Holiday Gifts for Runners From Amazon (Treat Yourself Too)!

I love online shopping for most things. I mean really, who doesn’t?

For the last few years I’ve done 90% of my holiday shopping on Amazon because it’s just so convenient. If you’re looking for some quick and easy gifts to knock off the list for the runners in your life, here are 10 items I love that would make great gifts.

Obviously while you’re busy shopping for other people you should drop something into the cart for yourself too. It’s only fair!

1. FlipBelt with Zipper (and Water Bottles)

Back in 2013 I bought the original FlipBelt and wore that thing out. I loved it very much, but when I upgraded to the iPhone 6Plus my phone no longer smoothly fit inside of it.


^Obviously not me. Photo from

For a while I switched to using an Armpocket armband, but I recently learned that FlipBelt has updated their designs to make them wider to accomodate larger phones. I ordered one on CyberMonday and have been using it ever since then. I’m so glad we’re reunited!


This is by far my favorite way to carry my phone, keys, GU, etc. on the run. It’s so comfortable.

Additionally, FlipBelt now makes water bottles that fit their unique design and I ordered two of the 6oz bottles. I’m loving them too! The water gets warm faster than a regular water belt because it’s sitting against your skin, but honestly that doesn’t bother me. My water warms up fast here because it’s so hot out anyway :).


There’s no annoying bounce from the bottles, but you will hear them sloshing around if you don’t have earbuds in. Then again you hear the sloshing noise with any water bottle!

2. Skins ACTIVE Compression Socks

I have never believed in the recovery power of compression socks. After the Portland Marathon I did notice they helped with the swelling in my feet but aside from the marathon I’ve never had swollen feet from running.

Earlier this year Skins reached out to offer me a pair of their active compression socks. These are less tight than recovery compression socks; they’re made to be worn while you are running.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to wear them to see if they helped me calves and my God what a difference they made. I am now a believer.

I love that these active socks are looser than recovery compression socks because I don’t have to fight to get them on or off, and yet they provide me the excellent benefit of helping my calves feel less stiff during and after a run.

I haven’t been in touch with the Skins company since I did my original review (and they’re definitely not sponsoring this post), but I highly recommend their socks. I received my first pair for free but I’ve paid for two more pairs on my own!

3. Believe Training Journal 

I’ve gone through two Believe training journals over the last two years and really love them. I have a Google Spreadsheet that I use for tracking my basic metrics (distance, pace, heart rate and weather), but in my journal I log how I was feeling that day.

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I write down if anything was achy or tight or painful. I note down if I felt sluggish and why that might be (need to eat first, etc.). My Believe Training Journal is like a supplement to my data-driven spreadsheet.

You can use it for both if you prefer – there is space for notes as well as data!

4. Garmin Forerunner 235 

A couple of months ago I switched from the Garmin Vivoactive to the Forerunner 235 and haven’t looked back. The Vivoactive is great, but I looooove the built in heart rate monitor that the FR235 has.


It’s so nice not to have to wear a second device to track heart rate. If you or someone you know complains about wearing two wrist devices or hates the chafing that often comes along with a chest strap, this watch is the perfect gift!

5. Case of GU

I order my Gu by the case because it’s just so convenient and cost-effective to do from Amazon. I always order the Chocolate Outrage box, but there is also an assorted flavor box.


You could also buy yourself a case and throw one or two from your case into  someone else’s stocking as a stocking stuffer :).

If you don’t like GU you can find reviews of other sports gels on The Fit Bay!

6. Eat and Run by Scott Jurek 

This is HANDS DOWN my favorite running book. I cannot tell you how many times I have read and re-read this book. There was a time period when I would finish it and then immediately restart it.


Scott Jurek’s ultramarathon career is super inspiration and motivational. He’s done it all and been through it all.

This is an amazing gift to give a runner. It’s actually the gift that keeps on giving because it can be read over and over to keep providing motivation!

7. Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn 

Because many runners already have a copy of Eat and Run since it’s very popular, I thought I would add another book to this list. Running with the Kenyans is probably my second favorite running book.


The author Adharanand Finn and his family go to live in a Kenyan village to investigate what goes on at an elite training camp.

