With top fitness tech, they can run faster, farther, for longer. Explore the future of running with our tech gift guide.
The halls are decked, the lights are bright, and Santa’s busy training for his long-distance relay on Christmas day. That’s right – the holidays have officially arrived, and you’re on the hunt for the best gift for the runner in your life. The person you’re shopping for is passionate about hitting the trail, the pavement, or the gym, and they also obsess over the best gear to take their performance to the next level.
Lucky for you, we’ve teamed up with our running experts to put together an epic list of must-have running gadgets for this holiday season. If you’re looking for a gift for the athlete who seems to have it all, wow them with the latest and greatest running technology and make this a stand-out Christmas to remember.
JLAB Audio Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds
The JLAB Audio Fit Sport Wireless Earbuds are a must-have running gadget for everyone’s stocking this year. They’re the best running accessories for any athlete who loves to jam out while the workout, or for the busy types who don’t want to skip a step when they need to take a call.
The 6-hour battery life makes these earbuds the perfect fitness companion – they’re ready to run and go the extra mile whenever you are. A wireless connection and Memory Wire ear hook mean no more fussing over distracting cords or slipping earbuds when they’re racing the clock to crush their PRs.
Hyperice Vyper 2.0
Every high-intensity runner needs a powerful foam roller to help them recover after their intense training sessions. If they’re tired of getting slowed down by sore, achy muscles, give them the gift of pain-relief this holiday.
The Hypervice Vyper 2.0 is not your standard foam roller; it has three vibration settings to work deep into muscles to reduce soreness while also increasing circulation and flexibility. Your athlete on-the-go will love that the Hyperice Vyper 2.0 is travel-friendly and a TSA approved carry-on they can take to their out-of-state marathons.
Women’s R-GEAR Hot Pants Tight
We’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret here, folks: ladies love leggings. They’re perfect for running, workout classes, errands, and lounging around the house. If you’re not sure what to get the athletic lady in your life this holiday season, leggings are a great go-to choice. The women’s R-GEAR Hot Pants Tight combine high-tech material with a perfect fit, guaranteed to make these leggings one of her favorite gifts this year.
DRYROAD moisture-wicking fabric stays dry and comfortable throughout any workout, plus they’re lined with soft fleece for extra warmth throughout the winter. Whether she’s cozying up to the fire with a hot apple cider or out there pounding pavement in the cold, she’ll definitely want to be sporting her new R-GEAR Hot Pants.
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running Watch + Wrist HRM
One of our favorite running gadgets is the Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running Watch. With a high-resolution display and integration with the Garmin Connect app to track fitness goals, we put this high up on our list of the best running accessories this holiday season.
The Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running Watch + Wrist HRM keeps track of mileage, fitness milestones, and even notifies the wearer when it’s time to get movin’ by monitoring the user’s heart rate. Plus, Smart Connectivity automatically updates its software, lets you control music, and sends smart notifications to a mobile device. The sleek design is available in three different colors, so you can pick out the running accessory that matches their unique style.
Men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
For the athletic guy that’s always onto the latest trends in running tech, let us introduce you to the men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. The latest iteration of this timeless shoe boasts some of Nike’s most popular technologies, like the impressive Zoom Air unit and unique Cushlon material. He’ll love these so much, even Santa will be stumped by your gift-giving prowess.
The Zoom Air unit runs the entire length of the midsole for a cushioned, responsive ride throughout his entire run. An engineered mesh upper makes this shoe super-breathable while also serving up a supportive fit that’s easy to slide on and off. He’ll love the responsive energy return and the traction boasted by beveled heel… and you’ll love the style options to choose from, helping you curate that refined workout look he didn’t know he needed.
Women’s New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Knit
Is your lady due for an activewear refresh, or maybe she just loves shoes as much as we do? Either way, if you’re still in search of the perfect gift for her, meet the women’s New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Knit running shoes. Their stylish bootie construction paired with New Balance’s Fresh Foam technology make these techy shoes some of the best running accessories that will keep you on the “nice list” for many holidays to come.
These 24/7 trainers are great for all-day wear with solid cushioning and a lifestyle-inspired look that she’s sure to love. The dynamic Fresh Foam midsole activates with every step – keeping her energized throughout her entire workout. These New Balance shoes have a bootie construction for top-notch comfort that’s easy to slide-on for the lady on-the-go.
Hydro Flask 32 Ounce Wide Mouth
With the holidays coming up quickly, we’re also preparing to ring in the New Year with our improved selves. Why not encourage your loved one to up their hydration game in 2019 with a new Hydro Flask? Available in ten awesome colors – the 32 ounce Wide Mouth Hydro Flask is the optimal size for optimal for hydration throughout the day. Stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation will keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. Great for outdoor adventures and daily H2O intake, this high-tech running gadget is guaranteed to see plenty of usage.
Fitbit Charge 3
The Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the most robust fitness trackers on the market – making it the perfect gift for every athlete on your list this year. This must-have running gadget boasts a trendy, polished design (available in a black band with graphite accent, or a blue/grey band with rose gold accent) for a classic look that seamlessly goes from workout to wherever-you-go.
Fitbit’s Charge 3 allows the wearer to check in on their health and fitness goals with personalized insights on sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and notification settings from Fitbit Today to keep them on track. Are you looking for a moment of peace to get you through the holidays? Treat yourself to the Charge 3’s guided breathing sessions to help you calm your heart rate as you rush to that next holiday event.
Whether you’re shopping for a new runner with ambitious goals for the New Year, a fitness guru who wants a more holistic picture of their health, or simply treating yourself, these running gadgets are sure-fire presents that everyone will love this holiday.