Gift Guide: Runner’s Edition

The holiday season is here and it’s the ‘most wonderful time of year’.  Or so the music that’s constantly playing states.  I love winter and all things that come with it (Cold weather, holidays, snow, music, trees, everything), but I know that not everyone shares my love for it.  Some people find it overwhelmingly hard to find the perfect gifts for people within their budget.  Stop the worrying and enjoy the holidays, you’ve come to the right place.  Throughout this week I’m going to be sharing with you guys several gift giving guides to take the stress off of your shoulders.  So take a deep breath, relax, and with a click of a button you’ll have all of your holiday shopping done.

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We’ve all got one of these types of people in our lives.  Maybe they live for a cold run through the woods or are just trying to stay in shape for another sport.  Maybe they’re a fitness fanatic who is constantly trying to recruit you to join them.  Whatever the reason- they run.  No matter the weather they can be found running, which is why some of the perfect gifts for runners this holiday season can be winter gear.  Winter gear is always helpful when it comes to gifts for any type of fitness fanatic- especially runners.

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1. Ear warmer

With the cold weather now upon us, the runner in your life is going to be wanting one of these.  The majority of body heat is lost through the ear/head area so fuzzy ear warmers like these are perfect for running.  The one that I am pictured wearing is a old one from Nike, but this one and this one also work really well.

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2. Windbreaker

Running with a heavy coat would be wildly uncomfortable, but sometimes it’s a little too cold to wear just a long sleeve shirt.  That’s where these lightweight jackets come into play.  I’ve got a few of these just because they keep your body at exactly the right heat, not too hot but not too cold.  This one is also from Nike and I have another one from The North Face which I really like too.

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3. Gloves

Cracked hands are the last thing that anyone needs to worry about.  That’s why wearing gloves while running is the perfect way to avoid this age old threat.  These ones from Saucony and Nike are both nice pairs of gloves.

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As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and the sun sets faster.  This means that it’s dark for a longer percentage of the time.  These reflective vests from Nathan make sure that cars and other vehicles can see runners at all times.  They’re not the most stylish, but safety over style right?

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5. Neon Zip Up

If the runner in your life doesn’t want to put safety over style, don’t fret, this neon long sleeve shirt doubles as a reflective item of clothing that vehicles can see from miles away.  This shirt from Nike is sublime from running in the dark, as it is extremely bright.

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Maybe the runner you know just doesn’t seem to be the type that would wear a neon shirt or vest.  That’s okay because this light can clip onto the back of a shirt or the waistband of a pair of leggings and cars will be able to spot it.  Road safety during the winter (and during other seasons) is important to remember!  This specific light is from Nathan and features two settings, normal and blinking.

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7. Mock neck Long Sleeve

Sometimes turtleneck long sleeves get a tad bit too hot, but a regular long sleeve is too cold.  That’s where mock necks come into play.  The neckline isn’t too high but it isn’t too low.  Much like a windbreaker they create the perfect temperature.  Mine is a few years old so it’s no longer available but these ones from Under Armor and Nike look almost identical in style!

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8. Fitbit

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with my Fitbit.  If you’re willing to splurge a little bit then these are amazing.  Fitbit watches are step counters that include other features like calories burned and stairs climbed.  The runner in your life will love one of these as they encourage longer runs and an active lifestyle.  My Fitbit is the Fitbit Alta and I absolutely love it.

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9. New Sneakers

Again, if you’re willing to splurge the runner in your life will love this gift.  If you know exactly what type of shoe they like then go out and buy it, but this is a little tricky.  Make sure that you get the correct pair as every runner is different and needs a different amount of support for running.  My favorite shoes to run in are Newtons, but other people like brands like Asics and Saucony.  If you go with this gift, make sure to do your research!

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This last gift is a winter essential.  Every runner needs a pair of fleece lined leggings for a day when the temperature is below 0 and regular leggings just won’t cut it.  I recently purchased a pair from L.L. Bean and I fell in love.  The leggings in the picture are a pair that I bought before from Champion, but the ones from L.L. Bean are like no other- they’re amazingly soft and feature a pocket that’s- you guessed it- fleece lined!

I hope that this gift guide helped you to figure out at least an idea for that special runner in your life!  Happy Shopping!IMG_5850.JPG

 

 

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