2023 Christmas Gift Guide For The Runner In Your Life

by Sportitude
17 Nov 2023

Hunting for the perfect gift for the runner in your life? Sportitude’s 2023 Christmas Gift Guide features both timeless classics and sparkly new products to ignite your loved one’s passion for running this Christmas.

The goal behind gift giving to a runner is to set them up with gear that they’ll come back to again and again - keeping them motivated and their positive vibes running strong on the road, trail, track or treadmill. Having performance-enhancing sports clothing and sports accessories at hand will give them the edge they need to stay on track of their health and fitness New Year's resolution.

Inspire them throughout the festive season and into 2024 with running essentials from the best brands in sportswear including top picks from Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Blackroll, Nike and 2XU.

Whether you’re searching for gifts to treat the runner in your life from heel-to-toe like massage & recovery tools and running headphones to move to the beat, or something fun and quirky like Christmas themed running socks, Sportitude is your one stop to wrap up your shopping.

Technical & BIG Gift Ideas For Runners

These are the hero gifts that are really going to shine under the Christmas tree and make your runner give you a high five the moment they’re unwrapped.

1. Blackroll Fascia Massage Gun

The Blackroll Fascia Massage Gun is the ultimate treat for the running in your life. It puts the power to recover faster and more effectively in your hands with 4 massage modes (Relax, Post Exercise, Pre Exercise and Pro).

The 4 attachments (silicon ball, silicon trigger, silicon fork and metal flat) allow you to personalise the self-massage effect to support muscle activation and recovery as well as to target specific muscle groups to relieve tension deep in the muscle tissue.

The Blackroll Fascia Massage Gun ticks all the boxes of what a massage gun should be – packing power (14.5kg stall force) into a compact and easily portable size and featuring a long battery life (up to 15 hours). Being small, silent and durable, it’s your massage gun for home, gym and travel.

Find out more in Everything You Need To Know About Massage Guns and check out our Blackroll Fascia Gun Review for a more in-depth look at this ideal gift for runners.

2. Blackroll Blackbox Set - Foam Roller & Massage Ball Set

A black box full of running goodies and a favourite of the active Christmas elves on the Sportitude team, this massage & recovery set from Blackroll shouldn’t be missed. Recovery is just as important as putting the work in to run faster, further and more efficiently while boosting your flexibility and lowering your risk of injury.

Turn our foam rolling tips into action and speed up your post-run recovery with this ultimate self-massage kit, including a Blackroll Standard Foam Roller, black Blackroll Mini Foam Roller, Blackroll Massage Ball and Blackroll Massage DuoBall.

It really is the gift of self-care for runners. This foam roller and massage ball set is lighter on your wallet than if you were to purchase each massage tool individually. Blackroll even throw in an exercise card for inspiration to kick-start your recovery exercises to relieve tension of the muscles in your back, arms, legs and feet effectively.

3. Shokz Bone Conduction Open Ear Headphones

With an electrifying new name - ‘Shokz’- and the next generation of bone conduction technology, the AfterShokz brand continues to be a well-thought-out gift for the runner in your life

Shokz running headphones are essential for you to hear more – more of your music, podcasts, calls and the world around you.

They feature open ear designs that allow you to stay aware of ambient sounds including vehicles and nature. This ensures you to stay safe while soaking in the positive benefits of running and enjoy the benefits of music on your running performance. These lightweight designs can handle buckets of sweat and stay put so you can focus on reaching your runner’s high.

Crystal clear audio quality and richer bass are in your future, with vibration-reducing transducers allowing runners to leave noise-cancelling headphones in the past.

Shokz cater to a variety of everyday athletes. The advanced Shokz OpenRun Pro and budget-friendly Shokz OpenMove (above) offer Bluetooth connectivity – allowing you to access music wirelessly from your smartphone when it’s hitching a ride on your running arm band.

If you want to go from run to swim in an instant, the Shokz Open Swim MP3 headphones are your best bet as the waterproof design allows you to enjoy the soundtrack of your life both on land and in the sea – without feeling like you’re in a soundproof bubble.

4. On Running Women's Weather Jacket & On Running Men's Weather Jacket

The On Running weather jacket means there is no such thing as bad weather. Japanese performance fabrics team with Swiss engineering for an adventure-ready and durable design to meet the demands of runners that enjoy tackling the great outdoors.

You may not control the weather, but you can control what you wear. Combining ventilation with water-repellent properties, this lightweight layer has the balance spot-on. It’s tear-resistant, fast-drying and offers 4-way stretch for freedom of movement.

