Christmas is around the corner, what is that perfect Christmas gift for the runner in your life?
I always joke, running is one of the most expensive free sports there is. Sure, we can throw on our runners and hit the streets or the closest trail, however, what about $150 running shoes that get you 400 to 600 KM of use (not even enough miles to train for a 1/2 marathon), cold running gear, fall running gear, summer running gear, trail running gear, hydration belts, gels and electrolytes, not to mention our love for tech. Add races, coffee with friends after run club, and the odd race photo or two and then ask how free is our free sport?
Here are some of my favorite pieces of running equipment and would make for great Christmas gifts for the runner on your shopping list. What better way to tell your loved one that you support his or her running than that perfect running Christmas gift.
For convenience, I am including links to my Amazon Store for some of the items.
Running Gifts Under $25 Dollars
SPIbelt Running Belt
The perfect batman utility belt for your next run or hike. The expandable fanny pack will fit even the biggest phone and keep it securely around your waist.
Fits waist size 25″ through 47″ and pocket can expand to 8″ x 4″ x 2.” The perfect gift that can be used during a run, hike, or bike ride.
247 Viz The Reflective Vest
Inside Pocket & 2 High Visibility Running Safety Bands. Be seen from a thousand feet away. The lightweight and breathable material provides a soft and natural feel and is lightweight, breathable and quick drying.
Available on Neon Orange, Pink and Yellow.
Halo II Headband Sweatband
I love my Halo – I have one for running and another one for cycling. Halo Sweatband even has a visor version. Halo is a sweat stopping heatbad. The patented sweat seal channels sweat back and away from the eyes, face, and glasses.
The no slip band holds the band in place and keeps your hair back during the most extreme activities
Over 30 patterns to choose from; you will find something for everyone.
Yaktrax Pro Tracktion Cleats
As a Canadian runner and victim of a nasty slip and fall, traction cleats are my best friend when I am feeling cautious on my feet. After one terrible slip and fall event (see picture), these traction cleats are my best friend. Traction cleats fit over your shoes to improve walking, hiking, or jogging traction on packed snow or ice by providing 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability.
Reduce those icy slip and fall moments. Available in S, M, L, and XL sizes to fit most shoes sizes.
Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated Handheld Flask
Run hands free with the Nathan Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated Handheld Flask. Enjoy the convenient pocked to carry your keys, ID, or a bit of money.
- 12 oz/355 Ml double- wall insulated and Hi-Viz reflective speed shot Flask with push-pull blast valve cap offers quick bursts of fluid and keeps liquids cooler longer
- Intergrated 3m reflective fabric offers 360-degree reflectivity for visibility in low-light conditions
- Double wall construction keeps fluids cooler 20% longer than other insulated bottles
- Fully adjustable hand strap with thumbholes enables grip-free running
- Large, expandable, zippered pocket sized to fit up to an iPhone 6, keys, cash, food and more
Running Gifts under $100
ROAD id – Sports Medical Alert
The top-shelf choice in wrist-worn identification. Never go for a run or ride alone again. ROAD id is a comfortable, rugged, identification bracelet that will help first-responders immediately contact family members and friends when you cant. Picture ROAD id as a medical alert bracelet on steroids.
Customize the name plate with names, medical information, and phone number. Also decorate the band with conquest tokens such as 5K, and 21.1K, or reminder to keep going such as “Shut Up Legs”.
Winter Running Gloves
As the temperatures drop, do not let the cold keep you off of the road. With brands from New Balance, Niki, TrailHeads, Simari, and more.
Warm, anti-slip, touch screen friendly, and wind and rain safe are key features you should be looking for in a new set of winter running gloves.
Tracer360 Illuminated & Reflective Vest for Running
TRUE 360 DEGREE ILLUMINATION, REFLECTIVITY, & FLUORESCENCE – Unlike other reflective running vests and hi viz cycling gear, our flexible fiber optic cables, and 3M reflector chest belts actively keep you safe by alerting distracted drivers and traffic before their headlights are on you.
The unique X shape of the led lights guarantees a larger visibility area, illuminating both sides of the body and making you visible from over a quarter mile in any direction. Search for more running lights here.
Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights
Rechargeable & Waterproof Battery Light for Runners, Dog Walking, Hiking – Best Safety Running Gear for High Visibility at Night Time or Low Light.
As seen and loved on Shark Tank, the Night Runner 270 shoe lights are the first of their kind, and the original hands-free or headlight-free lighting solution for runners, hikers, or any outdoor enthusiast.
Running Gifts over $100
Hydration Vest For Running and Cycling
Looking to take your distance up a notch or tired of having your running belt hanging off of your hips. Step up to a Hydration Vest, capable of carrying up to 2 liters of water, extra storage for gells, your phone, weater gear and more Pictured here is the Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Hydration Stretch Pack, recommended as best overall pack by Outdoor Gear Labs.
AfterShokz Aeropex Open Ear Headphones
Safety is our number one concern on the trails, road, and paths. Being able to hear the vehicles around us or someone approaching from behind on the trail is the first rule. Bone conduction technology allows you to hear both your music and the ambient sounds around you.
Available in bluetooth and corded versions, there is a model of AfterShokz for every budget. Unlike traditional headphones that send sound through the ear canals, our patented bone conduction technology delivers audio through the cheekbones. With nothing inside or over your ears, enjoy total awareness and comfort while you listen.
Men’s Extreme Balaclava Jacket
Running jack for extreme conditions.
- Softshell Jacket with zip off dickie with adjustable hood & balaclava
- 360 reflective sleeve taping details
- 2 zip close storage pockets under welt
- Back yoke with reflective seam sealed eyelets
- Partially elasticized cuff
Hyperice Vyper 2.0 High-Intensity Vibrating Fitness Roller
- Optimal self myofascial release tool to increase flexibility, circulation, and reduce muscle soreness
- Three vibration settings transmit superior amplitude and vibration for physiological benefits
- 2x more effective than regular foam rolling to warm up and actively recover
- Increase range of motion by up to 40% (versus 18% increase with regular foam rolling)
Garmin Forerunner Watch
Looking to take your running to the next level. Add a Garmin ForeRunner Running Watch to your training mix. Train using heart rate, stride, or run-walk training. Track distance, heart rate, and prices for all budgets. I currently run with an older 920XT, however, my next purchase will be a Fenix 6 or similar. Integrated heart rate, multi-sport, and more.
- Built-in activities – data support for: running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, xc skiing, strength, paddle sports and cardio.
- Most units have 24/7 Heart rate monitoring – Elevate wrist Heart rate gives you Heart rate all day and night -no additional Strap required.
- Upload your events to Strava, Map My Run, Garmin Connect and more.