Whether you’re someone who starts gift shopping at the end of summer or someone who’s scrambling to finish wrapping on Christmas eve, stocking stuffers are often an afterthought. Since smaller gift ideas can often be more difficult to come up with than the big ones, we have come up with this list of small gifts for your favorite runner that they are sure to love—and they’re affordable, too.
From socks, to sunglasses, to the nutrition they need to get through their next training cycle, these stocking stuffers for runners are items that they will actually use and may have never realized that they needed.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our guide to the best gifts for runners, gifts for fitness lovers, and self-care gift ideas.1LED Safety Lights
These lights are super easy to carry and won’t hinder your performance. Simply clip them onto your clothing and they give you instant visibility.
For new joggers or long time run enthusiasts, this book is filled with our favorite tips and tricks to make you a more successful athlete.
All runners know how smelly our running shoes can get—especially when we start bounding through mud, rain, and snow. These activated charcoal deodorizers naturally absorb bad smells without releasing a synthetic scent.
Balegas are a favorite for many runners for their snug, seamless fit. They won’t fall down while you run, and the arch lock keeps them from moving around at all. Plus, they have a mostly no-show fit so they won’t look odd while you run.
Whether you are a triathlete or simply don’t like tying your shoes, these lock laces allow you to slip on your shoes and get a perfect fit every time. They are snug and won’t slip even on your fastest runs.
Goodr sunglasses have been a staple of the running community for years—and it makes sense. They are lightweight, polarized, and super affordable. Plus, they stay in place even when you get super sweaty.
It’s hard to find a running belt that holds what you need and also won’t move around while you run, but this one fits the bill. It hugs snugly on the waist and the stretchy material can fit even the largest phones with ease.
This microfiber towel serves two purposes—to cover you and your seats. It has both a Velcro strip to help keep it around your waist, as well as a zipper that keeps it anchored to the top of your car seat.
Bodyglide can be a lifesaver—especially on long runs. It is super versatile and you can put it anywhere you need to prevent chafing.
These Nuun sport tablets provide necessary electrolytes to keep you hydrated and help to recover faster. This one comes with a mixed box of four of the most popular flavors. 11Yaktrax
Snowy, icy roads have nothing on these. Yaktrax are made to grip even in the slipperiest conditions, and this model was designed specifically for running. The metal coils on the back help to give great grip, and the rubber front provides a cushioned pad that won’t tear up your legs.
These lightweight gloves are the perfect transition from hot to cold weather. Plus they have palm grips and touchscreen fingertips so you don’t have to take them off to send a text.
The Sprigs armband is comfortable, affordable, and so easy to use. It slides up the arm and stays put thanks to rubber grips on the inside surface. 14Chill. Water Bottle Holder With Strap
Cute and practical, this water bottle strap makes any bottle easier to carry, and it comes in a bunch of fun patterns.
On a sunny winters day you often have to choose between a cap and headband—no more. This hat combines the two and gives you sun protection and a head warmer all in one.
Resistance bands are perhaps the most affordable addition to a home gym, but they can also be one of the most versatile. They are great for any runner to work on strengthening crucial muscles to keep them fast and healthy.
As the days begin to shorten, this headlamp will allow you to train despite the dark. It has a comfortable elastic band, and it can fit easily on top of a winter hat or hood.
These knit gloves are great to throw in a stocking for anyone who loves to be outdoors, even in chilly weather. Whether going for a jog or running some errands, these touch screen compatible gloves are functional for everyday use and will keep the hands of your loved ones warm.
There’s nothing worse than losing or damaging your wedding ring mid workout. These silicon rings can be worn in their stead to protect both the ring and your fingers.
Buffs are affordable and super versatile. They can be worn around the neck, on the head, or even cover your face when it gets really cold. These are UV-repellent as well, so they can help protect your skin from the sun.
Along with Christmas candy, help your favorite runner stock up on some nutrition to keep them going. GUs come in just about every flavor imaginable and are a great way to keep energized on a long run.
Popular among athletes, these adjustable face masks will provide all day comfort to every active person in your life. Providing 3 layers of filtration, these washable face masks are designed not to touch your mouth so you can be protected and comfortable during any activity.
The Fittin bra is one of the most affordable and comfortable sports bras available. It is made from super soft moisture-wicking fabric, and has two removable pads.
This collapsible bottle is super comfortable to carry and helps keep you hydrated. You can even fit some nutrition in the front, which is great for when you don’t have pockets.
Wireless earbuds can be pricey, but these come in at a reasonable $50. They have a built in mic, and a strap that sits around the neck, which means that they won’t fall off easily.
Road iD bands are a great way to keep your loved ones safe. You can add everything from name, address and emergency contacts to an inspirational quote. Plus you can personalize it by picking your favorite band and metal color.
These socks are heaven-sent after a long day out and about. Consider them a delicacy for your friends’ feet. The knit temperature-regulating material pairs perfectly after a long distance run or a long day on your feet. Have your friends walking on clouds by putting a pair of these in their stocking.
This all natural deodorant is aluminum-free and it comes in three clean, gender-neutral scents. The package is fully recyclable, and customers claim that it works well and isn’t sticky.