The holidays are right around the corner! Not to mention, hopefully some fantastic Black Friday/Cyber Week specials. Runners can be hard to buy for with all of the options available for running shoes, gear, and recovery tools. But you’re in luck, #runMomentumMKE ambassador Holly Martin is a running gear nerd & here to give you the low down on some of the best gifts available right now.
Cozy Winter Accessories
Help keep those fingers and noses cozy over the winter miles with some of my favorite winter accessories. A good pair of mittens (Smartwool Cozy mittens, $32), neck gaiter (Buff Reversible Polar neck gaiter, $26.95), and hat (Oiselle Lux beanie, $26) are sure to be favorites for any runner. Feeling extra generous? Help layer them up in premium Merino wool baselayers (Smartwool, $65-$95) to keep the winter chill out!
Lots of runners end up having to log miles in the dark. Help your runner out by outfitting them with a few tools to keep them safe, like a light-up reflective vest (Amphipod Xinglet Optic Beam, $49.95) and headlamp (Petzl Actik headlamp, $49.95). Small Nathan strobe lights ($10) are awesome stocking stuffers too!
Race Day Nutrition
Is your favorite runner training for a big race? Grab a handful of race nutrition to put in their stocking! If you already know their favorite flavor, perfect! If not, get a selection of gels, chews, and drink mixes for them to test out. My current favorites are Honey Stinger waffles, Spring Nutrition gels, Tailwind drink mix, and Nuun hydration tabs, and any running store clerk will be happy to give you a few recommendations.
Remember when you were a kid and how much you hated getting socks as gifts? Runners do NOT feel that way! Get your favorite runner a pair or two of high-quality socks and you’ll shoot to the top of the gift-giver list! Make sure you’re choosing synthetic blends (try Feetures Elite, $15.99) or Merino wool (Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite, $18) for maximum moisture-wicking capabilities.
Orange Mud Transition Wrap 2.0 ($39.95) – It’s a towel! It’s a seat cover! It’s a transition wrap! This multi-functional microfiber towel is the perfect gift for triathletes and trail runners alike as it functions as a protective seat cover, towel, and changing wrap.
Sarah Marie Design Studio ($20+) – There are so many incredible gifts for runners on this site, you’ll be sure to find something your runner will love! My favorites include the pom-pom beanie, cute mugs, and super cozy sweatshirts. Did I mention there’s a shirt that says “Run All the Miles, Pet All the Dogs”??
Aftershokz Bluetooth Headphones ($80+) – Help your runner cut the cord with these bone-conducting headphones. They sit on the outside of the ear, allowing ambient noise while still providing incredible sound.
Goodr Polarized Sunglasses ($25-$35) – With so many colors and styles to choose from, you’ll definitely find a winner! Goodr sunglasses are polarized, non-slip, and all fun … they even have holiday-themed pairs!
Hyperice Cordless Vibration Massager ($250+) – One of the hottest recovery tools on the market, this easy to use device provides myofascial release and reduces muscle soreness in a lightweight, handheld package.
Gift Card to the Best Running Store on the Planet ($1-??) – There are SO MANY incredible run shops out there, I’m sure your runner has a favorite. Pop on in and pick up a gift card — they’re one size fits all and your runner will love it, no doubt!
Thanks for your help Holly! Help your runner today!
Coach Nicole & Holly Martin