Whether you have a runner like me who spent part of last year overcoming an injury and doing our best not to whine about the lack of endorphins, or simply know that they want to get stronger to run faster, or maybe you need unique gifts for runners who have everything, this is the gift list for you!
I’ve talked all about the best gifts for new runners, which covers the watches and gear…this is about thinking outside the box and helping us to keep doing what we love longer!
Unique Gifts for Runners
I started running because it was cheap.
In 2002, any old pair of shoes and cotton shirt would get me out the door, but as with any hobby the longer you go the more you get excited about the new toys, gadgets and gizmos.
These are the things we might put off buying because we know our standard gear already adds up.
- workout bands
- gear to improve our workouts
- fun gadgets to excite us
- stuff for extra motivation
- things we don’t need, but really want
Whether your runner is considering their first triathlon next year or simply needs to do more cross training they’ll certainly appreciate being spoiled these gifts. (all product names linked)
TRX Suspension Trainer ($167)
This is such a fantastic at home strength training tool because it can be used in a HUGE variety of ways and the body weight aspect often appeals more to runners than spending hours hefting weights.
I love that I have been able to take this with us each time we’ve moved, again without having a whole set of dumbbells to worry about.
Mini Resistance Bands ($10)
These bands have become the darlings of Instagram workouts this year, but for some reason are oddly hard to find!
Be the superhero who shows up with a pack that has a variety of resistance levels which can be used to strengthen our glutes, IT Band and so much more! Especially great for the runner who is always on the go!
Bowflex Select Tech ($399)
Want to be the hero of the day? Get them some adjustable dumbbells so they can become fitter, faster and more injury proof.
Dumbbells have been pricier the last two years, so 100% jump on any sale you might see. These are a great option because without taking up much space you can get up to 52.5lbs per dumbbell.
We are not good at slowing down, which is exactly why we need to slow down.
Gamin Grippy Socks ($12)
One of the workouts I’ve fallen in love with this year is Pilates. While those classes might not be cheap, one piece of gear is…the socks!
Feel free to add these to our stocking along with a gift certificate to a local yoga or Pilates studio, which will keep us working those hips for injury prevention!
Acupressure Mat ($29)
One of the things that all runners need is a reminder to SLOW down, but just telling us to do that rarely works. Instead giving us a gift that is going to help us become a better runner by releasing muscle tension, helping with pain and giving us an energy boost.
While I am a huge fan of massage and acupuncture, sometimes you need to just take care of things at home and this is a nice addition to using the foam roller.
The pressure points hit through the weight of your body are reported to help reset nerve path ways, to clear blocks and reduce pain. You can absolutely bet I have one of these on my PLEASE get me this list.Get your runner cross training and injury free with these gift ideas! #runchat #running Click To Tweet
Maybe we want to swim because it’s amazing exercise or because we’re getting ready for a triathlon. Or perhaps because we fall in to that injured runner category and it’s a great way to save our sanity.
Xtrainerz from Aftershokz ($233)
Very few of us have earbuds that are truly made for swimming.
We might sweat in them A LOT, but that’s different than being submerged. Luckily these will meet that demand and be great for running and biking!! The bone conduction means our ears aren’t blocked, so we can always hear what’s happening around us.
They are not however bluetooth compatible! So I would probably only use them to swim as you have to load what you want to hear on to them.
TYR Swim Cap ($8)
Also for the head, but this time way more fun! If we have to cover up our hair for protection, streamlining and all that jazz we might as well have fun doing it and I think this cap suffices.
If you’ve got an injured runner, they may very well be spending more time in the pool, so this is a great way to help them stay positive.
SportCount Swim Lap Counter ($39)
Awesome for swim workouts where you constantly lose track of what lap you are on! Slips right over the finger and can easily be pressed as you flawless execute another flip turn.
This particular model also lets you track things like fastest and slowest laps, there is a cheaper version that does laps only.Creative gift ideas to break the mold for your runner or triathlete #runchat Click To Tweet
Garmin 945 ($614 triathlon bundle)
I often talk about wearing this watch for running, but truly it shines when being used for cross training.
I have the bike sensor on my bike so it picks up RPM which allows me to practice going at 90RPM to mimic the number of foot falls per minute we want when running.
And of course it is totally water proof, so you can head out in the pool or ocean with it tracking distance. A number of studies have found this GPS watch to be the most accurate.
Personally I’m hoping that an ebike magically appears under the tree this year. :) Then I can bike with David on my recovery days to make him happy and keep my legs ready to run.
Torch Bicycle Helmet ($140)
HOLY COW this helmet actually has built in front and back lights!!
Talk about ensuring rider safety, I love it! They come in a few different colors and yes they are spendy, but your brain is worth the price tag. No more futzing with headlamps or forgetting to pull it out, this way they’re always safe!
Bike Book or iPad Caddy ($14)
When the weather drives a biker inside this can save the day!
First you can put books on it to read OR you can put something like the waterproof Sony tablet on there to watch tv, stream videos etc. Passing hours on the bike goes much quicker this way.
They do have iPad specific one’s but this is cheaper and more versatile! I know a number of people who have studied for exams while biking and I love that idea! Wish I’d have known about this in college.
I love these types of gifts because it shows that you’re thinking ahead and it means they think of you often!
Milestones Sports Bangle Bracelet ($40 -50)
Just because we’re athletes doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy feeling a little girlie sometimes…and yet of course even our jewelry can speak to our personality!
I am loving these bangle bracelets which can be customized for the half marathon to the marathon, Disney runs and so forth.
Listen I read A LOT… like 100 books a year. And so my list of books grows frequently, but here are a few ideas:
- Run To The Finish: A guide for the middle of the pack
- Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor
- Running Outside the Comfort Zone by Susan Lacke
What else would be on your creative gifts wish list?
I really do love coming up with new and creative ways to thank my friends and family.
Sometimes it is with experiences like “hey I registered us for a race together” and sometimes it’s thinking outside the box on gifts they might never ask for but truly use.
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