Shopping for the special lady in your life can be a stressful task, but we’re here to take the edge off.
From pepper spray to smart watches—and everything in between—we’ve compiled a list of the coolest gift ideas for your favorite runner to help ensure that her holiday season is extra active this year.
Mizuno Wave Rider 20$119.99 1 of 18
It should come as no surprise that Mizuno has delivered yet another Wave Rider hit with its 20th edition of the brand's most popular running shoe—and, yet, there we were, jaw on the floor. The Wave Rider 20 was the final heavy hitter to make its way into the fall lineup, but Mizuno saved one of the very best for last.
Safe to say the new, more pliable Wave plate is a success and the U4icX foam cartridge located in the shoe's heel absorbs and softens foot strike to an extent that you have to experience to believe.
Perhaps best of all, despite the shoe's sturdy, structured build, the Wave Rider 20 maintains a fast, flexible feel.
Polar M600$329.95 2 of 18
The new Polar M600 sport watch provides everything you'd expect—from activity tracking to phone notifications—but Polar didn't stop there. The M600 comes equipped with added GPS features and functionality, a heart rate sensor and third-party app integration via the Android Wear platform.
The water resistant watch tracks a variety of athletic pursuits, including running and cycling. Polar Flow also makes an appearance on this wearable, allowing users to train for any event up to marathon distance with customized training plans to help them meet their goals. The ability to store and play music is also a nice perk, which means you can leave your smartphone at home.
While high-performance athletes may opt for more advanced devices, this watch boasts more than enough functionality for the average runner or cyclist to enjoy.
Under Armour Threadborne Run True 1/2 Zip$64.99 3 of 18
This Under Armour half zip is one of those go-to basics that gets the job done without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. Though it doesn't pack enough warmth for blustery cold days, it's the perfect transition piece for fall—light, versatile and with just enough coverage to ward off chill.
The material is even waterproof, so getting stuck in a November drizzle won't ruin your run. As far as construction, the top fits close to the body but flares the smallest bit at the bottom, thanks to its scalloped hem. You'll be especially happy with the drop-tail in the back, which provides a little extra coverage over your running tights.
Last but not least? It's reflective, so you don't need to worry as much about cars as you sprint towards your new PR.
Beats Powerbeats3$199.95 4 of 18
Nothing kills a great run faster than rogue earphones. The buds we all know and love cannot be trusted for strenuous activity and, too often, over-the-ear headphones fit terribly. Beats changed the game with Powerbeats Wireless, and they've continued along the path of excellence with the latest iteration: the Powerbeats3 Wireless.
The already great fit has been improved and the sound is outstanding—not just for Bluetooth sports headphones, but for any headphones. The Powerbeats3 are good-to-go for 12 hours on a full charge, and a fast fuel of just five minutes is good for an hour of playback. The upgrades over its predecessor are subtle, which is preferable, because if it ain't broke…
Roka Phantom$275 5 of 18
There are a few common struggles that endurance athletes share—many of which can be traced back to sweat management. Perhaps no such struggle is more frustrating than slipping, sliding sunglasses. Those fashion-forward aviators you rock at brunch simply will not work while pounding pavement. So, instead, we must juggle our shades—one pair for putting in work, another for walking to work; never, under any circumstances, to be switched.
That is, until now.
Roka, one of the most well-respected endurance brands in the game, has solved this conundrum once and for all by—wait for it—providing sunglasses that are both functional and aesthetically acceptable. The Phantom, specifically, is a game changer. A performance aviator, the Phantom weighs just 20 ounces and is constructed with GEKO Pads on the nose and temples that prevent sliding altogether.
We've run miles and miles (and miles) without a hiccup, literally forgetting at times that we're wearing sunglasses at all—which, you know, is fine since we can now wear our performance shades while ordering a mimosa.
Lululemon Run for Cold Vest$148 6 of 18
Buy this vest once and never buy another again—unless you just want this one in a different color. Lululemon's thermoregulation technology keeps your core warm but light, making the Run for Cold vest perfect for runners of any distance. The vest has synthetic, quick-drying insulation and keeps a very low profile—read: no bulk. The slightly stretchy material is soft and flexible to keep your mobility at its best, and Lululemon has added hints of reflectivity to the vest to keep you safe in low light conditions.
Throw this bad boy over your favorite long-sleeve and you're all set for your cold weather run.
Sabre Pepper Gel$19.99 7 of 18
Maintain peace of mind on your run with a little Pepper Gel, compliments of Sabre. This model features an adjustable strap that fits over your hand, keeping it within reach at all times. The gel formula does not atomize and prevents wind blowback towards the user, a common complaint with most pepper sprays on the market.
This product comes in a variety of colors and would make a much better gift than pajamas.
Brooks Drift Running Gloves$50 8 of 18
All gloves are not created equal. Need proof? Here you go.
The Drift Running Gloves come equipped with the much-needed tech-tipped thumb and index finger. The differentiator, though? That would be the flip-over windproof mitt cover that provides a little additional protection against the elements if needed.
These gloves truly have no rival.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Running Socks$17 9 of 18
No one wants to open up a box of socks—unless, of course, they're receiving Mizuno's Breath Thermo Running Sock. Consistent with the rest of the collection, the Breath Thermo sock generates heat for a surprising level of warmth relative to its light construction, and the arch compression is as good as it gets.
These aren't just any 'ol socks.