Water-resistant zip pockets provide a barrier against rain to keep your running essentials dry. A packable design means it can be stowed away into its own pocket for when storm clouds disperse.

5. Salomon Advanced Skin 5 Set Trail Running Vest & Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Set Trail Running Vest

The Salomon Advanced Skin trail running vests are the ultimate gift for trail blazers, featuring a minimalist design for zero distractions when you're chasing a new PB off-road. The SensiFit construction ensures bounce-free carrying, conforming smoothly to your body with an adjustable and stable fit.

These trail running hydration packs keep everything in their place without the bulk thanks to multiple pockets and their stretchy materials to accommodate your trail essentials. They include 2 x 500ml soft flasks that fit in the front pockets for easy access to your hydration.

Opt for the Salomon Advanced Skin 5 Set for runners that enjoy shorter trail runs, and the Salomon Advanced Skin 12 for runners seeking to tackle endurance distances.

6. Coros Multi-Sport Watches

Coros adventure-ready sports watches offers multiple workout modes to provide specific, accurate data for running, cycling, swimming and other physical activity - even tracking your elevation when you take your fitness literally to new heights.

Any where, any workout, they have got you covered.

Coros Apex 2 Pro Premium Multi-Sports Watch

Complete with heart rate zones and compass, you can know your heart and the world around you better with the Coros Apex 2 Pro Premium multi-sport watch.

The ultimate gift for the adventure seeker in your life, Coros pack cutting-edge tech into a sophisticated design. With accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, outdoor temperature thermometer, global offline maps and built-in GPS, it's wearable technology that outperforms the pack.

Made with a durable titanium alloy and featuring an easy-to-navigate colour touchscreen display shielded by sapphire glass, this sportswatch is in its element from mountainous trail to treadmill.

A personal trainer on your wrist, this Coros sportswatch helps guide your recovery on-the-go, allowing you to set nutrition and hydration alerts so you can stay focused on your performance. When it comes to gaining quality sleep, the sleep monitoring function can help you keep on track.

With an impressive battery life of 30 days in Daily Use mode, 45 hours in UltraMax GPS mode (with all systems switched on) and 75 hours in Standard Full GPS mode, the runner in your life will never want to lace up without it.

Coros Pace 3 Multi-Sport GPS Watch - Eliud Kipchoge Edition

A must-have for Eliud Kipchoge fans, the Coros Pace 3 multi-sport GPS watch unlocks a new world of athleticism for the runner in your life.

This wearable technology is complete with next-gen optical heart rate sensor, optical pulse oximeter, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope and 3D compass - helping you cross the finish line of your next marathon or climb mountains like an elite athlete.

With the nylon band, it's 30g light - for a sleek, distraction-free feel and fit.

Supercharge your runs with a colourway that celebrates Eliud Kipchoge’s home and legacy, featuring Kenyan geometric print that honours his national flag.

With a competition-ready 38 hours of battery life in Standard Full GPS mode, 25 hours in All Systems On mode, 15 hours in Dual Frequency mode and 24 days in Daily Use mode - this sportswatch won't miss a second of supporting your training and recovery.

Gifts For Her

Inspire her to crush her performance goals with sporty gear built to go the distance from running to cross-training. It's a great opportunity to colour her wardrobe this Christmas!

Gym Bags & Accessories

7. Nike Gym Club Women's Training Duffel Bag

The Nike Gym Club women's training duffel bag is a must-have for under the Christmas tree to treat the active gym goer. Whether you’re seeking adventure or muscle gains, this gym bag sets you up for success with a dual-zip main compartment to stash your belongings.

The zip front pocket means you’ll never have to dig around to find small essentials, while the eye-catching Nike Swoosh means you always look the part.

The durable yet minimalist style offers bulk-free and customisable carrying. Twin handles and an adjustable shoulder strap make it easy to grab-and-go.

8. HipS-sister Left Coast Sister Hip Pack

Running hands-free is empowering. To anyone that’s ever juggled your smartphone, keys and cards on-the-move - you’ll know exactly the feeling we’re talking about when you take this hip pack for a test run.

The HipS-sister Left Coast Sister Hip Pack features a smooth, sleek fit and multiple pockets so all your small essentials have a place. This means you can focus on maintaining proper running form while the sweat-wicking fabric keeps you feeling light and fresh.

