I love online shopping for most things. I mean really, who doesn’t?
For the last few years I’ve done 90% of my holiday shopping on Amazon because it’s just so convenient. If you’re looking for some quick and easy gifts to knock off the list for the runners in your life, here are 10 items I love that would make great gifts.
Obviously while you’re busy shopping for other people you should drop something into the cart for yourself too. It’s only fair!
1. FlipBelt with Zipper (and Water Bottles)
Back in 2013 I bought the original FlipBelt and wore that thing out. I loved it very much, but when I upgraded to the iPhone 6Plus my phone no longer smoothly fit inside of it.
^Obviously not me. Photo from FlipBelt.com
For a while I switched to using an Armpocket armband, but I recently learned that FlipBelt has updated their designs to make them wider to accomodate larger phones. I ordered one on CyberMonday and have been using it ever since then. I’m so glad we’re reunited!
This is by far my favorite way to carry my phone, keys, GU, etc. on the run. It’s so comfortable.
Additionally, FlipBelt now makes water bottles that fit their unique design and I ordered two of the 6oz bottles. I’m loving them too! The water gets warm faster than a regular water belt because it’s sitting against your skin, but honestly that doesn’t bother me. My water warms up fast here because it’s so hot out anyway :).
There’s no annoying bounce from the bottles, but you will hear them sloshing around if you don’t have earbuds in. Then again you hear the sloshing noise with any water bottle!
I have never believed in the recovery power of compression socks. After the Portland Marathon I did notice they helped with the swelling in my feet but aside from the marathon I’ve never had swollen feet from running.
Earlier this year Skins reached out to offer me a pair of their active compression socks. These are less tight than recovery compression socks; they’re made to be worn while you are running.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to wear them to see if they helped me calves and my God what a difference they made. I am now a believer.
I love that these active socks are looser than recovery compression socks because I don’t have to fight to get them on or off, and yet they provide me the excellent benefit of helping my calves feel less stiff during and after a run.
I haven’t been in touch with the Skins company since I did my original review (and they’re definitely not sponsoring this post), but I highly recommend their socks. I received my first pair for free but I’ve paid for two more pairs on my own!
I’ve gone through two Believe training journals over the last two years and really love them. I have a Google Spreadsheet that I use for tracking my basic metrics (distance, pace, heart rate and weather), but in my journal I log how I was feeling that day.
I write down if anything was achy or tight or painful. I note down if I felt sluggish and why that might be (need to eat first, etc.). My Believe Training Journal is like a supplement to my data-driven spreadsheet.
You can use it for both if you prefer – there is space for notes as well as data!
A couple of months ago I switched from the Garmin Vivoactive to the Forerunner 235 and haven’t looked back. The Vivoactive is great, but I looooove the built in heart rate monitor that the FR235 has.
It’s so nice not to have to wear a second device to track heart rate. If you or someone you know complains about wearing two wrist devices or hates the chafing that often comes along with a chest strap, this watch is the perfect gift!
5. Case of GU
You could also buy yourself a case and throw one or two from your case into someone else’s stocking as a stocking stuffer :).
If you don’t like GU you can find reviews of other sports gels on The Fit Bay!
This is HANDS DOWN my favorite running book. I cannot tell you how many times I have read and re-read this book. There was a time period when I would finish it and then immediately restart it.
Scott Jurek’s ultramarathon career is super inspiration and motivational. He’s done it all and been through it all.
This is an amazing gift to give a runner. It’s actually the gift that keeps on giving because it can be read over and over to keep providing motivation!
Because many runners already have a copy of Eat and Run since it’s very popular, I thought I would add another book to this list. Running with the Kenyans is probably my second favorite running book.
The author Adharanand Finn and his family go to live in a Kenyan village to investigate what goes on at an elite training camp.
The book provides incredible insight into what it’s like to be an elite Kenyan runner, and it’s also interesting to read about what it was like for the author and his family to acclimate to living in Kenya for a while.
Super good book – pick up a copy for a friend and for yourself. You won’t regret it.
Okay, can I include one more book?
The Runner’s World Cookbook seems like the ideal gift for a runner. I bought this for myself about a year ago and … well I honestly don’t think I’ve cooked one single recipe from it. There are a lot of good ones in there, I’ve just always been lazy about following recipes. It wasn’t until about two months ago that I started getting into cooking.
I’m planning to start using this book a lot more now. Even though I can’t say whether the recipes in the book are good or not (they LOOK good), the book is beautiful and would make for a great gift!
This one is for my fellow slow runners :). If you are a slow runner or know a slower runner, the Mophie Juicepack is a lifesaver. You can listen to as much music and/or as many podcasts as you want without worrying about your phone battery dying while you’re out for a long run.
It’s honestly just the perfect gift for anyone running a marathon too. Between the amount of time spent waiting around at the start, the amount of time it takes to do the race and then the amount of time it takes to get back home/to the hotel, there’s no doubt ANY runner will start worrying about their phone’s battery.
The Mophie is such a life saver :). A battery life saver.
Last but definitely not least is one of my favorite items in the world: my white UA visor.
I wear this thing on every single run. It’s super lightweight, heat doesn’t get trapped like it does if you’re wearing a hat and it protects your eyes from the sunlight.
Plus, even though the sun isn’t out during my runs in the fall/winter I still wear it because it protects my eyes from getting sweat in them.
A new visor is such a practical and awesome gift. Don’t overlook it! 🙂
Side note: This post is NOT sponsored. I bought everything in this post with my own money (with the exception of the first part of compression socks which were given to me, but I bought the additional pairs myself). I really do love all this stuff and think you might too!
What’s on your running wish list this holiday season?
What’s the best running related thing you bought this year and highly recommend?