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5 Gift Ideas for Runners

Get great gift ideas for runners, at a range of price points. These ideas are perfect for giving great Christmas gifts for runners or birthday gifts, or a random surprise! πŸ™‚

If you’re a runner (and I know the majority of my readers are!), you know that part of its appeal is its simplicity. Just put on some running shoes and off you go. But, once you get more into the sport, you realize that the accessories are endless–and fun! And you also learn that you don’t really want to spend $8 on a pair of socks, but if you get socks in your Christmas stocking, it’s THE BEST. So here are some fun things that your runner may not want to buy themselves and a few running items that I personally can’t live without. Use this guide to treat yourself, to treat your best running buds, or to drop subtle hints to your friends and family by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook. πŸ˜‰

Socks

Seriously, good socks are pricey but they make such a difference! I love Balega No ShowsΒ andΒ SmartWool socks; don’t be fooled or turned off by the wool…they’re amazing to run in. (My mom, who has been running for 40+ years, only runs in SmartWool socks.)Β Price: $8-15/pair

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Spotify or Pandora Paid Subscription

Nothing is worse than hearing a commercial when you’re right in the middle of an intense interval or pushing at the end of a long run. A paid subscription kills all the commercials so you only hear your music. I’ve had a monthly subscription to Spotify for over a year and have NEVER regretted it. You can buy a set dollar amount and your runner can redeem it towards a subscription length of their choice. I haven’t done it with Pandora but it looks easy enough. Price: $10-$50

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Bluetooth headphones

I’ve been a big fan of my Koss Headphones for years, but I recently tried out these Epic Bluetooth bluetooth earbuds by JLab Audio, and I really like them when I have lots of layers in the winter. I find cords get hung up in my jacket, especially when I’m zipping and unzipping as my temperature changes throughout my run. Bonus: It’s easy to sync them to your phone. Price: $99Β 
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Reflective Vest

This is one of those responsible things that every runner should own, but most don’t. Show your love for your runner and his/her safety with one of these. I tried a number of them before landing on the Amphipod. It’s adjustable so it fits people of all sizes and doesn’t bounce. I’ve had mine for over 6 years. This version has flashing lights which is pretty cool too. (My best running bud has this one, and I was quite impressed when I saw it on my trip to San Fran a few weeks ago.) Price: $28 – $44, depending on whether or not you get the flashing lights.

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Slippers

Slippers feel ahhhh. I love theseΒ these Minnetonka booties andΒ UggΒ and L.L. Bean make awesome slippers too.Β Price: $45 (Minnetonka) – $69 (L.L. Bean) – $110Β (Ugg)

 

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Notes:

    • Don’t forget to use eBates for all your online shopping!
    • A few of my CrossFitter gifts ideas work well for runners too, so be sure to check out that post too!
    • My gear page also has more must-have runner items. And here’s my guide from 2012 with 30 gift ideas under $30.

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119 Comments

  • Reply
    Caroline
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    Lots of leggings and a PR at the Mistletoe Half this weekend!

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    Emily G.
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    These are all really great gifts for runners! I have some new running shoes on my Christmas list! have you tried Yurbuds? they stay in really well when running!

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    Stephanie B.
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    I have a FitBit on my Christmas list – and the Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook!

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    Michelle
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    I don’t really have anything on my wish list this year. I’m just excited to spend time with family.

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    Jessica
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    Im ready to get back to the gym after having a baby! I want to be feeling well enough to do that.

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    Laura
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    Running socks and a non bouncing reflective vest! The one I currently have flashes, but it bounces so much on my petite frame that i feel like I’m bruising after 3+ miles-LOL.

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    jen @nutcaseinpoint
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    I tweeted!

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    jen @nutcaseinpoint
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    I’m not sure what’s on my wish list this year. Lots of QT with my family?!! And quest bars. And beauty products. And maybe a massage?

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    Charlotte
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    A new pair of running shoes!

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    Hannah
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    Great ideas! I hoping for a GPS HR watch. Fingers crossed!

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    Melissa
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    I would love to get some new work clothes and a planner for 2016. πŸ™‚

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    heather from nc
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    A spiralizer attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. Hopefully I’ll be making lots of zoodles in 2016!

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    Kalyn
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    Those Balega socks are actually on my list! I bought them on a whim with my last pair of Mizuno’s and there is no turning back now. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

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    Kalyn
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    Tweeted. πŸ™‚

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    Ashley
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    My list is focused on fitness because my goal is to prioritize healthy living! I’ve been letting everything take priority over exercise and I want to find a better balance!

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    Courtney
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    The running vest & socks would be perfect for my early morning (dark!) runs! Sent those links over to my family πŸ™‚ Bluetooth earbuds would be awesome!

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    Liz
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    A pair of nike metcons are on my list!

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    Courtney
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    Tweeted from @ceperk πŸ™‚ Finger’s crossed! https://twitter.com/ceperk/status/672448268195004416

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    stacey
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    bosu ball, 25# KB, 20 pound DB, um all thing fitness. Lol

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    jen
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    i’d really like a fitbit–the charge hr, specifically!