Women's Running Tops

9. Brooks Spring Free Women's Running Tank

Show off your brand love for Brooks with the Brooks Spring Free women’s training tank top. Lightweight and made to move, this sleeveless design allows your arms to pump freely.

A recycled polyester blend with 4-way stretch creates a soft touch and freedom of movement to crush your running goals.

10. Nike Dri-Fit Women's Trail Running Tank Top

The festive season in Australia is the perfect time to trade the road for the trail and soak in the feel-good vibes of nature.

The Nike Dri-Fit women's trail running tank top keeps you motivated with Dri-Fit technology to combat hot weather. The breathable and moisture-wicking design fights off sweat so you can forget distractions and focus on the trail ahead.

You can transition smoothly from mountainous terrain to dense bushland with this durable, easy-to-layer design that shows off your adventurous spirit.

11. Nike Dri-Fit One Women’s Training Tank Top

The Nike Dri-Fit women’s training t-shirt makes the difference between a good workout and a great workout with the sweat-wicking power of Nike Dri-Fit technology. This breezy fit is relaxed in the right places to move totally unrestricted, with racerback design to allow your arms to pump freely.

It keeps your run feeling light while being light on the planet, being made from 100% recycled polyester to give plastic waste a new life as your favourite sportswear.

With performance fabric that feels smooth and luxurious against your skin, it’s your go-to running top for crushing your running goals in 2024. 

12. Nike Dri-Fit One Women’s Running T-Shirt

Add some sparkle under the Christmas tree with the Nike Dri-Fit One women's running t-shirt. It keeps you on track of your running New Year's Resolution with light and breathable fabric, Dri-Fit technology for sweat control and an eye-catching Swoosh logo.

The curved back hem creates confidence-inspiring coverage for running and stretching, while side vents allow you to move with total freedom.

Women's Compression Tights & Running Shorts

13. 2XU Light Speed Mid-Rise Women’s Compression Tights

Accelerate your fitness with the 2XU Light Speed Mid-Rise women’s compression tights. When you pull these hard-working tights on, you’re primed to perform.

Muscle Containment Stamping supports your quads, wards off fatigue and reduces your risk of injury so you can train stronger for longer. Graduated compression boosts blood circulation to transport oxygen-rich blood to your active or recovering muscles.

2XU has thought of everything with sweat-wicking power, 3 back pockets to stash your smartphone or running nutrition and reflective logos so you can train from dusk till dawn. 

14. 2XU Form Hi-Rise Women's Compression Tights

Craving colour? The 2XU Form Hi-Rise women's compression tights pair 2XU's softest ever performance fabric Brushed SLX, with a vibrant look.

You'll love to live in this luxurious, body-hugging design. The super hi-rise power mesh waistband provides smooth tummy support as you stretch, squat or run your way to your fitness goals.

And of course, the opaque fabric is squat-proof for confidence-inspiring coverage from gym to road.

Want to go short? Check out the 2XU Form Hi-Rise women's compression shorts.

15. Nike Pro 3 Inch Printed Women’s Training Shorts

The winning formula of a second-skin fit and sweat-wicking Dri-Fit technology keeps you moving with total freedom in the Nike Pro Inch women's training shorts.

Whether you’re getting flexible with rejuvenating yoga poses or crushing your half marathon training, it’s an essential staple for both cross-training and racing to achieve your running goals.

Gifts For Him

Motivate him to push his training further from road to gym.

Gym Bags

16. Nike Brasilia Training Duffel Bag

Nike duffel bags are your ideal companion during strength training days, providing versatile and convenient storage. The Nike Brasilia training duffel bag offers a do-it-all design that feels at home at the gym and on weekends away.

You won’t be missing storage space thanks to the roomy main compartment and multiple pockets for easy organisation. You can find a place for every essential - from your water bottle to a change of clothing.

The shoe/apparel compartment gives a home to your sweaty gear on-the-go and cushioned shoulder straps offer comfortable carrying.

Men's Running Tops

17. Brooks Atmosphere Men's Running Singlet

The Brooks Atmosphere men’s running t-shirt boosts your comfort in every stride with its smooth and versatile design to tackle warm weather training.

From race day to recreational runs, this no-nonsense design is one you can toss on and forget about with its barely there feel. You can rely on the sweat-wicking technology and airy style to keep you feeling light and energised to conquer your 2024 running goals.

18. Nike Dri-Fit Off Road Print Men's Trail Running T-Shirt

Help the runner in your life crush their New Year’s resolution of running faster and exploring further with the Nike Dri-Fit Off Road Print men's trail running t-shirt.

