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2020 has been a weird year for all of us, and I think most of us are excited about the prospect of 2021. However, if there have been any positives of 2020 (well, I had a VBAC home birth so that was pretty cool), it’s been neat for me to personally see many people getting more interested in running and endurance exercise in general.
Yes, I know, many races have been canceled or postponed, which can make motivation tough. But on the flip side, with gyms closed and when people were/are on lock down, we’ve seen many people taking up running, walking and cycling. And not just for the physical benefits, but for the mental and mental health benefits as well.
So, as I do every year, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for runners. I have some new ones on the list this year so I hope you enjoy!
Creative Running Gifts
I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for the fun and unique running gifts. I find a ton of stuff on ETSY, and have asked for and given many of these types of gifts.
I got my marathon medal holder from Etsy.
Other neat Etsy ideas:
- Christmas ornaments
- A framed photograph of a race course
- Shoe tags
- These running masks are super cute (especially love the I run for Donuts one).
For women, I love jewelry. I really love these inspirational bracelets from Gone for a Run. Camryn tries to wear them too.
They wear really well with my Alex and Ani bracelets.
Foods and Fuels for Runners
If you haven’t seen my Amazon storefront for running and nutrition products, check that out for some of my favorites!
One of the newer brands I’ve really come to love is Generation UCAN. Not only are they cool because they’re used by athletes like Meb and Sara Hall, but their product is superior for long lasting energy due to the superstarch content.
Also – they are offering 30% through December 2nd, and there are special product giveaways each day!
Gels and Chews
Gels and chews make for great stocking stuffers! And you may be able to get a great discount if you stock up now. Personally, I love Huma Gels, Honey stinger chews and just dried mango. I’ll pair with the UCan electrolytes and those are my fuel choices on repeat for long races.
Collapsible Water Bottle
Prime Pantry Subscription
Have you tried Amazon Prime Pantry yet? Super easy way to have groceries delivered right to your door, for less. I use it occasionally for pantry staples and non toxic cleaning products.
Physio, Stretching and Functional Products
If you’re looking for some help with flexibility and toe pain, these yogatoes look relaxing! They fit by your shoe size. I have a client who swears by them. Plus, with over 5,000 reviews, the feedback is very positive.
Epsom salt baths are vital for marathon recovery and endurance recovery.
The trigger point products are also helpful for recovery!
If you run with your dog a lot (like I do and my husband does), this dog leash is hands off. We use it for walks a lot, too.
Running and Exercise Apparel
If you’re someone going out for runs in the snow and ice, consider something like these traction cleats for safety to help you better grip the terrain. They just slip on to the bottom of your running shoes!
I haven’t tried these stabilizers but they follow the same idea and are lightweight and durable!
Tracksmith is the new running gear on the market! I haven’t personally tried it but I love the way the attire looks.
Winter Running Beanie
This is great for women with long hair and pony tails to keep warm in the cold winter running weather.
A Ponytail Headband is also great for keeping hair out of your eyes and great for cooler weather!
We’re a Knockaround sunglasses family! They are budget friendly enough that if you lose a pair it’s not the end of the world, but they are cute and super stylish, too!
These socks are supposed to last a lifetime! In fact, if you get a hole in them, they’ll send you a new pair for free. While they are a little pricier than other socks, they are built to last.
Love these for stocking stuffers. They are offering 20% from 11/25-12/7!
Plus, they are a family-owned North Carolina based company and we really love them. They have compression options and socks that can help with plantar fascia too!
Other Gift Ideas for Runners
Spin Bike/ Cross training equipment
Looking for some cross training ideas for this winter weather? You can get a spin bike: a peloton or Schwinn. I personally went for the Schwinn model and use it with the peloton app!
I am LOVING it and it’s such a great way to have access to a variety of workouts (cycling, running, strength, yoga, walking, meditation, stretching, barre, etc).
Speaking of cross training, resistance bands are great for stretching, flexibility and even strength work!
If you haven’t bought a Garmin GPS watch yet, you can get some of the older models for a reasonable price! I pair my apple watch to my spin bike to track my heart rate for peloton workouts, but when I start running again, I’ll go back to using my Garmin.
Nail Your Nutrition Course
If you have a runner in your life who has everything, or loves to learn, consider our Nail Your Nutrition course! We are a small business so if you’re into supporting small businesses, we appreciate it!
For a limited time we’re offering $100 off the course, so you can get it all for just $197 – lifetime access! Use the code, “BLACKFRIDAY100”
The course has 10+ modules all about fueling for endurance exercise, from pre run fueling, to post run recovery, to vegan and vegetarian diets, to supplements, injuries, non training days and more!
If you’re interested in trying intuitive eating, I’m offering my Ebook for 50% OFF! That means it’s yours for just over $11! Use the code “blackfridayblt” at checkout.
This is active now, so order yours today, or even for a family member who has struggled with dieting or eating habits. This is a 50+ page ebook that teaches you how to get in touch with your hunger and fullness and learn the basic of intuitive eating. It can help you UNLEARN the basics of dieting.
Know a runner who LOVES to read, but doesn’t have time? Or someone who loves to listen to audiobooks on long runs?
An audible membership may be perfect for them. I kid you not, I am pretty proud of the number of books I’ve “read” this year, and most of them is through listening. Favorite running ones? Deena Kaster’s Let Your Mind Run and Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk about when I Talk about Running.
Fab Fit Fun
Not specifically for runners, but I love the Fab Fit Fun boxes. One was sent to me as a gift years ago and since then, I’ve always gifted them to others! For just $49.95, you get over $200 worth of cool seasonal products, bags, etc.
For Black Friday, you get a free mini box if you subscribe to a seasonal membership! Use the code YOURMINI! And you get a free bonus box if you subscribe to the annual membership with the code YOURBONUS.