Holiday gift ideas

The holidays are almost here. Are you stuck on what to get that runner in your life? Here’s some help from Niagara Runner’s to give the gift of running.

New shoes

Saucony ProGrid Kinvara TR
Saucony ProGrid Kinvara TR

Your runner logs a lot of kilometers per week and that can take a toll on shoes quickly. So, new shoes are always a safe bet as a gift that will be much appreciated. Want to see your runner smiling like a kid at Christmas? Get trail shoes that offer better traction for running in slush and snow, such as the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara TR. They won’t be able to get them on fast enough for a Christmas morning run.

GPS watch

The Garmin Forerunner 410 with HRM
The Garmin Forerunner 410 with HRM

Truly the gift for the person who has everything, GPS watches can track everything from time, distance, pace, elevation and calories and records all the data to help take your training to the next level. Some watches, such as the Garmin Forerunner 410, come with a heart rate monitor that can help you target specific training zones. Others, such as the Motorola MotoActv GPS Fitness Tracker, are also digital music players.

Click here to find out more about the Garmin.

Massagers

Pro-tec travel roller
Pro-tec travel roller

From foam rollers to acrylic hand massagers, there are all sorts things to get your runner for under $35 to help them effortlessly work out kinks and knots, accelerate recovery and revitalize muscles. Want to really treat your runner? Think about a gift certificate for massage therapy with an RMT. Most offer 30 minute and hour-long appointments to help soothe and relax sore muscles.

Click here for a selection of self massagers from the Running Room. Click here for a list of RMTs in Niagara. 

Nail polish

Help your runners toes look their best.
Help your runners toes look their best.

The holiday season is conveniently after marathon season and after weeks of high mileage and long runs, your runner may have a few black toes to cover up. 

Bottles of nail polish, such as OPI or Spa Ritual, are the perfect size for dropping in stockings. Of course, you could go one step further by booking a pedicure to get those toes back into shape.

Movies

Peter Strauss is Lickity Splits in the Jericho Mile.
Peter Strauss is Lickity Splits in the Jericho Mile.

Help inspire your runner with these favourites: Chariots of Fire, Marathon Man, The Jericho Mile, Forest Gump and the Running Man.

Click here to find your runner’s favourite flick to enjoy together on rest days. Don’t forget the popcorn.

Personalized running shirts

Personalized running shirts make a great gift.
Personalized running shirts make a great gift.

Give customized running shirts made from high quality technical fibres to give your runner a gift with a personal touch.

Have a few runners in your life? My Race Rags offers free shipping on orders over $50 and 10 per cent off with the purchase of 10 or more items.

Check it out here.

Storage

SPIbelt Endurance Series
SPIbelt Endurance Series

Keys, cash, gels, your runner can take it all with the Small Personal Item Belt. There are a variety of SPIBelts that offer a pocket, perfect for holding things like you phone or iPod and promised no pounce when worn properly.

The Endurance Series can hold more than a dozen gels. Click here to find out more.

From shorts to socks, fuel belts to head bands, there’s no end to the products available to help runners run farther, faster and longer. In St. Catharines, there are two stores catering to runners in Niagara: Runners’ Edge and the Running Room. Click the links for even more great gift ideas.

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