The Best Holiday Gifts in 2021 for Men Who Run

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Men can be notoriously tough to buy for. Whether he's passionate about PRs or just does it for the post-run brew, our gift guide will help you find something for every fella on your list. We checked out the latest in running gear and gadgets, and the following list includes a little something for every budget and wish list. 

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music


Make the runner in your life's training sessions even more enjoyable with the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music. They do the running, the Forerunner 245 Music does the thinking. This GPS running smartwatch evaluates performance stats such as VO2 max, aerobic and anaerobic training effect and training status, which indicate if they're undertraining or overdoing it. They can also track advanced running dynamics, such as ground contact time balance and stride length. 

Your runner can sync their favorite music from select streaming services, and even store up to 500 songs right on the watch for phone-free listening. Let them take the guesswork out of training for their next 5K by pairing this watch with the Garmin Coach app. Select free training plans that adapt to their goals, or let them take training into their own hands by creating custom workouts at Garmin Connect, Garmin's free online fitness community.

BUY: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, $349.99

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38


One of the OGs of running shoes, the Pegasus is a workhorse for everyday miles. It features cushioned support, a breathable mesh upper and a durable midsole. This neutral running shoe is a best seller for a reason, and it's a foolproof choice for any guy on your list.

BUY: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38, $120

ACTIVE Advantage Gift Card

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An ACTIVE Advantage Membership makes it affordable to live a healthy lifestyle. Get discounts on gear and services you already use for fitness, cooking, health and fun. This premium membership comes with exclusive perks from top health and fitness brands, like Adidas, HelloFresh, Aaptiv and more! Plus, save on fun with discounts on camping, live events and hotels. Give the gift of savings with the ACTIVE Advantage Membership eGift Card. Whether they're into marathons, yoga, personal training, cooking, camping or travel, the discounts will give them more of what they love for less. Buy an Advantage Membership eGift today! Learn more about all the benefits included with ACTIVE Advantage here.

BUY: ACTIVE Advantage Gift Card, $89.95

Trigger Point Universal Massage Roller


For the runner who has high mileage or high stress in their life, you can't go wrong with this universal massage roller. Whether he needs to work out a tough-to-reach spot or increase circulation, this is a great little tool to get the job done. Its compact, water-resistant design makes it easy to take on the go, so he'll always have access to a mini deep tissue massage. 

BUY: Trigger Point Universal Massage Roller, $22

Ibex Men's Journey Long Sleeve Crew


For sweaty activities or all-day lounging, this long sleeve crew neck will keep him comfortable. It's made of moisture wicking and odor-resistant merino wool and is extremely breathable. It's not cheap, but the shirt's nylon core means it's extra durable and will last for years to come.

BUY: Ibex Men's Journey Long Sleeve Crew, $98

Kane Revive Recovery Shoe


Help him recover faster with a sneaker designed specifically for active recovery. These shoes are washable, quick drying and durable. After a tough effort, he'll feel like he's walking on clouds! 

BUY: Kane Revive Reovery Shoe, $70

Nox Gear Tracer 2 Vest


This LED-lighted vest is a must have for the runner who hits the roads before sunrise or heads out after dark. It features 360-degree visibility up to a quarter of a mile and a rechargeable battery. No matter the weather conditions, this vest will keep him visible and safe.

BUY: Nox Gear Tracer 2 Vest, $70

Bibfolio Race Bib and Medal Display


Is he racking up a collection of bibs and medals? Help him clear the clutter and display his accomplishments with this bib and medal rack. The hand-forged design can be mounted on the wall and holds up to 20 medals and 100 race bibs.

BUY: Bibfolio Race Bib and Medal Display, $40 

Athletic Brewing Company Beer


Whether he wants to cut back on booze or just needs an occasional alternative, the IPAs, stouts, golden ales and seasonal brews from Athletic Brewing Company are big on taste, but light on alcohol (with less than 0.5%). They're brewed from premium organic malts and hops and are sure to please even the most discerning beer drinker. 

BUY: Athletic Brewing Company Beer, $13 for a 6 pack

Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink Mix


Keep him hydrated and fueled with a sports drink that doesn't come with a load of extra sugar. Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink Mix contains only 4 grams of sugar per 100ml, the perfect ratio of electrolytes to keep him feeling his best. Plus, it only uses real fruit for flavor. If he's training hard or sweats heavily, this drink mix is a must have.

BUY: Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink Mix $28

Theragun Mini


For muscle relief in a small package, gift him the Theragun Mini. This percussive massager features a compact design with the same powerful motor of the full-sized version. It's easy to use, convenient to carry and perfect for treating sore muscles.

BUY: Theragun mini, $200

New Balance 327 Vintage Sneaker


For a guy who loves athleisure shoes as much as he loves his trainers, don't miss the New Balance 327s. Inspired by New Balance shoes from the '70s, this style has a suede upper and lugged sole that's both comfy and fashionable. He'll love slipping these on for rest days!

BUY: New Balance 327 Vintage Sneaker, $100

TCS New York City Marathon PMV Shutter Speed Jacket


If he ever ventures out in wind or rain, TCS New York City Marathon's PMV Shutter Speed Jacket will protect him from the elements, making him look cool while doing it. Special features include a dedicated phone pocket at the chest, a removable hood and plenty of vents for breathability. With NYC Marathon branding, this is perfect for the guy who has conquered the five boroughs.

BUY: TCS New York City Marathon PMV Shutter Speed Jacket, $235

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