It's the most magical time of the year, but it can be stressful knowing what to buy, especially if you're looking for a gift for a runner. Us runners are a peculiar species — we'll hoard running shoes for sentimental reasons, speak endlessly about PRs and split times if given half the chance, and choose to lap the block rather than finish a run on 4.8 miles.
To help make your life easier, I've hand-picked some of the best gifts for the runner in your life below. I've run five marathons, so I know what I'm hoping for under the tree this year, and have separated the best gifts into different price categories, so you can shop whatever your budget.
When you're done here, we've also found the best fitness gifts on the market here for yogis, cyclists, CrossFit fanatics and more.
Best gifts for runners under $20
Better You Magnesium Flakes
There's nothing better than a hot bath after a chilly training run in the winter, and chucking some magnesium flakes in will help your runners' muscles recover faster. This bag of magnesium flakes is the perfect stocking filler, whatever distance they might be training for.
Stojo Collapsible Coffee Cup
Whether your fitness fanatic is run-commuting to the office, or looking for a coffee cup small enough to stow in his or her backpack between fitness classes, this coffee cup ticks all the right boxes. It folds down when it's not being used, and comes in a number of different colors to suit every style.
Saucony Men's Bolt Rundry Performance No-show Multi-Pack Socks
Nothing says Happy Christmas like a new pair of socks, so imagine the joy on your loved one's face when they unwrap a whole multi-pack! These are great hidden socks, for an excellent price.
Lacrosse Massage Ball Set
As handy as one of the best foam rollers, these little massage balls are perfect for getting into tight muscles. The set comes with a hard and a soft lacrosse-sized massage ball, as well as a mini massage ball for targeting small, hard-to-reach areas. All three balls come in a handy carry bag for chucking in a gym bag.
Foot massage roller
Another handy little stocking filler for the runner in your life, this little massage tool can help ease aches and pains from miles on his or her feet. The deep tissue massager can be used to relieve tension in the arch of the foot, and we guarantee it'll be one of their favorite gifts this holiday!
Best gifts for runners under $50
Epic Runs of the World, Lonely Planet
If the runner in your life is always looking for his or her next adventure, this is the perfect coffee table book to gift them this holiday season. They'll find 50 of the world's greatest running routes, plus another 150 courses around the world to aim for.
Spibelt Running Belt
The SPIbelt made it onto our list of the best running belts due to its great price and versatility. The belt looks like a thin pocket with an adjustable strap and is far more compact than a lot of the other belts on the market. Plus, it expands to fit all your runner's essentials on the move.
Tracksmith Inverno Gloves
These gloves are truly excellent. They are breathable enough that your runner won't have to remove them after their warm-up, soft enough that they can wipe their runny nose with ease, and they even have tech fingers to allow them to answer their phone or take a selfie without having to remove the gloves.
Gone For a Run BibFOLIO Plus Race Bib and Medal Display
Another gift only a runner could love! This handle display is a lovely way to showcase your runner's achievements, and has room for up to 100 race numbers and 24 medals.
Best gifts for runners over $50
Nike Pegasus 40
Buying shoes for someone is tough, but this is a good bet. The Nike Pegasus 40 is a workhorse of a running shoe, suited to easy miles and faster sessions. It's a solid, stable, reliable shoe, and the 40th iteration was one of my favorite versions yet. Read my Nike Pegasus 40 review for more info.
TheraGun's travel-sized massage gun comes with three different foam attachments as well as three different speeds. So not only can you carry this with you wherever you go but you can tailor the device to massage more than one area of your body. It's one of the best massage guns on the market, and you can read our Theragun Mini review before adding it to your cart.
Fitbit Charge 6
If you're shopping for a tracker and don't want to spend a fortune, the Fitbit Charge 6 is the best Fitbit and best fitness tracker I've tested this year. It has a bright screen, a haptic side button, and all of the best Google apps to make the watch stand out from the crowd.
lululemon Swiftly Long Sleeve
This long-sleeved running top is a staple in my wardrobe. I layer it in the winter under a gilet or fleece and wear it in the fall or spring on its own. It's never gotten smelly, and I've washed it countless times and never had an issue. It's a bit pricey, but a must-have!
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Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past five years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.