Father’s Day Gifts For Dads That Run [2024 Edition]

From outdoor gear and gadgets to active lifestyle apparel, there's a gift for every fit Dad in our Father's Day gift list.


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With Father’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, June 16th), there’s not much time left to think of a thoughtful gift that your dad will truly appreciate.

Don’t panic though, we’ve got you covered with these cool Father’s Day gift ideas for dads that run.

If your Dad enjoys running and has an adventurous spirit, then you’ve come to the right place to find him a gift! You really can’t go wrong with any of these cool Father’s Day gift ideas.

This gift list includes ideas for what to give the Dad that has everything, Dads that are difficult to buy gifts for, and gift ideas under $50 for when you’re looking for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift on a budget.

Shokz OpenRun Pro bone conduction headphones best running headphones

Shokz OpenRun Pro Wireless Headphones For Running & Gym Workouts ($180)

The Shokz OpenRun Pro is ranked number 1 on our best running headphones buyer’s guide, and for good reason – in our running tests they outperformed other running headphones in most categories.

The OpenRun Pro is Shokz’ most premium ‘outside ear’ bone headphones, and are also the best bone conduction headphones for running right now.

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An Awesome Trail & Kale Trucker Cap ($30)

For $27 you can’t go wrong with our uniquely designed trucker hat! Truckers are great for keeping rain, sun, and sweat out of your eyes and face while on the trails, they also look really cool.

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If you think dad may prefer a more technical hat for running or hikes, see our technical running cap gear guide for some inspiration.

Nathan Quickspeed Plus Handheld 12oz Running Water Bottle

Nathan QuickSqueeze Plus Running Water Bottle ($30)

A handheld running water bottle is bound to be a well-received gift, especially if your dad likes to run with minimal gear and needs to stay hydrated and also carry his key, money and phone with him on his daily jogs. This 12oz Nathan Hydration water bottle has pockets designed specially for carrying those small essentials on the run.

Caldera Lab Body Bar soap

Caldera Lab’s ‘The Body Bar’ ($30)

Ok, so your Dad may not tell you this but if he’s into looking after his skin, or perhaps he’s not and needs some not-so-subtle hints from his son or daughter to encourage him to be, especially if he tends to get a little stinky after those long runs!

Caldera Lab‘s line of skincare products, and in particular their latest product, this exfoliating body soap with a unique formula that will moisturize and refresh his skin, the natural way.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro 4 Running Shoes ($225)

These exceptional and well priced super shoes combine speed, comfort, and stability, ideal for everything from speed interval training to your dad’s next half or full marathon race day. An awesome pair of running shoes like these is bound to elevate your dad’s race day enjoyment and performance.

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Our Couch-to-5k beginner training plan (FREE!)

Has your Dad had a break from running, or always wanted to start running and never got around to it? For a thoughtful yet completely FREE gift, head over to our Couch to 5k training plan and download the free 8-week training plan he can follow to go from not running to completing a 5k (3.3 miles) in one go!

Our Running 101 page is also packed with running tips for runners of all levels, from complete beginners to experienced runners, so there’s plenty of resources right here to help Dad train for his 5k challenge.

REI gift card Best gifts for people who love camping hiking

The best last-minute Father’s Day gift: An REI gift card ($10+)

An REI Gift Card is a great Father’s Day Gift because you won’t have to guess what your dad would like to receive the most, so it’s a great father’s day gift for dads who are difficult to buy for, or as a last-minute gift if you’ve run out of time to find something great online or in a store.

They can use it to get themselves some new running shoes, for example, some socks or apparel, or even energy bars and gels if you’re dad’s really into marathons and ultrarunning and burns through those runner’s snacks quickly!

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Brooks Catamount 3 Trail Running Shoes

If you’re dad enjoys hitting the trails and running off-road, then a badass pair of super comfortable and grippy trail running shoes are going to be a gift he’ll truly appreciate receiving!

I rate the Brooks Catamount 3 very highly, they’re some of the best trail running shoes out there right now, having stood up to my usual rigorous trail testing process, that you can learn more about in my in-depth review.

Larq UV water bottle

A self-cleaning LARQ water bottle ($99)

All runners appreciate the importance of staying hydrated, and that applies to your dad’s whole day, not just when he’s out running.

The LARQ Bottle is not just another reusable water bottle, it’s the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. It’ll purify your water and neutralize that bottle stink that we all hate! The UV-C technology built into the lid, eradicates up to 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% of viruses in ‘Adventure Mode’, meaning you can sterilize water found in streams while out hiking for example.

Chirp Wheel sizes

A Chirp Back Roller Wheel ($45+)

If your Dad needs to spend some time stretching out his back after some intensive running training (or just, you know, work!) then he will appreciate one of these Chirp Wheels.

This back roller wheel is an innovative, yet super simple back roller wheel, which has even been featured on Shark Tank. It’s infinitely better than using a foam roller and really does work wonders for relieving back pain and tension!

Best father's day gifts for active dads

A Rumpl Insulated Travel Blanket ($89+)

We’re going to go out on a limb and say if your dad’s a runner, then he’s also partial to other outdoor adventures and will really appreciate one of these stain and water-resistant blankets for cold days, whether that’s in the evening by a campfire, enjoying a beer in the backyard, or even whilst traveling.

The blanket is machine washable and comes with a water-resistant stuff sack (pictured above) that packs it down to the size of a water bottle.

KANE Revive Footwear

KANE Revive Recovery Shoes ($75)

Not just for post-run recovery, these cool-looking recovery shoes from KANE are also great for watersports such as stand-up-paddleboarding and wearing around the pool while on vacation.

Coros Apex 2 running watch 1

Coros Apex 2 Running Watch ($349)

For a birthday or Father’s Day splurge, consider getting your Dad a new running watch, such as the incredibly well-priced and easy-to-use Coros Apex 2, that’s great for wearing everyday as well as for every run from a couple of miles to ultramarathons!

Feetures Crew Running Socks Best running socks trail and kale

Feetures Running Socks ($18+)

Show me a runner who doesn’t always need new socks, I dare you! Some of my all-time favorite running socks, a multipack of vibrantly-colored Feetures Elite Light No-Show running socks is bound to be appreciated and well-received by your run-loving dad.

Thule Urban Glide 2 Jogging Stroller at REI

Thule Urban Glide 3 Jogging Stroller ($650)

If you’re looking for a birthday or Father’s Day gift for a dad with a young child (or children), an all-terrain jogging stroller is an awesome gift! Some of the best out there are these high-end Thule jogging strollers that have excellent suspension, a comfy seat for the little one and a smooth, ergonomic design for pushing them along while running or walking.

As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.


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