I may not be a very festive person, but I love giving presents and thought it would be fun to compile all my ideas into one big list. There are 40 gifts here, so if you’re still struggling to find something for your runner friend I suggest you go down the chocolate or personalised mug route because you’re always onto a winner there. Before we start I would just like to say that these gifts are in no particular order, and hardly any of the items are from the brands own websites because I have shopped around to find the lowest prices!
1.Garmin ForeRunner 235 (£199 from Blacks)
I would thoroughly recommend this watch for any level of runner. First of all, Blacks are selling it for £100 less than on the Garmin website (and who doesn’t love a bargain?!), and secondly, the watch has an in-built heart rate monitor which has always been incredibly accurate when I’ve used it. You can read my guest review here, documenting the pros and cons of both the Garmin FR 235 and the TomTom Spark 3 should you want to compare the two.
2. Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan (Amazon, £15.11)
The world-class marathoner and three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and culinary nutritionist Elyse Kopecky have provided a wonderful cookbook specifically for runners with nourishing and flavoursome food. This was first my Christmas list!
3. Running Books
There are a wide range of ‘running books’ out there, and I’ve compileda list of my favourite five below.
4. Fit Nation Foam Roller (Amazon, £12.93)
Foam rolling is a fantastic way to aid muscle recovery, and this particular model comes with an exercise book to help you along the way. The roller is ultra light weight and easy to transport, whilst coming in at a lower price than the widely-known Trigger Point models.
5. 66fit Spiky 10cm Massage Ball (Amazon, £5.50)
As well as the large rollers, I believe the smaller and spikier balls are amazing for sorting out knots and aches, particularly in the upper back and calfs. This massage ball uses trigger point reflexology stress release, just to put your body through some more pain incase the foam roller wasn’t enough… but its a good pain don’t worry!!
6. Hot Hands Instant Hand Warmers. 6 Pairs (Amazon, £5.15)
Sometimes gloves just don’t keep your hands warm enough: and that’s where these come in. I was lucky enough to receive some last year and I can guarantee that they last for longer than you might expect. I also trialled the foot warmers that you stick onto socks however I have now been warned that these don’t do your foot tendons much good so I am staying clear of them this year!
7. Westlab Epsom Salt 5 kg (Amazon, £11.48)
Epsom salts are becoming more and more popular as a bath time addition for soothing those achey muscles (and thankfully they’re a lot more relaxing than the previous two gifts!). This particular brand featured on my Christmas list and I may have accidentally seen them as they arrived…so I can tell you that 5kg is a lot- you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth!
8. Iron Core Fitness Dual Sided Core Sliders (Amazon, £8.95)
These can be used on all surfaces but more importantly they’re reduced from £20.99 so you know the quality is going to be there. My school actually uses this brand and I think it’s great that they also come with a pdf guide because there are some many different exercises to learn about.
Buy them: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Core-Iron-Fitness-Abdominal-Equipment/dp/B019FEW57M/ref=cts_sp_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=1212178027&pf_rd_r=d81ee9e4-dbfe-11e7-a8d0-aff4aeb7d8be&pd_rd_wg=LWG6n&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B019FEW57M&pd_rd_w=366zM&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=d81ee9e4-dbfe-11e7-a8d0-aff4aeb7d8be&_encoding=UTF8
9. H&S Ab Roller with Thick Knee Pad (Amazon, £9.99)
These rollers are hard work but great for core stability. They also tend to be very light weight and so easy to transport. RRP: £19.99 but Amazon are selling at £9.99.
10. Starwood Sports Resistance Loop Bands (Amazon, £8.99)
A set of four resistance bands can do the world of good whether you’re looking for help with pilates or injury rehabilitation. These are made from Latex though so if you are allergic it’s probably advisable to look for another brand. RRP: £35.99!
11. Bionix Printed Yoga Mat 6mm Thick, Non Slip and Carry Bag (Amazon, £14.99)
I use my yoga mat every day whether it’s to stretch or to complete a core workout. I think that having one at home makes it easier to start workouts as it’s much more motivating to have a proper matt rather than just the scratchy carpet or hard floor. They also last for a very long time so you won’t be wasting your money.
12. MyProtein Impact Whey Protein Powder (MyProtein, £15 for 1kg)
As you’ll have read in my protein review, MyProtein is my favourite brand for extra supplements because it’s cheap but also tastes amazing! Protein is such an important nutrient for runners so I think that mixing up a shake at the end of the day makes things so much easier if you’re running out of other protein sources in the fridge. The only flavour I really wouldn’t recommend is the unflavoured!
13. Stance Socks- Christmas Range (Stance)
Okay so these socks are expensive but they’re growing in popularity at the moment because of their style and purpose. Have a browse using the link below.
14. More Mile Socks (Amazon, £9.99)
These socks are cheaper and very, very supportive. I think all runners have a pair of MoreMile socks somewhere or other! There are loads of different styles but here are my favourite. They may not look the best but they’re so sturdy and fantastic for my feet. RRP: £29.95 (HUGE bargain!).
15. Nike Slim Headbands 3 Pack (JD Sports, £12)
These are perfect for keeping hair out of your face when running- the colours are also really lovely. Disappointingly there’s a much larger range on American sites but these come with import duties so they aren’t really suitable (*sad face*). You might be thinking that £12 is quite a price for three lengths of material, and let’s be honest you’re completely right! But you’re paying for the swoosh which is totally worth it because wearing a non-branded headband just wouldn’t be the same. Trust me.
16. Brooks Headband in Black (Brooks, £12)
This headband is designed for warmth when running in winter and I’m a big fan of the simplicity. I know that you can get some really fancy patterns from other brands but the thing I like about Brook’s design is that it keeps your ears nice and warm which is so important!
