The Minneapolis Running 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Are you looking for great gift ideas for runners? If you’re like me, you may have put off holiday shopping, and are trying to figure out how to be creative and cost-effective. Not to worry, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a runner, we’ve compiled a whole slew of great ideas in our 2016 holiday gift guide.
Below we have a list that includes both splurge items, as well as everyday gadgets. To help you get the most bang for your buck, we’ve organized everything based on price. Happy shopping!
Gift Ideas $10 or Less
Some call these stocking stuffers, but they also make great gifts for that special someone you’re just getting to know, a work-colleague, or a simple, “I love you” gift for a significant other.
Running Socks ($8+) - Most runners can always use another pair of socks, perhaps these Hot Socks is the way to go this year. If that’s not your thing, these Balega Blister Resistant socks are amazing!
Running Energy Gels ($1.50) - One fun idea for the marathoner on your list, is to go to your favorite running store and pick out a few random flavors of energy Gel, tie them up with a bow. Runners can never have enough long run fuel!
Neoprene Toe covers ($10) - These work like booties that go over your sock and act as a terrific wind and insulation layer. No more cold toes this winter!
Alternatively, Shoe Hoodies are a local Minnesota company based in Rochester that places a windproof cover on the top of your shoes. They use an adhesive strip to create a weather barrier, and keep your toes warm.
Portable Pizza Pouch ($8.50) - Pizza makes a great recovery meal. It’s full of carbs, and (can be) loaded with protein. Yet, it’s extremely difficult to bring to a race or long run. Not with this handy device! Never be without pizza again!
The Runner’s Meal Planning Guide ($9.99) - Our “Week of Good Eats!” is a meal planning guide to help runners spend less time in the kitchen and more time working towards that PR. 7 days of recipes, and a plan to make them as efficiently as possible.
Gift Ideas Between $10 - $25
Hickies ($15) - I have several pairs of “casual” shoes that I never take the time to tie. Hickies are fantastic because they save you time and turn all of your shoes into slip ons. Their website claims they would be good for running shoes, too, though I’ve never tried it.
Minneapolis Running t-shirt ($22) - Ok, ok, this is ours, but come on! They are super comfy and have our iconic logo on the front! Free shipping, too.
Books ($20ish) - I have a plan to read a book a month in 2017. Books make great presents because they help make the recipient of said gift smarter…assuming they read it. Here are just a few books on my list:
- Grit The Power of Passion and Perseverance - I’m curious what it takes to persevere in the face of crazy obstacles. Maybe I’m just hoping for a little internal motivation.
- The Absorbent Mind - My son started in a Montessori pre-school this fall. We love the philosophy, and I’m curious to learn more about how to nurture his mind.
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike - Nike is fascinating to me. Love it or hate it, their influence is huge in the sports world, especially in running. I’m curious to learn more about where this company came from.
- Once a Runner (1978) - this book is older than I am, but a classic that I need to read.
- Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith - This book has been on my list for years. It’s a new perspective on Christianity.
- Believe Training Log ($15) - This training log offers an open, customizable design that helps runners focus, plan, record, and ready themselves. It includes just the essentials: an undated annual calendar and undated daily and weekly running logs for up to 6 months of running.
Gift Ideas Between $25 - $50
Minneapolis Running hoodie ($44) - These are super soft, and great to slide into after a cold winter run. They run a tad small, and offer more of a fitted than boxy fit.
Tile ($30) - These little square tracking devices have saved me more than once. Once activated, you can track your phone, keys, car, kids, etc. It has been super helpful for everyday occurrences, or occasionally misplacing the car in a large parking garage. You could even use it to track down stolen items.
Bluetooth Beanie ($34) - This recommendation comes from Krysta, and is super cool! It’s a hat with built in speakers so you don’t need to run with headphones. Fairly inconspicuous, you can more easily listen to tunes or podcasts while you’re out and about this winter without the hassle of cords.
Gift Ideas Between $50 - $100
Semi customized marathon training plan ($49 - $99) - We offer the Platinum and Gold plans and would be perfect for runners of any ability. They come with 16 week training plans in an easy to use online training tool. The difference between plans is in the level of customization, and accessibility to a coach.
Knuckle Lights ($60) - Since most days I run so early in the morning, I’m constantly in need of a good light source. These lights not only keeps me safe from cars, but from tripping on things on the ground. Knuckle lights are a fantastic way to get light where you need it most. We have a deal with them! Use code YKAF5577 and get 10% off your order. The new $60 model is rechargeable!
Smartphone Stabilizer ($90) - I had something similar on my Father’s Day list, and still think it’s really cool. I love shooting video on my iPhone, but often they are painfully shaky. This stabilizer claims to eliminate that, and for only $75, allows you to shoot, “professional looking video” that’s smooth as butter. Just imagine running after your kids with one of these! Or better yet, having a friend film your running form to see how you could improve!
Gift Ideas Over $100
New GPS Watch ($99 - $300) - There are SO many options here. I own the Garmin Forerunner 220, and it’s amazing. The cheaper models offer less bells and whistles, but still act as a great training tool runners.
A year of coaching ($150/month) - We offer personalize coaching through the site as well. This is a super hands approach to help you reach your running goals. Contact us if you’d like more information on how we can help you (or your person) reach their running goals.
RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector with 120-inch Display ($260) - This seems like a super awesome little splurge item. While it will only last 90 minutes on a single charge, you can turn any wall in your home into a 120” movie screen. Perfect for a winter weekend or a post-long run flick!
Your Gift Ideas
What running related and non-running related gifts are on your holiday shopping list?