The Best Gifts for Runners

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Confession: I am a last minute holiday shopper.

Every year I say I’m going to start early and be done with it by December.

This year, I really tried. I got a few things in early November and then I got distracted by shopping for myself. Whoops.

Let’s just say I was doing research in finding the best gifts for runners, k?

I’m getting pelted with emails with headlines screaming about ‘Last minute shopping’ deals and baking. Really?  We’ve got plenty of shopping days left. There’s no rush. Besides, if you are like me, you do well under pressure. And you have Amazon Prime. 😉

I’ve been putting together gift guides every since I started this blog. Which btw, it’s turning 8 in a couple of weeks. Most items I include on the guide are things that I already own or that I want for myself. This year, there’s only one thing listed that I don’t have. Maybe someone is reading this and will gift it to me?

So without further ado, happy shopping!

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Skida Nordic Hat – This small business based in Vermont makes the best hats and headbands for sweaty activities in the winter. Everything is breathable and moisture-wicking to keep you comfy and dry. It’s not bulky and can even be worn under a helmet for skiing. Plus, the patterns are so cute.

Mini Bands – Every runner should own a set of Mini Bands for home. Seriously. They are so easy to use and are perfect for firing up the muscles runners need to activate and strengthen.  These little bands are awesome for hitting the glutes and hips with endless exercise options like THESE.

Sarah Marie Design Studios Stemless Wine Tumbler – This tumbler always made me smile on the weekends after my long run. I would bring it to the beach or pool with me to enjoy my choice of bevie. It keeps things cold or hot for hours. Plus, it’s so cute. Actually, anything from SMDS is adorable and would make a runner happy to receive.

Noxgear Tracer 360 – Every early morning or evening runner should have some sort of illumination and reflective gear when they head out. Especially this time of year. It’s always dark!  The Noxgear Tracer 360 provides greater visibility to been seen my motorists and to keep you safe. This is the one item that I don’t currently own. Maybe Santa is reading?

Petzel ACTIK Headlamp – Another item that every early morning or evening runner should own. A good headlamp will help you be seen but will also help you avoid tripping over things or stepping into potholes. This Petzel headlamp is super bright and has a wide range to see more than just right ahead of you. I like that it’s rechargeable and a charge holds for quite some time.

CRZ Yoga High Waisted Yoga Pants with Pockets – I know these say YOGA pants but I wear them for running. If you are looking for the fit of the Lululemon Align tight but don’t want to pay the price, these leggings are for you. I’ve become obsessed with tights that have pockets. These leggings don’t fall down (even with my phone in the pocket) and pass the squat test all while being super comfy and cute. Plus, you can’t beat the $26 price tag either.

Kahtoola Microspikes – Once again, the Kahtoola Microspikes make my list. I had my first spike run of the season last week while we were getting bombed with 18 inches of snow. Microspikes are great for hiking in snow but are also perfect for trail running when the snow isn’t too deep or there’s ice. I’ve worn my running across shear ice with great traction.

Farm to Feet Merino Wool Socks – Over the summer, I started wearing these socks on my trail runs. I know what you are thinking – wool in summer?  Yes!  Wool isn’t just for cold weather. It’s great for keeping you dry even in the heat. I wore these socks for my 50k in September with zero blisters or other issues. Now that it’s cold, I’m still wearing these cute socks.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta – This is my second UD hydration vest. Compared to my first vest, I love the updated comfort cinch feature and the stretch mesh. The bottles are improved and my bladder from my previous vest fits just as well. Plenty of pockets as always for all the extra gear and fuel to take along on your running adventures.

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What’s on your gift wish list this year?

  1. Great gifts here! I love my Petzl headlamp. I’ll have to check out those leggings!

    PS feel free to link up this list with my holiday gift link up!

  2. I recently did one of these too, but mine was more focused on the trail/ultra runner.

    Thankfully we don’t get snow (me and snow wouldn’t get along anyway), so I’m so glad I never have to deal with spikes.

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