17. Ronhill Bobble Hat (SportsShoes, £9.99)
No explanation needed: I love this hat!
18. Gore Running Gloves (Wiggle, £22.99)
Now these are pricey but I think that it’s best to invest in gloves that will keep you warm. From what I can see Gore gloves are middle range, but if you want to browse the whole selection on Wiggle click this link.
19. USA Pro Yoga Ball (Sports Direct, £6.99)
Rather than a normal chair I sit on a yoga ball at my desk to improve core and glute stability. I actually find it much more comfortable which is always a bonus. Then when doing core or glute workouts in my room I also make use of the ball so it’s definitely worth investing in because sometimes a little variety in workouts can make the world of difference.
20. Nike Water Bottle 946ML (Nike, £16)
This is my favourite style of water bottle because A) it doesn’t leak, and B) for some reason I end up drinking more! I own this model in pink and can safely say that it’s very hard wearing.
Get it: https://www.nike.com/gb/t/946ml-approx-t1-flow-swoosh-water-bottle-PxWmw1/NOB91-048?cp=euns_kw_pla!uk!goo!pla!c!!!209399908060&gclid=Cj0KCQiAsK7RBRDzARIsAM2pTZ8xvidGhej2VJDgpNhq7wj0SL-Q4bZLrmzxRp3t-4L9_o8lTK7mZXAaAhtQEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
21. Camelbak Chute 750ml (Wiggle, £8.93)
Reduced from £14 this is another fantastic water bottle. CamelBak is a brand that I really trust because their products are always so sturdy and never, never, never leak.
22. Chia Seeds (Holland and Barrett £9.99)
Bit of an odd suggestion but Chia seeds have so many benefits for runners so this might be worth purchasing as a stocking filler. With food items I generally suggest buying in store because delivery charges can sometimes bump up costs.
View them: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/chia-bia-100-natural-whole-chia-seed-60094472?skuid=094472&&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_adid=189474749514&utm_adgID=58700002322859892&gclid=CjwKCAiAjanRBRByEiwAKGyjZT2OAJ0qyGkPjyeZDqIGuT1kvDtpvEzgzsIHra98VX4IEIhWjRrL-RoC84MQAvD_BwE
23. Casio Digital Watch with Resin Strap (Amazon, £9.35)
RRP: £17.39. During the day I always wear my little Casio watch as it’s so light and discrete. You can buy in a range of different colours and I find it so useful for timing reps when in the pool as it’s completely waterproof. Most of them come with a 3 year warrantee too which is always useful.
24. Vicks First Defence Micro-Gel Nasal Spray 15ml (Amazon, £7.28)
You’ll see a lot of athletes recommending this. When a big race is coming up and you’re starting to feel a cold coming on this can help stop it in its tracks.
25. Full Potential Running Camp (£395 residential, £225 non residential)
I was lucky enough to attend this camp in the summer and absolutely loved it. If you’re a teenager and would like to give it a try, here’s the link to my blog.
Sign up: https://www.fullpotential.co.uk/uk
26 and 27. Magazine Subscriptions: Runners World or Athletics Weekly
I have previously been gifted Runner’s World subscription and loved it, but you only receive one issue a month and although there’s currently a good deal on, it’s still rather pricey. This magazine focusesmore on all runners.
I think that for club athletes Athletics Weekly is a much better bet as it included interviews from the top runners, weekly results and doesn’t cost quite as much. The first three issues are free and then it’s a £9.99 monthly direct debit which is more cost effective than buying each individual magazine.
Athletics Weekly: https://subscribeme.to/athletics-weekly/
28. 66fit Aqua Jogging belt (Amazon, £12.00)
For all those injured runners, this is basically the gift of running (just in the pool bu we’ll ignore that bit).
29. Arnold Schwarzenegger: The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding (Amazon £20.40)
This may seem like a bit of an odd one, but trust me, although this book is aimed at bodybuilders, the vast range of different exercises and instructions on how to execute them are so, so useful. We have this book at home and I’m always looking up new workouts.
Collagen is really, really good for joints, tendons and just the body as a whole. However it’s qwuite pricey so it might be good as a gift. Vital Proteins produce a great and ethical range, and I’ve actually written a review of Planet Paleo below:
31. Breville Blend Active Personal Blender 300 W, 50Hz (Amazon, £17.99)
RRP: 29.99. This blender is a good deal cheaper than the NutriBullet but it has fantastic reviews and so might be worth a look.
32. Strava Premium
What every runner wants but can’t justify buying for themselves.
Gift it: https://www.strava.com/premium
33. Nike Running ArmBand Phone Holder (John Lewis, £20)
This armband is useful and looks lovely.
Buy it: https://www.johnlewis.com/nike-360-flash-lean-armband-black-silver/p3320861?sku=236914418&s_kwcid=2dx92700028395328365&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=Cj0KCQiAsK7RBRDzARIsAM2pTZ94FqGrsXC-2gSycQqipS0PhQYGXFJnZ-IwI_ES9lcC1mTR1iQLTxUaAmjdEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
However if you’re looking for something cheaper, this model on Amazon costs only £5.99.
34 to 40. Other Ideas
Here we reach the end of this gift guide! I hope it has been vaguely useful at least!
My final ideas are as follows:
34. Takes a look at the Sports Shoes Christmas range for everything and anything running related that might make a good gift. https://www.sportsshoes.com/christmas-shop/
35. Wiggle have a similar list here: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sc/wiggle-christmas
36. Sports massage.
37. Gait analysis. Last year I went to Brighton for a day of testing which was a fantastic and insightful experience.
38. Any item of running clothing.
39. Any item of running footwear including trainers, racing flats, trail shoes and spikes.
40. An injury-free year!
Merry Christmas Everyone (only 15 days left!!)