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Birthday Gift Ideas For Women That Run

Beautiful female runner

Do you have a woman in your life who just abslutely loves to run?

Or maybe she doesn’t even love it, but still manages to get out the door to consistently work on keeping her fitness and health in a good place?

Either way, I respect all runners. Fast, slow, short distance, marathon runners, pros and casuals. As someone who has at some point identified as pretty much every form of runner, I know ecactly what you need to get her.

In this guide, I’ve collected a bunch of different birthday gift ideas for women who love to run, all across the spectrum. I guarantee you that no matter what you get off this list, she’s going to love it.

Let’s get into it!

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Gift her the most important part of running: a cute running fit!

One thing I quickly learned when I got into running is that one of the best motivations one can have to actually get out the door and start that run, is knowing that you're gonna look real cute while doing it.

That's why I highly recommend getting her this super cute and comfortable crop zip designed for running!

Perfect for variable weather conditions as well!



Keep her hydrated on long runs with a hydration running vest

Once those runs start getting longer, so does the bodies need for continued fuel and hydration.

The best way any runner can ensure they always have the fuel they need for long runs on hand is a running vest, and the best one for your money out there is going to be this one.

The vests are amazing for any runner who's going the distance, and contains over a gallon of water and lots of room for phone, keys, and bars.


Go above and beyond by getting her a smart running watch

If she doesn't have one already, or hers is getting too old, this is probably the greatest gift you can get a runner.

Garmin or Apple Watch will allow her to easily track her workouts, monitor her heart rates, connect her music and do everything else you need for the perfect workout.

For runners I would personally go with the Garmin Forerunner 255


Gift her a LuluLemon running belt so that she'll always have access to her phone and keys on runs

If your recipient isn't going for very long distances yet and might not need a whole running vest yet, consider getting them this LuluLemon running belt!

It's super sleek, goes with so many outfits, and she's barely going to feel that it's there. It holds enough room for things like her phone, AirPods, a nutrition bar and her keys while still feeling super lightweight.

From a certified short-distance running girly like myself, I highly recommend!


Help improve circulation and recovery on runs with these compression running socks

Compression socks are a must-have for any serious runner!

They avoid chafing, blisters and swelling - and as a result can help prevent a whole heap of injuries.

I highly recommending getting her a pack of these, as not only are they the best rated on the market in terms of actual functionality - they look SUPER cute as part of pretty much any running outfit.



Cover the entry fee for a race she's eying, because sometimes that's all the motivation she needs

If you know she's eyeing a race, or you feel like she just needs a little bit more of an encouragement - why not cover her next race fee!

And no, it doesn't have to be a marathon. It can be a half, a 10k, a 5k... all races are valid, and all them cost money!

Find a race near her at www.runningintheusa.com and cover the fee!


The beginning of the marathon

Help her display her running achievements with a personalized medal holder

If you know she's already got a couple of races in her back pocket, or have a few coming up, make sure she can display those beautiful race medals by getting her a personalized medal holder!

I highly recommend you go with this one or this one.


Keep encouraging active recovery with this awesome foam roller recovery kit

Get her this active foam roller recovery kit with everything she needs to stretch and massage those sore muscles!

Again, active recovery is the key to staying healthy as a runner but not many people put enough focus on it.

This is the way to do it!


Gift her a massage gun so she can take of those poor, overworked legs

These guns are absolute life savers for running girlies who's trying to make sure her muscles stay young and healthy for as long as possible.

Massage guns to help the post work-out recovery, regardless of sport, and is a game-changer.

Trust me.

Gun shock vibration percussion massage therapy. Elderly woman practicing self-massaging your legs

Get her a little running fuel gift basket with everything she needs for long runs

All runners need some help with nutrition and fuel to ensure they can surive those long runs.

Regardless of whichever activities your lucky recipient partakes in, protein powdernutrition bars or some good ol' Gu are wonderful options to help her intake of the right stuff!

I recommend putting together a little gift baskets of the various items -- these are things that she's inevitably going to run out of, and is a great addition to the kitchen for both the new and experienced runner!


Get her a weather-resistant running jacket for all-weather running

Does it rain a lot where she is?

Trust me, I know the feeling - it feels like I haven't seen the sun in years here in Seattle.

If that's the case for her as well, you've just gotta get her one of these super cute and lightweight weather resistant running jackets.



Make sure she's always seen on early-morning-runs with these light-up LED armbands

Sometimes you've gotta run in the dark, and that sucks.

Although I never recommend any girlie go running in the dark alone, sometimes those early morning runs in the winter are the only ways she can get her little sprint in.

If you've gotta do it, at least make sure you're safe and seen!

Go above and beyond reflective armbands, with these LED rechargeable ones instead! With these armbands she'll always be seen by any early morning commuter, regardless of how dark it is.


Help her stay hydrated outside of running as well with a Smart Water Bottle

One of the most important things any runner can do is to stay hydrated.

We're living in the future, and one of the coolest new athletic hydration gadgets on the market right now is this Smart Water Bottle that lights up and reminds you to drink.

It also keeps water ice cold and just looks super cool!

This is not for her to bring with her on the runs, but to ensure that she stays hydrated in the recovery period - something that is just as (if not more) important!


Gift her a smartphone armband for easy access to her phone while running

If you don't think she'll enjoy either vest or a belt for her stuff, because she doesn't really bring anything but her phone with her on runs, consider getting her a smartphone armband.

These handy little gadgets simply keeps her phone in place on her arm, so she doesn't have to hold it or bring an entire belt AND it's a lot easier to access the phone should she need to.

I recommend you go with this one, as it's lasted me for like... 7-8 years now?


For the serious runner I recommend you get her a Heart Rate Monitor to track her training

If she's getting really serious about running, then this one is for her.

A big part of training for a lot of serious runners, especially those gunning for marathons and the like, is heart rate monitoring.

By ensuring that they stay in the correct heart rate "zones" they are able to properly train their body in a way that's going to last them much longer, and keep them running much better.

This handy monitor is a heart rate chest strap that she'll attach right before running, and as a result be able to track her heart rate throughout the entire run and view her progress out of.

I recommend you go with this one!


And There You Have It! 15 Birthday Gift Ideas For Women That Run

Picking out the perfect present is always difficult, but I guarantee you that by simply adding some love and thoughtfulness combined with a little effort, she’ll appreciate it more than she could ever let on.

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