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    Laurie
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    I have new sneakers on my wish list!

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    Kathleen
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    A pair of bluetooth headphones is actually on my list so winning these would be amazing!

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    Tracy
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    I wish for a pair of wireless earbuds!!! lol

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    Kristie
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    New workout clothes, and a new, roomy gym bag! I am actually at the point in my “get fit and healthy” journey, that I hardly ever leave the house without my gym bag now! πŸ™‚

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    Anne
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    New running shoes are eternally on my list!

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    jen
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    New running shoes and workout clothes always!

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    Rachel K
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    Black booties are on the top of my wish list!

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    sarah daniels
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    I really want that vivo garmin you were talking about the other day!

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    Tara
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    I need a reflective vest and/or arm bands with led lights!

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    Josie
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    I would love to have a new gym bag for Christmas! Right now I use the “let’s see if I can carry it all” method, which doesn’t work very well. πŸ™‚ Those earbuds are really neat!

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    Indhu
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    eczema free baby is what I want for this holiday season πŸ™‚

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    Anne
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    Those earbuds are on my wish list BIG TIME!!!!

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    Tracey
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    Well, I just added those Balega socks to my my Wish List! πŸ™‚ Also have some cookbooks, some movies, and wool dryer balls on there as well. Would love to try some bluetooth earbuds. I love my Yurbuds, but no wires would be nice! Thanks!

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    Tami
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    A Fibit HR. I am ready to move on from my Polar chest strap! πŸ™‚

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    Erin A.
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    New earbuds are on my holiday wish list this year, too funny! I lost mine on a recent trip…sad day. So it would be totally awesome to win this pair!

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    Kenny Hall
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    I would love a Fitbit..that is the only thing on my list this year! thank you!

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    Kenny Hall
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    I shared the giveaway on twitter! [email protected] dot com

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    Lauren
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    New headphones are on my list, mine are constantly falling out of my ears when I run.

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    Denise Konkel
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    I would like some new running clothes! Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Mina
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    I need some warm socks for cold winter running. And now that I see that vest you posted about, that’s going on my list too. Mine is so old and frayed. And it bounces.

    Mina

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    Arlinda
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    What I want this Christmas is a new job. I lost my job in September and its been tough trying to find a new one. Here’s hoping 2016 has better opportunities.

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    Laura
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    Hoping to get new running shoes!

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    Laura
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    Shared on FB! (laura houston)

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    Lauren S
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    Tieks are on my holiday wish list! These earbuds will be a great gift for my husband who is so hard to buy for!

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    Veronica
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    Wireless earbuds are on my wish list!! They are the perfect match to my new Apple Watch πŸ™‚

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    Mina
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    I shared your FB post πŸ™‚

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    RLR
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    Great ideas! I’ll be sharing this post, and taking a closer look at those earbuds. I’ve been pondering upgrading to Bluetooth since my earbuds have a rip on the little rubbery part – and I keep yanking them out of my ears….

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    RLR
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    Here’s my second comment for sharing on FB!

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    Lynne B. Smith
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    Everything you just suggested! No, seriously, you can never have too many pairs of running socks. Also, on my running wish list: new earbuds!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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    Jayme
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    Hi Teri! I feel like such a stalker I have read your blog for quite a long time but never commented! I love your christmas lists, I have been looking for a great pair of bluetooth headphones but it seems like there are either brands that are rated really great (but way out of my price range) or really cheap and not highly rated.

    I am asking for new running shoes and work out wear gift cards (Lulu), because after all you can never have to many of either!

    Thanks for all your great posts!

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    Sassypants
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    My wishlist is super boring- mostly kitchen items, like a tea kettle and a waffle maker. I never realized the importance of a good quality sock until I finally bit the bullet and bought some. Balegas are the BEST!

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    Nicole
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    I’m in desperate need of some new running shoes!

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    Caroline
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    Warm gloves for running!

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    Lauren S
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    On my list is lots of yummy snacks, some candles, and the bluetooth earbuds!

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    Jen
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    Wireless earbuds are on the top of my list! I have small ears and every pair I have purchased fall out or kill my ears!

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    paige c
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    new snow boats and a snowboarding helmet are on my list

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    Lisa P.
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    A vitamix is on my list but I don’t think Santa is going to bring me one because we bought a new house this year. I am so thankful for that blessing!

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    Holly
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    I’m hoping for a Fitbit πŸ™‚

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    Katie M
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    Wireless headphones are on my list! Plus new running shoes, essential oils, a few candles, Bath & Body Works foaming hand soap, and a new iPhone. (but unless the phone fairy plays a visit, I’m pretty sure that one won’t be happening… πŸ™‚ )

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    Katie M
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    I shared your giveaway on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/katie.rose.581/posts/10105699783599790

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    Tina
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    I’ve actually had wireless earbuds on my christmas list this year! my old earbuds died on a run a few weeks ago and I figured it was time to update to wireless.

