The runner in your life has plenty of the latest shoes and expensive tech already—what can you possibly include in a stocking for the athlete who has it all?
Thankfully there's plenty of options at your fingertips this year, and oftentimes these little add-ons are some of the most appreciated (and helpful) your runner might receive.
We gathered a wide range of the best stocking stuffers for runners, all priced under $50. They're all items your runner will actually use—from socks and headwear, to recovery tools and safety items (we even threw something in for their four-legged friend).
PRO Compression Marathon Socks
$50 (buy one, get two free)
Offering a wide range of benefits, compression socks are designed to maximize blood flow while supporting muscles and tendons to help athletes of all disciplines perform at their peak and recover faster after hard efforts. These marathon socks by PRO Compression feature true graduated compression and are built with a durable-yet-breathable material that's both comfortable and wicks moisture for mile after mile of optimized training and racing. They're available in tons of colors and styles, so choose one and get two free for your runner this holiday season with this special offer from PRO Compression.
Hydro Flask 32 oz Lightweight Wide Mouth Trail Series
Weighing 25-percent less than Hydro Flask's regular bottles, the Trail Series 32-ounce Lightweight Wide Mouth design shaves the weight without compromising the durability to deliver the all-day cold hydration your runner requires. They can pack one in a backpack to bring out on the trail, or leave one filled with ice in the car for refreshing post-run hydration.
Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Beanie
Runners lose a considerable amount of body heat through their heads, and this Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Beanie helps retain precious body heat in cold-weather conditions. Primaloft Gold insulation with Cross Core technology takes synthetic insulation and adds Aerogel to the fibers to increase insulation value by 15 percent. What does this mean in plain English? Outdoor Research has created an incredible toasty hat that all runners will appreciate this holiday season.
Protekt SPF30 Clear Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Even though it's cold outside, that doesn't mean your runner should skimp on sun protection. Water Resistant (for 80 min), Protekt zinc sunscreen will provide your runner with better sun protection. The sunscreen stick offers an easy application for all ages, and the chemical free sunscreen uses a high concentration of non-nano zinc oxide (20 percent) as the only active ingredient—and is uniquely formulated to moisturize your runner's skin while blending in seamlessly.
Headsweats Ugly Christmas Line
Ugly sweater parties may not be a thing this year, so why not let your runner take the party with them on their next run with a hat or visor from the Headsweats Ugly Christmas line? With several "ugly" themes, you'll be able to pick a fun message for your runner and pair it with one of Headsweats' popular performance trucker hats or visors—plenty lightweight and breathable for whatever your runner will throw at it.
Swiftwick Pursuit Zero
Your runner will reach for these no-show Swiftwick PURSUIT socks time and time again due to the fine-gauge Merino wool construction that gives them a softer, no-itch design that's ideal for mile after mile of running. The reinforced heel and toe increases durability and longevity, and the mid-cushion option increases comfort (and therefore increases performance).
Ruffwear Roamer Bungee Dog Leash
Does your runner never leave the house without their trusty four-legged trail companion by their side? The Ruffwear Roamer is an adjustable, stretch-webbing running dog leash that can be hand-held or worn around the waist for a hands-free leash experience. The Wavelength stretch webbing bungee dog leash will keep your human and canine connected for miles of exploring.
Nathan Reflective Run Safe Face Mask
Not all masks are created equal, especially when running. This isn't a medical-grade mask, but it's designed to keep your runner safe while out running through crowded areas or with their running group. It features the Quick-Flip, patent-pending technology that allows access to hydration and nutrition without removing the mask or touching their face.
For more gifts, continue to page two.