Ahh Christmas. It’s a love-hate relationship for certain. I love the music, decorations, sparkling lights, the excitement in the kids. I hate the amount of work it is for parents, the constant and never ending to-do lists and the gift giving can sometimes give me the “yuck” factor. After all, Christmas is about loving kindness and being thoughtful. I do enjoy surprising someone with a very thoughtful and maybe unexpected gift though– especially my loyal and kind running friends.
There are some years you just don’t get your act together when it comes to gift giving and others you are done by Thanksgiving. I generally fall into the last minute gift giver category. This year is no exception. There is just so much to do before my kids get out of school and when they do, I am determined to not be rushing around and being busy. I want to fully enjoy this time with them and do what we love to do over Christmas break– play board games, do random acts of kindness, make cookies for neighbors and just be together! We all need that so badly!
Today I’ve put together the ultimate gift guide for the runner in your life. There are so many options, so I tried to keep my list unique along with some practical items as well.I’ve done all the shopping and searching for you, so all you need to do is click on the links. I hope you find this list useful.
THE 2016 AWE-SOME-AMAZING ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR RUNNERS
The 2017 Runner’s Daily Desk Calendar — Full of inspirational quotes to keep you motivated and a place for you to jot down your goals and dreams. Will keep you on track 365 next year.
Fitbit Blaze– The sleek look and many usable features and of the Blaze make this a very special, higher end gift for active people. If your gift recipient already has one, try this gorgeous leather and rose gold replacement band.
Foot Pain Massage Ball Set– Work out the knots and kinks in those achy feet. Plus, these are great to have to prevent and treat minor cases Planters fasciitis.
Race Medal Hanger— Show off your bling with this super cool Race Medal Hanger!
Elite Muscle Roller Stick— An absolute must for runners of all speeds. Use this stick after each run to aid in the recovery process.
Flip Belt– I love these colorful and functional belts to carry keys, phone, gels and other essential items.
All Natural Instant Happy Feet Set– Our feet do so much for us! They’re completely under-acknowledged! This little set will make those tired, achy dogs feel like royalty.
Wireless Bluetooth Headphones– for those who love a little music to get them motivated, having a pair of wireless headphones is a must!
The Runner’s World Cookbook– Knowing what and when to eat is essential for peak performance. I love this cookbook to give you ideas and delicious recipes to keep you running your best. If books interest your runner, head over HERE for some other ideas.
Arch Support Socks– I know what you’re thinking… “no socks– that’s not a gift!” but runners feet are the center of their world. Having happy peds is really important and these arch support socks do the trick.
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain– So many people ask me if I wear makeup when I run. I really don’t wear too much other than this tinted sunscreen and VL lip stain. This lip stain looks so natural and I just add lip balm over the top if my lips feel dry.
2XU Compression Gear– For both men and women these tights and gear are essential for recovery.
Nuun Hydration– I have been hydrating with Nuun for years. Still my favorite and a must have for the runner in your life.
PR Soles— There is nothing better than taking your running shoes off after a tough race and slipping a pair of comfy flip flops on. This pair makes me say, “ahh,” just looking at them.
FitBit Charm– I love these gorgeous jewels you can add to your FitBit to make it fit with your personality. Simple, but elegant and fun.
Marathon Necklace— How cool are these vintage looking necklaces with your marathon finish time, and date on them. Any runner girl would love one of these.
“May the Only Thing Negative in Your Life Be Splits” Sign— No explanation necessary. This sign says it all.
Personalized Marathon Map– I love these personalized marathon maps. You can add what race you ran with your time and date to capture the moment of your big day.
If none of these gifts suit you, can never go wrong with a new outfit from:
Or new shoes from:
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That completes my list of gift ideas, but maybe you are more of a crafty type. Well, look no further for inspiration because I have over 13 projects that you can DIY for your runner. Craft away my friends!
Click on this LINK and scroll down to the bottom to find a list of links to the instructions.