The season of giving is almost upon us, and if you have a runner in your life, finding a gift that taps into his or her love of the sport may be the perfect choice.
Stumped about what to get running enthusiasts on your gift list that you know they’ll appreciate? Here are 6 unique gift ideas at varying price points that should please runners of all abilities, from those who are new to the sport to seasoned distance runners.
ID Bracelets – Runners should never leave home without ID, just in case of emergency. A sport ID bracelet makes it easy to carry ID while out running. Many come with comfortable adjustable silicone bands and stainless ID tags that can be engraved with name, emergency contact info and medical info. Shoe ID tags are super inexpensive (under $10) and can be attached to the laces of running sneakers.
Armband Lights – If your favorite runner likes to hit the road before dawn or after dusk, get them a pack of LED running armbands so they can easily be seen. The armbands are adjustable and super bright. Running clip lights can be attached almost anywhere for added visibility or a reflective vest will also help to keep runners safe.
Sport Belts – Runners often don’t have pockets to carry the necessities they need but a runner’s waist belt or fanny pack can hold whatever a runner needs while out on the road. Some just have a small pocket to house a cell phone, money or ID. Other models can hold one or more water bottles and may have multiple pouches for snacks and other necessities – great for distance runners.
Hydration Backpacks – For those who need serious hydration, a lightweight hydration backpack may be the answer. The backpack is worn comfortably on the back with padded straps that go over the shoulders and around the waist. The internal bladder can be filled with water and a straw makes it easy to sip on the go.
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Fitness Trackers – There are plenty of fitness trackers on the market so you can choose from a variety of styles, features and price ranges. One popular model is the Garmin Fenix 3 HR, which will monitor your activity and heart rate, can display notifications from your phone and even has a compass, barometer and altimeter.
Medal Holders – If your favorite runner has been busy competing in races or plans to compete in the near future, what better way to display those medals than on a medal holder. You’ll find boards with fun and inspirational designs, as well as hooks that can display an array of finisher medals.