You might know a lot of exercise fanatics, but when it comes to runners, they’re a whole different class of fanatic. From their socks and shoes, to the kind of running clothes they wear, to the music they listen to when they run, they can be a pretty particular bunch—which makes it hard when you’re looking for gifts for runners. But with a little research, it’s not hard to find the best gifts for runners—and I’m here to help. Check out some of my favorite gift ideas below.
The latest and greatest phone
At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that most of us use our phones for pretty much everything—but especially for listening to music. That’s why one of the best gifts for runners is an upgrade to the latest model of mobile phone like this one that they may love best. Not only can they take their music with them on their runs, but they can also benefit from apps for things like navigation and training.
A smartwatch to help them keep pace
No list of gift ideas for runners should be without a smartwatch. Not only can it help the runner in your life keep pace and time their runs, but with additional apps, they can also monitor their heart rate, track their runs, and download the data associated with each run, so they can keep an eye on their progress.
Fantastic running socks
While it’s true that in general, socks aren’t always the most exciting gift, runners always need ‘em—especially if they’re designed for enhanced performance. Features like moisture-wicking, strategic cushioning, and airflow ventilation can make all the difference between a good run, and one that’s worthy of a medal.
An awesome pair of ear buds
Of course, if you get them a new phone, one of the must-have gifts for runners is a pair of ear buds that will help them go the distance. Look for features like noise cancelling and adaptive transparency, so they can tune out some outside noise when they’re getting in the zone, but still have some awareness of what’s going on around them. Comfort is also important, and of course, so is immersive, crystal clear sound.
Portable strobe lights
Here’s another must-have gifts for runners—especially those who like to run at night. A battery operated clip-on light can help make them more visible to drivers and others if they like running in the dark. It’s a good idea to get one (or two) that are water and impact resistant.
A super strong phone case
Even the most cautious runner fumbles their phone from time to time, which is why a durable phone case is one of the best gifts for runners. Whether they carry their phone in hand when they run, strap it into an arm band, or slide it into a fanny pack, accidents still happen. Make sure to get them a case with raised edges designed to help protect their phone screen, and superior drop protection to help keep their phone safe.
A fanny pack built for runners
Fanny packs may have had their heyday in the ‘80s, but the runner in your life will love one built just for them—especially if they’re into long-distance running. Fanny packs made for runners tend to be more lightweight, designed to reduce bouncing, and offers ample space for keys, phones, gels for energy, and anything else your runner might need to keep going.
A charging station for all their tech
With a phone, ear buds, and probably a watch, your runner will probably need something to keep everything charged up and at the ready. A 3-in-1 charging station is a great way to charge them up all at the same time, with enough room for all of their tech.
A foam roller to help them work out the kinks
Running is hard work, which is why a recovery plan is an important part of any runner’s life. That’s where a foam roller comes in handy. It can help release tension and ease muscle pain—and one with a grid design is perfect for really getting in there and working out any knots.
This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Carly Milne, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.