Every Runner. Every Condition. Every Goal.
We know performance engineering. We have a clear vision for design. We know the science behind the tech that has revolutionized running. But only you can choose what gift the rookie runner or relentless athlete in your life needs to push on, go further and hit their goals in 2021.
To help you make the right choice, we split this guide between different styles and levels of running. From pain-ignoring, screaming-across-the-finish-line race and marathon shoes to essentials for those who are just getting started, we’ve got a wide range of runners covered.
Running gift ideas that go further
As you’d expect, our Swiss-engineered shoes make up a big portion of this 2020 gift guide for runners. From shoes for record-breaking long-distance runners to those for regular gym goers, we’ve got what every foot needs.
But it’s not just about shoes – we’ve also got performance accessories and running apparel gift ideas, including high-performance socks and running jackets that make heading out into bad weather a whole lot more enjoyable.
Along the way, we included some reviews from runners around the world, so that you can get a taste of the reaction you get when you give the gift of running on clouds.
Gifts for Marathon and Distance Runners
Maybe your partner checks off a new marathon every year. Or your friend is aiming to run their first-ever 26-mile race next summer. Or your health-conscious dad has told the whole family he’s now deep into ultramarathons.
Whatever drives them on, these gifts for long-distance road runners and endurance athletes will support their passion with some serious Swiss engineering.
"This is my 4th pair of On shoes and there is just not a company out there with the comfort, longevity, and long-term quality consistency of On."
(activity: running; typical distance: over 40km; location: Boulder, CO)
"I've been wearing this hat for everything: from indoor cycling, to out on the trails during heavy miles… Super lightweight, dries amazingly fast, and looks super sleek."
(activity: mixed-sports training; typical distance: Over 40km; location: Phoenix, AZ)
Gifts for Regular Runners
Whether it’s runs through city streets to get to work, weekend trail runs through the local forest, or treadmill runs built into a lunchtime gym routine, some people just love to keep moving. And every committed runner can use some extra support and inspiration. Gift them a burst of motivation for 2021.
"A little drizzle, a little wind is no problem. The jacket dries very quickly, and I don't overheat in it when I'm running."
(activity: running; typical distance: Over 40km; location: Somerset, UK)
"My go-to for the gym. They offer great support for front to back and side to side mixed cardio movements. No slippage with these shoes, plus my feet feel secure and locked down."
(activity: mixed-sports training; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Missouri)
"Got a couple pair of these and they keep my cards and keys (with a lanyard) well in place. They also look really good."
(activity: running; typical distance: Over 40km; location: Lexington, SC)
"I’m 58 and have been an athlete all my life. This is the best shoe I’ve ever been fortunate enough to slip on my feet. Comfort, stability, performance, quality. Perfection."
(activity: mixed-sports training; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Tucson, AZ)
Best gifts for new or beginner runners
Is your partner or friend aiming for a “new year, new you” kind of 2021? Or did they start running already but need an extra boost to help them hit new heights?
From short runs with the dog to hitting their first-ever 10k, these gifts for new runners might just help them change their life for the better.
"Wore these today for the first time and love them just as much as my previous pair. They fit well and look great."
(activity: mixed-sports training; typical distance: 0-20km; location: UK)
"Been having blister trouble with other socks recently but not since getting these socks! Nice and comfy and well fitting. Look good too."
(activity: running; typical distance: 20-40km; location: Thornleigh, UK)
"It felt so good to put on for the first time. Fits like a dream, is light and extremely comfortable!"
(activity: running; typical distance: 0-20km; location: BC, Canada)
"Beautifully designed top. Lightweight but plenty of warmth… Absolutely love it."
(activity: mixed-sports training; typical distance: 20-40km; location: London, UK)