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16 Gifts For Your Friend Who Loves Running More Than They Love You

Because every single one of us have that token runner in our lives.

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1. A set of sweat-proof bluetooth headphones designed for runners.

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Running with regular headphones can be a real nightmare. The cord flaps all over the place and you have to kind of hold your phone at an awkward height to avoid ripping your earbuds out. These headphones not only solve these annoying problems, they also have over 20,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.2-star rating.

Get them from Amazon for $29.97.

2. A massage ball that will target small areas and relieve tightness and pain way better than your standard foam roller.

Last month I spent a very considerable amount of time listening to a conversation between my boyfriend and an employee in a running store about this TriggerPoint foam ball and their iliotibial band syndrome (aka one of the most common running injuries). Both agreed that this ball was one of the only things that actually helped them start to recover. Beyond having ITBS-healing magic powers, these foam balls are just great for any kind of deep tissue massage. They also come in different sizes and firmness to suit different areas of the body.Get it from Amazon for $15.99.
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Last month I spent a very considerable amount of time listening to a conversation between my boyfriend and an employee in a running store about this TriggerPoint foam ball and their iliotibial band syndrome (aka one of the most common running injuries). Both agreed that this ball was one of the only things that actually helped them start to recover. Beyond having ITBS-healing magic powers, these foam balls are just great for any kind of deep tissue massage. They also come in different sizes and firmness to suit different areas of the body.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

3. A pair of highly rated compression socks that will decrease recovery time after long runs.

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People are OBSESSED with these socks. Seriously! They have a 4.8-star rating on Amazon and over 6,000 reviews — most of which are raving about how life-changing these socks are. They come in nine different colors, making them a great stocking stuffer if you have a few runners in your gifting circle. I own a pair and can honestly say that yes, they are worth the hype.

Get them from Amazon for $19.95+.

4. And these no-show running socks also have incredible Amazon reviews.

Socks are a go-to gift for a reason: most people wear them every day, yet people rarely buy them for themselves. These come in 13 different colors and are designed not to slip while running. They also have a reinforced toe and heel, so you know they'll last.Promising review: "I have NEVER liked no-show socks. I was reluctant to try these, but they were highly rated and recommended. I love this socks. I will repeat that: I LOVE these socks — they do not slip down. I recently wore them for a half marathon in the rain and they did not budge. They're my new favorite running socks and I want all colors." —Laura ReadyGet them from Amazon for $10.50+.
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Socks are a go-to gift for a reason: most people wear them every day, yet people rarely buy them for themselves. These come in 13 different colors and are designed not to slip while running. They also have a reinforced toe and heel, so you know they'll last.

Promising review: "I have NEVER liked no-show socks. I was reluctant to try these, but they were highly rated and recommended. I love this socks. I will repeat that: I LOVE these socks — they do not slip down. I recently wore them for a half marathon in the rain and they did not budge. They're my new favorite running socks and I want all colors." —Laura Ready

Get them from Amazon for $10.50+.

5. A book that anyone who appreciates literature just as much as they do the benefits of running will thoroughly enjoy.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami may be best known for Norwegian Wood and 1Q84, but he's also a runner. This book is beautifully written and explores Murakami's relationship with both writing and running, and how the two co-exist in his life. Get it from Amazon for $7.50+, Barnes & Noble for $11.99+, or Jet for $12.16.
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Japanese writer Haruki Murakami may be best known for Norwegian Wood and 1Q84, but he's also a runner. This book is beautifully written and explores Murakami's relationship with both writing and running, and how the two co-exist in his life.

Get it from Amazon for $7.50+, Barnes & Noble for $11.99+, or Jet for $12.16.

6. And another incredible book that sees the best runners in the world, from completely different walks of life, race against each other.

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Written by award-winning journalist and runner Christopher McDougall, Born To Run tells the story of Mexico's Tarahumara people who appear to have the ability to run without injury. In this book McDougall tries to uncover the secrets of the Native American people while comparing their abilities to some of the best ultra-athletes in the world.

Get it from Amazon for $11.35+, Barnes & Noble for $11.89+, or Jet for $10.82.

7. A box of Clif Bars that will be so appreciated by the runner who never leaves the house without one.

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Everyone loves Clif Bars but runners reallllllllly love Clif Bars. A box of these would honestly be a really thoughtful gift for a family member or work friend who loves trail running or hiking.

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.73 or from Jet for $11.29.

8. A fancy AF watch that will suit your favorite triathlete or serious runner.

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Now this gift is obviously a bit of a splurge and is something you'd buy for a ~special someone~. This watch came out earlier this year and has rave reviews within the running community. Garmin is a really respected brand, and this watch has a ton of cool features that would suit any runner, swimmer, or cyclist, like GPS tracking, built-in heart monitor, barometer, altimeter, compass, and a battery that can last as long as two weeks between charges.

Get it from Amazon for $499.95 or from Jet for $499.99.

9. A subscription to Runner's World magazine, so they never miss an issue.

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A year-long magazine subscription is one of my favorite gifts to give and receive, because while other holiday gifts may be forgotten after a few months, this one just keeps coming. This subscription is currently on sale, which makes the deal even sweeter.

Get an annual subscription from Amazon for $9.99.

10. A cleverly designed belt that can hold your phone, keys, and whatever else you need while you run.

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This FlipBelt has a bit of a cult following. And I mean, it makes sense because having to hold things when you go for a run sucks but also, like, you need to take your car keys and it's a good idea to carry cash or a debit card with you in case, idk, you break your ankle and need to get a cab home. This belt is super light and can fit everything you might need.

Get it from Amazon for $12.70+ (available in nine colors.)

11. Or a running belt that comes with two water bottles, so you can quit carrying an annoying bottle in one hand during long runs.

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This would make an awesome present for a friend who is training for a marathon, loves long-distance running, or lives in a hot climate where running without water is just not an option.

Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

12. A massage stick strong enough to relieve cramps and tightness, but small enough to take on vacation.

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Unlike a foam roller, this stick can fit inside a sports bag or carry-on luggage. It's perfect for massaging calves, glutes, hamstrings, and quads, as well as muscles in the shoulders and back. This stick has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon and over 1,000 reviews.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

13. A Milestone pod that will not only track miles but also calculate foot strike, stride length, leg swing, and more.

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This pod clips on to your shoes and records data which you can access through the Milestone app. It's also great for tracking how many miles you do in each pair of shoes.

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

14. A bottle of sports detergent specially formulated for the technical fibers most running clothes are made from.

While this gift may seem like a subtle way of saying "mate, you stink" to your run-lovin' housemate or partner, it's actually just a practical thing to give someone. Most runners fork out a ton of cash on clothes and this will help them last way longer.Get it from Amazon for $10.95.
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While this gift may seem like a subtle way of saying "mate, you stink" to your run-lovin' housemate or partner, it's actually just a practical thing to give someone. Most runners fork out a ton of cash on clothes and this will help them last way longer.

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

15. A moisture wicking beanie that will get you through those inevitable cold weather runs.

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Wool beanies weren't made for running, but this hat was designed for just that.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

16. And pair of lightweight compression gloves for those cold morning runs.

Light enough to run in, but warm enough to prevent frozen fingertips and bad circulation. These gloves are also super affordable and would make a great stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift for anyone who spends time exercising outdoors at this time of year.Get a pair from Amazon for $9.99.
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Light enough to run in, but warm enough to prevent frozen fingertips and bad circulation. These gloves are also super affordable and would make a great stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift for anyone who spends time exercising outdoors at this time of year.

Get a pair from Amazon for $9.99.

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