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    Annie
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    I really want a reflective running vest like the one you listed! And a CamelBak for running πŸ™‚

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    Jessica
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    A new gym bag and an upgrade in the lunchbox department — commuting and moving around campus could use the support of better bags!

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    Julie
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    I’ve got video games and makeup on my wish list!

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    Jackie
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    I’d like to try to Reebok Nanos-I started CrossFit earlier this year, so I added those to my Christmas list!

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    Katie
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    Let’s be honest…Peace. & maybe some sleep πŸ™‚

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    Melissa
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    Sleep would be awesome…and maybe a new fitbit.

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    Danielle
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    Would love some new cold weather running gear!

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    Julie
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    I want a programmable crockpot & a statement necklace.

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    Gassmama
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    love the list! my top wish list item is a new garmin, and brown boots comes in close second.

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    Gassmama
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    I tweeted via @gassmama

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    Kim M
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    I can’t decide…. maybe new running shoes?

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    Kate M.
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    Topping my list are a pair of mizuno wave riders and sparkly soul headbands since I am the queen of losing those bad boys. I also need a new vacuum because adulthood.

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    Lindsay
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    Always every year -a new pair of running shoes.

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    Liz
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    I really want an inspiralizer to make veggie “pasta”!

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    Leigh
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    Those slippers look heavenly! On my wish list is a sleep in and massage

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    Kk
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    Santa baby: I want a bf! New running gear and a Garmin AND some new makeup *swak*

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    Amy Z.
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    I’m hoping for a new blender!

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    sandyhills
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    I would have to say wireless bluetooth speakers

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    Andrea B
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    I tried to keep my list simple this year and I asked for a few things that I’ve been wanting but haven’t splurged on. One thing on my list is a Himalayan salt lamp.

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    Anie U
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    A pair of wireless headphones is actually on my current wishlist alongside about 50 books that I desperately want to read πŸ™‚

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    Natalie
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    I would love a nice big gym bag. The guys that work my gym’s front desk all mess with me about all my bags. Would be lovely to have everything in one spot!

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    latanya
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    I would love a dishwasher

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    Nicki Joseph
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    I asked for a sound bar for my tv and pajamas. Those slippers look so comfy!

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    Judith
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    some new running gear

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    Helen
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    I definitely want a good night’s sleep! Having a 5 month old makes it impossible to get uninterrupted sleep

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    Susan
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    I am hoping for a Fitbit this year!

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    Annie
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    I have a pair of gorgeous blue topaz earrings on my list!

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    Deanna
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    Would love some wireless headphones for running and then when I do some HIIT in the gym — would make it much easier! Also asking for spin shoes and duck boots!

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    Kalynn C.
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    A random thing on my wishlist that I would also add to this list is a big box of Gu! I go through a lot during marathon training, so I added it to my Christmas list!

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    Diana
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    A good, warm pair of touchscreen gloves is on my holiday wish list! Running outside in the cold with e-tip gloves would be so much better than regular ones for switching music!

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    Megan
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    I’m hoping for Bluetooth speakers

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    [email protected]
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    I’m hoping for a few good pairs of compression socks!

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    Katie
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    Warm running tights for winter runs!

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    Sarah
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    My husband would love these ear buds!!!

    But my list is full of ideas for decorating our new house – it’s so bare!

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    Josie
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    We’re remodeling our kitchen/living area after Christmas, so my wishlist has lots of home things on it. πŸ™‚

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    Jess @ Tinder District
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    I NEED an apron! I do so much baking, and somehow still don’t have one! Also, a new iPhone wouldn’t be too shabby… πŸ˜‰

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    Lauren
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    A new blazer from J.Crew! And manicures for life. Not gonna happen.

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    Amanda Bowen
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    My all-the-time wishlist includes a pair of new running shoes!!

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    lesley
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    A vacation! haha. Just kidding…kind of πŸ™‚ I would love to upgrade my phone!

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    Starla B
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    That vest is really nice- and very much needed. These headphones sounds awesome! A new laptop is on my wishlist- I need it for school so all is justified, lol!

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    Starla B
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    I tweeted about this giveaway! https://twitter.com/mmstarla/status/674353450625269760

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    Courtney
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    I always ask for a gift card from my favorite local running shop to buy new shoes. If I’m lucky, I also get a few pairs of my favorite drymax running socks. I also snuck a new Sonicare toothbrush and luggage on the list, not very exciting!

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    MK
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    Probably a new phone because mine is cracked, the screen has black oval indents and it’s not working properly. And stamps – to send more snail mail love πŸ™‚

    I tweeted about it (PuppiesinPurple)

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    olviya
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    I’m hoping for some cute mugs/candles. πŸ™‚ Can never have too many!

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    andrey
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    some new workout pants would be nice. πŸ™‚

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    Stephanie
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    A couple of things I asked for was a reflective running vest and hat to keep head warm during cold morning runs.

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    Julia Morris
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    I’m hoping for a new reflective vest, and a pair of trail running shoes!

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