The book provides incredible insight into what it’s like to be an elite Kenyan runner, and it’s also interesting to read about what it was like for the author and his family to acclimate to living in Kenya for a while.

Super good book – pick up a copy for a friend and for yourself. You won’t regret it.

8. Runner’s World Cookbook 

Okay, can I include one more book?


The Runner’s World Cookbook seems like the ideal gift for a runner. I bought this for myself about a year ago and … well I honestly don’t think I’ve cooked one single recipe from it. There are a lot of good ones in there, I’ve just always been lazy about following recipes. It wasn’t until about two months ago that I started getting into cooking.

I’m planning to start using this book a lot more now. Even though I can’t say whether the recipes in the book are good or not (they LOOK good), the book is beautiful and would make for a great gift!

9. Mophie Juicepack 

This one is for my fellow slow runners :). If you are a slow runner or know a slower runner, the Mophie Juicepack is a lifesaver. You can listen to as much music and/or as many podcasts as you want without worrying about your phone battery dying while you’re out for a long run.

It’s honestly just the perfect gift for anyone running a marathon too. Between the amount of time spent waiting around at the start, the amount of time it takes to do the race and then the amount of time it takes to get back home/to the hotel, there’s no doubt ANY runner will start worrying about their phone’s battery.

The Mophie is such a life saver :). A battery life saver.

10. UA Fly Fast Visor 

Last but definitely not least is one of my favorite items in the world: my white UA visor.

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I wear this thing on every single run. It’s super lightweight, heat doesn’t get trapped like it does if you’re wearing a hat and it protects your eyes from the sunlight.

Plus, even though the sun isn’t out during my runs in the fall/winter I still wear it because it protects my eyes from getting sweat in them.

A new visor is such a practical and awesome gift. Don’t overlook it! 🙂

Side note: This post is NOT sponsored. I bought everything in this post with my own money (with the exception of the first part of compression socks which were given to me, but I bought the additional pairs myself). I really do love all this stuff and think you might too!

What’s on your running wish list this holiday season?
What’s the best running related thing you bought this year and highly recommend? 



  1. December 9, 2016 / 5:13 am

    I have been eyeing that Garmin! I really like the one I have but it would be SO nice to not deal with a chest strap anymore. I have heard good things about Eat to Run so I might add that to my list! And I didn’t realize Flip Belt made water bottles- what a great idea!

  2. LAURA F
    December 9, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I bought a flip belt just last week but haven’t taken it out for a test drive just yet. I do like my amphipod but can’t for the life of me keep it anywhere below my waist without it riding up. I’m excited to see how the flip belt works!

  3. December 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I am hoping to get a Garmin FR920xt soon. It keeps getting sold out on Amazon. They must be getting ready to come out with a new model because it is heavily discounted.

    Glad your calves have found some relief!

  4. December 9, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I like to give/receive annual subscriptions to magazines or apps like Spotify — it’s amazing for listening while running/working out.

  5. December 9, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I have always eyed flip belts but felt unsure, I love that your has a zipper!
    I like the socks too, I have never tried that brand. I am glad they helped, I live in mine at work and it makes a big difference for me. You know I geek over the heart rate stuff with you 🙂

  6. December 9, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    These are great ideas! Several of them I had not heard of, like the phone charger. That would be very handy. We are having a gift exchange in our running group and I bought a Nathan strobe light. Those things are awesome – so tiny but so powerful. It makes me feel a whole lot safer having that on my back when I run at night.
    I really wanted to love the FlipBelt, but when I tried it, it just didn’t work for me 🙁 I bought water belt from Fitletics instead. I do love that!

  7. December 10, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I thought I didn’t need a wider, zippered FlipBelt, but now I feel like I DO!!!! I have no reason to buy one realistically, but I wonder if the wider version is ever MORE comfortable than the normal one.

    I love the water bottles, too. I freeze them overnight and they thaw out just when I need to start drinking water on a long run, so that’s really convenient!

  8. December 24, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    This is a great list. My mother-in-law bought be Running With the Kenyans last year for Christmas, but I have yet to read it. Reading is hard these days due to time. It’s at the top of my list though. Glad to hear you recommend it! This year, the new Go Pro is at the top of my list. I love the pictures I can take and how small it is – easy to take with me while I train. 🙂