You don’t need a holiday gift guide when you share the same interests as the person you’re shopping for. But if their passions don’t coincide with your own…don’t worry: We’ve got Christmas gift ideas galore. Our running gift guide will help you shop for the runner in your life–whether your budget is $20 or $200–and we’re sure they’ll love all the running gear on this list.
Check out these gifts for runners and place your order before holiday shipping costs go haywire!
If your favorite runner got obsessed with “Born to Run,” they’ll love “Eat & Run,” which came out earlier this year. Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek tells stories of his experiences running, combined with vegan nutrition advice for athletes. (Trust us: It’s riveting, even if you eat meat.)
They’ve been called the “massage therapist in a bag,” and it’s no joke: Triggerpoint’s foam rollers and deep tissue massage tools are coveted amongst athletes who need to release stiff, sore muscles and want to stay injury-free. Their performance kits are a drool-worthy gift.
Runners who love the idea of switching to minimalist shoes but hate the idea of switching to Vibram FiveFingers will be excited about this line of lightweight shoes that encourage a shorter stride.
CW-X’s compression tights are some of the top-rated, most-coveted running tights out there; their Stabilyx tights have gotten great reviews in 2012′s winter running pants roundups, and would make a lux Christmas gift for any runner.
If they already have a pair of great running headphones, it doesn’t matter: These are the queen bee, and trust us, they want them.
A growing number of athletes and runners swear by the M.E.L.T. method to relieve pain; this set (which comes with an instructional DVD) is a perfect Christmas gift for runners with sore, aching feet.
Keeping your hands warm and keeping tabs on your run through apps are impossible to do at the same time…unless someone gives you running gloves with touch screen capabilities for a Christmas gift.
This book is a great one for beginners, or anyone who loves to run but often finds themselves too busy for time-consuming training programs. It’s full of specific training programs and helpful tips for recovery, cross-training, stretching and more.
These crews are so warm and soft, we want to wear them every day. In this festive print, they’ll make a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite runner.
If you know a runner with a great haircut, there’s a good chance it’s getting in her face when she goes for a run. These headbands are as close to perfect as you’ll get for active folks who need layer-control–and they make a perfect stocking stuffer, too. (h/t Hot Bird Running)