Annual Gift Giving Guide

Now that we’re done with Thanksgiving, it’s on to what our family calls Thanks-getting.  Just kidding.  We know the holidays really aren’t about the gifts, but let’s be honest.  We’re going to buy them, so let’s make the process a little simpler.  No guessing games.  Give your loved ones a list of items you really want.  That way they’re not spending money on a blender when you really wanted some new boots.

A few suggestions for the runner/exercise enthusiast/ wife with her own website  in your life.


 Run Ink Customizable Map

A lovely reminder of a momentous race or run.  100% customizable.  Starting at $23, these are thoughtful and beautiful.  Run Ink also customizes t-shirts and mugs.  Another favorite gift is the USA Map Race Tracking Chart that allows your runner to keep track of the races run in each state.


Feetures! Socks

Making an encore appearance this year are my favorite socks.  In full disclosure, I am a Feetures! Ambassador, but that’s simply because I truly love them. I’ve tried every sock out there, but always come back to these.  From no-show socks to compression socks, they never disappoint.


Mother Runner Shirts

I’m a huge fan of the AMR (Another Mother Runner) tribe, and was featured on a recent podcast episode about milestone runs.  Sarah and Dimity have created a community of support for women in every stage of life and every level of fitness.  You don’t have to be a mother or a runner to benefit from the advice, resources, and real-life speak of these women. Whether you’re a new mom training for your first 5K, a mom running away from a house full of teenage angst, or a woman/runner of experience tackling your 50th marathon, there is a place for you here.

If that weren’t enough, their lifestyle t’s and run tanks are some of my favorite items of clothing.  My favorite t reads, “I Run Things.”  Enough said.



Back in the good old days, I could run with my iPod Shuffle clipped to my tank and put my car keys in my back pocket.  Times have changed and my iPod is now an iPhone the size of a small brick.  FlipBelts can hold phones, keys, cash, credit cards, ID, and fuel in one snug belt that doesn’t bounce or slip.  My favorite is the Reflective PT Belt for $32.99.


Medal Holder


No explanation necessary.  Many are customizable and range from $30-$50.  This one from Gone For a Run.


Lotion for Dry Winter Skin

This may not be the most exciting gift, but I promise it will be the most used.  Winter running means winter skin.  That means, dry, chapped and flaky.  This Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Favorites Set is my personal favorite skin treatment.  Only $8 for all three!


AfterShokz Earbuds

We know it’s not safe to run or bike with earbuds, but even I can’t stand the thought of a long run in silence.  AfterShokz are a perfect compromise.  With no buds in the ears, you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts and still be aware of your surroundings.  Their wireless Trekz Titanium model will cost $129.95, but when it comes to safety, they’re worth every penny.  They also have wired options.


Cycleops Bike Trainer

I am a Schwinn Certified Cycling teacher and can testify to the benefits of cycling as a cross-training exercise for running.  For the days when I can’t run or just need a break from the pounding of the road, cycling is my go-to activity.  When the roads are too dangerous, the weather too cold, or the kids are out of school, hooking your road bike to an indoor training is a fantastic option.  Starting at $129, indoor trainers are much less expensive than a spin bike (CycleOps offers those as well).  Fire up Netflix and start pedaling.


Marathon Woman

The first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon tells her story in Marathon Woman.  To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that run, she ran the Boston Marathon again this past year.  This edition commemorates that momentous race.  An inspiring and fascinating read of an inspiring and fascinating woman.

Runner Crate

Have a runner who doesn’t know what they want?  Want to give a gift throughout the year?  A subscription to Runner Crate is the perfect solution.  You can give a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription that will ship directly to your loved one’s home.  Filled with 4-6 snacks and 1-3 run gear items, it’s a great way for your runner to test and sample products and discover something they love.

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