When you become a runner, there’s a high chance you’ll suddenly develop a love for running-related gadgets, gear, and gels!
Whether you are a runner or you know and love a runner, these little things always go down well as a gift.
And with the holidays approaching, what better items to review than the best stocking stuffers for runners?
Check them out and start your holiday shopping today!
Top 3 Best and Favorite
Balega Hidden Comfort
TriggerPoint NANO LTE
GU Energy Gels
1. Balega Hidden Comfort
Don’t underestimate the power of wearing the right running socks! Balega Hidden Comfort Socks’ name says it all – they’re low-cut and super comfy.
With a 200 needle-count and a plush cushion underneath, they offer more cushion than most. Ultra-fine fabric means you get more protection but less bulkiness, so you can be speedy and streamlined while keeping your feet protected.
As well as soft and cushioned, Balega socks use Drynamix moisture-wicking fibers to keep your feet extra dry. Microfiber mesh panels provide excellent ventilation so you can stay cool from the feet up on long summer runs.
If you thought they couldn’t get more comfortable, think again. A deep heel cup cradles your foot in a soft pillow-like cushion, while seamless toes reduce the chances of chafing and blisters.
These socks may be short, but their higher-than-usual heel tab stops them from sliding down into your shoe. As if that’s not enough, each pair comes with a one-year warranty! What more could a runner want in a pair of stocking-stuffer socks?
- Drynamix moisture-wicking fiber
- Deep heel pocket
- Mesh ventilation panels
- Seamless toe box
- May be too thick for some runners
Best Massage Tool
2. TriggerPoint NANO LTE
Nothing pains a runner more than sore or tight feet. The runner in your life may appreciate this handy little foot foam roller. It’s compact enough to slip into a gym bag, work briefcase, or even just leave in the car.
It’s not big enough to use on large muscles like the thighs, but it’s ideal for feet, hands, calves, and forearms. You can also use it quite easily while seated or standing, so it’s totally worth having in your recovery gear collection.
A thick middle section made of multi-density foam is perfect for rolling your feet over. On either side, polyurethane wheels help you target trigger points and really get down to the root of aches.
It comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, too. A portable, helpful, recovery-speeding foam roller for those hard-to-ease little muscles!
- Compact massage roller
- Multi-density EVA foam
- Polyurethane wheels
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Only available in one density (even though it’s multi-density)
Best Energy Gels
3. GU Energy Gels
Energy gels are a vital part of every runner’s fueling arsenal. If you have a runner in your life, we can guarantee they’ll be stoked to find some energy gels in their stocking.
They’re super easy to use and small enough to slip into a pocket or running belt. Each serving is 100 calories and contains between 20 and 25 grams of quick-digesting carbohydrates to give you a proper energy boost.
Depending on your runner’s preferences, these gels come in three caffeine categories: 40mg, 20mg, and caffeine-free. Be sure to check this before buying, as some runners are sensitive to caffeine!
As well as a carb boost, each sachet contains a decent amount of sodium and potassium to replace electrolytes lost during exercise. They also have branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which help speed up recovery and prevent muscle damage during the workout.
They’re also vegan and gluten-free, so they’re suitable for almost any runner!
- Easily digestible carbohydrates
- Contains electrolytes and amino acids
- 100 calories per sachet
- Easy to use on-the-go
- Some runners may not enjoy the gooey texture
Best Running Journal
4. The 365-Day Running Journal
A running journal could be a wonderful gift for runners who enjoy keeping track of their stats and monitoring their progress. We recommend the 365-Day Running Journal,
It’s colorful and eye-catching, and makes you feel less like you’re tracking stats and more like you’ve got an artistic project on the go!
One of the big advantages of this journal is that it doesn’t follow a calendar – you write your own dates in. So, if your runner happens to only begin in February, they don’t waste any space in the journal.
Each day has dedicated space for recording the location of your run, what time you went out, how far you ran, what the weather was like, and even if you had any aches or niggles.
There’s also a specific section for goal setting and jotting down personal records so you can celebrate your own victories! Just be aware that the writing space is small, so whoever’s writing in it may need to be careful not to run out of room.
As well as all your own important info, it’s sprinkled with great motivational tips. A monthly essay helps you begin each new month with the right mindset. Weekly tips about running form, nutrition, the mental game, and keeping a positive body image.
A must-have for runners who are serious about tracking their data!
