Before you call me on it, I’m going to admit that I’m totally writing this post for SEO purposes. And also as a subtle hint for any of those people in my life seeking a festive present for me this year.
As an avid runner, I read all sorts of running websites and magazines and throughout the year, I accumulate a pretty extensive wish list. When it comes to the holidays, I’m probably pretty easy to buy for. Here’s a list of some of my favourite running-themed gift ideas.
Shirts from ilovetorun.org
This site has a pretty cool selection of running-themed shirts, hoodies and accessories. I’m a particular fan of the Run Hard, Drink Wine tank. I’m thrilled to see that my love of wine and running is not so unusual afterall. Apparently there are enough fans of these total opposites to create a shirt. There’s also a related Run Hard, Eat Cupcakes tank. A fine gift for a runner who doesn’t take the sport too seriously.
Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of race bibs. Some people throw them out, but many runners collect them. Rather than store them in a box or desk drawer somewhere, Goneforarun.com has created this cool Bibfolio to store all your race bibs. Like a photo album, it has vinyl insert sheets, perfectly sized for race bibs. I’m a particular fan of the engraved bamboo bibfiolo. You can even personalize your bibfolio with your name, special phrase or race stats.
The quintessential Christmas themed running shirt
This beautiful shirt from Ink n’ Burn is the only holiday themed running shirt I can find. In fact, I actually received it as a gift two years ago, and I was so thrilled with it, I wrote an entire blog post about it. For any runner that loves a so-bad-it’s-good Christmas sweater, this is the perfect gift. Also, check out the rest of their site. They have some pretty rad looking running gear. In addition to my Christmas shirt, I also have two tanks from Ink n’ Burn and every time I wear them, I get lots of compliments. Fact: wearing cool running gear makes you run faster.
The Runner’s World 2015 Calendar
It’s tradition. You absolutely must get a new calendar as a Christmas present. What better calendar for the runner in your life than the Runner’s World 2015 calendar? Available in desk or wall variety, this lovely calendar is full of beautiful and inspiring landscapes. In addition to the great photography, the calendar also features tips on training, nutrition and injury prevention. The perfect gift for a whole year of running motivation.
Gift cards to The Running Room or Nike store
Say what you want about gift cards, but I think they are awesome. Typically shunned from consideration due to the (completely false) assumption they are impersonal and thoughtless, I think gift cards offer a perfect solution for the hard-to-buy-for runner in your life. Every runner likes new gear. And runners can be picky about style, fit and brand. Not sure what they love? Get a gift card. Great gift, no stress. Bingo.
Rundies by Oiselle
We all know Christmas is a time to get new socks and underwear. Why not marry practicality and holiday mirth with a fabulous set of running themed undies? Uncomfortable underwear sucks. Especially when you’re running. Oiselle offers this awesome set of 7 underwear, each with a running inspired print.
What’s on your wishlist? Are you hoping to find any running-inspired gifts under the tree this year?