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Gift Guide for Runners (or any fitness junkie!)

Pulling together gift ideas for runners is probably my favorite gift guide of all because, well, they’re all things I either want or have and love. These are my top picks, but if you go to my Holiday Favorites page and scroll down to the Fitness Junkies section, there are a lot more ideas for the fitness fiend in your life.

Gift Ideas for Runners

A Garmin Forerunner. This is definitely something all runners love, and if they have an older version, it’s really hard to justify a new one since the things just never die. (Speaking from personal experience here… I want the 235 in a bad way, but my 210 is still working just fine.) There are a number of Garmin Forerunner models; the 235 is a solid option, but if you want all the bells and whistles (or they do triathlons), go for a Forerunner 735.

Nice socks are something every runner wants, but hates buying for themselves. Stuff a cute stocking with a few pairs of good socks (I love my Feetures) + some running fuel, like GU (Salted Caramel and Vanilla are my favorite), Tailwindmini Larabars, and RX bars.

A reflective vest is another practical item that EVERY runner should own if they EVER run in the dark, or at dusk or dawn. And if they run outside in the winter, that’s bound to happen. It may not be “fun” but it’s so important. This is the one I have that’s adjustable for all body sizes.  Make the vest gift a bit more fun with a vest theme by adding a cozy vest to wear post-run or a warm running vest.

Compression socks are super helpful for quicker recovery, and you can get bold colors or stick with a neutral option. I love my compression calf sleeves (and they’re actually men’s 🙂 ), but many people like full socks better. Backcountry has a great selection.

A cozy post-run outfit. I love this long-sleeved hooded dress and I live in my Nike funnel sweatshirt. If you’re shopping for a male, opt for a pair of sweatpants + zip-up hoodie.

A recovery kit. Wrap up epsom salts + a foam roller (I love this one) + a lacrosse ball + slippers. Bonus points for a cozy blanket. (If they already have slippers, a cushy pair of Birkenstocks feels amazing after a long run.)

A cookbook developed for athletes. I haven’t made one thing out of Run Fast Eat Slow that I haven’t absolutely loved.

If you have other gift ideas for runners, share them in the comments! I also shared a gift guide for your boyfriend/husband and for your best friend!

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    I wish that Nike sweatshirt was still available in my size. It’s sold out in most sizes and it looks perfect! This year I’m going to add epsom salts to my recovery routine. I hate baths but so many runners swear by them.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Ah boo! (I see it’s only sold out in 2 sizes? And dang, it was in full stock when I wrote this a few days ago.) But, Nike restocks ALL the time so check back!

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    If you want to get rid of your Garmin Forerunner 210 as you prepare to receive a new watch for Christmas, I’ll buy the 210 from you. 🙂

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    I love the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook! (I’m also partial because I went to Chapel Hill). I love RX Bars too…great post! I may need to get some compression socks for myself soon.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Partial or not, that cook book is amazing! What’s your favorite thing in there? I’m still working my way through it!

      Yes, you’ll love compression socks!! Or sleeves. 🙂

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