Comfort is key to fuelling your motivation – and this running tee has it in no bounds with its smooth knit fabric and relaxed fit.

A cotton-soft feel combines with Nike Dri-Fit technology to tick all your boxes for a running top you can count on, while the Nike Trail graphic helps unleash your enthusiasm for adventure.

19. Nike Dri-Fit Men's Running T-Shirts

With an oversized Nike Swoosh and bold statement of running passion, the Nike Dri-Fit men's running t-shirt meets the criteria to be a favourite gift for your favourite runner.

From easy-going parkruns to all-out sprints, it offers a lightweight design with smooth, sweat-wicking performance fabric.

Cotton in the blend provides natural softness for an irritation-free fit - from warm-ups to your post-run coffee.

20. Nike Dri-Fit Track Club Men’s Running T-Shirt

The Nike Dri-Fit Track Club men's running t-shirt are for the track star of the family, motivating them to chase new running milestones. Sweat-wicking Dri-Fit technology keeps them on track, working with the smooth knit fabric for comfort that moves with them.

With built-in UV protection, this athletic tee takes the fuss out of choosing what to wear during outdoor runs.

Men's Running Shorts

21. Nike AeroSwift 2 Inch Men's Running Shorts

The Nike AeroSwift 2 inch men’s running shorts provide a just-right length to beat the heat this summer and encourage a faster pace from training to race day.

Moisture-wicking technology, a ventilated Flyvent waistband and split hem allows your giftee to train with zero distractions. A high content of recycled materials means it’s a win-win for feeling lighter and running lighter on the environment.

22. Asics Silver 7 Inch Men's Running Shorts

The Asics Silver 7 Inch men’s running shorts are that piece in your running kit that you can throw on in the space of a heartbeat without any hesitation. Lightweight coverage and easy mobility means you can shift the intensity up a gear – whether your goal is more speed or distance.

A supportive inner brief prevents chafing during longer runs, a discreet inner pocket puts your valuables in easy reach and a reflective Asics logo takes your visibility up a notch after dark.

23. Adidas AeroReady Essentials Chelsea Men's Running Shorts

Join the Adidas club with the Adidas AeroReady Essentials Chelsea men's running shorts, featuring run-ready comfort with a breathable inner brief.

Whether you have your heart set on crushing a 5K training plan or a marathon, the recycled polyester puts more planet-friendly materials into action without compromise to your performance.

An elastic waist with drawcord offers a stay-put fit and side pockets provide a home for essentials like your sports nutrition.

Running & Training Essentials

A runner can never have enough accessories to reach their performance goals on the road, trail or track.

24. 2XU Running Cap

On-the-go shade meets eye-catching colour with the 2XU running cap collection. Designed to meet the demands of the Australian summer, these running caps are ideal to top off your giftee’s running kit.

Whether you love to run, hike or simply enjoy the outdoors, the combination of UV protection and breathable mesh panels keeps you feeling fresh.

Your lightweight armour against the sun is complete with reflective details to help you stand out at night.

25. Sportitude Thirt Blast BPA Free Lockable Water Bottle - 710ml

Keep the runner in your life on track of their hydration while helping make one-use plastic bottles history with the Sportitude Thirst Blast BPA Free Lockable water bottle.

A run-ready and leak-proof design makes the Sportitude Thirst Blast drink bottle one of the smarter ways to carry water on your runs and an essential part of your hydration strategy. It features a bold Sportitude logo to show that you only drink from the best, and a transparent design to make tracking your water intake a breeze.

Functional features including a lockable lid and squeezable design for rapid hydration makes it an instant favourite to fill, grab and go.

26. Goodr The OG Polarised Sports Sunglasses

Goodr sports sunglasses are perfect for the runner in your life to shade their eyes during outdoor activity and add a pop of colour to their workout wardrobe. The polarised lenses provide 100% protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays and a glare-reducing design means you don’t have to shy away from the light.

The bounce-free, non-slip style means these sports sunglasses can handle the repetitive impacts of running without flying off. Even if there is a bump in the road, these affordable yet durable sunnies will keep you running strong and your eyes protected without distractions.

27. 1000 Mile UP Ridgeway Smartphone Armband

A running armband is essential for road warriors to stay connected on-the-go. It’s not only convenient to keep a phone close, but it’s a matter of safety.

With the needs of runners in mind, 1000 Mile have created a touchscreen-friendly smartphone armband that conforms to your body and minimises irritation during movement.

