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The 40 Best Cheap Gifts Runners Will Appreciate

Essential stocking stuffers—or just surprise gifts—that don’t require coughing up much.

Gift Guide for Runners

Gifting your favorite runner (or yourself) something thoughtful on a budget may seem like a daunting task. So we’ve compiled a list of tried-and-true gifts that you don’t have to splurge for but they’ll appreciate all the same. Shop our top 39 picks, below.

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1 Skullcandy Ink'd Wireless In-Ear Earbud

Eight hours of battery life means the Ink’d have enough juice for several runs before they need to be charged. And they’re decently durable, holding up even after we've yanked them by the earbud out of our gym bag several times.

2 Vuori Daily Headband

If you have long hair, keep it out of your face in style with Vuori's performance-grade headband: Not only is it super chic, but it's also moisture-wicking so you'll never break a sweat. 

3 Nike Everyday Plus Training Crew Socks

Ask any runner: You can never have too many socks, particularly when the socks in question are Nike's ultra-snug, super cushioned design. They're sweat-proof, breathable, and available in an array of vibrant two-tone color combos. 

4 Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Beanie

Don't let cold weather slow you down. This beanie is made with 100% merino wool, which both keeps you warm and regulates your body temperature while you jog.

5 Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Cordless Massager

Have you ever bought a gift for someone, and then bought it for yourself, too? This Zyllion cordless massager is one of those gifts. With heat therapy and massagers that rotate and two directions, it can ease all aches and pains.

6 Whole Human LED Safety Lights

Using the included straps, you can attach these lights almost anywhere—to a wrist, ankle, or bike frame—for increased visibility.

7 Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

For something so compact, Lululemon's belt bag can carry a surprisingly large amount. Keep all your essentials (phone, wallet, keys, etc) close by while you work out. 

8 Outdoor Voices Wild One Leash

A leash lets your giftee bring their pup along for the run, and Outdoor Voices' version is waterproof, durable, and dirt-resistant so it'll stand up to any weather. 

9 North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail

Scott Jurek’s first-person account of his 2015 record-breaking run along the AT is a dose of motivation for runners needing a little extra inspiration.

10 Buff DryFlx Neckwarmer

A deceptively simple tube of fabric, the Buff is amazingly versatile and can be worn as a scarf, a face mask, or a bandana. It keeps you warm, and the reflectivity ensures you’re seen.

11 Remodeez Footwear Deodorizer

These deodorizers use charcoal to absorb odors and moisture, which prevents bacteria from growing in your gear bag or shoes. Each pair keeps its funk-fighting power for up to one year.

12 Hydro Flask 32-oz. Water Bottle

Don’t expect to lug this bottle with you on runs. But do expect it to keep your post-run hydration how you like it—water cold and coffee hot.

13 Bondi Band 4-Inch Wicking Headband

To be sure, managing sweat is an important—if not glamorous—part of running. Add a bit of flair with this patriotic headband.

14 Skinnies Sungel SPF30 Sunscreen

A sunscreen good enough to take home a Gear of the Year award, the Sungel takes a little bit and makes it go a long way. A pea-sized drop will cover your face and neck. And it’s not water-based, meaning it won’t run off when you sweat.

15 Under Armour Undeniable Duffle Gym Bag

With space enough for a change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, and a few other necessities, the Undeniable is a handy partner on quick trips to the gym or when you’re schlepping your lunchtime run gear to the office and back.

16 Fittin Womens Padded Sports Bra

We dubbed this best-seller the unicorn of sports bras for its combination of soft material, supportive structure, and affordable price tag.

17 Etched Marathon Pint Glass

What better way for them to celebrate finishing a marathon than by imbibing from a glass with the race’s route on it? The vessel is also a good conversation starter (read: an excuse to regale others with tales of running exploits).

18 Coast XPH30R 1000 Lumen Rechargeable Headlamp

This Coast headlamp runs on batteries, or you can charge it with a standard USB-C. Best of all, the lamp is adjustable, giving you both short and long beams.

19 Honey Stinger Organic Waffle

Give them a break from the gels with these tasty stroopwafels. Yes, they take up more room in a pocket or pack, but the crunchy exterior and gooey honey inside are worth it.

