19 Perfect runDisney Gift Ideas and Guide

Disney Gift Guide: runDisney Gift Edition

Do you know somebody who is a huge runDisney fan and is about to have their first race soon, or perhaps they’re a veteran on their 5th race? If so, I’ll give you a few runDisney gift ideas to get for the runner in your family.

Many of my close friends dedicate lots of time prepping for the races hosted through the runDisney organization. Sometimes I don’t even realize just how hard they are training for one race alone.

Plus, there’s the costly financial obligation that can add up quickly to be a part of one of Disney’s famous marathons.

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19 Fun runDisney Gift Ideas & Merchandise at Any Price Range

Since the holiday season and the runDisney season is quickly approaching, I thought it would be great to give you a few gift ideas for the runDisney Runner in your life!

1 – Water Bottle

rundisney gift idea for water bottle with minnie mouse

It’s extremely important to stay hydrated during a marathon, especially in the peak summer heat.  The Dollar Tree has water bottles that come in many different colors and designs just for you.

You can also find a wide variety of unique Disney-styled water bottles to keep your beverage cool throughout your race.

Order water bottles here.

2 – Foam Roller

A foam roller will help your runner loosen up tight muscles when training and will also help prevent any injuries from happening.

This is a must have item for any runner. You can learn more about the importance of a foam roller here.

Order the foam roller here.

3 – Running Guide Book

rundisney gift idea book the runner's guide

There are many books online to help your runner prepare for a race. I recommend getting one such as, Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World, which is made specially for participants of the runDisney races.

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World offers advice on resorts, restaurants, race registration, packing tips, spectator information, training, race day information and much more!

This guidebook also gives participants peace of mind before heading into their first or fiftieth runDisney event.

Order the book here.

4 – Headband

rundisney gift idea of purple headband

Most headbands serve many purposes and are necessary for a runDisney go-getter.

Headbands such as, Lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband II, not only help hold the hair back, but it is also an excellent choice on holding off the sweat from seeping into the eyes and it won’t slip off of your runner’s head.

Order runner’s headband here.

5 – Entry for Next Race

runDisney Gift guide for runners

Payment for an entry to one of the runDisney races is the ultimate gift for that runner in your life.

As mentioned earlier, the cost of participating in a Disney-inpired race can get costly. If you get this for your loved one, you will be the star of the year!

Get runDisney race entry here.

6 – Safety Accessories

rundisney gift idea red safety ID bracelets

Identification bracelets with name, medical conditions, allergies, and emergency contact are important just in case your runner experiences anything unmagical.

Order the I.D. bracelet here.

rundisney gift idea safety vest

Reflective visors or night jogging vests will help keep the runner safe during training sessions that may have to take place in the evening.

Order the runner safety vest here.

7 – Running Belt

disney runner black running belt with pink stripe

A running belt is a lightweight waist pouch used to hold your runner’s wallet, keys, phones, identification cards and other small racing accessories. I recommend the Fitletic brand, which has a variety of sizes and styles to choose from.

The iFitness Neo II is the best option for a runDisney runner.

Order the running belt here.

8 – Running Watch

Garmin Watch
Garmin Watch on Amazon

Watches used for training can range in cost from about $50 to $300 with functions differing based on all the bells and whistles added to the device.

Garmin Forerunner 235 is my recommendation for a watch not too expensive (averages about $219), but still provides features such as wrist-based continuous heart rate monitoring and access to Garmin’s marathon-specific training apps.

Order the running watch here.

9 – Gone for a Run Medal Display

rundisney gift idea for medal display

Designers at Gone for a Run produce Disney-inspire high-quality medal displays where your runDisney runner can hang each medal from all the races completed.

The magical medal displays also offer racks with inspirational messages to keep your runner inspired throughout the year.

Order a Medal Display here.

10 – Running Tights

disney alice in wonderland legging with the chester cat on the side

When searching for the best running tights, you’ll want to find ones that are good with absorbing moisture, ones that are breathable, soft, sun-protective, and have pockets.

Order running tights here.

11 – Armband for Phone

runners bright blue armband

An armband is a must for those long training days and it’s especially important for race days. Music, inspirational messages, and podcasts can be perfect for a runner getting through that last leg of any marathon.

Armbands will hold your runner’s smartphone in place and can be purchased at many store locations across the country.

Order your armband here.

12 – runDisney Apparel (Star Wars Inspired Sweatshirts)

Graphic sweatshirts with Disney-isms are the new hottest items.

Many Disney fans love rocking their shirts throughout the park and while training, in hopes of some type of reaction from others. This gift option is always easy and cheap.

Order a runDisney inspired sweatshirt here.

13 – Inspirational Running Socks

inspirational rundisney pink and white sockss

Highly themed socks are always a great gift option. These are very popular Disney socks, but they can run on the smaller side in terms of size.

Be sure to get a few with inspirational messages and quotes to keep your runner motivated, which can be found on Amazon.

Mickey Mouse black, white, and red disney socks

Order inspirational socks here.

14 – Sunglasses

Rundisney dollar tree multi-color sunglasses

Glasses are a must-have runDisney item for the bright Florida sunshine.  Dollar Tree offers a variety of options that can help block out UV rays for only $1.

Order Dollar Tree sunglasses here.

If your budget allows you to splurge a little bit, then I recommend Oakley sunglasses that are perfect for a dedicated runner’s life.

Order Oakley runner’s glasses here.

15 – Wireless Earbuds

Jabra wireless earbuds for rundisney training

If you want a pair of high quality truly wireless earbuds that aren’t the Apple AirPods, then Jabra Elite 65t is my choice. They are comfortable and easy to enjoy on a run.

Order the wireless earbuds here.

16 – Bibfolio Race Bib Album

Black Bibfolio Race Bib Album runDisney gift idea

A BibFolio allows you to display your runner’s accomplishments that continue to inspire them to run and be active in an creative way.

Order a BibFolio album here.

 17 – Runner-inspired Cookbook

run fast cook fast eat slow runners book

I recommend Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan.

This cookbook written by Olympian, Shalane Flanagan, is full of pre-run snacks, post-run recovery breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and 30-minutes-or-less dinner recipes.

Order Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes on Amazon.

18 – Disney-inspired Wine Glass

Disney hakuna moscato wine glass

Help your runners celebrate their latest race accomplish with a runDisney-inspired wine glass. It’s easy to wrap and makes a great gift.

Order the wine glass here.

19 – Spa Day

Lovely Mandara Spa at Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort
Photo Credit: Mandara Spa Co.

Studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep and fewer sick days. This is a must for anyone training for a runDisney race.

A massage improves blood flow to muscles which helps nutrients move throughout the body. Massages also reduces muscle soreness and improves range of motion.

Pedicures during the epic spa day is also a great gift for runners who are tough on their feet. Pedicures help reduce foot related issues than can lead to pain in the shins, knees, hips and other areas that are prone to injuries.

Get your discounted Spa Day gift here.

Final Thoughts

I hope this list for that special runDisney runner in your life is helpful.

runDISNEY Gift Guide. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ready to race.
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What other gift ideas do you think are perfect for your friend? Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


(Original Article Date: November 11, 2018/Updated July 26, 2020)

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