The that time of the year... when I spend hours agonizing over what gifts to give the people in my life. If only they were all runners - I would know exactly the thoughtful, useful gift to give! And then I realize, as non-runners, they are equally clueless about what I'd like.
Well, fret no more. Here is a list of gifts sure to please any runner in your life.
GIFTS FOR ACTUALLY RUNNING
Feel awkward giving your runner lubricant this holiday season? Don't. It's actually super useful.
Stephen is always "borrowing" my Victory drop bag. We use it at every race - and even on a lot of long training runs (when I stash supplies in my truck). Help your runner get organized and be prepared with one of these babies.
It's like a wine club, but for food. GENIUS. Treat your runner to a package of delicious Picky Bars each month - and fuel them as they train for their next endeavor!
GIFTS TO ENJOY AT HOME
UltraSignUp Gift Certificate
Seriously, why isn't this a thing?
So it isn't a thing. Yet. But just give your runner a Visa gift card labeled "RACE ENTRIES" and a bottle of wine. Both will be gone before New Years.
Thank me later.
Quick Strength for Runners
This book is fantastic. ALL runners need to do more strength training. It breaks down weekly workouts and has great photos so you can see how to do basic and advanced forms for each exercise. Your runner will love/hate you for it, and you'll look like you did your homework.
I can't resist a little self-promotion! Making gifts for runners is what got me started with trail art. Bring the trails back home with a print or canvas that your runner can hang at home or work.
Your runner buys these one-at-a-time at the running shop anyway. If he doesn't, he wants to. Make his life easier by gifting a subscription! Each issue is filled with race-recaps, helpful articles, and great photos. It's really like 12 gifts, for the price of one.
GIFTS FOR LOOKING FLY
How else can you capture a glamour shot on a solo-run?! Give the gorgeous runner in your life a selfie-stick or tripod so they can document and capture every moment of those peaceful long runs.
Turns you into:
Sorry, Mr. Shane (of Shane Co. commercial fame), she doesn't want jewelry or diamonds this year. SHE WANTS A SUUNTO! Can a diamond ring track your miles, heartrate, and elevation gain? Get her something that represents who she is - sexy, smart, and strong. Bam.
SFRC Patagonia R1 Jacket
If you're looking to impress, drop some dough on something your runner won't get herself. I love gear I can wear while running AND still look good afterwards. SFRC has a bunch of new winter product in, and the jackets are dope.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS
Runners - if you don't get any of these under the tree...