Tuesday, December 13, 2011

10 Great Gifts for the Runner in Your Life

Last week, I shared some of my favorite gift ideas for the loser in your life. Today, I’ll share some of my favorite runner gifts.

1. Shoes. There is nothing more important for running than a good-fitting pair of running shoes. (Well, unless you’re female, then, there might be one more – or equally – important thing.) If you know your runner’s size and style preference, shoes are a great gift. If not, a gift certificate is great.

2. Hydration system. Staying hydrated while running is important in all kinds of weather. There are all kind of hydration systems – from belts to hand-held.


3. Garmin. For the really-close runner in your life, a pricey gift that they will love is a Garmin. I love mine! It’s great for tracking your time and distance on training runs, plus mine has a heart rate monitor and it can be used to track your speed and distance when biking, too.

4. Socks. When I first started running, I had no idea there were special socks for running. The first time I saw a pair, I couldn’t understand what was different about them then regular socks. One of the main differences is usually that they aren’t made of cotton, which holds moisture and often causes blisters.

I just gave away several pairs of my favorite brand of running socks. For Christmas, unless you live in a really warm climate, your runner would probably appreciate a pair of cold weather running socks.


5. Gu. Gu is an energy gel used to maintain blood glucose levels and prevent physical and mental fatigue on long runs. I use them on most runs longer than 10 miles. They really help. There are lots of different types of energy gels and chews, but Gu is my personal choice. This would be a super-fun stocking stuffer. I mean, it’s not like you’re going to sit around and mindlessly eat Gu, putting your weight-loss success in jeopardy.

6. Running gloves. My hands freeze when I run on really cold days. Running gloves are on my Christmas wish list, so I bet your runner would like them, too.

7. Bondi band. I love my Bondi band. I’m currently reviewing one of their ponytail hats (love it, too!) and I’ll soon be giving away one of their regular moisture-wicking hats. Unfortunately, it won’t be in time for Christmas, so you’d better go ahead and order now if you want one for your runner.

8. Running tights. Another fairly pricey gift, but so worth it! Before I bought mine, I read several reviews that said you’d never run in spandex again once you wore a pair of good running tights. I was skeptical, but it’s true – at least for anything longer than 5 miles for me.

9. Great running shirt. When I ran my half-marathon, I saw the greatest running shirt ever. The back said, “Dear God, please let there be someone behind me to read this.”

I immediately came home and ordered one for myself. I’m going to post about it soon, but it came all neatly gift-wrapped, so I couldn’t bring myself to rip into it since it was supposed to be a Christmas present from Brian. (Tell me I’m not the only one who sometimes purchases Christmas gifts for herself from her husband.)


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10. Pay their registration fee. If you don’t run, you may not realize that running races can get expensive. Most shorter races are at least $25 and longer ones run $50 or more. Paying a runner’s registration fee would be a much-appreciated gift.

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1 comment:

  1. I think this is a wonderful list! 
    I have a hand held water bottle, plus a Nathan belt. I probably carry too much water when I run outside, but living in the South, it's a MUST!
     I'm a Big GU fan, too, as well as Clif Bloks. My favorite GU is Vanilla Bean ... I mean, come on! It's like eating cake batter! Woot!
    I'm going to have to try out your Wright Socks .... my feet FREEZE! Right now, I use a thin layer, with a Balega wool sock over top. 
    My tights are Brooks, and they were seriously one of the best purchases I've ever made. Expensive, but well, well worth it. 
    LOVE the Garmin, of course, and the idea of paying registration fees rocks!

    I'd add - 
    Sweaty Bands .... LOVE them!
    A running Jacket - I have one for the winter, but I need to invest in a lighter weight one for the spring
    iPod - for me, music is a MUST!
    Road ID - I don't have one, since I usually run with a group, but really need to buy one for my husband, since he runs trails. 

    Awesome list!


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