Looking for that perfect gift for the runner in your life? I decided to put together my top 10 list of items that I as a runner would like for Christmas. I have even provided links to where you can purchase the item if it appeals to you.
2. GU Energy Gels (24 pack) ($27) and Stingers ($20)
Small gel packs that provides runners with a shot of energy to help with muscle fatigue. Typically one is used 15 minutes prior to a run, and then usually every 4 miles.
3. Body Glide ($16)
Reduce runner friction! We are not going to elaborate much here. You can use your imagination!
4. Cyclops CYC-MHC-W Micro Mini LED Hat Clip Light ($8)
Most runners only get to run early in the morning or late at night. This little 5 LED bulb light attaches to a hat or visor and provides a large amount of light to see, and to be seen. Safety first! I like the Cyclops. This would also be helpful for mechanics working in dark spaces, or anyone who needs to have both hands free while adding light.
5. Spibelt Running Belt ($20)
On long distance runs, a runner usually needs to take many things (phone, gels, cards/money). This expanding belts will hold enough gels and a phone for an entire marathon!
6. Pepper Spray for Runners ($10)
As a former police officer and dog owner, you need to be safe on your runs. This cool pepper spray device has a runner hand sleeve so you will always be prepared for an instant attack. It may sound morbid, but it happens. Once again, be safe!
8. Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds ($35)
If you are not into the wired solution for earbuds, here is a bluetooth, wireless option. It will sync to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone.
9. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband ($95)
Runners are typically health conscious. The FitBit will help track all types of variables to help make sure you are in top shape for your next race. It will sync to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone.
Finally…. This will brighten any runner’s Christmas morning, a new GPS Watch! I current have the Garmin Forerunner 410, but when I am ready for an upgrade, this is currently the most popular option. So if you have deep pockets to make your runner’s Christmas (or mine for that matter), here is an awesome option.
10. Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Watch ($445)
Good luck in your shopping, and I hope I have helped you make your runner’s Christmas magical!