When my family asks me what I want for the holidays, I like to have an answer ready for them. Otherwise, there’s a chance that I may end up with a lot of random stuff that I will never use. If I tell them what I want, there’s a 50-50 chance that one item might end up under the tree!
Now that we’ve talked about gifts for the yoga lover in your life, now it’s time to discuss gifts for runners. I mean because runners love gifts too, right?
Each of these suggestions are for products that I have personally used over the last year (or years!) and have come to trust.
Here’s my pick of 11 great gifts for runners.
1. Brooks Adapt Glove ($50)
When my cheap dollar store knit gloves weren’t cutting it last winter, I bought these Brooks gloves. The gloves themselves fit comfortably and have a touchscreen-compatible finger pads. It comes with a lightweight, water-resistant windshield that helps protect your hands even more when the weather turns colder or wetter. You can easily stow away the windshield when you don’t need it. It has a detachable LED flashlight too!
2. Athleta Relay Capri ($69)
Athleta’s Relay Capri is my all-time favorite capri. It fits so well and is super flattering. It has a wide waistband that doesn’t cut into your midsection and a zippered pocket in the back of the waistband to stash your fuel, keys or money. It comes to mid-calf with a wide cuff that keeps the capris in place. The mesh material at the back of the knees helps keep you cool on your run.
3. New Balance Impact Hoodie ($64.99)
This New Balance hoodies has become a fast favorite of mine, and not just because I’m partial to hoodies. It’s a mid-weight layer that adds lightweight warmth. You can add a layer underneath for added warmth and another layer on top when it gets really chilly.
4. New Balance Glow Beacon Jacket ($174.99)
Have I told you how much I love this New Balance jacket? Well, I do. I was gifted one to wear during Reach the Beach Relay and since then, it has been my go-to jacket. It’s lightweight, breathable, and water resistant. I’ve worn it in the rain and I didn’t feel water-logged during my run. The best part? IT GLOWS IN THE DARK. No joke, We were allowed to wear these during the Reach the Beach night run as our reflective gear. My kids think that’s pretty cool.
5. Zensah Tech+ Compression Socks ($49.99)
I’m a late convert to compression socks. I used to wear them for recovery only, not to actually run. I was afraid that my legs would feel claustrophobic (don’t you’re legs have fears of their own?) and uncomfortable. Over the summer, I started wearing Zensah compression socks for my longer runs and fell in love.
Zensah uses graduated compression to enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow for faster recovery and better performance. The ribbing on the sock provides targeted arch support and ankle stabilization which was key for me. I started wearing these socks mainly because my ankle and shin felt sore and needed some extra support, and these socks did just that.
6. Anatomy for Runners ($10.56)
This book? This is my primary reading for the winter. In the same way that I got super excited about Jill Miller’s book The Roll Model, this books goes into the same geeky anatomy detail with regard to running. Jay goes into detail about how you can build a better body for running so that you don’t break down and get injured as often, making this a perfect gift for runners.
7. Run Heart Cut Necklace ($104)
OK, I may have mentioned Erica’s beautiful jewelry in my gift guide for yoga lovers but I want to include her here too because her jewelry makes perfect gifts for runners. Her jewelry is the great way to display your run love, whether it’s to commemorate a specific race or something as simple as the Run Heart Cut necklace, her pieces are simple and subtle and gorgeous.
I know it may seem weird to include a sports bra in a gift guide (or to ask for a sports bra for a present) but this sports bra is seriously awesome. With adjustable straps, it’s designed for mid-weight impact. The material is super soft and the bra comes in lots of fun prints. It has become my go to running bra.
9. Nuun ($24 for a 4-pack)
Staying hydrated can be a challenge, especially if you workout a lot. Nuun provides hydration without the sticky, ickiness of most electrolyte replacement drinks. My favorite flavors are strawberry lemonade and cherry limeade. It makes a great stocking stuffer!
I cannot say enough about Jess at Race Pace Wellness. I worked with Jess for most of this year, and she has helped me reach my running goals while staying happy and healthy. I was skeptical about whether or not I really needed to work with a run coach, but I’m so glad that I did. Jess is the ultimate cheerleader and best support person to have in your corner.
She offers in-person coaching for those who live in Manhattan and online coaching for the rest of us. She works with you to set goals and then puts together customized training and strength training plans to help you get there. Buy the runner in your life (or yourself) a month or 6 of coaching with Jess.
My friend Sarah at Run Far Girl has created a line of gear designed to inspire you and keep you motivated with the mantras Embrace the Hill and Run Far Run Strong. I have an Embrace the Hill tank and the Run Far Run Strong sweatpants. Both are super soft and frankly, I never want to take the sweats off! The best part? 10% of all sales are donated directly to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. These make great gifts of runners.
What’s on your wish list?
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