By Breanne Bakan
Here come the holidays! Whether you’re just getting your shopping started or finishing up your last-minute gifts, we have some great recommendations for you. If you’ve got an avid runner or walker in your life, our gift suggestions are guaranteed to bring a smile to their face. Check out the items below to make sure you get everything on their list.
If you’re not familiar with these, just think of them as the perfect recovery tool. Great for when you’ve got tight, sore muscles, these handheld devices offer deep muscle treatment in the comfort of your own home. Simply press the trigger and hold the head against the afflicted area, the rapidly firing massager does the rest of the work for you. Many of these come in multiple sizes and with interchangeable heads so you can get the perfect massage every time.
Gift card for a real massage
Looking for something simpler but with just as much thought? Get them a gift card for a massage from a real professional. The perfect gift for anyone with tight muscles.
Not looking to spend so much for a massage gun or masseuse? You can still give them the gift of recovery at a fraction of the price. A foam roller requires a bit more action by the user, but the end result is the same. A deep massage that promotes blood flow and aids in the recovery of sore and aching muscles.
If you’re running outside in the winter the last thing you want is slush and snow splashing your exposed skin. Give the gift of warm ankles this winter and get the runner in your life some tall socks. Our recommendation is Feetures Merino Wool socks. Feetures have a lifetime guarantee and the merino wool option locks in heat for optimal coziness.
GORE-TEX or Water-Resistant Shoes
The only thing worse than wet ankles is wet toes. Help someone keep their feet dry and warm this winter with a water-resistant running shoe. GORE-TEX is a popular option that effectively blocks out moisture to keep your feet from getting cold and soggy.
One of the best ways to prevent injury is by building strength. Help a runner stay healthy this winter and get them some resistance bands. These are ideal for building strength in the hips and glutes. This is especially important in the winter where you may be running on the ice and snow (and using those stabilizing muscles).
Who needs a gym membership anyway? Buy someone you love free weights or kettlebells so they can skip the New Year’s resolution gym craze and get their workout in at home.
If you’ve got someone who likes to run with their phone, keys, and nutrition, then you’ve got someone who needs a running belt. Many of these are specifically designed to hold everything you need on a run while not bouncing around or slipping down.
It might not be sandal weather, but don’t let that stop you from gifting some recovery sandals. These are perfect for wearing around the house and give excellent cushion and support. We recommend the Hoka or OOFOS sandals as perfect options to pamper your feet.
Gift Card to Second Sole
Still not sure what to get them? Let them get it themselves with a gift card to Second Sole. With eight convenient locations and an excellent selection of shoes, apparel, and accessories, we are guaranteed to have something for the active-minded individual in your life.
Gifts for the Runner on Your List