Gift Ideas for Runners

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Finding the perfect gift can be challenging and sometimes it's hard to shop for those you love, especially for runners. Here are some gift ideas that will make any runner happy.

Gift card for new shoes

Runners need to replace their shoes every 300-400 miles or about every three months so any runner will appreciate new shoes.

Cold Weather Running Clothes

Runners are dedicated to running, even when it's 15 degrees outside. Having the right clothing makes a run a lot more enjoyable. Shop for windproof and waterproof jackets, running shirts and pants made from polypropylene. Avoid cotton made clothes since cotton doesn't dry quickly.

iTunes giftcard or Music

Runners can always use fresh music to run to.

Running Magazines and Books

Not only do runners like to run, but they like to read about it too. Get them a year's worth of reading materials with a magazine subscription and make them happy all year long. Or get books about running and help them get even more inspired to run.

Massage Gift Card

A massage can help any runner recover, rejuvenate and relax. Runners often don't take the time to relax and a massage can be a good excuse to get them to slow down for an afternoon. Find a spa that also has wet facilities, like a jacuzzi or steam room and let the runner enjoy hydrotherapy as well.

Babysitting Certificates

This one may seem a little cheesy to you but for a runner who has children, finding the time to run is the biggest challenge of all. Give your runner certificates that announce the times or time periods that you can babysit for them while they enjoy a run.

GPS Watch

If your runner doesn't have way to track their miles they've ran or the calories they've burned, I bet they want one. Tracking miles is an important element of training and having a GPS watch helps runners stay on track. Find the right one by comparing what each watch does. Some are as simple as just tracking miles, where others will track everything.

Running Gear

ID bracelet, running belts, energy gels, protein bars, reflective gear, sweat-wicking socks, may all seem foreign to you but to a runner, it's important gear that helps them run longer, faster and harder.

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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Love the idea of a massage gift card as a christmas gift. Nice ideas hub although would have liked to have seen a few extra photo's showing the items on your list and would have liked to have seen the item names in bold as it would catch the reader's eye more.


John Hansen 5 years ago

good ideas


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT Author

Thanks Cycling Fitness for your comments. I made the changes and it certainly helps. I appreciate feedback and am always willing to hear more, so keep it coming.


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

That looks great and keeps my eye more so than the previous format. As a visually dominant person I tend to find that I need my attention to be grabbed on a page- I hope I didn't initially offend as it wasn't meant in that sense! (and you've gained a new follower!)


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT Author

Definitely didn't offend and actually I really appreciate constructive feedback, especially since I'm new to writing. So thank you!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Do you have any experience with those Sweatgutr things? I think it sounds like a good idea, but wondered... Google the name and you'll see it if you've never heard of it. I'd try it...

Liked the hub. And yes us guys need pictures. Ha!


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT Author

I have never used Sweatgutr product but I also don't sweat a ton, even when I work out. But it looks like a good idea. Have you used them? I'm not sure it would be comfortable but then again you never know until you try since it says it's really comfortable.

Thank you for your comments.


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Well on a 5-8k its not an issue. On the 10-15k+ races I'd want it you know? What's the longest distance you've run? Sweating is never an issue? I'm jealous... :-)


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT Author

I've ran 2 marathons but I've ran numerous half-marathons and that's my favorite distance. I like to do 10k races when I want to run fast. I'm usually really cold, not when I run of course but I'm a cold-blooded person. ;) Hopefully if you sweat a lot you're replenishing electrolytes and everything appropriately.

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