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2023 holiday gift guide for the runners in your life

2023 holiday gift guide for the runners in your life
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Find the perfect present for the runners on your holiday shopping list. Whether they’re seasoned veterans or just starting out, we’ve got great gift ideas for runners of all experience levels.

There’s no denying the joy of gift-giving. And for the people on your list with a passion for running, a thoughtful gift can make their fitness journey all the more enjoyable and rewarding. Whether you’re shopping for an experienced marathoner, a casual jogger, or a brand-new runner, we’ve got you covered with must-have shoes, apparel, and accessories for 2023. Let’s explore the top gift ideas for every type of runner, so you can help them go the extra mile in style and comfort.

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Brooks Holiday Shopping List: The beginner

The beginner

Shopping for a first-time runner? Whether they’re just getting into the habit of working out or starting a couch-to-5K training plan, opt for encouraging gifts and dependable gear that can help them put their best foot forward. A motivational running book can inspire them to get moving, while a running app subscription can help them track their progress and celebrate wins along the way.

When it comes to gear, first things first is a reliable running shoe, like the smooth and balanced Ghost or the plush Glycerin. For a personalized recommendation, get your runner to take our shoe finder quiz (or sneakily gather intel to find their perfect pair). Don’t worry, our Run Happy Promise means you have 90 days to return the shoes if they’re not quite right. 

Stocking stuffers: You can’t go wrong with staples like sunglasses, sunscreen, and running socks. Grab a 3-pack of the Run-In No Show socks, which offer targeted cushioning and a lightweight, breathable, locked-in fit.

Brooks Holiday Shopping List: The on-the-go runner

The on-the-go runner

For the person who’s ready to run, whenever, wherever—whether it’s hopping on the treadmill, hitting the trails, or meeting up with a run club—versatile, go-anywhere gear is key. Think lightweight, breathable pieces like tights, vests, and pullovers that easily transition from everyday activities to running at a moment’s notice. Check out the Dash 1/2 Zip 2.0 for men and women, which features soft, moisture-wicking material for all-day comfort.

Look for gear with ample pockets for stashing essentials (phone, keys, etc.) on the go. The Momentum Thermal Tight for men and women includes multiple pockets for convenient storage, plus the sleek design makes it easy to go from running errands to running trails in a flash.

Stocking stuffers: A water bottle is a must-have accessory for the on-the-go runner. Other essentials include a running hat for sunny afternoons and cushioned running socks for those long days running around town. Wrap up a 2-pack of the Ghost Lite No Show socks, which are odour-resistant for lasting freshness. 

Brooks Holiday Shopping List:  The seasoned pro

The seasoned pro

Help the dedicated runner in your life reach new milestones with next-level gear and accessories. Whether they’re training for their next marathon or chasing a new PR, treat them to gifts that go the distance, like the latest and greatest in high-performance footwear and apparel.

For the speed demons on your list, help them break new ground with a lightweight speed-running shoe from the Launch shoe collection or Hyperion shoe collection, designed to boost speed without sacrificing comfort. For the off-roaders, a long-distance trail-running shoe like the Caldera 6 or Cascadia 17 can keep them sure-footed even in the most rugged terrain.

Stocking stuffers: For female athletes, a supportive running bra is a must-have for a comfortable run. And dedicated runners can never have too many running socks in rotation. Of course, shopping for a seasoned pro can be tricky, as they can be selective with their gear. When in doubt, an eGift Card lets them pick out their favourites.

Brooks Holiday Shopping List: The cold-weather champ

The cold-weather champ

For the runners in your life who embrace the great outdoors—even in the teeth-chattering depths of winter—it’s all about shopping for cold-weather running gear that’s warm, comfy, and sweat-wicking for a distraction-free run. Start from the ground up with weather-resistant running shoes that feature waterproof GORE-TEX® coverage for extra protection in wet conditions, like the Ghost 15 GTX for men and women. For trail runners or extra snowy climates, the waterproof Cascadia 17 GTX for men and women also features enhanced TrailTack® traction for conquering unpredictable terrain.

Gear up for chilly runs with the Notch Thermal Hoodie 2.0 for men and women. This insulated hoodie is odour-resistant and sweat-wicking, so runners stay dry and fresh mile after mile. Winter weather can also spell shorter, darker days, making reflective running gear a must. High-visibility pieces like the Run Visible Thermal Tight for men and women feature 3MTM ScotchliteTM Carbon Black Stretch reflectivity to help runners be recognized from up to 600 feet away.

Stocking stuffers: Accessories can make all the difference when running in cold weather. Running hats, headbands, and beanies make great small gift ideas for winter warriors, as do running gloves. Keep the elements at bay with breathable, lightweight Draft Hybrid Gloves, which include windproof, water-resistant features for cold-weather protection.

Let’s get gifting

From new runners to seasoned veterans, we’ve got everything you need to make the runners in your life feel special. Check out more holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers, or browse shoes, apparel, and accessories now to find the perfect present. Still can’t decide? Chat with us at your local store for gear recommendations or give the gift of anything with a Brooks eGift Card. Happy shopping!

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Disclaimer: Our writer's advice is intended for informational or general educational purposes only. We always encourage you to speak with your physician or healthcare provider before making any adjustments to your running, nutrition, or fitness routines.