As a runner I prefer to buy my own running gear so I get excited about running store Gift Certificates (Hint, hint :)). Specifically I'll be looking for a second pair of running shoes to alternate with my current pair. Something I can beat up over the winter months. I may also look out for another pair of long running tights if I see something on sale at our local outlet running sale. Other than that though I have everything I need. However in the interest of helping my fellow runners I've put this list together of 10 gift items that every runner would be pleased to receive this Christmas:
- Timex Ironman Running Watch. The 'Big Face' one. My first Timex running watch really took a licking...over 20 years worth and only got 'retired' last year when I got a very nice new Timex.
- Running Toque. A runner in northern winter climates can never have enough running toques. Fleece ones in solid black please...Black is the Old/New Black! It goes with everything.
- Running Shell. I prefer solid colours and with lots of 360 degree reflection since I mostly run pre-dawn and need maximum visibility.
- Running socks. Again, a runner can't have enough pairs. I prefer low cut running socks that come up to my ankles but this is a personal preference.
- Road ID. This should be top-of-the list for all runners. I don't carry ID when I go running. Dumb! Maybe I'll get Road ID before Christmas...
- Water bottle belt. I especially like the ones with the holders for smaller bottles. On longer runs I used to use a Camelback system but that is truly overkill for my shorter runs now.
- Gift Certificates to a Running Store. Oh, did I mention that already...can't go wrong here.
- Paid up Race Registration. This one involves your spouse of course but if I received a paid registration for a 2015 race I'm eager to run in well that would be special.
- Running Magazine subscription. Getting a running magazine monthly is a look-forward-to gift. There are some fine Canadian running magazines and the big ones from the US to choose from. But act now...
- Drying rack. Something compact and designed specifically for running. With lots or space to lay out my wet gear versus just hanging. Preferably in a non-rust metal and definitely NOT wood.
That should make shopping for your runner simple this Christmas. You can thank me later.
Until next time...