From standard running essentials to gifts for runners who have everything, here are 8 accessories to help fleet-of-foot athletes make the most of their next training session.
Running is a popular hobby for many fleet-of-foot athletes. From warm-up to cool-down, there are a number of essential training accessories on the market to help runners make the most of their workouts, enhance recovery, and reduce the risk of injury. In this roundup, we've highlighted some of the top gifts for runners including noise-canceling headphones, fitness wearables, and reflective vests to increase visibility. We've also included a few nonessential, luxury gifts for runners who have everything. Be sure to check out all of TechRepublic's holiday gift guides.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is a solid option for athletes; especially runners. Individuals can select their preferred watch face to monitor their runtime, heartbeat, elevation gain, distance, and more. People can also use the smartwatch to perform an ECG and measure blood-oxygen levels for added functionality.$375 at Amazon
Headphones are a great way for athletes to exercise to their favorite playlist or catch up on a preferred podcast. This model is IPX7 rated to withstand sweat during workouts and noise-canceling capabilities reduce background noise for crisper audio. Buttons along the unit allow runners to easily skip tracks, adjust volume, and answer phone calls. Rounded hooks hold the individual headphones in position, and the model comes with varying sized ear tips to ensure an optimal fit.$20 at Amazon
In the wearable era, fitness metrics allow athletes to more aptly analyze their workouts over time. At just 2.08 ounces and without exposed seams, this device has been designed to accommodate comfort during extended use. Once paired with a smartphone, the heart rate monitor provides information to assist with fine-tuning running form and more.$84 at Amazon
The colder season brings its own set of challenges for outdoor exercise enthusiasts. Hand warmers are a popular exercise accessory to increase warmth in the winter months. This particular model provides heat on both sides of the device and features three warmth settings to deliver heat as needed. These rechargeable hand warmers are thoughtful gifts for runners who have everything else.$25 at Amazon
Running pouches are popular accessories for athletes on the move. These items allow people to conveniently stow their essential items in a small compartment around their waists. This particular model is water-resistant and touts reflective components along the build to increase safety during exercise.$14 at Amazon
While a storage pouch may do the trick for some runners, others may prefer to keep their phone screen accessible during exercise. With a phone armband, athletes are able to position their smartphone along the upper arm and easily change tracks, accept or decline calls, and more. This Newppon includes a swivel mount along the back for greater functionality during workouts.$15 at Amazon
Running along roadways can be dangerous; especially in the early morning, evenings, or during high traffic times. Reflective vests designed to increase visibility are a popular accessory for runners. The Tracer360 includes reflective and fluorescent components to boost runner safety during exercise.$60 at Amazon