Here are a few gift ideas for people that love to run. Hopefully we can make the often painful shopping experience a little easier.
Ok, first up and pretty obvious here is a new pair of running shoes. We personally like the Gel-Kayano series from ASICS. You really can’t go wrong with either the 22s or 23s – you might even be able to find a good deal on the 22s right now. These are more of a stability running shoe but are almost always on the list for Best Running Shoes every year. See on Amazon –>
GPS Running Watches
Another obvious choice here – get your loved one a GPS running watch so they don’t have to rely solely on their phone while running. We like the TomTom Spark3 Cardio + Music (see on Amazon) – this device has a built-in heart rate sensor as well as native storage for music. Other good choices include the Garmin Forerunner 230/235, which offer a wrist-based heart rate monitor, smart notifications and decent battery life (see on Amazon).
Next, we can’t talk running without some running headphones. We like the Jaybird Freedom Wireless In-Ear Headphones (see on Amazon) – the audio quality is pretty good, the earbuds are small and battery life is 8+ hours. Another solid option is the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones (see on Amazon), which have pretty high ratings on Amazon. The BackBeats are waterproof/sweatproof, have around 8 hours of battery life and are pretty lightweight.
Next up we have running apparel – your loved one will love an upgrade to their running gear. When you look good, feel good and most of all are comfortable while running, it can make all the difference. Consider running shorts from Rhone – they are ultra comfortable, lightweight and most have a media sleeve that hold your phone or music device. Another great option is the Speedpocket 7″ running shorts from Under Armour (see on Amazon), which are made from super light, stretch-woven fabric and have a special waistband pocket to hold your phone.
Let’s not forget about running accessories. A good option is the CamelBak Quick Grip Handheld Water Bottle (see on Amazon), which features a convenient handle, self-sealing jet valve and small pocket for keys, cash, phone, etc. Another solid idea is a running pack to make sure your loved one is always hydrated and has storage for valuables – make sure to check out Nathan packs (see on Amazon) and vests. Lastly, safety is always of utmost concern so a running headlamp is vital.