Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Runner's Holiday Gift Guide

My Christmas tree has been filled with "running stuff" for several years now. It's my obsession; my hobby... and my family knows it. Besides, who really wants a new vacuum for Christmas? Yes, I need one but that's not much fun, is it? Not everyone in my family is a runner, so sometimes I need to give a little guidance... aka the wish list. Sound familiar? Check out the items below for some great ideas this holiday season. And by all means, share this post with your family to drop some hints!

Marathon Sock by ProCompression
For the distance runner, a good compression sock is an important tool for endurance, recovery and travel. The Marathon is a full-length, graduated compression sock. Using compression technology, the Marathon sock helps to improve blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster, more efficient recovery. They also provide support to critical muscles and tendons, helping to reduce inflammation and soreness. If 26.2 is on your agenda this year, the Marathon Sock needs to be on your wish list. Shop here. Use discount code BLG13 for 40% off your order.

Running Beads from Milestones Jewelry
For the runner who likes to fashion her sport well after the workout is done, a shiny piece of jewelry will make her stocking sparkle! These beautiful European style beads are custom designed especially for Milestones. Featuring solid sterling silver, they beads are compatible with the ever-so-popular Pandora, Zable, Troll, Chamilia, Biagi bracelets and necklaces. Shop here.

CX3 Neopop Socks from Fitsok
Keep your runner feet looking as fast as they feel with the new CX3 Neopop sock. These colorful low-profile socks are constructed with Coolmax® to provide paramount moisture wicking and cooling technology. Built as a lightweight compression sock, the CX3 sock ensures an anatomically snug fit while spun Coolmax offers a super-soft hand to promote comfort. Each three-pack comes with an assortment of neon yellow, orange and green.  Shop here. Use discount code THEBESTTHINGSINLIFE in the Fitsok Shop to receive 15% off!

SoftFlask from Hydrapak
The new 12 oz, 17 oz and 25 oz SoftFlasks are an ideal gift choice for the outdoor enthusiast and traveling runner. Unlike a bulky bottle, the SoftFlask's durable and flexible RF welded polyurethane material allows it to be easily collapsed, rolled up and stashed. The versatile, easily-compressed and stored SoftFlask is perfect for multi-sport users - from runners, hikers and all the winter sports. These SoftFlask bottles make it convenient to travel and hydrate for a race. Shop here.

Protein Pancake Mix from FlapJacked
For the foodie runner on your list, FlapJacked pancakes mixes are the perfect breakfast before or after a big training run. Ingredients are 100% natural - no GMO, no preservatives, no artificial color or flavoring - just the finest whole grains like quinoa, whole oats and cinnamon to name a few. These pancakes are sure to refuel a runner's body with proper carbs to stay healthy and feeling great on the run. Just 200 calories with 15-17g protein, 4-7g fiber and 21g net carbs in three delicious flavors - Banana Hazelnut, Buttermilk, and Apple Cinnamon! Shop here.

Flat Out Sox from 110% Play Harder
The Flat Out Sox boost circulation and stabilize muscles for optimal performance and maximum recovery. The bold graphics create compression zones for extra stability during tough workouts. Outrageously comfortable, Flat Out Sox deliver the benefits of kinesiology tape without the hassle in a compression sock that looks as good as it feels. Shop here.

Sparkle Skirt by SparkleSkirts.com
Sparkle up your races and events with "the most comfortable athletic skirt in the world," (according to customers!)  SparkleTech skirts feature guaranteed anti-ride undershorts with longer inseams than most athletic skirts, and three HUGE pockets to carry your gear. Dozens of styles, (sparkly or non-sparkly) and sizes XS to 3XL (with 4XL by special order.)  Made in the USA! Shop here.

What's on YOUR holiday wish list this year?

• • • 12 Days of Christmas Gifts : Dec. 12-23 • • •
• • •  Winter Miles Challenge : Jan.6 - Mar.2  • • •


  1. Thank you SO much for taking the time to share so many great ideas. This is so incredibly helpful I am printing it out to keep on my desk as I have very much struggled with the exact same thing and this post is a total godsend. Thank you! syeda basri

  2. yes I really need a headlamp this year!!

  3. Definitely a headlamp! The soft bottle looks pretty cool, too.

  4. Great list - I especially love that Soft flask! That's going on my wish list!

  5. I am working on my list now- thanks for the tips!


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