Saucony Freedom ISO$160 10 of 18
Simply put: The Saucony Freedom ISO is destined to become one of the best running shoes you'll ever wear.
Anyone familiar with the company's EVERUN Cushioning is also familiar with that feeling of additional kick near the end of a run. For those unfamiliar, EVERUN feels a lot like life support for your legs, returning energy—a sort of bounce and liveliness—throughout the run, which is particularly noticeable as distance increases.
With that in mind, the Saucony Freedom ISO was engineered with a full-length EVERUN midsole—the first of its kind. The result, as you might imagine, is magic. The shoe delivers a smooth, consistent, energized ride. It is also supremely versatile, with far more flexibility than you'd expect and a largely unstructured upper that feels almost minimalist.
With a release date of Dec. 1, this shoe will be the hit of the holiday season.
Lucy Perfect Core Legging$108 11 of 18
If you're looking for a winter running pant that places a flattering fit right up there with functionality, Lucy's Perfect Core Legging is hard to beat. Unlike other leggings that simply offer wider waistbands, the pant features a high-rise waist with extra compression at the lower stomach to increase your core support, so you feel tucked in as you power through mile after mile.
The pant is also made with Lucy Powermax, a moisture-wicking, four-way stretch fabric designed specifically for high-intensity workouts, so you can sweat out any holiday stress without thinking twice.
Garmin vivoactive HR$249.99 12 of 18
For the GPS Smartwatch that literally has it all, look no further than Garmin. The vivoactive HR watch uses Elevate writer heart rate technology that allows you to lose the chest strap heart monitor—and those insights are constantly available from the Garmin Connect app. The watch allows you to take calls, follow social media alerts—and even customize the face display with any image from your smart phone.
Cooler than that? The vivoactive HR was built with sport-specific perks. While running, the built-in accelerometer and GPS allows you to track data both indoors and out. Vibration alerts for heart rate, pace and run/walk intervals come in especially handy. But you will also want to keep it on your wrist for biking, swimming, skiing and golfing.
Yes, even on an off-day at the links the vivoactive HR will prove valuable with over 40,000 downloadable course maps worldwide. The golf app can simplify your view of the green and help track your score.
Roka Low Rise Split Short$70 13 of 18
We thought $70 was a lot to pay for running shorts—that is, until the first time we ran in these Roka 3-inch split shorts. Available in five sizes and five colors (shown: abstract floral torch), Roka took over a year to develop these shorts—and the resulting quality is more than evident. Unbelievably soft and lightweight, the devil really is in the details with this product. To wit:
-Traditional sewn seams are replaced with premium Framis thermobonded tape to minimize chafing;
-A 5.5-inch back pocket has been specifically designed to securely hold an iPhone 6, and a hydrophobic membrane will keep it from getting wet;
-There's also a laser-cut integrated key pocket on the hip, specially constructed to ensure the key won't poke you if you stop for squats or lunges;
-The wide-knit waistband is super comfortable and doesn't inhibit belly breathing;
-And lastly, the shorts integrate Bemis thermobonded reflective tape to make you visible from behind when running at night.
Seriously, Roka has thought of everything with these shorts—and your runner will be thankful you thought of her.
Lucy Revolution Run Vest$128 14 of 18
A running vest is crucial for cold-weather training, but for anyone living in milder climates, you may not need all the bulk and weight of more heavy-duty products. This Revolution Run Vest from Lucy offers lightweight warmth (only 13 percent wool) and uses Sonic welding in its construction to reduce weight, so you can get extra coverage without feeling like you're running in a Parka.
The vest is made with LucyTech, the brand's basic moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric, so you won't risk wet clothes on your skin in cold conditions. There are also reflective details placed on the vest for low-light conditions, and the lime green option is especially easy to spot on dark mornings or nights.
Saucony Dash Seamless Short Sleeve$54 15 of 18
Breezy running tanks and long-sleeve tech shirts are easy to find, but a dependable short sleeve that packs the features you need without over-complicating things can feel like one in a million. The Dash Seamless from Saucony is the answer to that problem.
As implied in its name, the Dash is made with seamless body construction that gives the shirt a superbly comfortable, if not slightly compressive, fit. It also has flat-lock armhole sleeves so you can say goodbye to that unexpected chafing come mile two.
We threw it on for a quick 45-minute run on a warm fall day, and the best thing happened—we completely forgot about it. Aside from its great fit, the shirt breathed well thanks to the body-mapped mesh, making it an all-around perfect addition to your warmer weather attire.
Oakley Women's 5 Panel Performance Hat$30 16 of 18
The five-panel hat by Oakley is the perfect go-anywhere hat for the active woman. Whether you're going for a run, hitting the trail or visiting the park on a rest day, you can forget about your hair with this cap in your collection.
The perforated side panels provide maximum breathability to help keep you feeling as cool as you look—even on the hottest days.
Lumo Run$99 17 of 18
This clip-on wearable wants to be your running coach—no, seriously.
The Bluetooth-enabled sensor clips onto the back of your pants and pairs with your phone, collecting data over the first 10 minutes of your first run and learning your tendencies, speed and the overall quality of your form. From there, your virtual running coach is on the job, monitoring your form and grading you across five metrics.
While it may be a bit much for the casual runner, it's the perfect solution for any runner in training, or anyone who runs frequently enough to risk injury with incorrect form.