It’s the most run-derful time of the year which means it’s time to start your holiday shopping. I usually wait until the last minute, but this year I’ve vowed to start early. To help me do that, I’ve made a gift guide for all the runners in my life (and a list of things I secretly want myself)
Hurts So Good
Recovery is an important part of running. If you’ve ever had the chance to try Rapid Reboot recovery boots, you know how amazing they can be. The only downside? The cost. But they are definitely worth it.
Their Own Personal Cheerleader
I don’t mean the kind of cheerleader you’d find on the sidelines of Monday night football- I’m talking about the kind the can take anywhere they go. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll often see pictures of my Momentum Wrap bracelets—they’re the perfect pep talk during my runs. These were on my list last year and made it again this year because of the new SPARK boxes—with four options to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
It’s no secret that I love ProCompression socks and I #KeepItTight whenever I run. This time of year, they have some great deals. Not only do ProCompression socks offer the benefit of compression for running and recovery, they have the best colors and designs. I’m also loving the “Lifestyle” line for everyday wear. (And for Cyber Monday, they’re offering two pairs of marathon socks for $40.00 when you use the code BFCM)
Gifts That Give Back
Run Far Trucker Hats
I love a good trucker hat and Run Far trucker hats fall into that category. Simple in design, they come in a good selection of colors and are quality hats. The best part about them? All the profits of items purchased from Run Far go to provide educational scholarships for children of fallen service members who have committed suicide.
How does a gift card give back? Simple. Get one to your local running store—not only are you helping a small local business, you’re giving the runner in your life an experience that they won’t find in a big box store. Local running stores will give them the personal shopping experience and knowledge they deserve.
For the Runner Who Isn’t Running
Red Horse and Co.
I am a big fan of “arm candy” and earlier this year I discovered Red Horse and Co. She makes beautiful bracelets and necklaces—her site has “pre-made” ones or you can special order the colors and sayings you want. The bracelets are so comfortable—I forget that I’m wearing it when I have it on. I love that I can bring running with me in my non-running life with these bracelets.
It’s The Thought That Counts
My favorite gifts are the gifts that come from the heart—it can be as simple as a note on a Post-It or simply finding time to do something I like to do. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that runners do things other than run—as you think about the runner in your life, think about the other things they like to do. If you can't think of anything, offer to go for a run with them. I promise any miles run with someone they care about will be better than any other gift.
What are you wishing for this year?
Until next time, happy running.