When you give her these gifts, you can be sure she will love them all. From stylish tops and massagers, to the latest GPS watches and running shoes, we've curated this guide with the runner's whole body in mind.
Solstice Vibration Hot & Cold Massager$29.99 2 of 19
Most runners could benefit from a massage after a tough workout, but a trip to the spa isn't cheap. That's where this handheld massager comes in. Because of its eight interchangeable massage heads, it's perfect for runners who regularly strength-train and experience a variety of sore spots in different muscle groups—spent quads one day, aching biceps the next.
Best yet, one of the massage heads also includes a soft, flexible cold gel (a new way to ice tired muscles!) and another includes a heat attachment. Whatever she needs in terms of recovery, this massager will deliver and at only a fraction of the price of a spa visit.
Saucony Freedom Long Sleeve Crew$50 3 of 19
Every runner needs that dependable, go-to, long-sleeve base layer for when the season changes. This classic from Saucony will soon be hers. The reason we love this shirt is because you won't find any unnecessary frills—just the functionality she needs when the temperature drops. The brand's drirelease technology will quickly wick away sweat, which is crucial in the colder months. She'll also notice flat inside seams for zero-chafe and reflective outside seams, so she'll be seen by cars during any early-morning runs. And with thumbhole sleeves to keep the shirt in place and drop-tail coverage in the back, it's the perfect fit she's been looking for.
Polar M430 GPS Running Watch$199.95 4 of 19
Win the holidays by gifting her this do-it-all runner's watch. Not only does the M430 come equipped with wrist-based heart rate tracking and GPS monitoring, but it has a few other special features that make it stand out from the pack. The watch offers a comprehensive smart coaching system that tracks and analyzes everything from your sleep to your training load, giving you feedback along the way to improve your performance. The watch also has an impressive battery life; because it offers multiple GPS recording option, you can extend battery life for up to 30 hours of training time.
Another great feature is Polar's 5-Minute Fitness Test. Developed with a team of researchers, this wrist-based test will determine her current fitness level in just a few minutes, establish a baseline and then measure her improvement as she trains with the watch.
Adidas Ultraboost Shoes$180 5 of 19
It doesn't get much cooler than Adidas' Ultraboosts, so if your favorite runner loves mixing her daily workouts with a little fashion, these are the kicks for her. These neutral running shoes come in three eye-catching designs with the option to customize with her favorite colors for an additional price.
But just because these shoes are flashy doesn't mean they skip out on functionality. The iconic Primeknit upper is not only comfortable but extremely lightweight so it won't add too much bulk to the shoe. And the boost technology is a definite money-maker; she'll notice the difference within the first few steps.
Brooks Canopy Jacket$120 6 of 19
This jacket was already a prime offering by Brooks, but it shot to superstar status after Desi Linden wore it while winning the women's 2018 Boston Marathon in downright terrible weather conditions. If it's a good enough for a champion, your favorite female runner is sure to love it!
The jacket is made from breathable wind- and water-resistant fabric, so she'll stay dry and comfortable in even the most challenging conditions. The jacket also features a hood that can be stored away or snapped into place—no hoods flopping around here! The jacket is even completely packable, folding into itself and revealing an elastic band that you can wear on your arm, so she'll never be stuck with a jacket tied around her waist.
Under Armour Eclipse High Sports Bra$54.99 7 of 19
This bra from Under Armour is a best-seller for a reason. Made for high-impact activities like running, it provides strategic support and customization options for the wearer, so she can find the best fit, specifically in the back. The bra can be worn with an open back or as a racerback, and the noticeably wide and ultra-supportive straps are adjustable, so she can tinker with it until she achieves the exact level of support she desires. The front has soft, breathable, molded cups made from sweat-wicking material and a no-nonsense bandeau look.
Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece$130 8 of 19
For those especially cold days, she needs a heavy-duty layer that will ward away the chill. This fleece from Nike is just the thing, as it toes the line between warmth and breathability with ease. The star is the brand's Tech Fleece technology, which offers an unparalleled level of warmth while still being lightweight enough for a long run. The fleece also comes in a stylish cape-like design with a full-length, asymmetrical front zipper, a drop-tail hem and zippered side pockets. It also comes in seven different colors, so you can pick her favorite.
