If you're shopping for runners on your holiday gift list, don't assume you have to hit the running specialty shops to find quality, technical-fabric running clothes. There are lots of deals online. Search sites such as Sierra Trading Post and Road Runner Sports for bargains on running clothes, running shoes and gear.
If you prefer to hit the shopping malls, check out Target's C9 by Champion line of technical fitness wear. They're reasonably priced, but still very high in quality and performance. Old Navy's performance fleece, compression, and goDry lines also have some great pieces, such as jackets, shirts and pants, for outdoor winter running. You may also want to check out stores such as TJ Maxx or Marshall's (if they're in your area), which have racks of discounted name-brand fitness apparel, sometimes as much as 50% off the "department store" price.
Since you'll be saving so much money, you may as well treat yourself to some new running clothes -- that's always great motivation for running!