Do you have runner friends and you are fretting over what to get him or her this coming Christmas. Now is the perfect time to get your gifts online if you want to get them on time before the Christmas rush. Order early to avoid disappointment.
Running is a simple sport but there are always gadgets and accessories that can make running or training for a race more fun. Personally, I love getting ANY running related stuff because it makes me look forward to using them for my next run. Trust me, ask any runner and you will realise how much we appreciate such gifts.
Therefore, I have compiled a list of items that are bound to excite runners of every level. If you do not find any gift below that is suitable, feel free to visit Amazon’s Sports Gift Guide for more sporting selections.
1. Garmin Forerunner 230
Hands down the best gift you can get any runner is a GPS running watch. Get him a Garmin Forerunner 230 and he will put you in the BFF category for a while (at least until the next Christmas). The Garmin Forerunner 230 is one of the best GPS running watch you can get in the market right now. It has a good screen under the bright sun, long lasting battery, excellent GPS capture in seconds.
2. TomTom Runner GPS Running Watch
For runners who are looking for a cheaper alternative, look no further than the TomTom Runner GPS. This is a no frills GPS running watch that can satisfy most runners. The size of this watch can fit perfectly on your wrist and it is very comfortable. GPS, lightweight, waterproof – most important of all, the price of this running watch is unbeatable.
3. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes
Every runner knows how important eating the right food is to improving your runs and timing. However, do you know what and how to eat right? Run Fast. Eat Slow. by world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopeck will blow your mind with over 100 recipes. Start eating right today.
4. GU Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel
Going for long distance runs mean that you need some food to replenish those lost energies. This is where these GU energy gels come in handy. You have many delicious flavours such as strawberry banana, salted caramel, tri-berry and more.
5. Bondi Band Solid Moisture Wicking Headband
This is one of my essential running accessories because I sweat A LOT. This simple sweat band by Bondi Band is inexpensive and it can absorb most of my sweat without getting too heavy. I find myself able to concentrate more on my runs now that I don’t have to wipe my sweat from time to time.
6. Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp Flashlight
For runners who love to run in the early morning or late at night, visibility can be a serious issue because you can’t see clearly in the low light conditions. Having a running headlamp can help guide you safely along running trails and tracks. What’s unique about this Foxelli headlamp is that it is rechargeable using USB and it can provide up to 30 hours of constant light in a single charge! Goodbye battery.
7. Running Sunglasses
This is a pair of highly affordable sunglasses that is suitable for your daily runs. Forget about spoiling your expensive running sunglasses for doing runs. This pair of sunglasses is of premium quality, comfortable and lightweight that offers you maximum UV 400 for an active lifestyle.
8. Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones
If you can’t survive your runs with music, Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones will be perfect for you. These headphones are made for exercises because they sit right outside of the ear and will never come out despite how rigorous the activities are. The music is loud and clear thanks to the sound enhanced by the exclusive TriPort.
Say goodbye to armbands and fanny packs because this Flipbelt has plenty of room to hold your phone, keys, cards and other essential items when you go on your runs. This is a convenient belt for runners who are not looking for a bulkier running waist pack.
10. Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Running Belt
This Hydration Running Belt is suitable for runners going on longer distances runs. There is a zip pocket with key ring clip and front stash pouch for gels and fits up to iPhone 6 plus. Not only that, speed fit holsters provide easy, one-handed, on-the-fly access to hydration and nutrition.
11. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
Injuries are the absolute worst nightmares for any runner. Therefore, a foam roller is key to help prevent injuries. This is a patented foam roller design that offers a superior, multi-density exterior constructed over a rigid, hollow core.
12. Compression Performance and Recovery Socks
These socks are excellent for recovery after your runs. They can help to reduce running injuries by giving you quicker recovery and give you better performance as well. Not only that, Vitalsox socks has the patent on the ideal compression to provide the maximum boost to your circulation.
13. Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic Running Socks
No runners can ever have too many pairs of socks because who can resist a cute pair of socks. Hello Balega socks, these are so comfortable that you have no idea you are wearing any socks at all. The heel tab even helps prevent the sock from slipping into your running shoe.
14. Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm
Chafing is the worst if you ask any runners who faced this issue before. Apply Bodyglide Anti-Chafe balm before you get dressed, on thighs, neck, arms, and anywhere skin is rubbed. They are made with allergen free, plant-derived ingredients and they are vegan approved.
15. ProForm 505 CST Treadmill
This is the ultimate Christmas gift one can get a runner, especially if you are living in a place that rains all the time. A treadmill is ideal for runners who hate to miss a run or two due to rainy or cold weathers. The ProForm 505 CST Treadmill has a large LCD console display, compatible music port for iPod, and a built-in heart rate monitor that maks it easier to track your progress and stay motivated to achieve your goals.