New Balance Premium Printed Impact Tight$89.99 9 of 19
New Balance's Impact Tight is back with an even better fit and design this season, and your favorite female runner will want to get in on the action. The brand made a few strategic updates, specifically to the waistband, which every runner knows can make or break a running tight. Now the Impact features an extra-wide comfort waistband that's mesh-lined for better ventilation and dry time. Plus, it has a lay-flat draw cord, so she won't notice any bunching and not one but two drop-in pockets for easy storage (in addition to the two pockets found at the outside thigh).
Jaybird Run True Wireless Sport Headphones$179.99 10 of 19
The days of wired headphones seem to be behind us, but if your favorite runner hasn't jumped on the wireless train yet, it might be time to gift her the future. These sport headphones from Jaybird are the perfect introduction with a lightweight, water-resistant design that's made specifically with runners in mind. The earbuds come with interchangeable fins and tips, meaning she is sure to get the right fit and won't ever have to worry about a bud falling out during a speed workout. The headphones also come with a case that acts as its charger, holding about eight hours of battery life when fully charged, in addition to the buds' four hours to start.
Lululemon Run All Day Backpack$118 11 of 19
Does the female runner in your life love a good adventure? If so, gift her this Run All Day backpack from Lululemon this season. Whether she uses it for an upcoming trail run, a long hike or even just a jaunt around town, it has everything she needs to get the job done, including a phone pocket, side water bottle holder, reflective detailing and a molded back panel for added comfort. If she does want to run with it, the backpack also has a waistband strap to eliminate bounce and an adjustable sternum strap to customize the fit. The backpack also comes in four designs, so she can let her personal style shine through.
Cotopaxi Quito Long-Sleeve Active Shirt$60 12 of 19
The Quito long sleeve is the perfect multipurpose top for the female runner in your life who doesn't want to head indoors just because the temperatures drop. The shirt is thin enough to be used as a base layer or on its own when the winter temps lean more toward spring yet still have a bite. Plus, the Drirelease fabric is not only super soft but breathable as well. Get used to the look of this top because she isn't going to want to take it off.
Cotopaxi Wazimu Athletic Tights$70 13 of 19
Described as the perfect tights to bridge the gap between cool-weather running bottoms and a base layer, the Wazimu tights do just that. The moisture management technology ensures the wearer stays not too warm and not too cool during their run, and the breathable stretch mesh and polyester fabric wicks moisture, helping the body stay at its optimal temperature. And unlike some cold-weather tights that utilize thicker fabric to keep the wearer warm, these tights are surprisingly thin while still being effective. Did we mention the side pockets perfect for your ID, a little cash or even a phone?
Buff DryFlx Hat$22 14 of 19
What's better than a chilly long run during the winter under a clear blue sky? Not much. But to truly enjoy the experience, you have to first make sure you're dressed appropriately for it. That's where Buff's DryFlx hat comes in. It's thin enough not to feel bulky yet will still keep you warm even on the coldest days. It also has 360-degree reflectivity properties and the material is not only quick-drying but also has UPF 50+ sun protection. Bonus: There are plenty of fun colors available to choose from.
Under Armour Perpetual GORE WINDSTOPPER$200 15 of 19
For female runners who just can't stand the treadmill yet can't find the perfect outer shell for running in the cold, wind and/or rain, Under Armour's Perpetual GORE WINDSTOPPER is the perfect gift. It's on the pricier side but very well-worth it, this jacket is lightweight, has an adjustable hood and is fitted without being too tight. The sleeves feature extra wrist and hand coverage with built-in thumbholes to keep the chilly air out, plus the reflective detailing make it ideal not only for daytime runs but those runs during dusk as well.
Under Armour Run WINDSTOPPER$150 16 of 19
Struggling to find running tights that keep the cold and wind at bay? If so, you'll want to add Under Armour's Run WINDSTOPPER tights to your holiday wish list. The WINDSTOPPER technology makes these tights completely windproof yet still breathable and lightweight. The front pocket is water-resistant and fits a phone—and is even secure enough to eliminate bounce.
361 Spire 3$149.95 17 of 19
Now in all new colorways, if your favorite female runner is looking for a new pair of kicks to start 2019, consider getting her 361's Spire 3. With extra cushion without fully committing to a higher profile shoe like HOKAs, the Spire 3 is the perfect option. It features a special high-energy return thanks to the QU!KFOAM midsole that will help her pound through those high-mileage days. For a touch of speed, the forefoot also features a special QU!K Flex design that enhances toe-off by providing better ground contact. Wearers are most impressed with the shoe's breathability, specifically in the upper, which is thinner and sleeker than previous versions. Due to its optimal airflow, the Spire 3 is an ideal choice for high-temp or especially humid runs.