Holiday Gift Guide for Runners Under $30

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Hey there, fellow fitness aficionados! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift that won’t break the bank for your running buddy, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s face it, finding something awesome within a tight budget can be as challenging as conquering that steep hill on mile 10. But fear not, because I’ve scoured the virtual aisles to uncover a treasure trove of wallet-friendly goodies that will make your friend’s running game stronger without leaving your pockets empty.

In my family, we’re all about that runner’s high and the joy of giving without feeling like you need to sprint to the nearest bank for a loan. I’ve gathered a range of thoughtful and practical gifts that will have your running buddy jumping for joy (maybe even mid-run, but let’s not risk any twisted ankles, shall we?).

From nifty gadgets that track every step to handy accessories that keep them motivated, we’ll cover it all. We’ll also dive into recovery tools that soothe those post-run aches and pains, because let’s be honest, we all deserve a little TLC after pounding the pavement.

And here’s the best part: everything on this list comes with a price tag under $30, so you can shower your friend with running goodness without giving your credit card a heart attack.

So grab your water bottle, slip into your comfiest running shoes, and let’s hit the ground running as we explore a world of affordable and fantastic gifts that will make your running buddy’s day. Trust me, they’ll be forever grateful for your thoughtfulness (and you might even earn some extra brownie points for being the best gift-giver in the running community).

Get ready to discover the secret to affordable gifting that will make your friend do a happy dance, even if their legs are a little sore from yesterday’s run. Are you excited? I know I am! Let’s lace up and dive into the awesome world of gifts for runners under $30.

If you missed my Holiday Gift Guide for Group Fitness Instructors, you should go check it out!

(At the time of publishing this, all items are priced under $30. Click the photo to purchase – prices may change at any time!)

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Foam Roller

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Experienced runners know how important it is to roll out those tight muscles after running to prevent injury. Quads, glutes, calves and hip flexors are a PAIN (literally) if they get too tight. Some simple foam rolling after running will help to prevent that pain and injury, and keep that runner on the road!

(Read my foam rolling tips here!)


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Just so you know, this is not a fanny pack. This is a FlipBelt, and it kicks a fanny pack’s fanny all the way to the finish line. It hugs the waist, keeping a phone, keys, and ID safe and tucked away during a run.

I love to run with my FlipBelt because I can keep my important things with me without them flopping around in my pockets or falling out on the road. Oh, and FYI, I bought the hot pink one. Because I’m a girl. Holla!

Sweaty Bands Headbands

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You’ve heard me rave about these before, but that’s just because they are so awesome! I love Sweaty Bands for when I’m running because they keep my hair away from my face without slipping off my head. The lining is velvet to help it stay in place. And they have CUTE colors and prints!

Race Entry Fee eBib

For me, running is most fun when I’m in a race. I can run on a treadmill, I can run on a trail, and I can even run through my neighborhood — all for free. But running in a race just gives that HIGH, even if you aren’t trying to win $1,000 for setting a new race record!

You get the added motivation of running with a group of friends, whether you know them or not, and of course there’s always swag to be enjoyed. T-shirts, bags, medals, food…

Yep, I said it. I will run for food. So whether you pay an entry for a 5k, a half-marathon, or a marathon, runners will appreciate the gesture! And they’ll love it even more if you buy yourself an entry as well.

Not sure which race to sign up for? My votes go to the Colfax Marathon and Half-Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon, the Hot Chocolate 5k and 15k, and any local 5k races that support charity or local groups. ((Yes, I am aware that some entry fees are more than $30, but you can find some small races to fit your budget!))

Medal Hanger

Medal Hanger Display

How fun is this?? Runners who enjoy lots of races end up collecting LOTS of medals. And what better way to display them than with a custom medal hanger?

They can be customized with your favorite runner’s name or initials, or there are also generic options like “Keep Running” which I have hanging on my bedroom wall. The shop I ordered from is closed, but you can find a similar medal hanging rack on etsy.

Do you have any more “must haves” for this list? Do you have a favorite race that you’d LOVE to have an entry fee paid for?

Happy shopping!
<3 Amanda

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.

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  1. This is a great list! I was just writing my holiday gift guide for the runner/fitness enthusiast and laughed out loud because I have the FlipBelt and race entry on my list too! Anyone who runs would love an entry into a race, I know that is what I asked my fiance for! And well the FlipBelt is just amazing! I love your list!

  2. These are some fantastic ideas! Great presents for runner friends and not too expensive! Thank you!! 🙂

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