What’s on your Christmas list this year? To be honest, there isn’t that much on mine, although that’s mainly due to the fact that I simply don’t have any more space for any more gear. The only thing I’ve been contemplating on buying is a GoPro Session or maybe a Rylo, because it would be fun to be able to vlog during races.
But if you’re looking for a present for that runner in your life, here are some suggestions:
- Sports watch: I’ve now had a sports watch for over a year-and-a-half now and I find it so much better than using my phone. I have a Garmin Forerunner 235, which I’m pretty pleased about, but sports watches come in different price ranges. Garmin has many different models. You could also look at Suunto for example, or TomTom.
- Books: When I’m not running or I don’t really feel like running, I like to read about running. Not all the time of course, but sometimes. And there are some really good running books out there: Finding Gobi, Running like a girl and Running on empty for example.
- Magazines: It’s sometimes nice to have something to read when you don’t feel like reading a book. A really good gift for runners is a subscription to a running magazine, like Runner’s World or Women’s Running.
- Running gloves: This one is a really good stocking filler. There are even running gloves that are touchscreen-friendly in case you do want to start your app or want to take a running selfie.
- Races: Does that runner in your life already have enough gear (like me, although…can you ever have too much gear?!) Want to give the runner in your life a special experience? Give them a race as a gift! Although it might be wise to check their running calendar first to make sure it doesn’t clash with any other races they’ve booked.
- Earphones: Listening to music during your long run can really help, but it can be really annoying if your earphones keep falling out or you keep getting tangled up in them. I currently have the wireless Powerbeats 3, so I no longer have to worry about the wire getting in my way. If you don’t like have earbuds in, you could also consider getting the Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones. And if you’re looking for something a bit less expensive, but that stays put, you could consider Yurbuds.
- Shoes: I always get myself two new pairs of running shoes around Christmas, since I need new running shoes every year anyway and this way I can’t forget. You need to replace your running shoes every so often anyway, so why not get shoes? Every runner loves shoes, right?
- Foam roller: Another not so expensive gift. Although foam rolling might not be the most pleasant thing to do with your time, it is very useful! So get your loved one a foam roller for under that Christmas tree!
- Sweaters: I love to put on a sweater when I get out of the shower after my run. Either my Runr hoodie or another one of my running themed sweaters.
10. Framed race route: Another really nice thing to give is a framed marathon route, or any other race of course. Personally, I like Art & Soles, but other options are Sportymaps or Print my route (which actually 3D prints your route, which is pretty cool!)