We all know why you are right here: you are shopping for a present for a runner. We all know you are not an enormous runner since you’d have already got what you wished – we runners are infamous for purchasing the costly stuff we actually need (after which hiding the receipt).
There is not any judgement at Christmas although, and also you, a stunning gift-giver, need to get to the stuff they’d really like. Please do not get us runners a guide about working (except specified beforehand and confirmed as unread), or simply some random socks* or trainers that had been on sale at your native sports activities store – we have got that lined.
This reward information is for issues that each runner want to have and, in the event that they’ve already received one, would love one other as a result of – let’s face it – we undergo them like water if we’re working greater than a few occasions per week.
So simply because the considered individuals SEEING YOU run fills you with terror, doesn’t suggest you’ll be able to’t be the perfect gift-giver on your pal / companion / mother or father / offspring who’s bizarre sufficient to truly take pleasure in pounding round outdoors greater than you suppose is wholesome.
*OK, this half was a lie. In the event you’re certain you’ll be able to’t get them socks, you are mega fallacious. We runners love socks, and the dearer they’re, typically, the extra we’ll love them. In actual fact, go nuts with all working gear – get the dimensions proper and we’re jubilant that it is not slippers.
A great entry-level Garmin
Loads of fitness tracking
Spotify on board
Slightly more expensive
No Garmin Pay
Finally I could get rid of the Garmin Forerunner 235 from this list – while that’s great (and now a lot cheaper, so an option if you’re really on a budget) the 245 has emerged, bringing so many more features with it.
Go for the 245 Music if you can get it (linked above) as that comes with Spotify integration, which is a godsend if you want to leave your phone at home – and you can hear music on the go.
It’s a touch more expensive, but really it’s a great entry-level watch for someone who wants to take the step up this year – the all-round fitness tracking really is superb.
A low-cost way to destroy mundane treadmill running
Easy to improve treadmill runs
Doesn’t have power measurement
I tried Zwift Running last year, and I found it a really engaging way to get over the mundanity of treadmills. Plonk an iPad in front of you on a treadmill (or run in front of a TV with Apple TV) and you’ll see your avatar following your speeds through a virtual world.
However, it was quite expensive to get into – even if you have an iPad already, you either need a compatible treadmill or a footpod from Stryd, which wasn’t cheap.
Well, now Zwift has launched its own, and for a lower cost than some might expect – you’re getting speed and distance data, and a calibration directly set up for the Zwift experience. It’s growing slowly in popularity, so if your loved one uses a treadmill a lot and wants to get cracking, this is an option.
The only irritant is you need a monthly membership to Zwift, and there’s no ‘runners only’ mode – you have to get the cycling too, which you might not use a lot. At least you get a gift card to that too.
Hyperice Vyper 2.0
Give your muscle mass the deal with they deserve
Good for restoration
Genuinely completely different
Not tremendous moveable
This can be a no-brainer for me: sure, it’s costly however on the similar time it’s an indispensable a part of my working arsenal.
The vibration can go to crazy-strong ranges, and it actually looks like somebody will get inside your drained muscle mass and washes them clear after – check out my more in-depth look to see just how enamored I am.
A year on, I’m still using this whenever I’m feeling like I want to be ‘good’ and do my cool down properly… just don’t use it upstairs, or it will make the whole house shake.
Garmin Forerunner 945
Literally everything on the wrist
Can track pretty much anything
This is the watch I wear daily, and I’d want one massively if I didn’t have one. The base model is brilliant, the heart-rate monitor underneath now actually useful and the sleek nature means it’s an actual watch too.
I love that it has Spotify on board. I use the ‘Body Battery’ to tell me how truly rested I am. Garmin Connect is a brilliant app that I use regularly – and it syncs straight to Strava too.
The GPS connection can be a tiny, tiny bit slower than some others out there – but I’m really splitting hairs here. For the marathon runner / triathlete / over-zealous fitness fan, this is a top choice (and they’ve probably already dropped numerous hints about it already).
Brilliant bone-conducting headphones for runners
Bone conduction not for all
OK, I know that I’ve done it again: recommended something a little too expensive. I’ll give you an option right now – the lower-cost Aftershokz Trekz Titanium are probably a good starting point.
But if you can, upgrade to the Aeropex models. Seriously. The sound quality is so much better, they’re the most comfortable bone-conducting headphones I’ve ever used and man alive, it’s so cool to be able to hear outside safely and listen to podcasts or music.
The former, the podcast, wasn’t really an option before without whacking the volume up – but with improved vocal clarity, these are a great choice.
A great choice for MP3s and podcasts
Can totally play Snake
No Spotify compatibility
We all need a phone as runners, but your intended giftee probably already has a smartphone and you’re not willing to buy them a new handset just to let them run better.
However, this phone from Nokia is a strong choice for three reasons: firstly, it’s got a microSD card slot so you can load it up with music from that dusty old MP3 selection (sadly this isn’t Spotify compatible), and with monster battery life you’ll easily be able to get through any distance of run without it losing charge.
Secondly, it’s pretty darn cheap as you can see with the prices above – yes, it’s a secondary phone, but it’ll also be a great festival / leave in the car / dammit, my iPhone is out of battery handset to have around.
Thirdly, it’s a properly strong little unit: accidentally chuck this onto a path mid run and you won’t need to worry about it being instantly covered in smashes.
A simple way to carry your stuff around
Simple to use
Barely know that it’s on
Sucks up sweat
It looks like a belt. It kind of is. But it’s a perfect stocking filler – it’s a band that flips around your waist to hold your phone, keys and cards.
Previously I used the Running Buddy, a magnetic purse that clipped onto your shorts really strongly, but could pull them down if you ran too fast. Don’t ask how I know that*.
The Flipbelt is so unobtrusive I forget it’s there half the time – you can slip a phone in with ease, there’s a clip for keys and you can even buy running water bottles to slip in as well.
*on an unrelated note, maybe buy them some shorts with a strong drawstring.