It’s that time of year again! As soon as Thanksgiving is off the calendar, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and more specficially, what to buy your favorite people for Christmas.


Sometimes this can be super stressful, especially if you really want to WOW the person. Let’s be honest, we could all buy gift cards for our loved ones… but where’s the fun in that? I think it’s almost more fun to buy gifts and see others open them rather than open gifts yourself (that’s fun too!). Says the person that spent more than two hours on Etsy yesterday hunting down American Girl clothes for my niece (seriously, how awesome is this outfit?!).

So, to help with your holiday shopping adventures…

1. Oiselle Stripey Long Sleeve Scoop Neck ($44)

Oiselle is one of my favorite brands, for many different reasons. Their clothes are SO comfortable and made of such high quality. Love, love, love. The Stripey Long Sleeve Scoop Neck is the perfect addition to any runners’ closet (well, female that is):

It comes in a few different colors and I love that it’s functional enough that you could wear it out after a run without looking like you were just enjoying a super sweat sesh. Buy it here.

2.”Duel in the Sun” by John Brant (about $25)
For any marathoner (and aspiring marathoner), Boston is THE race… the race that everyone talks about, knows about and follows. In 1982, there was an unbelievable race between Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley. The winner was determined by two seconds after 26.2 miles. “Duel in the Sun” is the account of this race, and an expose on the lives of Salazar and Beardsley after the race.


It is a phenomenal read and a book that I don’t think gets enough credit for how amazing it is. Buy it here.

3. Sparkly Soul Headbands ($15-$17)
For those of us who lived through the 90s with those incredibly hard headbands that left your entire brain hurting by the end of the day, the thought of a no-slip, painfree headband seems like a miracle. But it’s true! And this holiday, you can stuff your favorite runner’s stocking with such a headband in tons of fun colors and in two sizes:


Buy it here.


4. SPI Belt ($19.99-$22.99)
My SPI Belt is the one thing that I cannot leave my house without if I’m headed out for a run.

It is so handy to carry any of those essentials that you need to bring with you on a run. I even wear it during marathons (for the NYC Marathon, I had my keys, MetroCard, cell phone and gels in it). So it has a lot of expandable space and even with all that in there, it doesn’t bounce around. Which is the best thing ever when you’re running. Buy it here.


5. PRO Compression Socks ($50)
Even though I’ve been running marathons for six years, I just found out about the goodness that is compression socks in the past year. I have several different brands and PRO Compression Socks is my favorite. Plus they have my favorite color.

They are really comfortable and do the job. Plus they have a wide variety of colors so you are able to find the perfect pair no matter who you are shopping for. Buy it here.


6. The Stick ($23.95-$53.95)
This is something else that came into my life this year and it was like, why did it take me so long? The Stick is essential for any runner. It helps to work out the knots and lactic acid build-up to help keep your legs fresh.


It looks really bizarre, and can be quite funny to see runners working out their knots… but it will be a great stocking stuffer. Plus maybe some free entertainment Christmas morning. Buy it here.


7. Believe I Am Journal ($24.99)
Training journals are important for all levels of runners and with the Believe I Am Journal from Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan’s company, Believe I Am, journaling has never been so interactive and useful.


This training journal will keep you accountable, help you set and achieve goals, make training more fun, and record all your efforts in a beautiful and unique design.

Buy it here.


8. Comped Race Entry (varies)
I think some of the best gifts around are gifting an experience. So many people I know are now planning vacations and buying concert tickets as gifts rather than more “stuff.” A comped race entry of your loved one’s choice could make the perfect gift. Even better, you could offer to run the race with your runner. If you aren’t a runner, there are tons of fun adventure races to check out… like Pretty Muddy, Color Run, Foam Fest and Warrior Dash.

Just be sure to make a certificate so your favorite person has something to open on Christmas morning. (Even more fun is to wrap it in a big box to really throw them off track.)


9. ShowerPill ($9.99)
Yeah, OK, so gifting someone hygiene supplies may be a little tough to pull off — after all, you don’t want someone to get an impression that you think they stink. But ShowerPill is totally acceptable. Your runner will thank you.


ShowerPill is a body wipe that is for runners and other athletes. (Check out my full review here.) They are pretty awesome for the athlete who is always on the go and doesn’t always have time to shower and get ready after a run. Plus, they are wrapped in such a way that it’s really easy to just throw in your purse or gym bag without taking up a ton of space. Buy it here.


10. Race Bib Coasters ($22)
For a unique way to commemorate a Boston Qualifier or the first half-marathon finish, or even a PR, memoralize your runner’s bib in coasters. Mile Stones is an artist based in New Jersey who will take an original bib (or a .jpg or a scan) and make them into unique coasters for your favorite runner.

It’s a great way to recognize and celebrate a great race and commemorate the experience for years to come. Buy it here.


Hope this helps in your holiday shopping adventures! Do you have any other great gifts for runners to recommend?

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