By now you have probably spent the better part of a couple pay checks on your running loved ones, but is the stocking that is hung by the fireside still empty? If so, we’ve got you covered.
Below are ten stocking stuffer ideas that will not drain your bank account (much further). More importantly, most of the gifts will keep your running loved ones safe and healthy.
1. Toe hand/warmers: These will save the day when the wind is piercing in February and you have a 20-miler scheduled.
2. Epsom Salts: If you bought your running loved one a massage for Christmas (which is a phenomenal idea by the way), the epsom salts will flush out the toxins, leaving your loved one feeling even better!
3. En Route Supplements: Gels, Gu’s, Gummies, etc are not cheap and add up quickly. You can pick up a handful at your local running store, which might cost you $20 or so. You can always include a cute note about how you know they have a big 12 mile tempo coming up, and you just wanted to make sure they were well prepared.
4. Bars: Lauren Fleshmen’s Picky Bars (gluten free!) are quickly becoming the go-to bar.
5. Tums: good source of calcium and what runner doesn’t have GI issues?
6. Wrist key holder: These are super duper cute and will ensure that your running loved one can get back in the house.
7. Socks: Who doesn’t need more socks? You can go BIG with a pair of compression socks or a couple pairs of those fancy $8 socks from your local running store.
8. Pepper spray: Let him or her know you care about their well-being.
9. Headlamp: If you are thinking that your running loved one doesn’t run at night, thus doesn’t need a headlamp, chances are it is dark in the morning when they are running.
10. Road I.D. Bracelet: Perhaps this should have been #1 on the list. Every runner should be wearing one. Period.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a great run!
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club and coaches at Santa Clara University. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.