35 Best Gift Ideas For Runners Who Are Men

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If you know a guy who’s obsessed with running or just enjoys it as a hobby, these useful gifts for runners who are men will make his life easier.

There seem to be two kinds of people in this world. Those who love the calm, meditative nature of going on a long run and those who never run unless a bear is chasing them.

If you’re shopping for a guy who’s in the first category, we’ve got you covered! These gifts for male runners cover everything from healthy snacks to clothing to the latest massager technology to help him recover faster. You’re sure to find something he’ll appreciate as a runner!


35 Unique Gift Ideas For Male Runners

These gifts for male runners will keep him hydrated, keep him outfitted, and keep him entertained.

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No Bounce Hydration Belt

  • BYO Water

  • $$$$$
  • Hydration

Long-distance and ultra runners always need to worry about hydration! This belt includes a water bottle that holds much more than many belts. It’s guaranteed not to bounce while running, and the belt also includes a pocket for a phone, keys, and other small items.


Compression Socks for Men & Women

  • Save The Legs

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Recovery

Compression socks can improve blood flow and can help speed up recovery after a run. These compression socks come almost to the knee, enveloping calves and shins. They come in several colors so you can choose his favorite.


Armorbilt Safety Beanie

  • Stay Visible

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

If your dad or running friend runs early in the morning or after work when it’s dark, this beanie will keep him visible! Make sure he’s seen when crossing streets with this neon green beanie. The hat also has a reflective band around the bottom to improve visibility as well.


Idson Muscle Roller

  • Soothe Sore Muscles

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

This muscle roller can help both before or after a run, making it a great men’s running gift! The roller can help relieve muscle soreness and inflammation. Not only will it be good for his leg muscles, but he’ll also feel better after using it!


Water Resistant Armband Case

  • Carry Stuff

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Runner’s armbands are very important pieces of gear when they head out for a run! This one fits most popular phones and has a pocket for a key, as well as a headphone cord organizer. The armband is adjustable, and the case comes in several colors and patterns.


Brooks Men's Ghost 13 Running Shoe

  • Quality Running Shoe

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This running shoe has great cushioning and support! Interior shock absorbers help lessen the impact of running, but the shoe is still lightweight. It comes in several colors so you can pick one that’s to his taste!


Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire GPS Watch

  • Find Your Way

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

The Garmin GPS watch is durable and has a built-in navigation system to track his runs. It will also track his training status, training load, and other stats. The watch is great for adventure and is a good watch for runners, hikers, cyclists, and other outdoor athletes.


Born to Run Book

  • Amazing Race

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

Journalist and runner Christopher McDougall started this book by wondering why his foot hurt. By the end, he’s written about science labs at Harvard, a crazy race through the desert in 100+ degree heat, and the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico who can run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. He’ll love this fascinating, funny book about running and may even get a few tips.


CLIF SHOT Energy Gels

  • Fuel Up

  • $$$$$
  • Fuel

Energy gels can be a great boost in the middle of a long run! These gels come in nine different flavors and four caffeine levels so he can adjust the level of his energy boost. These packs also have a Litter Leash top to keep garbage to a minimum.


Bose Sport Earbuds

  • Listen Well

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

These small, wireless earbuds are great for workouts and make great men’s running gifts! The earbuds come in three sizes to fit comfortably in the ear and are sweat-resistant. They also run for up to five hours per charge so he can get in a nice, long run.

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Skinnies Sungel SPF30

  • Don’t Burn

  • $$$$$
  • Exercise

For people who run outdoors, sunscreen is a must! This Sungel is sweatproof and water-resistant for 40 minutes. It is also Coral Reef safe and not tested on animals. He only needs to smooth on a little bit to protect his face and other exposed parts before heading out on a run.


TrailHeads Men’s Running Gloves

  • Warm The Hands

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Running is a funny sport, and it’s not unusual to see winter runners in t-shirts or tanks and shorts wearing snow hats and gloves on their runs. These gloves make great men’s running gifts! They have a wind-resistant outer layer and a soft inner layer against his skin. They are touchscreen gloves so he can operate his phone as well.


Fit Simplify Resistance Bands

  • Stretch It Out

  • $$$$$
  • Exercise

Resistance bands are great for stretching out muscles to warm up or cool down. They can also be used on days he doesn’t run to keep his muscles limber. These bands come in 5 different resistance levels so he can customize his workout.


Under Armour Men's Zip-up T-Shirt

  • Fits To A T

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This long-sleeve running shirt fits close to the body, so he won’t get any annoying shirt-flapping while he runs. It’s moisture-wicking and quick-drying and is a great layer for cold workouts. It comes in a variety of colors so you can choose his favorite!


Tumaz Foot Roller

  • Foot Massage

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

He can massage his tired feet after a run with this foot roller. The roller fits feet arches well, and the bumps feel good on hurting feet. The roller is also small so he can bring it along anywhere.


Ultimate Healthy Care Package

  • Put Good Stuff In

  • $$$$$
  • Fuel

This collection of healthy granola bars and mixed nuts will give him a variety of great pre- or post-run snacks! Load him up with Kind bars, Planters peanuts, pistachios, and more. He can even tuck one into his running belt to eat while he’s on a long run.


