite possibly the answer to our prayers. Water- and shock-resistant, this is a heartier version of that beloved Shuffle. It taps into Spotify to download songs and podcasts, so runners can feel free to leave their phones at home.

Nathan TrailMix Running Vest

If your guy runs marathon-distance or longer, he will need some sort of hydration. This pack can carry seven liters of water and still has room for essentials like his phone, nutrition, and a packable rain jacket.  

Petzl Actik Headlamp

With 350 lumens and battery life of 60 to 260 hours, this headlamp is powerful enough to illuminate his path whether he runs before dawn or after the winter sun has set.

Rooted Earth Pain Relief Salve

With arnica and hemp seed oil, this natural balm combats sore muscles. Have him slather it on after working out the kinks with the Theragun massager.

Brooks Men's Hyperion Tempo Shoes

Your man will love these lightweight kicks for everything from races to speed day. The plush, responsive bottom will keep his feet comfortable on long efforts, and the lack of a carbon plate makes them versatile for training runs and races alike.

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