The Best Holiday Gifts in 2021 for Women Who Run

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Ready to cross some names off your holiday shopping list? Whether you're looking for a gift for your running BFF, your sister, your girlfriend or someone else entirely, we have something for everyone on your list. Take a look at our picks for this year's hottest running gifts, and we guarantee you'll find something that fits their style (and your budget).

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

Adidas Ultraboost 21


This shoe features an ideal combination of weight, cushioning and responsiveness—perfect for your sister's next marathon training cycle or your BFF's couch-to-5K plan. Bonus: The shoe is made from Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material, for a shoe that's eco friendly, comfortable and fashionable. Win-win.

BUY: Adidas Ultraboost 21, $180

Gaiam Yoga Mat



For the running bud who needs to chill or work on their flexibility, you can't go wrong with this plush (6-mm thick) yoga mat. Each mat is reversible (a different color on each side) and latex- and phthalate-free. 

Buy: Gaiam Yoga Mat, $30

Aletha Health Hip Hook



If you know someone with a tight back and hips, this little contraption will be a godsend. Mitigate the pain caused by hours of sitting or standing by using the hip hook to release tension in the iliacus muscle. The hip hook is small and portable, so it's always ready to offer relief no matter where she may be. 

Buy: Aletha Health Hip Hook, $150

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

Eddie Bauer High Route Grid Fleece Jacket



This lightweight fleece jacket is big on warmth, but not on bulk. It has four-way stretch, a grid-like texture for air circulation and plenty of premium features like a full-zip front, hood and thumb holes. This a great gift for any cold weather runners on your list. Bonus: It also works great for lounging! 

Buy: Eddie Bauer High Route Gride Fleece Jacket, $85

Peloton App Membership



To be a well-rounded athlete, it's a good idea to mix things up. The Peloton app (no bike or treadmill required!) offers access to thousands of strength, yoga, meditation and outdoor running classes. Your gift recipient can login via their phone, tablet or TV and get fit without leaving home—perfect for busy parents or frequent travelers. 

Buy: Peloton App Membership, $13/month

Erica Sara Designs Race Elevation Necklace



For the runner who just finished their goal race, help them celebrate and commemorate with a necklace from Erica Sara designs. We love the race elevation design, but you can also choose from various course maps or create something customized.

Buy: Erica Sara Designs Race Elevation Necklace, $66

Sarah Marie Designs RUN sweatshirt



The best part of running is often reveling in the post-workout glow, and this super soft fleece sweatshirt delivers on cozy. With a relaxed fit, crew neck and tons of fun designs, she'll never want to take this sweatshirt off.

Buy: Sarah Marie Designs RUN sweatshirt, $68

Oiselle Flyout Bra



Snag one of these for the running pal who always carries her phone with her. Initially created for trail runners who had issues with sports bra straps causing irritation under hydration vests, this bra fits more like a crop top with smooth shoulders and a high neckline. It also features a secure phone pocket in the back that's easy to access and doesn't bounce!

Buy: Oiselle Flyout Bra, $64

New Balance Accelerate Tank



Made with NB Dry technology, this tank is quick drying and light weight. It's a workhorse staple that she'll want in every color. And luckily, the racer back and scallop hem are functional and fashionable.  

Buy: New Balance Accelerate Tank, $28

Rise & Run Cookbook



Olympian Shalane Flanagan and best-selling cookbook author Elyse Kopecky are back at it with a slew of new recipes specifically for morning meals. Their newest cookbook delivers 100-plus recipes for delicious and nutritious breakfasts, recovery drinks and more. This is a must-buy for the runner who loves to cook (or eat!).

Buy: Rise & Run Cookbook, $26

Thule Urban Glide 2



Have a new parent on your holiday list? A running stroller is the surest way to fit in some miles, no babysitter required. The Thule Urban Glide 2 is the gold standard among runners (Olympian Shalane Flanagan has one!) and is easy to maneuver and fold. And with a reclining seat, five-point harness and adjustable canopy, little ones will stay comfy mile after mile. Or, if your giftee has more than one kiddo, there's a double option as well. 

Buy: Thule Urban Glide 2, $600

Vim Hue X-Boyfriend Hat



Whether it's sunny or rainy, sometimes a hat is a necessary part of a run. But if you love high ponytails or buns, they can be tough to wear. The X-Boyfriend Hat from Vimhue has Velcro straps that allow for a range of different ponytail heights. It's such a simple fix that makes a huge difference on the run. 

Buy: Vim Hue X-Boyfriend Hat, $29

Outdoor Voices Snacks 7/8 Legging



Got a running friend who's always prepared? These leggings have a ton of pockets, shirt loops and even a detachable mini backpack, so she can always be prepared (hands-free, of course). Plus they're made from Outdoor Voice's SuperForm fabric, which can stand up to even the sweatiest hikes and runs. 

Buy: Outdoor Voices Snacks 7/8 Legging, $118

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