Well, Christmas has snuck up on me once again. I can’t say I have been caught with a list of people’s gifts to buy. Thanks to my wife, our Christmas shopping is just about done! This year I have been getting asked a lot about gifts for people that are runners – geez I wonder why? There is less than a week left til Christmas, but you can still pick up some great gifts if you are willing to walk into a store and get them. I say that because I feel like almost everyone does their shopping on Amazon now! I know most of you may be runners, so maybe you just want to spoil yourselves with a gift for yourself. Hey that’s allowed too!
Here are some ideas that you can easily pick up. I will start pricy and work my way down!
Do your homework on this one because it comes in a few different variations. I must say, I am a fan of this watch. It comes with a heart monitor, capability to work with running apps including the nike running app, and if you are into it, you can take phone calls from the watch. It’s not cheap . The base watch will cost you around $325 and they can run up to $425 once you throw in the phone service. This one might be reserved for that special someone in your life that is a runner!
If they are like me, most runners like to run with music. Some are even still stuck to the cord, the headphone cord that is. I know that many runners are reluctant to switch to blue tooth headphones. I was run of them. Fear of more radiation close to my head and other theories kept me from going wireless. However once I did, I wondered what took me so long. Do that runner a favor and gift them wireless head phones. My headphone of choice are Jaybirds. They tout three types of headphones for runners, The Run, The Fredom 2 & The X3. I personally own the X3 and I can tell you that I love everything about them. They are light, have terrific sound, fit comfortably and have a very good battery life. Your runner will be happy with a pair of Jaybird Wireless Headphones – trust me! Jaybird brands can be found in your local Best Buy store as well.
If you are in the northeast, lets face it, winter is here! Runners logging those long miles outside can do so longer with the right gloves. These days however, any old pair of gloves won’t cut it. In an age of social media and running pics being posted on every run (I’m guilty – my instagram account will prove that!), you need a pair of gloves with e-tips so that they can access their phone without having to take their gloves off. North Face make a great pair at an affordable price of $30. A great gift or a stocking stuffer for the runner in your life! Add on a hat at North Face and this would make a perfect combo!
I don’t care how good and healthy that runner in your life is. They have aches and pains at some point during training runs or after a race. They need to loosen up those stiff and sore muscles. These days, foam rollers are the thing! Walk into Walmart and they sell a variety of them at all prices!
As I mentioned earlier, winter running is in full effect. That means for your runner, he/she will likely be doing alot more running in the dark. There are so many products that help to keep your runner safe in the dark. Reflectors, head lamps, visibility vests and so many more products can be found at any Dick’s sporting goods store. These items usually run no more than $30 per item! Trust me your runner will thank you for worrying about their safety in the dark!
So I gave you a few ideas here based on different price points! Hopefully I can bail you out of some last minute Christmas shopping pressure for that runner in your life! As I mentioned above, all of these can be purchased in person by walking into the respective store. No need to risk online ordering this close to Christmas time!
Finally, if you are not sure if any of the above will suit your runner, buying a gift card at Whole Foods is a sure shot. Runners like to eat right and it is a good chance that your runner shops a lot at Whole Foods. If he doesn’t, well maybe your gift card will introduce him to the wonderful, healthier selection of food that they have there! As always with gift cards, spend what you want!