20 Nathan LightSpur RX

Clipped to the heel of a shoe, the LightSpur can’t be missed. A USB-rechargeable battery powers red, green, and blue LEDs.

21 Roku Express

After a long run, we all need to embrace Netflix for some time to chill. One of the cheapest streaming boxes on the market, the Roku Express still supports all the popular video services and displays images in crisp 1080p HD.

22 Trigger Point Grid Foam Roller

Big enough to roll out tight IT bands and hamstrings, the Grid foam roller is still stubby enough to pack in a carry-on bag. Stuff it with socks—or toiletries, since it won’t easily crush—to maximize space in your suitcase. 

23 Runner‘s World How to Make Yourself Poop: And 999 Other Tips All Runners Should Know

Surprise your favorite runner with this cheeky book. Full of answers to every question you don’t want to ask and training tips to help improve performance, it contains (almost) all the knowledge they need.

24 Icespike

Why suffer inside on a treadmill all winter? These cleats screw into the rubber soles of running shoes for sure footing on icy roads. 

25 Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

Whether you’re out on a long run or hiking in the mountains, this bottle stays sturdy even as you sip from it. And when you’re done, it folds up small for easy storage.

26 BodyGlide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Essential for any runner’s bag, BodyGlide helps you stay chafe-free when you hit the road.

27 Headsweats 6 Panel Trucker Hat

A good performance trucker hat will vent well so sweat doesn’t build up on your dome. But the best will have a cool design on it.

28 Best Sellers From Clif Bar

You can use these as an easy stocking stuffer. Editors around Runner’s World have been known to hoard boxes for a quick snack after a run.

29 Dr. Cool Ice Therapy Wrap

Forget the mess of a baggie full of ice cubes. Stash this wrap in the freezer to keep it frosty, then cinch it tight around aching body parts for a cold squeeze to help speed recovery.

30 Runner's World 2022 Calendar

Think the runner in your life may need some extra inspiration? Get them the Runner’s World calendar with its photos of scenic trails, training and nutrition tips, and even a pace guide for races.

31 Silk iPhone X / XS Wallet Case

It will protect your phone, sure, but this case is also made for storing cards or cash. And the grippy texture makes it easy to carry on a run if you prefer not to bring along a pack or armband.  

32 FlipBelt

It doesn’t look like much, but this minimalist belt has space to carry some money, your phone, gels, and keys. 

33 TrailHeads Touchscreen Running Gloves

Being able to use your smartphone while running—without taking off your gloves—is important. These touchscreen-compatible options will keep your hands toasty and still let you track your workouts or send a text.  

34 AmazonBasics Resistance Band

A little resistance can aid in getting a deep pre- and post-run stretch to work out tight hammies or anything else that may be acting up. And AmazonBasics’s band is just the bare-bones version to get the job done.

35 KT Tape Pro

For runners with bad knees or ankles, the gift of stabilizing KT Tape can be a godsend. It’s easy to slap on and shore up creaky joints, which you’ll appreciate when you get home and aren’t laid up on the couch.

36 Tribe Cell Phone Armband Case

As phones get bigger and bigger, it gets harder to find an armband that doesn’t slip under the weight. Even though this Tribe can fit an iPhone X, its neoprene, Lycra, and polyurethane construction will help it stay in place.

37 Nike Women's Tempo Running Shorts

Test editor Morgan Petruny praised the Tempo for its comfy, simple design and sweat-wicking prowess. Built-in briefs mean there’s one less piece of clothing to wash at the end of the day.

38 Sunday Runday Long Sleeve Tee

Sunday is not a day of rest. Rock this tee to brunch after a long run.

39 Whoop Strap 3.0

The Whoop is for those times when you’re not running—read, the majority of the day. It’ll compile data on your heart rate, movement, sleep habits, and more to give you a recovery score, a good gauge for how hard you should push exercising each day.

40 The RunnerBox Subscription

Save yourself the anxiety of putting together a curated selection of gifts; RunnerBox will do it for you. The subscription service sends a shipment every two months, with gear like energy bars and smaller accessories included.

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