Holly Jolly Little Runner Gifts

Happy post-Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but I very much like to avoid the crowds on Black Friday.

I hate fighting for parking, waiting in long checkout lines and dealing with people who are oblivious to the fact that their cart is blocking up the entire aisle. Instead, I really love online shopping! In fact, I buy most things online all year round.

This year I will be doing 99% of my Christmas shopping online (mostly through Amazon since I have a Prime account and can get free shipping). While I’m on the hunt for gifts, I thought I’d put together a little list of runner related gifts!


 Perfect Little Stocking Stuffers

This year, why not ask for treat yourself to a few good stocking stuffers!

Here are a few of my favorites — staples in my life!


1. Under Armor Shadows Visor – keeps sun + sweat out of your eyes (doesn’t get smelly even if you don’t wash it after every run)
2. Armpocket armband – big enough to fit your phone, keys, ID, money, tp, etc.
3. Rolling stick – painful but worthwhile for recovery (mine is from Target)
4. Garmin Forerunner 220 – my best friend, the best runner tracking device!
5. Stretching mat – so you don’t have to sit or kneel on the floor (mine is from TJ Maxx)
6. Camelbak (70oz) – stay hydrated my friends
7. Runderwear – keep chafing in unmentionable areas at bay
8. Sport sunscreen – keep skin cancer at bay
9. Honey Stinger Chews – delicious runner fuel in orange + cherry blossom
10. Flipbelt – great for carrying small things around your waist when you don’t bring an armband

I already know I’ll be picking myself up a bulk order of Honey Stingers and sunscreen, and a new Armpocket in purple to match my FR220 and Camelbak!

The Most Practical Running Gift

In my humble opinion, there is nothing more practical to give a runner (aka yourself!!!) than a new water bottle. Not just any water bottle will do though! Many of us don’t like to hold our bottles in our hands, especially on long runs, which is why “hydration systems” exist!


On very long runs I bring my 70oz Camelbak Octane, but on my medium-long runs I’ve started bringing this Nathan Angled Hydration Belt.

I used to use my Jurek Endure belt which has two little water bottles attached to it, but I found those tiny bottles to be annoying and never enough.


The Nathan single bottle holds more water than the two mini bottles and I never have to worry about feeling off balance because one bottle is empty and one is half full. The best part  – there is ZERO bounce.

The Nathan belt fits so snugly and perfectly. I bought it at Dick’s a couple of weeks ago, but it’s also available on Amazon (and it’s eligible for free 2-day shipping if you have Prime)!

If you’re looking for a new water belt type thing, I would definitely check these two out. Perfect as a little end of year treat for yourself, in my opinion! 🙂

So there you have it, my top picks for things you can treat yourself to this year!

What (other) things are on your list this year? Anything I should be checking out for myself?! 

Do you avoid Black Friday crowds too, or do you brave the crowds? 

A couple of notes: Armpocket is a former client of mine. I have not been asked to write about them nor am I being paid. I just use my Armpocket on every run and love it.

Also, this post contains a few affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking one of these links I will make a small commission which will go right back into helping pay for the hosting of this blog. The amount I make is just pennies, but every penny helps! : ) I have NOT affiliate linked to any products that I don’t currently use. For example, I didn’t link to the Jurek Endure belt since I do not really recommend it even though I love Scott. 



  1. November 28, 2014 / 5:36 am

    I’ve been doing a lot of my shopping online recently as well. Those crowded stores just make me overwhelmed and sweaty…lol. Great gift ideas! I’m working on my runner wish list and I definitely agree about the hydration pack idea. I bought mine this summer and I love it!

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:55 pm

      Haha, I totally know what you mean about sweaty. I hate when I’m packed in like sardines trying to navigate the aisles. It’s so uncomfortable!

  2. November 28, 2014 / 7:57 am

    I also do all of my holiday shopping online! I typically don’t like shopping in stores but leading up to the holidays it just gets even worse! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      I go in spurts… sometimes I love shopping and sometimes I dislike it, but at Christmas time I always dislike it! Waiting in lines, dealing with parking, no thanks!

  3. November 28, 2014 / 11:28 am

    No Black Friday shopping for us, either! Last night, on the way home after Thanksgiving, ALL the shopping plazas were packed! It was only like 7:30. I can’t believe people were out shopping!

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      Me either! It really makes me sad. One of my colleagues said he and his family make an activity out of waiting in line together, but that sounds just awful to me! I guess it’s better to skipping out on family activities to go shopping though…

  4. November 28, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    The Garmin 220 is on my list! Had hoped it would be on sale today, but no such luck.

  5. November 28, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    I HATE shopping so as you can imagine Black Friday is best spent at home or anywhere where there are no sales! I am saving up for a Garmin Forerunner 220 watch.
    I have the hydration belt with the two small bottles but will probably switch to the single “big” bottle one soon (because i have run out of water before and the bounce is annoying). But getting my watch is a priority so that comes first 🙂

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:13 pm

      You will love the FR220 when you get it! I got mine for my bday this year and really love it. I had the FR210 before and I really think it’s a great upgrade. I love that it vibrates and beeps for alerts, so helpful if you’ve got your earbuds in!

