My Christmas list this year, like most years, is filled with running-related gifts. Chances are, your wish list is similar – or you are looking for gifts to buy the runner in your life. This 2017 holiday gift guide for runners features what I would give to the runners in my life – products that I personally use and trust.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones
This past year, I started listening to audiobooks on my easy-paced long runs – but I hated having to use my basic iPhone earbuds. I am a firm believer in being aware of one’s surroundings on a run and these Aftershokz headphones offer both awareness and crystal clear audio – so I can listen to my Audible while also not getting run over by a cyclist. I can even focus on my own breathing, rather than having it canceled out from the headphones as I’ve experienced with earbuds.
AfterShokz uses bone conduction to transmit sound, allowing these headphones to have an open ear style so you can hear your surroundings (and not ruin your hearing). They are comfortable and stay in place during a run, walk, or strength training session. The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium also features a noise-canceling microphone for phone calls, easy-to-use buttons for pausing and adjusting the volume during the run, and smooth connectivity to your phone’s Bluetooth.
The Gear Well EnduraPouch Fuel Flask
I hate dealing with several sticky gel packets during a marathon, so instead I fill these reusable gel packets. The resealable lid allows me to sip slowly at my gel without making a mess, rather than slurping the entire gel at once and getting stomach cramps. The EnduraPouch holds approximately 2-3 gels (depending on the brand) and fits easily into a large pocket or running belt. The pouches are dishwasher-safe, making clean up easy!
You can also use the fuel flask to store homemade energy gels, nut butters, applesauce, or other whole food alternatives on a run. A bottle of your runner’s favorite gel would be a great addition to this gift!
You can purchase the EnduraPouch on the Gear Well website for $19.99 for a 4-pack or $37.99 for an 8-pack. Use the code THISRUNNERSRECIPES for 10% off your order. From Black Friday through December 1st, receive 15% off all orders of $50 or more with the code OPTOUTSIDE15 and 20% off all order $100 or more with the code OPTOUTSIDE20, plus free shipping on all purchases.
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Knuckle Lights Advanced
These rechargeable and bright handheld lights will light your path and keep you visible to cars on your early morning runs. The rechargeable ones feature more lumens than the original Knuckle Lights and They come with a dock to keep them charged between runs, meaning you never have to worry about a battery dying mid-run.
Rep Fitness Kettlebell
A gym membership is expensive – and time spent driving the gym can be better spent running. Rep Fitness provides high-quality and reasonably priced equipment for your at-home – including these single-cast gravity casted kettlebells. For any runner looking to prioritize strength training, kettlebells offer an efficient and effective workout – and take up only a small corner for storage.
You can purchase the kettlebell and other strength training equipment on the Rep Fitness website.
Give the gift that keeps on giving! StrideBox is a monthly subscription box of running-related samples – sports nutrition products, running gear, snacks, skincare, and more.
You can purchase StrideBox on their website for $19.95+. Use the code ThisRunnersRecipes10 for 10% off a 3-month or 6-month subscription (code expires 12/14/2017).
Pilates provides a fantastic workout for runners, as it improves core strength, hip mobility, posture, and more. The downside of Pilates is that studio classes are expensive – but Pilatesology solves that buy offering over 1000 video classes from dozens of teachers, ranging from 5-minute tutorials to hour-long workouts. Since you digitally stream the videos, you can do them from home, a hotel room, or wherever you have a mat. I have done Pilates for 12 years now and these videos are the best that I have ever tried, especially in terms of clear instruction and workout quality.
You can purchase the monthly or yearly subscription on Pilatesology’s website for $19/month or $149/year.
This watch does everything but actually run for you: it tracks your daily steps and sleep, accurately records the time, distance, pace, cadence, and more on your runs, utilizes Garmin LiveTrack for safety, and syncs seamlessly with your phone’s Bluetooth. The watch itself has a simple yet pleasing aesthetic, meaning you can wear it as an activity tracker when you’re not running without the conspicuous look of a sports watch. The watch features modes for running, indoor running, swimming, cycling, and more and is waterproof up to 50 meters.
Athleta Speed Light Tank/Tee
Athleta has quickly become one of my favorite brands of clothing. Why? They eschew the pink-it-and-shrink-it mentality of outdoor gear with high-performance running, hiking, and yoga clothes and are moving toward fair trade certified and sustainably sourced clothing. The Speed Light tank (also available in short sleeve and long sleeve tee) is flattering and comfortable. It wicks away sweat and performs well on everything from short and fast repeats to 20 mile runs. The rubber grip material keeps the shirt in place weather you are doing hill repeats or Pilates.
You can purchase the top on Athleta’s website.
(Athleta tops can run large, so consider sizing down.)
For the always-cold runner, a good pair of mittens are an essential piece of gear. Saucony’s mittens keep the fingers warm on the chillest of runs with a wind and water resistant DWR coating. The clever features such as a soft fleece outer for wiping runny noses, magnetic clips to hold the mittens together, and a long cuff make these mittens a winter must-have.
Disclaimer: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. I received some of these products in exchange for reviews.
What is on your Christmas list?
Which of these gifts would you most like to receive?