Balega Hidden Comfort Running Socks

  • Happy Feet

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Good running socks feel almost as wonderful as good running shoes! These comfort running socks are moisture-wicking and have cushioning to protect his feet while he runs. The socks come in a variety of colors and make great gifts for male runners.


Mighty Vibe Spotify Player

  • Running Tunes

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

If he likes to run with music but doesn’t want to bring his whole phone with him, this player is the perfect solution! It’s similar to an iPad shuffle from years past, but this one can play offline music and podcasts from Spotify or Amazon Music instead.


Run All The Miles T-Shirt

  • Run Fast, Eat Tacos

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Tacos make excellent inspiration for running, as this shirt hilariously demonstrates. It reads, “Run all the miles, eat all the tacos.” It comes in a variety of colors and would make a funny Christmas, birthday, or anniversary present.


NordicTrack T Series Treadmill

  • Run Inside

  • $$$$$
  • Exercise

If he prefers running indoors, you can pull out all the stops and get him a NordicTrack treadmill to run in the house. He can stream workouts on the treadmill screen, and the treadmill has incline control and speed control.

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Rechargeable Headlamp

  • Spot Him

  • $$$$$
  • Exercise

For after-dark runners, a headlamp is an invaluable part of their gear! He can see where he’s stepping and make sure cars see him as well with this headlamp. When it runs low, simply plug it in to recharge.


Under Armour Men's Gym Shorts

  • Exercise Comfortably

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

These athletic shorts are lightweight so they won’t be too heavy while he runs. They have 4-way stretch construction for comfort and moisture-wicking. They also come in a variety of colors so you can stock up on a few pairs to give him!


Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

  • Be Chafe Safe

  • $$$$$
  • Exercise

You can train like a pro but a chafing issue can derail even the most prepped-for race! Help him avoid that pain with this anti-chafe balm. It can be applied like deodorant with this stick and helps with this common, painful issue.


Etched Marathon Pint Glass

  • Drink Up

  • $$$$$
  • Hydration

Nothing tastes as good as a cold beer after a long run! These pint glasses are etched with the routes of top marathons, along with the finish line coordinates and the date of the inaugural race for each of the races. He can toss back a pint while he charts the route of his next big race.


Blue Emu Muscle Cream

  • Soothe The Aches

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

Every runner knows that sometimes the best cure for achy muscles is a good analgesic cream. This emu cream is a great option because it doesn’t have the overwhelming menthol smell that many muscle and joint creams do.


NutriBullet Pro Blender

  • Eat Good Stuff

  • $$$$$
  • Fuel

Many runners are conscious of what they’re eating when they’re not running! It’s hard to run well if you’re not taking care of the engine. This individual-sized blender is perfect for mixing up smoothies or even nut butters to spread on snacks. The blender even comes in a variety of fun colors so you can pick something special for him. It makes a great gift for men who are runners!


Trail Running Vest And Hydration Pack

  • Run With Water

  • $$$$$
  • Hydration

This vest has pockets for carrying things like his phone or keys and also has a hydration pack. There’s a 2L bladder included in the pack, along with two pockets up front for his own water bottles. This would be a good option for someone running long distances, like marathon training.


Saucony Mens No-Show Socks

  • Lookin’ Soxy

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

Most runners can’t have too many pairs of running socks! These Saucony socks have superior moisture-wicking, plus targeted arch compression to keep your arch supported and secure. They are also made to prevent slipping or bunching.


Gone For a Run Bib and Medal Display

  • Show Off The Goods

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

If he’s run several races, help him show off his accomplishment with this bib and medal display. This display holds up to 24 medals and 100 race bibs. It’s made from hand-forged black metal and is easy to install.


TheraGun Elite Massager

  • Deep Muscle Treatment

  • $$$$$
  • Recovery

He can soothe sore muscles with this super-quiet TheraGun massager. It also connects to an app, and you can connect and see suggested massage routines to set. It works for up to two hours on the battery and has a customizable speed range.

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Under Armour Gift Card

  • Dress For Success

  • Clothing

If you know he wants running clothes, or a hat, or shoes, but you’re not sure exactly what he wants, get him an Under Armour gift card! He can choose from running shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, shoes, hats, and more. This way, he’ll get exactly what he needs.


Bluetooth Beanie Hat with Headphones

  • Music Hat

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

He can stay warm and eliminate the need for separate headphones with this beanie! The headphones are clear so he’ll be able to hear music well, and the hat is double-knit so it’s extra warm. He won’t need to fiddle with his earbuds, simply pop on the hat and head out for his run!


Marathon Map Hydration Bottles

  • Map It

  • $$$$$
  • Hydration

These water bottles have the routes of various marathons mapped out on the sides. He can hydrate while tracing the route of a marathon he’s run or one that’s on his bucket list. The water bottles also are triple-wall vacuum-sealed to keep drinks cold or hot, and they have a leak-proof, screw-on cap.


If I Collapse T-Shirt

  • Priorities

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

This funny t-shirt says, “If I collapse, please pause my watch.” It’s a great gift idea for men who are runners and are obsessed with tracking their fitness on their watches. It also comes in a variety of colors, so you can pick his favorite.


Adidas Men's Performance Hat

  • Sun Protection

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing

He can protect himself from the sun with this running hat. It has UPF 50 protection from the sun. It also is designed with holes for air flow and is made from moisture-wicking fabric. The logo is reflective to help him be visible while he runs.


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Laura Falin

Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.