A Runner’s Gift Guide

Merry Christmas, all you runners.  And when I say all you runners, of course I mean you. 
Be happy.  Run like Buddy.
I have taken it upon myself to inspire you in the coming year, to find your inner runner and be happy like Buddy, who was always running. And downing maple syrup.

But first, you need some gear.  Sometimes that “stuff” really does inspire.  Here’s a quick list of inspiration.

1.  Socks.  And not just any socks.  My favorite?  Nike.  They have a band around the middle that is super hugging and no slip.  Hmmm…Santa, Buddy…are listening?

3.  Garmin Watch.  It’s a pricey gift, but I rarely leave the house without it.  Even if I went to China, the satellite would pick up and I would know my distance, pace, and overall time.  Love.  They even have pink Garmin watches now!

See those prongs sticking out?  Deeeep tissue.  It’s quite amazing.  The $20 white foam roller is still a great piece of equipment, this one just digs deeper.  Definitely more cost effective than regular massage.  

7.  Reflective Running Jacket.  Or a reflective vest goes for about $15.

8.  Runner’s Arm Sleeves.  Buddy, I am seriously dying for a pair of these.  No, that was not a subtle hint.  There are so many colors to choose from!

9.  Headlamp.  You know, for those 5 a.m. runs.

10.  Runner’s World Gift Certificate

11.  Cookbook.  I don’t have this.  But doesn’t it look great?

12.  Cliff Bars.

13.  Gift card for running shoes

14.  Neck Warmer.  Starting in November, I wear my neck/face warmer everyday until about mid-March.  You can buy one for about $10 or cut and sew a piece of fleece together.  Works much better than wrapping your face with a scarf.

15.  Itunes gift card for the ipod or make your runner a personal CD to upload to their ipod.

16.  Gift certificates to GNC, Amazon, Nike, or Runner’s Ally (or any running store).

17.  Shop the sales racks at Nike outlet right now – all the shorts are marked way down.  Your runner (or you) will be more motivated to go out this spring with a spunky pair of shorts waiting for her/him.

18.  Pedicure.  Your runner needs foot love.

19.  Pay for a race. One Christmas my dad paid for me to run the New Hampshire trail’s series – 6 races in 5 months.  It was one of the best presents I ever received.

20.  Stocking Stuffers:  Hair accessories, GU gels, SPF face lotion, SPF chapstick, massage gift card, Amy’s Runner’s Granola 🙂

The biggest benefit to any of these gifts?  It shows someone that you take what they do seriously, or believe they can do something hard, which running often is.  When I receive a running gift, it’s validating.  Be Buddy’s helper this year, give the gift of running.  

And, perhaps, you will need to forward this post to your own Buddy elf, or stuff a few of these items into your own stocking this year (sometimes we have to help ourselves out, right?)

There a lot of new apps and gadgets out there that I haven’t used yet.  What’s your favorite running gift?  Let me know and we’ll add it to the list!

Happy running!


5 thoughts on “A Runner’s Gift Guide

  1. Kirsten Smith

    I love that I keep finding your posts on Pinterest and don’t realize they are yours at first. Great list! I am sooooo motivated by cool gear! Can I add reflective vest or flashing red lights? And a skull cap with ponytail hole by Asics.

  2. annewoodman

    Amy, I meant to comment on this one the day you wrote it, but things were so crazy here. I love this post! I like the idea of paying for someone’s upcoming race, too. Your dad sounds very cool. ; )

  3. Julia Tomiak

    I love these ideas, Amy! I’d never heard of a neck warmer- perhaps because I live in Virginia. 🙂 And thanks for the sock recommendation- I’ve been using Adidas, but I’ll check out Nike when these wear out. I had to buy a foam roller recently for my nagging IT band- it hurts so good!


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