A Runner’s Holiday Wish List

As I’ve gotten more and more into running, I’ve been finding myself spending more and more money on things I need want to satisfy my running addiction habit. So I guess it should come as no surprise that as I started putting together my holiday wish list (a.k.a. my 2013 Christmas List board on Pinterest), many of the items on it are running related. So I thought I’d share with you some of those items, as well as some other items to help you shop for the runner in your life!

In no order – here are some gift ideas for your favorite runner!

Heart-rate monitor / GPS device like the new Garmin Forerunner 220 and 620. 

Look at this beauty … the Garmin Forerunner 620:

garmin 620

Seriously – look at that. Read about what it does – the thing automatically pauses when you stop running (like at an intersection), measures your cadence, tells you how long you should recover, estimates your VO2 Max, predicts your race time, and even makes you egg white omelets for breakfast! OK it doesn’t make you breakfast … but it pretty much does everything else, you see? I don’t have one, but if you’re looking for one, here’s a complete review from DC Rainmaker, including a 10% discount code.

Running headband

One of my biggest pet peeves when running is hair flying in my face.. Even now that I’ve grown my hair out long, I still have lovely flyaways that get in my face. That’s why I ALWAYS wear a running headband. My favorite headbands right now are by Owl Be Sweatin – they don’t slip AND they’re adjustable, which is great for me (I wrote a full review here, including a discount code). Anyway, I have 3 of them right now – one blue with polka dots, one pink chevron and one black sparkly.

whyilovemyowl be sweatin headband

Brightly colored running layering piece/jacket

I run in the mornings and at night, often when it’s dawn or dusk or it’s dark outside.  Wearing bright colored clothing helps me stand out – or at least feel like I’m going to be noticed. The majority of my running jackets are black, but a standout piece, like this one from Target’s C9 by Champion collection is a great option – and affordable!

Compression socks

Not on my wishlist this year (because I already have them), compression socks are a staple in a lot of runners’ wardrobes. I love my bright pink PRO Compression socks and wear them when my legs are tired, during a run, or even just in long car rides under winter boots. I don’t care if I look ridiculous wearing them (see below my way too pink outfit) – I love ’em! Oh, and one of my favorite bloggers, Skinny Runner, often posts discount codes so you don’t have to worry about buying them at full price.

These holiday PROCompression socks are 40% off this month!

Use the code SNOW for 40% off the Holiday Sock or Sleeves – codes often posted on FB.

Cute, comfy and functional winter gear

Some days when the weather’s cold, it’s windy and snowy, or in temps I’m not in love with, I don’t (gasp!) always jump out of bed to go running. Having cute and warm workout gear helps – sometimes just knowing at least I have a cute running sweatshirt or vest to wear helps (yes, apparently I am that shallow).

A hat that has a hole for a pony tail seems perfect – I haven’t tried this hat out yet but isn’t the Brooks Breakaway Beanie cute?

Foam roller

A foam roller can be a runner’s best friend – it can help you massage and stretch out sore muscles – IF you remember to use it. This one has been recommended by a few different runners I know, so I’ve added it to my wishlist!


What’s on your holiday wishlist? Runners, what have I missed? Do you have any of the above items?

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