- Non-dated pages
- Weekly and monthly tips
- Dedicated journaling space
- Modern design
- The writing space is small
Best Reflective Vest
5. Amphipod Xinglet
Nothing says “I love you” like a fun and funky gadget that will help keep your runner safe on the road.
Even if your runner already has reflective gear, this barely-there vest is a lightweight and extremely visible alternative to others.
It consists of soft, anti-chafe shoulder and waist straps… And that’s about it! A thick reflective stripe runs down each strap, providing full-coverage, 360-degree visibility in low light conditions.
Central “booster” areas where the straps meet are even more reflective and shine like beacons, warning all ahead of the wearer to be careful. These are also quick-release clasps for easy on and off.
One of the biggest bonuses of this little vest is that it’s ultra-breathable. There’s no thick fabric adding a layer over your t-shirt.
It’s adjustable in both height and waist, so it should fit most runners. It also comes in a few different colors, just to make it more fun.
- Quick-clip release
- Reflective booster zones
- Adjustable height and waist size
- 360-degree reflective coverage
- May be a bit snug in winter when worn over many layers
6. Rockay Beanie
If the runner in your life is environmentally conscious, this beanie is a great choice. Not only will it keep their noggin warm in cool weather, but it’s constructed from recycled materials (recycled polyester and used coffee grounds!).
It’s lightweight and stylish, so it can be worn out and about as well as when running. It’s also reversible, which is kind of cool and unique for a beanie. Two different styles in one piece of apparel! (Or four, if you roll it up to have a cuff).
The polyester construction makes it soft on the skin and slightly stretchy to give it a tight but comfy fit. It’s a universal fit, so your runner should fit into it quite easily.
As added bonuses, the beanie has a reflective Rockay logo on the front, UV protection, and built-in odor control. Oh, and a lifetime guarantee!
- Reversible design
- Made from recycled fabrics
- Polygiene odor control
- UV protection
- Not many colors available
Best Neck Gaiter
7. Smartwool Merino 150 Neck Gaiter
Runners who live in cold areas will appreciate this little bit of extra warmth and comfort. A neck gaiter is a lightweight, easy way to protect one of the areas of the body that’s most vulnerable to the cold.
This neck gaiter is constructed mainly from Merino wool, which is one of the most amazing fabrics for temperature regulation. In fact, it makes this gaiter twice as cool – it keeps you warm in winter and cools you down in summer!
The Merino wool fibers are rolled around nylon, which adds an extra element of durability and stretch to this gaiter. It also keeps the softness of the Merino right next to your skin, for extreme comfort.
It’s moisture-wicking, so in addition to Merino wool’s natural regulating properties it does a good job of helping sweat evaporate quickly.
Another great feature is its length. At 17.5 inches, it’s long enough for both tall and short runners to use as a gaiter or face cover. The flatlock seams add to the comfort, and as an extra bonus, it’s UPF 20+.
- Extended length
- Flatlock seam
- UV protection up to UPF 20
- May not be as effective against wind
8. Lock Laces Original Elastic No-Tie Shoelaces
We all know that one runner who keeps tripping over their own shoelaces. If you’re buying that runner a gift this year, they might be delighted to find these handy no-tie laces in their stocking.
They come in a one-size-fits-all design and a large variety of colors, so you can match your purchase to their favorite color or the shade of their running shoes.
They feature a patented double-eyelet lock design. It grips the laces tightly so they don’t slip through while you’re running, keeping them in the right place for as long as your shoes are on your feet.
You can also adjust the tension to your liking so they’re never uncomfortable or chafing. With a lifetime guarantee, these laces may be the only one your runner ever needs from now on!
- Double eyelet lock
- One size fits all design
- Elastic lace design for easy use
- Easy to install on any shoes
- If one lock breaks, you’ll need to buy a whole new set of laces
Best Travel Map
9. USA Scratch Off Travel Map
Runners who travel would love this. It’s perfect for those who are serious about run-cations and aim to do as many races as possible in different states.
It’s a unique and exciting way to keep track of which states you’ve visited for running. Of course, your runner can use it just for running or for things like vacations as well. It’s up to them.
It comes with a handy scratcher, and all you need to do is scratch off their top layer on the state to display the bright color underneath. You’ll also get a travel tube so you can take it with you safely, whichever state you’re visiting.
Also included are stickers to mark special spots in each state, a magnifying strip, and an eraser to work out smudges.