Water-resistant fabric keeps your smartphone protected on particularly sweaty runs or rainy runs while a key pocket and credit card holder ensures all your small accessories have a home of their own.

28. 1000 Mile UP Titan Running Waistpack

Another on-the-go goodie from 1000 Mile, this running waistpack provides bounce-free storage of your essentials and is ideal for everything from your 5K runs for fun and fitness to breaking away from the pack at your next marathon.

The Titan is 1000 Mile’s best-selling running waistpack. With a body-conforming fit, stretchy main pocket for easy organisation and a rubber opening for headphone cables – they’re the best mates of every runner from road warriors to trail blazers.

Stocking Stuffers

Little essentials that make a big difference to every runner's performance.

29. Glimmer Gear LED High Visibility Slap Band

The Glimmer Gear LED High Visibility slap band is made to be seen - keeping the runner in your life safe and noticed even when they take their fitness to the road or trail after dark.

Unlike reflective gear that will only shine when exposed to an external light source like vehicle headlights or streetlights, this visibility band can’t be missed. It can be seen up to 500 metres away to ensure it’s easily visible to other road users and is made with water-resistant fabric so you know it can handle serious sweat.

Just slap it on your wrist, upper arm, ankle or running hydration pack to power on through the night. The 3 LED settings can be changed with a push of a button - flash, solid and off.

30. Steigen Christmas Three Quarter Length Running Socks

Treat your feet this Christmas with Steigen - thin, barely there running socks that provide anti-blister protection while allowing the cushioning and support technologies of your best running shoes to shine. Steigen running socks work their magic during high-intensity training by providing sweat control, superb breathability and a second-skin fit that moves in harmony with your feet.

They feel as light as a snowflake on your feet and with a variety of vibrant colours and heights available including three quarter length, half length, quarter length and zero length – there is a Steigen sock for every runner this Christmas.

31. Koda Energy Gel - 45g Sachet & Huma Chia Energy Gel - 43 Sachet

Your body needs fuel to run. Koda Energy Gels and Huma Chia Energy Gels are the ultimate stocking stuffer for runners – providing fast-acting energy for athletes on-the-move without the worry of sugar spikes and sugar crashes.

Gentle on sensitive stomachs, they each offer a smooth formula that supports your muscle movement and increases endurance while putting the flavour back into training and race day.

They ward off fatigue to perform at your peak without making you feel heavy so you can beat the bloat and ensure there’s always room for Christmas dinner post-run. 

Need an electrolyte boost? The Huma Chia Energy Gel Plus doubles the electrolytes of their original formula to meet the demands of serious sweat sessions.

32. Blackroll Mini Foam Roller

Help the runner in your life support their recovery with the Blackroll mini foam roller.

As a self-massage tool, it can be applied to the shoulders, necks, arms, legs and feet to relieve tension and care for their body - keeping them progressing towards their running goals.

The portable size makes it ideal as a stocking stuffer and everyday recovery tool to throw into their gym bag or travel bag. Made with environmentally friendly materials and energy efficient techniques, it benefits runners from heel-to-toe without costing the planet.

33. Lock Laces Original - No Tie Elastic Shoe Laces

By far one of the best shoe laces for runners that want to lock-in and go, the Lock Laces Original tick all your boxes, providing a quick and secure fit for recreational runners, elite athletes and everyone in between. Literally hundreds of these no-tie elastic laces have flown off the Sportitude shelves and millions have been sold globally.

It’s no secret why - these time-saving laces reduce heel slippage without the need of a runner’s lock lace, stay out of the way to stop your laces from becoming a trip hazard, are water-resistant and durable for road to trail.

They even make your running shoes ‘pop’ with a variety of subtle or vibrant colours to choose from, and are adaptable to cinch in the fit of any shoe with a standard lacing system including your sneakers, netball shoes, tennis shoes or football boots.

34. Nike Metallic Sports Headbands & Nike Printed Sports Headbands

The Nike sports hairbands turn heads with bold and vibrant designs to tame flyaway hair on the road or at the gym. Stretchy material ensures a stay-put fit when your workout intensifies. These assorted packs make the ideal stocking stuffers - available in different styles and prints to switch up your look easily.

Still stuck for Christmas gift ideas? You can't go wrong with a Sportitude e-Gift Card!

Shopping for the little athlete of the family? Check out Sporty Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Active Kid In 2023.

Merry Sportsmas and happy running from the Sportitude team!