  6. November 29, 2014 / 12:22 am

    I can’t imagine anything worse than being in a crowded shop or shopping centre, but then, I don’t particularly like shopping or crowds (unless its a crowd of runners during a race, or a music concert).
    Great post Kristina! I think, as runners, we are the perfect/easy people to buy gifts for – there are always running gifts we will always continue to appreciate, even if we’ve got similar or old of the same items. 🙂

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      We really are such easy people to buy for! Give me a new pair of my favorite running shoes and you’ll be giving me everything I need in this world! haha

  7. November 29, 2014 / 12:57 am

    That’s a really great list! I’ll have to forward that to my family for gift ideas this year 😉 I actually like Black Friday shopping, but I prefer to go a few hours in when the stores are pretty empty but you can still get great deals. I don’t have too many running things on my list this year, but I found these cute handmade rings on Etsy that are pretty cool 🙂

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      That’s a great idea! I actually did venture into a Target at around 2pm a couple of years ago and was able to snag a couple of good deals without too much craziness!

      Etsy is really the best! I love finding gifts on Etsy, the best part is that they usually come in cute packaging too!

  8. November 29, 2014 / 8:56 am

    Malls (and just stores in general, realt..) are the worst places I know during Christmas. Wish I could do all of my Christmas shopping online, but the shipping takes forever during Christmas so I can’t be sure things get here in time 🙁 Great ideas btw!:D

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:09 pm

      SO TRUE! You gotta do as much of your shopping as possible on Amazon! I am using the heck out of my Prime account for that free two day shipping! haha

  9. November 29, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    I also do most of my shopping online. I can’t stand shopping in stores, I always find the experience really frustrating and annoying.

    Great recommendations! I should really check out one of those Nathan hydration belts. I always just carry a regular old water bottle in my hand, but that definitely gets annoying after awhile.

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:09 pm

      ME TOO and the annoyance all begins with the parking lot experience. That’s enough to get me to turn around and drive right out of the parking lot!

      The Nathan belt is great! It seriously has zero bounce and I completely forget it’s there until I need a sip!

  10. November 29, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    I got the Garmin 220 for Christmas last year and love it. I’ve never used a hydration belt and for some reason really don’t mind holding a water bottle in my hand. I’m thinking I may need access to more water when I start marathon training (!) though. I like shopping online too, and the only Black Friday sale I went to was at the local running store; I got an armband for my iPhone, some socks, and a Oiselle shirt for great prices!

    • November 30, 2014 / 7:08 pm

      Yes! I didn’t get my Camelbak until I started marathon training! During those super hot summer long runs it was soooo necessary!

  11. November 29, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Well, I’m playing catch up today! Great job on that run earlier in the week with those fast splits!!!
    Did you end up paying to run on Thanksgiving or just running around your neighborhood?
    No black Friday shopping for me:)

    • November 30, 2014 / 6:19 pm

      I ended up just running my neighborhood! I got up EXTRA early so I could run my normal route without bothering the 5Kers. I knocked out five awesome miles before indulging in all the treats!

  12. November 29, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    This year I avoided the mall and did everything online. There are a couple of items I need to pick up, but those will be from small businesses. Hope you had a great Tday!

    • November 30, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      I’m so with you! I ordered quite a few things online (hey, just because I don’t like going to the stores doesn’t mean I don’t want to shop, haha)! 🙂

  13. November 29, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Ahhh I’ve also been so resistant to running with water, do you think you really need it?!?! I hate to weigh myself down with EXTRA things, but I’m sure it would be lovely to have.

    • November 30, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      I think it totally depends on your preference and your route! Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of public water fountains here … there’s one that I can think of on my normal route and the water is SUPER warm and not refreshing at all. Plus it’s *always* so hot and humid here so I think South Florida runners probably need more water than those in cooler areas. If you find the right hydration pack you should be able to forget it’s even there! I can usually feel my Camelbak during the first mile or two but then I get used to it and forget it’s there!

  14. November 29, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    Great recommendations! (I also love that you give a really detailed disclosure. Is it just me or does working in digital marketing make you super attuned to this kind of thing?) I’m actually thinking of getting a Camelbak and/or hydration belt. I know some big races don’t allow Camelbaks anymore due to safety reasons, so a hydration belt is looking like a smarter idea.

    No in-store Black Friday shopping for me – that kind of insanity is for the birds – but I did order a pair of Athleta’s Relay tights (my fave) since they had 20% off and free shipping.

    • November 30, 2014 / 6:15 pm

      Yes! I am always conscious of proper disclosure. I think there is a fine line between disclosing and over-disclosing though. While some people want a general heads up, I think most people don’t care at all and you don’t want to waste their time. I’m trying to figure out how to ride that fine line without going over either way.

      I agree, just dealing with the parking situation at most stores is enough to turn me off!