It can be hung on the wall, framed, or mounted using wall stickers. It’s a fun novelty gift!
- Protected with laminate finishing
- Comes with travel tube for safe transport
- Comes with a scratcher
- Various mounting options
- May be difficult to get the right scratch pressure
Best Kinesio Tape
10. KT Tape PRO Extreme
Just about every runner we know would highly appreciate finding a roll of kinesio tape in their stocking! This stuff can be used to support weak joints or relieve pain in muscles, and it’s the perfect size to stick into a stocking.
This tape uses extra-strength adhesive, so it won’t be starting to lift halfway through a run. It’s so strong, in fact, that it can be worn for 4 to 7 days at a time. It’s designed to withstand rain, heat, humidity, and even sweat.
The synthetic fabric is comfortable, elastic, and long-lasting. It even comes in a protective case so it can easily be slipped into a backpack or running belt. For safety, it also has reflective detailing on it.
- Extra-strength adhesive
- Water- and sweat-resistant
- Reflective detail for safety
- The edges may fray slightly when wearing it for a long time
Best Shoe ID
11. ROAD ID Shoe ID Tag
This unique little gadget is similar to an emergency medical bracelet. Only instead of wearing it around your wrist, it attaches conveniently to your shoelaces so it’s out of the way but still does its job.
It’s crafted from medical-grade stainless steel, so it’s a tough piece of equipment. It attaches easily to your shoelaces using Velcro, and sticks well although you’ll need to keep an eye on the quality of the Velcro to make sure it’s not wearing away. It can be replaced if so.
Runners with allergies or who like having their personal info close at hand in case of emergencies would certainly benefit from this gift.
There’s space for a lot of information on this tag. Add the runner’s name and contact details, address (or just city), emergency contacts, allergy or medical info, and even a personal quote or slogan. The engraving comes with a lifetime guarantee.
There’s even a high-visibility Scotchlite strip on the band to add a little extra visibility to your low-light runs.
- Personalized ID bracelet
- Reflective stripe for visibility
- Easy to attach to shoelaces
- Lifetime guarantee on engraving
- The Velcro could lose its grip over time
Best Shoe Deodorizer
12. Medi-Dyne 2Toms StinkFree
It may be a good idea to only give this item to someone you know really well who won’t take offense! But every runner knows that smelly feet happen. No matter how often shoes or socks say they’re anti-odor, we often just need a little extra.
2Toms StinkFree Odor Remover actually eliminates odor, not just masks it. This is significant because it contains no perfume that could irritate your skin. Because of its clean make-up, it’s safe for use in just about all shoes, including more sensitive materials like leather, denim, and canvas.
Initially, 2 to 3 sprays a day may be necessary to eliminate the odor. Thereafter, you can spray up to 3 times a week, as needed.
- Eliminates odors, not just masks
- Safe to be used on most materials
- Won’t stain clothing
- May not work on old shoes that have been used for a long time
Best Anti-Chafe Balm
13. Body Glide Original
You only need to chafe once to know that you never want it to happen again. Runners will appreciate this thoughtful and practical stocking stuffer.
It’s perfectly safe for most runners, even those with sensitive skin. All-natural, plant-based ingredients make it free from common allergens and ideal for almost anyone.
Thanks to its easy roll-on application, you can apply it to any body part. It’s water-resistant so rain, sweat, and puddles won’t prevent it from doing its job.
Compared to other anti-chafing creams and lotions, this one is super easy to use and not messy at all.
No matter the runner, this slide-on should be well-received. It’s vegan, not tested on animals, and child-safe!
- Made from plant-derived ingredients
- Can be used on any body part
- Water- and sweat-resistant
- Vegan- and child-approved
- May stain some items of clothing
Best Race Medal Holder
14. Miayork Medal Holder Display Hanger Rack
Do you know a runner whose medals hide in a box in the closet? This is the perfect gift to encourage them to display their victories!
It may not look like much, but this modern-design metal hanger can hold up to 18 pounds or 30 medals. It’s super easy to install, attaching to the wall with just a few screws.
Rubber washers keep the metal bars about 0.4 inches away from the wall, so it shouldn’t be an issue to get medals in even when it’s already mounted. Except for the top rack – if your runner wants to use it, they’ll need to slide their medals onto it before mounting the rack.
- Holds up to 18 pounds
- Modern metal design
- Can hold up to 30 medals
- Quick and easy installation
- Can’t slide medals onto top rack once mounted